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.
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
Words can’t even come close to describing how incredible this wedding weekend was, but I hope that our images do just a tiny bit of justice to it. Liz and Brian are both veterinarians, (Liz actually went to veterinary ophthalmology school together with my brother at UC Davis) who live in the midwest and they travelled out to the West Coast for a magical 2 day wedding in the heart of Big Sur. They are the sweetest, most down-to-earth couple and their weekend was a true reflection of who they are as a couple. They held an intimate ceremony and cliff-side dinner under the stars with only their closest friends and family on the first day and then hosted a larger reception the following day. We experienced all kinds of weather over the weekend and a last minute tent had to be set up for the reception, but it only seemed to heighten the warm and cozy atmosphere of the event. Everything seemed like it worked out just as it was meant to be, as the rain started as soon as we came in from exploring all offer the property and then stopped again the minute their guests arrived. Every single aspect of this wedding, from the personalized vows, to the food and wine, to the trails through redwoods that led to waterfalls, to the epic cliffside views, to the touching speeches and songs were all amazing, unique and beautifully memorable. We were so lucky to get to work with such a stellar team of talented vendors for one of the very last weddings ever held at Anderson Canyon, and every single of one of them brought their A+ game, including our friends Karissa from Coastside Couture, Darcy from Seascape Flowers, Sarah and Melissa from The Hair and Makeup Co and Annie from A Taste of Elegance among others. It was a special weekend that we will never forget!
Event Design: Coastside Couture // Event Planning: Coastside Couture // Floral Design: Seascape Flowers // Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara // Cake: Edith Meyer // Invitations: Crescent Moon Paper Company // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Catering: A Taste Of Elegance // Band: Steve Ezzo // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Transportation: Main Event Transportation // Espresso Station:Travelin’ Joe Espresso // Hair Stylist Day 1:: Karen Nalvarian // Hair Stylist Day 2: Melissa Marie // Location: Anderson Canyon // Makeup Day 1: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co // Makeup Day 2:: Sarah Nicole // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Tent: Chic Event Rentals