Now that you’ve swooned part one of this perfectly styled lovefest, it’s time to dive into the celebration that follows. I’m talking a reception table decked out with sprawling blooms, gold accents and an Edison bulb chandelier that’ll rock your world. Cloudless Weddings filmed the affair designed in the hands of Brooke Keegan, and Marisa Holmes snapped the gallery with so much more.
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From Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events…For the dining table, we wanted to bring in a little bit of the industrial feel from the Ceremony into the Reception. AK Johnston Group hung vintage Edison bulbs over the table top and we once again used the metal “X” back chairs. The wood table and romantic and lush flowers were accompanied by a screen printed hemstitch napkin. We gathered them with a leather band with the guests name beautifully written on it in gold by KA Kalligraphy.
Who needs bread? We had the sweet B. Toffee treat on each b&b plate. Instead of a traditional cake, we went with a B.Toffee cake. Something that the guys were able to break a piece off of and still do the ceremonial exchange. We set up a Cigar and Scotch bar for later that evening. It is always a fun idea when you have a group of guys that love to sit around and chat. Once the guests got back to their room, there was a Hangover Kit waiting so that they could prepare themselves for the morning that was to come from all the fun drinking the evening before. Doesn’t the Bloody Mary look amazing!? It is the Alchemy Hail Mary, which is bacon infused vodka, homemade bloody mary mix and pickled vegetables.
Photography: Marisa Holmes | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Lighting: AK Johnston Group | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfit: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering/Mixologist: Alchemy San Diego | Dining Table: Signature Party Rentals | Floral/Decor: Holly Flora | Grooms' Styling: Crow Thief | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Models: JP Calderon, Julz Heaney, Aimee Miller & Austin Johnston | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Tabletop Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Toffee Cake: B. Toffee | Venue: Hancock Park
Classic at its very core, this gorgeous Club Del Monte is the definition of timeless elegance. Beautifully captured by Colleen Riley, the images sitting in this gallery with be just as gorgeous one hundred years from now as they are today, and to me, that’s just as good as it gets. See the entire day here.
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From a close friend of the Bride…What made this wedding so special was that the bride and grooms easygoing attitude. Both Erica and Spencer stayed calm through out the entire planning process. I was with them through most of the time and was amazed with their calmness during all the unfortunate events that happened. The location of this sweet couple’s wedding changed several times within just a year, but they ended up having their beautiful wedding at the place they first chose… one might call this wedding story, serendipity.
At first, they had both thought Carmel, CA would be a beautiful place to have their wedding. However, as the planning process began Erica started to want the wedding to have more significance by hosting it at Spencer’s family ranch in Tahoe or in a church in her family’s home town in Italy. They picked Tahoe and started planning right away, however a few months of trying to make the wedding work in Tahoe, they realized the location was not ideal to have a wedding there. They decided to give up that plan, regroup, and start planning the affair in Italy (which had always been Erica’a dream wedding location). The process was going very smoothly with all the plans for their Italian wedding, up until there was an earthquake in Italy that made the church not safe to have their ceremony in anymore. You would think any bride would be at the point of giving up and emotionally tired of trying to plan anything at this point, but Erica didn’t let any of it bother her one bit and laughed at the all the unfortunate events.
They finally both decided that the wedding was meant to be where they had originally decided at the Mission Basilica in Carmel, a Catholic Church very similar to the one in Italy that Erica’s Grandparents were married in.
The wedding turned out BEAUTIFULLY, every detail was simple and sweet. Also, just like Erica and Spencer, it was a down to earth and classy affair with all their close friends and family. A day to truly be remembered. The part I loved most about this wedding were the flowers. The flowers were perfect in every way possible. Fleurs Du Soleil filled the church and reception room with lovely smelling pink peonies (Erica’s favorite) and other beautiful flower arrangements. Erica is a floral designer herself, so of course the flowers would be beautiful and very memorable just as she is.
Photography: Colleen Riley Photography | Videographer: Josh Harney Productions | Flowers: Fleurs Du Soleil | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: Patisserie Bechler | Reception Venue: Club Del Monte | Wedding Shoes: Gucci | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Ceremony Music: Monterey Strings | Calligraphy And Styling : Erica Archer Designs | Ceremony Site: Carmel Mission Basilica | Hair And Makeup : Vanity Salon And Blow Dry Bar | Invitations : K Peterson Design | Reception Music : Fantasy Sound Events | Table Linens : La Tavola Linens
Brooke Keegan is one of those planners who can do no wrong. So when she set out to design a masculine-yet-totally-romantic shoot you better believe she nailed it. With details like leather letter-pressed invites alongside moody hues and lush blooms (kudos, Holly Flora!) the resulting shots from Marisa Holmes are nothing short of wedding heaven. Psst: there’s even more pretty coming up next.
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From Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events…I really wanted to do a wedding inspiration shoot that displayed masculinity without losing the touch of romance and elegance. JP and Julz are my clients, a real couple, getting married in the Fall of 2015. I knew they were the perfect couple for this project! There are so many details that go into a destination wedding and I wanted to feature several of those elements.
The letter pressed leather invites and paper goods were created by Wiley Valentine. Masculine yet formal. A Welcome Gift is the perfect touch upon arrival. You always want to include 3 elements in the gift: hydration (non-alcoholic more importantly than alcoholic), snacks and pampering items. After a long flight, most guests like to throw their feet up, grab a drink and a snack and relax! The Ceremony was created by Holly Flora – lush and romantic, yet industrial with the metal “X” back chairs.
We did small scotch bottles for the escort cards and served specialty mixed drinks at Cocktail Hour. The signature cocktail was a Smokey Mora from Alchemy San Diego: 2 oz Mescal (preferably single village) mixed with 6 fresh muddled blackberries, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, then strain over ice and top with a splash of soda water, garnish with a blackberry and fresh mint. They were accompanied by several mini hors d’oeuvres. Food presentation can really add to your overall decor!
Photography: Marisa Holmes | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Lighting: AKJohnston Group | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfit: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering/Mixologist: Alchemy San Diego | Dining Table: Signature Party Rentals | Floral/Decor: Holly Flora | Grooms' Styling: Crow Thief | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Models: JP Calderon, Julz Heaney, Aimee Miller & Austin Johnston | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Private Estate: Hancock Park | Tabletop Rentals: Archive Rentals | Toffee Cake: B. Toffee