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Tented Beauty in Paso Robles

This wedding, from the Anna half of Michael & Anna Costa Photography, is such a beaut. It’s sun-drenched and whole heartedly glamorous in that blush pink, classic tent overlooking a beautiful view sort of way with pretty, pastel blooms by Camilla Svensson Burns, design and coordination by Percy Sales Events and a gallery overflowing with pretty. See even more right here.

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From the Bride… Looking back, I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t dress up more. It was my close friend’s Super Bowl party, so what was the need? Little did I know my life would change forever after that Sunday. When I arrived I was greeted by many familiar faces. I settled in to watch the game, but mostly chat with my girlfriends. I noticed the unfamiliar face walk in immediately. I was introduced to Tom by an old friend telling me Tom was his newly single roommate. He smiled and casually introduced himself to the group. He was cute, really cute. But as quickly as he said hello, he quietly slipped out of the circle. “Well, so much for talking to the cute guy,” I thought. For the rest of the game, our only interactions were when we shimmied past each other in the hallway or chatting with the group. However, at some point, and sadly I can’t remember exactly how, what was a group of five or six telling stories about their weekend, Tom and I were left alone talking and laughing. I was shocked. I wasn’t shocked that we were speaking directly to each other; I was shocked at how comfortable I was talking to him. I went from hanging out with five of my lifelong friends to speaking to someone I’d only know a few minutes and yet somehow I felt like I had known him my whole life. We did the predictable background Q&A and quickly discovered that we grew up less than 15 minutes from each other, had countless friends in common and shared numerous interests. Sadly, as great as the conversation was going, my ride was leaving so I said it was nice to meet him and gave him a moment to ask for my number. He promptly filled the moment with, “It was nice to meet you too. Hope you get home safe.” With that, Tom walked away. Needless to say I was disappointed and immediately blamed my casual Super Bowl attire. Like any party, leaving isn’t fast. My thoughts of disappointment were erased with an, “Umm, hey,” from behind. I turned to see Tom standing there. In a cute, but nervous voice he said “Umm, so do you want to hang out sometime?” I played it cool, “Sure”. Tom let out a great big smile but in a sarcastic tone, which I would grow to love, replied with, “Well, how about I give you my number, that way when you change your mind you don’t have to deal a weird stalker?”

Over the next week Tom and I exchanged text messages and set up a time for our first date the following Monday. We met at a bar in West Los Angeles at 6pm for a few drinks, because we both had work the next day. Before I knew it, my stomach was sore from laughing and the bar was closing. Our first date flew by in an instant much like the next four years of our lives. We spent holidays together, took vacations together, and eventually moved to San Francisco together. As is true for most adults in their late 20s, life is hectic. Our one spot to slow down was Tom’s family’s ranch in Paso Robles, Spring Ranch. Tom grew up spending weekends and summers on the ranch and showed me his deep love of it. Growing up a country fan, this was a match made in heaven and I quickly shared his deep seeded love for the ranch. It was on the ranch where Tom proposed to me, and on the ranch where we held our wedding reception.

With over a year to plan, Tom and I wanted to be meticulous with every step we took. It was a no-brainer choosing Spring Ranch as our venue for the reception, as it was such a special place for us and Tom’s family had hosted numerous weddings and events there. However, beyond that we were unsure. After doing extensive research and meeting with multiple wedding coordinators we were ecstatic when Percy Sales agreed to be our coordinator. The foundation of his vision was the same as ours, yet he brought so much experience and creativity that he was able to create something far more incredible than we could have dreamt. Everything Percy organized met our wish of an elegant country wedding. From the food, flowers and music to the table settings, lighting and countless other details; it was an absolute dream.

With the day upon us, guests boarded shuttles in Paso Robles for a short ride through wine country to a small and stunning chapel located on the neighboring ranch. The chapel was perched on top of a hill overlooking fields of wheat and grape vines. The ceremony featured a small string quartet and was held early in the evening as temperatures in May can be quite high. After the ceremony our guests boarded the waiting shuttles for a quick ten minute drive up the canyon to Spring Ranch.

