This Monterey wedding has me like whoa. From the Bride’s simply sophisticated style to the personalized details (like these gilded eggs inspired by the family duck and goose hatchery), all it takes is the first few seconds in THE VAULT gallery to appreciate the beauty this day is. Jen Rodriguez captured that essence and moments like this that’ll have you daydreaming of your own I do’s.
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From The Bride…We wanted as many personal touches to our wedding to make it unique and memorable. My parents own a duck and goose hatchery so we knew we wanted to incorporate the family business into our wedding. After much thought and creativity, my sister created place cards using a golden egg, ribbon, and digital calligraphy. Although they took a while to make, everyone greatly enjoyed their name card and personal favor. It brought a sense of togetherness and everyone was encouraged to take the golden goose eggs home and use them for Easter egg hunts in years to come. We also had the idea to use our family’s old brass mailbox to collect cards and gifts. After hours of scrubbing tarnish off the mailbox with ketchup, my mom was able to add another personal and memorable item to our wedding.
Besides marrying the man of my dreams, I was really looking forward to seeing everything come together. Sadly, it is often common for brides to become stressed during the wedding planning process but for us the organizing and designing of our wedding truly assisted us in finding what was most important in our lives and in our relationship. In doing this, we were able to incorporate those important items into our special day to share with all our friends and family. As we look back and remember our wedding now and for years to come, all the planning and personal touches help to shape our memories of our special day. There are so many different pieces and the planning has been going on for so long I just couldn’t wait to see my visions come to life!
To me, what makes a wedding so different from any other celebration is two people bringing together the most important and supportive people in their lives in one place, for one evening. Our guests traveled from near and far: Long Island, Hawaii, Arizona, Seattle, Denver, Maryland, and Germany. We couldn’t wait to celebrate with everyone!
Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Coordination: Unforgettable Affairs | Floral Design: Sarah Herdell | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Royal Deli & Bakery | Invitations: The Quill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Hair And Makeup: Arianna Blean | DJ: DNA Entertainment | Favors: Metzer Farms | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Venue: Pasadera Country Club | Digital Calligraphy: Letter Perfect Designs | Photo Booth: DNA Entertainment | Signage: That Pretty Invitation
This Monterey wedding is the definition of cheerful in every sense, from the bright blooms by Kate Healey to the smiles on this Bride and Groom. They created a vintage chic vibe throughout their celebration and with that charm and Jen Rodriguez working her magic behind the lens, we have one gorgeous gallery right here.
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From the Bride… We met in Monterey, so it seemed natural to get married there. Our vision came from knowing what we wanted the day to feel like, and we went from there!
From Jen Rodriguez… They incorporated lots of burlap, vintage suitcases, bunting, etc. to bring out the vintage chic feel that they wanted. The couple was married at the charming Old Whaling Station and after the ceremony the guests were escorted to the reception space with music.
Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Coordination: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Floral Design: Big Sur Flowers | Cake: Layers Cake | Ceremony: El Matador State Beach | Reception : El Matador State Beach | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Make-up: Face Forward Bridal | Music: Steve Ezzo
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.
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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