Carmel Mission – Point 16 Wedding

I recently had the good fortune to photograph a great wedding combining my 2 favorite venues on the California Coast – The Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo) & Point 16 Big Sur. What a treat!

The Carmel Mission retains much of it’s original structure, including it’s bell tower dome. It is one of the most authentically restored of all the mission churches in California and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Mission is also on the National Register of Historic Places.  There are beautiful colannade’s, private courtyards, as well as an abundance of great nooks & cranny’s that make for great moments any time of year.

Carmel Mission

Carmel Mission Wedding Dress

Carmel Mission Bell Tower

Carmel Mission Bridal Room

Carmel Mission Bride

The happy couple chose to be traditional and did not see each other prior to the ceremony. This didn’t stop special guests from coming by to give hugs prior. The full mass was in the late morning with a short reception in the courtyard following. Guests boarded a bus for the trip south along the beautiful Big Sur coast.

Carmel Mission Wedding

Carmel Mission Bridesmaid

Carmel Mission Bridesmaids

Carmel Mission Groom

Carmel Mission Groomsmen
Brothers will be brothers:) I assure you, we did do some nice ones before they let loose.

Carmel Mission Enterance
The big moment, smiles all around.

Carmel Mission Wedding Ceremony

Father Freddy, & The Missions’ Wedding Coordinator Liz Tana, did a great job of keeping everything running smoothly while still retaining that specialness the day deserves:)

Carmel Mission Catholic Wedding

Carmel Mission Vows

Carmel Mission Kiss
Congratulations guys, well done!

Carmel Mission Recession

Carmel Mission Wedding
After family photos we had a few minutes for some private moments around the grounds of the Mission. A sure bet to get great images – any time of day.

Carmel Mission Wedding Photo

Point 16 Greeting
Some friends didn’t get a chance to give hugs till we arrived at Point 16. All that pent up emotion led to multiple displays of affection…some expressed in typical “guy” ways. Too fun!

Point 16 Guys

Point 16 group photo

Point 16 group shot on the knoll, everyone in attendance.

Point 16 Big Sur Wedding Group Photo

The “fun” one following the classic one. Always a good laugh!

Point 16 Ladies

Point 16 Big Sur

Point 16 Fun

Point 16 Big Sur Reception
Table arrangements set by the top notch staff of A Big Sur Affair catering. Floral arrangements courtesy of Kate Healey’s Big Sur Flowers.

Tables Point 16 Big Sur
Kate’s flowers are organically grown & sourced daily from her families ranch nearby. The property is everything you’d imagine a hilltop Big Sur ranch to be – ocean to mountain views in every direction, meadows, gigantic Ponderosa Pines, hawks, condors, it’s absolutely awesome!

Point 16 Big Sur Place Settings

Point 16 Big Sur Dinner

Dessert Big Sur Point 16
Homemade pies by Cheri from A Big Sur Affair. They are AWESOME every time!!!

Cake Big Sur Point 16

Big Sur Point 16 Toast
A little roasting & toasting by the brother of the groom…priceless.

Big Sur Groom

Big Sur Point 16 First Dance

Big Sur Point 16 Dancing

Big Sur Point 16 Speech

Big Sur Point 16 Wedding Couple
The perfect ending to a perfect day. Sun going down, an adorable couple, gorgeous weather, excellent food, great wine & cocktails, wonderful company, what more can you ask for? A bonfire with s’mores & a beautiful star-lit evening followed.

Big Sur Point 16 Sunset

Big Sur Point 16 Reception

Big Sur Point 16 Dancing

Big Sur Partier
Normal behavior for Canadians!!! Ha ha ha:)

Big Sur Wedding Dancing
Some brothers have a hard time letting go.

Big Sur Fun

Big Sur Drunkard

Big Sur Wedding Reception

Big Sur Point 16 Shuttle

The Point 16 VIP shuttle.

The evening ended with friends & family joining the happy couple on the dance floor. Hugs were given all around, last call was called & it was rumored that the afterparty went on till the wee hours of the morning.

