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Vintage Holly Farm Wedding

Holly Farm emits a coziness that lures you in and wraps you up in love—at least that’s the effect it has on me, every single time. With it’s lush greens stretching their palms and leaves out in every direction and hugging every portrait from Lisa Lefringhouse, this vintage fete has a sweet sass that’ll keep you coming back for more. From the Bride’s hot red lip to the mix-matched coral ‘maids, you can find it all here.


From the beautiful Bride…As soon as Nick and I walked into The Holly Farm, we knew it was the venue for us. Nick is a New Yorker and I grew up in Berkeley. We met in San Francisco and I brought him to Carmel many times during our 6 years of dating in the hopes that the stunning coastline and valley would convince him to stick around the west coast for a while. Carmel is a special place for my family because my great grandparents built a home there in the 40s. Since then, many couples in my family have been married in the area, including my parents, who happened to buy their wedding cake from the previous owner of the Holly Farm over 30 years ago!

Inspired by the rose gold art deco engagement ring that Nick designed for me, we went for a vibrant, vintage feel while embracing the rustic charm of the Holly Farm. Nick is colorblind so he let me choose our palette. I love bright colors and shades of coral, turquoise and gold seemed just right in the gardens. We asked our bridesmaids and groomsmen to choose their own dresses and suits for a mismatched and fresh look. We didn’t work with a planner so we kept the decor simple and let the luscious venue and Kate Healy’s homegrown flowers do most of the work.

Our dear friend Ali married us in a very personal ceremony under the oak tree. We passed our rings around as we said our vows and asked all our guests to bless them before we sealed the deal. We spent the rest of the day grinning our faces off, filled to the brim with love for each other and all of the friends and family who came to celebrate with us.

Photography: Lisa Lefringhouse | Videographer: Jason Beal | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cupcakes: Sibby's Cupcakery | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: In God We Trust | Rings: Greenwich Jewelers | Rings: Gallery Of Jewels | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lida Baday | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elizabeth And James | Catering: La Creme | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Groom's Suit: John Varvatos | Ceremony And Reception: Holly Farm | Floral: Big Sur Flowers | Hair + Makeup: Erin Mcfarland + Amber Jahn

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Bohemian Wedding in Carmel with a Fall Color Pallete

I’m all about the sunshine and beach time but you must admit, there’s nothing quite like a crisp Fall day. And this wedding encompasses all the amazing bits and pieces of Fall – the rich colors, the cozy surroundings, al fresco dining by candlelight. It’s bohemian perfection crafted by Bash Please, with florals by Sweet Marie Designs and photography by Christian Cruz For Max & Friends. Click here for the full gorgeous affair.


From The Bride…As soon as James and I got engaged, we agreed on the one major detail of our wedding – that it would be a mini-vacation for all who attended. With this in mind, we set forth to find the perfect church as we felt that our marriage would be the cornerstone for our intimate wedding. We drove up the Pacific Coast, stopping in Malibu and Santa Barbara before having our breath taken away by the majestic beauty and tradition of the Carmel Mission and the city of Carmel. From that point on, we knew that we wanted Bash, Please to help us make our dream weekend a reality after having attended and being captivated by their creative mindset at their wildly popular Cream Event. Upon meeting Melissa and later Sydney, we imparted our desire to make every detail of our wedding weekend, bespoke.

We knew that a Fall wedding would lend itself well to all that Carmel had to offer as well as our love of hearty food, deep, rich colors, and the crispness or air that only a perfect Fall day could bring. We wanted a celebration that was unique yet approachable, where our guests felt comfortable and happy and were able to experience elements they maybe hadn’t experienced before. We knew upon meeting each of the creative, talented vendors that it was a match from the start. Alise made sure that our flowers were rich, vibrant and unique (and surprised me with out of season peonies in my bouquet!). Pharmacie made sure that guests were able to partake in uniquely curated cocktails. Our photographers – Christian and Reinna, were such a dream to work with, they captured our day beautifully and made it a seamless effort. A Chef by trade, James oversaw all of the culinary details for the weekend. From the salmon tartarecones with cilantro caviar to the mini candy crab apples that circulated during the dance, it was one unforgettable meal. Steve and his team exemplified the term “a restaurant without walls.” We wanted each dining experience to truly stand out with unexpected little touches like the vintage Absinthe Cart making rounds at the rehearsal dinner to the “roomforty campfire” deconstructed s’mores and mini candied crab apples passed during our first dance. The private residence we selected for our celebration overlooked the Ocean. We knew that our guests would drive up the long and windy Point Lobos Ridge road not knowing what to expect when they got to the top.

The big reveal on our big day, was one of the best surprises of the weekend! Clouds hung low above the patio, and every guest expressed at some point “We are dining above the clouds!” Indeed we were floating in the clouds, not only then but during the entire weekend. An unforgettable marriage and wedding – indeed.

Photography: Christian Cruz For Max & Friends | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: Susie Cakes | Invitations: Pitbulls And Posies | Ceremony Venue: Carmel Mission Basilica | Reception Venue: Point Lobos Ridge Estate | Catering: Roomforty | Cocktails/Bar Services: Pharmacie | Coordination & Event Design: Bash Please | Day-of Paper Design: Bash Please | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save The Date Design: Lauren Spencer King | Special Tabletop Decor: Casa De Perrin

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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