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Real Wedding | Cristina + Philip

Tell us a little about yourselves!

Cristina was born and raised in Carmel, CA and Philip in Solon, OH. We met after both having moved to New York City shortly after graduating college, fell in love, and the rest is history!

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

La Playa Carmel is Cristina’s hometown. It’s such a special place for so many reasons so it felt only right to have our loved ones come to celebrate there with us and experience its beauty for such a special occasion! The La Playa is a classic Carmel hotel, it fit exactly what we were looking for!

How many guests did you have?

84. Michelle Alexandra captured our day.

Tell us about your outfits.

I saw the Monique Lhuillier dress on a model in a shoot and knew that was going to be my wedding dress!

As soon as I tried it on, I felt so elegant and exactly like I’d always imagined myself feeling and looking like on my wedding day! The Jimmy Choos were a given, as soon as I saw them I was in love! The veil I wanted to keep as light and simple as possible, not to distract from the dress.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Keeping it elegant, classy, and timeless!

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

We wanted to keep things about the love that we have for each other! It was so special having so many people from different parts of the world come to celebrate with us! We wanted it to feel fun and full of love!

Any tips for couples getting married?

Your wedding day isn’t a performance, it’s just about you two and the love you have for each other. At the end of the day, as long as you end up married to your person, everything went perfectly!

Photographer : Michelle Alexandra @michellealexandraphoto | Videographer : Estrella Films @estrellafilmsmonterey | Ceremony + Reception Location : La Playa Carmel @laplayaca | Celebrant : Ceremonies in Monterey | Entertainment : Zia Shapiro DNA Dj's @ziashapiro @dnaentertainment | Day of Coordinator : La Playa Carmel @laplayaca | Flora : Florals Design by Reina @floraldesignbyreina | Hair : Evolve Salon l Cake : Parker Lusseau Bakery @parkerlusseau | Getting Ready Outfit : Sleeper @daily_sleeper | Wedding Dress : Monique Lhuillier @moniquelhuillier | Shoes : Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo | Diamond Earrings : Borrowed from family


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