December 29, 2017 - 8 comments

Chelsea + Patrick’s Woodsy Big Sur Wedding

As soon as Fall comes around, I always want to put on some cozy leggings, a loose sweater and head up to the mountains. The air is crisper, the leaves actually change color and coffee just tastes better when it's cold out. This recent change of weather made me think of Chelsea and Patrick's beautiful wedding in Big Sur, CA. These two Hawaiian yogis tied the knot at The Ventana Inn and it is still, to this day, one of my all-time favorites.

bride and groom as glen oaks cabins under umbrella

A woodsy and rainy first look

The plan was to have a rain-free weekend with a ceremony under the trees and a reception outside on the patio of the Ventana Inn overlooking the ocean. Well, Mother Nature had a different plan but luckily this couple went with the flow and it turned out to be an incredible wedding weekend nonetheless!

bride and groom first look at glen oaks big sur

woodsy cabin in big sur

bride and groom kiss under umbrella in big sur

Rain or shine, Chelsea and Patrick were getting married! How adorable was that First Look at Glen Oaks? The girls all stopped getting ready to take a peek. Not gonna lie, I was also peeking from behind a tree.

groom and groomsmen in the woods with teal shirts

bride and bridesmaids in jewel tone dresses in woods

bride and bridesmaids bouquet bright pinks and oranges

bride and groom walk during fall wedding in big sur woods

couple walks through woods for wedding big sur

The ceremony

Originally, we were going to have the ceremony under some of the tall redwoods and we tried so hard to keep the rain away with all sorts of dances and chants but unfortunately it didn't work. Instead, we escorted guests into a small yet cozy community hall near by and it turned out really fun and colorful.

bluegrass band playing for wedding in big sur ca

bride and father walk down aisle in big sur ca

bride high gives thumbs up to grandma

colorful wedding backdrop curtain at big sur community hall

bride and groom kiss in front of colorful curtain big sur hall

The reception at the Ventana Inn

The reception took place at the Ventana Inn where we got a clear tent and live music to keep everyone dancing. We set up the long dinner tables inside where it was warm and cozy. Although it wasn't part of the plan to have dinner inside, the log-cabin feel of the room went really well with our decor.

bluegrass band under clear tent at ventana inn

bride and groom under clear tent dancing

wedding guests dancing under clear tent wedding ventana inn

Ventana Inn long wooden tables wedding reception

bud vases and on wooden tables with black napkins at ventana inn wedding

family style wedding tables with bright florals and black napkins

Take a closer look at these table "numbers". Each table had a beautiful photo that the couple took of some of their favorite travel places. Such a great way to add a personal touch!

unique table numbers with photos

Rain or shine, they danced!

Even with the change in weather, they still danced, ate, drank and ended the night as husband and wife. It was a good wedding to remind myself how amazing my last few years of clients have been. They've been ready to go with the flow and are just so happy to be together with their friends and family. And a little rain doesn't put a damper on their big day!

bridal bouquet with pinks oranges and purple wildflowers

orange pink and purple bridal bouquet

blue sapphire engagement ring

foggy day at ventana inn big sur

Planning + Styling 'Cause We Can Events // Photographer Evynn LeValley // Florals Big Sur Flowers // Venue Ventana Inn // Band Grasskickers // DJ Giancarlo // Rentals Chic Event Rentals



Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding


Rachel Rice
January 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm

What a beautiful couple and a beautiful day! I know it wasn’t their first pick but I love how cozy and charming that quilted tapestry is behind them during their ceremony. It feels like something from a Wes Anderson film! I also always think rainy weddings make people come together and get close unlike an outdoor wedding can!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 3, 2018 at 12:52 am

    AGREED! I do think people feel closer when it’s rainy outside. The tapestry caught me off guard at first but I ended up loving it. It went really went with their personality too! Fun-loving, bright and colorful!

January 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Those bouquets are stunning! You seriously can’t beat the scenery. Great work!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 3, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Thank you DeNeitra! The scenery is really breathtaking..even if that day we couldn’t see the ocean, it was still spectacular!

January 1, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Such a gorgeous color palette! And that ceremony backdrop is the coolest…you’d never know it was Plan B!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 3, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Oh I’m so glad you think so! I actually agree it was totally eclectic and different. The rain stopped long enough for them to do romantics outside with the trees so we got a little bit of both.

January 2, 2018 at 12:56 am

oh, I love how cozy and dreamy this wedding feels! I love Big Sur and everything about this wedding!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 3, 2018 at 12:48 am

    I’m seriously about planning a wedding planner getaway there! It’s such a magical place. I’ll start doing some AirBnB research 🙂

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