“By choosing not to get hung up on fussy embellishments, it allowed for the focus to be on what really matters…amazing friends and family and the incredible nature around us.” I’m not sure that it gets any better than that. Other than to layer on photos from Chadwick & Jenica Gantes for Studio Castillero that capture that sentiment to a T. So much more right here!
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From the bride…For the design of our wedding, the setting alone was so dramatic, with so much natural beauty to take in, so I wanted everything else to be super simple and minimal in order to balance everything out. A nice tent, some wood tables, really basic table settings, some red-orange dahlias, and that was pretty much it. By choosing not to get hung up on fussy embellishments, it allowed for the focus to be on what really matters…. amazing friends and family, and the incredible nature around us.
Also, the wedding itself was such a solid group effort. My husband’s Dad and Aunt bought and arranged the flowers, my friend did my hair, I did my own make up, I designed all of the printed material, my husband cut the little wood blocks for our table numbers, our friend DJ’d, our other friends brought up the fire pit they keep in their backyard, we even made our own wedding bands at a jewelry workshop in San Francisco. We didn’t really “outsource” anything other than the catering, rentals, and photography. Keeping everything within our network made the entire event so much more personalized and unique to us and who we are as a couple.
My favorite moment was the instant after the ceremony. I’m not going to lie–I was a nervous wreck the week leading up to the wedding, completely overwhelmed and not a big fan of being the center of attention–so the second the ceremony ended, I felt like I could finally breathe and relax and enjoy myself, enjoy being married, and sort of let go. It was an incredible feeling.
Photography: Chadwick And Jenika Gantes | Catering/Coordination: A Big Sur Affair | Photography Studio: Studio Castillero | Private Residence: Anderson Canyon
If ever wedding I ever go to for the rest of my life could look exactly like this one from Our Labor of Love, I’d be happy forever. Casa De Perrin could keep me always finding something new, and the sweet summertime air under the twinkle lights at dinner time would bring a tear to my eye every single time.
From Mein Schatz Events… Lucas + Koty decided to skip the 200 person fete and opted for a weekend full of good food, good music and good friends instead. A two day event, starting with their rehearsal dinner/concert at the Henry Miller Library. Set amongst the redwoods, friends gathered for a supper club, meets summer camp style party, catered by restauranteurs, Hart and the Hunter. Good friend and musician, David Ford, played an hour long, private concert for the duo and their friends. Followed by dancing the night away to DJ Smiles Davis.
Shifting gears on Saturday, the wedding takes a more elegant turn, with a simple ceremony over looking the pacific ocean, at the elite Anderson Canyon Estate. The Dustbowl Revival played bluegrass tunes while Koty walked down the vintage carpet aisle to meet her groom. Engraved leather escort cards showed guests to their seats at the extra long dinner table, dripping with green garlands and gold flatware.
The couple dined on another meal, catered by the Hart and the Hunter boys, and danced to David Ford for their first dance, under June’s Super Moon. After dinner, the crowd got rowdy, as they moved inside the Anderson House and danced to Smiles Davis’ groovy tunes.
Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Event Planning: Mein Schatz Events | Floral Design: Mein Schatz Events | Wedding Dress: Romona Kevesa | Invitations: Pitbulls And Posies | Ceremony Venue: Anderson Canyon Estate | Reception Venue: Anderson Canyon Estate | Catering: Hart And The Hunter | DJ: DJ Smiles Davis | Bluegrass Band: Dustbowl Revival | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Henry Miller Library | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Anderson Canyon Estate | Vintage Rentals: Casa De Perrin
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I would like to go on record to say that this Big Sur ceremony location is one of the most stunning I’ve ever seen. And I mean ever. It’s breathtaking in every sense of the word, and made all that more beautiful by this lovely wedding. Perfectly captured by Majesta Patterson, the entire fête will leave you in complete and utter awe, and there is even more to fawn over right here in the full gallery of images.
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From Majesta Patterson…Krissy put on her white dress and red lips and Steve wore his custom suit and tie. Krissy even had to take a deep breath before walking down the aisle to shake out some nerves. It was a special day and one I surely won’t forget.
While guests arrived, they were greeted by the groomsmen playing their favorite lawn games, bocci ball and corn-hole; then signed the custom guestbook with a polaroid and words of wisdom.
The sun broke out as Krissy walked down the aisle, with her bottomless sandals (aka barefoot jewelry) and Steve beamed at his beautiful bride. Their thoughtful ceremony was held by a bridesmaid and friend. Surrounded by their most loved from all over the world, they celebrated on the edge of the California west-coast, overlooking the stunning view of the Pacific.
Their wedding favor coffee mugs served as souvenirs from Big Sur, their flowers homegrown by their florist and their menu tailored to a perfect summertime meal, including six different flavored (wedding) cakes bought from Whole Foods for dessert :) The night ended with a surprise honeymoon from Steve to Krissy and speeches from their closest friends, recollecting on the memories they’ve made in the past. It was a perfect day!
Photography: Majesta Patterson | Wedding Coordinator: A Big Sur Affair | Flowers: Kate Healey | DJ/Guitarist: Steve Ezzo | Venue: Point 16