Bernardus Lodge Wedding

A veritable who’s who of Carmel came together for this fun, whimsical, classic summer wedding at Carmel Valley’s Bernardus Lodge.  The great Colette Cuccia & her awesome team designed, created & coordinated every detail from start to finish.  Colette is a true master designer-coordinator.  Her staff is 100% dedicated to making sure all aspects of the day come off without a hitch.  Additionally, they’re genuinely happy to help guests with anything and everything. It’s really a pleasure to work with a team that is so dedicated to making sure the day is a huge success.  And guess what – it was!

Carmel Valley Bride

Carmel Valley Summer Wedding

A beautiful moment in a beautiful setting, on a gorgeous summer Carmel day – perfect:)

Bernardus Lodge Wedding

Bernardus Lodge  Carmel Wedding Suite

Cisko of Makeup by Cisko did makeup on the bride, Ginger Green hair for the ladies & Nancy Espinoza makeup on the bridesmaids.  All of these guys do beautiful work (as you can see) and are true professionals.  Burst & Bloom handled floral arrangements, gorgeous work by a talented crew.

 Burst n' Bloom Floral Details

Appetizers Bernardus Lodge

Carmel Valley Wedding Ceremony Flowers

Carmel Valley Wedding

A beautiful Carmel Valley Wedding at the Bernardus Lodge.

Bridesmaids Carmel Valley

The colors of the garden at the Bernardus Lodge blended seamlessly with the pastel palette on the ladies dresses. Really pretty stuff.

Carmel Bridesmaids Summer Fun

Just had to do a silly one. You can’t look this good & not have some fun while doing it:)

Bridesmaid Details Carmel Wedding

Bernardus Lodge Bridesmaids
After some “before” shots, the ladies went back to their suite to freshen up before the big moment.

Bernardus Lodge Groomsmen

Carmel Valley Groomsmen
The guys were looking good & ready to enjoy the big moment – and the party after:)

Groomsmen Carmel

Groomsmen at  the Bernardus Lodge

Bernardus Lodge Ceremony

Carmel Wedding Ceremony Enterance
Beautiful entrance by the bride. Colette’s staff worked hard to make sure this moment was everything it could be, really neat.

Bernardus Lodge Weddings

Carmel Valley Ceremony

Bernardus Lodge Wedding Couple

Bernardus Lodge Wedding Recessional
Way to go guys, big congrats.

Bernardus Lodge Wedding Party

Carmel Valley Fun Wedding

Bernardus Lodge Bride Groom

Bernardus Lodge Cocktails

Bernardus Lodge Fun Reception

Bernardus Lodge Wedding Reception

The Garden at the Bernardus Lodge, a great place for a wedding reception.


Wedding Reception Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Wedding Reception Table Settings

Carmel Valley Wedding Place Setting

Carmel Valley Outdoor Dinner

Bernardus Lodge Outdoor Reception

Carmel Winery Wedding Reception

A beautiful evening wedding reception in Carmel Valley, complete with the moon.


Reception Dinner Bernardus Lodge

Carme Winery Summer Wedding Reception

Bernardus Lodge Toasts

Bernardus Lodge First Dance

Bernardus Lodge Dancing

Carmel Valley Wedding Dancing

Carmel Valley Wedding Last Dance

Bernardus Lodge Sendoff

Photographer: Peer Johnson (contact me here)
Event Design & Coordination: Colette Cuccia Event Design
Ceremony, Cocktails, Reception, Dinner & Accommodations: Bernardus Lodge Carmel Valley
Floral Arrangements: Burst n’ Bloom Carmel
Officiant: Brian Lyke
Makeup For The Bride: Cisko Makeup, 415-424-9963
Makeup For The Bridesmaids: Nancy Espinola
Hair: Ginger Green, 831-402-7287
DJ: Mark Banks DJ
John Sherry Guitarist, Kelly Productions 831-375-7270

Wind and Sea Big Sur

Can you imagine making your wedding dress in just one week?  Brides be jealous, noted Miami fashion designer Lori Lester did just that – and it looked incredible!!!

Wind and Sea Big Sur Wedding Dress

Wind and Sea Wedding Details

Big Sur Wedding Dress
Friends & family escaped the Miami summer heat with a quick trip to this unrivaled Big Sur estate – Wind and Sea! The perfect crew was assembled with Rhonda Johnson creating simple-yet-beautiful hair-makeup, Kate Healey’s Big Sur Flowers enhanced the beauty that is Big Sur with her keen eye for color & form. Jon Kasky’s Paradise Catering handled the food & drinks en plein air, and Soaring Starkey brought us all together for the ceremony.

Wedding Makeup Big Sur
Lori talks about her design process, “Everyone’s first question after hearing I was engaged was, “are you making your dress?” The pressure was definitely on to have an extra special wedding dress as I always knew I wanted to make it myself. Although I do not design bridal, it was fine because I didn’t want a conventional dress. I knew I wanted to use a fabric that looked vintage and was gold. It took about a week and a half and three first samples to get it right. But it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. Now I am getting women asking me to make their wedding dress. I may have to begin designing bridal after all!”

Simple Big Sur Wedding

Wind and Sea Ceremony Area

Wind and Sea Groom

Wind and Sea Grounds

The breathtaking grounds at Wind and Sea Estate, Big Sur.

Wind and Sea Bluff

Wind and Sea Processional
Here she comes…

Small Ceremony Wind and Sea Big Sur

Wind and Sea Ceremony

Wind and Sea Wedding
Way to go guys, congratulations!

Wind and Sea Couple

Wind and Sea

Wind and Sea Group Photo

Wind and Sea Wedding Reception

Big Sur Elopement

Big Sur Wedding Elopement

Wind and Sea Sunset

Wind and Sea Bride & Groom

Big Sur Reception Details

Paradise Catering Big Sur

Wedding Cake Big Sur

Big Sur Wedding Appetizers

Wind and Sea Dinner

Big Sur Dinner

Big Sur Wedding Hugs

Big Sur Wedding Cocktails

Wedding Toasts Big Sur

Wind and Sea Sunset

Wind and Sea Dancing

Big Sur Wedding Fun

Big Sur After Party

Wind and Sea Evening

Wind and Sea Fire Pit

After a few hours of dancing, guests had one last toast around the fire. The sinking moon set over the horizon on a crystal clear cloudless night. A really beautiful way to close an extra special day:)

Wedding Dress: Lori Lester
Photographer: Peer Johnson
Makeup & Hair; Rhonda Johnson (my wonderful wife)
Ceremony, Reception & Accommodations: Wind and Sea Big Sur
Cocktails & Dinner: Paradise Catering
Floral Arrangements: Big Sur Flowers
Officiant: Soaring Starkey