If you’re lookin for any kind of Big Sur elopement inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Luke and Molly’s elopement on the coast of Big Sur was a damn dream come true.
Big Sur, a stretch along the central California coast, is the perfect place to elope. If you love the water and the mountains but want the warmer weather (not the cold PNW mountain ranges or the Washington/Oregon Coast), you’ve gotta consider Big Sur!
Where to Elope in Big Sur
Big Sur has a ton of location options for your elopement depending on what kind of spot you’re looking for!
Luke and Molly actually just eloped, well, on the side of the road. Yup, Big Sur is so beautiful that you can just pull over and get married right on the side of the hill (safely)! But before I talk more about that, let’s get into some of your more “formal” location options – the state parks around Big Sur.
A Few Big Sur State Parks:
The peaks of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park tower over the Big Sur River Gorge, and there are a ton of redwoods, oaks, & more to walk through! If you’re looking to elope on the beach or by the ocean, keep in mind that there is no beach or ocean access from Pfeiffer Big Sur SP. Pfeiffer Beach is nearby and charges a separate entrance fee if you do want to celebrate at a beach after visiting this park. Pfeiffer SP is 26 miles of Carmel, for reference!
Andrew Molera State Park offers gorgeous ocean views and hillside greenery. If you’re into hiking, this state park has lots of hiking options and you can totally incorporate hiking into your elopement! The park is located 21 miles south of Carmel.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park features redwoods, oaks, ocean views, and even an 80-foot waterfall! The view of the coastline from this park is amazing and provides the perfect backdrop for you to tie the knot. This park is farther down the coast, 37 miles south of Carmel.
As of February 2021, Limekiln State Park is actually closed to due road repairs going on. But hopefully by the time you’re looking at this, Limekiln SP can be an option for you!
Limekiln SP is 56 miles south of Carmel, off of Highway 1. This state park has tons of gorgeous greenery and tall trees, so it’s an amazing spot for a forest elopement!
Where Luke & Molly Eloped
Luke and Molly didn’t elope at a state park in Big Sur. They actually just eloped off the highway, like I mentioned earlier in this post! If you don’t care too much about having an exact spot to go, you can just drive down Highway 1 beyond the state parks and pull off the side of the road. There are all sorts of amazing views and spots that you can tie the knot at!
Enjoy their beautiful gallery!
Vendors for this Big Sur Elopement:
Bridal Gown: Daci Gowns
Bouquet: Trader Joe’s (impressive right?)