• Big Sur Elopement

    Big Sur Elopement | Evynn LeValley Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve been on an elopement kick lately, and after today’s dreamy Big Sur elopement I’m sure you can see why. There’s something so utterly romantic about you and your love, exchanging vows and getting married, and having almost no one else around. You can do it completely your way – start your marriage and partnership however you want. It isn’t for everyone, but it definitely gives you something to think about. I’d love to renew my vows this way someday…

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    From the bride, Mary, on how they met and why they eloped:

    Matt and I first met when we were awkward 12 year olds. We dated briefly in the 8th grade, but due to a mutual shyness and lack of any sort of communication skills we gradually drifted apart. Many years later we met again when I was visiting New York for an artist retreat. We fell in love quickly, and after a few visits back and forth between New York and Vancouver, B.C. I was soon packing my bags and moving to the U.S to be with him. A few months later Matt surprised me by getting down on one knee while we were walking across the Williamsburg bridge. He had my favorite Stevie Nicks songs playing and a back up audience of some of our closest friends. I didn’t have any hesitation saying yes. In September of this year we made another big decision to move across the country to San Francisco. We wanted to commemorate this big leap forward and our commitment to each other, so we decided to elope shortly after. We drove down to Big Sur on a sunny weekend in October, found a location and got married the following evening. The setting was beyond beautiful and was the perfect place to start this new adventure together. Eloping allowed us to focus our attention entirely on one another and also helped with exchanging our handwritten vows with as much honesty one can muster. After we read our vows we went for a quick celebratory dip in the freezing cold ocean and drank champagne on a private beach until the sun set on us. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’ve never been able to picture myself walking down an aisle and having a million eyes on me. Instead, I got to walk barefoot down a rocky path toward the gaze of the man I love. It was incredibly romantic.

    Congrats to Mary & Matt!

    {Vendors} Photographer:  Evynn LeValley Photography / Event Venue: Big Sur / Officiant: Colette Cuccia / Floral Designer: Lilify / Dress: One by Contrarian / Hair & Makeup: bride did her own hair and makeup, asking the florist for extra flowers to tie into her hair / Shoes: Barefoot and a pair of gold Jean-Michel Cazabat strappy heels for afterward / Matt’s Outfit: J.Crew blazer and Paul Smith shirt

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    4 Comments

    1. Posted Jul 7 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Dear Mary and Matt, all the best, the happiness, the joy, the most beautiful things of the world for you! Mary is a very special friend whom is always in my heart! Hope to see you soon in Brasil!
      Love, Maria

    2. Posted Jul 7 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

      So pretty!

    3. Posted Jul 9 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      Love these photos! What a sweet elopement!

    4. Erica
      Posted Sep 18 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Would you mind sharing where along highway 1 you eloped?

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