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Dreamy Wedding on the Big Sur Cliffs

Escape to a cliffside celebration via a gallery of images by Kurt Boomer? You don’t have to ask me twice. Because when you combine his talent, these views, and a Bride and Groom who couldn’t look more in love, the end result is magic. It’s the dream ending to a love story you have to read to believe (all in the Bride’s words below!) and meanwhile we’ll be waiting in The Vault.

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From The Bride… Jason and I met years ago on a plane. I know it sounds so cliche to say, but it honestly felt like the universe wanted us to end up together. I’ll explain: we saw each other first on an East Coast flight headed towards the SF bay area. I thought he was cute standing a few aisles in front of me on the plane. A few hours later, the plane landed at SFO and we found ourselves walking the same direction out of the terminal. From there, we ended up being the only two people on the airport transporter (a rarity, considering what a zoo SFO can be on the weekends). We twiddled our thumbs and pretended not to notice how awkward this was that we were strangers that seemed to be following each other. When we reached the stop for the Bart ticketing station, we both got off and headed towards the platform. We were both too shy to say anything at this point, but when we both realized we were getting onto the same train to the East bay, it became too comical NOT to talk about.

At this point, I think Jason just shook his head, laughed and smiled as he held out his hand to shake mine. He and I talked the whole way to my stop in Rockridge, Oakland. We talked about art and how we were both artists exploring different mediums – him game design and lighting, me photography and writing. We found out through the tail end of our conversation that we actually lived in different states. Regardless, he invited me out to dinner that night to continue our conversation over Italian food, and I gleefully accepted.

Over a glass of wine and some lasagne, It became increasingly apparent that though our chemistry was insane, we were in entirely different places in our lives: I, was in college, he was steadily in his own new career in North Carolina where he lived. The timing just wasn’t right on paper. We adored each other, but I think we both thought our first date would be our last. However I know that somewhere inside of me, on a deeper level, knew that if we just let this thing run its course, the universe might be good to us somewhere down the line. Maybe fate would bring us together again when we were more in sync and ready for a relationship. Little did we know a the time, that’s exactly what would happen.

About 4 years later, I got this email from Jason out of the blue. I had almost forgotten we had exchanged contact info all those years ago. The email was somewhere along the lines of, “Hey, do you remember me from the train some time ago?” I laughed to my friends about how serendipitous this was; they knew my story about the romantic-train-encounter-mystery-man very well. I wrote back and the connection was just as special as it had been the first time we had met. The rest is history! From there, we would meet every weekend in either Seattle or San Francisco, he had moved to Seattle recently to take a job, and the plane ride was only 2 hours away.

When I graduated college, I was hungry for a new adventure. The trees and majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest felt like the perfect place to find myself – and with Jason there too, it was a win-win. Everything seemed to align perfectly when I moved to Seattle. We collaborated on creative projects together; I would help him write stories for games, and he would paint and illustrate them. When Jason proposed in December of 2013, I didn’t start planning right away, but I did have a specific feeling in mind for what I wanted the day to feel like: I wanted it to feel like “us” and the simplicity yet emotionally deep elements of our love. I wanted, and Jason did too, for our wedding to reflect everything we loved about both Washington and California. When we visited Big Sur for the first time, we felt almost a primal reaction to it: the towering trees, the lush colored landscape, the peaceful tranquility of being outdoors. We feel it perfectly represented us and the peace we feel together as best friends and life partners.

As far as the actual labor of planning went – I feel like I lucked out in some cosmic way on that front too. I created a mood board of small glimpses I liked – nothing literal, just textures and soft-focus pauses on beautiful details. I had contacted a few floral designers in the Carmel/Big Sur area to help me narrow down this vision and come up with flower choices, but there didn’t seem to be anyone that understood the emotion that I wanted the event to convey. Then, I came across the work of Christine Cater and her team.

There is a heart-stoppingly gorgeous image on Pinterest that I’m sure many brides have seen: It’s of a half-circle pampas grass arrangement with white and pink roses and a couple standing in the middle of this ethereal coastal scene. I followed a barrage of links to find out the floral designer involved in this, and come to find out, it was Christine Cater – who also works in the Carmel/Big Sur area. I reached out to her on a whim thinking she’d never have time for me with all of her world-building and all, and to my surprise she wrote back. Over the course of the next 4 months, she and I worked together to use a lot of what I already from my little shop and side-business ForesterCo on Etsy.

