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Springtime Big Sur Wedding

We love weddings that are full of personal touches and romantic details. This bride and groom fell in love with Big Sur, California and knew right away it was where they wanted to make it official. With the help of some awesome friends and family, Evynn Levalley, and all the loveliness that Big Sur has to offer, this wedding is definitely something to swoon over. Get lost in the dreamy gallery!

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Spring
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Beach
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Casual

From the Bride… When my now husband and I first stood at the edge of the cliffs in Big Sur, something inside of both of us changed. It’s one of those amazing places in the world where nature has formed something so dramatic, so awe-inspiring, that you feel humbled and grateful to get to experience it. More than three years later, when we got engaged and started planning our wedding, we knew that it was the perfect place for us to begin our life together as husband and wife.

Deciding to get married in Big Sur was the easy part – convincing our friends and family to fly across the country and then take a three hour drive down a winding remote highway was a bit more challenging. We were blessed that more than 25 of our closest friends and family – none of whom had ever visited Big Sur – decided to make the journey.

Because this was such a big investment for our guests, I wanted to make sure that they could soak up as much of the Big Sur spirit as possible. I made all of the invitations by hand, integrating natural wood and moss elements so from the moment they first experienced the wedding, we were starting to tell the story of the natural beauty of the area. We kept that theme going in every other printed detail – with moss and wood embellishments following through to the placecards and menus. Ripplewood Resort – where most of our guests stayed – is a quaint gathering of cottages nestled in a redwood grove along the Big Sur River, so when they arrived, these details came to life in nature.

When it came to the ceremony and reception…we felt fortunate that we found an amazing team of extremely talented local vendors who ensured that every detail was 100% Big Sur and showcased the best of the area for our guests.

Our officiant, Soaring Starkey, helped us find the ideal spot for our ceremony – a tucked away clearing high in the dunes above Pfeiffer Beach, away from the wind and crowds and shadowed by towering cypress trees. While the “aisle” to get up there was a bit tenuous in heels and a long lace train, my dad handled it like a champ and our harpist, Susan Bradley, created a scene that to me, felt like it was out of a fairy tale.

Following the ceremony, we celebrated with a champagne toast with guests before our shuttle drove everyone to the Big Sur Bakery for our reception. Every detail was local – from the flowers our florist harvested from her garden to the fresh salmon that was just caught that day in the bay to fresh strawberries from a garden just down the street (which my husband kept getting bowls of all night long). The best part was that the intimate, family feel that our vendors had created translated perfectly to our guests – at the beginning of the weekend, many of them didn’t know each other very well, but during the ceremony and reception, we all became a tight-knit group, on the dance floor toasting and celebrating well into the night. When it came time to leave, our guests got to take a bit of Big Sur with them, as we had custom totes designed with a map of all of our venue locations and filled it with local treats and snacks for the journey back home. It was honestly more than a wedding weekend for us – it evolved into a celebration of friendship, love and all of the natural wonder in the world. Which was beyond anything we could have ever hoped for.

Photography: Evynn Levalley | Floral Design: Kate Healey | Stationery: Nicole Twork | Ceremony Location: Pfeiffer Beach | Reception Venue: Big Sur Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn | Officiant: Soaring Starkey | Ceremony Music: Susan Bradley | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Bridal Hair And Makeup: Kim Larson | Bride And Groom Accommodations: Post Ranch Inn | Guest Accommodations: Ripplewood Resort | Reception Music: Belmont Entertainment | Totes: CW Designs

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Big Sur Wedding with DIY Details

“By choosing not to get hung up on fussy embellishments, it allowed for the focus to be on what really matters…amazing friends and family and the incredible nature around us.” I’m not sure that it gets any better than that. Other than to layer on photos from Chadwick & Jenica Gantes for Studio Castillero that capture that sentiment to a T. So much more right here!

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Summer
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Beach

From the bride…For the design of our wedding, the setting alone was so dramatic, with so much natural beauty to take in, so I wanted everything else to be super simple and minimal in order to balance everything out. A nice tent, some wood tables, really basic table settings, some red-orange dahlias, and that was pretty much it. By choosing not to get hung up on fussy embellishments, it allowed for the focus to be on what really matters…. amazing friends and family, and the incredible nature around us.

Also, the wedding itself was such a solid group effort. My husband’s Dad and Aunt bought and arranged the flowers, my friend did my hair, I did my own make up, I designed all of the printed material, my husband cut the little wood blocks for our table numbers, our friend DJ’d, our other friends brought up the fire pit they keep in their backyard, we even made our own wedding bands at a jewelry workshop in San Francisco. We didn’t really “outsource” anything other than the catering, rentals, and photography. Keeping everything within our network made the entire event so much more personalized and unique to us and who we are as a couple.

My favorite moment was the instant after the ceremony. I’m not going to lie–I was a nervous wreck the week leading up to the wedding, completely overwhelmed and not a big fan of being the center of attention–so the second the ceremony ended, I felt like I could finally breathe and relax and enjoy myself, enjoy being married, and sort of let go. It was an incredible feeling.

Photography: Chadwick And Jenika Gantes | Catering/Coordination: A Big Sur Affair | Photography Studio: Studio Castillero | Private Residence: Anderson Canyon

Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Anderson Canyon Estate

If ever wedding I ever go to for the rest of my life could look exactly like this one from Our Labor of Love, I’d be happy forever. Casa De Perrin could keep me always finding something new, and the sweet summertime air under the twinkle lights at dinner time would bring a tear to my eye every single time.


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Summer
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Estate
Styles
Romantic

From Mein Schatz Events… Lucas + Koty decided to skip the 200 person fete and opted for a weekend full of good food, good music and good friends instead. A two day event, starting with their rehearsal dinner/concert at the Henry Miller Library. Set amongst the redwoods, friends gathered for a supper club, meets summer camp style party, catered by restauranteurs, Hart and the Hunter. Good friend and musician, David Ford, played an hour long, private concert for the duo and their friends. Followed by dancing the night away to DJ Smiles Davis.

Shifting gears on Saturday, the wedding takes a more elegant turn, with a simple ceremony over looking the pacific ocean, at the elite Anderson Canyon Estate. The Dustbowl Revival played bluegrass tunes while Koty walked down the vintage carpet aisle to meet her groom. Engraved leather escort cards showed guests to their seats at the extra long dinner table, dripping with green garlands and gold flatware.

The couple dined on another meal, catered by the Hart and the Hunter boys, and danced to David Ford for their first dance, under June’s Super Moon. After dinner, the crowd got rowdy, as they moved inside the Anderson House and danced to Smiles Davis’ groovy tunes.

Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Event Planning: Mein Schatz Events | Floral Design: Mein Schatz Events | Wedding Dress: Romona Kevesa | Invitations: Pitbulls And Posies | Ceremony Venue: Anderson Canyon Estate | Reception Venue: Anderson Canyon Estate | Catering: Hart And The Hunter | DJ: DJ Smiles Davis | Bluegrass Band: Dustbowl Revival | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Henry Miller Library | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Anderson Canyon Estate | Vintage Rentals: Casa De Perrin

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