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Nikisha (from New York) and Carl (from DC) KNEW that they wanted to plan their very tiny wedding celebration (10 guests!) on the beach. But Nikisha also couldn’t imagine their special day without the woods, and she was torn. UNTIL she stumbled accross Pfeifer Beach in Big Sur. Where the red woods meet the surf! She fell HARD, and though she had never been to California (and would not prior to the wedding) she made it happen. She had such a great vision, and we were so impressed with how well she pulled it together. For example:  her stunning shawl was a custom order on Etsy, but Nikisha researched specific styles of crochet (thought she doesn’t know how to crotchet herself!) and guided the seller to exactly what she wanted. She found a solo guitarist to simply play their favorite Radio Head song (music only, no singing) throughout the simple ceremony. They hired a local florist for her bouquet and florals at the dinner, and a local officiant. They rented a STUNNING house in the area to spend time as a family before hand and to get ready in, then we all traveled to the beach for the ceremony and portraits. Though you can see it was VERY windy that day, Nikisha could not be swayed from her vision of a ceremony on the beach, and we are all so glad! It was STUNNING. After, everyone travelled nearby to the rustic but totally foodie-centric Big Sur Bakery, where their party of 12 enjoyed an amazingly prepared, and sweetly intimate dinner.

photography: rad + in love // video: neal sandoz // house: wind and sea // ceremony location: pfeiffer big sur state park beach  // shoes: vintage // shawl: etsy // dress: j crew // guitar player: dylan auello // flowers: big sur flowers // officiant: : Pastor Dennis McFadden // wedding cake // reception dinner: big sur bakery


Comments (18)

Fiona | Reply

Wow, perfect! It looks so natural and romantic, and what a beautiful couple.

tampa headshot photographer | Reply

I have always wanted to get married in Big Sur! I am so inspired to actually make it go right!

Thank you!

Lindsay | Reply

That shawl is gorgeous. I would really love to know who made it on Etsy! Beautiful wedding overall.

Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge | Reply

Gorgeous! The bride’s entire look is so perfect for the event…so well done! :) Thanks for sharing.

Jeanette | Reply

Gosh, that’s a gorgeous wedding. Beautiful couple and photos. I love intimate weddings :)

Jen | Reply

Beautiful!!! More pictures please!

Kimberly | Reply

soooooooo cute!!!

looks like it was an amazing wedding :)

Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) | Reply

Absolutely stunning…every detail is so naturally beautiful!

Marissa | Reply

So beautiful. That is a magical beach. My husband proposed to me in front of that stone arch. Your stunning photos gave me goosebumps!

Charmain | Reply

Beautiful, tranquil and oh so precious! – Random question – I am sure I went to school in the Bronx with the woman that is photographed as guest in the eggplant dress with the shawl – I can’t remember her name and it’s killing me :-)…if there is any way to let me know it would be great! Thanks!

Tobin | Reply

Utterly exquisite. Big Sur is my favorite place on earth. I photographed a wedding there some years back, but I gotta say, this intimate affair looks like one of the most incredible weddings ever. Nicely done.

Hope | Reply

So Beautiful!

Matt | Reply

Really really nice work. Beautiful.

Sara @ Top Southern Weddings | Reply

Wow! I mean, STUNNING! Love those beach pictures!

Cipriana | Reply

Hello “Charmain writes” I am the best friend of the beautiful bride in the eggplant dress. You have me confused with someone else because I attended grade school and high school in Maryland and college in Manhattan. Hope that helps :)

Lauren | Reply

The wedding looks like it was absolutely phenomenal. I recently got engaged and was hoping to have my ceremony on the same beach. I would very much appreciate any suggestions on the steps one needs to take to get married on Pfeiffer Beach. Thank you!