Romantic Pfeiffer Beach Elopement Ceremony and Picnic With Their Two Sons

Romantic Pfeiffer Beach Elopement Ceremony and Picnic With Their Two Sons

Alicia and Ben’s Pfeiffer Beach elopement started off in their Airbnb in Carmel By The Sea with their two little boys. Then they drove the scenic coast of Big Sur to Pfeiffer Beach where they had a sweet little ceremony and playtime with the kids. Get all the details from their romantic elopement with their kiddos.

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Planning Your Elopement at Pfeiffer Beach

Photography by Xsperience Photography

“The Big Sur Sector allows various events at this park with an approved Special Event Permit. Events staged at this park are suitable for those wishing to have a low-key event in a rustic, outdoors location.  This in the only park in the sector with ‘exclusive access‘ event sites.  Special Events include weddings, elopements, receptions, rehearsal/welcome dinners, events that require the reservation of park facilities, events with vendors, etc. 

‘Standard’ Special Event Permits may be issued for events at set event locations and/or for events with more than ten (10) people.  ‘Elopement’ Special Event Permits may be issued for elopement weddings of ten (10) people or less that take place at hike-in locations.  You may apply for a ‘standard’ Special Event Permit up to one (1) year in advance or an ‘elopement’ Special Event Permit up to six (6) months in advance. Applications received forty-five (45) days or less in advance of the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions.  Applications received twenty-one (21) days or less in advance of the event date will not be considered. 

Events are not permitted/allowed on any weekend dates (Friday-Sunday) the Friday prior to Memorial Day through Labor Day or on holiday weekend dates.” [ Trisha, the photographer]

Please remember to practice proper leave no trace (LNT) practices during your elopement. To learn more about the most recent permit information, check out the park’s website.

Eloping With Kids Near Big Sur

Trisha tells us this family was spontaneous, free-spirited and 100% respect their time together. They embraced the moments whether a camera was pointed in their direction or not. 

Thinking about eloping with kids? Here’s what Trisha recommends:

“Get the formal shot of them right away so they’re free to be kids and get dirty!! This couple brought the grandparents along so they could have their kid-time and then enjoy the picnic and dancing on the beach solo before heading off to a short honeymoon in Napa.” [ Trisha, the photographer]

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Tips When Eloping at Pfeiffer Beach

“Highly recommend sunrise to beat the crowds. Misty mornings or rain so bring a light jacket, sweatshirt and a clear umbrella to make those photos pretty plus stay comfortable. Not a lot of hiking required so it’s a great location for those wanting a short walk, beautiful scenery and a relaxing day.” [ Trisha, the photographer]

Memorable Moments From This Elopement

From the photographer: 

“The kids seeing the water for the first time and saying ‘mom look at this giant river!’. And the groom tearing up during his vows because Alicia said he isn’t much of a writer and he totally surprised her and surpassed any expectations of what to expect. It was really romantic!”


Planning | Elope West 
Photo + Video | Xsperience Photography

Officiant + Picnic | White Loon Events
Florals | Green Goddess Floral greengoddessfloral
Cake | Sweetrebas in Carmel By The Sea
Dress | BHLDN


Photos From This Elopement at Pfeiffer Beach

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