If there is any day you deserve the best of both worlds it's your wedding day. With that in mind, Gabrielle Diclemente and Tony Eaton decided they didn't have to choose between a vineyard and a beach wedding -- all they had to do was find a spot that offered both. The prize-winning location? The groomâ€™s hometown on the Golden Coast.
On September 8, 2012, the Brooklyn-based pair said their â€śI dosâ€ť in the sand on Carmel Beach then celebrated in style with their closest friends and family at a nearby winery amidst garden-inspired DIY dĂ©cor and vintage details.
â€śSince we are both designers, it was only natural for us to take on the design of the invites,â€ť Gabrielle said. The couple started by gathering lots of inspiration, then set out to create a multi-layered invitation that was both casual and simple. Many of the elements -- the typography, trailing vines, and color palette -- were carried through to the day-of paper elements, including the menus at the dessert and wine stations, the escort cards, and the place settings.
Tony's side of the family resides in California, but the other half, like the newlyweds, had to hop on a plane to get to the ocean-front venue from their east coast homes. To keep everyone informed, a folded weekend itinerary outlining the important events to come, transportation, and timing details, was provided.
The bride wore a classic Monique Lhuillier trumpet gown purchased at Mark Ingram Atelier. "I originally had mixed feelings about a formal wedding dress, but as soon as I put it on, my eyes lit up and there was no going back." The flowing layers were accented with two dazzling butterfly brooches that came with the gown.
After Tony proposed on the beach, tying the knot there was a must. At 4 p.m., when the lighting was just right, the two were married in the sand by friend Sebastien Derencourt (who just happened to also be there the night they met). "His address was sincere and beautiful, with two readings: the Blessing of the Apache and 'The Bridge Across Forever' by Richard Bach," the bride said.
As guests arrived at the Chateau, they were greeted with butler-passed Oysters Rockefeller (the groom and his father's favorite); artichoke, spinach and Asiago cheese stuffed mushrooms; warm Brie and figs in phyllo-dough cups; and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with Parmesan, basil, and golden phyllo dough. There was also a cheese and fresh fruit display â€“ the brideâ€™s favorite things to nosh on with wine.
Fitting the vineyard vibe, the bride thought up the idea of filling an old wagon with flowers to create a look similar to something you'd find in an outdoor market. It was topped off with a hand-painted "Yay" burlap flag that matched the rest of the flags at the wedding.
The night before the wedding, wedding guests dined on BBQ beachside, so for the weddingâ€™s formal plated dinner, the bride and groom opted for a slightly lighter fare. For the main course, guests chose from sea bass in a fire-roasted tomato cream sauce, Tuscan lemon chicken, or butternut squash ravioli in a Gorgonzola cream sauce. All dishes were served with grilled artichokes with a garlic citrus aioli.
DIY menus printed on kraft paper were used to hold together the napkin and silverware at each place setting. To make the white ink pop, Gabrielle embellished it with silver glitter. â€śGuests could not believe I hand painted each one, but it all comes down to the details,â€ť she said.
Photography: Christina Richards
Location: Chateau Julien
Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals
Styling: Amanda O'Shannessy Creative
Catering: Alicia Phillips of Classic Catering
Flowers: Studio Choo
Officiant: Sebastien Derencourt
Cake: Parker Lusseau
Music: Proof Jazz
Hair: Seventy Arniotis
Makeup: Kim Larson
Brides' earrings: Ippolita
Get inspired by DIY details these real couples created for their big day.See the Latest