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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