Today’s wedding is such perfect summer inspiration – a ranch wedding with a fun and relaxed vibe. Vannessa and Cayman found the Holman Ranch in Carmel on the first day they went to look at venues: “We knew right away it was the perfect place. We loved the all-American, California ranch feel, and the views were incredible! We knew it would be a unique place for us and our guests.”

Vannessa’s favorite part of the day: “I loved saying our vows to one another. I was so focused on Cayman that I completely forgot we had an audience! And the kiss… the kiss was like slow motion. I had been looking forward to that moment since we got engaged, and it was absolutely perfect!”

Cayman loves games and trivia and wanted to incorporate this into the wedding, so planner Shannon Leahy came up with the idea of writing clues that would lead guests to find their tables and Hello Lucky created the adorable escort cards (guests slid their cards out of the envelopes to reveal the clues to their table). Guests got into the spirit of the game, and spent the first 15 minutes of dinner visiting every table to see all of the clues.

Dinner reflected the laid back atmosphere of the wedding, complete with cornbread and biscuits, macaroni and cheese, and fried chicken.

In keeping with the sense of fun and games, guests took home personalized decks of playing cards.

Photographer: Emily Merrill, EmmyJeanne Photography

Venue: Holman Ranch in Carmel, California

Planner: Shannon Leahy

Stationery / printed items: Hello!Lucky

Bride’s dress / shoes: Amy Kuschel / Manolo Blahnik

Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna

Flowers: Erica Rose Design

Catering: Paradise Catering

Funk band: The Joint Chiefs

Furniture / linen rentals: Classic Party Rentals / La Tavola

Don’t you just love this wedding, from the beautiful venue in Carmel down to the lucky horseshoe motif? So fun! A big thanks to Vannessa and Cayman, as well as to planner Shannon Leahy and photographer Emily Merrill for sharing this beautiful wedding with us.

Hello!Lucky is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Polka Dot Bride

    The red and white is so fun & sweet! What a gorgeous wedding

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  2. TheHeiress

    Wow What a beautiful wedding! So much inspiration has come from reading this post. I am a blogger for , so I appreciate fantastic blogs like this! Thank you!

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  3. halie

    I am lucky enough to have attended another wedding in this location. It's truly stunning! Love all the wonderful touches this couple included. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. nicolemarie

    Where did you get the personalized deck of cards from?? so cute!

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