Carmel Valley Wedding by Anna Kuperberg
July 21, 2010
United States

Carmel Valley in the central coast of California is literally the stuff that dreams are made of and so it makes perfect sense why this wedding held at The Stonepine Estate in Carmel Valley is dreamy, dreamy to the millionth degree. Anna Kuperberg, one of our absolute faves, was on hand to capture the elegance and paired with design and styling by 8events, this day turned out to be a definite show stopper. To see the full wedding and all of the gorgeous details, head to the gallery.

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At the time, the couple was planning a 500 guest wedding in Taiwan, but they had always wanted an intimate western style wedding with their close friends and family.  Carmel is a memorable place for the couple because it is where James popped the question, so ultimately it was also where they wanted their union to take place.  Given that they only had 4 months to plan this wedding before their bigger wedding in Asia, 8events came into the picture and dedicated itself to personalize a four day celebration where the couple could show their guests a great time.  It was a full wedding weekend, with guests checking into the estate on Friday afternoon with a barbecue welcome dinner at the Blacksmith Barn waiting for them upon arrival.  The main affair officially started the next day with a full day wedding celebration at the Stonepine Estate's Chateau Noel, an all day Monterey and Carmel tour the following day, and a finishing departure brunch on the final day.  Guests were pampered and treated to the best of the best that Carmel had to offer, and it was a dream weekend for many of them.

On the wedding day, the weather was cooperating with the very in love couple, and the sun peeked through the clouds just right before the ceremony.  Joyce looked stunning in her designer gown with her hair and makeup done by Taylor Pham of Thi Cosmetics.  The formal ceremony took place in the garden, surrounded by tall cypress trees and a charming swimming pool.  The bride arrived elegantly in a vintage Rolls Royce, escorted by her proud father.  Floral designer Nancy Liu Chin created soft, romantic and picture-perfect floral arrangements that gave just the perfect touch to the space.  The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour at the Chateau Noel before heading into the greenhouse for the reception.  The greenhouse was decked out with billowing white chiffon drapery and hanging crystal chandeliers to create a luxurious but cozy setting, with a colorful mixture of lighting fixtures reflecting all over the estate.  From afar, it looked like a glowing light house.  The fabulous lighting and drapery were provided by Enhanced Lighting.  The white dance floor had style with white lounge furniture and gold accents supplied by Hartmann Studios.  Guests enjoyed music by the four piece jazz band, Magnolia Jazz Band, while dining on a five course meal paired with extraordinary selected champagne and wines.  The dinner could not have ended more perfectly with a beautiful and delicious cake created by Just Cake.  There were so many things I loved about this wedding, such as the couple's personal vows, gorgeous stationery handwritten by Papineau Calligraphy, a displayed grand piano played by the couple’s best friend, open mic for guests to make speeches, and much more.  All of the beauty was captured by Anna Kuperberg Photography and Studio MSV.

Photography: Anna Kuperberg Photography / Event Design: 8events Event Planning & Design / Makeup and Hair: Taylor Pham of Thi Cosmetics / Florals: Nancy Liu Chin / Video: Studio MSV / Lighting: Enhanced Lighting / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Music: Magnolia Jazz Band / Stationery: Papineau Calligraphy / Cake: Just Cake / Venue: Stonepine