Carmel California Private Residence Wedding by Bret Cole Photography


Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a glorious weekend full of the finer things in life; like sleep, chocolate chip pancakes and lots of sunshine. I finally had the weekend off of work (can I get three cheers for that?) and headed back to Michigan where I threw my sweet husband a little surprise party for his 28th birthday. We were also able to finally check out our new little abode (oh thank goodness this place is temporary), hang out on a Friday night and lastly I had a consult with my darling May bride after a walk through at her venue. But more on all that fun stuff later. Because this stunner of a wedding has been on my mind for more than a week now.

I cry wolf a lot on this blog claiming this wedding and that wedding are all in fact my faves. I can't help it. I'm a sucker for beautiful light, fabulous details and the most heart warming of love stories. Then, be still my heart, I found this gem of a celebration from the sun-drenched hills of Carmel, California and I was absolutely in love. The details are so sweet. The story behind how the groom met the bride is so sweet and even the invitations, which I shared with you last week, are incredibly sweet. I think once you let all the sweetness soak in you'll have to agree too. A giant hug to the talented and sweet Bret of Bret Cole Photography for sending over all of these incredible images that speak more than a thousand words; I'm honoured to be sharing them here with you all. Happy Monday!


{Courtney and Sean's Love Story} These give a little glimpse of our story but our families go way back. Sean and I were introduced by our grandparents who were best friends. Our grandparents grew up camping together, they started a church together 50 years ago (which they still attend), and their kids (our parents) grew up together as friends. My grandpa got sick a few years ago and Tony (Sean's grandpa) would visit him everyday. My dad was in town visiting my grandpa one day and him and Tony ran into each other at the hospital. They got talking about their kids and grand kids. My dad told Tony that I was moving to SF in a few months and Tony suggested I reach out to Sean. He wanted Sean to show me the city and introduce me to people. So Margaret (Sean's grandma) emailed him to ask him to email me to offer to show me around SF. After a few reminders from his grandma, Sean sent me an e-mail. I took him up on his offer and met up with him when I was visiting SF for an interview. Although we had an immediate connection I had to return to Michigan for a few months before the official job offer came through. During those three months we talked everyday and by the time I moved to SF we were dating. Eight months after moving to SF he proposed and five months after that we got married.   


{Biggest Obstacle While Planning} We decided to have our wedding at my Aunt and Uncles house in Carmel. We didn't realize how much work we were going to have to put in by hosting it at a private residence. It was a lot of work for my Aunt and Uncle. It was also hard not having my mom in town. She was in Michigan and was helping from a far but I had to plan most of it. The road up to the house also presented quite an obstacle. It was windy, steep and narrow. We ended up having to rent vans for guests for safety reasons.

{Advice to Future Brides} At the end of the day, you'll be married, so just relax, enjoy it all and celebrate with all the people you love and who love you. Also, it's not going to be perfect. Be alright with that.

{Fun Fact} Sean and I found out that we met when we were five years old at his cousins birthday party. We were sitting right next to each other enjoying birthday cake. We've got the picture. Pretty amazing. (And Rhi here now, speaking of pretty amazing check this out: when I posted this wedding on my facebook page this morning, a friend of mine commented on the post letting me know who Courtney is. Turns out the bride here was a NCAA volleyball player at Michigan State where I was also a gymnast. My former academic advisor (who like me is Canadian) was a senior the same year Courtney was a freshmen. Funny thing is the gymnastics team and the volleyball team shared a women's shower and bathroom area. I wonder if Courtney and I ever passed another in crossing! Hi Court! Go Green Go White!
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Photographer: Bret Cole Photography / Flowers: Laughin Gal Floral / Rentals - tables and chairs: Chic Events / Caterer: Paradise Catering / Select Decor: Alameda Flea Market, Pottery Barn and friends houses / Wedding dress: Trudys / Men's Shoes: Vans / Bride's cowboy boots: Steve Madden

34 Lovely Comments:

Bustle said...

