Big Sur Elopement Photographer

The Ultimate Guide To Eloping In Big Sur, California

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I'm Jed, a professional Wedding Photographer based in Big Sur, California. I HAVE to share with you my absolute favorite place in the world to take photos for couples.

Yup, you guessed it. Big Sur, California!

Picture this: towering redwoods, sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and rugged cliffs that give way to pristine beaches.

Big Sur offers the ultimate romantic setting for couples who want to exchange their vows in an intimate, private elopement ceremony. And yes, bring the dogs, the family, and all the little trinkets that mean so much in your relationship.

Every detail matters, because you matter!


Big Sur Elopement Photographer, Jed Horca

Bride and Groom embracing on a fallen redwood tree in Big Sur, CA

What are the best locations to elope in Big Sur, CA?

Big Sur, CA offers a variety of stunning locations to elope, each with its own unique charm. I love them all and would be happy to help you pick the best spot to fit your style and needs.

Some popular spots include the following:

Pfeiffer Beach

Glen Oaks

Wind & Sea Estate

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Henry Miller Library

Bixby Bridge

Garrapata State Park

Husband and wife walk along the cliffs of Big Sur

Do I need a permit to get married in Big Sur?

The short answer is Yes, permits are required for the outdoor venues like the State Beaches and Parks (Garrapata above being one of them). If you are getting married at one of the hotel venues, then you do not need a permit for those. Just make sure you check with the local agencies to find out whether or not a permit is needed. You can also reach out to me and I can help you as well.

What is the cost of a Big Sur Elopement photographer?

The cost of a Big Sur elopement photographer can vary depending on their experience, the length of time you need them for, and the specific services they offer. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 for a professional photographer to capture your special day. It’s important to budget for this expense early on in your planning process to ensure you can find a photographer that fits with your style and is also available. Photographers get booked up to 12 months (some even 24 months) out, so it's really important to start looking as soon as possible.

What are the best hotels in Big Sur, CA?

While this guide focuses on finding the perfect photographer for your Big Sur elopement, it’s important to also consider where you will be staying during your trip. Big Sur offers a variety of accommodations, from luxury resorts to cozy cabins. Some popular options include:

Post Ranch Inn

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Treebones Resort

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn

Big Sur Lodge

Big Sur River Inn

La Playa Hotel

What are the best local restaurants in Big Sur, CA?

While this guide is focused on finding the perfect photographer for your Big Sur elopement, it’s important to also consider where you’ll be dining during your trip. Big Sur offers a variety of dining options, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants. Some popular options include


Big Sur Roadhouse

Big Sur Bakery

Sierra Mar


La Bicyclette Restaurant

Client Review

"Our Big Sur elopement was the most beautiful experience! We are so happy that Jed was able to capture each moment and got to share this important day with us. Jed is super amazing, he was so easy to trust with this, as soon as we saw a sneak peak of our photos we knew 1,000% we made the best decision to hire him to be our photographer! We had a certain pose in mind and he delivered it way better than we even imagined it! So beautiful. Thank you Jed!"

// Itzel + Gio

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