Last October, with suitcases full of candles and decor, I boarded a plane bound for the California coast to celebrate the marriage of Nina and Lawrence. When Nina contacted me about planning her wedding, she didn't have many requests or preferences; she simply wanted a laid back day without a lot of fuss so she and Lawrence could focus on each other and their family and friends. Oh and then she mentioned their venue - Cuffey's Cove Range in Elk, California - and I was sold. The views - well, there's no way to describe them, so I'm forever grateful to Lucy Cuneo for her breathtaking photography.

As a designer, I find that I'm most inspired by new experiences and this wedding offered so much of that. The west coast is brilliantly beautiful. We were in such a remote part of the country, (It was a challenge to find a gas station! And even then, it only took cash!) which provided a welcome breath of fresh air from my incredibly busy fall season on the east coast. There were so many moments where I just stood in awe of the light, the landscape, the sheer majesty of waves breaking against towering rock formations. I am anxious to get back and explore other ways to translate that experience into the artistic expression of a wedding. Calling all California brides!

Planning a destination wedding from afar had its challenges for all of us but the team we pulled together made this an incredible event. I had some flowers shipped in and was able to spend a glorious morning at the San Fransisco flower mart, perusing and pulling the rest of our product. Lucy and her husband Will (both of whom I love dearly!), my assistant and I all shared a sweet cottage right down the road from Cuffey's Cove, and it was the perfect little retreat for the week. 

This wedding (and their engagement session) was featured on Style Me Pretty!

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Event Planning & Design, Flowers: Mallory Joyce Design | Photography: Lucy Cuneo | Venue: Cuffey's Cove Ranch | Invitations & Calligraphy: Poppy and Scooter

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