Meg & Tom

Bernardus Lodge & Spa 

This late Summer wedding was a destination wedding for a very stylish couple from Minneapolis, who had ties to the Carmel area and wanted to share a location that they love with all their friends and family. Meaghan and Tom wanted to combine both their Minneapolis roots and love of Europe with the Carmel Valley setting. The wedding was inspired by the romantic European Garden of Bernardus Lodge’s Rose Garden and combined rustic Carmel inspired touches with purple elements to represent Minneapolis.

Their letterpress invitations reflected custom art and icons representing different aspects of their style and theme. It flowed throughout the invitations and stationary as well as the wedding day signage.
Meaghan and Tom’s cocktail hour was a point of the day they wanted to spend extra attention on. They both have always loved the cocktail hours at other weddings and wanted to ensure theirs was not only beautiful but fun. They preferred a longer cocktail hour than normal since time spent with their guests was of the utmost importance. The main bar offered classic cocktails like the Manhattan and Old Fashion while the Bubble Cart offered prosecco and aperol spritzes.

The stylish bride and groom had beautifully crafted custom made attire for the day. Meaghan wore a fit and flare dress from Aire Barcelona with a beautiful and full overskirt. She accessorized with a custom made bridal headpiece and veil from Eden Luxe Bridal. Tom donned a beautiful white dinner tux with intricate paisley details from his favorite store back in Minneapolis. They opted for a private first look so they could move through family photos with ease, be finished before the ceremony, and give themselves as much time as possible to really enjoy their family and friends during their day.

The Rose Garden was the site of both the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony location was marked by a large traditional floral arch covered in mauve, light purple and rose hued soft florals and an abundance of white and creamy statice. During the cocktail hour, the space was flipped to the dinner reception with a mix of rustic wood farm tables and round tables draped with purple linens. The ceremony’s floral arch then became the backdrop to Meaghan and Tom’s head table. For place cards, Meaghan and Tom hand wrote special thank you notes to each of their guests in attendance that evening. After the dinner reception the couple’s band led a second line style procession from the Rose Garden up to the Ballroom for dancing to round out the night. The couple entered the purple hued room to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in homage to their home city’s music icon.