This wedding has it all. A touch of glitter, the perfect amount of gold, stripes galore, a gorgeous Bride and a handsome Groom – it’s honestly overflowing with gorgeous. And thanks to the stunning images from Sorella Muse Photography, we can get lost in all the lovely here.
From Sorella Muse Photography… On July 20, 2013 Carly and Ethan said I do in front of 90 friends and family at the beautiful Memory Garden in historic downtown Monterey.
The Memory Garden is a gorgeous outdoor venue with a secluded feel, lovely flower gardens, and Southern Magnolias that act as natural arbors providing shade. Theirs was a glamorous garden wedding filled with love that took its design cues from the elegant Art Deco color palette of black, white, and gold while working in vibrant florals. It was such a fun interplay between elegant, sparkly, and organic!
What’s truly amazing is just how much Carly, Ethan, and their family were able to DIY. They put so much love and care into every detail! Carly crafted the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that was held by the ring bearer, the gold jars for all the floral centerpieces, and the custom tuxedo bibs, which doubled as seating assignments when rolled up with DIY gold name tags. With help from her mom and sister, Carly also sewed the table runners, and she and her groom made the peanut brittle which served as favors, wrapped up in little striped bags at each table setting. They also hand glittered all of the table letters!
Carly and Ethan got ready at Hotel Pacific, which was just a short walk from the Memory Garden. Before arriving for their ceremony, they met in the lush Stevenson Garden, a smaller enclosed garden that was in between their hotel and the venue, for a sweetly emotional first look. Carly looked every inch the glamorous bride. Her bridal look started with a Tara Keely gown that she paired with appropriately sparkly gold shoes, and her classic updo and flawless makeup came courtesy of the girls at M.U.A.H.
After their ceremony beneath the trees, there was a festive cocktail hour complete with a taco stand and a delicious signature cocktail, followed by a barbecue style dinner prepared by Grapes of Wrath, including cornbread, salad, and much to the bride and groom’s delight… an entire pig!
Later in the evening, Carly’s sorority sisters sang “Oh Pat”, which is sung to Kappa brides on their wedding days, and the bride and groom didn’t leave the dance floor. Their party lived up to the promise of their Save the Dates which read: “Barbecue, Booze & Bad Dance Moves”
Photography: Sorella Muse Photography | Florist: Jaclyn Wiley | Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | DJ: Antonio Diaz | Bride's Dress: Tara Keely | Ceremony + Reception: Memory Garden | Day Of Coordinator: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Hotel: Getting Ready: Hotel Pacific | Makeup And Hair: M.U.A.H | Photography - Assistance: Jacquilyn Anderson