Kira Deutch and Dan Linsky walked together towards the aisle, ready to become husband and wife. Yet, when they reached the aisle, they instead came across their five flower girls – stymied by a ribbon marking off the aisle. The bride laughs about the snafu and notes the girls “still did their job and threw the flowers” until Kira and her groom were able to free the aisle for the little ones. At last, the couple was able to walk down the path of flower petals, organized in a chevron pattern. Instead of a traditional chuppah, they stood with their rabbi underneath a geometric structure. “It was a cool juxtaposition against the flowing hills of Carmel Valley,” the bride praises. In order to celebrate their culture while still being inclusive to their guests, Kira and Dan had their rabbi explain each ritual, and made sure each reading in the ceremony was recited in both Hebrew and English.
The bride wore a fitted dress in a subtly blush hue, with a skirt billowing in ruffles of tulle. Though a sparkling belt embellished her waist, Kira went natural for her headpiece. Several blossoms were affixed to the side of a hairband, accenting the loosely structured bouquet she carried. The groom wore a grey suit with a sky blue tie to complement, not match, his wife. Dan’s unique boutonniere of wildflowers alluded to the natural beauty of the surrounding hills.
After the newlyweds were pronounced husband and wife, guests relocated to the ranch courtyard to enjoy a live grill menu, local and seasonal vegetables, and a plethora of florals. “There were flowers everywhere. Even in the salad and butter!” exclaims the bride. The aesthetic of the reception was based on an abundance of natural wildflowers with pops of vibrant colors among the arrangements. To add a modern twist, geometric terrariums holding succulents were placed along the farm tables in addition to the blossoms. The place of each attendee was marked with a small octagonal slab of marble, with each guest's name written in calligraphy.
Unafraid to go against the status quo, the newlyweds chose to do something a little different for their dessert. “We tasted a bunch of cakes, but realized it’s not really our thing. Instead, we had a donut truck,” Kira explains. In honor of their engagement in Costa Brava, Spain, the couple included a kit to make pan con tomate (bread with tomato) in the gift bags provided to guests. The bride also made hand-poured candles for favors, and local caramels and miniature Champagne bottles were included in the bags as well.
Though she felt the planning process was an “emotional roller coaster,” Kira advises future brides to not stress when things don’t go according to plan. “They won’t and that’s what makes the day so memorable!” She adds, “The day goes by so fast. It’s cliché, but so true.”