An Intimate Big Sur Destination Wedding

An Intimate Big Sur Destination Wedding

The Inspiration Behind Braids + Waves

Chelsea + Erik

Our first Braids & Waves feature tells the story of our founder Chelsea + her husband Erik’s intimate ceremony in Big Sur, California on October 14th, 2018. Styled and inspired completely by the bride and her mother, take a glimpse into their magical celebration amongst the beautiful and natural landscapes of the Northern California coastline. We will allow the bride to fill us in on all of the details!

Big Sur Invitation

My relationship with Erik has been one full of adventure, so it only felt right to say our vows overlooking one of our favorite spots from a road trip we took in 2016 – Big Sur, California. Ever since our first trip there, we have always said it would one day be the place we would get married.

Hayley Paige Teresa Gown
Hayley Paige – Teresa Gown
Hayley Paige Teresa Gown
Florals by Willow and Plum - Big Sur, CA
Florals by Willow and Plum - Big Sur, CA

Our florals from Willow and Plum were absolutely magnificent and were hand delivered to us at our AirBnB in Pebble Beach. When Patti overheard we were having troubles with hanging our macrame decor at the ceremony site, she offered her gold hooks to borrow which made her the MVP of the day.

BHLDN Bridal Hair Pin
BHLDN Bridal Earrings
Tocca Cleopatra perfume

The bride’s accessories including earrings and hair pin are from BHLDN, a bridal boutique line under Anthropologie’s umbrella.

Letters to the Bride

One of my favorite memories from our wedding day was the gift of letters from my mother. She contacted all of the women in my life that are important to me and had them each write a letter for me to read the morning of my wedding day. Multiple make-up touches were needed!

It was extra special to have my best friend/maid of honor with me on my wedding day. Surrounding yourself with people who ease your mind is a very important piece for selecting your bridal party!

It’s popular to do a photographed first look with your soon-to-be husband, but I encourage brides to also have one with their father. I will cherish these photos forever and I know my dad will too.


Big Sur First Look

Fun Fact – our Air BnB host was hanging out of her bedroom window snapping pictures with her phone. She was so thrilled we used her lovely front yard for our first look photos. Our Air BnB was located on the magnificent and scenic 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach.

Big Sur, CA wedding location
Big Sur, CA wedding location

We didn’t chose our ceremony location until the day before! We wrote down a few recommendations from our vendors and drove the coastline to pick which spot we liked the best! It was true to our spontaneity and strangely didn’t stress me out! We ended up choosing a lookout in Garrapata State Park.

Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding

Those hooks from Willow and Plum showcased the macrame perfectly!

Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding
Big Sur Wedding

After family photos, Chelsea + Erik headed to the Bixby Creek Bridge for their first photos together as husband and wife. The bridge is a hot spot for tourists to stop and admire the scenery located right on Hwy 1.

Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge
Big Sur Wedding - Bixby Creek Bridge

One place we knew we needed to see on our wedding day was the sunset at Pfeiffer Beach. Despite a few trees being down on the winding road leading to the beach, park rangers led us through to the beautiful beach for some of my favorite shots of the day. Our photographer, Hannah, from Sparrow and Lace Photography allowed us to have so much fun during our shoot.

Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach
Big Sur Wedding - Pfeiffer Beach

Our reception was held at the Big Sur Bakery located right off of Hwy 1. With the help of our coordinator Danielle, it was such a seamless evening full of laughter and family bonding. Our meal was absolutely delicious and we had such a lovely selection of local wines. They also made our wedding cake, which was vanilla with lemon cream and fresh berries. It was to die for. We cannot recommend the Big Sur Bakery enough!!

Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Napkins and holders from Pier 1
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Big Sur Wedding - Big Sur Bakery
Penn State Wedding Sign

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Thank you for visiting Braids & Waves! If you are interested in sharing your own wedding to be featured – please visit our instagram page at @braidswavesweddings and send us a message!