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.