Jessica  +  Jim

photography Jose Villa

Jessica & Jim are a world-traveling couple whom I easily could’ve imagined marrying on a glacier in Antartica or a hillside in Greece. But the two selected Carmel, their favorite road-trip destination, to bring their friends and family together from all corners of the United States.

They chose the Santa Lucia Preserve in large part because Jessica adored the ceremony area – a stunning and serene redwood grove. She wanted to incorporate this aspect of the wedding into the overall design, so Amber Moon designed a wedding monogram with redwood fronds for the invitation suite. She also loved blush, so we gravitated to rose gold as a metallic accent with crisp navy to balance its femininity.

 While the couple wed in a non-religious personalized ceremony, Jessica wanted to honor her father’s Jewish heritage with a Chuppah-like structure at the altar. The dramatic curved arches of the ceremony structure were echoed in the perfectly curved ceremony chairs and meandering florals down the aisle.

Guests dined during sunset in a sailcloth tent on a new event lawn at the Preserve. Mindy Rice designed twelve-foot chandeliers with dramatic floral and foliage to hang over head, while panels of airy drape blew gently in the breeze on the tent’s perimeter. At dark, the party kicked into gear inside the Preserve Barn with dancing to Impulse.