Big Sur Elopements & Weddings

Unscripted, Untames, and Utterly Unforgettable Big Sur, California

man and woman walking across a natural stone bridge over the ocean in Big Sur, California

Do you desire a unique, intimate, and memorable wedding experience?

Then a Big Sur Elopement or intimate wedding is for you.

Do you crave authenticity and intimacy? 

Our clients seek a deeply personal celebration, reflecting their unique journey and love for each other, not a one-size-fits-all wedding package.

Do you want a stress-free wedding?

And you don’t know how to achieve it.

Do you want your wedding artfully captured?

And want to feel relaxed about it

Do you want a personalized experience?

And not feel like you’re being stuffed in a box?

I can create this outcome for you.

As a big sure photographer, I BELIEVE IN HELPING my couples ACHIEVE THIS WITH MY EXPERTISE AND UNIQUE APPROACH.

I am the bridge from your elopement dreams to reality. I handle the daunting logistics, guide you to breathtaking locations, and capture every moment in stunning photos and videos, ensuring your day is stress-free and unforgettable..

I’ve spent more than ten years as a photographer, traveling nearly every continent to document elopements and intimate weddings. In that time, I’ve assisted hundreds of couples not just with capturing their stories through my photography and videography but also with the nuts and bolts of elopement planning. From securing permits to crafting authentic experiences, I’ve been there. My extensive experience means I’m well-prepared for just about anything. And on rare occasions, does something new come up? I’m quick to adapt, ensuring your elopement unfolds beautifully, no matter what.


THIS IS WHY I’VE PUT TOGETHER

Who is This Unforgettable Adventure For?

If you are the person who

dreams of saying “I do” against the stunning backdrop of Big Sur, seeking an intimate and authentic ceremony, and value adventure over tradition, my service is tailored for you.

This is not for those envisioning a conventional, large wedding with all the trimmings. I specialize in unique, breathtaking elopements for the adventurous at heart.

KIND WORDS

“My wife and I shared a wonderful experience with Joel. He is an excellent professional with an authentic view of elopements.” – Raj Dharmapal

01.

Contact Me

Let’s see if we are a good fit for you

Contact me to kickstart our adventure! I’m here to address all your questions and walk you through what to expect before you book your epic Elopement.

02.

Planning.

I DOCUMENT THE MOMENTS

Select your package or have me craft a custom package for an even more tailored experience. Once Booked, we can start exploring options for your elopement location. This is where the fun begins.  

03.

We create art together that lasts a lifetime

HEIRLOOM IMAGES FOR GENERATIONS

You get to sit back and relax, envisioning how you will spend the rest of your days together while I send you location guides, packing lists, vendor recs, and more resources to make this a breeze.

Love

FEATURED IN

” Joel exceeded any and all of our expectations and then some! From first contact, he was the perfect balance of professional and personable. It was easy to see that he truly cares for both his craft and our needs/wants. He presented different packages to us with multiple locations to choose from and was VERY responsive whenever we had a question or concern. Joel even monitored the weather regularly and was able to quickly pivot in order to give us the best shoot possible. He picked incredible locations to make our elopement something we will never forget for the rest of our lives! We can’t thank him enough and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone considering going on the adventure of a lifetime! Give him your trust and he will not let you down. “

Jordan LeViness

THE DETAILS

THE INVESTMENT

Collection One

$5990

Planning, vendor, accommodation recommendations, location scouting, and permit assistance included in all packages

THIS IS INCLUDED

up to 8 hours of total coverage.

THIS IS INCLUDED

Online Gallery with Digital Downloads.

THIS IS INCLUDED

Bouquet & Boutineer

THIS OTHER THING

60-second Video Teaser

THIS OTHER THING

Drone Photos and Video

THIS FINAL THING

10×10 Fine Art Wedding Photo Album

Collection Two

$3990

Planning, vendor, accommodation recommendations, location scouting, and permit assistance included in all packages

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up to 6 hours of total coverage

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Online Gallery with Digital Downloads

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Bouquet

THIS IS INCLUDED

Drone Photos

Collection Three

$2990

Planning, vendor, accommodation recommendations, location scouting, and permit assistance included in all packages

THIS IS INCLUDED

Up to 3 hours of coverage.

THIS IS INCLUDED

Online gallery with Digital Downloads.

THIS IS INCLUDED

Mid-Week Elopements only

Got Questions?


My photography weaves together fine art elegance, cinematic artistry, and documentary authenticity. It’s about crafting images with a timeless quality, where light and composition meet to create not just photos, but pieces of art. Each shoot is tailored to the subject, making your story the centerpiece, captured with a richness and depth that feels both grand and deeply personal. Perfect for those who cherish their moments as beautifully composed, artistic expressions.

Galleries are delivered 6-8 weeks after our session and you will receive around a dozen sneak peeks within 24 hours.

YES! I help all my couples with permits, and I provide a ton of resources to help with the planning and I will be there along the way to offer my expertise and suggest and vendors or help that you may find yourself needing as well as things that you may not have thought of.

Couples generally book me as far out as 18 + months to ensure my availability. But there have been instances where a couple reached out 1 week prior and I was luckily available and it turned out amazing. I recommend booking your photographer FIRST to ensure he/she is available.

Some of my most favorite elopement sessions came with bad weather. Nature has a great way to create drama and mood, so if me I can shoot in rain, sleet, snow, and anything else that gets thrown in my way. But if the thought of rain scares you, planning your elopement during months when rain is less likely is the first step. Step two is, in most cases, you will be visiting for a few days, and I’m usually available a day before and a day after, so If we need to pivot, we can move the date. Lastly, we embrace nature !

YES! Once you book and secure my services, the work begins with me. I will send you a few locations to look at and pick from, and if they fit your vision, I will begin to plan a timeline that works and complements the area we selected. I know lots of things that are known and unknown to the general public ( secret Spots ) that I reserve for my clients.

All-Inclusive Collection

All that you have to do is say I DO to me and ill take care of the rest of the details. Includes the following.

+ up to 6 hours of coverage

+ Officiant

+ Bouquet & Boutonniere

+ 3 min highlight video

+ 2 photographers

+ 2 nights stay at a hotel or boutique BNB

+ Permits

+ Toasts of your choice for up to 15 guests

+ everything that comes with Collection One.

Starting at $17,900

PERFECT FOR

the ultimate NO-STRESS DAY.

If you are looking for a photographer and you connect with my work, I would love to hear from you!

Contact Me.