All in all it was a great wedding. The Carmel Mission & Point 16 are approximately 90 minutes apart – without traffic. I’ve had several clients entertain the idea of going this route with this being the first one. It is a beautiful way to encompass two of the most spectacular locales on the California coast, but it may not be for everyone simply due to the bus ride. The ride from Big Sur proper to Point 16 (which lies on the southern Big Sur coast) is around 35 minutes.

One thing to note when getting married in Big Sur is that it’s Big Sur for a reason: unrivaled views, towering redwoods, hidden canyons with waterfalls & scattered spectacular beaches. Reception is spotty to non existent (which is a shock to some:), traffic is increasing year by year & the affordable hotels book up early – they will be sold out every weekend from April to October. But if you’re ready to have fun, have a little patience & you’re ready to appreciate Big Sur for what it is, then you just might have the greatest day of your life!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with everyone involved several times this year & they always bring their best! I wouldn’t hesitate call on any of them.

Photographer: Peer Johnson (contact me here)
Ceremony: Carmel Mission, Father Freddy
Reception: Point 16 Big Sur
Cocktails & Dinner: A Big Sur Affair Catering
Floral Arrangements: Big Sur Flowers

Wind and Sea Big Sur

Can you imagine making your wedding dress in just one week?  Brides be jealous, noted Miami fashion designer Lori Lester did just that – and it looked incredible!!!

Wind and Sea Big Sur Wedding Dress

Wind and Sea Wedding Details

Big Sur Wedding Dress
Friends & family escaped the Miami summer heat with a quick trip to this unrivaled Big Sur estate – Wind and Sea! The perfect crew was assembled with Rhonda Johnson creating simple-yet-beautiful hair-makeup, Kate Healey’s Big Sur Flowers enhanced the beauty that is Big Sur with her keen eye for color & form. Jon Kasky’s Paradise Catering handled the food & drinks en plein air, and Soaring Starkey brought us all together for the ceremony.

Wedding Makeup Big Sur
Lori talks about her design process, “Everyone’s first question after hearing I was engaged was, “are you making your dress?” The pressure was definitely on to have an extra special wedding dress as I always knew I wanted to make it myself. Although I do not design bridal, it was fine because I didn’t want a conventional dress. I knew I wanted to use a fabric that looked vintage and was gold. It took about a week and a half and three first samples to get it right. But it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. Now I am getting women asking me to make their wedding dress. I may have to begin designing bridal after all!”

Simple Big Sur Wedding

Wind and Sea Ceremony Area

Wind and Sea Groom

Wind and Sea Grounds

The breathtaking grounds at Wind and Sea Estate, Big Sur.

Wind and Sea Bluff

Wind and Sea Processional
Here she comes…

Small Ceremony Wind and Sea Big Sur

Wind and Sea Ceremony

Wind and Sea Wedding
Way to go guys, congratulations!

Wind and Sea Couple

Wind and Sea

Wind and Sea Group Photo

Wind and Sea Wedding Reception

Big Sur Elopement

Big Sur Wedding Elopement

Wind and Sea Sunset

Wind and Sea Bride & Groom

Big Sur Reception Details

Paradise Catering Big Sur

Wedding Cake Big Sur

Big Sur Wedding Appetizers

Wind and Sea Dinner

Big Sur Dinner

Big Sur Wedding Hugs

Big Sur Wedding Cocktails

Wedding Toasts Big Sur

Wind and Sea Sunset

Wind and Sea Dancing

Big Sur Wedding Fun

Big Sur After Party

Wind and Sea Evening

Wind and Sea Fire Pit

After a few hours of dancing, guests had one last toast around the fire. The sinking moon set over the horizon on a crystal clear cloudless night. A really beautiful way to close an extra special day:)

Wedding Dress: Lori Lester
Photographer: Peer Johnson
Makeup & Hair; Rhonda Johnson (my wonderful wife)
Ceremony, Reception & Accommodations: Wind and Sea Big Sur
Cocktails & Dinner: Paradise Catering
Floral Arrangements: Big Sur Flowers
Officiant: Soaring Starkey