Destination I Do
Friday, September 14, 2012

Destination Wedding Carmel: A Misty Affair in the California Hills

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Lili Durkin Photography
One piece of advice we see again and again from destination wedding brides is that no matter how prepared you are, something on W-day isn’t going to go as planned. The best thing you can do is to run with the punches and just enjoy the little moments. Lauren and Vlad got a big surprise at their Carmel, California nuptials and it was the unpredictable weather which took their elegant affair over the top.

This couple chose to say “I do” at Point Lobos Ridge Estate, high in the hills of Carmel and overlooking the California coast.  Their ceremony with a drop-dead gorgeous view was graced with sunshine and the sight was nothing less than breathtaking. Lauren and Vlad took full advantage of their perched location by opting for long family-style tables on the estate’s back patio. 
Roughly twenty minutes after the ceremony, a thick fog rolled in and surrounded their venue in misty magic. While of of course the couple didn’t plan on having such a unique, organic backdrop to their reception, it wasn’t unwelcome and made the event a true one-of-a-kind. LiliDurkin, the couple photographer, described the scene as “Like dancing in the clouds.”

Lauren and Vlad stuck with a family-style theme by offering large, sharable entrees, a wine tasting station and intimate sitting. The bride also customized the event my giving out homemade orange peel and brown sugar body scrubs and cinnamon pecan coffee can in a can as favors to her guests. The menu cards also included some of the coupe’s favorite recipes for their guests in case they wanted to take a bit of the couple home with them.

Not only is this destination wedding a real stunner, it proves the age-old advice that something out of your control is likely to happen come W-day. The best thing to do is to embrace change, stay relaxed and remember that the day is about the joining of two families and the commitment of two people. After all, that unexpected occurrence just might make your wedding!

Photographer: Lili Durkin Photography
Venue: Point Lobos Ridge Estate
Wedding/Event Planner: Heidi Hughett of Coastside Couture
Florist: Country Essences Flowers
Caterer: Classic Catering

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