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Rustic Meets Modern Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding

It’s kind of a given that a Carmel Valley Ranch wedding is going to be awesome, but add one of the world’s sweetest duos and a rustic meets modern aesthetic to the mix and it’s a pretty that is basically indescribable.  Think baby’s breath meets silver sparkles meets one of the most breathtaking ceremonies you will ever see.  Soak in all of the gorgeousness captured by Brittrene Photo in the full gallery.

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From Brittrene Photo… They had been on the house hunt for some time. something perfect in the city of San Francisco, but still close enough to the beach so Greg could catch some early more waves. Finally, they found the perfect place to call home; their escrow closed and as they picked up their keys, standing on their doorstep, Greg got down on one knee and presented Holly with a beautiful ring and the promise of spending the rest of their life together. A perfect engagement session of their new life together, first home and new puppy!

From The Bride… We met one evening in September 2009 when we both happened to meet our mutual friend for dinner in the Mission District of San Francisco. We didn’t talk much during dinner since we were with a big group. But at the end of the night, our friend told Greg to drive me home since we both lived in the same neighborhood across the city. During that drive, we chatted the whole way home and the beginning of a friendship emerged.

There was something different about our friendship – we just seemed to get each other. We would give each other dating advice while we drove around the city to different shows and parties sipping on Red Bulls. After just a few weeks of being “buddies”, we both quickly realized that we were falling for each other… hard. Greg finally asked me on an actual date where he picked me up with a dozen red roses, then he took me to Farmer Brown where we bonded over our love for fried chicken. We became “Facebook official” on October 4, 2009. Little did we know that we would be saying “I Do” exactly five years later to the date.

During those five years together, we moved in together, adopted our sweet little dog/son named Hank, and then we bought our dream home by the beach. Greg popped the question on our front steps one week after we moved in. Some might say we’ve done things a little out of order, but for us everything happened absolutely perfectly.

When we started looking for our wedding venue, we knew it had to be somewhere along the beautiful Northern California coast. We spend many weekends going for drives along the coastline with the pup, and it’s always been a special place for us. As soon as saw Carmel Valley Ranch, we knew it would be the perfect location for our dream wedding.

Our ceremony took place on the gorgeous Valley Lawn which overlooks the rolling green hills of Carmel Valley. Our guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and a parasol to shade the sun. I was so nervous! We decided not to do a first look, so the first time seeing each other was very emotional. The ceremony flew by in a flash, and next thing we knew we were husband and wife!

The cocktail hour and reception took place in the Golf Clubhouse. We decided to use long tables instead of rounds, and it made the group of 150 guests actually feel like an intimate gathering. Our theme was rustic modern. We used white linens, silver sequin runners, reclaimed wood boxes with baby’s breath bunches, and mason jar candle holders. When the sun went down the room looked magical!

Since I am in the wedding industry myself, I know the importance of hiring amazing vendors who you can trust. I was so blessed with every single one of my vendors- they truly made our day so special!

Photography: Brittrene Photo | Videography: AVR Films | Coordination: MB Wedding Design And Events | Ceremony Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Baker: Torino Bakery | Hair & Make Up: HrH Hari And Make Up

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Rustic Winter Wedding at Holman Ranch

For those of us here on the east coast, it’s easy to forget that there is another version of winter out there, one that doesn’t keep you housebound for months. This charming rustic wedding proves just how fantastic winter celebrations can be at an amazing California ranch, filled with personal touches and sunny skies. Mirelle Carmichael captured it all right here.

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From The Bride… Shaun and I went to the same University (of Oregon) and did not know each other, but luckily have a few friends in common. Five years after graduating from college, I moved to San Francisco where Shaun also lived and we were introduced and saw each other occasionally at football games or at our friend’s Matt & Amy’s house.

Then, we both became single, and long story short, hit it off!

After 2+ years of dating, Shaun proposed on a 10 day trip to Spain in San Sebastian. He had a ring pop and a photo of a diamond so it took me a few seconds to put it together… then I said yes and the wedding planning fun began.

