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As the introduction to the classic holiday song "Winter Wonderland" tells us, "Love has no season, love has no clime*," but anyone who has observed a bride and her bridesmaids in strapless gowns shivering in July fog at Lovers Point Park knows, it can make a difference. Wedding-day romance will blossom more reliably if you size up the seasons in our beautiful — if occasionally climactically confused — county before selecting venue or gown.   READ MORE
 
 

Wedding Planning
Robert Ellis Photography
Is there a bride whose fantasy day does not somehow involve flowers? Flowers are a true sensory experience: beautiful, colorful, fragrant, symbolic, evocative. Every bride has a picture that involves the floral. No matter what time of year, whether a royal extravaganza or a small civil ceremony, there are always flowers to sweeten this milestone occasion.   READ MORE
 
You have been planning your wedding since the very first time you pored over your parents' wedding pictures. Tucked into the overstuffed chair, the weighty album carefully balanced across your lap, you studied the splendor of your mother's big white dress, with its fitted bodice and smooth, full skirt softened by alençon lace and a veil that swept the aisle.   READ MORE
 
One of the great things in favor of elopement is that you don't need to think about where all your guests stay. But most couples would really rather have family and friends — including nieces and nephews and Towser the terrier — celebrate their big day with them, so they fret about how to comfortably house all their kin. Fret no more. Here are a half-dozen suggestions, from a comfy motel for active families to classic inns to a B&B you can have all to yourselves.   READ MORE
 
By the time most couples these days arrive at the altar, they have probably accumulated a few worldly goods. But few newlyweds want to start off their married life with the sheets they inherited from Mom or those thinning bath towels that have seen a few rotations around a Kenmore.

A wedding is a time for new beginnings, and the linen closet in particular is one of those places in your life where you might want to give the old belongings the heave-ho and start afresh.   READ MORE

 
In an age when even jewelry is becoming a big-box commodity, custom-designed engagement rings and wedding bands offer a distinctive way to say, "I do." "Millions of people have the same wedding ring," says Kocek, who started as a jewelry apprentice at age 12 and opened his Carmel business in 1973. "I help customers do something different. There is so much emotion involved, and it feels more special with a one-of-a-kind piece."   READ MORE
 
 
Wedding Locations
The first vital step in planning a wedding doesn't involve dresses, flowers, cakes, music or etiquette. You -bride and groom-not parents, friends or Aunt Susie, should take time to talk about what marriage means to each of you. Whatever rite or ceremony you choose to mark your commitment to each other should reflect your values and tastes, not the expectations of others or some kind of arbitrary "rightness.'' If one of you wants a formal church wedding and the other an informal family get-together in the context of a picnic, this is an important time to test your "couple skills'' of listening, communicating and coming to a joint decision that has nothing to do with winning or losing.   READ MORE
 
 
Wedding Locations
Moss Media 2007
Lakes may be pretty and mountains dramatic, but few places conjure a relaxed, happy feeling as readily as a sandy beach. Monterey County possesses a half-dozen or so beaches that offer soft sands and bay or ocean views that should appeal to brides and grooms who love the sea as much as they love each other. But which to choose?   READ MORE
 
Moss Media 2007
Melissa & Jarrod Balser — Ceremony: September 29, 2007. Their beach: Carmel River State Beach. Why this beach: Melissa: Jarrod and I love vacationing in tropical places, but he went to school at CSUMB. Carmel River Beach just felt intimate and special to us.   READ MORE
 
As the introduction to the classic holiday song "Winter Wonderland" tells us, "Love has no season, love has no clime*," but anyone who has observed a bride and her bridesmaids in strapless gowns shivering in July fog at Lovers Point Park knows, it can make a difference. Wedding-day romance will blossom more reliably if you size up the seasons in our beautiful — if occasionally climactically confused — county before selecting venue or gown.   READ MORE
 
 
Wedding Attire
Tom O'Neal
If there's one time a woman wants to shine, it's when she walks down the aisle wearing the dress of her dreams. And for many, an off-the-rack bridal gown proves the perfect fit. Others, however, fancy something different. More personally meaningful. Absolutely individual. Simply elegant and extraordinary. Luckily, options are as diverse as brides themselves. Here, three brides discuss dresses that are anything but average.   READ MORE