Visitors from around the world come for their "Wedding by the Sea"

Carmel-by-the-Sea is known as a "site location" for weddings. Not only are there some amazing resorts and chapels to hold the wedding ceremony, but Carmel Beach is the number one location for wedding photographs.

The sunset hour is so spectacular, that some brides and grooms actually take their entourage down on the sand for their official wedding photographs. Others have their bridal limos stop at the top of the bluff and pose right at sunset.

Here is a couple on the beach that braved the sand. Other beach goers are very respectful and let them get on with the photography. Naturally, I had to snap a couple of shots.

As you can see, the light has a slight rose hue which makes the scenery very romantic.

Carmel-by-the-Sea beach wedding photography

Carmel-by-the-Sea beach wedding photography

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Comment balloon 30 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • January 20 2013 04:09PM


Carmel-by-the-Sea truly is one of the most romantic places on earth.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) almost 5 years ago

Hella  that is so beautiful   What a perfect spot for a wedding

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 5 years ago

Michelle: I agree. It's the end of the day, and I'm on my way down there again. Can't stay away when I'm here.

Hannah: Isn't it though? I can see why brides want that as part of their wedding photos.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago

Hella, Brides like to get married on the beach because the backdrop is so gorgeous and she doesn't have to wear shoes.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 5 years ago

Hella, Carmel by the Sea is a beautiful place. I can see why people like to enjoy marriage ceremonies in the  setting. 

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Hella ~ You know how much I love seeing these photos of my hometown!   Thanks for posting and I'll forward to seeing more :-)

I walked my dogs on that beach many more times than I could count. It's great that Carmel has remained so dog-friendly over the years.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 5 years ago

Good evening Hella, how romantic and beautiful.  Great post and well deserved as being featured.  You do a great job for your community.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 5 years ago
Hella, Congratulations on another great featured post. I've never been to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sounds amazing!
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Hella, I've seen that same enthusiasm for St Thomas.  Couples get married, and at the end of the ceremony, the run down the dock into the ocean in their wedding clothes.  Very funny and very common. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 5 years ago

I love weddings by the sea!  Great pictures and so easy going!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 5 years ago

I have many fond memories of Carmel-by-the-Sea.. What a beautiful place to have a wedding!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Debbie: That's it. No shoes.

Maria: And this is in January!

Maureen: Dogs still run off leash on the beach. One came over to the bride and wanted to play.

Judith: It's so easy to get excited about this beautiful place. And it's a photographer's dream.

Gail: We'll have to meet her sometime!

Mike: I would do that too in the Caribbean. Here, it is mostly formal, even on the beach.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago

Paula: The weather has been absolutely fabulous. These photos might have looked very different.

Joan: It's great. Whatever kind of wedding you have here, big or small, they all end up here at the beach for photos.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago

Weddings on the beach can be great for good photos Hella; thanks for sharing yours.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

Tom: The lighting with that rose hue is what really caught my attention. Bet they got some beautiful photos for their wedding album.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago


Absolutely beautiful - Carmel by the Sea AND the beaches, from my visit quite some time ago.

Both our daughters got married on the beach here recently, one in Cardiff and 2 years later one in Carlsbad. It's the place I would choose if I were to do it again.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 5 years ago

Hi Hella,

What a beautiful location to have a wedding!  Or, at least to have wedding photographs taken.  I can see by your photos why Carmel by the Sea is so popular ... thanks for sharing your photos!

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I've been to several beach weddings and I've been to and love beautiful Carmel by the Sea (Maureen's home town), but I've never been to a Carmel by the Sea beach wedding.  That would be fun.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 5 years ago

WOW!!!!  What a spot!! Carmel is just beautiful,  keep up the good work and good luck with your business in 2013,  E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) almost 5 years ago

There is nothing like an beach wedding. Maybe in my next life, my wife and I can get married on the beach.

Make it a great week!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Hella from your photographs, I can see why newlyweds choose to have their photos taken on the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 5 years ago

Inviting the whole beach and ocean to your wedding? Now that is an occasion you will always remember...good post

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Jeff: If there are venues to have the actual ceremony on the beach as they have in Cardiff and Carlsbad, that is the ultimate wedding in my books. But then, I love the ocean.

Carie: You can't take a bad photo here, haven't you heard? LOL

Lloyd: I've never been INVITED to a beach wedding here, but gone to quite a few.

Ed and Tracy: Thank you so much.

Joe: People get "re-married" here all the time. Come visit.

Michael: It is an unwritten rule here.

Richie: And the price is right.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago

Have always wanted to come to Carmel.  I know several people who got married there, but live here.

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) almost 5 years ago

Carmel-by-the-Sea sounds an interesting place. The pictures you posted speak for it.

Posted by Ridhi Raheja, FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan (Movement Mortgage (Illinois)) almost 5 years ago

Debbie: It is a truly wonderful place to live. I lived here for 10 years, and still part time.

Ridhi: There are so many things to do. And a walking town, plus dog friendly. What more can one want, right?

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago

That's really sweet.  I don't think there is any outdoor venue as attractive as a beach for a wedding.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 5 years ago

Chris: This is one you cannot stage, although you are still at the mercy of mother nature.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago

I was at a wedding one time by the beach. .you are right. .they are romantic and unforgettable. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 5 years ago

Fernando: Whether the entire wedding is oceanfront or just the photos, there is magic there.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) almost 5 years ago