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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Wind and Sea Estate Venue, Big Sur, California Elopement Photo Story Award

Wind and Sea Big Sur Wedding Photo of the CA bride and groom posing for a powerful, emotion-filled portrait

Wind and Sea Big Sur Wedding Photographer, CA | The bride and groom pose for a powerful, emotion-filled portrait

The bride and groom pose for a powerful, emotion-filled portrait atop the bluffs of the Pacific Coast. They rest in each other's arms, knowing that their dreams of becoming husband and wife had finally come true.

When Claire and John got engaged, they began planning a dream wedding that would take place during a weekend getaway to Mendocino in June 2020. They had no idea that a global pandemic was on the horizon. When the COVID-19 virus arrived and changed everything, they postponed their wedding until October and redesigned their plans. Instead, they opted for an intimate ceremony with only immediate family members in attendance. They chose the coastal town of Big Sur for their nuptials, as this place was well-suited to their adventurous personalities.

Big Sur Wedding & Event Venue picture from Wind & Sea of bride preparing for the elopement

Big Sur Wedding & Event Venue - Wind & Sea Photos | The bride spends some time by herself preparing for the wedding

Claire spends some time by herself preparing for the wedding. With her dress hanging in the background, it's clear that she's ready to become a bride.

Wind and Sea Estate Wedding Venue Pic from Big Sur of the groom getting ready upstairs with a sea view

Wind and Sea Estate Wedding Venue Pic from Big Sur | his future bride got ready downstairs

As his future bride got ready downstairs, John was just one floor above her making his own preparations for the big day.

Northern California Elopement Photo from The ceremony at Wind & Sea, a venue in Big Sur

Wind and Sea Wedding Venue Photography - Big Sur, CA | a private and peaceful cliff side patio that is perfect for small elopements

The ceremony took place at Wind & Sea, a venue in Big Sur that features a private and peaceful cliff side patio that is perfect for weddings.

CA Coastal Big Sur Wedding Ceremony at Wind and Sea Photo of the couple bursting into laughter during the vow exchange

Coastal Big Sur Wedding Ceremony - Wind and Sea Photos | The couple bursts into laughter during the vow exchange

The couple bursts into laughter as Claire reads her wedding vows. The love they share for one another was quite evident — it's clear that friendship serves as the bedrock for their relationship.

Destination Wedding Image from a Big Sur, CA elopement ceremony as The groom pauses for a brief second in order to soak up the moment

Destination Wedding Images from Big Sur, CA | The groom pauses for a brief second in order to soak up the moment

John pauses for a brief second in order to soak up the moment before he kisses his bride.

Wind and Sea Big Sur, CA Wedding Home Rental Picture of a couple elated to finally tie the knot

Wind and Sea Big Sur, CA Wedding Home Rental Pics |  this couple was elated to finally tie the knot

The wedding may have been delayed, and it may not have looked like they originally planned, but this couple was elated to finally tie the knot.

Wind and Sea Estate Wedding Photo of a Big Sur couple sharing a celebratory champagne toast

Wind and Sea Estate Wedding Photographer | Big Sur couple shares a celebratory champagne toast

The happy couple shares a celebratory champagne toast with their family members who attended the outdoor wedding.

CA Adventure Elopements and Destination Wedding Portraits with the encapsulating, breathtaking, rugged landscape

Wind and Sea Big Sur Wedding - CA Couple Portraits | The bride and groom spend a solitary moment enjoying their surroundings

The bride and groom spend a solitary moment enjoying their surroundings in Big Sur. Rather than being surrounded by a crowd of their family members and friends, they were encapsulated by a breathtaking, rugged landscape. The portrait seems to symbolize that their marriage is new and that endless adventures await them in the future.