Virginia + Noel (Wedding Photography) @ Stewart’s Cove Beach, Carmel, California

After braving through a super-windy engagement session at three-mile beach in Santa Cruz, I knew Virginia and Noel could handle anything nature threw at them on their wedding day. Luckily mother nature was kind, offering up a gorgeous, calm day at Stewart’s Cove Beach in Carmel, California. Read on for the highlights of this intimate beach wedding, or jump over to to view and order from the 600+ photos I’ve got there.


BothVirginia and Noel were getting ready in separate suites at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. It’s a luxurious venue with breathtaking vistas, not to mention the front-door access to downtown and Cannery Row. Once I met up with Virginia I immediately started with capturing the details – flwoers, jewelry, shoes, etc. Stewart

After spending a little time with Virginia I went up to check on Noel was doing. He was hanging out with his dad, pretty much ready to go. I took some neat photos of a family heirloom pocketwatch that Noel had just received from his dad. Stewart

A few photos of the view from the Monterey Plaza Hotel and we’re off to Stewart’s Cove beach. When I got there everyone was there and ready to go. All 14 of them. Did I mention this was a small wedding? Stewart

The officiant did a wonderful job with his dynamic, yet not-too-lengthy ceremony.  Stewart

Nice view for your wedding – this is what 90% of brides say they want, but almost never get. Stewart

Some nice formal portraits of the bride and groom. Stewart

Some family formals and more B&G formals. Stewart

After the ceremony and photos, we all drove back to Monterey to Montrio Bistro – a lovely restaurant where the top floor was reserved for our private wedding party. It was totally mellow, comfortable and the food was awesome.  Stewart

It was a little strange capturing candids of such a small group of people, but I’m happy with how they came out. Stewart Stewart

Some neat props for the rings. Loved the flower decorations. I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them.


Planning an intimate beach wedding in the Monterey / Carmel / Santa Cruz area?
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