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Rustic Spring Wedding at Holman Ranch

The pop of turquoise from these bright bridesmaids’ dresses took me by surprise… in the very best of ways. They were the perfect backdrop to some beyond beautiful bouquets by Natasha Kolenko, taking center stage at this rustic and romantic wedding at Holman Ranch, all captured on camera thanks to Clane Gessel. See the blushing Bride and more right this way!

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From Clane Gessel Photography… These two college sweethearts from Florida married at the elegant Holman Ranch in Carmel, CA, in April 2015!

They met the usual way. Boy meets girl. Girl gets blindfolded. Boy takes advantage of girl giving her commands. Left, LEFT! Her mind races as she tries to obey his commands. Now right, a little slower, ok good. Just little further… aww dang it. It went in the hole. Both, were devastated by the fact that they couldn’t get past the second hole in the phone app, Labyrinth.

From that day on their love never flourished beyond that, because there was none. Their only relationship: fraternal brothers. Nothing grew further because he thought she was too bossy. Fast forward two and half years, a Miami Ultra festival, and a “Game Of Thrones” episode later… and they finally had their first date.

David, at the time, had been trying to look for a true friend. Someone who didn’t just think of him as “Blanzy” the over the top, never serious, jokester. A mutual friend had told him to hang out with Kathy, despite what his previous opinions were of her. On a random day David decided to drop by Kathy’s house to check up and hang out with another friend, but she wasn’t home. Out of pity, she invited him to hang out and run errands together. On that unassuming day, they laughed and bickered like an old couple all day. From then on, David was smitten. It came at a time where he thought love didn’t exist. She was supposed to be this bossy, arrogant woman. What exactly made her so intriguing? He needed to spend more time with her to find out what these weird feelings he felt meant.

For Kathy, those feelings didn’t start until a few weeks later when they went apartment hunting for David. They drove around and around, house after house. Anyone who knows David as a prankster, knows that at any random moment while driving in a car, he will grab the passenger’s leg and scream bloody murder at the top of his lungs, scaring the crap out of them. Kathy was the victim that day. While she was looking outside of the car, reading signs and enjoying the Florida scenery, he made his move. She let out a shriek in unison with his, but who knows whose scream was more girly. It was like two teenage girls at a Justin Beiber concert. After that she burst into nonstop laughter. It was so infectious he couldn’t help but laugh with her for the next five minutes. It was one of those types of laughs where you can do nothing but continue to laugh. From that moment on, she started to have mixed feelings. He had all the qualities she wanted in a guy: sweet, funny, lighthearted and yet responsible and trustworthy. Her mind said otherwise. He was too old and he had a past. She was so confused that she didn’t let a peep out about any of her feelings towards him.

It was only after being dropped off that she realized she didn’t want their day together to end. She was sitting in her house as he was driving away she couldn’t think about what to do before he got any further. She quickly called him and asked, “I have to go to the pet store, you wanna come with me?” His response…”Sure!” And THAT was the beginning.

From the Bride… At the time I had moved back to my hometown of San Francisco and David was still living on the other side of the United States. On a visit to San Francisco in February of 2013, David decided this was the time. Not wanting the engagement to be expected on Valentine’s Day, he did it later instead. I’m a habitual planner be it large events or date night. So, David told me I needed to take a break from planning and to relax and he would plan our outing for a change. The first stop was lunch at Absinthe Brasserie and Bar. As we were enjoying our meal a gentlemen came by and asked if David could take a video. His girlfriend was in the bathroom at the time and this was his moment to set everything up. To be a little inconspicuous we had started to record and set the phone down. A few minutes later the gentlemen got down on his knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She squaled “Yes!”

As we left lunch walking down Hayes Street, we talked about how cute it was that the couple was getting engaged. David said that they would just have a stroll around the rest of Hayes Valley for a little bit before they headed to Ocean Beach. As they passed by a small park, we saw another couple getting engaged. What are the odds of seeing so many couples getting engaged! It was a weird feeling.

