California is famous for its Indian summers – periods of dry, warm weather that occur in late autumn. The rolling hills are bathed in golden light, the leaves on the trees are just about to turn, and there’s a calm stillness in the air. Wanting to capture this feeling, this essence, Julie Cahill Photography teamed up with designer Christine Cater. The duo headed out to Santa Lucia Preserve in Caramel, to a 1920’s Hacienda courtyard — which we think makes the perfect location for a wedding! In keeping with the warm earth tones of early fall, Christine Cater used caramels, creams and chestnut to style the vignettes.
Julie shares We wanted the whole place to look as if it were painted with flowers… Garden roses anchored the ceremony site, along with terra-cotta pots filled with silver dollar. We took cues from the three dresses the bride wore. Even though we were surrounded by all the open space, we created an intimate old world feeling in the Hacienda’s courtyard.
Ready to be swept away by this California dream?
Inspired by marbles + ethereal florals, this invitation suite by Heart Paper Soul is seriously elegant.
An abundance of florals — protea + silver dollar — at Santa Lucia Preserve…
Overflowing with pops of blush pink, cream + greenery — we’re crushing on this bouquet by Christine Cater.
Candles + rose petals set the stage for dress number two: a regal open-back beaded gown by Hayley Paige.
The table was decked with terra-cotta pots filled with caramels, creams and dusty rose hues.
A naked cake by Just Cake topped with gold frosting + silver dollar flowers. How stunning is this?
Switching it up once again, the bride donned a chiffon gown by Amsale that caught wind… Wild horses + panoramic view of the hills at sunset made this the dreamiest scene, ever.
Who else is California dreamin’ now?
WHAT. A. DRESS. From the ruched fabric, to the off-the-shoulder-sleeves, and the darling belt!
We couldn’t imagine a better way to top off the day, than by watching the sun set with your beloved… Thank you to the team behind this shoot for sharing all the dreamy California-inspired looks!
photography: Julie Cahill // venue name: Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel, California, USA // event design: Christine Cater // florals: Christine Cater // wedding dress boutique: Haute Bridal // bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo // bride's ring: Fourtane // bridesmaid dresses: Hayley Paige, Pronovias and Amsale // hair stylist: The Hair and Make Up Company // makeup artist: The Hair and Make Up Company // groom attire: The Black Tux // groom's shoes: The Black Tux // groom's ring: Fourtane // paper goods: Heart Paper Soul // cake: Just Cake // furniture rentals: Seventh Heaven // models: Heather Love Whiting