Holman Ranch was a dream come true. We looked at sites in Sonoma and San Francisco as well and our goal was to enjoy the process and planning. The biggest part of that – as I learned in my career as a human resources professional – is the team you are working with. I wanted uber competent, energetic, and flexible people on my team so that we could plan a wonderful day, learn, and have fun in the process. My photographer, Mirelle Carmichael, was a perfect fit in terms of photography style, and is uniquely talented at connecting with people from behind the camera. It was also important that my vendors respected our budget boundaries. We simply were not a couple who was willing to spend 10K on flowers and I didn’t want continuous pressure to go over budget. My florist, Courtney Saynor at the Floral Loft in San Francisco, worked miracles for a small budget and advised me expertly where to spend versus save. She was an absolute artist even though my budget was small.

When I met the team at Holman, I knew they were the best fit (so flexible, and utterly professional), and the stunning views, and vintage charm didn’t hurt either! They also offered a day rate for winter weddings (typically couples have to rent the entire property), and some of my other vendors offered off-season discounts as well.

We did not necessarily have a defined style, but we wanted the day to be intimate and personal. Throughout the process, though, it became clear that we loved the classic, vintage touches that you can see from our attire and from the flower choices. I loved the idea of blushes and grays with a pop of sapphire blue. I wore an oyster pink dress with an ivory Chantilly lace overlay, and Shaun wore a gray morning jacket (both vintage styles that complemented the 1930s ranch). The colors also really melded so beautifully with the stone at Holman and the natural hues in the fields that we walked through.

There were so many moments that I continue to think about. Getting ready with the ladies and having my esthetician for the last 10 years, Tiffany, do all of our makeup. The ceremony was so wonderful and warm. We had an outdoor wedding in the middle of winter and it all went beautifully.

I also loved walking out of the ceremony with my husband and going straight to a private courtyard to share appetizers and a glass of wine!

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Floral Design: Courtney Sayner - The Floral Loft | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cupcakes: Kayaks By Kaleigh DiPaolo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose Via Weddington Way | Catering: Paradise Catering | Makeup: Tiffany Perry | Hair: Michelle Stehle At Groove Salon SF | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Suits: Selix | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Photography - Assistance: Cheryl Tivar | Wedding Coordination: Engaged & Inspired

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Glitter and Gold Wedding at Holman Ranch

Today, I’m packing up my e-suitcase and heading west. And this sparkling fete? It’s the perfect sunny destination. With rustic glam accents, this Holman Ranch affair is filled with glitter and gold in the form of Sweet Lauren Cakes and colorful Asiel Design blooms. From personal vows, to the altar crafted from strips of the Bride’s grandmother’s wedding dress, every detail snapped up by This Love Of Yours is what wedding dreams are made of, more here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Our vision for our wedding was “Rustic Glam”. Holman Ranch took care of the rustic part, so I wanted to incorporate lots of glitter and gold to glam it up. You can never have enough of either in my opinion!

Our vows were the most memorable part of our entire day, they were so personal and just so us! The altar was created with strips of my grandmother’s wedding dress. Getting married under the custom made alter was really special, it was a beautiful way to incorporate her.

We loved Holman Ranch because it is so versatile. It’s a beautiful canvas for any style or design. The grand oak “Tree”! I remember a special moment very vividly. Matt and I were by ourselves for the first time all day, taking photos with our photographers out in the green fields by the tree and it was so perfect! It was the most relaxed I felt all day- simply being surrounded by nature all glammed up with my new husband.

If I had one piece of advice for planning, it would be to make it about you and your husband! Make sure you really connect with your vendors and create the dream team, they make the day!
Enjoy the process and the day since it goes by fast!

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Videography: Black Dog Enterprises | Event Design: The Bride | Floral Design: Asiel Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Joe Escobar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair & Makeup: Hair Glam By Courtney | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bride's Belt: Live Adorned | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Derng- Gatsby Gold | Cake Pop: Sweet Lauren Cakes | Catering & Event Coordination: Culinary Eye | Cufflinks: White Truffle | Earrings: Haute Bride | Groom's Socks: GroomSocks | Grooms Bow Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie | Groomsmen's BowTie: The Tie Bar | Guitar: Mark Banks | Headpiece: Haute Bride | Linens: The Linen Bar | Photobooth: Night Owl Photo Booth | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veil: Adrienne Veil- Haute Bride

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Rustic Elegance at Holman Ranch

This wedding is stunning. It’s the kind of wedding that will stick with you for hours, if not days – all the beautiful rustic, yet elegant details dancing in your head until you’ve pinned every beautiful image from Carlie Statsky in this gallery. It’s easy to get lost in the stunning florals from Fionna Floral or the one-of-a-kind setting of the Holman Ranch, but then when you dig a little deeper and get into the soul and story of this wedding, you realize it’s so much more beautiful than you could have every imagined.

