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Chic Summer Ranch Wedding

My thoughts of cowboy boots and hay barrels are out the door after oohing and aahing over this ranch wedding. This chic California couple made the rustic look modern and fresh with their contemporary shindig, all while looking fashion-spread worthy in one amazing Monique Lhuillier gown. Mirelle Carmichael captured every moment and your Tuesday just got a whole better with this stunning gallery.

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From the Bride… My husband Gianni and I met in Calculus class while attending Cal Poly SLO. After graduating, we migrated up the coast to San Francisco and began working closely together at a small start up. After a decade, we knew that we would always be together, but it was only after a garage accident and ER difficulty that we decided to legalize our union. San Luis Obispo was where we cultivated the foundation of our relationship and we couldn’t wait to return for a celebration!

The one thing we repetitively heard from married friends was that the day would be a blur. Overcoming that challenge was our biggest focus during the planning process. We wanted an intimate wedding that would maximize quality time with family and friends. Our first decision was to ditch the single wedding day and instead host a three-day party. We found Flying Caballos Ranch (FCR) through Central Coast Wedding Standard (CCWS) and it was perfect because it could accommodate a ceremony, a reception and lodging for 25 VIPs! Our second highest priority was capturing everything we would potentially miss by sourcing a keen-eyed photo journalist. We were fortunate enough to find Mirelle Carmichael Photography (also through CCWS) and she graciously referred us to the other amazing small business vendors we hired. Each vendor lent extraordinary expertise, but always took great care in executing our vision first.

We opted to create an atmosphere that was minimalistic, modern and full of texture, highlighting a centralized metal theme — an ode to my husband’s hobby garage work. Our wedding colors were a neutral palette of champagne and varying light to dark grey tones. We kicked off our theme with miniature letter-pressed Save the Dates and engraved stainless steel formal invitations that I created. Next, we set out to find wedding attire that especially mirrored our aesthetic. My handmade Monique Lhuillier gown (the first dress I tried on) featured an extremely modern, but delicately folded, crumb-catcher bust with a stark contrast of disorganized, silk organza strips fluttering from my waist down to the ground. I wore no jewelry except handcrafted solid sterling silver octopus tentacle earrings — custom made for me by a friend — and my shoes were plain grey suede pumps. My husband’s light grey Burberry suit was expertly tailored in SF with a custom made lavender shirt (to match his mother’s dress) and an Italian wool pinstripe tie. He wore USA-made Wolverine high top boots, the Archimedes pilot watch my parents gave him as a wedding present and his favorite gentleman’s folding knife. He radiated the likes of European Mad Men.

For the reception, we had simple centerpieces made from unstained wooden boxes filled with moss and votive candles with steel stencils for table numbers. Since we wanted guests to have their own set of reusable memorabilia, each seat had a petite wooden clipboard menu, a hand stamped aluminum washer with their name to act as a seating card and a single serving of Bulleit bourbon in a glass corked bottle. Italian cafe lights glittered over the dinner tables and our handmade DONATI marquee illuminated the background of the dance floor. I am privileged to be married to a renaissance man who is an incredible builder of… well, anything. All of our wedding decorations were hand made by him, including our Titanium wedding bands the zebra wood and Horween leather ring box that carried them.

My favorite part of our wedding was the feeling of calmness I had when I awoke next to my future husband. We spent time that morning watching the sunrise, quietly holding hands, practicing our first dance and revising our vows. My second favorite part of the day was listening to him recite those vows. While my best friend spoke, the world around me was silenced and his resolve resonated through each word. That single feeling will carry my heart for an eternity.

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Katie Vaughan, Sealed With A Kiss Events | Floral Design: Sprigs | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Trumpet Vine | Hair And Makeup: Danielle Roberts | Groom's Suit: Burberry | Wedding Venue: Flying Caballos Ranch | DJ & Photobooth: Epic Entertainment | Photography - Assistance: Cheryl Tivar | Rentals: Trumpet Vine | Venue Coordinator: Krysta Faulkner

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Stylish Anniversary Shoot at Home

We spend a lot of time gushing over gorgeous engagements and beautifully captured weddings so it’s always fun to take a peek at a happily married duo after the big day. This anniversary shoot is a lovely look at the everyday shenanigans of a crazy cute couple, and their little pups too. But the best part? Danielle Poff Photography also snapped their cozy California home. See the full tour on SMP Living!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Home Store: Ikea | Vintage Store: Ruby Rose

Modern Flea Market Inspired Home Tour

If there is anything that photographer Danielle Poff knows, it’s how to shoot beautiful spaces and make the people behind them sparkle. Whether it’s this gorgeous anniversary or the adorable, entirely laid back chic home below, it seems that she sees beauty in the simplest of moments. I hope you guys all find as much inspiration in this home and in this wedding shoot as I have. More home pics here!

