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Rustic Summer Wedding at the Dana-Powers House

After literally leaping into marriage with one fantastic proposal story, this adorable Bride knew what she wanted for her special day and found it all in the Dana-Powers House and their beautiful barn. Pastel florals by Bella Bloom accented it’s rustic beauty and Jen Rodriguez captured it all, from giggles with girlfriends to sweet moments with the Bride and Groom. See all their love right here.

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From the Bride… On January 9, 2010, I (Ileana) was invited to a birthday party in Studio City, California. The birthday boy (Hans) was celebrating the 25th year of life surrounded by his close friends. We talked about our interests and professions and danced the night away. Fast forward to Valentine’s Day, I was invited to a single’s bar crawl in Pasadena. However, the bar crawl turned into Hans, a mutual friend, and I having drinks and dinner (kinda awkward…LOL). We all went home after a few drinks, but that was the beginning of a friendship. Hans and I chatted on Facebook for months to follow. I decided to get a dog in early April, enter Mr. Bentley Bear and needed a leash and dog supplies. Hans used this opportunity to invite me to lunch. Hans, Bentley, and I went to lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. This was the early start to what is now my family, all my love for my boys.

The fall before our engagement Hans mentioned a trip to Montana de Oro State Park with our good friends Megan and Lukas. Montana de Oro (MDO) is a state park nestled in the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo (SLO) to be exact, my favorite place in the world. Hans and I had camped there a number of times when we wanted to get away from the city. MDO has a special place in both of our hearts, as we enjoyed our time jumping off the sand dunes and climbing alongside the bluffs.

The week of the engagement Hans and I came down with the flu and almost didn’t make it to MDO. So instead of camping, we ended up staying in a hotel. Nights in MDO can get very chilly, so we didn’t want to risk getting more sick. “The morning of a day I will never forget,” Hans said that to me that morning. And he was absolutely right, one of the best days of my life. I knew something was up when Hans suggested to bring a change of clothes to watch the sunset. I thought to myself, why would I dress up to go hiking? We met up with Megan and Lukas for breakfast and continued our planned hike to MDO.

We found “our spot”, decided to jump around in the sand dunes like we usually do. It was clear warm day, which is rare in January. Especially since our summer trips were covered in fog and cool days. Hans asked me to take a jump with him, of which was the usual modus operandi. Taking my usual cautionary distance away from him, he asked me to get closer. I hesitantly said “Ok”, my voice showing my shaky hesitance. I was afraid he’d land on me as we took our jump. So as we locked hands, Hans counted to three, like NASA counting down a launch. I was ready to go because there was no way I was going to let him beat me to the bottom of the dune. Once he said three, I was mid-jump when Hans dropped down to one knee. Time stood still for the coming minutes. His proposal was a blur of words, just like vision through the tears. That was just the beginning of the journey of a lifetime with my best friend.

I’ve always known I wanted to get married in SLO. I wanted an outdoor ceremony and natural rustic elements. Dana Powers House is that dream in the form of reality. It is a beautiful wedding venue on it’s own, we didn’t want to take away from it’s seamless beauty. Our floral design vision captures our wedding colors and accents the barn.

Photography: Jen Rodriguez | Coordination: Judy Powers | Floral Design: Bella Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Pacific Harvest Catering | Make-up: The Queens Bees // Jessie | Hair : The Queens Bees // Katie | DJ: SLO DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Dana-Powers House | Vintage Rentals : Embellish

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Rustic Glam Nipomo Wedding

This pretty little barn bash from Amanda McKinnon Photography is sure to put a pep in your step today my dears. It’s rustic. It’s glam. It’s adorable. A marrying of sparkles and lace, succulents and peonies, distressed wood and lovely lettering… and it’s oh-so-lovely. See even more here in the full gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride…Richard and I are both from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago. When Richard proposed we both decided that we wanted to get married here in California where we started our life together and where we are building our future. We knew that it would mean some of the important people in our lives wouldn’t be able to make the trip, but from the beginning we wanted our wedding to be exactly what we wanted and not worry what other people thought. The moment I stepped into the Dana Powers barn I knew it was where I wanted to get married. It took my breath away. From there, everything fell together. My family owns a floral business in Chicago so of course I knew I was in good hands from the start. Our wedding was all about the fun, personalized details and enjoying the natural beauty of the California coast. We worked with the absolute best vendors and everything turned out exactly as I had imagined. Everything was truly “us” from the mac and cheese and root beer floats, to the beautiful peonies, to the sequined tablecloths. I loved every minute of it! My advice to brides planning would be to not be afraid to do what you think is fun and don’t worry about what others think or expect! Its your day!

