Forest, Ocean, And A Beautiful Beach Elopement *

Forest, Ocean, And A Beautiful Beach Elopement *

If you’re trying to decide between a forest, ocean, or beach elopement you should pick all three just like this couple. Chris and David wanted an adventurous elopement that was made up of special moments and stunning scenery. Making Big Sur, California the perfect “I do” location—a picture-perfect backdrop without distracting from the main event, their love. 

Photographer Heather K Purdy captured every powerful moment, from exchanging “I do’s” amongst the rugged California coastline to celebrating with a champagne shower on the beach. Though these moments took center stage, they still used fashion and soft floral boutonnieres by Cassia Foret as a way to add personality in a subtle and show-stopping way. 

If you’re searching for simple personality-filled elopement inspiration, look no further. This jaw-dropping beach elopement is the perfect place to start pulling your inspiration from. 

The Couple:

Chris and David

The Wedding:

Big Sur, California

The Power Of Eloping 

We wanted to make sure that we made it about David and I. We ended up choosing to elope because our wedding planning was becoming about everyone else. We wanted to prioritize our love and we wouldn’t change a thing. 

Little Moments That Made For A Memorable Beach Elopement 

One of the most memorable moments was walking along the beach and spotting a random butterfly made of shells. David and I both have very important late relatives whom we associate with butterflies. It was very special and neither of us said a word when we came across it; we just looked at one another and knew.


Plans Changed Due To COVID

We were supposed to get married in Amsterdam spring of 2020. We had to cancel all of our plans due to the pandemic and decided to just wait till things felt right. We had always wanted to drive the Pacific Coastal Highway in California and Big Sur has always seemed like a dream. It all just fell into place and was more amazing than we could ever have imagined.

Working With Heather K Purdy 

Heather K Purdy is incredible. We actually met the day before our wedding and she invited us to lunch the day after. So, we basically saw her everyday that we were in Big Sur and still keep in touch. I’m a photographer myself, and working with Heather could not have been more amazing. I released all control and she made our moments even more memorable.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Heather K Purdy
Floral Design – Cassia Foret


Congratulations to Chris and David on their simple Big Sur beach elopement. And big thanks to photographer Heather K Purdy for preserving these precious, intimate moments that adventurous wedding planning couples can draw elopement inspiration from. 

We’re here to remind you that choosing an elopement-styled ceremony doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful wedding day. There are endless ways to incorporate your personality like Chris and David. After finalizing a budget and selecting a destination, find a wedding photographer you can trust to capture your love story. 

Easy-Going Big Sur Wedding at Ragged Point Inn *

Easy-Going Big Sur Wedding at Ragged Point Inn *

When a couple describes their wedding vision as easy-going and free-spirited, it’s certain to be fun and full of personal touches. That’s exactly how Elizabeth and Austin described their Big Sur wedding at Ragged Point Inn

When it came time to start wedding planning, the couple knew that they wanted to tie the knot in the place where Elizabeth said “yes!” during a hike. With the help of expert planner Engaged Life, their love for the ocean shined through as they said “I do” in a ceremony that overlooked the seaside cliffs.

The two followed their ceremony with a reception amidst the pines, complete with a twinkle light canopy, soul music, pampas grass and florals from Plain Jane Posy, and a record player guest book. Now that’s how to make a wedding unique to a couple. We’re glad that Junebug member Carmen Lopez Photography was there to capture the love, laughs, and everything in between!

The Couple:

Elizabeth and Austin

The Wedding:

Ragged Point Inn, Big Sur, California

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A Memorable—And Sunny—Walk Down The Aisle

Big Sur is known for majestic views and rolling fog, so it was no surprise that there was a low hanging fog on our wedding day. The air was warm, and everything looked mystical–like we were inside a dewy cloudland, nestled next to the mountains and at the edge of the coast. As I got ready to walk down the aisle the sun came bursting through the clouds. Soaked in light, I emerged to see my groom standing at the arbor. He was fighting back tears, and I could feel everything–the sun on my back, the smiles from the crowd, and the intensity of the commitment we were making to each other in front of all our loved ones. The sun stayed shining through our ceremony, where we exchanged our handwritten vows, and I will truly never forget that moment.

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Why Ragged Point Inn

Austin proposed to me on a hike in Big Sur, and I knew that I wanted to get married in what we believe is the most magical place. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and a place that our guests could stay on site. This was extremely limiting in the Big Sur area, so when we discovered Ragged Point Inn, we knew it had to be our venue.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Carmen Lopez Photography
Event Planning – Engaged Life
Venue – Ragged Point Inn
Floral Design – Plain Jane Posy
Live Music – Lucky Devil’s Band
Videography – Moonstruck Pictures
Invitation Design – Basic Invite
Makeup Artist – Plays Well with Brushes
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Rentals – Stockroom Picks & Picked Floristry

Congratulations again to Heather and Brett on their easy-going Big Sur wedding at Ragged Point Inn. Big thank you to Junebug member Carmen Lopez Photography for capturing the day and sharing it with us. To see more of Carmen’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!


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