Big Sur Soirée
From the moment we laid eyes on Jocelyn & Caroline's engagement session, we were in love. Because, honestly, how stunning are these ladies? Their style is sheer perfection & we can't get enough. Full disclosure...we may look at these wedding photos weekly. *Sigh*
Their unbelievably beautiful backdrop, Big Sur, made this intimate ceremony unforgettable! Pro tip - if you chose a gorgeous location for your nuptials, little decor is required.
Enjoy drooling over these babes!
From The Photographers...
Jocelyn & Caroline are two of the most genuine, life-loving ladies I have ever known. I met them when they hired me to shoot their engagement session at their house in San Diego, to capture their life as it was as a couple before getting married. There's something about being in someone's personal, curated space that makes you feel you know them. And perhaps them seeing me understanding and appreciating their world earned some familiarity and trust too. They share property with Jocelyn's Mom and their dear friend Jenny. They call it a compound. The four of them made up half of the wedding party (total = 9). The entire party included brothers of Caroline (1) and Jocelyn (2) , a Mom and Dad for each of them, and two close friends (including compound-mate Jenny).
They rented out a few cabins at Deetjen's in Big Sur and spent the weekend hiking, playing music together and talking late into the night before the wedding. It was a close-knit group full of love. They all pitched in with the decor and arranging the ceremony space in the river bed below the Creek House. During the ceremony, I think everyone cried at least once. Jocelyn reached over to help Caroline wipe away her tears. They laughed and cried throughout. And then there were some of the strongest most sincere hugs all around.
After that they had dinner in the private room at Deetjen’s restaurant and a dance party in the creek house. It was a fantastic, super fun, good time for all of us. I am so grateful to have been a part of it.
Jocelyn and I aren't wedding people. Hell, before we met, we weren't even marriage people! So when we made the decision to get married and have a ceremony, we knew we wanted to do things in a way that reflect our values. This included staying on a (relatively) limited budget, maintaining an intimate guest list, DIYing most of our projects, utilizing natural beauty as our backdrop, and keeping my delicate, anxious little heart from exploding.
Our two budget splurges were hiring Michelle of Rad + In Love Photography and putting our guests up in the ridiculously gorgeous Deetjen's Inn in Big Sur. Great photos and the ultimate California setting were more than worth the cash. Other than that, we kept the wardrobe budget modest and utilized the talents of our nine guests to round out the weekend. My mom crafted the most stunning succulent bouquets from cuttings in her garden (which now live in backyard pots!), sweet guitar tunes and videography were handled by our pack of gorgeous little brothers, our close friend Cary got officiated to marry us, and our compound-mate and best friend Jenny handled all the little details, part maid of honor, part best man, part bad-ass, just "Our Best". Our parents provided their unending love, resourcefulness, and financial support. This was a group project, indeed.
After the ceremony we ate a fabulous dinner on-site, toasted, and got toasty. The evening then devolved into elated, drunken, hilarious, free-wheelin' dancing and revelry in the living room of the family cabin. I've never felt so much love in my life. I remember every moment of my wedding weekend. The way we celebrated felt true to our values and like a celebration of our community and family, not just of mine and Jocelyn's partnership. Our families are already asking for a reunion party, and damn it, they will get it!