Chic Fall Redwood Forest Wedding at Santa Lucia Preserve Carmel, California | Taj & Marc


Last November marked the last of my season and the month was full of remarkable weddings that truly left a lasting impression on me. I trekked back down to Carmel-By-The-Sea that month, but this time with my trusty sidekick, Jenny Worhle. I haven't mentioned this publicly, but Jenny is officially my first associate shooter trained under my brand and will be available for 2019 weddings. Her quick wit, attention to detail and nurturing presence is everything I could ever want to represent Kristen Marie Parker, I am eager to send her to you to capture your day. 

Carmel-by-the-Sea continues to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. We rented a sweet little wooden cabin nestled up on the hillside, high in the trees, and used it as our home base for the weekend. We knew of the town that overlooked the ocean with it's seaside cottages stacked side by side. What we didn't know was that rooted in Carmel is Santa Lucia Preserve, a rolling oasis of hills, homes and redwoods. As the private gates opened, Jenny and I both drove the 10 miles through the preserve with jaws dropped and eyes wide open. 

Taj and Marc radiate glam and chic but are the most down to earth, good energy, easy to work with people that we had the opportunity of shooting. They were married in a centuries old Redwood grove, lit by candles. The second line was flown up from New Orleans to bring the guests from cocktail hour to the reception in quintessential jazz fashion. A pleasant surprise as I was headed to New Orleans to photograph a wedding the following week!

With a raptor as a staple to the modern reception space and a party that went on through the evening, I continued to feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to shoot an event like this. Thank you to Taj and Marc for bringing me and Jenny down to photograph such a sweet window into your relationship and the people who surround you. 

Jenny's images are scattered in this post. When I saw her images of Marc getting ready featuring their King Charles, Curtis, I knew I had to showcase them. Thank you, Jenny! 

Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve

Planning: Colette Cuccia

Video: Maru Films

Floral: Burst & Bloom

Make up: Chantelle Studio

Suit: Dolce and Gabbana

Gown: Pronovias