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    Diane & Matt Simple Elegance in Monterey with Loads of Family Heirlooms

    March 5, 2014 at Mission Ranch

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    Please excuse me while I stop everything I'm doing and just stare at this beauty all day long. Everything - and I mean everything little thing - is perfect: their romantic sunrise proposal with Diane's grandmother's ring (and the fact that she said "Yes!" before Matt even asked!), to the story of why they chose this destination and these two locations for their wedding day, to their adorable first look, to the sweetness and calm that they felt reading their vows to one another at the altar, and that they had a blast dancing the night away with their family and friends. I could just go on and on and on about this darling couple and their wedding day, but I'll let Buena Lane Photography's images do the rest of the talking. Enjoy loves!

    A little Q&A with the beautiful newlyweds....

    What prompted the decision to have the wedding at this particular venue?

    Our initial inspiration to have the wedding in Pebble Beach and Carmel was that we wanted to select a destination special to both of our families. Diane’s grandparents live in Pebble Beach and Matt’s parents honeymooned in Carmel over 37 years ago. We found the most beautiful venues in both places!

    Growing up, Diane often attended the Church in the Forest with her family when visiting her grandparents. Our immediate connection with Rev. William Rolland as well as the beautiful setting and building’s architecture made for an easy decision.

    After deciding on the Church in the Forest, we looked at several reception venues with Diane’s parents over a few weekend visits with her grandparents. A few weekends later, Matt and his twin Mike went down to Carmel for the day to look at a few potential places. They toured Mission Ranch Carmel, knew it was exactly what we were looking for and booked the venue. They were the perfect men for the job!

    What was the “inspiration” for your wedding style, colors, etc?

    Both the Church in the Forest and Mission Ranch Carmel are standalone beautiful spaces and we looked for venues with natural beauty and aimed to ever so slightly enhance them. We worked with a neutral palette that included mix and match black bridesmaid dresses and classic black tuxes for the men. Overall, we hoped for a simple yet elegant wedding surrounded by the people we love most in the world.

    Did you have any special touches/traditions that you incorporated into your big day?

    Months before our March engagement, Matt had asked my grandmother if he could propose to me with her engagement ring from 1947. She was beyond excited! We needed to do a few adjustments and took the ring to the same jewelers in Palo Alto, California where my grandfather has purchased the ring. I also wear my grandmother’s wedding ring engraved with her initials, my grandfather’s initials and their wedding date. This year, my grandparents celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

    What was your favorite part of the wedding day?

    Our favorite part of the wedding day was reading our vows. We had practiced with each other at home, but standing in the Church in the Forest we both felt indescribably calm, but overwhelmingly happy. A very close second, however, was dancing with our family and friends to the eight piece Steve Ezzo and the Monterey All Stars band -- they were wonderful!

    Our Love Story

    We officially met on a camping trip at Spicer Reservoir in Stanislaus County, but we both grew up in the same hometown and swam on the year-round swim team (Lodi City Swim Club). After our initial camping trip meeting, Matt asked Diane out for a date following a 5K running event. We both knew right away that this was ‘it.’

    Matt proposed at sunrise on the porch of Diane’s family cabin in Bear Valley, California -- our favorite place in the world. He woke me up at 6:00 in the morning with my snowboots and jacket in hand, urging me outside to the back porch where a path of candles and rose petals lay in the snow and led to a table with our favorite sparkling wine and my grandmother’s engagement ring. I said “of course!” before he even had the chance to get down on one knee, but he insisted he had prepared a speech so I patiently waited until he asked, “Will you marry me?” We stayed in our PJs for most of the day and just soaked it all in.

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