Ventana Inn // Big Sur Photographer // Inspiration Shoot

Big Sur forever has my heart. Gabe and I love the area so much we spent our honeymoon at the Ventana Inn way back in 2004. We’ve been missing the area like crazy since the bridge collapse and road closures, so we couldn’t be happier to hear that things are opening up again soon. In honor of the re-opening of the newly renovated Ventana this coming Fall I had to finally get back to blogging and share more of this magical day…

This day was fully inspired by the natural beauty of Big Sur, the luxurious yet down-to earth vibe at the Ventana Inn and the ethereal feeling of being in such a awe-inspiring part of the world. Christine Cater did an such an amazing job dreaming up the overall design, bringing in a mix of natural materials, crystals, laser cut elements and organic floral designs into every part of the day from the ceremony space to the sweetheart table for two set on the cliffside overlooking the Pacific. Our bride wore two beautiful Carol Hannah gowns, starting with a beaded caftan and embellished head piece and pony veil for the ceremony, and ending with a dramatic tulle gown and a crystal head piece. Both looks were accompanied and elevated by incredible estate jewels from Fourtane and hair and makeup by Sarah from The Hair and Makeup Co. Our groom wore a custom blue suit and bow tie from Franco Uomo, which perfectly complemented the rolling green hills surrounding Ventana. Some of the loveliest details from the day included the custom lazer cut wooden invitations and chargers that Megan Miniello made, the mix of crystal, copper and marble with that beautiful, ecclectic centerpiece by Christine, the bride’s laser cut white louboutins, the signature cocktails from Pour Girl Bartending and the crystal toped cake. The whole day felt like a dream, as the sun moved in and out of the fog, and deer roamed through the fields. Big Sur has to be one of the most stunning locations on earth, and a perfect place to get married and share the beauty of California with all of your favorite people.

See the full feature and list of credits over on Magnolia Rouge right here. Film scans by Richard Photo Lab.

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Norah & Chris // Annadel Estate Wedding // Santa Rosa & Napa Photographer

I’m finally taking on the extremely daunting task of catching up on the blog! I have over 50 posts just waiting for me to compose and publish them, so here I go…hope to be sharing more with you on a more consistent basis in the future.

I had to start with this lovely day at Annadel Estate in Santa Rosa, because these two are the absolute sweetest and their day was an extra beautiful one. We loved that Norah and Chris flew all the way out from Washington DC to get married in the sunshine-filled wine country, surrounded by all of their favorite people. You would’ve never known that it was pouring rain the night before. The entire event had such a warm, inviting and intimate atmosphere and every space was designed to perfection thanks to Alicia K Designs who not only did the event design and coordination, but also did all of the floral design and guest lounge areas too. Guests were well taken care of that day, and they got to enjoy so many different areas of the property from the old ruins for the ceremony, to a shady oak grove for cocktail hour to an open field with a view of the vineyards for dinner. I’m still obsessed with the custom structure thatZephyr Tents constructed for the reception. I loved how romantic and elegant the space was while still retaining a down-to-earth, rustic feel that was so fitting for a Napa wedding. It honestly could not have been a more perfect day for a more deserving couple! See more of their wedding published on Carats and Cake here, and find the full list of vendors below.

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Full list of vendors:

Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

Planning & Design: Alicia K Designs

Floral design: Alicia K Designs

Hair and makeup: Misty Spinney

Rentals: Wine Country Rentals

Structure: Zephyr Tents

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Lighting: Illusions Lighting

Music: Entire Productions

Group for the ceremony music: Mads Tolling String Trio.

Dress: by Ines Di Santo, purchased from Dimitras Bridal (Chicago)

Sash: by Erin Cole, purchased from Dimitras Bridal (Chicago)
Veil: by Lissette, purchased from Hitched Bridal Couture (Washington, D.C.)
Invitations: designed by Bianca Mascorro of Little Miss Press, calligraphy by Samantha Martin of Curlicue
Guest gifts (white peach jam): 3 French Hens
Suits for groom, groomsmen and fathers: The Black Tux
Bow ties for groom, groomsmen, fathers and ring bearers: The Knot Co.
Bridesmaids’ dresses: JCrew
Bridesmaids’ earrings: Whitley Designs
Officiant: groom’s mother: Deborah Davis.

Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding Shoot // Carmel photographer

This was honestly the most inspiring collaboration that I’ve ever been a part of thanks to a team full of such big dreamers and talented, hard-working artists. Carmel Valley Ranch recently built a new redwood platform with views out over the valley and they wanted to put together a shoot to show off the new ceremony site, so they got in touch and there was no way I was going to turn down that opportunity since outdoor ceremonies with grand views and warm weather are totally my jam … and will always be my jam until I can’t hold a camera any more! Christine Cater and her team created the most stunningly unique and inspiring ceremony spaces ever. I loved the hand-painted, art deco-inspired aisle runner full of ombre flowers and the way that it ended in a circular pampas grass altar surrounded by ghost chairs that didn’t obstruct any of the views. The wooden dining table was set to perfection with Christine’s eclectic centerpiece surrounded by hand painted acrylic menus, gold flatware and pampas grass tassels at each place setting. Edith Meyer’s oval cake also had it’s own moment, sitting on an oval table covered in more ombre flowers.

I’m still obsessed with the bride’s beautiful illusion back Amsale gown from Haute Bride, the teal Christian Louboutin shoes and the collection of gold, diamond and garnet vintage estate jewelry from Fourtane that she wore, plus the unplanned but perfect addition of 2 gorgeous horses and a pygmy goat during sunset. From the adorable flower girl, to the couple, to the locations and all of the animals involved, it was a dreamy day full of beauty in every single direction. A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talents!

See the full feature and Luke Goodman’s highlight video, (including some epic drone footage) on Green Wedding Shoes!

planning, design + florals: Christine Cater // venue: Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel, California // videography: Luke Goodman // jewelry: Fourtane // bride’s dress: Haute Bride // hair + makeup: Bianca & Kate // bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin // flower girl dress: J.Crew // groom’s attire: Franco Uomo // cake + macaroons: Edith Meyer // rentals: Blueprint Studios

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