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From The Bride…Our relationship is unique and in some ways unbelievable. We have had the pleasure of being in each other’s lives since the age of five as we went to kindergarten through eighth grade together. We also have had some similar misfortunes that have given us an understanding for each other that other couples may not have. Our sisters were both in traumatic accidents that have left them paralyzed. While they are the toughest people we know, having an understanding of what each other’s families have gone through gives us all a bond that many families don’t have. It does not define any of our lives but it has created a kinship amongst the two families and is one of the many reasons why the Moriarty and the Cimino families can seamlessly come together as one. Even our sisters think of each other as sisters, which they get very disappointed when you tell them that is not exactly how it works. However, if we mention them we must mention the amazing support that our parents have given all of their children. From our sweet selfless mothers that are quietly handling all behind the scenes to our unwavering fathers who’s poignant words are always said at just the right time. These people especially have made “Mike and Renee” an easy thing.

A good man has always told us “classy never goes out of style” this was continuously on our minds as we envisioned our picturesque ceremony, and created the romantically elegant reception, which turned into an all out love fest. The vision was ever evolving throughout the planning process, but the overall theme was to put Holman Ranch center stage with subtle or maybe not so subtle touches of extravagance to set the day apart. We included special sentimental touches like having the vintage car Renee’s parents drove away in at their wedding in the background, fabric hearts sewn on blankets for the guests made from our grade school uniform pattern, and Mike’s ring being made to match his dad’s ring. We always kept our guests in mind and did our best to make sure there was something for everyone. Our goal was always to have everyone leave with a full belly and a huge smile on their face. A big thanks to all of our vendors and Amy Byrd’s team for making our vision come to fruition!

Photography: Carlie Statsky | Videographer: Josh Harney Productions | Wedding Planner: Amy Byrd Weddings | Floral Design: Fionna Floral | Stationery: Three Little Words | Ceremony Venue: Holman Ranch | Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Catering: Classic Catering | Hair And Makeup: Adrian Hernandez | Band: Groud Control | Transportation: Discovery Charters | Cigar Roller: Oye Productions | Pizza: Soleil Wood Fire Pizza | Rentals: Chic Event Rental

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Rainy Spring Wedding at Holman Ranch

I find rainy day weddings seriously dreamy, and this stunning nuptial is all the proof I need. This couple was literally showered with love on their big day, a lucky omen that proved to be incredibly romantic. Overflowing with beautiful arrangements by Reina, and magical moments captured by Stacey Pentland you can’t help but smile when you see the outpouring of love here.

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From The Bride…Ashley and KC’s big day had been nine years in the making. They met the first day of new student orientation in undergrad and their backgrounds could not have been more diverse. KC was a well-traveled, international tennis player and Ashley was a small town, country girl with an upbringing in rodeo. But, 2 people, 9 years later, picked March 2-9 as the perfect date to tie the knot.

Holman Ranch, one valley over from Ashley’s family ranch, was the perfect combination of rustic, ranching roots and timeless, classic style to complement the bride and groom’s divergent backgrounds and unique tastes. And, their love for the outdoors made Holman’s breathtaking views the obvious choice.

To lessen the chances of rain, the couple picked a date in late spring. With California experiencing an unprecedented drought, the odds were in their favor. Go figure, the selected date turned out to be the only Saturday rain day of the year, with record rainfall.

Disappointed at first, the couple soon realized they could not have asked for a more romantic, mystical day, showered with true love and heavenly tears of joy. The heavy rainfall above the tents during the couple’s vows was refreshing and cleansing. Being drenched in pure bliss and soaked in endless happiness, the weather forecast was nothing short of a miracle!

The old superstition that rain on your wedding day is a lucky omen surely flooded true. As one friend analogized, “Tying a wet knot will hold tighter than any other.”

