Knowing Kate would not be excited about a public engagement, Chris planned a thoughtful proposal at their home. He decorated the space with flowers and sweet items sentimental to their relationship. Fittingly, the couple also dreamed of a small and intimate wedding day to enjoy their time with those who truly matter most, their immediate family.
They knew if they planned a wedding on the East Coast it would be large and while amazing it wasn’t true to their quiet, thoughtful personalities. While they did have a ceremony in a church, they planned this trip to be their celebration and honeymoon. Kate and Chris both unfortunately lost one parent and it was really important for them to honor their memory and share this monumental life event in a way that they could feel their parents’ presence. Since they were on the East Coast, had really demanding careers and already had a lot of travel commitments prior to their wedding, it was really important to them to find a planner that could make great local recommendations, guide them on the design and also ultimately be the person to bring it all to life so they could focus on being present and enjoy their wedding and essentially their honeymoon.
Chris and Kate planned a laid-back trip to the west coast, set in romantic Carmel. Instead of a traditional wedding they decided to rent the amazing Hacienda House at De Tierra Vineyards for a week to host their families and be the site of their beautiful wedding for 12 guests. They shared activities like whale watching and wine tasting over the course of the week and then held a beautiful ceremony and reception in the most dreamy way possible.
Dinner was perfect, set beneath the greenery of the iron wisteria arches that lead to the Hacienda’s vineyards, creating their own personal outdoor dining room. Throughout the process Kate’s one request was incorporating hanging edison lights and so we knew we had to make it incredibly stunning. Guests sat together at one table, tucked delicately under the trees and beneath individual hanging lights. With wild bouquets of blush, yellow, and dusty orange, the colors and florals felt native to the setting. It was very important to Kate and Chris to incorporate orchids and oranges as a nod to each of their parents that they lost. It was a perfectly intentional day with the most romantic and intimate setting.