One Fun-Loving Couple's Take on a Vintage Wedding

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Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Brett and Jessica on Swings

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Jessica and Brett knew they wanted to add a serious dose of fun to their November 1, 2014 wedding, and when they found Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA, they knew just what to do achieve it. "We had our wedding party and family stay on the property for the weekend, then had an adult summer camp with marshmallows, Veuve Cliquot and cigars!" says Jessica. They carried that playful feeling through to their wedding, gifting guests handmade tambourine favors and choosing a friend with a great sense of humor to officiate. And they didn't skimp on the details! Colette Cuccia combined mismatched china, Edison bulb lights, and a VW bus photo booth to put a vintage spin on the couple's fun-loving vibe, and Doug Despres of Helios Images was there to capture the smiles and laughter.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Claire Pettibone Wedding Dress and Fall-Inspired Bouquet Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Jimmy Choo Glitter Shoes Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Bride and Groom Portrait

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Though Jessica's fashion choices tend to be on the funkier side (she says Brett was expecting a hood and attached gloves!), she did a complete 180 and picked a classic lace gown by Claire Pettibone with a v-neck and fit-and-flare silhouette. "I was looking for something unexpected, but this dress just wanted to come home with me," Jessica says. "And I wanted to shock Brett a little, too. The simple silhouette made it all the more striking!" She paired the gown with a headpiece of pearls and flowers, her maid of honor's Jimmy Choo heels, and a bouquet of calla lilies, garden roses, and tulips.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Bridal Party in Soft Gray and Peach Dresses Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Ceremony

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Brett and his groomsmen wore navy suits, while Jessica's bridesmaids wore dresses by Rachel Pally in shades of soft gray and peach.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Traditional Tea Ceremony Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Bride and Groom Outside

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The bride and groom exchanged vows in the Clubhouse, in front of a brick fireplace. They filled their personalized vows with jokes and teasing, then followed them with a tea ceremony.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Tented Reception Space Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Vintage Inspired Place Setting and Pumpkin Escort Cards Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Lace Tamborine Favor

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A clear tent was pitched on the lawn, filled with long farm tables and rustic chairs and lit by strings of café lights and chandeliers. Brett's mom did all the calligraphy for the place cards, which were attached to miniature pumpkins. Centerpieces were a nod to the fall season, mixing green and purple hydrangeas with orange tulips, peach roses, and branches of figs. For their favor, Jessica's mom made miniature tambourines out of lace, which were set at each guest's seat.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Mismatched Vintage Place Settings Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Reception Tables

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The combination of mismatched china, candle holders, jars, and gold-rimmed glassware gave the reception an eclectic feel. The foodie couple chose a charcuterie station, foie gras, locally foraged porcini mushroom gnocchi, and Monterey Bay squid stuffed with Dungeness crab to tempt their guests' palates.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, VW Bus Photo Booth

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A VW bus parked in the corner of the tent served as the photo booth, complete with a marquee sign.

Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Cake Table Carmel CA Fall Wedding, Bride and Groom on Chairs

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"My mom is a pastry chef, so she made our wedding cake and the sweets for the dessert table," says Jessica. The cake featured layers of white cake, buttercream frosting, fresh berries, and a dusting of powdered sugar. A DJ from San Francisco spun old-school hip hop as the night progressed.

The couple headed to Yao Noi, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai in Thailand for their honeymoon. Says the bride, "Make your wedding your own! Push your comfort level and avoid clichés and traditions if they don't work for you."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gardener Ranch || Wedding Planner: Colette Cuccia Wedding & Event Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: BHLDN || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rachel Pally || Groom's Attire: Paul Smith || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Kathy Rose, Roseark || Florist: Burst + Bloom || Invitations: The Quill || Music: John Sherry, Mancub || Catering: Aqua Terra Culinary || Cake: The Bride's Mother || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals || Photo Booth: The Booth Bus || Photography: Helios Images

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