Photography: Stacey Pentland Photography | Wedding Planner: Amy Byrd Weddings | Florist: Floral Design By Reina | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Engagement Ring: Derco | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sue Wong | Catering: Paradise Catering | Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co | Hair Stylist: Cherie Arellano | Groom's Suit: Custom Peter Cassara | Venue: Holman Ranch | Bridal Gown Seamstress: Ericka Engelman Couture | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | First Dance Choreographer: Frances Cuevas | Flower Dogs Attire: Yvette's Little Shop | Flower Girl Dresses: Posh Peanut Kids | Horse Topiaries: Horsey Hall - Julie Andrews | Invitations -- Letterpress: Aerialist Press | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Signage: Bee Curious Designs | Vintage Wedding Band: Fourtane, Carmel-by-the-Sea

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DIY Holman Ranch Wedding

This Holman Ranch fete from Jasmine Lee? It’s DIY down to it’s very core. From the Bride’s lovely veil made by the Groom’s mother and her shoes custom-made by her twin brother, to the flowy chuppah, cork signage, pillows, invitations and everything in between, this day is jam-packed with hand-crafted details. Even the Bride’s Uncle stepped in to officiate. It’s one pretty package of homemade love SMPers.

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From the beautiful Bride… The day was perfect in my eyes. I married the man of my dreams, my best friend and partner of 9 years in the most picturesque setting at breathtaking Holman Ranch which is nestled in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley. We were surrounded by our dearest family and friends during our much anticipated wedding day. I could not wait to be in the moment, at my wedding to see my husband and for the many details of our wedding to come together at last. Many of our friends and family members contributed to making the day unique and special. My Uncle Alan was one of these individuals who became ordained for the occasion and married us. The ceremony was beautiful, personal, light hearted and a mix of two cultures coming together as one (Jewish and Japanese). The chuppah we were married under was constructed by my parents-in-law Glenn and Donna. It was stunning and created the perfect canopy for us to begin our married life under.

The veil I wore, along with the flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow were made by my mother-in-law Kathy. Carl’s sister created a gorgeous picture out of 1,000 paper cranes of two coy fish in a pond as a wedding gift for us. My mother collected jars and mirror glass sprayed all of the center pieces, and made 100 succulent garden name tags as take home gifts out of baby food jars. We corked signs and letters from 10 inch tall letters I bought from a MardiGras website for less than $3 each! Friends and family baked an array of desserts for our home baked goods bar. We had sake instead of champagne! My college girlfriends all wore blue dresses to be my something blue. A few of our friends brought their GoPros in place of a videographer since it was not in the budget and captured the most special moments of the day. My husband designed all of the paper products himself, from the save the dates, to the invitations, to the ketubah. He is truly talented! My twin brother custom designed and hand painted my wedding shoes. As we know it, our fathers played a tremendous roll and payed for gas while we navigated the way. It truly was a group effort. The day following our Friday wedding we went wine tasting with 30-40 people and then my in-laws hosted a BBQ for 100 people. It was the event of a lifetime.

The most special moments to me were seeing my groom for the first time during our first look and holding his hands, starring into his eyes during our ceremony as we made promises for a lifetime with our personal vows. I was the happiest as is physically possible, so consumed with love and emotions. It was incredible. We attended 9 weddings in 12 months last year and were able to gather a lot of inspiration for our day. We knew what made past weddings memorable to us, and a few of the most important things were to have a few consecutive days of events to prolong the time with our guests, a stunning venue, phenomenal food, a talented photographer that would capture our special day for eternity, a good DJ to keep the party flowing and most importantly a ceremony that was personal and reflected our personalities, our relationship and our values. It was perfect.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Coordination: Engaged & Inspired | Dress: Matthew Christopher | Invitations: Designed By Groom | Shoes: Urban Outfitter | Rings: Robbins Brothers, Coast Jewlery | Catering: Paradise Catering | Groom's Suit: III Bar | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Bride's Earrings: Nordstrom, By Freida Rothman | Bride's Headpiece: Veil Made By My Mother-in-law, Kathy Mori | Dessert Bar: Homemade Baked Good Dessert Bar With Desserts Made With Love By Bridesmaids, Friends And Family! | Hair And Makeup Artist: Skin By Gina | MC/DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Shoe Design: Blake Of Bstreetshoes | Stylist/Flowers: Assembled By Family And Delivered By Blue Heron Farms

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