When I first talked to Karolina and Ashley, they told me they wanted a photo from their wedding that captured them surrounded by the grandness of Big Sur. Something epic they could blow up big and hang on their wall.
No problem, I figured. They were getting married at Wind and Sea, a private home perched on a Pacific cliff, the majesty of the Big Sur coast spread out before it. In my mind I envisioned something with cliffs and ocean and the sunset.
But I quietly hoped for a clear night with no moon and a visible Milky Way, so I could do a shot exactly like the one at the top of this blog post.
The fact that the last shot of the night worked out as perfectly as I hoped was just the final awesome thing in a day full of awesomeness.
Karolina and Ashley did an amazing job creating a wedding day that looked incredible and was super fun for their friends and family. The couple wanted a day in which their many high-energy friends would be forced (by lack of cell service and related connectivity) to relax and enjoy themselves, and they succeeded.
Karolina and Ashley selected a color palette of pastels, cremes and whites for their Wind and Sea Big Sur wedding, and asked their guests to dress appropriately. You can see the results in a group photo taken after the ceremony, with everyone at the wedding wearing the personalized white sunglasses that the couple provided. It was thoughtful little details like this that really made the couple’s vision come together.
I am grateful to my friend and colleague Mandi Nack for referring me to these wonderful women. Mandi and her crew at A Sparkling Event did a phenomenal job handling all the beautiful details of the day.
There’s so much I could say about this incredible wedding — from how much I enjoyed spending time with the brides, to how charming all their guests were, to how nice of a day it was, from the foggy morning right through to the warm clear night. Check out my favorite photos from Karolina & Ashley’s Wind and Sea Big Sur wedding in the gallery below.
Venue: Wind and Sea, Big Sur | Wedding planner: Mandi Nack, A Sparkling Event, Monterey, CA | Photographer: Scott MacDonald | Associate photographer: Nathan Weyland | Videographer: Nico Lee-Quinones, Dream Together Films | DJ: Erica Schwanke, Heart of Gold DJs, San Francisco CA | Catering: A Taste of Elegance Catering and Events, Pacific Grove CA | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals, Monterey CA | Cake: Layers Cake, Monterey, CA | Hair & Makeup – Angela Worth, Los Angeles, CA | Engagement Rings: New York Jewelers, Chicago IL | Wedding Bands: Mon Ami Jewelry, Chicago IL | Flowers: (wholesaler) by Mandi Nack of A Sparkling Event, Monterey CA | Bridesmaids’ rings: Baublebar | Favors: Diva Entertains | Menu and Escort Cards: DIY | Karolina’s Apparel: Dress – Nicole Miller, from Alice in Ivory, Chicago IL; Shoes – Menbur; Headpiece – Twigs & Honey | Ashley’s Apparel: Dress – Maggie Sottero from Vera’s Bridal, Madison IL; Shoes – Giuseppe Zanotti; Jumpsuit – Jill Stuart