Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Destination Wedding

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be a GUEST at a destination wedding.  I don't remember the last time I was a "just a guest".  It was a blast.  The wedding took place in Carmel, California at the Highlands hotel.  I took one look a the place and said, "Why wouldn't you get married here?". 

It is set on the hillside amongs cypress trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean crashing into the cliffs.  The hotel was deocrated for the holidays with garland and poinsettias everywhere.  Oh yeah - and a GIANT tree in the lobby. 

The couple mimicked this look on the gazebo where they got married.  Intertwined in the gazebo structure was pine garland with white roses.  Also, hanging from the sides of the gazebo were cylinders with floating peonies.  It was a beautiful frame for the ocean backdrop for the ceremony. The rest of the flowers for the ceremony were stunning.  Take a close look at the bouquet bottom right.  Each of the daughters in the wedding had a cute bouquet of flowers, but cleverly tucked in was a Christmas Sucker.  Fantastic!

After the ceremony we headed indoors for a cocktail hour followed by an amazing meal in the wine room.  Yep, I said wine room.  Two walls are glass cabinets filled with wine [can you say heaven?].  The couple opted out of the traditional wedding cake for a fabulous dessert.  Peanut Butter + Chocolate.....yummmmmm!

Congrats to my cousin and his new wife!

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