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Rustic + Romantic Spring Wedding at Dana-Powers House

With time as the subtle theme for this romantic California celebration, guests were treated to a look back at this adorable couple’s love story as they toasted to great things ahead. Candice Benjamin captured every rustic-meets-glam detail but nothing could compete with the smiles on this Bride and Groom’s faces. Only time will tell what’s in store for them, but I have a feeling there will be lots of love.

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From the Bride… Andrew and I met as young kids at the age of nine. Since the day we met, we have had a strong connection that lasted throughout the years. It wasn’t until 20 years later, at a mutual friend’s wedding, that we realized what that un-denying connection was…. we are each other’s soulmates!!! Since that wedding weekend when we decided to finally be together, not a day has gone by that we haven’t talked or laughed with each other. We do everything together. He’s my best friend and soulmate and life couldn’t be any better!

I would describe our wedding décor and vibe as a “Romantic Rustic Glam.” It was set in a rustic and romantic barn setting, using soft blush and ivory colors with pops of pink and a hint of glam through sequin accents. A special detail that we added to the wedding to make it special to us is the thing we call “time.” Because of our love story and 20 year history, we believe that timing is everything. Good things in life take time, just like our love. We needed time to grow into the people we were meant to be, and the people we were meant to be for each other. In order to tie this into the wedding, I used small vintage table clocks scattered throughout the venue. I also set out frames with quotes about “time” in them such as “Time is on our side,” “The time is now,” and “Timing is everything.”

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videography: Karl Stelter | Floral Design: Jodi Bloom Of Bloom N Grow | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely For Lazaro | Cake: Amber - Enjoy Cupcakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | DJ: Epic Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Dana-Powers House | Event Coordination: Judy Powers | Hair + Makeup: DIY By Bride | Vintage Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals

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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

Jacquelyn Clark