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Classic Black Tie Wedding at Club Del Monte

Classic at its very core, this gorgeous Club Del Monte is the definition of timeless elegance. Beautifully captured by Colleen Riley, the images sitting in this gallery with be just as gorgeous one hundred years from now as they are today, and to me, that’s just as good as it gets. See the entire day here.


From a close friend of the Bride…What made this wedding so special was that the bride and grooms easygoing attitude. Both Erica and Spencer stayed calm through out the entire planning process. I was with them through most of the time and was amazed with their calmness during all the unfortunate events that happened. The location of this sweet couple’s wedding changed several times within just a year, but they ended up having their beautiful wedding at the place they first chose… one might call this wedding story, serendipity.

At first, they had both thought Carmel, CA would be a beautiful place to have their wedding. However, as the planning process began Erica started to want the wedding to have more significance by hosting it at Spencer’s family ranch in Tahoe or in a church in her family’s home town in Italy. They picked Tahoe and started planning right away, however a few months of trying to make the wedding work in Tahoe, they realized the location was not ideal to have a wedding there. They decided to give up that plan, regroup, and start planning the affair in Italy (which had always been Erica’a dream wedding location). The process was going very smoothly with all the plans for their Italian wedding, up until there was an earthquake in Italy that made the church not safe to have their ceremony in anymore. You would think any bride would be at the point of giving up and emotionally tired of trying to plan anything at this point, but Erica didn’t let any of it bother her one bit and laughed at the all the unfortunate events.

They finally both decided that the wedding was meant to be where they had originally decided at the Mission Basilica in Carmel, a Catholic Church very similar to the one in Italy that Erica’s Grandparents were married in.

The wedding turned out BEAUTIFULLY, every detail was simple and sweet. Also, just like Erica and Spencer, it was a down to earth and classy affair with all their close friends and family. A day to truly be remembered. The part I loved most about this wedding were the flowers. The flowers were perfect in every way possible. Fleurs Du Soleil filled the church and reception room with lovely smelling pink peonies (Erica’s favorite) and other beautiful flower arrangements. Erica is a floral designer herself, so of course the flowers would be beautiful and very memorable just as she is.

Photography: Colleen Riley Photography | Videographer: Josh Harney | Flowers: Fleurs Du Soleil | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: Patisserie Bechler | Invitations: K Peterson Design | Reception Venue: Club Del Monte | Wedding Shoes: Gucci | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair And Makeup: Vanity Salon And Blow Dry Bar | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Ceremony Music: Monterey String Quartet | Calligraphy And Styling: Erica Archer Designs | Ceremony Site: Carmel Mission Basilica | Reception Music: Fantasy Sound Events | Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Monterey Wedding Inspired by Josh Ritter Song

This couple was inspired by Josh Ritter’s song Lantern, and incorporated this into every aspect of their day. By combining California coastlines with Southern barbecue, and childhood memories with grown-up glamour, they brought a little piece of each of them to the celebration. It’s a perfectly intimate affair with every moment captured by Brian Tropiano waiting for you here.


From the Bride… We wanted a very simple wedding, one in which every part of the day was something meaningful to us. So we skipped a lot of the traditional wedding formalities and opted for things that represented our families, backgrounds, and the things we care about most. Tim’s dad was the pastor for our wedding, and my dad read a passage from the Velveteen Rabbit in the ceremony, a book that he often read to me and my sister when we were growing up. Because we wanted the wedding to represent both of us, we combined identities and came up with a Kentucky-Bourbon-County-meets-California-Coastal theme for the day. The ceremony was over the rocks and water in beautiful Pacific Grove, California, and we had a big Southern BBQ garden reception, complete with mac n cheese, corn hole, and even a few songs from Tim’s old bluegrass band.

We also wanted our wedding to capture a promise of love, not as something that is always easy, but as something that is hard but beautiful and enough to get you through difficult times. We drew inspiration from a song by Josh Ritter called Lantern. In the first note Tim ever wrote to me, he quoted the song, “so throw away those lamentations, we both know them all too well. If there’s a book of jubilations, we’ll have to write it for ourselves, so come and lie beside me darling, and let’s write it while we’ve still got time.” We wanted our wedding to capture this idea of choosing joy and carrying lanterns for each other as we get to write the rest of our story together.

Our wedding was small and intimate, with our closest friends and family there to celebrate. It was such a wonderful experience that we’ll never forget! And…. the dance party was awesome.

Photography: Brian Tropiano | Event Planning: Dawn Gary | Floral Design: Fifty Flowers | Wedding Dress: Duchess Ivy And Aster | Invitations: Land & Sea Co. | Caterer: Kona Jerry's | Hair: InBloom Spa & Salon | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Park: Berwick Park | Programs: Ellington Marketing Solutions

Whimsical DIY Wedding With Pizzaz at the Memory Garden

This wedding has it all. A touch of glitter, the perfect amount of gold, stripes galore, a gorgeous Bride and a handsome Groom – it’s honestly overflowing with gorgeous. And thanks to the stunning images from Sorella Muse Photography, we can get lost in all the lovely here.


From Sorella Muse PhotographyOn July 20, 2013 Carly and Ethan said I do in front of 90 friends and family at the beautiful Memory Garden in historic downtown Monterey.

The Memory Garden is a gorgeous outdoor venue with a secluded feel, lovely flower gardens, and Southern Magnolias that act as natural arbors providing shade. Theirs was a glamorous garden wedding filled with love that took its design cues from the elegant Art Deco color palette of black, white, and gold while working in vibrant florals. It was such a fun interplay between elegant, sparkly, and organic!

What’s truly amazing is just how much Carly, Ethan, and their family were able to DIY. They put so much love and care into every detail! Carly crafted the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that was held by the ring bearer, the gold jars for all the floral centerpieces, and the custom tuxedo bibs, which doubled as seating assignments when rolled up with DIY gold name tags. With help from her mom and sister, Carly also sewed the table runners, and she and her groom made the peanut brittle which served as favors, wrapped up in little striped bags at each table setting. They also hand glittered all of the table letters!

Carly and Ethan got ready at Hotel Pacific, which was just a short walk from the Memory Garden. Before arriving for their ceremony, they met in the lush Stevenson Garden, a smaller enclosed garden that was in between their hotel and the venue, for a sweetly emotional first look. Carly looked every inch the glamorous bride. Her bridal look started with a Tara Keely gown that she paired with appropriately sparkly gold shoes, and her classic updo and flawless makeup came courtesy of the girls at M.U.A.H.

After their ceremony beneath the trees, there was a festive cocktail hour complete with a taco stand and a delicious signature cocktail, followed by a barbecue style dinner prepared by Grapes of Wrath, including cornbread, salad, and much to the bride and groom’s delight… an entire pig!

Later in the evening, Carly’s sorority sisters sang “Oh Pat”, which is sung to Kappa brides on their wedding days, and the bride and groom didn’t leave the dance floor. Their party lived up to the promise of their Save the Dates which read: “Barbecue, Booze & Bad Dance Moves”

Photography: Sorella Muse | Florist: Jaclyn Wiley | Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Makeup And Hair: M.U.A.H. Makeup And Hair | DJ: Antonio Diaz | Bride's Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Ceremony + Reception: El Matador State Beach | Day Of Coordinator: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Hotel: Getting Ready: Hotel Pacific | Photography - Assistance: Jacquilyn Anderson