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Beautiful Laid-back Weekend Wedding at Gardener Ranch in Carmel

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This weekend long celebration with family and friends couldn’t have turned out more beautiful. The bride and groom wanted to celebrate the best day of their lives in their home state, and they just so happened to find the most perfect laid-back venue with room for all their guests at the  Gardener Ranch in Carmel, California.

We especially love their unique table numbers which featured postcards of neighborhoods in San Francisco. Such a cute idea for all you adventurous couples out there. Want to see more? Swing on by the full gallery for all the candid moments captured by Sun and Life Photography.

Water color invite

Mix n match bridesmaid dresses in the same colorBloomin bouquets

Peachy pink bridesmaid dresses

Beautiful venue in Carmel

From the bride: We wanted a beautiful, intimate outdoor space that would allow us to be with our closest friends & family for the entire weekend without a lot of logistics. We knew immediately Gardener Ranch was the perfect fit because of its natural beauty, privacy, and ability to stay on property for an entire weekend. 

Groomsmen in grey suits and teal tiesTeal ties

Wedding chalkboard sign

Outdoor ceremony in CarmelAisle flower decorCeremony florals

just married in CarmelNewlyweds

Wedding party in Carmel

California wedding

Our guests were able to have a pool party and play lawn games prior to the ceremony as well as check out some of the local wineries. We also wanted the venue to be in between SF and LA where are families are located. The style that we tried to incorporate into our day was CA coastal, elegant, and beautiful but laid back. We really liked our table themes, which were watercolor images of meaningful SF neighborhoods where we spend a lot of our time.

Tent reception with chandeliers

Green garland centerpiece on a wood tableBetter together chair signs for the bride and groom

Post card table numbers

Pretty tent reception in CarmelFloral centerpiece and post card table number

Bar menu idea

Their Engagement Story

We were also engaged in San Francisco. We sailed all around the bay, under the GG bridge, and along the North shore of SF overlooking our neighborhood. The sun set, we reminisced about our 3 years together, and then Chris was on one knee asking me to marry him!! He had my great grandmother's beautiful engagement ring tied to his belt loop (so it didn't fall overboard). Seconds after saying "YES!!" fireworks went off over our heads. It was the most romantic day of my life.

First dancePoolside reception in Carmel

Get a closer look at this laid-back wedding in Carmel by watching the wedding video from Grover Films below.

Bridesmaid DressesJ Crew
Cakes & CateringAqua Terra Culinary
Cakes & CateringSmitten Ice Cream
Coordinators & StylistsCoastside Couture
FlowersLaughin' Gal Floral
Groom & His MenHart Schaffner Marx
Groom & His MenThe black Tux
Hair & MakeupShawn Cavlan Beauty Co
Lighting & EntertainmentLucky Devils Band
LinensNapa Valley linens
Paper Goods & CalligraphyJulie Song Ink
Photo BoothThe Vintage Photobox
PhotographersSun and Life Photography
VenuesGardener Ranch
VideographerGrover Films
Wedding DressesJinza Bridal
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