Upon arrival to the reception location, our guests were greeted by the ranch’s horses grazing next to the shuttle drop-off. We wanted our cocktail hour to have a strong country theme. We were fortunate enough to book the SLOPokes, a great, local bluegrass band to perform for our guests. As the sun was setting our guests proceeded to our tented and beautifully lit dining area followed by our entrance. After an amazing meal featuring local fare, the real party began. Urged on by the amazing band, The Wonder Bread 5, we all danced long into the evening. Besides the incredible country views one of the great things Spring Ranch offers is no curfew. With dinner not starting until 8:30 the band didn’t take the stage until 10:00 and played for two hours. After the band stopped a DJ continued as the first shuttle departed. We danced and drank until our last bus departed at 1am. For late night snacks we featured mini sliders, French fries and grass-fed Spring Ranch beef jerky. Throughout this amazing evening our incredible photographer, Anna Costa, subtly managed to be in the right place at the right time to capture every special moment. Her work was priceless as the evening was so incredible that it flew bye in a flash.

Since our May 2013 wedding, Tom and I have moved back down to the Pasadena area, adopted a dog, purchased a house and began new jobs. No matter how much things have changed since we first met four years ago, we still often find ourselves at 2am with aching smiles and asking what happened to the last 8 hours? Our dog thinks we’re crazy.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Event Planning: Percy Sales Events | Floral Design: Camilla Svensson Burns | Cake: Decadence | Catering: Tamara's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Twist Studios | Lighting: LBPS Events | DJ: DJ David Fletes | Band: Wonder Bread 5 | Blue Grass Band: SLOpokes | Bridal Transportation: Crown Limousines | Church: Chapel On The Hill | Coordination: Percy Sales | Ranch: Spring Ranch | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Shuttles: American Star Trailways

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Romantic Vineyard Shoot at Justin Vineyards and Winery

I am guilty of some serious day dreaming, but can you really blame me when I spend my days swooning over shoots like this one captured by Allyson Magda? I mean, with floral design by Adornments Flowers & Finery, stationary and calligraphy from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and rentals Casa De Perrin - you simply just can’t help but spend your day drifting off to dreamland with all this pretty dancing in your head.

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From Love and SplendorJustin Vineyards and Winery is set in the rolling hills of Paso Robles with multiple venues available for hosting weddings and other special events. For this gorgeous shoot, however, the striking Chateau at the top of their property was selected as our backdrop. As you make your way up the driveway to approach the mansion, you feel as if you’ve been transported to Europe. The ivy-covered walls, the graceful staircase, the classic courtyard and reflecting pool all evoke an enchanted old-world setting. The mansion served as an opulent private estate until recently, and therefore is beautifully maintained both inside and out.

We embraced the classic elegance of the Chateau in designing a shoot that was romantic, feminine, and altogether luxurious. Our palette consisted of creamy ivories and whites, pale pink, and precious metal accents. The tabletop’s foundation was a stunning new fabric from La Tavola Linen featuring a beautifully “in-between” metallic color that is a cross between gold and silver. The subtle texture added a bit of edge and interest to an otherwise traditional look. Casa de Perrin set the table to perfection with gold and blush Florentine chargers, white china and pink glass salad plates, cut crystal glassware and champagne coupes and their extravagant 24-karat gold flatware. Graceful pink goblets added the perfect blush of color and tied in the silk dupioni napkins and florals. Placesettings were graced with lovely gold-foil printed menus from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, sophisticated in their simplicity. A bit of vintage floral trim brought the entire setting together.

