Bohemian Big Sur wedding: Britt + Bryan

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pale pink tones and green bouquet

We love this wedding for obvious reasons – it’s straight-out-of-a-dream gorgeous. But after hearing how Britt was inspired by our Bohemian Summer Party shoot, she pretty won us over! They were married as the sun went down on Pfeiffer Beach, where fresh water from the Big Sur River meets the ocean (sounds dreamy already, right?), and is considered by the local Native Americans to be a sacred spot. Their ceremony was spiritually beautiful and ended with something we’ve never seen in a wedding – every guest joining in on a big group embrace. The area’s rich bohemian history was the muse for Britt’s barefoot bridal look. She ditched the shoes and forwent the veil, opting instead for beachy waves and a floral crown. Love!

Anne Ventresco wedding dress, Max & Cleo cocktail dress and floral head crown

Big Sur wedding

delicate floral crown

Anne Ventresco wedding dress

groom's color block tie

Big Sur river

So much of our wedding was inspired by our location. Bryan and I camped in Big Sur last fall and immediately knew we wanted to be married there. From the jagged rustic coastline to the wooded forests Big Sur is simply breathtaking. But we fell in love not only with the area’s natural beauty, but also its literary roots (Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and even Hunter S. Thompson have been inspired by the place) and folk music history (Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and others played at the annual Big Sur Folk Festival in the 60s).

groomsmen forest portrait

horse farm wedding portraits

A special moment happened when we were driving away from Pfeiffer Beach to our reception at the Ventana Inn. We pulled over to pose for a picture with two beautiful horses. I grew up riding horses and so the moment felt like unexpected homage to the childhood I was, in a way, leaving behind.

Big Sur beach wedding ceremony

Big Sur beach wedding ceremony

family hug

romantic beach wedding portraits

sand monogram engraving

Big Sur beach wedding

romantic beach wedding portraits

wedding gift tins and wine tags

white wild flowers and feathers

We wanted an eclectic look, with diverse textures, the sort of mishmash of shapes and colors you might find when combing a beach. And so we used weathered brass containers, antique brass candle sticks, and sea glass colored bottles for our centerpieces. All of our flowers were grown locally and organically on our florist’s farm. She provided gorgeous protea, air plants, succulents, ruffled pink roses, perfect dahlias, fresh eucalyptus and all sorts of native spiny and textured wild plants to decorate our table. We collected feathers (the way you might when walking a beach) which were then loosely tucked into arrangements and hung from a wood beam in our reception space.

copper plates and artichoke name tag holders

delicate pastel floral centerpieces

hanging feathers and name banner

"Mrs." chair sign

Mr. and Mrs. chair signs

plate stand menu holder and copper accents

simple white cake and floral accent

Big Sur wedding

the first dance

Congratulations B + B!

Photography: onelove photography / Event Designer/Coordinator: Amy Lovlien, True Emerald Styling & Planning / Makeup + Hair: Sophia Coyne / Cake: Parker-Lusseau / Caterer: The Ventana Inn Restaurant / Videography: Sean Wang – a recent high school graduate & this was the first wedding he ever shot! / Dress Designer: Anne Ventresco wedding dress, Max & Cleo cocktail dress and floral head crown / Flowers: Amanda Seely, Laughin’ Gal Floral / Groom’s Attire: Suit by Banana Republic; tie by General Knot & Co. / Jewelry: Groom’s cat pin by Kaye Blegvad / Stationery: Amy Lovlien, True Emerald Styling & Planning / Hair Accessories: Which Goose on Etsy / Personalized tin candle favors by Lisa Ravenel, Torch Illumination on Etsy

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@100LayerCake on Oct 31, 2012

This dreamy Bohemian Big Sur wedding was inspired by one of the shoots we designed!

@LayneCorban on Oct 31, 2012

Bohemian Big Sur wedding: Britt + Bryan #bridal #wedding

Sheila Mari Design on Oct 31, 2012

What a gorgeous wedding! I love the earth tones and the rustic romantic vibe! Congrats you two!

@57grand on Oct 31, 2012

Beautiful! RT @100layercake: This dreamy Bohemian Big Sur wedding was inspired by one of the shoots we designed!

jacin on Oct 31, 2012

those florals... i can't. they're amazing.

@omyBeloved on Oct 31, 2012

What a dreamy Boho Sweet! RT @100LayerCake Love how this bride added feathers to her bouquet + centerpieces. So pretty!

Sara on Oct 31, 2012

ROMANTIC day. Super bohemian party. xoxo B+B

Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge on Oct 31, 2012

What a wonderfully dreamy day...I could look at these photos for ages!

Andrea Bellagala Intern on Oct 31, 2012! What a stunning wedding! We love the ceremony photographs set amongst the crashing waves and high sea cliffs; absolutely breathtaking. The photo of their names in the sand is an adorable classic for seaside weddings. We also love the more rustic pictures along the riverbank and with the horses. Beautiful! Congratulations Britt and Bryan!

@Elise_GKBCinc on Oct 31, 2012

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@photosbyrhonda on Oct 31, 2012

Fabulous dress! RT @100layercake: This dreamy Bohemian Big Sur wedding was inspired by one of the shoots we designed!

Gabriel Malgo on Oct 31, 2012

wonderfull images and amazing place! dreamy!

@DessyGroup on Oct 31, 2012

Beautiful! RT @100layercake: This dreamy Bohemian Big Sur wedding was inspired by one of the shoots we designed!

Wedding Beauty on Nov 1, 2012

The only thing to say A gorgeous bride and a fabulous and romantic wedding

Marta on Nov 1, 2012

A lovely wedding in a dream.

O'Burley on Nov 1, 2012

True Emerald, huh? The next best wedding stylist?

color me carla on Nov 3, 2012

Horsies!!! Love it all.

Polly Alexandre on Nov 8, 2012

Just beautiful, so wild & romantic! I love this area.... it was on our shortlist for a wedding location too, and we ended up honeymooning round here. We actually went for lunch at the Ventana Inn, it's a spectacular setting.....the whole area blew me away, it must ahve been so amazing to get married there... I love your chair backs with their beautiful calligraphy & feathers....

TONY HILL on Jan 2, 2013

Loved the use of feather accents

Suzy VanDyke {Lukas & Suzy VanDyke} on Feb 8, 2013


Jess on Sep 3, 2014

Does anyone know what time of year this wedding was? So, so lovely.

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