Pebble Beach Journals

Love Song at the Pebble: My Daughter’s Wedding

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A June 2005 trip to Pebble Beach by btwood2

·	Getting married at the Pebble Photo, Pebble Beach, California More Photos
Quote: Pebble Beach, on Monterey Bay, is a mythical place with achingly beautiful landscapes, ocean mists, and atmospherically priced real estate, and it's the locale of my daughter’s wedding.

Love Song at the Pebble: My Daughter’s Wedding

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Overview

·	View from the Inn at Spanish Bay Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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If any two people could pull off the perfect wedding, it would have to be my daughter Saskia and her husband Neal. Fifteen months of planning and research went into this extravaganza, during which they came to realize and create exactly what kind of wedding they wanted. Like the pieces of a puzzle falling together into a cohesive whole, their wedding took shape in the planning stages. But more than a mere puzzle, this event was an entity with life of its own, whose culmination on June 4th, along with gala festivities on the days preceding and following, was truly a memorable and breathtaking celebration of their union.Biggest highlight: the Wedding, of course! Yes, my daughter and son-in-...Read More

Best Western Park Crest Motel

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Hotel | "Park Crest Best Western"

Best Western Park Crest Motel Photo, Monterey, California
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My 91-year-old mother and I share a room here while in Monterey for my daughter’s wedding. Central location and easy access to Pacific Coast Highway 1 are the primary reasons we chose Park Crest, plus my mother is quite partial to Best Westerns. My stepdaughter and family chose the Best Western on Abrego, down the hill a few miles nearer downtown Monterey, quite nice as well. A perk of Park Crest, though, is that it’s directly across the street from Don Dahvee Park and trails. There’s nothing like jogging to re-energize and reduce any potential stressful feelings for Mother of the Bride. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

Best Western Park Crest Motel
1100 Munras Avenue
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 372-4576

Casa Palmero

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Hotel

Casa Palmero Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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For good luck and tradition, my daughter Saskia chooses me, the Mother of the Bride, to spend her last unmarried night with her. As delighted as I am to spend this momentous time with my only daughter, it also doesn’t hurt that Casa Palermo is an ultra-luxurious Mediterranean-style villa of the sort budget-minded me would never overnight in, were it not for this special occasion.It’s already dark, but the sound of trickling water from the fountain imparts a soothing feeling as we check in. We attempt to tip the young man carrying our luggage upstairs, and to his credit, he reminds us that the $20 "resort fee" already included in the bill is in lieu of gratuities to staff. Saskia’s upstairs...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

Casa Palmero
1518 Cypress Dr.
Pebble Beach, California 93953
(831) 647-7500

Nico Restaurant

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Restaurant

Nico Restaurant Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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Some of my daughter's and son-in-law’s wedding party arrive 2 days before the wedding, including me. We get settled in our respective motel rooms as the dinner hour approaches. Where to eat? Saskia and Neal (daughter and her husband-to-be) had been to Nico Restaurant in Carmel before and liked it. I call and reserve a table for eight. I can’t believe our luck, finding a parking place right in front of Nico’s front door. Parking is usually more of a challenge on Carmel-By-the-Sea’s busy streets. Nico’s attractive exterior fronts on a side street of bustling Ocean Avenue. Wine-colored awnings extend out above windows, and planter boxes and po...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Nico Restaurant
San Carlos & Ocean A
Pebble Beach, California 93923
(831) 624-6545

Pebble Beach Company: Roy's

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Restaurant | "Roy’s"

Pebble Beach Company: Roy's Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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Neal’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner at Roy’s, located at famous Inn and Links at Spanish Bay. Roy’s is one of 31 Roy’s Restaurants, owned by chef Roy Yamaguchi, creator of Hawaiian Fusion cuisine. The setting, perched along picturesque 17-Mile Drive, is, of course, gorgeous. The typical Monterey peninsula muted sunlight is filtering through softly gathering mists as we arrive. Entering through the inn, it only takes a few minutes for our party of 32 to get seated at two long tables with ocean view. My daughter Saskia gathers the bridesmaids around her at the head of her table to play the white elephant game with bridesmaid earrings. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Pebble Beach Company: Roy's
1700 17 Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, California 93953
(831) 647-7423

