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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.

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Spring
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Rustic

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.

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Fall
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Estate
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Romantic

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

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 

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Summer
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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 | Wedding Venue: Pasadera Country Club | 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

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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!

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Fall
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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 | Church: Carmel Mission Basilica | Reception Venue: InterContinental Hotel

Modern Holly Farm Wedding

Confession? I’ve spent more time than I care to admit inspecting every image of this al fresco affair at Holly Farm. From the bride’s lace-detailed Alvina Valenta dress to the wild greenery and everything in between, it’s a style of it’s own… and I’m calling it the modern, enchanted farm wedding. With Danielle Poff Photography behind the lens, there’s more pretty than you can dream up right here.

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Summer
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Farm
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Modern

From the beautiful Bride, Lisl… Andrew and I met in Winter 2008 at a Sigma Chi (his fraternity) party off campus, called Wild at the Waterfront. I was a young freshman and he was a sophomore at University of the Pacific. I attended the party with all my friends and I remember seeing him a few times throughout the party. He seemed to be the guy everyone wanted to hang out with, he had big, thick hair and he was cute. Unfortunately for me, he came to the party with another girl. The night went on and we ended up dancing. Needless to say the girl he came with wasn’t too happy with this, but we danced on through the rest of the evening and we were both smitten. A few weeks later we were invited by some sorority girls, who were trying to recruit us to their house, invited us over to a party in a fraternity boys room at Sigma Chi. It was Andrew’s room. My friends knew I was interested, so they tried a few tricks to get us together. Jackie, my best friend, spilled on her shirt so asked to borrow one of Andrews to go home in. She let me be the one to ‘return’ it to him. I returned the shirt, and we stayed and talked for hours. That was that. We dated a few years in college, went our separate ways my senior year in college since I was in Barcelona, traveling and then heading home to Seattle after school (he on the opposite side of the West Coast in San Diego). Long distance wasn’t really something we wanted to do in that time in our lives. We stayed friends, talked often. Then I moved to San Francisco shortly after school; Andrew was still in SD. In November 2009 a friend of ours passed away. Andrew and I saw each other at the funeral and something sparked again. 2 months later, on a trip in Jackson Hole Wyoming with his family, Andrew called me at the top of a mountain off the ski chair lift to announce that he was quitting his job in SD to move to San Francisco. He moved there in May 2010, and we’ve been together ever since.

It rained on the Thursay we were supposed to go on our ‘walk’ after work; Thursday November 8, 2012. I hadn’t heard from Andrew at around 3, so I assumed it was off. It stopped raining and he texted me asking if I was still down to go on a walk. Apparently his day was super busy and he didn’t think the walk was going to work out, hence the delay in text. He then called around six to confirm the walk and told me to meet him at Mollie Stones to get sandwiches. Then we got in his car and drove down to the parking area near Fort Point. It was dark with a few street lights and you could hear the water. It stopped raining about an hour before so the night was spectacularly clear and clean. You could see Sausalito, SF, the whole skyline from there. We ate our sandwiches and chatted while sipping on sparkling water, which for us is typical. Zipped up in our fleeces, also typical, and we just kinda cuddled and enjoyed each others company.

As our little picnic was winding down, Andrew started getting a little smoochy and I got a little suspicious but I quickly dismissed that because we were supposed to go to Santa Barbara over the weekend, and if a proposal were to happen—I was convinced it would be then and not on a SCHOOL NIGHT. We started taking cute pictures of each other and then some together, just goofing off. Finally he told me to stand up and take a picture of me standing and facing the bridge like I’m the ‘king of the world’ with my arms out. Essentially he just needed me to turn around, and this was his clever way of doing it. I did the pose and he took the picture of me on his phone, when I turned around he was right there, on one knee with a little red box. My heart shook and I had an immediate grin on my face. He had a few brief words about how he moved to San Francisco and he knew that he wanted to be with me forever and that he loved me. It was short but oh so sweet. Then he asked me to marry him and I said YES, a few times actually, while losing breathe. Then I got teary and he got extra grinny. We kissed and we hugged and he put the ring on my finger.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Floral Design: Laughin' Gal Floral | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Edith Meyer Cakes | Brides shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: La Creme Catering | Makeup: Kim Larson Bridal | DJ: Chocolate Sound | Ceremony/Reception: Holly Farm | Photo Booth: Live Image Photo Booth | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Table Numbers: Morgann Hill Designs

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