The intimate big sur elopement at Loma Vista Gardens that forever changed the direction + depth of my business, and my life. Carly and Garret have the most gentle personas. It was the greatest honor to serve them as they said I do. Even though I may not have the words, my sweet bride Carli does as an incredibly talented. She wrote about the day from her perspective and it far outweighs what I could ever try to write.


“Garrett and I met in 2011 right before I moved 500 miles north to attend college. During the following two years, we spent many hours on the road together going to and from school, always stopping in Big Sur. It became a quick tradition and a beautifully scenic way to break up our drive.

Nearly eight years later, we were married at a Loma Vista Gardens right next to our favorite pit stop (Big Sur Taphouse!). The fairytale gardens, right off Highway 1, greet you as soon as you weave your way into the village.

We were sold.

Eleven chairs. Eleven champagne glasses. and Eleven guests. And nothing to do but seep into the surroundings as we vowed ourselves to one another. I wouldn’t have altered it for the world.

We were officiated by Big Sur’s Soaring Starkey, who brought so much light to our day. She blessed our rings to the high universe and to the low grounds beneath our feet. She blessed our hearts as one and our minds as team members for life.

After an intimate champagne cheers, we wandered down the mountain to a coastal cliffside for our portraits. What followed would be one of the best moments of my life.

My groom and I gathered energy from the ocean and inhaled the depths of sky that surrounded us. Just being there, at the cliff of it all, was a true gift. It was an everlasting reminder of the love we’ve built and the union we created on our day, 12/15/18. ” -Carli Mee

The bride’s sweet words about their Intimate Big Sur Elopement at Loma Vista Gardens


Venue: Loma Vista Gardens
Officiant: Soaring Starkey
Flowers: Bewilder Floral
Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals
Photography: Alyssa Brooke


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