Family-Oriented Muir Beach Wedding at the Pelican Inn

September 10, 2017 | emy

Alex and Kiel wanted their big day to be simple, made up only of love, family, the right photographer and the perfect setting, all of which came together beautifully for their intimate and romantic Muir Beach wedding at The Pelican Inn. This charming lodge is nestled above a scenic beach between Muir Woods and the Pacific Ocean, the perfect spot for a dramatic post-wedding shoot. The Moody Romantic photography captured the couple on the beach at sunset, Alex’s Monique Lhuillier gown billowing white against the rocky cliffs and vast west coast. We love how cozy and family-orientated this celebration was! The bride’s grandfather ordained the ceremony, her brother played guitar and her daughter led an adorable flock of flower girls carrying florals by Yellow Thistle Designs.

The Couple:

Alex and Kiel

The Wedding:

The Pelican Inn, Muir Beach, California

I knew for our perfect day we only needed these things: love, family, the right dress, the right photographer, and the right setting. Our wedding planning theme became keeping it simple and going with the flow. Having this mindset, I believe, helped our wedding come together so beautifully and effortlessly. Which really made it that much more unique and enjoyable for us and our family.

Our wedding ceremony was so beautiful…My little brother played Cannon D, on his acoustic guitar, as my four sweet flower girls and I walked down the aisle. My grandfather conducted our ceremony in such a memorable, and very unique way, Kiel, the groom, had everyone in tears as he read his vows to now our daughter, Zoey…then my turn came to give Kiel my vows, it was so amazing and I am so incredibly grateful to have such big love and to have found such an amazing life partner.

Originally we wanted to get married in the Muir Woods, however, there are several rules, that we were not aware of..but this wasn’t a complete dead end for us. I started to look at other venues in the area and I came across the Pelican Inn. It is so unique and breathtakingly perfect!

After dinner family and all went down to the beach to capture some great photographs…it was freezing! Who would have thought?! After our Mr. & Mrs. photoshoot ended everyone was waiting for us in the conservatory where we found our gorgeous Wedding Cake,  it was so delicious!

Processional: “Canon in D” Pachelbel, acoustic guitar
First Dance: Disney Cinderella’s “So This is Love”

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Moody Romantic
Event Planning – Andrea Papadopulos
Venue – The Pelican Inn
Floral Design – Yellow Thistle Designs
Catering – The Pelican Inn
Cake – Susie Cakes
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Brandi Zito
Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Apparel – Luca Falcone
Rings – Anton’s Fine Jewelry
Favors – Personalized La Marca Prosecco Bottles


Congratulations to Alex and Kiel on their beautiful, heartfelt ceremony and special thanks to The Moody Romantic for capturing this intimate celebration! For more intimate beach wedding inspiration, check out this passionate and personal Tofino Beach Elopement.

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  1. Beautiful work!

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