Crushing at the Edge of the World

 

A few exhilarating miles down Route 1 past Monterey brings you to a tucked away treasure of a spot, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands. This gorgeous site sits nestled atop a cliff, hovering over the crashing waves below. This is Big Sur at its finest.

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You can’t be in a place like this without being moved by your surroundings. This editorial shoot was crafted with the ocean in mind, with the goal to create a feeling of intimacy that would personalize the magnificence of the location’s natural beauty. Our talented photographer Courtney Chau captured these stunning shots that represent the beauty of this location perfectly.

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We love the white geometric shaped ceremonial arch that came with the hotel. We lightly dressed it up with some floral garlands and created an aisle with petals leading up to the arch, leaving plenty of room for the ocean to be a part of the décor, without the distraction of over styling.

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The sweetheart table is lined with a turquois satin linen and overlaid with an abundance of tulle, mirroring the frothing of waves against the shore hundreds of feet below. We chose tableware in tones of greys, whites, and blues to continue the theme, and accented with florals with just a little pop of color. Custom hand-printed menus, place settings, and an adorable acrylic sign provide the perfect finishing touches.

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The stationary suite is designed by the talented Altogether Lovely Shop. We love how perfectly she captured the ocean theme without resorting to blue watercolor and nautical flourishes!

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The dress, Lyra from Lyra Vega Bridal, is the epitome of understated luxury. A simple and minimal top transitions to a dramatic waterfall of tulle and floral applique. It is glamorous and soft, and like the views of Big Sur here, we just can’t get enough of it!

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Photographer: Courtney Chau
Model & HAMU: Dennese Rodriguez 
Venue: Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Invitations and Calligraphy: Altogether Lovely Shop
Event Rentals: Chic Event Rentals
 
Lyra Vega