Carmel California Wedding Where The Mountains Meet The Sea
October 12, 2018
Classic WeddingsOutdoorCountry Club
Three very short months ago, Charles and Kat traveled to the west coast to be married at the Tehama Golf Club in a charming outdoor ceremony where, as the bride says, they could see the mountains and the sea… a mere three months ago! Sometimes, it’s hard for us to believe that we have the privilege to share couples' stories, dreams and ultimately, reality, in such a short time. Thanks to the incredible contributions from world-class wedding pros like Still55 Weddings… along with the expertise of Engaged & InspiredFiona Floral, and Lucky Devil’s Band {plus all the others who help orchestrate lovingly-planned weddings like this} … we are allowed to step inside the day and share it with you!
From the beautiful bride, Katherine… Although Charles grew up in Los Angeles, his family moved up to Pebble Beach after he graduated from high school. We spent many weekends visiting his parents, so from very early on, the Pebble Beach/Carmel area was special to us. In addition to it's unbelievably beautiful setting, it was the spot where we celebrated many milestones. When we got engaged, we decided to share the magic of Pebble Beach/Carmel with the people we loved most. 
After agreeing on the obvious location for the wedding, our venue hunt ended the minute we stepped into the entryway of Tehama Golf Club. Tehama, is a Native American word meaning, “Abundance of Nature.” The sweeping views of both mountains and sea, as well as the Old World meets Contemporary aesthetic blew us away. Since we knew most of our guests would be traveling far and wide to attend our wedding, it was really important for us to make the logistics easy for them ~ and the experience unforgettable. Tehama enabled us to do just that. 
Carmel was where Charles' mom grew up and where his parents were married 37 years ago. We held our rehearsal dinner in the same room they were married -- it was such an honor to be able to tie the beginnings of both our weddings to a single location.
My engagement ring is a family heirloom. Charles’ grandfather and grandmother were living in Evanston, Illinois when he proposed to her… the same place we were living when Charles proposed to me. It is an incredible privilege to wear it. Tradition means a lot to me. For my something borrowed, I wore my mom’s diamond bracelet… a blue sapphire ring from my grandmother was my something blue. We were married by Charles' aunt's husband, The Honorable Dick Livermore. Our ceremony was personal to us, as individuals, and a couple. 
Charles and I consider ourselves romantic, old souls who are young at heart and we wanted our decor to reflect that. With that in mind, we opted for lots of lush, green and white flowers mixed with candlelight to achieve an uber-romantic vibe. So as not to compete with the naturally neutral palette and elegant aesthetic of the existing space, we went with Ivory, Light Grey with pops of Ocean Blue and Powder Blue. The reception room was surrounded by walls of windows and was drenched with the golden light of sunset for much of the early part of dinner. To play with that feature, we opted for ivory sequin table linens to subtly catch the light of the setting sun, as well as plenty of candles.
Charles and I were both completely overwhelmed by the love and genuine excitement from all the special people in that room. The word "magical" kept coming up throughout the evening.

We decided to do a short dance break before dinner to get everyone on the dance floor and get the party started. Coming into that room with the Lucky Devils Band energy high and everyone we love surrounding us on the dance floor was definitely the best part of the night. It also gave us a fun opportunity to dance through the crowd, saying hello and hugging our guests as we came through.

And then, right before we sat down for dinner, Charles and I snuck out to take some sunset photos by the mountains. As we turned the corner to the ocean side of the venue where we held our ceremony, we were greeted by several of our guests taking photos and enjoying the gorgeous sunset that evening. Suddenly we were surrounded by most of our wedding guests. It was a surreal moment to look around at our guests mixing and mingling as they basked in the magical setting behind us.
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