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Charming DIY Holman Ranch Wedding

I have a sort of venue-crush (read: obsession) with Holman Ranch. It has set the scene for romance time after time. Today’s charmer from Jasmine Lee Photography done up DIY style is earthy, cozy and oh-so-lovely and it blends right in with the laid-back vibe, those gorgeously distressed stone walls and ah-mazing views. Head to the full gallery for more!

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From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding was almost entirely handmade, we had our families help out with creating many of the creative touches for the wedding. We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and create a truly memorable day for our guests. We began with a beautiful outdoor location for the ceremony at the Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA and had our reception in the Ocean Avenue Room at the IL Fornaio Restaurant. Our venues set the mood for the wedding and we simply filled it with beautiful handmade accents.

My wedding dress was my own design and was handmade by a family friend. I also carved out the anchor stamp for the favor bags that were made by my mom with help from other family members. My favorite project for the wedding was creating the flower bouquets and the centerpieces, my dad made the flower boxes and then the rest of the family helped out making the flower arrangements. Aside from that, my brother made the cake signs and the chair signs, I painted the seating sign, and my parents helped collect decorative items to display at our reception.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Wedding Dress: Designed By The Bride, Made By A Family Friend | Wedding Cake: Whole Foods | Invitations: Vistaprint | Shoes: E! Live From The Red Carpet Evening Sandals | Catering: IL Fornaio | Makeup Artist: Bride | Grooms Attire: Macy's | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Florals: Bride | Hair Artist: Bride | Venue: IL Fornaio | Venue: Holman Ranch

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Romantic California Wedding at Carmel Valley Ranch

When I dreamed of weddings as a little girl, I dreamed of weddings just like this one. A timeless and classic day filled with meaningful details. Beautiful captured by Carlie Statsky Photography and planned to perfection by Amy Byrd Weddings & Events - this Carmel Valley Ranch wedding is one that will sure to stick with you today. See what I mean right here.

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From The Bride…Our venues were our inspiration. Carmel Valley Ranch and the Mission Bascilica have such a romantic and classy feel and Carmel is so beautiful in the fall. The Indian Summer in November set the perfect scene. Our vendors really turned our vision into a reality and we couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out.

The anticipation of the first look with my future husband was one of the highlights of my day. We had picked out a bridge on the Ranch with a view of the valley to see each other for the first time. Walking towards him on the bridge and later down the aisle of the Carmel Mission, I remember thinking, “This is perfect.”

Photography: Carlie Statsky Photography | Videography: Josh Harney | Event Planning: Amy Byrd Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Floral Design By Reina | DJ: Sound In Motion | Carmel Mission: Carmel Mission Basilica | Carmel Valley Ranch: Carmel Valley Ranch | Rentals: Unlimited Events Inc. | Transport: At Your Service

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French Garden Inspired Wedding at Carmel Valley Ranch

There is nothing quite like a garden wedding. The magic is in the natural open air setting and the feel of an intimate backyard affair – hence why it’s one of our most popular genresAnd all of those elements layered in with a handful of fab vendors including calligraphy by MM Ink, florals by Pink Petals and loads of pretty images by Onelove Photography truly makes for a stunning celebration.

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From The Bride…Eric and I really enjoy the outdoors, we live in Los Angeles and love spending our weekends hiking in the canyons or exploring the California coastline. We knew Carmel was the perfect place for us to get married because it is our favorite local getaway and it has all of our favorite things to offer: beautiful mountains, the beach, wineries, art galleries, cute shops, and great restaurants! Since Eric is originally from New York, and I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil, we knew that our family and friends would be traveling from several locations, so we thought Carmel would be the perfect place to meet up for the weekend.

We wanted a small and intimate wedding that would give us a chance to share our favorite things about Carmel with our loved ones. We planned a welcome dinner for everyone at our favorite restaurant in town (Christopher’s Restaurant), where they serve the most delicious fried green heirloom tomatoes that are locally picked. We spent the weekend enjoying the area, hiking, and relaxing in the sun with our friends. I even had a chance to catch a yoga class one morning, so we really felt relaxed by the time the big day rolled around.

On the wedding day, we wanted our guests to feel comfortable and at home, as if we were inviting them to a garden wedding in our own back yard. Hanging tea lights, scattered candles, our favorite books, and family portraits and pictures of us growing up decorated the ceremony site where we exchanges vows. The sun was setting over the mountains and wineries in the background, which made the occasion feel like a dream. Eric loves the sounds of violins, so we knew a string trio would provide the perfect music for the occasion. We picked our favorite songs, which were mostly a combination of jazz, Brazilian music, and classic rock songs by The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, etc. You would be surprised how beautiful Led Zeppelin can sound on a violin!

At the reception, we wanted to treat everyone to our favorite foods; charcuterie, seared halibut, and delicious local wines that Eric selected. We filled the space with large couches, comfy pillows, blankets, and a fire pit to keep everybody warm and cozy as they enjoyed the evening. For desert, we had marzipan-layered cake and “Bem Casados” which are individually wrapped Brazilian treats that are meant to bring luck to the newly married couple.

Sarah Pink was a wonderful florist to work with. I showed her endless pictures of French gardens and told her I wanted our wedding to look and feel like that. She made the vision come to life with delicate peonies and garden roses. For center pieces, we used milk glass and teacups, since I love traditional tea parties and I collect vintage teacups. Sarah also built a beautiful Chuppah for us, which is the canopy under which a couple gets married in a Jewish wedding. It is meant to represent the home that they will build together, and it is open on all sides so that family and friends will always be welcome.

Directly after the ceremony, Eric and I snuck away for some alone time before meeting up with our guests for the reception. They had set up a picnic table in the organic vegetable garden for us with a sampling of our appetizers and two glasses of champagne. We watched the sunset together and toasted to our new marriage. We were even visited by a family of four deer who came right up to us. It was such a special moment.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Florist: Pink Petals | Wedding Gown: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Layers | Stationary: Betsy White Stationery Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Caterer: Carmel Valley Ranch | Calligraphy: MM Ink | DJ: Golden State Productions | Rabbi: Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum | Ceremony and Reception: Carmel Valley Ranch | Live Music: Monterey String Trio | Makeup and Hair: Kim Larson Bridal | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo

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