If you love soft curls and garden roses, if you love trailing vines and rustic elegance, then you are going to love this wedding at Mission Ranch from Christina McNeill, one of our Snippet & Ink Select vendors! Read on for all of the romantic details…

Did Jessica and Tom incorporate any traditions into their wedding? “We did!” says the bride. “I am Jewish and Tom was excited to honor that with smashing the glass to commemorate the end of our ceremony and the beginning of our marriage. My grandmother, who is 94 years old and flew up from Los Angeles was extremely proud to see that moment. We also had our chuppah designed by our florist and it came out so breathtakingly beautiful!”

“I loved staying on site at the Ranch along with my immediate family and some of our wedding party. Our honeymoon cottage was right across the road from our ceremony and reception; it just felt so intimate and not too hotel-ish.”

Dinner was held in the patio barn, complete with rustic barn windows and a copper-topped bar.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Tom and I chose the Mission Ranch, Carmel as a destination wedding to honor both of our hometowns. I’m from San Diego and Tom is from Sonoma county. The view of the beach and the pastures represented us both and felt far enough to feel like a vacation but not too far to keep guests from attending.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite part of the day was when Tom and I read our personal vows to one another during our ceremony. I remember reading mine to Tom, I felt as if it was just he and I alone; at that moment no one else existed. It was eight years in the making and worth every tear! Another favorite moment was walking into our reception and seeing the ambience that was created by our florists. We were taken back by the candles, beautiful centerpieces and smiles that greeted us as our favorite songs played.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice was given to me by my girlfriend, Divya – she advised me to go slow during the ceremony and enjoy every minute of the love and happiness people are ready to share with you.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Remember it’s your partner that you are walking down the aisle to. Hold that thought in your mind when you make all your decisions. I did so when I tried on my wedding dress, as I tasted cakes, and picked out flowers. Nothing else matters except the love you have for one another, so don’t worry about expectations, just focus on what’s important: each other.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The day was absolutely beautiful weather and as my guests enjoyed cocktail hour, they were entertained with whale sightings out the coast of Los Lobos. Mission Ranch was a truly magical experience.

Photography: Christina McNeill / Venue: Mission Ranch in Carmel, California / Floral Designer: Fionna Floral / Dress: Amy Kuschel / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom / Suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery: Tiny Prints / DJ: SightNSound / Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes / Hair, Makeup: Katie Donaghy with It’s a Date

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Christina McNeill is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

  • Romantic Wedding at Mission Ranch, Carmel

    15 January 2014
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    1. Tiffany

      Wow! What a stunning wedding!

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    2. Cheryl

      Love the colors and the romantic mood. It can be felt in the pictures. Great Job!

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    3. Elizabeth

      Gorgeous as always Christina! You are so talented!

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    4. Anny

      What a gorgeous wedding. The bride looks so peaceful and happy. I loved how you were able to capture the emotion in the pictures. I want to go there just to check it out. I also loved reading the little stories behind some of the pictures. It really wrapped it all up. Congrats to the bride and groom. May you love each other unconditionally. All my best….. Anny

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    5. Lori

      Beautiful! Love how you captured the teary eyed groom and the uniqueness of the venue.

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    6. Desiree

      I’m in love with those flowers, what are they?

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      • Jessica Donsky

        Hi Desiree- They are David Austin Garden Roses- also called Juliet Roses!

    7. Jacquelyn

      Wow! Love this gorgeous wedding!

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    8. Jenn

      Love the tablescape. Gorgeous photos!

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    9. Jessica Donsky

      Thank you SnippetandInk for posting these fabulous pictures of amazing day! 3 months of marriage have gone by so fast, feels like yesterday I was just doing my first dress fitting at Amy Kuschel.
      Desiree- Flowers are Garden Roses (David Austin patented)- so beautiful!
      Thanks again SnippetandInk- awesome blog and so honored to be featured (Tom too :))

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      • Kathryn

        Thank YOU Jessica for sharing your beautiful day with us! Congratulations!

    10. Mirelle Carmichael

      THIS IS PERFECT! Wonderful photographs Christina!

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    11. Cathi

      Beautiful bride, wedding and amazing photographs that will truly keep memories close to your heart!

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    12. Lucy

      Isn’t it cute when the groom cries :-) Really lovely ranch wedding, with the most amazing flowers! ~Lucy

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    13. Leanna

      I love that venue! They have a black sheep!

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    14. Clarissa

      Just beautiful.

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    16. Amy Kuschel

      Such a treat to see this gorgeous feature! Especially loving that Jessica said “I do” in our Tulip gown. Congratulations!

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    17. Christina

      Kathryn, thank you for the beautiful feature! You truly are so amazing and you really portrayed the beauty and spirit of Jessica & Tom’s wedding so well! Thank you, thank you! xoxoxo

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    18. Odalys Mendez

      I love the light in these images! Beautiful work!

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    19. Helen Andrews

      Kathryn, never sure what to do or how to comment on your wonderful work! It is
      always amazing and inspirational ! It is such a treat for me to follow Snippet and Ink
      regularly. Love, Helen

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      • Kathryn

        Thank you Helen! It’s so fun to know you’re following! Love to all of you!

    20. Nicole (Bellenza Wedding Bistro)

      What a beautiful wedding! I love the simple, but super elegant details :) Amazingwork!

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    21. Leila

      Absolutely stunning! Beautiful photos!

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    24. Amanda

      Gorgeous! I’m hoping to book this place for my winter (January) wedding. What month was this wedding? The post says January but I know it can be hectic and posting to the blog can take place some weeks or months after the wedding takes place. :-)

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