We then headed to Ocean Beach to end the day with a bonfire and watch the sunset. It was a pretty windy day but sunny at least. After we had started the bonfire, someone came by and asked if I could take a picture of them. He said this in a regular voice, but then in a lower tone asked me to take a video instead because he was going to propose to her. I did as I was told and counted “1…2….3!” He then got down on his knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. At this point I was feeling so elated to have been a part of and witnessing so many engagements all in one day. Then all of a sudden David said, “Hey, while we’re at it, maybe you can do one for me too” I was utterly confused by this statement. David got down on his right knee in the sand brought out the ring box and asked me if I would marry him. I was so confused that it wasn’t until the moment I saw the ring that I understood what was going on. I started to cry. David, seeing my tears felt uneasy. After a long pause I squealed just as the first girl did and said “Yes!”

In the midst of crying and feeling overjoyed, I congratulated the couple on their engagement also. David chuckled and said “They didn’t really get engaged, they’re just here for us.” I was even more confused at this point. How could they not have really got engaged. I saw it with my own eyes. The stranger then said “No, we only pretended to get engaged. This was all a setup.”

It was all so clear now. David fessed up to me. The people they ran into getting engaged was no coincidence. David had contacted a friend and tasked him to find friends I probably didn’t know and help set up these engagements all around town. It was a whole day of engagements leading up to the one true main event. The engagement of Katherine and David on February 18, 2013.

For both of us, our fondest wedding moment was our vows. It is during this time that the words you say to each has the most love, power, and meaning. Behind each word you say to each other the more bound you are together. It made our marriage solidified.

All of our vendors were absolutely amazing, but the real stand outs were Clane Gessel Photography, DP Weddings, and Paradise Catering. Doug from DP weddings and Clane Gessel have such a keen eye on the best scene to capture. Clane’s ability to make people feel comfortable gives him the opportunity to get those natural and candid shots. With Doug, his videography skills can make a simple moment seem magical. Our guests came up to us throughout the night raving how good they thought the food was. From the setup of the stations all over the venue to the quality of ingredients like fresh basil plants on hand to rip straight into the soup before handing it off to a guest.

For future brides, I recommend getting a coordinator to help you along with the process. It may cost you money, but that money is well spent for you to have your sanity throughout the planning process and for you to enjoy your wedding. Don’t forget to eat! Food is an important thing to me because I love cooking and I’m a foodie. Our wedding was such a whirlwind of doing this and that and going here and there that taking the time to enjoy the food was an important aspect of the wedding for me.

Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Wedding Coordination And Design: A Day Like No Other

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Elegant Mint + Peach Ranch Wedding at Holman Ranch

Chock full of lush peachy florals, a seriously stunning rose-covered courtyard reception dinner, with linens and decor from La Tavola and One True Love Vintage Rentals, this elegant ranch wedding is making me giddy for spring all over again! Lucky for us, Delbarr Moradi Photography captured all the rustic romance of this laid-back couple’s “best day of our lives,” and shared with us in the gallery here!

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From The Bride…I always envisioned our wedding to have sort of an ethereal vibe – something that looked and felt elegant, but still laid back. Carmel was our first trip we took together as a couple and we fell in love with it, so when someone told us about Holman Ranch, we didn’t hesitate to check it out.  It was actually the first place we looked at, and the last — I knew right away it was the place for us.  Everything from the peaceful and private vibe, to the stunning mountain views, to that famous Holman tree…it just felt magical.   It also didn’t hurt that Kyle’s Armenian side of the family came from a long line of grape farmers so it was fitting to get married at a vineyard. 

Natalie Bowen’s flowers blew me away…I knew she was talented but she completely exceeded my expectations.  Everything from my gorgeous, peony-filled bouquet, to each table’s unique arrangement, to the eucalyptus garlands on the chairs and the carriage house doors–she was completely aligned with my vision and knocked it out of the park.    

I know it sounds cheesy and cliché, but our wedding day really felt perfect.   It was the most amazing feeling knowing that our families and closest friends were all there to celebrate with us.  And, thanks to our wedding planner, Simone Lennon and her team, Kyle and I were really able to enjoy the day and soak it all in. It was the best day of our lives…so far.

From Simone Lennon of Simone Lennon EventsAs a couple, Katie and Kyle are laid back and easy going who love stylish design that involves simplicity, sensibility and elegance. Holman Ranch was the perfect venue for them as the space is full of natural beauty, charm and exclusivity.

When it came to designing their affair, we really wanted to create a relaxed day that felt seasonal yet effortlessly beautiful and timeless. With that in mind, we kept things simple yet impactful. Also, Katie was really inspired by whimsical organic, loose and colorful bouquets and floral garlands (which kind of became an unofficial theme to the day).

