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

Wreath Making with Anna Mara Flowers

Today I had the pleasure of getting into the holiday spirit by joining Anna Mara Flowers and Restoration Hardware (one of my favorite home stores of all time) to learn the art of crafting wreaths! 

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After taking this class, I will never, I repeat, I will NEVER buy a wreath again. Wreath making is way too easy and fun when doing it yourself! 

Wreath Making Materials:

1. Gardening Scissors  

2.  Wreath Frame

3. Thin Wire

 4. Greenery of your choice. 

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Portland Florist, Anna directed the class, as we all stood around a large wooden artists table filled with cut nobel, eucalyptus canes, pine, blue ice juniper and myrtle. Anna had adorable ribbons of Pendleton fabric for us to use to hang our completed wreaths or for a bow! You can find Pendleton scraps at Mill End fabric store in Portland, Oregon for next to nothing.

The hardest part of the entire process . . .  choosing which greenery to use! 

To construct your wreath, simply use thin wire and wrap individual or groupings of greenery to your wreath frame. Wrap the wire around multiple times to secure the greenery and on to to the next bunch, working your way around the frame. 

*Wreath Tip: to achieve ultimate fullness, make sure to attach greenery to the back side of the wreath base!

Voile! A wreath is made. When you’re ready to say goodbye to the holidays, simply take off the greenery and keep your wreath frame (and ribbon) for next year!

Happy Holidays and Wreath On!

Danielle