Carmel Valley Wedding by Alison Hotchkiss
November 18, 2009
United States

I just wrote a little post over on BACKSTAGE about blogging burnout. You know, that pressure to get the latest and greatest, to give each wedding its deserved recognition, to remember that you LOVE weddings and that's why you do what you do. Well, I've had a little bit of blogging burnout lately, so I have been making it even more of a point than usual to find weddings that inspire me, that get me really excited about this industry and the insanely fun weddings that people are designing.

And this one, that Kelsey Sheofsky of Alison Events designed, is sure to bring a big smile to your faces. It's easy going, laid back and it's fun. Which is what I love. The incredible photographs were captured by Adi Nevo.

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From Kelsey...

Laura and David were all set to be married at a venue in Santa Cruz when they had some problems with the on site wedding planner and decided to pull out at the last minute.  They hired Alison Events to find them a new venue and basically start the planning process from scratch, all within four months of their chosen wedding date. Thankfully Holly Farm, an extremely eclectic, groovy venue in Carmel Valley, CA had a cancellation on the chosen date and as soon as Laura and David saw it, they were sold.

The great thing about Holly Farm is that it sleeps 22 people so all of Laura and David's closest friends stayed on property in a collection of small bungalows through the entire weekend. Other friends and family rented homes in Carmel Valley or stayed at various hotels in the area but came by Holly Farm during the day to play bocce ball and spend time with the wedding party.  The venue is the epitome of laid back cool and the guests enjoyed a less structured free-flowing wedding weekend.

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Laura loved the idea of using light yellow, cream, grey, and touches of blue and green in the decor. The ceremony took place under a huge oak tree which was adorned with festive tissue paper puff balls in shades of butter yellow and ivory. During cocktail hour the guests enjoyed white wine sangria, and a variety of made to order bites at the Mediterranean griddle station. For the dinner, rustic wood tables were adorned with light grey linen runners and pops of yellow and green flowers down the middle. Mercury glass votives added a warm glow to the space along with the cafe lights strung overhead. After dinner the guests danced into the night in the carriage house and explored the different nooks around property. Guests enjoyed wedding cake baked by a friend of the bride and a cigar and port lounge set up in the garden.

LOVE. Make sure to check out Alison's awesome Destination Weddings book...a MUST for anyone planning a destination wedding!

RECEPTION VENUE: Holly Farm / CATERING: Grapes of Wrath / BAR: Bottles n’ Bins Liquors / PHOTOGRAPHY: Adi Nevo / FLORAL DESIGNER: Natalie Bowen Designs / INVITATIONS: Hello Lucky / RENTALS: Classic Party Rentals / LINEN RENTAL: La Tavola Linen