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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 | Floral Design: Lori Boe Floral | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Cakes By Judy | Catering: Sea Shanty | DJ: LaBarbera Music & Sound | Coordination : Judi Powers | 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

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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