Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eileen + Stephen - No Beginning & No End

On an unusually warm Sunday afternoon in October, Eileen and Stephen of San Mateo, Ca., tied the knot in front of 70 of their closest friends and family at stunning Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. The bride's attention to detail, style and class shined through in every aspect of the event. The theme of their wedding was "rustic elegance" - with hand selected artisan cheeses & wines, floating gardenias, gold pashmina party favors, amber glowing lanterns and a custom cigar bar, the event was one that everyone who attended will remember for a long time.

The couple married against the Carmel Valley backdrop of the Santa Lucia Highlands and exchanged written vows alongside their two daughters, Sophia 10 and Julia 7. The bride donned an ivory Carolina Herrera trumpet gown, a gardenia in her hair and a small locket with a photo of her father in his remembrance on her bouquet.

The newlyweds and their guests dined at a king's table with a harvest inspired decor and toasted during a gorgeous sunset. The local and sustainable menu featured butternut squash amuse bouche shooters, heirloom tomato caprese salad, herb infused rack of lamb, Israeli couscous, garden vegetable medley, grilled chicken with apricot chutney and black forbidden rice.

After dinner, the couple danced to “At Last” by Etta James in a candle-lit carriage house as guests looked on and enjoyed designer cupcakes from a specialty bakery. There was magic and lots of love in the air on 10-10-10.
Vendor Credits:
Wedding Event Design and Planning: Soiree by Simone
Floral Design: Christine Cater Wedding and Floral Designs
Catering: Paradise Catering
Cake: Petals and Pastries
Photography: Alex Johnson of AJPhotographer
Location: Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA
Cheese & Wine: The Carmel Cheese Shop

Bride's Attire:
Dress by Carolina Herrera
Shoes by Kate Spade
Vintage diamond & yellow gold bracelet by Fourtane Jewelers


  1. This truly was a magnificant evening/event, first because of the wonderful couple, Eileen & Stephen, and all of their families and friends who joined in the celebration from around the world...Simply magically & perfect!!

    But it takes a "special someone" to help make such an event a reality... Soiree by Simone is that "special" someone!

    My advice: do not plan a life time event with out Simone & her staff. She takes to heart all of your desires/wishes/needs, and makes it happen with panache & flair!

    It was a pleasure to be a small part of this glorious night of perfection, and my sincerest thanks go to Eileen & Stephen for wanting us; special thanks to Nancy & John from Birds of Paradise Catering for all their help; and to Simone...what can we say...MOOOOOOCHAS GRACIAS!

    Mahalo & Aloha, -Kent & staff
    The Cheese Shop Inc,
    Carmel Plaza

  2. Absolutely the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. No detail was forgotten, perfection.

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