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Carmel-by-the-Sea Engagement

I adore themed engagement sessions just as much as the next person, but this breathtaking shoot from Aaron Snow Photography proves that sometimes all you need is a stunning locale, two adorable sweethearts and the styling prowess of Lindsay Gibson to make an everyday walk in the forest (or on the beach) that much more exceptional.  Dive into all of the pretty in the full gallery.

From Lindsay Gibson… Jackie and Ryan are college sweethearts from Oklahoma who thought it would be fun to have a destination wedding, a hometown reception and relocate from Oklahoma to Colorado for orthodontic school all within about six weeks.

Luckily, several weeks prior to the craziness, they took a quick trip to Carmel, California for a gorgeous engagement session with photographer Aaron Snow, styled by Lindsay Gibson of Gibson Events.

Palo Colorado is a tiny canyon retreat just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The incredible natural beauty of the place was a perfect backdrop for this outdoors loving couple to show their casual side.

The easy elegance of the residential area of Carmel-by-the-Sea fits Jackie and Ryan’s upscale style perfectly, and happening upon the most perfectly preserved vintage truck? Pure coincidence!

Photography: Aaron Snow Photography | Styling: Lindsay Gibson

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Classic Country Club Wedding

This, loves, is what happens when stunning classic details meet Old Hollywood glamour in a breathtaking Carmel setting: pure, unadulterated pretty.  From the amazing green hues to the gorgeous (+ talented) bride and groom to an entire day of awesome planned by Coastside Couture, it’s all sorts of wonderful. See it all captured by Carlie Statsky right here 

Country Club

From the Bride… A Jackie-O-meets-Audrey Hepburn world with a Louie Armstrong theme song… this was the original concept David and I had for a classically cinematic dream wedding. As creative professionals in Los Angeles (I work as an actress and musician, and he is an advertising creative director for TV, film and games) our connection is in many ways founded upon our equally passionate love of a “storybook” romance. We share a love of Hollywood golden age movies and music, and wanted a timeless modern-classic look for wedding that would feel both charming and grand. We first envisioned that a Black Tie invitation would set the scene, a 9-piece band playing Sinatra, swing, and 50′s pop, and exiting in a ’51 Bentley would feel like that perfect party-from-a-movie. It was important to us that everything felt dreamily luxurious, but also effortless and comfortable. We searched up and down the California coast, and finally chose a place after stumbling across the whimsical town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. The venue was just inland, and had the stateliness of a European villa, with all the convenience that a country club offers. We loved the easy flow from a ceremony space beneath a majestic oak tree, through a cozy open living room and bar, to a twinkling courtyard complete with a fountain straight out of any romantic film.

I fell in love with my Romona Keveza dress because it truly felt timeless, and like something David (a Disney fanatic) would imagine on his ideal ” Disney Princess.” The aptly named “Monterey Pine” colored bridesmaid dresses felt like they had both the essence of vintage glam, and a connection to our natural surroundings. The groom wore head to toe Dolce & Gabbana and switched from a black bow tie to a polka dotted one for the reception! Our vendors were fantastic, and totally enthusiastic in helping us create movie magic so that we could just live in it on the day. Elegant lanterns hung from our ceremony tree, where we held a special Native American basket ritual of each immediate family member presenting a wish for us embodied in an object for the basket. The ceremony trumpet trio played romantic standards as we all flowed into the cocktail space where a Jazz pianist and upright bassist duo kept the soundtrack vibe-y for a martini bar and retro-inspired hors d’oeuvres. With David’s background in graphic design, the two of us had put together all of the printed materials, including wine labels for tables named after classic songs (a cue to my love of music), and a fun little dance card for guests (which both encouraged guests to plan on dancing, and told the story of David and me finding out that we both grew up taking Cotillion classes!). Favors included black pashminas and foldable ballet flats for dancing, and guests also loved the side lounge with vintage-style photo booth and over-sized s’mores around the fire. Once we walked out into the reception and onto the black and white dance floor, we knew that our vision had truly come to life. It was everything we’d imagined and more to be wrapped up in that vision with all of our loved ones on our perfect evening, and we’re so very grateful for the memory captured beautifully by our photographer and videographer.

Photography: Carlie Statsky | Videography: Luke Goodman Cinematography | Planner: Coastside Couture | Floral Design: Fionna Floral | Wedding Dress: Panache Beverly Hills | Cake: Just Cake | Brides Shoes: Something Bleu | Ring: Claude Morady Estate Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Pasadera Country Club | Hair And Makeup: Maria Chang At PMA | Band: Steve Ezzo & The Monterey Bay All-Stars | Grooms Attire: Dolce And Gabbana | Officiant: Brian Lyke | Ceremony Music: Brassworks Band | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Printed Materials: Bride And Groom | Rentals: Town & Country | Transport: Main Event Transportation | Valet: National Valet | Vintage Car: At Your Service Transportation | Wedding Venue: Pasadera Country Club

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Carmel Mission Wedding Film

Shakewell Studios said it best: Carmel Mission is insanely beautiful. Simply put. And as the backdrop for this couple’s sweet ceremony, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, the result is as romantic as it gets. You’ll want to carve out a few minutes of your day for this sweet film, promise!


From Shakewell StudiosErica and Ramon were married at the insanely beautiful Carmel Mission in Carmel, CA. The church is filled with old paintings, statues and decor that gives this church a lot of charm. After the ceremony we cruised the grounds around the church to take some of what I call our “beauty shots”. Getting these shots is a big part of the film and we had no trouble getting them being surrounded by the 250 year old architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Erica and Ramon celebrated the remaining the evening at the Intercontinental Hotel in Monterey that is located right right off the famous Cannery Row.

Videographer: Shakewell Studios | Reception Venue: InterContinental Hotel | Church: Carmel Mission Basilica

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