Big Sur Weddings

Weddings in Big Sur California. Featuring weddings at Point 16, Wind and Sea Big Sur, Post Ranch, Big Sur Bakery, Ventana Inn, River Inn, Pfieffer Beach, Deetjen’s and Paion Big Sur.

Point 16 Big Sur

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.”   Norman Maclean.

It’s a focul point, a crux, a fulcrum or a crossing over point. This place is special. There is no other place like this place. One day, everyone will figure that out. But for now, it is what it is, an undiscovered spot, one of the least clarified points on Google Maps on the coast of California & the victim or beneficiary of a lack of marketing that accurately communicates exactly how unique this spot is. They don’t really need to market, as Point 16 sells itself. If you don’t yet comprehend that, it’s probably not the right place for you;) But if you’re curious, if you’re willing to look further, if you want more, if you’re looking for a mind-blowing wedding venue that guests will never forget. This is it.

Point 16 Wedding

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Glen Oaks Big Sur

The cabins at Glen Oaks in Big Sur. And yes, a river does run through them*. A little joke regarding the Maclean quote above.

Big Sur Wedding Invitations

Big Sur Wedding Dress

Big Sur Wedding Ring

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Glen Oaks Grounds

Glen Oaks Big Sur Cabin

The Big Sur Cabin at Glen Oaks is set amongst old-growth Redwoods, surrounded by large lawns next to the Big Sur River. It’s perfect.

Big Sur Wedding Hair Makeup

Big Sur makeup and hair by my wife, Rhonda Johnson!

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Point 16 Ceremony



Kate Healey’s Big Sur Flowers are second to none. Kate grows all her creations on her property, on a gorgeous ridge, overlooking Big Sur. Kate & Cheri have known, and worked with each other for years. Their work melds together seamlessly & beautifully on a palette of gorgeous vista’s with breathtaking views.



Big Sur Wedding Ceremony

The guys improvised entrance, some awesome contemporary music playing, as the opening for the ceremony. It was unique, fun, heartfelt and set the tone for the ceremony. It was very cool.

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Wedding Point 16

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Big Sur Wedding Party

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Big Sur Wedding Reception

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Whales were spouting about a mile offshore. All the guests got up to watch them pass. Where else can you have Whales as guests at a wedding???

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Big Sur Catering

Tasty, organic, local food prepared by Cheri Gladstones A Big Sur Affair Catering.

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Wedding in Big Sur

Then it happened…frame #1.

Big Sur Wedding Photo Bomb

And frame #2…100% unplanned, totally out of the blue, Photo Bomb! I didn’t even see it as the mirror drops on the camera when the shutter releases. I was staring at the camera, laughing for a while as were the guests. It was hilarious.

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And frame #3. Everyone left laughing, speechless!

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Photographer; Peer Johnson (contact me here)
Makeup & Hair; Rhonda Johnson (my wonderful wife)
Ceremony & Reception; Point 16 Big Sur (Cheri Gladstone with A Big Sur Affair Catering handles the property)
Cocktails & Dinner; A Big Sur Affair Catering
Floral Arrangements: Kate Healey Flowers

Point 16 Wedding

Point 16 is like no other wedding venue in North America.  To understand the what & why of the place, you need to wrap your head around exactly where Point 16 is in Big Sur, or for that matter in California.  There is no website for Point 16 & it’s on private property, therefore I will try to include a bit more info about the place than I normally would in a typical blog post;)  Please note:  this is my personal take based on photographing several weddings at Point 16 & my facts are from Google Earth & dead reckoning by & large;)


There are a gazillion microclimates in Big Sur & Point 16 is located in a prime one. The prevailing winds are blocked by the nearby Point Lopez, creating a windshadow that normally leaves clear weather with temperatures between 65 & 75 degrees. I have never seen it get uncomfortably windy during the prime wedding season at Point 16. There are no large indoor facilities at Point 16, excluding the Bridal Cottage & the bathroom aptly called The Loo With A View. The kitchen is entirely outdoors & guests can watch all the food being prepared en plein air. Cheri Gladstone’s A Big Sur Affair Catering manages Point 16. They make sure you receive the best, cuisine, service & experience for your big day!


A Big Sur Affair Catering by Cheri Gladstone;) manages Point 16.








There is no cell service, thank god, and guests are shuttled in by bus from Big Sur proper some 25 miles away. This gives guests a chance to see the dramatic Big Sur coastline, while getting to know each other a little. Patience with every aspect of planning to the day-of is a must for any wedding in Big Sur.



The elevation of Point 16 is 550 feet. From the ceremony site, a dramatic cliff descends to an inaccessible rocky beach in about 700′ or so. It’s basically straight down – if you feel like you’re on the edge of a 500′ cliff that’s because you are. It’s spectacular. The grounds are approximitely 5 acres with the main part being the large lawn overlooking the ceremony site. My guess is that the main lawn is about 2 acres, plenty of space for everything, with a hidden field for vendor parking closer to the highway . Giant Eucalyptus trees along with Cypress trees, greenery & a garden comprise the balance of the property. The dancefloor is perched near the edge of the slope that overlooks the ceremony site.

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The ceremony site at Point 16 is on a ridge with dramatic dropoffs on both sides. The ridge extends due west from the main lawn. Guests can look up & down the Big Sur coast for miles. Cape San Martin is visible to the south some 10 miles away with Point Lopez to the north 1.5 miles distant. There is little to no light noise at night. This stretch of the Big Sur Coast is probably the least populated or developed in any stretch of Big Sur. Cone Peak looms directly behind Point 16 at an impressive 5155 feet. The summit descends to sea level in about 3 miles making it the greatest elevation gain in the shortest distance in North America – yes that’s true;) Unfortunately you can’t see Cone Peak from the grounds at Point 16, although the mountains leading up the slope are equally majestic.


Just Married! Way to go guys! Whoo-Hoo!!!



The wedding party arm in arm, a great time was had by all.



A small portion main-lawn-slash-reception-area. A beautiful spot for a family style meal in one of the best microclimates in Big Sur.


Beautiful table arrangements, dramatic ocean views beyond & fresh-sustainable-local meal. Only 1 thing missing, a beautiful bride & groom!






Moonrise at Point 16

Super Moon rising over Big Sur, a ridiculously pretty way to spend an evening with your closest family & friends;)


Between the “dining area” and the outdoor kitchen slash bar sits a large fire pit. My guess is that it’s about 15′ across. Guests gather around, toast marshmallows, smores, and enjoy a starlit evening as the last rays of light fade over the horizon. A beautiful sight for any Big Sur visitor.



A portion of the cocktail area with the dance floor, ocean & super-moon beyond – very cool.


The happy couple danced the night away under the moonlit sky – about as fun as it gets;)



A perfect end to a perfect day. The bubble send-off, very fun;)

Point 16 is a spectacular place for the perfect Big Sur wedding. To my knowledge, there are only a handful of Big Sur venues that can comfortably handle 60-160+- guests in Big Sur. Prices range quite a bit on them, and Point 16 is a great, affordable place to have a classy wedding that you & your guests will never forget;) Insider tip; it books up fast & as far out as allowed.

Photographer; Peer Johnson (contact me here)
Ceremony & Reception; Point 16 Big Sur (Cheri Gladstone with A Big Sur Affair Catering handles the property)
Cocktails & Dinner; A Big Sur Affair Catering