Megan and Claire found me on Instagram last year for their engagement session. We immediately hit it off and became instant friends. They had originally planned to be married in Michigan, but Claire received an unexpected job offer in Northern California. With this abrupt change in plans, they decided to have two weddings; a secret courthouse ceremony with their families in Michigan, and an intimate seaside elopement in Big Sur.
Getting Ready at the Bungalow
We started the day in a cozy Airbnb called the Mermaid Bungalow in Seaside, California. Full of natural light and vintage coastal details, the space was perfect for the occasion. Megan and Claire got ready together and were beaming all morning, just giddy with excitement. It was precious! Megan’s best friend Tori served as her official hair and makeup artist while Claire anxiously waited for the day to begin.
Big Sur Destination 1: Point Lobos
Once they were dressed in their wedding attire, we all piled in the car and headed off to our first coastal destination: Point Lobos. The views were absolutely breathtaking! Between the piercing blue ocean view, and Megan's flowing dress in the breeze, we were all in awe and couldn’t wait to see what else the day had in store.
In true northern California fashion, we were blessed with the most beautiful array of weather. Light rain in the morning, rolling clouds over the mountains, unexpected gusts of wind and peeks of sun and all the right times. It was truly perfection!
Big Sur Destination 2: Bixby Creek Bridge
After that, we made our way to Bixby Creek Bridge where Megan and Claire read their vows and exchanged rings. Tori (who also officiated) and I served as witnesses. It was such a special experience that had us all fighting back tears. Everything they had been through to get to this point had all been worth it at that moment.
Big Sur Destination 3: Andrew Molera State Park
Continuing down the coast, our next stop was Andrew Molera State Park. We made our way through an empty trail surrounded by tall trees. The light filtering through the branches made the scene feel like something only dreamt of in a fairytale.
Before heading to our next stop, Megan surprised us with homemade charcuterie boxes and hard ciders. We stopped for a little mid-day picnic before continuing on our way to Pfeiffer Beach. On the drive they intentionally played the song, “Eyes on You” by Chase Rice, which makes reference to our exact destination.
"Speakin’ of the coast, remember Pfeiffer Beach?
You and me, that sunset, cliffs by the sea..."
Big Sur Destination 4: Pfeiffer Beach
Just as the song implies, Pfeiffer Beach was the perfect way to end an even more perfect day. The orange and yellow sky created a dreamy backdrop as Megan and Claire walked along the sand. They shared a pop of champagne, and a slice of wedding cake to celebrate their marriage and new life together.
After a long coastal drive back to the Airbnb, everyone was pretty exhausted. We ate heart-shaped Pizzas from Pizza My Heart in Monteray and sat around reminiscing the day. And as it turns out, June 26th is special in more ways than one. Megan and Claire get to celebrate their wedding anniversary on the same day that gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states, just six years ago.
I am so honored to have been able to be a part of Megan and Claire’s magical elopement in Big Sur. I could relive that day a thousand times over and never get sick of it. The intentionality, natural beauty and unbrideld excitement created a once-in-a-lifetime experience I will not soon forget.