Apr 20, 2010

On the Road with Amy Atlas Events

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes

We just came back from an amazing event in Carmel Valley and I’m here today to show you some behind the scenes pictures from our sweet journey. Out of respect for the client, I am not showing event decor details of the wedding or the dessert table, but I know you all love the behind the scenes shots. Being on this trip was somewhat like a reality show. I was there with Lisa, Eric and Naomi, three members of my team. With all of our quirky personalities, there were many laugh-until-our-stomach-hurts moments and in hindsight I wish I had it on video to share with you.

We flew in to San Francisco and then rented a van to drive the three hour trip to Carmel Valley. Upon our arrival in Carmel, we settled into a lovely property called Holman Ranch, where we were greeted by horses, wild flowers, and an idyllic view of Carmel Valley. We met up with Laurie Arons, the mastermind behind the event, who was overseeing the ranch-style rehearsal dinner (lassos and all) for the wedding guests. Laurie enlisted the help of Kathleen Deery for florals and design, and together they created one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever seen.

The actual wedding took place on a picturesque property forty minutes into the mountains of Carmel Valley called Santa Lucia Preserve. This venue was absolutely breathtaking! The pictures below do not do it justice.

Here are the photos of our sweet journey…

Holman Ranch…

Eric and Naomi in our way overpacked van!

Lisa trying to navigate around the mountains of Carmel Valley…

We’re not in NYC anymore!

View of Carmel mountains…

A beautiful deer making his way through wildflowers…

Gorgeous tree that we saw on our way up to Santa Lucia Preserve

Pretty horse on Santa Lucia Preserve…

Eric, Naomi and Lisa peeking in at the horses…

Eric and Naomi hanging out at the Santa Lucia Preserve…

Onto behind-the-scenes party decor…here is Laurie checking out the tent for one of the party areas…

This was the gorgeous raspberry and tangerine color palette that Laurie and Kathleen picked out!

Eric and Naomi covering boxes with fabric. It was wonderful getting ready for a party outdoors. We weren’t cramped by a small NYC venue and we were able to enjoy the fresh air while getting ready.

Lisa spray painting clothespins…

Naomi doing some flower magic…

Eric getting ribbon happy…

Lisa and Eric working away…

Lisa and Eric getting tags ready…

Lisa scooping up the candy…

Naomi tying bows…

Lisa taking a break to call her daughter…

And then we were back in San Francisco…Of course, we had to make some sweet stops while we were there. We started off at Tartine Bakery for pastry…

We then headed to Miette Cakes for chocolate and carrot cake…delish!

The beautiful view inside Miette…

What’s a trip to San Fran without visiting Paulette’s Macarons?

A view of the macarons in her shop…

We had to stop by I Dream of Cake. Shinmin of I Dream of Cake created some beautiful desserts for us…

A view of some of Shinmin’s gorgeous cakes…

Citizen Cake was closed so we’ll be back there for our next trip to San Fran!

While we are talking desserts, I have to mention Sam from Perfect Endings, who owns a wonderful bakery in Napa, and created outrageous tasting desserts for the dessert table! If you’re in the Napa area, you should definitely check them out!

We finished our day with lunch in Mission Park. We were so exhausted and soaked in some sun and people watching before jumping on a plane for NYC…

I hope you enjoyed a peek at our sweet journey!

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  • High Heels and Aprons

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    Ally – High Heel & Aprons

  • The WV Girls

    so fun to see all this! it was so fun working with you!!

  • Michelle

    I love these behind the scenes peeks. Do you introduce yourself when you stop into shops? I was just wondering how funny it would be for someone from one of the stores to read your blog afterward and freak out that it was you they were waiting on.

  • Renee (eatliveshop.com)

    it sounds like an amazing trip!

  • THE LIPMANS

    I love the vibrant color palette! So Kathleen Deery – she did my wedding about 5 years ago in San Francisco and is truly lovely.

  • Elisheva

    I was lucky enough to stay on property last year and I have an event coming up at the Preserve next month. I know exactly what you mean when you say the pictures don't do it justice. Amazing!

  • birthday girl

    hey amy… so glad you enjoyed your visit to our fair city! sounds like you got the best of everything too. caramel valley is a great wedding destination, and you pretty much ate your way through some of the best dessert shops there are. didn't know about paulette's though… going to have to check it out!

  • Rowaida

    Looks like an amazing trip Amy! Thanks for sharing!

  • I run for cake!

    Thanks for the behind the scenes pictures of your trip to California. Everything looks amazing and I'd love to check out some of those fabulous cake shops someday!

  • SPLENDEROSA

    You guys look so happy while doing your "work." What a treat to see.

  • Jordan – Polkadot Prints

    I really enjoy seeing the 'real life' of what it takes to make a table come together! The road trip sounds like a blast too…and the desert "research"…divine! 🙂

  • Rosalind

    Oh how I could do this everyday! Your staff (& yourself) are very fortunate – what a fabulous job!

  • Miette

    Hi Amy! I'm so glad you were able to stop by our shop while you were in town. I love this post- it's fascinating to see all the steps that go into making an event gorgeous.
    Thanks!
    Tess
    Miette

  • jackie fo

    Oh it looks like an amazing trip and I love seeing the behind the scenes!

  • Whimsical Cake Studio

    what a great trip! also love that owl cake in the window. AMAZING work! Will have to make a trip down there to see all these fabulous places.

  • DreamgirlLisa

    Getting to see that behind the scenes stuff just makes me wish so much that I could do that for a living The ribbon, flowers, etc. just looks so amazing, I guess a girl can dream 🙂

  • gabrielle

    California is really the best of the best!