Love this wedding. The details are perfection.

christine donee said...

ok.. sign me up. That.Is.Perfection.

Michaela said...

Oh my word! This is amazing. I love Carmel...you know that! What is the name of this place? I want to get married here (: Her ring is stunning. The lighting is perfection. All the special touches make this wedding one of my very favorites on your blog so far!!! Seriously.

Laura said...

So beautiful! I love all the ways they made different flower vases. :) And the way they presented the seating chart! So colorful and vibrant!

xoxo

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Amazing!!! Just the way I'd love to have mine!

xoxo

xxShivvyxx said...

Those little kids are so cute! And the view is amazing! Gorgeous wedding :) xxx

Lindsay said...

Oh my gosh this is seriously my dream wedding! Everything is perfect! I love that they served pie!

Keri said...

Wow, so beautiful! I love those bridesmaid dresses (Jcrew?) I am seriously considering those for my wedding.

Glad you had a fantastic weekend free from work!

Maggie Eisenstat {I Do Love It} said...

What a breathtaking venue!!

Something Old, Something New said...

What a beautiful wedding! Her dress is gorgeous and I love those placecards.

Megan said...

love bret cole. and i love that couples can use my house for their wedding...

jk.

obviously.

Melina said...

Oh wow! I love the location, so breath taking!

Brooke said...

her aunt and uncle's house is AMAZING. This has to be one of my favorite weddings and her dress is really similar to mine :)

LAG said...

Lovely wedding! My fave details are the pretty blooms in the glass bottles and the escort card set up.

Megan said...

Wow...how lucky are they that that is her aunt and uncle? That view is amazing. Except I bet no one even paid attention to the wedding because the view was too pretty. Haha.

Brancoprata said...

Breathtaking.... Love the view, the darling details and adorable couple!!

postcards and pretties said...

That is one gorgeous wedding...I'm loving the view and that charming escort card display

Nikki said...

That is the cutest love story ever! Melts my heart.

I was just looking at jobs in Carmel. Now I really want to move there, gorgeous!

Krystal said...

those photos with the whole bridal party walking across the field and the sun behind them...are amazing. and her ring is gorgeous. and so is her whole wedding!

Alicia@CharityWedding said...

I love everything about this!! That view is amazing!

Kate/MagnoliaRouge said...

What a fantastic story of how they met/got together. And such stunning photos!! Love the escort cards and the venue is to die for!

la petite coquine said...

Who could resist a love story like that one? I'm absolutely smitten!

Can't wait to hear more about the new place, even if it's only temporary!

xo, Lena

jessica said...

another beautiful wedding!! love all the little details... the mason jars are darling and the seating cards are adorable!! and i love that they served pie!!! :-)

Tamara Nicole said...

Seriously an amazing wedding, I love each and every detail . . . but my fave is the seating cards:-) Ooh and pie!

Whitney said...

gorgeous photos!

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The Loveliest Day said...

Such perfect simplicity in this wedding! Plus, I am in love with Carmel. One of my fave places!!!

Raven said...

I love this. Its beautiful perfection. And how crazy about the whole MSU thing! I'll throw a go green go white in there too! :)

Ashley said...

okay, this is dreamy! Can I get married again so I can plan another wedding?! :) haha...just found your blog and I LOVE it!!!

Katherine said...

So much sunshine and what beautiful views! It's perfect :)

Diana said...

Love country weddings and brides with boots!

Stacie said...

it really was as beautiful and the photos tell it to be! we love courtney & sean and had a blast! they did think of everything. you should have seen my daughters (sean's little cousins) dancing with their great-grammie! what a joyous day!

Erika said...

LOVE the name place cards!! Where did you find the cards you wrote on? My fiance and I are from MN, getting married in Montana, and are having rustic details, similar to yours and LOVE the place card idea! Any words of advice on how to make it??

Michelina said...

Everything about this wedding is just lovely!

These photos are incredible.

Michelina