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Classic Monterey Wedding at the Barns at Cooper Molera

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Wedding Reception Lounge at Barns at Cooper Molera

Nikki and Marco had crushes on each other throughout elementary and middle school then became high school sweethearts. Since so much of their story took place in Monterey, it was the perfect city to marry in! They were the one of the first couples to marry at Monterey’s newest venue, The Barns at Cooper Molera. Here are some details from their classic Monterey wedding, if you’d like to see…

Barns at Cooper Molera sign with groom details and vowbook
Wedding dress on Bride wired hanger and jewel by badgley mischka shoes
Champagne bridal toast upstairs barns at cooper molera
Custom bridal robe getting ready photo upstairs barns cooper molera
Monterey wedding getting ready barns at cooper molera
velvet sneaker under dress with bridal vow book
versace perfume bridal portait details
bridal portait and ceremony with florals at Barns at Cooper Molera
classic bridal bouquet monterey

Unique Details

  • Nikki wore sneakers under her wedding gown
  • A Donut Bar for the dessert table (what is a classic Monterey wedding without donuts from Monterey Donuts?!)
  • An oversized donut replaced the traditional wedding cake
  • Father/Daughter First Look
father daughter first look in Monterey for wedding
father daughter first look in tears
three generations bridal photo

Nikki and Marco customized this wedding by incorporating classic touches. Nikki’s dress was a beautiful white ballroom gown that was simple and refined. She wore her grandmother’s wedding ring for “something old”.

Monterey first look
pantone color of the year Monterey wedding
Groom portait and wooden welcome sign

With any wedding, there’s always the honor of capturing those precious and vulnerable moments. Nikki and Marco’s first look was incredibly touching; Marco filled with adoration as he saw his bride before him. Another special moment was when Nikki’s dad walked her down the aisle and held her a little longer at the end.

Wedding Vibes

Since they’ve both known each other for a long time, Nikki and Marco were such a pleasure to photograph. Their chemistry is always present; they’re the kind of couple that could finish each other’s sentences and know what the other person is thinking with just one look.

Monterey wedding portraits
Classic wedding portraits in front of red wall
Classic bridal portait Monterey
Playing with veil and light bridal portrait monterey
ceremony set up barns at cooper molera
Wedding reception details in the barn Cooper Molera
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Reception inside the barn in Monterey
Wedding ceremony at the Barns at Cooper Molera

Floating Dinner

This venue is rustic and charming. The property is lined with a lush green garden, there’s an empty lot outside of the barn with suspended twinkle lights, and the barn itself has elegant and rustic charm.

Floating Dinner and catering at the Barns at Cooper Molera
Barn decor and catering close ups

One of the modern aspects of this wedding was the concept of having a floating dinner. Instead of having a formal dinner, Nikki and Marco opted for dining stations with varied seating options. This created a warm and inviting environment and felt like an elongated cocktail hour for 300 guests.

Wedding Donut Bar
Barn wedding at night

Tips for Brides

Nikki and Marco requested extra time for portraits, which is what made their portaits extra special. We could take our time capturing the details and playing with different poses to capture the essence of their relationship.

  • Having the same photographer for a couple’s engagement session and wedding produces more natural and organic images. Since the photographer has the benefit of learning the couple’s chemistry and relationship during the engagement session, they are able to capture the essence of the relationship better during the wedding. Additionally, the couple feels more comfortable in front of the camera on the wedding day!
  • Choose a venue and wedding details that are reflective of your relationship. There’s a million weddings on pinterest you can look at for inspiration, but at the end of the day, remember that the wedding is about YOU and what your story is. Everyone has a different story, so bringing those elements into your wedding are what makes it truly uniquely yours.
  • Ask your photographer to get a permit to photograph inside of the Molera. It has great lighting and is such a beautiful backdrop, so it’s an ideal setting for portraits!
Bridal family portrait at the Barns at Cooper Molera

DJ: DNA Entertainment
Invitations: Minted
Catering: Classic Catering
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals
Videographer: Loose Tie Photography

Are you getting married in Monterey? Let’s chat! I’d love to work with you.

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