Romantic Carmel Valley Bohemian Elopement

As a Bay Area elopement photographer, I get to experience the gamut of unique celebrations, but Jill and Chris’s bohemian inspired Carmel Valley wedding was truly breathtaking. This couple knew they wanted to get hitched alone, and chose their favorite Carmel Valley luxury resort, Bernardus Lodge, as the venue. This is a popular choice for destination elopements with gorgeous weather and an iconic California vibe. With only Jill’s mother in attendance, they made this affair intimate and memorable.

Jill incorporated earthy, Bohemian styles into her decor, with feathers and organic botanicals. They spared no expense with their reception design, sharing their evening together to dine and cut cake with total privacy in the property’s rose garden surrounded by romantic candles and bouquets. If you don’t know this property, definitely visit it. The grounds are gorgeous with lavender bushes, olive trees, native grasses, and of course grape vines. It truly encompasses the natural beauty of coastal California.

Elopements in Northern California are a wonderful option for couples who want to forgo a lot of planning stress. Some opt in for just themselves and other will invite a handful of guests. The smaller the wedding, the more time you have to connect with guests individually. Couples who choose micro weddings, usually bigger than elopements, invite only the closest family and friends that they want to guarantee an experience with.

For some, this private moment is so important that some people elope first and then have a big wedding ceremony later just so they can experience that intimacy without the big audience.  In any case, make sure to plan the wedding that makes you feel most comfortable. If you are looking for a Bay Area elopement photographer, I’d love to hear about your plans! Looking for some destination elopement venue ideas? Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Monterrey and Carmel-by-the-Sea all have great options.

Photography: Nightingale Photography Wedding Venue: Bernardus Lodge Floral Design: Barefoot Floral Gown: Amy Michelson Art Deco Design Cake: Layers Cake Hair/Make-up:  Sarah Nicole

As an elopement photographer, I get to see simple celebrations at San Francisco City Hall to splendid celebrations like this
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