Photography: Amanda McKinnon Photography | Florist: Ashland-Addison Florist | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Two Cooks Catering | Hair And Makeup: Rhyan Townsend | DJ: Joe LaBarbera | Wedding Venue: Dana-Powers House | Groomsmen Attire: Beaux Neckwear | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals

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Romantic Nipomo Country Wedding

This Bride, she is my hero. Rocking a gooorgeous Vera Wang dress topped with a jean jacket is pretty much the best thing ever. And it’s beyond perfect for this country stunner from Mirelle Carmichael. Add in one sweet, smiling pup, a twinkling barn and hints of vintage throughout for one crazy pretty wedding. Head over to the gallery for so much more!

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From Mirelle Carmichael Photography… Ali and Ryan had a beautiful destination wedding in Nipomo at the Dana-Powers House and Barn. From the bride’s White by Vera Wang dress coupled with a broken in denim jacket, to the couple’s dog sporting a floral collar by Lori Boe, everything about this wedding was the perfect mix of casual sophistication!

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Videography: Cheryl Tivar For Mirelle Carmichael | Coordination: Judi Powers | Floral Design: Lori Boe Floral | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Cakes By Judy | Catering: Sea Shanty | DJ: LaBarbera Music & Sound | Venue: Dana-Powers House

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An Intimate Farm to Table Dinner Party

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: JCPenny

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Dana-Powers Barn Wedding from Ken Kienow

You’ll be hard pressed to find another blogger more in love with the Dana-Powers Barn. I did get married there so I may be a wee bit partial to that gorgeous plot of land but one look at this shindig and I believe you all will be just as enamored. The light streaming in through the old wood siding, the citrus fields a plenty, the bright florals by Flowers To You By Jessica; it’s stunning. Not to mention the loads of pink which does a rustic barn oh so good. And when Ken Kienow is behind the lens, we just know we’re in for a mighty fine gallery. Peruse your heart out right here!

From the Bride… When we started planning about our big day, my groom and I kept it simple — we just wanted a fun party with our most favorite people. With Trevor’s family near Los Angeles and mine in northern California, we met in the middle for a tour of central coast barns to find our venue. Deciding on Dana-Powers House and Barn was the essential piece to determining the look and feel of the wedding, and from there, we were able to nail down the details of elegant (and colorful) rustic comfort.  

We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us, and we both have been known to enjoy a weekend of DIY projects, thus many details of the wedding were handmade, crafted and collected by us with the help of our friends and family. From the screen-printed hankies for our save-the-dates and sewing of napkins to the guest bags and endless label scraping of jars/bottles for flower arrangements, the whole wedding weekend was definitely a labor of love! For the remaining elements, we managed to find the most amazing vendors: Ken captured every moment flawlessly while keeping the atmosphere calm and fun, Judi at Dana Powers put us at ease throughout the planning process, U+U Designs produced the perfect invitations, Jessica executed my floral ideas exactly (filling over 200 jars!), and our guests are still raving about Trumpet Vine’s cheese sampler and the milkshake-and-fries send-off snacks! And obviously, with my brother at the DJ table, the dance floor was rocking from start to finish!

Looking back on our big day, we could not have been happier that it all came together just as we had imagined (and pinned). The sun shined all day, and a full moon rose behind the barn that evening. It was truly magical to have all the people we care most about in one place to celebrate. It really was the best day ever!

Wedding Photography: Ken Kienow / Wedding Venue: Dana-Powers Barn in Nipomo, California / Floral Design: Flowers To You By Jessica / Event Coordination: The Bride + Her Mother / Wedding Cinematography: New Classic Films / Catering + Dessert: Trumpet Vine Catering / Wedding Invitations: U+U Design / Save-the-Dates: DIY by the Bride & Groom / DJ: DJ R-O (The Bride’s Brother) / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Suits: J.Crew / Men’s Pocket Squares: Liberty London / Groom’s Tie: Richard James via Mr. Porter / Groom’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Groomsmen’s Ties: Pierrepont Hicks

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