I used bits and pieces that reminded me of my childhood: real brass candlesticks, handmade vintage textile hangings, cake stands from the 50s. If I had any advice for other brides, it would be to use things you already have whether that’s vintage or handmade, and get creative with it. If you don’t already have vintage, search estate sales and thrift stores for unique pieces early on, so that when the time comes, you can sort through and narrow down a vision that’s uniquely-you.

I had a lot of favorite moments the day-of. There was a lot of emotion back and forth between Jason and I because after all those years between meeting, and finally finding each other again, It was honestly surreal. When he and I first met that day way-back-when, one of the random bits of information we bonded over on the train was our love for Arcade Fire. So walking down the aisle together to the Vitamin String Quartet version of “Wake Up” was so cool. It was like a dream I once had long ago for my life that came true. My Aunt Sally is the one who performed the ceremony, and that was another neat part as well. Jason and I aren’t religious at all, so we wrote the ceremony ourselves, but having someone to close to us who is part of our family speak those words and facilitate in binding our union together was very special.

From The Planner…From the moment we met it was evident that these two had their esthetics in the bag. Alexandra’s clean romantic modern touches throughout her wedding day added some pretty yummy eye candy. Point 16 is gorgeous with its ceremony perched high above the Pacific Ocean. A birch altar was created by the family where we hung strands of hand dyed yarn tassels to compliment the brides macrame wall hanging.

At the base we added wicker, ceramic and glass vessels filled with spring blooms, grasses and greenery. Jason and Alexandra stood on a rug that they own and now enjoy in their new home. The bouquet was inspired by our May brides love for the multi petalled peony. It took center stage amongst garden roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, astilbe, queen annes lace, magnolia and eucalyptus.

Jason’s boutonnière wrapped in taupe velvet had blush sweet peas, with the ‘shammy’ side of a magnolia leaf against his tweed suit. Gold and bronze elements were present throughout the wedding and we love to compliment these metals with foliage like magnolia. Bronze candlesticks were used along the single dining table centered with handmade green garlands.

In the end this wedding had our full attention on design and details as you can see by these images. Big Sur + Kurt Boomer + pretty flowers and details = a match made in heaven.

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Photography: Kurt Boomer | Floral Design: Christine Cater Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: A Big Sur Affair | Hair + Makeup: La Coriffure Salon | Calligraphy: Melissa Lam | Groom's Attire: Asos | Venue: Big Sur Point 16 | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Earrings: Avigail Adam | Geode Placecard Holders: BHLDN | Gold Dipped Feather Pen: Indrasideas | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Signage: The Paper Walrus | Tabletop: Alexis Party Rentals | Velvet Guest Book: BHLDN | Vintage Decor: ForesterCo

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Romantic + Relaxed Elopement in Big Sur

This romantic elopement from the lens of Winsome + Wright is giving us all the feels. Because honestly, what’s more romantic than an intimate ceremony shared with your one and only? That’s right – nothing. As was the case for Sara + Chad’s intimate elopement that proves to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Gorgeous dress? Check. Unbelievable, natural surroundings? Check. California sunshine? Check. We could go on and on, but you’ve got to see it all for yourself in THE VAULT!

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From Winsome + Wright….Sara + Chad are two of the sweetest, most genuine souls you will ever meet. An elopement is such intimate occasion and it is always an honor to be asked to capture such an adventurous start to a marriage! Sara + Chad’s elopement was everything you dream of – a beautiful couple confident in their love for each other spending their day relaxing + adventuring along the Big Sur Coast. Sara looked absolutely stunning in her free spirited gown by Free People with complimenting flowing hair and bare foot for the entire day! Wilder Floral Co. wowed us all with Sara’s romantic, lush bouquet dripping with blooms!! It is a day I will never forget and cannot wait to see what life brings this beautiful couple inside + out.

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Photography: Winsome + Wright | Floral Design: Wilder Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Free People | Hair And Makeup: Kiyomi Sanada | Groom's Attire: H & M | Venue: Glen Oaks Big Sur

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Rustic Glam Outdoor Destination Wedding in Big Sur

Jutta Lammerts, A Day Like No Other just gets us. Because when you combine the beauty that is Big Sur with the undeniable loveliness of Sandra Fazzino lens and you’ve got yourself a gallery full of goodness. Take Krista + Ben and their day filled with complete and utter goodness, waiting for you in THE VAULT!

