There’s something so magical and romantic about San Luis Obispo. Everything just seems more beautiful there, making it pretty much the best place ever for an outdoor wedding. Ken Kienow captured that magical feeling between these two architect lovebirds who chose geometrical designs to juxtapose all the lush landscaping and the result is amazing. A totally relaxed, totally perfect day all around. Click here for even more.

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From the Bride… Michael and I are both formally trained in architecture (we met in one of our last undergraduate classes!), and as a result, we are both very design oriented. This, along with genuine love and respect for each other and some minor compromises, made planning our wedding day go very smoothly. Although I had lots of ideas from working closely with engaged couples (I run a stationery business), most of our inspiration came from a color palette and a request that Michael had: he wanted to get married outside in San Luis Obispo while wearing a chocolate brown tuxedo. From there, we took cues from nature (our colors were chocolate, moss and ivory with a pop of peacock blue) and art deco design. We tried to keep it relaxed and comfortable (think garden party with buckets of beers on ice) so our guests would enjoy themselves.

Our wedding day was perfect. The venue, which we found after a suggestion by one of my coworkers, was beautiful and rustic enough to soften the edges of the geometric deco-inspired décor we brought in. The rest of the day fell into place fairly naturally. We decided to get married midday, which helped keep things more informal. Photos of our parents and grandparents greeted the guests as they arrived from the trolley, along with a guest book to leave us a special note. Bocce ball and croquet were set up on the lawn and there was a wildly-patterned photo booth for our guests to goof around in. The DJ kept the music spinning with an eclectic playlist that Michael diligently put together.

Luckily, I have worked in the wedding industry for a few years and we happen to have tons of talent within our close family and friends, so much of the work was done in house. It was really a privilege to work closely with trusted people because our vision for the day was never diluted, and if we were not sure about any part of the design (cake decoration, for instance), we could trust our team to seamlessly match our unspoken desires. For any vendors that we didn’t have within our bunch, I asked for recommendations. This is how we found our photographer, Ken Kienow, who did such an amazing job that I recommend him every opportunity I get. The day was a whirlwind of love, support, and fun. Both Michael and I realize that we were blessed to have the day go off without a hitch, in good weather and good health. Our wedding was truly unforgettable.

Wedding Photography: Ken Kienow Wedding Photography / Wedding Venue: See Canyon Fruit Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California / Bride’s Bouquet: Quixotic / Bridesmaids’ Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Reception Floral Design: The Mother of the Groom / Wedding Day Coordination: A Friend of the Bride / Reception Décor + Signage: Olive & Emerald (Owned by the Bride) / Officiant: A Friend of the Bride from EastLake Church / Catering: Phoenix Fine Catering / Alcoholic Beverages: BevMo / Wedding Cake: Dana Grolle (Sister of the Groom — dgrolle@gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations: Olive & Emerald (Owned by the Bride) / Homemade Jam: The Parents of the Bride / DJ: AMS Entertainment / Transportation: Central Coast Trolley / Photo Booth Backdrop: The Bride (beyondpaper@oliveandemerald.com) / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridal Shoes: Geox / Bridal Jewelry: Alexis Bittar / Bridal Hair: A Friend of the Bride / Bridal Hair Accessory: The Bride (beyondpaper@oliveandemerald.com) / Garter: Woomi Pyo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: The Bride (beyondpaper@oliveandemerald.com) / Men’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse / Men’s Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse / Groomsmen’s Beer Koozies: Olive & Emerald (Owned by the Bride)