From the bride’s effortlessly natural style to the intimate 50-person guest list, there’s so much to love about today’s Holman Ranch wedding planned by Jacqueline Hallgarth – alongside an all-star vendor team. No detail was left unturned throughout the day’s celebrations, ending in a silent-disco style movie lounge featuring a custom edit of their favorite movies, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Head on over to the full gallery captured by Rebecca Yale to see all the magic unfold, including Amanda Vidmar‘s understated yet stunning floral creations.
From Rebecca Yale Photography… Annie and Brian were married on July 25, 2021 at Holman Ranch in Carmel in an intimate celebration with just under 50 of their closest friends and family. Like many couples this year, their original wedding was scheduled for 2020 and had to push, but was well worth the wait and they always planned for it to be an intimate celebration! The bride and groom wanted the wedding to be a unique celebration that felt more like a grand dinner party than a wedding and they infused their personalities and significant moments of their relationship throughout the entire day.
The bride’s younger sister (who is only 21!!!) made all of her paper goods including the vintage postcard style save the date that welcomed guests to Carmel and their invite which featured a cartoon drawing of the couple and a CA poppy, which grow wild in the area. Music has played a huge part in the couple’s relationship and they included a Jukebox card in their invites, asking their friends to write in songs that they should play on the wedding night. They used those recommendations to curate a custom playlist for their day along with meaningful songs to them like Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis, which they listened to on their first date at Tokyo Record Bar in NYC.
The bride bought all of her friends matching getting ready dresses (and pajamas for her bridesman) as well as heart sunglasses for them to wear during the weekend. The bride rocked two pairs of gorgeous kitten heels, lace for the ceremony and a block heel for the dinner and used an egg-shaped pearl purse to stash extra lipstick and other wedding day essentials. She chose to wear her glasses since they felt most like her and wore Jennifer Behr star barrettes in her hair, which matched the whimsical feel fo her “love” wedding band and canary yellow diamond engagement ring. The bride and her sister are incredibly close although they’re over a decade apart and in addition to making all the paper goods, her sister provided final makeup touchups and zipped her up into her dress.
The couple had an emotional private first look in the inner courtyard of Holman Ranch followed by portraits with their friends and family in front of the Hacienda. The couple see their friends as their families and it was truly a family affair! The bride’s best friends daughter served as their adorable flower girl (and she was a total camera ham) and the groom’s baby nephew was their honorary itty bitty ring bearer in his baby suit!
Guests were greeted at the ceremony with parasols, cold welcome drinks, and the couple’s unique guest book, which consisted of a vintage mailbox and postcards featuring exotic locations all over the world. The guests were instructed to pick a postcard for the location they recommend the couple go visit and write them a special note on the back telling them why they should travel there. The bride and groom both chose to walk themselves down the aisle and exchanged personal vows that they wrote for one another in their “his & hers” vow books. Guests threw rose petals at the couple as they made their way back down the aisle and the way Annie looked at Brian in those photos will forever melt my heart!!
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the garden of the hacienda, sipping on the couples signature drinks, “Island Vibes” for his, and “It was all a Dream” for hers. After a quick shoe change, the couple made their grand entrance into the hacienda’s main courtyard and had their first dance to the Arctic Monkeys’ Baby I’m Yours. They served farm fresh fare for dinner, which started with an incredible peach salad followed by family style sea bass, filet mignon and grilled vegetables. For dessert they served a lemon curd wedding cake and had a traditional Pittsburgh Cookie Table. Each cookie at the table (plus some cupcakes) were carefully chosen and had significant meaning to their relationship.
Rather than a big dance party, Annie and Brian wanted their wedding to feel like the most fun dinner party ever, so they created a custom edit of their favorite movies, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, which they played in a movie lounge created by their planner Jacqueline, featuring throw pillows, blankets and rugs, ottomans, and silent-disco style headphones. Popcorn was provided in mini vintage popcorn bags with their cartoon drawing printed on one side and “butter together” printed on the other. Guests spent the night mingling and drinking cocktails and wine under the stars, so grateful to once again be able to gather together safely!
Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Jacqueline Hallgarth Events | Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar | Cake: Layers Bakery | Stationery: Tiffany June Wang | Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Jewelry: Jennifer Behr | Catering: Paradise Catering | Groomsmen's Attire: Suit Supply | Bride's Gown: Berta | Cookies: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Linen Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Menu & Signage: fioribelle | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Rentals: Found Rental Co.