Before we talk about all the amazingness that went into Lindsay + Andrew’s day (designed by our new guide member Two Roads Event Co.), can we just take a sec to admire her dress? It’s a blood red Vera Wang that she surprised her Mr. with on the walk down the aisle (and he surprised her by shaving off his handlebar mustache of three years!). Clearly these two don’t play by the rules, and all the magical photos by Evynn LeValley certainly prove it.
A Big Sur bouquet recipe by Burst + Bloom: heirloom dinner plate dahlias, cascading date palm fruit, silver dollar eucalyptus, foraged local olive, foraged Big Sur California bay laurel, papa meilland garden roses, David Austin Juliet garden roses, MEarth fox glove, MEarth passion flower vine, eucalyptus pods, rosemary, black fountain grass, curly willow, and belladonna
Lindsay tells it, Big Sur is Magic. Andrew has gone on motorbike trips from LA to SF and back several times. He always told me about Big Sur, so I spent a few days there with my mom and we immediately fell in love. Paion Estates is a private piece of land jutting out on a cliff on the Big Sur coastline. It’s surrounded by shade trees and has a 180 degree view of the ocean. I can’t describe how beautiful it is. The place just has an electricity; grey whales were breaching when we first visited, there were wildflowers everywhere on the cliffs… it’s just perfect.
They didn’t opt for a specific theme, but the design turned out to be rustic natural meets vintage chic with a sprinkling of bohemian.
One of the biggest considerations was their menu, since she’s vegetarian and he’s not—she wanted lots of substantial veggie dishes and he wanted a traditional porchetta for their Italian guests. A Taste of Elegance made sure to get every detail right by making it four ways and meeting with them three times. We hear it turned out pretty incredible.
As for choosing a photographer… I wanted someone local who knew the secret locations and understood the light of Big Sur. When I found Evynn LeValley‘s website my jaw dropped. She is amazing! We are so in love with all of our pictures. And to top it off, she is super cool, chill and now a friend. My husband and I have completely different ideas about photography and she was able to strike a happy medium between our thoughts without any trouble at all.
Photographer: Evynn LeValley / Film: Anchor Cinema / Venue: Paion Estate in Big Sur / Design & Styling: Hailey of Two Roads Event Co. / Planning & Coordination: Big Sur Weddings & Elegant Events / Catering & Pastry: A Taste of Elegance / Floral Design: Burst + Bloom / Hair: La Coiffure / Makeup: Nancy Espanola / Stationery: Lovely Paper Things / Rehearsal Dinner: Big Sur Roadhouse / Brunch: Big Sur Bakery / General Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Specialty Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Cocktail Music: Monterey String Trio via Kelly Productions / DJ: Clay Schmitt / Photobooth: Mike Steelman / Plants: Carmel Plant Tenders / Shuttles: American International Transportation Services, Inc. / Water Cottages: Royal Restrooms / Sound: Vince McCune / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Rings: MJ is a Gem / Groom’s Attire: Isaia + Vintage / Welcome Reception + Accommodations: Ventana Inn & Spa / Accommodations: Post Ranch Inn, Glenn Oaks & Deetjens