Simple Big Sur elopement that feels like you

Big Sur elopement expert photographer, packages, and planning

elopement in Big Sur can be easy + Fun

Marry the love of your life on your terms

You have every reason to marry your soon-to-be-spouse in a way that makes you feel good. Not into the traditional church or wedding venue? That’s okay! Here in Northern California we have access to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and they’re the perfect spots to say “I do.” If the idea of getting married in Big Sur just feels right but you don’t know where to start, I’m here to help! 

CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming wedding! We are so excited for you. Seriously - I get so, so, so excited on your wedding day, like it’s my chance to relive my own wedding day.

Speaking of, my husband and I were married in Carmel, so the entire Big Sur area holds so much meaning to us. Helping another couple plan and capture their elopement day in this area is a dream come true. I can’t wait to begin the process with you! I’ll walk you through the entire process from start to finish, help you bring your wedding vision to life, and leave you saying, "that was easy!"

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Have the wedding you’ve always wanted

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The perfect package for couples who want to remember their elopement without creating an all-day event. 

All Big Sur Packages Include:

  • Magazine worthy, framable, and artistically curated photography of your wedding day in true-to-life colors.

  • Unlimited pre- and post-ceremony consultations via phone, text, DM, or in person to help you with prep, answer your questions, and more!

  • Local and elopement expertise to handpick the best experience and timeline based on your interests and budget. 

  • Permit application, filed for you, if applicable. (Permit fee applies)

  • Sneak peek delivery within 72 hours of your wedding; full gallery within 2-3 weeks.
  • No "limits" to number of images - you will get all your memories back unless it's super awkward (we do include funny bloopers!), test shots, misfires, etc. 

  • Professionally-edited, high-resolution images.

  • Full printing rights with unlimited downloads.

  • Access to my resident Client Happiness Manager to make sure that you’re well taken care of throughout the process.

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See below for individual package pricing


  • Approximately 1-2 hour of photography coverage. 

  • On-location photos in one location in the Monterey/Big Sur/Carmel.

  • Typically covers photos of your ceremony and celebratory photoshoot afterwards at the same location.

  • All add-ons are available for this package.

Super Short and Simple

This package is for you if you'd like to just capture one location (beach, redwoods, or bluffs usually!)

$2,750 with Emily
$1,850 with ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHER (associate pricing offered for 2024 weddings only)


  • Approximately 2-3 hours of photo coverage (perfect for 2-3 locations)

  • On-location photos in Carmel/Big Sur/Monterey.

  • Photos of your arrival, ceremony, and celebratory photoshoot afterwards.

  • All add-ons are available for this package.

Short and Simple

If you’re looking to document the best moments of your elopement, this package includes everything you need. 

$3,750 with Emily

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$4,750 with Emily

  • Up to 4-6 hours of photo coverage.

  • Perfect for photos of getting ready, first look, arrival, ceremony, and celebratory photoshoot afterwards in all the gorgeous spots the area offers (redwoods, bluffs, beach, and Bixby Bridge).

  • All add-ons are available for this package.

Half-Day Experience

This package is for you if you’d like some extra photo coverage while still keeping some of your elopement day to yourselves. 


$5,850 with Emily

  • Photo coverage of your entire day (more than 6 hours)

  • On-location photos in Big Sur

  • Photos of getting ready ready, first look, arrival, ceremony, and reception where you dance the night away, or extended adventure hiking in the area.

  • All add-ons are available for this package.

Remember the Day ~ Full-Day Experience

If you’re looking to document your elopement from start-to-finish and you will be having a intimate wedding with a reception, this package includes everything you need. This is perfect if you will have a reception, or would like to go on big hikes! 

I had the most beautiful experience eloping in Big Sur

I booked Emily for an elopement package in Big Sur. This may have been the BEST decision I made in planning my elopement. Overall, I had the most beautiful experience eloping in Big Sur.... all in thanks to the efforts and arrangements provided by Emily. She and her team are beyond fantastic. Book her. You won't regret it.

Peggy F

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  • A ceremony officiant - $475

  • Flowers - $275

  • Videography - starting at $1,375+

  • Additional photo style edits - $150

  • RAW image files - $275

  • A sitter for your pup - $75/hr

  • And more!

Optional add-ons include: 

Optional add-ons to customize your experience

It’s my mission to provide you with both stunning wedding photography and peace of mind knowing that I’m here to help. To make the process easier, I offer optional package add-ons to create the experience you’re looking for.

Design Your Day from Start-to-Finish

My most-loved package add-ons

My most-loved package add-ons

Tony, our resident officiant and Emily's husband, became ordained in 2020 to help couples elope. Not only is he the best husband, but he’s the kindest and most flexible person to work with on your wedding day. He’s already married countless couples and loves to help everyone create a ceremony that suits their own relationship. He always steps away for the first kiss! 

In case Tony isn’t available on your wedding date, we also have many other amazing officiants who are ready to step in as needed.


Price: $475

OPTION TO "Self Officiate" or guest to officiate with our help: FREE

  • Ceremony script assistance.

  • Wedding ceremony.

  • Marriage license processing.

The officiant add-on includes: 

Wedding Officiant

There’s nothing like revisiting your wedding day on video. With the ability to hear your vows and see your loved ones in action, this package add-on is one of our most popular.


PRICE: $1,375+

  • One videographer.

  • A professionally-edited 1-2 minute wedding film.

  • 4K video resolution.

  • One archival edit video (compilation of RAW footage).

  • Final delivery within 8-12 weeks of your wedding, depending on season.

The videography add-on includes:

Wedding Videography

We have our signature editing style you see on this page (true to life colors with a little bit of magic), but I totally get you might have also dreamed of being a light and airy couple, or you two are more editorial - we are here to get you those photos too!

Your first editing style is always included with your price. (If you don't choose a specific edit, it will be EJP edit by default)

Check out different edits

PRICE: $150 per additional editing style

Option to Choose Your Editing Style

EJP Original

Black and white


Light and Airy

While you bask in that newlywed glow, I’ll be hard at work editing your images. Sneak peeks are sent out 2-3 days following your wedding so you have something to hold you over for the big reveal. After 3-4 weeks, you’ll receive your online photo gallery with all (and I really mean all) of your images from your wedding day. Pour a glass of wine with your honey and enjoy!

image delivery

All of the prep is done, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy your wedding! You’ll have the very best vendors in place to ensure that your wedding exceeds all of your expectations. So live in the moment, feel all the feels, and say yes to the love of your life.

Your Wedding Day

Reach out to book me or one of my associates for your wedding day. With your package selected and deposit paid, we’ll start planning in earnest! I’ll send over my detailed welcome packet and we’ll meet to discuss your vision. Prior to the big day, you’ll receive a customized timeline and all of my best tips.

Booking and Prep

Three steps to forever photos

My simple, stress-free process

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She made planning our elopement super easy and stress-free

Working with Emily was great. She made planning our elopement super easy and stress-free, and on top of that the photos are incredible-- like wedding blog incredible! If you are looking to do a unique wedding in a beautiful location, Emily is a great choice

Dory z

Frequently Asked


Yes! We understand how important it can be to include loved ones in your special day, so you’re more than welcome to bring friends and family along. We don’t have a strict limit on the number of guests you can bring, but once you include more than 6 people, we may need to look into additional permits for your elopement.

Can we invite guests to our elopement? 


Traditional wedding attire looks absolutely amazing even in the most rugged landscape, so don’t feel like you need to dress casually to match the environment. Dress in whatever way feels comfortable and beautiful for you. Long veils and dresses look gorgeous with a natural background, and wind can add the best movement to photos! 

What should we wear for our elopement?


We are able to provide plenty of suggestions if you need them, but ultimately those are personal decisions with many factors to consider. In the end, we’ll leave booking your flights, hotels, and car rentals to you! 

Will you book our flights, hotels, and car rentals?


We are fully prepared to keep going rain or shine (we have a super cute clear umbrella that photographs well), but we also totally understand that's not the vision you had. We will have Plan B in case of rain - somewhere sheltered. If you are in the area for a few days, and we are not otherwise booked, we are also able to move the dates around as well. If you absolutely do not want rain, months of June-Sept are generally months without rain in Northern California.

What do we do if it rains?


Sure can! We’ve done over 100 elopements, and have built solid relationships with vendors we love and trust.

Can you recommend other vendors? 


Absolutely! We’ll handle that for you. We will get to know your general vision of what you’re imagining and give you suggestions based on that. Our extensive travel planning background + being Northern California natives, we’ve got you!

Can you help us choose a location for our elopement?

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