Friday, October 1, 2010

Santa Lucia Preserve

In 2008 we attended the wedding of Brooke and Paul, friends from college days who we don't see often enough. The wedding was at the Santa Lucia Preserve outside of Carmel, California. They had an amazing wedding including a relaxed family style rehearsal dinner, a ceremony under a natural cathedral of Redwood trees and the reception was in a bad ass barn (top photo).

The Santa Lucia Preserve is an exclusive private community that is 20,000 acres and has 300 homes. I was going through some old pictures and started researching the actual houses on the property. They are all unique and have sweet architecture.

This one takes on a more modern look as opposed to the farmhouse style of most of the common buildings on the grounds. There's a really nice blend of indoor and outdoor living with the large window wall that opens up to the kitchen. And I like how the metal fireplace chase makes a statement. It works so well with the crisp lines and pewter colors of the exterior materials. The outdoor living is a total must if you are lucky enough to reside in a place like Santa Lucia.

(top images by Tim Capaldi, last image via Santa Lucia)

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