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Big Sur Elopement | Ventana Big Sur Wedding | Justin & Cassie

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Ventana Big Sur Elopement | Laura & Rachel Photography

A Ventana Big Sur Elopement. The rain had subsided and skies were blue filled with wispy white clouds as we left Monterey driving down the coast of Big Sur. Cassie and Justin had traveled from New York with just parents and siblings to elope to Ventana Big Sur, a luxury resort tucked alongside the mountains overlooking the dramatic California coastline. As we got closer, the clouds returned, the fog was so thick and hugged every turn of the twisty two-lane highway, we could hardly see the lines in the road. Then the rain returned. Huge rain drops started hitting the car, falling from the towering redwood trees above, sounding like they were going to break the windshield. This storm that we though had passed, had another idea.

When we arrived to Ventana Big Sur, we were escorted to the mountainside bridal suite by luxury golf cart. I know that sounds odd, luxury golf cart, but if you’re like us and have been driven around venues in all sorts of vehicles and scooters, this was most definitely our all time favorite! Doors, comfy seats, and even a covered trunk for our gear. Besides walking, there was no other way to reach their rooms. We were driving up these small paths full of switchbacks and and rich terrain. With this fog and rain combination, it felt as if we were in a rain forest! It was stunning, but not so ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Cassie met us at the door with open arms! Her and her sister were putting together final touches as we captured the most beautiful details. We even brought Cassie out on her private patio to capture the last few minutes with mom, zipping of her dress and putting on shoes, because this fog was making for the most magical light. By now the rain has dispersed and the fog lifted a bit, but it was still much to wet for an outdoor wedding.

The hotel was prepared and had “The Loft” ready for their small intimate ceremony. Justin’s face when he saw his bride was priceless! They shared a small ceremony, washed each others hands in front of family, and shared a kiss. It was extremely romantic! We had some exciting news for the new Mr. and Mrs, the rain and cleared up enough for the luxury carts to take us to the point where the original ceremony was supposed to take place. This was Cassie and Justin’s favorite spot of the entire venue! On a clear day, there is a massive opening of the forest, that has stunning views to the ocean below. Today they were married, and that was all that mattered, view or not. The rain had cleared and we were outside capturing the most beautiful couples portraits, literally a dream come true! This is a day they will most definitely never forget. Congratulations Justin & Cassie!!!

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Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this wedding together…

Venue :: Ventana Big Sur
Dress Designer :: Watters
Florals :: Burst & Bloom
Photographer :: Laura & Rachel Photography

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  1. Michelle Zidian

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Magical pictures, beautiful couple.
    God Bless Cassie and Justin!

  2. Janet Boehm

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    These are the most beautiful, touching pictures I have ever viewed. You two, as photographers, have touched the essence and sentiments of this special day. Not only were you able to capture the beauty of the environment, but also the love of two young people. You are truly talented artists with your photography. Thank you for that!

  3. Brenden

    January 27th, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Gosh I love her details! Those shoes and flowers are amazing!! What a special elopement <3