2024 Onward.. I’ve made the decision to not photograph elopements in Big Sur. (See recommended Photographers below)
Big Sur was one of my original bucket list locations, but I’m focusing my attention on my home market and serving the greater Portland area and elsewhere in the state of Oregon.
For Oregon elopement locations, check out this link: https://dylanmhowell.com/oregon-elopement-locations/ or send me a note.
Check out my list of great local Big Sur photographers below.
Best Elopement Photographers in Big Sur
Better With You Photography
Kristen lives just north of Big Sur and has absolutely lovely work. She’s photographed over 200 elopements in Big Sur over the past five years.
Melissa Ergo Photography
Melissa is based in the Santa Cruz mountains and has extensive local knowledge of the Big Sur area. Her work is stunningly beautiful, without requiring your day to feel like a production.
Best Time to Visit Big Sur
Big Sur is beautiful all year, but if you want to plan for a warm day with a bit of sun, we recommend choosing a date April – October. In the spring the coastal hills are full of colorful wildflowers. In the summer months you can take shelter from the sun in the giant redwood trees and head to the beach at sunset. June, July, and August are typically the peak tourist months in Big Sur, so we recommend the quieter months of April, May, September, and October.
How to Get to Big Sur
San Jose International Airport
For couples flying in from the east coast of the US or internationally, San Jose is probably your best option. The airport is about 100 miles north of Big Sur. Driving time can vary based on traffic, but typically it takes no more than 2 hours to arrive in Big Sur.
San Luis Obispo Airport
This is a small regional airport about 100 miles south of Big Sur. SLO is a beautiful city and the 2 hour drive up Hwy 1 is incredible!
Monterrey Regional Airport
If you’re flying in from the northwest (Portland or Seattle) you can usually find flights that are about the same prices as flying into San Jose. Monterey is the closest airport – just 30 miles north of Big Sur.
Renting a car is a must for exploring Big Sur because Highway 1 south of Monterey has little public transportation. Big sur is 100 miles south of San Jose and about 100 miles north of San Luis Obispo.