Romance is in the air in Monterey County, from the redwood groves to the breezy beaches
“Carmel holds her favorite childhood memories,” says Rob Runkel of his college sweetheart, Allie Brody, whom he wed last summer amid the redwood groves of the Santa Lucia Preserve. The Bash Please-produced weekend began with a barefoot welcome party in the sand featuring cozy day beds, blankets, live-fire paella and a perfect sunset. “It’s a sacred and beautiful destination—one of those ‘get there fast and take it slow’ places,” says Allie. Here, the Palo Alto-based couple’s favorite Carmel haunts. • Cottage of Sweets is a magical place right near the beach. cottageofsweets.com. • Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea takes you to about 14 wine-tasting rooms. Our favorite is Holman Ranch. winewalkcarmel.com. • Tancredi & Morgen is a must-visit for home goods and specialty items. tancrediandmorgen.com. • Carmel River State Beach for the views—perfect for a beach party. • Baja Cantina & Grill has the best chips and salsa in the world—not to mention their margaritas and funky vibes. carmelcantina.com. • Folktale Winery and Vineyards for the outdoor seating and live music. folktalewinery.com.
When in Carmel …
1. AMBER SAKAI Bride tiara, $230, ambersakai.com. 2. FERNANDO JORGE Gravity earrings, $45,310, fernandojorge.co.uk. 3. EDIE PARKER oval bag in Pool Marble, $1,295, edie-parker.com. 4. NOUVEL HERITAGE Cupid’s Paved Arrow bangle, $3,100, nouvelheritage.com. 5. By/Rosie Jane Angie fragrance, $65/50 mL, byrosiejane.com. 6. Dior J’Adior slingback ballerina flats, price upon request, Dior, Beverly Hills. 7. Serena & Lily Venice rattan chair, $498, serenaandlily.com. 8. EF Collection charm necklace, $1,295, efcollection.com. 9. Moleskine Wedding Journal, $30, moleskine.com/en. 10. OLEG CASSINI Bridal Spring 2019. 11. DANIELLE FRANKEL Bridal Spring 2019. 12. SteamLine Luggage Lip Entrepreneur hatbox, $240, steamlineluggage.com. 13. DIPTYQUE Lys candle, $65, diptyqueparis.com. 14. The Urban + The Mystic Love & Light Box, $50, theurbanandthemystic.com. 15. OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil, $32/3 oz., theouai.com. 16. AWAY The Carry-On in Sand, $225, awaytravel.com. 17. Viktor&Rolf Bridal Spring 2019. 18. VERA WANG Bridal Spring 2019. 19. ROGER VIVIER I Love Vivier pumps, $725, Roger Vivier, Costa Mesa. 20. ASHLEY ZHANG art deco band, from $4,895, ashleyzhangjewelry.com.
Edited by ANUSH J. BENLIYAN and REBECCA RUSSELL.