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October 3, 2016

Alex+Abner | Holman Ranch Carmel Valley

When Alex was growing up riding horses on the horse-ranch side of Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, she and the other riders were always told that they could ride anywhere on the property, except to the ‘Hacienda’ – the historic part of the property up the hill from the stables  that had been renovated and turned into gorgeous lodgings for guests. And weddings. So when Alex and her beau Abner became engaged, one of the first thoughts they had was ‘let’s go see what this mysterious Hacienda is all about!’. They fell in love with it immediately as the perfect, meaningful, and beautiful venue for their wedding. And oh my, so did I! Carmel Valley is a 3-hour drive from my home in Napa, but I was happy to do it for the chance to work with these two amongst the rustic villas, majestic oaks, and stunning views of this wonderful place. And add to it the joy of working with two genuinely sweet people – one stunningly elegant bride and one perfectly dashing groom – and so many fabulous vendors, I’d have to say I was in heaven. Choosing just these few images to share was SO tough – enjoy! Happy wedding day, Alex & Abner!


Holman Ranch | Sonia, E Events Co. | Kelly Jo Makeup & Hair | Seascape Flowers | Sound in Motion DJs | Paradise Catering | Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream | La Tavola Fine Linens | Chic Event Rentals | The Vintage Photo Box | My photography team: Jenna Coughlan & Kendal Flatley (thanks you two!)

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