Our super talented floral designer, Natalie Bowen, designed large, lush Eucalyptus garlands that were featured throughout the entire event. Each garland was different and showcased various pastel colors of Peonies and Garden Roses with tucked in sprigs Lavender and Lilacs. She draped them across our ceremony chair backs, our welcome beverage station and the rustic wooden benches during the dance reception.

For our dinner tablescapes, we decided to keep the design in line with Holman Ranch’s rustic environment so we brought in wooden farms dining tables and cross back wooden chairs. We really wanted the floral to be the star of the design, so we used neutral colored hemstitch linens and ivory ornate china for the dinner reception. Natalie designed stunning colorful arrangements in mismatched copper, glass and gold foiled vessels. Each table had its own unique point of interest which caught guests’ interest as they mingled throughout the reception.

After a farm-to-table three coursed dinner and several heartfelt speeches by loved ones, guests moved on to the dance reception in the Carriage House. Just after sunset, Kyle and Katie cut into their three tiered whimsically ruffled cake and danced the night away to The Wall Street Band. Guests enjoyed coffee and cake while sitting in gorgeous vintage lounges or roasted marshmallows at the s’mores station close by.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen | Cake: Patisserie Bechler | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Paradise Catering | Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy | Transportation: Main Event Transportation Monterey | Beverage Service: Bottles And Bins | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Gowns: BHLDN | Ceremony & Reception: Holman Ranch | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Indochino | Hair & Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co | Invitations, Menus & Signage: Union Street Papery | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Vintage Furniture Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wedding Planning & Event Design: Simone Lennon, Simone Lennon Events

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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Multi-Cultural Holman Ranch Wedding

With bright blooms by Seascape Flowers and the rustic beauty of Holman Ranch, this summer wedding took my breath away. Combining both Catholic and Hindu traditions into one festive celebration, Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling captured every precious detail and these photos will be entertaining and inspiring me for the rest of today.

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From the Bride… When we set out to plan our wedding, my then-fiance and I each closed our eyes for five minutes and imagined our perfect wedding, and then wrote down our thoughts. Then, we told each other what we wanted, and it turned out to be the exact same thing: a fusion wedding, under the sky. We wanted to throw the most memorable party ever, and Holman Ranch was the perfect place to do it. I’m Hindu, and my husband is Catholic, and we both wanted to have a fusion ceremony that incorporated the best traditions and ceremonies from our respective backgrounds. For the mandap, I wanted to have a modern and minimalist mandap that would showcase both the Hindu and Catholic portions of our ceremony and also not detract from the incredible views and surroundings of Holman Ranch. Darcy from Seascape Flowers worked some magic, and delivered the exact mandap that I had envisioned on top of doing an incredible job with all of our flowers.

From the Groom… From the moment we started planning our wedding, we decided on one thing: that making our wedding truly reflect us as individuals and as a couple would be what made the special day truly memorable. As we’re big on the outdoors, we lucked out on getting Holman Ranch, one of the most beautiful outdoor venues that could fit our “small” Indian wedding of 250 guests. Having a venue where we need to bring in all the vendors both gave us the freedom to choose anybody, but also the need for an expert in the Monterey/Carmel area. Coastside Couture expertly advised us through every step. Since we wanted our ceremony to reflect both our faiths and be a reasonable length, we delicately organized a fusion hour-long wedding that included both a Catholic priest & Hindu pandit while allowing time for intimate moments such as our personalized vows and my dad & brother singing.

The day flew by with lots of smiling, laughing and dancing, thus we’re so glad Susannah Gill and Anchor Cinema were there to capture the day. They struck the perfect balance between getting such amazing shots while expertly staying in the background all night. Meanwhile, Show of Life left us and our guests with perfect mementos from its photo booth. In the end, our wishes were granted: our guests truly seemed to enjoy most how each aspect of our wedding shared a different personal glimpse of our lives!

Photography: Susannah Gill - Photographic Storytelling | Videography: Anchor Cinema | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Catering: Paradise Catering | Makeup: Kim Guiley | DJ: Sound In Motion | Officiant: Our Lady Of Mount Carmel | Transportation: Main Event Transportation | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Dessert: Gizdich Ranch | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Planning & Design: Coastside Couture | Wine: Bottles N' Bins

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