Big Sur Wedding with Redwood Ceremony
The number one rule when wedding planning: make your wedding your own. Whether it's in front of two people or 200, across the world or across the street, make this once in a lifetime celebration truly represent you and your partner. And that's exactly what Las Vegas couple Bianca & Jason did. They let go of all details that weren't "them" and embraced what was when they wed in Big Sur and said "I do" among these stunning redwoods. Meg Smith Photography captured every magical moment at the Ventana Big Sur with a contemporary, natural, romantic vibe. From the epic floral ceremony arch by Fine Art Curation member Gather Design Company to the morning yoga, this wedding is Pinterest-worthy for sure...
From Bride, Bianca: "We met at West Virginia Wesleyan college where we both ran Track and Field. We kept in touch after college, often catching up in different cities when our schedules would coincide. In 2015 I was living in NYC and Jason lived in Vancouver, BC. Jason asked me if we could give “us” a shot if he moved to NYC, I said yes and he moved shortly thereafter. We now live in Las Vegas, about a 5 minute drive from Red Rock Canyon. We take hikes in Red Rock frequently. We planned to go on an afternoon hike. Instead of going to our hiking trail Jason pulled over at a beautiful overlook. My family and friends (who all live out of state) were there. Jason then got on one knee and proposed. Having Jason ask me to marry him in a place that we both hold sacred and commonly find peace in, is something I’ll cherish forever.
We traveled to Big Sur for the first time for my 30th birthday. We spent hours wandering through the redwoods at Post Ranch Inn in awe of the ancient giants. Under the canopy of the forest we had our first discussion about the possibility of getting married in Big Sur. At the time it felt more like a dream than something that would ever come to fruition. About 6 months later we made our second trip to Big Sur, this time to Ventana. The property is stunning, very rustic and romantic. One of our favorite parts about Ventana was the ten minute walk from our room, through the redwoods, to The Sur House for dinner. That’s when we saw the Redwood Cathedral for the first time, a beautiful opening in the middle of the forest with sun rays piercing through the trees. It felt magical. We knew then, that this is where we wanted to get married.
We wanted to cultivate an environment that was true to the things we love most about Big Sur. The landscape, architecture, decor and cuisine of the area all reflect a respect for nature that we have rarely, if ever, seen anywhere else. We had the vision of leaving our wedding more rested then when we came. Most of our guests have never visited the area, we wanted to create a low-stress, laid back experience for them that would allow them to make the most of their time in Big Sur.
Jillian at Marrow Fine created a really awesome crescent moon signet ring that captures the moon phase on our wedding night. She’s my go to for everything sparkly. I also wore a ring that my late Grandmother gave me about 10 years ago. My late Grandfather bought the ring for my Grandmother in their 20’s at a jewelry store that is still family owned and operated in my hometown in West Virginia."
From Stylist/Planner Callista & Company: "A gorgeous, classic, lush arch from Gather Design Company, with chairs in an intimate semi-circle, surrounded by the incredible coastal redwood trees. We set contemporary glass tables, with full rows of elegant fall flowers down the center, as well as ceramic chargers, velvet napkins, and crystal glassware. Plush white chairs lined the tables, while a floral installation and iron lanterns hung overhead.
The wedding day stationery / decor featured contemporary typography foiled in matte silver on nude paper. The wedding menus were backed on a sheet of acrylic to add weight to be functional in the Big Sur breeze. The welcome gift boxes, confetti toss boxes, and post-wedding wellness favor boxes were made in different sized, nude-colored tin and adorned with matte silver foil tags. Bianca and Jason hand wrote incredibly personalized messages to each guest on custom stationery as a thoughtful touch. The welcome gifts featured treats from Big Sur Bakery, and the post-wedding wellness favor boxes featured face masks, lip balm, tea, and more. We custom imprinted grey yoga mats for each guest with the wedding logo, which were used at a pre-wedding yoga session on the Ocean Meadow Lawn at Ventana."
Photographer: Meg Smith Photography | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stylist / Planner: Callista & Company | Floral Designer: Gather Design Company | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Venue: Ventana Big Sur | Hair & Make-up Artist: The Hair and Makeup Company | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Music: Elan Artists | Officiant: Soaring Starkey | Stationery: Libby Tipton