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Rustic modern Big Sur wedding: Amanda + Spike

November 10, 2015
Rustic modern Big Sur wedding

Amanda + Spike’s Big Sur wedding was musical and edgy just like them. Just consider their visions for the day. His: a jam sesh among the trees with their best friends and food trucks and kegs. Hers: A little more “wedding”. Seems like just the job for Bash Please, doesn’t it? They thought so too. Bash even helped them discover James Moes, who captured everything from the bridesmaids’ black jumpsuits (!!!) to the sunny table details.  

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When we first pulled off Highway 1 into Paion, with the switchbacks and foliage opening up to an expansive view of the ocean, we knew we had found the perfect venue. Paion is situated on the edge of a high cliff, with two levels of flat lawn shaded by large trees. From any point on the property, the view towards the west is dominated by the ocean out to the horizon. At night, the stars come out bright and the moon lights up the water. The view of the vast ocean is mesmerizing and calming.

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Their color palette: marigold, linen, Merlot, amber, + black

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A + S divided the celebration over two days so Friday could be more laidback and the main event would be more elegant. They say, Friday night we had a welcome party at Henry Miller Library, an outdoor concert venue under the Redwood trees. We each played a few sets with our friends—our groomsmen and bridesmaids—and we performed a song we wrote together. A delicious local wood-fired oven pizza truck supplied the dinner. The style was like a nice music festival—there were rugs on the stage, candles, and flowers in small glass bottles, and, perhaps best of all, a tee-pee! The attire guidance for Friday was “hip + a little fancy”. On Saturday, “fancy + a little hip”.

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All of the musical deets for such a party:

Ÿ• The shuttle playlist
Ÿ Spike + his parents and the bridal party walked down the aisle to the original version of Sea of Love by Phil Phillips
Ÿ• Amanda + her parents and the flower girl walked down the aisle to Cat Power’s version of Sea of Love
Ÿ• Everyone danced out to Beyonce – Love on Top
Ÿ They also had a silent disco to continue the fête after the noise restriction at 10pm (good thinking!)

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Sounds like a fantastic party. Congrats, Amanda and Spike!

Photographer: James Moes / Videographer: Sharkpig / Venue: Paion, Big Sur / Welcome Party Venue: Henry Miller Library / Farewell Brunch: Big Sur Bakery / Planning & Design: Bash Please / Florist: Moon Canyon / Hair & Makeup: Jessica Lee Stanton of Pretty Parlor / Invitations: Nicole Miyuki Santo of Bash Please / Catering: Whoa Nelly / Cocktails: Pharmacie / Wine: Joseph Phelps Vineyards / Pizza: Tricycle Pizza / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lounge Rentals: YEAH! Rentals / Silent Disco: Alex Blackstock, Silent Storm Sound System / Vinyl DJ, Cocktail Hour, & Reception: Primo Pitino / Plants: Carmel Plant Tenders / Shuttles: AITS Inc. / Event Staff: Elegant Events / Restrooms: Royal Restrooms / Photo Booth: The Booth Bus / Bride’s Dress: Mara Hoffman for Bona Drag’s Ceremonial Collection / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Clutch: Clare V. / Custom Jewelry & Wedding Band: Fiat Lux / Engagement Ring & White Gold Wedding Band: Fiat Lux + Digby & Iona with heirloom diamond / Lipstick: NARS ‘Heatwave’ / Bridesmaid Jumpsuits: Rebecca Minkoff / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Shoes: Magnanni / Agate Bolo Ties: Fiat Lux / Flower Girl: H&M / Shoes: Converse / Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux