Caroline and Kendall – a Spectacular Wedding on a Cliff

California Coast at Moss Beach

Yes, that’s right – this is the breathtaking view from Caroline’s and Kendall’s ceremony spot! But – getting there was quite a journey … and one that would never have occurred to these two!

Caroline and Kendall had known each other for years, and it was a journey in itself for them to get from friendship to a firm commitment – but when they did get engaged at long last, they enlisted the help of my company, A Day Like No Other, to pull off a truly epic wedding celebration. That was in July of 2019, and the plan was for a ceremony and reception for 180 guests at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside. We would go overboard with flowers, have floral chandeliers, and a whole wonderland with candlelight and music on a crisp Fall evening – 10/10/2020, to be exact.

It was not going to be – the COVID-19 pandemic intervened. In the Spring of 2020, we were still hopeful and were booking all our vendors for the “wedding of all weddings.” Caroline selected her wedding dress, a dramatic Vera Wang confection appropriate for the grand celebration we were envisioning. In Summer and going into Fall, it became only too clear that the big celebration the couple had been hoping for was impossible. They were deeply disappointed, and it took a while to “regroup.” They decided to hold on to their original wedding date (and then, maybe, have a big party later) – even if that meant that they could only have their parents and siblings in attendance. Instead of a huge party, it would be a very intimate gathering. A family friend graciously offered her spectacular beach house, perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, for this small wedding. And with that, we again began making plans!

Finally, the long-anticipated day arrived, a little hazy as is often the case on the Northern California coast – with magical clouds and fog.

For Caroline and her two bridesmaids, as well for both mothers, the day began with hair and makeup styling by Elizabeth Chang of Skyla Arts.

After that, the glamorous wedding dress was taken out – looking closely, a fascinating combination of a Rococo silhouette and deconstructed, asymmetrical elements, even including a hint of horsehair underpinnings. Simply breathtaking. Photographer extraordinaire Kevin Chin documented every precious moment.

Time for a Champagne toast!

Dress-up time…

A true mother-daughter moment…

All that was missing now were the flowers: the beautiful bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets by Green Petal Designs.

While the ladies were getting ready, the groomsmen and fathers had their own bonding time…

The groom is now ready for his bride!

Bride Caroline was adamant: here groom would NOT get to see her before the ceremony! In that aspect, she really clung to tradition. And so we kept the two strictly separated for the time being.

Meanwhile, decorations were set up…

… and several teams were hard at work behind the scenes to prepare everything for the ceremony and reception. Florist Janelle Jacky-Litt of Green Petal Designs had reinterpreted the bride’s vision for floral chandeliers and an effortless, boho-elegant look for the (very different) beachfront location.

Her stunning arrangements with Pampasgrass, Eucalyptus and roses in the most delicate shades of dusty rose playing into nuances of green made the scene look even more gorgeous.

Everything was now ready for the ceremony, and here comes the bride!

Since Caroline and Kendall could not have the huge open Pavilion at their first-choice venue (Fogarty Winery), we prepared for them an open tent structure and adorned it with arrangements resembling the floral chandeliers she had so much hoped for… She made her way to the ceremony on a lily-white plush runner and past enlarged wedding photos of all mothers and grandmothers of the couple – truly a memorable and unique experience!

The ceremony was officiated by a close friend of the couple who found the most heartfelt words for this one-in-a-lifetime occasion.

It is official: “You may now kiss the bride!”

While guests were treated to Champagne …

… and delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres by Joshua Charles Catering

… the newlyweds had their photos taken. Lots and lots of them!

Who says a small wedding at a private residence on a hazy day can’t be stunning, magical, and immensely photogenic?!

With their photos done, the newlyweds finally got to mingle with their family members and friends, grab a bite and listen to several speeches – both heartfelt and funny!

We had made sure that Caroline and Kendall were getting all the customary “highlights” of wedding celebration, for example a bouquet toss (INCLUDING the single gents) …

… and cake cutting …

… and a First Dance.

With darkness falling and a slight mist descending on the coastline, the whole wedding party boarded their waiting limousines for a short trip to their afterparty at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. And OF COURSE the newlyweds got a proper exit in style!

What a day… and, by the way – Caroline and Kendall loved their intimate wedding celebration so much that they ultimately decided against having “the big party” they had originally planned, at a later date. They are married, they are happy…. because “All You Need Is Love,” right?

My Portfolio


Thank you so much for your interest in my work! I’d love to share samples of weddings at different locations, at different venues, in different styles – so hopefully you’ll find your favorite in that variety! And then, of course, we’ll design something uniquely “You” based on your preferences.

You may also be interested in my styled photoshoots, true fantasies on various themes. Why not go totally “over-the-top?” Have fun with it!

So, here we go…

Hotel weddings

We have worked at all the luxury hotels in San Francisco – the Fairmont, the Four Seasons, Westin St. Francis, Ritz-Carlton, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins… you name it!

Nothing beats the sheer elegance and grandeur of these venues – so if you are dreaming of a black- or white-tie affair “for the ages,” have a look at…

Liz & Nicco, Bita & Walter, Shifteh & Hassan, Kate & Aaron (at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay), Abigail & Mike, Kerry & Howard (at Cavallo Point, Sausalito), Nancy & James, Shaina & Erik.

Historic Mansions

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to many glorious, storied grand mansions which make for fabulous wedding venues. Want to recreate the glamour of the Great Gatsby? No problem, we got this.

Isn’t that just fabulous? If you like this atmosphere, do get inspired with these weddings:

Kristina & Kevin, Angie & Michael, Alexa & Sean, Jane & Greg, Wendy & Jason, Michelle & Philipp (at Stonepine Estate in Carmel Valley, published in Smitten Magazine).

Golf and Country Clubs

Maybe you are more attracted to the relaxed yet polished atmosphere of an upscale golf or country club? The joy of the outdoors combined with elegance and exclusivity?

We have quite the selection for you! Look up…

Amy & Nick (published in Today’s Bride Magazine), Sarah & Reza (published on Style Me Pretty), Haneen & Anthony (published on Style Me Pretty), Katie & Marcelo, Nana & Raymond, Valerie & Andrew.

Private Homes and Estates

Of course, nothing tops the “coziness” and privacy of a private home – be it the house of one’s parents, of friends, or maybe even a rented venue or AirBnB property.

How romantic! This is where the wedding of Laura & Dennis took place. Please also have a look at Ali & Rick, Caroline & Kendall, Krista & Ben (published on Style Me Pretty), LaRay & Nathan. And for AirBnB properties – just look what’s out there! Jeff & Adam loved it for their relaxed friends and family wedding weekend …

Farms and Vineyards

For many, California is synonymous with wine, and vineyards are probably the most popular wedding venues among California couples.

And for a more rustic option, there are nostalgic farms complete with barns and farm animals. No wonder that this is by far the largest section in my portfolio. Here is a selection:

Anna & Etan, L & J, Macy & Josh, Cristina & Dmytro, A & D, Pamela & John.

Nature Preserves

A true California favorite, celebrating the Great Outdoors! Majestic Redwood trees, rolling hills, forests, meadows… Does that sound like YOUR vision of your Great Day?

For these couples here it was:

Shannon & Brian (published on Carats & Cake), Kathryn & Jeff, Sandra & Jacob, Amy and John.

Outdoor Event Venues

A “happy medium” between the “all-rustic outdoors” and the “formal venue” route, these venues offer outdoor ceremonies with full service for the reception part of the celebration, be this basic or all-out luxurious… it’s your choice!

These couples chose this option:

Tobi & Yasser, Craig & Michael, Erica & Lincoln (check out what bride Erica had to say about our services!), Julianne & Grayson, Karin & Andy, Lauren & Francisco, Elaine & Danny, Vannie & Richard, Taryn & Jason, Erin & Gabriel, Kelly & Chris.

City Hall weddings

Especially since San Francisco is graced by probably the most beautiful City Hall in all of the US, a grandiose Beaux Arts masterpiece with a stunning cupola, many couples cannot resist its lure for their ceremony…

Convinced? This elegant couple Joan & Jim, just got married there. Here are some more examples: Laura & Adnan, Melanie & Sherif.

Exclusive Yacht Clubs

Another glamorous option for your wedding celebration is a yacht club – have you thought of that? Look at the wedding of Lauren and Matt!

Totally unique places

Maybe you would want a wedding in a place nobody else has done? A recording studio where the likes of Willie Nelson have recorded? A historic tallship or a yacht? A public museum or exhibit space? You have come to the right place… we’ve done all of the above and would be excited to do something as unique and unheard-of for you!

This wedding cake was cut at the Monterey Aquarium… look up the beautiful wedding of Alan & Miles! And also, Marissa & Jordan, Shirley & Kevin.