Beach and Tennis Club

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Restaurant

Beach and Tennis Club Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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My daughter Saskia and son-in-law Neal have their wedding reception and dinner at the exclusive Beach and Tennis Club. After the outdoor wedding ceremony, the guests stroll the ocean-side path to the Beach and Tennis club along the 17th fairway, overlooking Stillwater Cove. Celtic and classical string music from Montage Trio greet us in the lobby. Guests write wedding wishes on paper leaves, then hang them on branches of the wedding wish tree. We proceed to the lounge for cocktail hour, where we’re warmed by fireplace and laughter and sustained by delicious appetizers and wi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Beach and Tennis Club
Cypress Drive
Pebble Beach, California 93953
(831) 625-8507

Whole Foods Market

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Attraction

Whole Foods Market Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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Shortly before Saskia and Neal asked us to host an outdoors day-after-the-wedding brunch, I’d watched a report about Whole Foods Market on CNBC and liked what I saw. I wondered if they had any outlets in Monterey. A visit to their website revealed they did, plus 180 additional stores in 31 states, Canada, and the UK. Browsing breakfast catering got me really interested: fresh fruit and pastry platters, bagel crates, and three different kinds of quiches–classic Lorraine, spinach-pine nut, and leek-goat cheese. Most temptingly: smoked salmon with capers, red onions, tomatoes, and cucu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Whole Foods Market
800 Del Monte Center
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 333-1600

Don Dahvee Park

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Attraction

Don Dahvee Park Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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Our motel was across the street from Don Dahvee Park/Greenbelt. I took advantage of this during our stay, taking several walks and jogs through this little-piece of nature wedged between roads and residential areas. Don Dahvee Lane cuts through the greenbelt across Munras near Cass Street, and merges into Iris Canyon Road and Greenbelt. I found nature trails, bike paths, and picnic tables under the trees on Don Dahvee’s 35.8 acres; Iris Canyon adds 32 more acres to the greenbelt. Some very nice homes are nestled between the two greenbelts. Historical digressions: A plaque on a large gray rock announces Don Dahvee Park as a gift to Monterey from the David Jacks estate. "Dahvee" is an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Don Dahvee Park

Monterey, California

Lovers Point Park

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Hotel | "Lovers Point"

Lovers Point Park Photo, Monterey, California
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Several months before Saskia and Neal’s wedding, Saskia asked her father and me if we would host a post-wedding brunch the morning following the wedding. As the soon-to-be wedded couple had taken charge of all planning and organization up until that point, we readily agreed. Although I leaned towards hosting an indoor brunch, due to possibly chilly Monterey peninsula weather, Neal and Saskia had their hearts set on an informal outdoors picnic. It didn’t take long to choose the location, Lovers Point, in Pacific Grove on Monterey Bay. We selected Lovers Point not only for the obvious reason of its name, but also to honor the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Lovers Point Park
Ocean View Blvd and 17th Street
Pacific Grove, California

Preparation for a Wedding I

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Story/Tip

·	Bridal shower, Saskia and friends Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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She said YES. This wedding began taking shape on Leap Year’s Day 2004, when Neal inventively proposed to Saskia in their Capitola apartment. He printed out a narrated pictorial history of their relationship, which began as a friendship, their first year of college (1998), growing deeper and evolving into romance through the years. Sitting on the couch with Neal, Saskia viewed, and read each picture. The last photos included a red rose petal heart and question mark, and the text: Will you marry me? Where?The most important decision to be made was the venue, since popular wedding locations are often booked far in advance. Though the couple were to ...Read More

Preparation for a Wedding II

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Story/Tip

·	Make-up in the mirror, Casa Palmero Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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My daughter Saskia was getting a little nervous at the start of 2005. Her wedding tasks began increasing incrementally as the months passed. Though the wedding date wasn’t until June 4th, between invitations and fine-tuning, (and applying to colleges), there was plenty to keep her busy. My assignment: A wonderful thing about my daughter and son-in-law is that they know exactly what they like and are very good at making decisions. So nothing was easier than being the mother of the Bride, because I didn’t have to do a thing! My only assigned pre-wedding task was to research charities. In lieu of party favors, each wedding guest would be asked to make a donation to one of three chariti...Read More
·	Let your love sing and dance together Photo, Pebble Beach, California
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If everything could ever feel this real forever (from processional, Everlong, Foo Fighters). The moment is here, the time is now. Neal (the groom), is standing with Reverend John Kelly, in front of the wedding guests, who are seated with their heads turned towards the stairs from the Inn at Pebble Beach. Off to one side, the Montage Trio is playing string music on violin, guitar, and cello. The sky is cloudy, but the sun is  trying to penetrate through the clouds. Two by two, groomsmen and bridesmaids are walking down the stairs to join Neal on the 18th fairway of the Links at Pebble Beach. I’m standing at the foot of the stairs...Read More