Friday, July 31, 2015

A Beautiful Summer Wedding!!

Our to do list this year has been long. In between completing and selling our Pebble Beach home and preparing for renovations on our property in Amador County, one of our daughters was married. Somewhere in there I planned a wedding- and it was a beautiful June wedding!!

This was Briana and Robby's special day!

All photos courtesy of Willow Rose Photography.

We began with the perfect venue-Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA. You can see my post from last year on this beautiful place here

We chose the wedding colors based on the venue and how it would look in summer. It was going to be the background in every photo so I wanted to make certain the colors complimented the beautiful oaks, manicured lawns, lush green vineyards and surrounding gardens that would be in full bloom in June.

  We chose a pastel pink chiffon dress for the bridesmaids in varying styles

My beautiful niece!

and a gray tuxedo for the groomsmen

My handsome son!

I had an Etsy Artist paint a fun wedding map and it became the centerpiece in their invitation suite. They really liked the little banner so it was used in the ceremony programs and the menus too.

Christine Cater floral design picked up on my desire to use old french urns and wire muscle baskets at the ceremony site and knocked it out of the park with her version of rustic floral displays. They were absolutely breathtaking!   The same color scheme of varying shades of green foliage and soft blooms  in rustic silver containers were chosen to compliment the ongoing color scheme.

The ceremony site during summer is lined with white poppies. We knew they would be in bloom and tall, so green foliage and scant white blooms were also used in my urns. The view from that site is really amazing.

An ivory lace wedding gown was the Bride's choice and she wore it beautifully on her big day

My uber talented Mom made her veil, the wedding cake, and crocheted a small wrap for her bouquet. My Mom made my wedding gown and my sisters weddings gowns back in the day. We grew up around her designing, sewing and decorating just about anything.  I am forever grateful for her creative influence that most certainly had a impact on me:)
My Mom and I below helping Bri get ready.

The brides bouquet

The groom looking handsome and a little anxious:)

Pretty Cake!

The ring bearer (our grandson Mason)  had a case of shyness aka extreme fatigue and chose not to participate in the ceremony.  He looked so cute :)!

The garden patio where we dined was pure rustic elegance!  The hacienda's exterior is clad in a creamy carmel stone so I chose ivory linen for the tables which let those pretty floral centerpieces pop.  All linens are from La Tavola Fine Linen, Tuscany Linen in eggshell.  Their linens are divine!

Tom made the grape stake gate for the escort card display.

The venue has a variety of rustic seating areas and they were perfect for cocktails after the ceremony.

It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed the celebration with family and dear friends. Best wishes to the newlyweds and may you enjoy many many years of happiness together!

Wedding Gown: Allure
Veil: Custom
Bridesmaids: The Dessy Group: Dusty Rose Chiffon
Groom and Groomsmen: BLACK by Vera Wang in Gray
Flowergirl: Nordstrom
Ring Bearer: Nordstrom

Vendor List:
Venue: Holman Ranch & Vineyard, Carmel Valley, CA
Photographer: Willow Rose Photography, Santa Cruz,CA
Month of Wedding Coordination: Sonia Gosline- Lucky U/Coastside Couture, Carmel Valley, CA
Floral Design: Christine Cater Event & Floral Design- Carmel, CA
Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen- Tuscany Linen in Eggshell-Napa, CA
Invitation suite: The Quill- Pacific Grove, CA
Paradise Catering-Carmel Valley, CA


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Let the Land Clearing and Renovations Begin!

A bulldozer spent days clearing several acres of land to prepare for the spring planting of our vineyard. Many trees were cut down and piles of brush burned for weeks!

A water storage system and deer fencing will follow, but for now we are getting a clearer view of our beautiful heritage oaks.

We will also begin renovations on the house in the next few months.  Building permit is in and new windows have arrived.   I am excited to begin the transition from little red barn house to rustic european farmhouse complete with stucco exterior, new roof, windows and a terrace.

The existing house has a horrible deck around part of it that will be torn down and entrances in front and rear will be relocated to make better use of the existing floor plan.  It sits on top of a hill and with more land clearing in the fall will have even better views of the foothills and vineyards below.

We will be traveling to France in July to shop for pieces to use in the renovation and for use in future development on the property.  So excited about this trip!!

I am now on instagram at  #europeanfarmhousecharm and will begin posting photos on our progress.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our Next European Farmhouse Renovation!

Our labor of love was officially completed when we sold our Pebble Beach home in February. We moved out in March and I am now settling down in a tiny little cottage in Carmel while I continue to live and work on the Monterey Peninsula.  Each weekend though, I'm headed to the country as we begin to move forward with our next renovation.  Our barnhouse in the country will be transformed into a european farmhouse complete with small vineyard. Lots of work to do here-but we're off and running!

More to come on all the exciting plans for the farmhouse renovation and planting of our little vineyard:)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our Pebble Beach Home- Project Completed!!

Our Pebble Beach home and project is now complete and ready for it's new owner!  Our European Farmhouse renovation is now on the market and for sale!   We have touched every inch of space inside and out and have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this renovation.  I hope it shows!

Photo courtesy of Tour

Please enjoy the virtual tour courtesy of Realtor, Kristi Knutzen of Alain Pinel Realtors, Carmel By The Sea, and Tour For more info contact Kristi at (831) 915 8201.   Click on the link here to start the tour:  European Farmhouse Virtual Tour

We hope you enjoy the tour,  we are likely in the back garden enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing for a bit until we are ready to begin our next project and adventure.  Stay's going to be a good one!

Cheers and thanks for reading.

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