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From Jutta Lammerts, A Day Like No OtherBig Sur, that stretch of California coastline between the Monterey Peninsula to the North and the Central Coast to the South, is definitely one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. It’s famous as a retreat for spiritual seekers, for alternative lifestyle, artists – and celebrities! Model Karlie Kloss comes hiking here to decompress, and actress Natalie Portman got married here at a private estate.

As did my beautiful couple, Krista and Benjamin! When they first set foot on Wind and Sea Estate in Big Sur, perched high on a cliff above the sea, it was a done deal for them… this is where they would get married. At Wind and Sea, a striking wrought-iron gate opens to reveal a stunning property, even with its own beach access! (It’s a bit steep, admittedly…)

I am so happy that Krista and Ben brought me in right away to organize it all for them through my company A Day Like No Other. It would be a “long-distance planning” process, that was clear – because these two are living in Australia! Krista had been working in the SF Bay Area and fallen in love with the beauty of California, when she met Benjamin, an attractive young businessman from Australia, at a conference in San Francisco – and fell in love again, right away… with Ben! It didn’t take her long to follow him to Sydney. For their wedding, they chose this spectacular spot to show Krista’s family from Ohio and Ben’s family from Australia the breathtaking beauty of California.
We started planning early in 2015 – Thank God for email, Skype and Pinterest! – and couldn’t even imagine that date of September 26. But suddenly, we were there… and it turned out to be a glorious day.

Krista had requested a “rustic glam” style for her wedding. We translated that in: Wooden harvest tables with gold Chiavari chairs (by CHIC Event Rentals), sequined runners in blush and gold (from Napa Valley Linens), cream and blush mixed floral arrangements with plenty of texture and lots and lots of mercury gold votives and vases (by Green Petal Designs). And the “icing” on it? Gilded Australian animal figurines from kangaroos to wombats, doing duty as place card holders and table decor!

The pretty invitations had already set the tone for the celebration to come: a nostalgic “tree-slice” design embellished with roses – in an envelope lined with glittering gold by Minted! Finally, the Great Day had arrived. The forty “nearest and dearest” guests who had come from all over the world to be with the couple on their wedding day, were brought in from Monterey by shuttle bus (from Discovery Charters) and welcomed in style with a calligraphed, flower-bedecked chalkboard sign.

For Krista, the day began with a hair and makeup session with Jessica Morton of Miabel Artistry who transformed a pretty young woman into a glamorous beauty. Krista had chosen a sequined, diaphanous Jenny Packham dress from Nouvelle Vogue, and with that, her crystal-encrusted headpiece and her romantic bouquet (also from Green Petal Designs), she literally moved Benjamin to tears.

But the real stars of the day were the couple’s children! Macy wore a romantic flower crown, and her brother Toby dazzled in an all “grown-up” outfit matching his Dad’s. The ceremony was held at a natural amphitheater in the expansive garden of the property, overlooking the endless Pacific, and officiated by a longtime friend of the couple. It was a sunny afternoon under blue skies and with a light breeze – simply perfect! Krista was escorted down a long stairway to the ceremony by her Dad…and the moment could not have been more beautiful and more intimate.

After the ceremony, it was definitely time to party – guests were invited to Cocktail Hour on the wraparound patio that follows the house from North to South end with unobstructed views of the Ocean and of the sunset. The bride had requested an oyster bar to accompany cocktails on her special day, and that was followed by a farm-to-table dinner by Amy Padilla of Feel Good Foods Catering. Together with the oyster bar, it was, hands down, the ultimate dining experience! The cake was “imported” from Layers Sensational, displayed on a tree-slice cake stand and decorated in the same style as the invitations (talk about “cohesive design!”)

Guitarist Richard DeVinck serenaded the wedding party from ceremony through Cocktail Hour and dinner and then transitioned seamlessly to DJ’ing for a joyful dance party inside, while dusk fell and the garden, illuminated by myriad lanterns, turned downright magical. On their special day, the couple and their guests were even treated to a technicolor sunset! Photographer extraordinaire Sandra Fazzino captured it all for us … including the couple dancing the night away.

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Photography: Sandra Fazzino | Wedding Planner: Jutta Lammerts, A Day Like No Other | Floral Design: Green Petal Designs | Wedding Dress: Nouvelle Vogue | Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes | Catering: Feel Good Foods | Hair + Makeup: Miabel Artistry | DJ: Richard DeVinck | Transportation: Discovery Charters | Wedding Venue: Wind And Sea Estate | Animal Figurines: Catharine Klepac | Chiavari Chair Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Photography - Assistance: Cyntia Apps | Signage: Sugar And Chic

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