Kelsey & Cole

Kelsey & Cole

Kelsey & Cole

Carmel, California

Art enthusiasts Kelsey and Cole first met in Miami Beach, Florida during a chance meeting at Art Basel—an exciting week-long exhibition that brings the international art world together to showcase the highest quality of modern and contemporary works of art. After returning to Los Angeles, they scheduled a studio visit that turned into dinner and drinks. That evening, they both discoverd that they were scheduled to attend the same luncheon and dinner on the following day, and immediately made plans to hang out. “After the luncheon, we went to the Soho House West Hollywood to kill time before that evening’s Moveable Feast, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Los Angeles Nomadic Division. During the afternoon, we jokingly started telling everyone that we were married,” says Kelsey. And as luck would have it, three years later, Kelsey and Cole attended the year’s Holiday Movable Feast as a newly married couple. “We got married in a 900-year old redwood grove hidden within the expansive 20,000 acre property of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. Cole and I were both drawn to the overpowering natural beauty and cathedral-like presence of the redwood trees,” says Kelsey. The Preserve, as it is known, is an ultra-exclusive community—accessible only to private homeowners and an exclusive list of wedding planners—features a private golf course, equestrian center, and lodging at the 1920s Spanish-Colonial Hacienda, while also functioning as a nature conservancy that is home to a dynamic coastal ecosystem. “We were lucky that Laurie recommended it and could facilitate our dream wedding at such a magical location,” notes Kelsey.

One of the most entertaining elements of the wedding was bringing in performance artists like The Bumby’s to do improvised “assessments” of the guests based purely on their appearance. Each short write-up of each guest’s personality was a fun keepsake and conversation piece throughout the evening.


  • Photography: Jose Villa 
  • Design & Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events
  • Floral Design: Sarah Winward
  • Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve 
  • Catering: Traci des Jardins of Jardiniere
  • Bride’s Gowns: Naeem Khan
  • Bridemaids’ Gowns: Stella McCartney
  • Groom’s Suit: Prada
  • Hair & Make-up: Kenney Duy of Fellini Salon
  • Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
  • Table tops: Casa de Perrin
  • Graphic Design: Amber Moon Design 
  • Stationery Curlicue Designs & Tara Jones Calligraphy
  • Rentals: Standard Rental

Jacob Wolf, a local artisan, built a large-scale double ring candle chandelier over the dance floor that illuminated the rustic grandeur of the barn’s interior. The use of iron was a recurring theme that presented it-self throughout the wedding, including the wrought-iron chairs for the ceremony and dramatic iron candlesticks and candelabras on the dinner tables.

Casa de Perrin’s black-rimmed glass chargers were an ideal complement to the metal elements, along with the earthy redwood Heath Ceramics china and wood handled flatware.

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