An Intimate Waterfront Wedding at Carmel Beach in Carmel, California

Carol Reiley (31, a surgical roboticist) and Andrew Ng (37, a professor) met at a robotics conference in Kobe, Japan and instantly felt the attraction

Carol Reiley (31, a surgical roboticist) and Andrew Ng (37, a professor) met at a robotics conference in Kobe, Japan and instantly felt the attraction between each other. Although the connection was there, it wasn't until three years later that they met up for coffee, explored their relationship further and fell in love. For their wedding, the couple rented out two large houses in Carmel, California, one on the coast and one inland in Carmel Valley to have their ceremony at. The wedding ceremony took place on the cliffs overlooking the beach, creating a small intimate family gathering ?for the occasion. After the vows were made, the wedding was moved indoors to one of the rented houses for the cake cutting, and finally the reception took place at a french restaurant. "We're all about family, so the whole weekend was dedicated to getting the families to know each other better," says Carol. "This was the first time they had met, and we had a lot of activities and cooked together as well. Before the wedding, I collected the first dance songs of my wonderful friends from their wedding. We played that music throughout the wedding so they would be included as well."

The bride wore a white veil rimmed with lace, silver shoes by Jimmy Choo and had a clutch with a crystal bow accent on top.
"My wedding gown was a San Patrick Atenas 2014 dress," says Carol. "I wanted a strapless dress with lace. It was absolutely stunning and the first dress I tried on. I really lucked out, it was exactly what I wanted."
Buttoning Up Back of Wedding Dress
Bride in Wedding Dress Cradling Baby
"Instead of having a traditional wedding, we opted for a small intimate family wedding.," says Carol. "It was a wedding retreat weekend. We rented two large houses, one on the coast and one inland in Carmel Valley for two distinct feels."
Father Walking Bride Down Aisle
Bride and Groom at Ceremony
"The wedding was held in Carmel, California," says Carol. "It’s where we took our first vacation together and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. It’s so intimate and terribly romantic with those beautiful beaches and waves crashing on cliffs."
The bride and groom walk outside near one of the large houses the rented for their weekend wedding retreat.
Couple Holding Hands in Woods
Couple Walking on Beach in Carmel
Carol and Andrew stood near the Waterfront at the beach in Carmel and shared an intimate moment as the waves glided over the rocks.
"Since we both are of Chinese heritage, we wore traditional Chinese qipao for part of the day," says Carol. rn
Elegant glasses were being filled with champagne, with two for the bride and groom decorated with blue ribbon.
The bride and groom cut their ivory wedding cake decorated with a tree design that had pink flowers.
"Food is important and we had a whole weekend of meals and bonding," says Carol. "We indulged in cake and champagne first. It was a two layer cake with vanilla and poppy seeds on top, and red velvet and raspberry filling on bottom."