Laurel from Adornments Flowers & Finery created refined drama with a tall centerpiece perched on an heirloom vessel in shades of bone and gold. I loved the artistic detail on the vase, from its gilded feet to the filigree designs. Gently curving French tulips and garden roses spilled lavishly over the vase’s bowl, along with loose vines and greenery for a garden-inspired feel. Additional fragrant blooms were placed in small gold julep cups. The movement in the arrangement made the tabletop a bit more accessible, despite all of the luxe details. I think it’s important to set a table that wows a guest but doesn’t alienate them.

Our models were real-life couples dressed in Kirstie Kelly gowns and Express grey suites, respectively. I especially loved the bride’s voluminous skirt and tie-shoulder details. A setting like the Chateau necessitates a glorious couture gown! The bouquets were composed of the same scrumptious garden roses in varying shades of palest pink, peach and buttery yellow. Long trailing ribbons completed the ladylike look.

Allyson Magda captured every detail beautifully! It was such a pleasure working with this team of creatives in reviving a bit of classic romance, and I think we were able to bring a bit of freshness to a traditional look.

Photography: Allyson Magda | Floral Design: Adornments Flowers & Finery | Groom's Attire: Express | Bride's Gown: Kirstie Kelly | Bridesmaid's Gown: Kristie Kelley | Design, Styling & Coordination: Events Of Love And Splendor | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Production: Be Inspired PR | Stationery & Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Venue: Justin Vineyard & Winery

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Pink & Orange San Luis Obispo Wedding at Windfall Farms

Vibrant, colorful and filled to the brim with love, this Windfall Farms wedding captured by Danielle Poff Photography is pure happiness. Planned to perfection by Touch of Style Events and overflowing with fabulous details (not to mention one ridiculously cute pup) – it goes without saying, this gallery is chock full of pretty. See it all here.

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From Danielle Poff PhotographyErin & Chente exchanged their vows this summer at Windfall Farms in Paso Robles, California. It was simply a stunning affair. With the green pastures and the beautiful barn as the backdrop, Erin, Chente & their guests had the night of their lives. Coral, tangerine with pops of red, tan & gold made up the fun palette. The ceremony was overlooking the green grass fields. The rustic wood arch was covered in greenery and florals. Small coordinating arrangements were hanging off the chairs lining the aisle. Chente stood at the alter alongside his groomsmen and watched for his lovely bride. Erin, looking so beautiful, was escorted down the aisle by her father while a family friend played the trumpet.

The rest of the day and evening was filled with love, great friends and fun surprises. A mariachi band played while guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers. Hay bale couches covered in fabric with bright colored pillows and small seating areas were available to for guests to hang out. As guests made their way into the center of the barn for the reception, they passed through the arch way with hearts in shades of coral and pink strung from above. The guest tables were in the center of the barn on the grass which was surrounded by beautiful horse stalls. Custom made pennant flags were hung from stalls labeling the accent tables, Dessert, Tacos, Coffee & Photo booth. At night these stalls had the perfect amber color up lighting highlighting these areas. The guest’s tables were draped in neutral linen with a coral napkin for a pop of color. On top of the napkin was white heart shaped sunglasses for each guest to take home. In the center of the table, were flower arrangements in dyed gold mason jars. The table numbers were handmade out of old barn wood. Erin & Chente’s sweet heart table was an exposed wood farmhouse table with a floral print runner. On the back of their chairs were wood signs saying “Novio” & “Novia” embellished with brightly colored flowers. As the night went on, guests danced under the bistro lights to the DJ playing all Erin & Chente’s favorite songs. Yummy desserts, an ice cream sundae bar and a late night snack taco bar kept the guests going the entire the night!

Photographer: Danielle Poff Photography | Videographer: Aubrea Felch Video & Design | Coordinator: Touch of Style Events | Florist: Adornments Flowers | Wedding dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Brides shoes: Monolo Blahnik | Hair & Makeup: Twist StudioSpa | DJ: Kramer Events | Grooms suit: English Laundry | Caterer : Trumpet Vine Catering | Ceremony/Reception: Windfall Farms | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: PaperSky | Rentals: All About Events

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