Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

It's hard to believe that tomorrow we welcome March and Spring will soon be here. Where has this year gone? Can we travel back in time? 

As we slow down and reflect on this past month, we are reminded of our weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where two amazing human beings exchanged vows and shared in celebration surrounded by their closest family and friends from all over the world. 

Danielle and I arrived on Thursday, assembling welcome bags, delivering to resorts for when guests checked in. It's these little details that really make your loved ones feel so special and as we hand delivered, we too felt in the joy they would soon be greeted by. 

We witnessed a beautiful rehearsal at Carmel Mission on Friday afternoon and sent guests to rehearsal dinner while we ironed out any last details and laid out our plan for wedding day. We enjoyed a dinner for two at II Tegamino and threw ourselves into a bit of a food coma, but absolutely worth it and highly recommend if you ever find yourself in this beautiful place. 

We woke Saturday morning to misty rain and by Noon the clouds parted ways and we were standing under blue skies. It's amazing how the world works and I find myself saying it more often than not. It had been pouring the entire week and here we stood with sunshine, soft waves in the ocean and dry sand under our feet. Those moments are powerful and they always make me smile. 

This weekend was possible because of the amazing team that we collaborated with and for clients who allow us to create and execute a design we are confident with to reflect the environment they want to see, touch and feel. Because of all of them, we did just that. 

On this last evening in February, we're missing those soft ocean waves and the sand beneath or feet, but thankful for where our work takes us and the relationships we nurture along the way.

With Love,

Kelsey  

Wedding Design & Coordination by Vanity Affair Events

Photography by Aubree Lynn

Floral Design by Gavita Flora

Stationery by Tie That Binds

Hair and Makeup by Blush Monterey 

Rentals by Chic Event Rentals

Reception La Playa Carmel

Styling of invitation suite Kaleb Norman James, photo by Amanda K

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The Never Ending  Guest list 

Aubree Lynn Photography 

Aubree Lynn Photography 

Guests lists truly never end if you do not put an end to it yourselves! 

When we start writing on paper, all of a sudden we have our friend from first grade that we have not spoken to since, our little league coach and our elementary PE teacher, all who seem to make the first round of cuts!

Dylan & Sara Photography 

Dylan & Sara Photography 

It is exciting to be engaged, there is no doubt about that, but I always ask couples to really think about who has been in their lives and who will continue to be in their lives for years to come with more than just a physical (or social media) presence.

Consider me old school, but I am a firm believer that every guest that is important enough to be invited to your wedding, should be given a +1, whether they currently do not have a partner, have had a partner for one month or have been with someone ten years. Who wants to attend a wedding without their significant other if they have one? It's not our place to determine the longevity of their significant other, and I find it happening more often than not to keep guest list under a certain number to coincide with budget. Kick that idea to the curb! Everyone deserves a plus one, so make room for your loved ones and their partners and that should really allow you to determine who you want at your wedding day and how to navigate guest list and finances.

Sweetlife Photography 

Sweetlife Photography 

Backtrack to my earlier blog regarding budget and make sure this same conversation is happening with your parents, because they tend to be the ones who have the habit of tossing in names of people you may not feel as close with and that should also be addressed as well.

It is important to be surrounded by the ones you love on your wedding day, so make every name count. You won't regret it.

Love,

Kelsey