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A Beautiful Disney Detailed Wedding at Big Sur’s River Inn

Wedding by the river Big Sur River Inn

Danielle and Josh had a Big Sur River Inn wedding on a perfect and sunny day in Big Sur. There were two different sites: Riverside Camping Grounds and Cabins as well as the Big Sur River Inn Campgrounds. Josh proposed to Danielle in Point Lobos, so it was important for them to have a ceremony in Big Sur.

Big Sur Flowers on Reception Table and floral table numbers with succulents
Big Sur Flowers on Ceremony
Disney designed menu item at Big Sur Campground Wedding Reception
Disney inspired wedding cake elegant Big Sur River Inn reception
Big Sur Flowers Boutonnieres
Groom Details with sage green accents
Dog friendly Big Sur River Inn
Floral detail Sherri Hill bridal gown
Floral bridal robes for bridesmaids champagne toast
Bradley Mischka bridal shoes "I Do"
Big Sur River Inn reception with wildflowers
Big Sur River Inn Oversized Jenga lawn games
Homegrown succulent wedding favors with wildflower centerpieces
Big Sur flower centerpieces and card box detail
Customized hangers for bridal robes and Big Sur River Inn
River at Big Sur River Inn and bridal robes champagne toast
Bridal portraits with wooden background rustic
Mother of bride and bridal details
Succulent and white rose bridal bouquets

Disney Details

As if this iconic venue wasn’t enough, Danielle and Josh integrated swoon-worthy personal details into their wedding day. Danielle works for Disney, so their invitation suite, which was complete with a map of their venue, was a custom design by a Disney designer. Josh appreciates fine details and aesthetic, so he purchased a custom made Italian suit and a gentleman’s valet for their big day. The florals for their wedding included succulents grown from their own garden. For a local Big Sur wedding photographer like myself, everything was such a treat to capture!

Disney designed custom wedding invitations flatlay
Heirloom wedding ring with disney designed wedding invitations
Big Sur River Inn map and Badgley Mischka shoes
Custom graphic watercolor wedding invitations for Big Sur River Inn
Custom Wooden Ring Box groom details
Jewel by Badgley Mischka shoes styled with rings on custom map
Disney designed escort table numbers and custom watercolors
Groom love letter and portait
Groom custom designed tux by Brunello Italian Designer
Groom succulent boutonniere and custom wooden coasters
Dog with bowtie and bride details
wedding gift idea for guests succulents
bridal portaits at big sur river inn
Big Sur River Inn reception with custom graphic

Wedding Vibes

Tall green trees in the background. The bridesmaids dressed in slight shades of sky blue. The groomsmen in varying shades of navy. The sun was shining in Big Sur, and every detail of the day went as planned. You know how sometimes you see a group of friends and can tell they’ve all known each other for a long time? Danielle and Josh’s wedding party was something so precious to see. Everyone was encouraging, positive, and made this intimate wedding even more special.

fun bridal party ideas in the river
Portaits by Big Sur River

Integrating Culture

Culture was a huge part of their wedding day. Danielle is very close to her family, and she thought of an idea of mimicking her mother’s bridal portrait so she could frame them side by side. In her mom’s bridal portrait, she was wearing a traditional red Vietnamese long sleeve dress with intricate embroidery. Danielle, too, wore a similar dress in her bridal portrait. During the wedding ceremony, they also had a tea ceremony where they served tea to the parents of the bride and groom. I adored capturing this beautiful moment as their local Big Sur wedding photographer.

Traditional Vietnamese Red Gown
Big Sur River Inn ceremony
Big Sur River Inn tea ceremony
Big Sur River Inn ceremony exit

Danielle and Josh’s darling miniature schnauzer made an appearance for their family portraits, donning a small green bowtie that matched the succulents. He even made an appearance later on while they were on the dance floor! I love photographing paw-rent’s fur babies!

Miniature Schnauzer bowtie dog friendly wedding
Wedding welcome sign with schnauzer cut out
Big Sur River Inn forest portaits
Big Sur River Inn toast at the reception table
Group photo at Big Sur River Inn


Weddings at Big Sur River Inn are always so fun. I love when brides integrate their own personalities and culture into their own wedding. It’s incredible to see which traditions are passed down to each generation and to be able to witness it all. Capturing these moments is also special because I know that I’m not just capturing the wedding day for the bride and groom, but also capturing moments for the parents to reminisce.

Danielle and Josh were a fun, sweet, and energetic couple. Their whole wedding felt organic and full of love. From the florals by Big Sur Flowers to the joy of the families uniting, everything had a little bit of magic to it.

Dancing at the reception Big Sur River Inn
Surprise traditional vietnamese dress at wedding reception
Cutting the cake big at wedding reception big sur river inn

This wedding also ended on such a fun note: a sparkler exit! All the guests raised their sparklers to the newlyweds as they exited the venue at the end of the evening.

Bridal sparkler exit in the woods


Let’s chat if you have a wedding coming up in Big Sur! I would love to be there for you as your local Big Sur wedding photographer.

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  1. Ryan says:

    Love the cut out they had of the dog! SO freaking awesome. You crushed this Big Sur wedding 100%

  2. Amanda says:


    I am so in love with the arch. Did they have that custom made or was that included at the venue?

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