Laura and Scott’s wedding had us at unruly-purple-wildflower-centerpieces. And that’s just a sliver of the floral-gorgeousness that Fionna Floral brought to the Carmel Valley Ranch wedding planned by Amazae Events. Look for the delicate greenery climbing up the simple wood arbor, huge overflowing white arrangements flanking the ceremony isle, a soft and textured bouquet and stately potted herbs on the escort table. No detail was left un-flowered and we’re loving the way it tied into the vibe of the ranch. The event was completed with invitations by Rachel Brandzel Creative, a dessert bar by Monterey Donuts and Laura’s beautiful tailored lace Lela Rose gown. Lucky for us, Amanda Wei Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these lovely images of the day.
What made the wedding special and unique?
From the very beginning my goal for the wedding was to be a fun, beautiful, and relaxed party, and a great weekend getaway for my family and friends. I wanted the ceremony and reception to be seem personal and intimate. The location, Carmel Valley Ranch, was perfect for these goals! My whole extended family and many friends were able to stay at the Ranch. It was so fun to run into people at the pool, restaurant, and spa before the wedding! The venue for the ceremony and the reception had beautiful views of the valley and the weather was perfect! The activities and relaxed vibe of the venue added to the great weekend getaway. I thought that Amazea did a great job of bringing the aesthetics of the Ranch and Carmel Valley into the decor of the wedding.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I found my gown at Jin Wang in San Francisco. My cousins, aunts, sister, mother, and I all traveled from Seattle to San Francisco for a girls weekend and some dress shopping. Jin Wang was our last stop and the whole experience there was perfect. The dress was a gorgeous Lela Rose, that Jin custom tailored. It had straps and she made it strapless. Also, she took in the bottom layer to make it more of a sheath fit and left the lace overlay A-line. The dress was light weight and fit perfectly. The lace had this wonderful silver threading that added just the right amount of shimmer.
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
My husband’s best friend did the ceremony. I thought it reflected our personalities and our relationship. We had signature drinks, Moscow Mules (my favorite) in copper cups, which tied in to the decor.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
This is always the hardest question to answer because everything was memorable! I loved the dancing! I also loved right after the ceremony being with just Scott and then being joined by the bridal party and our immediate families to celebrate for just a few minutes on our own. We had some champagne and toasted the occasion!
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Scott and I met through mutual friends when we were living in Manhattan. The first long trip we took was a ski trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where we decided we needed to get out of Manhattan and be closer to family, nature, and skiing (for my husband). Shortly after we moved across the country to Seattle (where I am from). We took a trip to Alaska to ski. On a beautiful drive from the city up to the mountains Scott pulled over so we could take pictures. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was very surprised because I didn’t expect he would propose on the side of the road. We also honeymooned in the mountains in Japan!
Photography: Amanda Wei Photography // Coordination: Amazae Events // Florals: Fionna Floral // Invitations: Rachel Brandzel Creative // Wedding Stationery: The Quill // Venue & Catering: Carmel Valley Ranch // Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann // Linens: WildFlower Linen // Rentals: Chic Event Rentals / Williams Party Rentals // Dessert Bar: Monterey Donuts // Entertainment: The Lucky Devils Band