carmel valley wedding

Michaela + McCann's Pastel, Floral Print Carmel Wedding //

Venue: Holman Ranch // Wedding coordination: Engaged & Inspired // Floral design: Michelle Lywood // Hair & makeup: Lindsay Dabalos // Rentals: Forage Vintage Rentals // Invitations: Minted // Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes // DJ: Jon Belmont Entertainment // Catering: Paradise Catering // Calligraphy: Grace Line Art // Film scans by Photovision //

From the Bride, Michaela: There were so many special aspects to our day. From little details, our ceremony uniting us as one, the amazingly touching and hilarious speeches made by our maid of honor, best man and my dad — everything was so memorable and important to us. It was equally important to us to honor a very special person who sadly didn’t get to see us be married. My husband’s father passed away last January, so we wanted to honor his memory. We had my grandmother sew a heart-shaped piece of one of his favorite shirts onto two hankies. One for me and one for McCann. The hanky I carried was my great, great grandmother’s hanky that she used on her wedding day many, many years ago. My grandma embroidered McCann’s dad’s initials on them and he carried his in his pocket, while I tied mine around my bouquet. It was our something borrowed and something blue. A way tangible to remember his dad and how much he meant to us.

Our ceremony was another important part of our day. We chose to wash each other’s feet, showing one another that we promise to love and serve the other person, just has God has loved and served us.

Some other fun touches included customized cornhole bean bags with our monograms, our delicious apple raspberry jam favors (we met in an apple orchard!), the comfy vignette seating we created outside of the dancing barn complete with blankets and pillows, our amazingly talented DJ who kept the beats rollin’ all night (the dance floor was literally never empty!) and the glow sticks we passed out at our reception, and our interactive polaroid camera guest book. What a FUN day, which we will remember for years to come.

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

Practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of this. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work of whomever you choose.

Check out their engagement session that was featured on Style Me Pretty!

And their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty too!

Lauren + Alec's All Outdoor Carmel Wedding //

Venue: The Holly Farm // Florist: Fleurs du Soleil // DJ: SoundShine Mobile Entertainment // Hair & makeup: Katrina Michelle Hair & Makeup // Wedding dress: Mira Mandic from Loho Bride // Catering: La Creme // Invitations: Bella Figura & Union Street Papery // Wedding coordinators: Evolutionary Events // Film scans by Photovision //

Check Lauren & Alec's San Francisco engagement session!

Julie + Chris's Rooftop San Francisco Engagement Session //

Film scans by Photovision //

Lauren & Patrick married // Carmel, CA

Venue: Holman Ranch // Wedding Planning & Design: Engaged & Inspired // Hair and Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Company // Florist: Mandolin Flowers // DJ: Jonathan Belmont // Caterer: Paradise Catering // Videographer: Frame 44 Weddings // Calligraphy: Curli Cue Designs // Invitations: Aerialist Press // Film scans by Photovision //

Check out their San Jose engagement session, complete with 3 doggies //

See more of their wedding featured on GREEN WEDDING SHOES!