It turns out that when Clayton Austin and Panacea Event Floral Design team up, magical things ensue. Things like this farm to table dinner party which is so immaculate. So incredibly beautiful. So beyond anything I could have ever envisioned I almost don’t even know where to begin. So instead of going on and on, why don’t we all just breathe in the beauty. And if you’re looking for more, the entire thing can be found right here.
From Love is a Bird… I have always had an affection for for smaller intimate affairs. Our home has always been the anchor for evenings filled with good wine, delicious food, family, laughter, and love. Addison, my partner of 7 years has a green thumb and tediously and lovingly tends to the small garden in our backyard while I on the other hand would much rather enjoy the fruits of his labor with juicy heirloom tomatoes in my salad or fresh mint in my mojito on a sweltering Texas summer afternoon. I found myself being extremely inspired by our collection of beautiful wooden cutting boards and brought an entire suitcase of them with me to California. These are the things I wanted to capture using the gorgeous rustic yet elegant outdoor space at the amazing Dana-Power House in Nipomo, Ca.
I imagined a super relaxed day where the couple would host their closest friends and family at their home, having hand chosen the fresh ingredients for the evening’s menu from their very own gardens as well as fresh fish from the local seaside market. I wanted the setting to feel comfortable and relaxed yet grounded and elegant at the same time. I found the dress at a vintage thrift store on Nantucket Island for only $60 and knew that it would be absolutely perfect for this event.
I really can’t thank Corinne from Panacea Event Floral Design enough. I had initially sent her a pinterest board I had created for inspiration and she immediately ran with it creating one of the most beautiful “floral” table centerpieces I had ever seen! To be honest the best part of this whole shoot was meeting the amazing photographers I had invited to enjoy the amazing setting afterwards over several bottles of local wine, grilled red snapper, roasted potatoes, and garlic steamed mussels! It was an evening I won’t soon forget!
From Corinne of Panacea Event Floral Design… After trying to contain my inner squeals when Clayton described this project to me, I was completely inspired to head in a very “un-flower centric” direction. The focus was driven by our local farmers market offerings. Bundles of deeply hued radishes and beets were incorporated atop lush beds of kale and rainbow Swiss chard, accented with some incredible purple globe artichokes. A few sumptuous heirloom tomatoes were tucked in and that set the table scape. Smaller focal points were created with gatherings of old heirloom types of flowers such as the romantic nigella or “love-in-a-mist”, as it’s known to cottage gardeners. We pared the flowers with fresh herbs including mint, bay leaf and rosemary adding some rich smoke bush and lambs ear for texture and contrast, all gathered together in simple brown bags and tied with twine. The aroma was intoxicating!
Photography: Clayton Austin | Event Design: Clayton Austin | Flowers: PANACEA event floral design | Invitations: Clayton Austin | Ceremony Venue: Dana-Powers House | Cutting boards: Pottery Barn | Furniture: Dana-Powers House | Groom's suit & tie: JCPenney