From Vanessa…I’m inspired by a lot of things. I love nature and it’s organic state, flowers, animals, the beach. I love art. I try to incorporate all that in my decor. Anything that’s beautiful inspires me.

My favorite places to shop are thrift stores and flea markets, because you can find interesting and unique things for a good price. I like to mix old and new together because I find that it keeps homes fresh. My favorite shop in SLO is Ruby Rose for vintage things.

My rug is from Ikea, another place I love to shop at. My coffee table came from a neighbor who was getting rid of it. I sprayed painted it gold, took the glass off and replaced it with wood. My turquoise cups are from Goodwill!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography

Colorful DIY San Luis Obispo Wedding

Without fail, a good ol’ family gathering tugs at my heart strings like no other. And when it comes in the form of this intimate celebration captured by Mirelle Carmichael, the imagery becomes wedding-candy for the soul. Complete with a handmade dress passed down from the Bride’s mother, darling DIY details for days and so much love to go around, I’m betting this gallery will warm your heart right up!

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From The Bride’s Mother… It all began when the bride, Annika Johnson (now Michetti), tried on her mother’s handmade wedding dress when she was 10 years old. As she swirled, twirled and laughed, she said, “I want to wear this on my wedding day!”

It was truly a family affair, with handmade decorations, home-cooking, and kind friends wanting to help. The wedding had the vibe of a lovely summer party and village fête! Fairy lights and strings of candy colored tissue-paper flowers created a canopy over the “family style” tables. The tables were studded with gorgeous standout features made by the family: napkins, jars of strawberry jam favors, sparkly letters of “Mr. & Mrs.”, miles of bunting, tea lights, gold polka-dot mason jars and assorted arrangements of country flowers.

For the ceremony pristine white tissue-paper flowers were attached to the front of the cottage and guests threw confetti from hand-sewn wax paper packets made by the bride’s sister, Miranda Reader. The presider and musicians were all friends and circled the couple with words and songs of love.

Vintage lace and linens, borrowed dainty china plates and country mice (that once graced the wedding cake of the bride’s parents) were all used to adorn the pie table. The pie table was stacked with assorted pies that were baked by the mother of the bride and her good friend during the peak of summer to ensure the best flavor for this special day. The happy couple used a machete (a pun on the common mispronunciation of their last name) to cut into the first pie.

The bride, Annika, was ethereal in her “restyled” mother’s wedding dress; floating in soft raw silk and chiffon. At the rehearsal dinner, she had also worn her grandmother’s wedding dress to the event. She created all the lovely hair pieces for the women in the bridal party, as well as sewing the final touches to her crystal beaded sash on her wedding day!

The groom created the wedding invitations/responses with the whimsical charm of flora and fauna inspired from the venue site. It was serendipitous to be able to have Mirelle Carmichael photograph the wedding as she had previously photographed the bride’s sister’s wedding as well! Her artistic instincts were much appreciated and her calming smile were soothing for the wedding party.

From the beautiful Bride…I was so incredibly blessed to have my mother and sister take on so many projects for the wedding. With only a five month engagement it was a huge relief to be able to tell my mother what my husband and I had in mind for the wedding and having her organize it and create a wedding more magical than we could have imagined. Wearing my mother’s wedding dress (after having a few alternations done) was very special, especially since my parent’s 32 year marriage has been an inspiration to me. Favorite moments for the groom and I during the wedding were giggling with the groom during wedding pictures with Mirelle before the wedding, the groom’s prayer during communion together and, seeing each other “all dressed up and fancy,”cutting the pie with the machete, the fun interactive toast by the maid of honor and dancing down the aisle during the recessional as guests threw confetti and the musicians sang “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers. The groom and I both thought we were blessed to be in love and have our families all around us!

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Videography: Selah Video | Event Design: Alles Liebes | Floral Design: Alles Liebes | Invitations: Lee Michetti (Groom) | Ceremony Venue: Old Edna Townsite | Caterer: The Paring Knife | Alterations: Something Blue Fine Sewing | Hair Piece And Sash: Annika Laurel Designs

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Sunlit San Luis Obispo Engagement

This sweet, sweet e-sesh from Jay C Winter is giving me the warm fuzzies all over this morning. Because honestly, cozying up in a big chunky blanket, in a field, with wildflowers and a beautiful horse? That’s basically the definition of romance. So grab your Friday morn cup o’ joe and head on over to this adorable gallery.

From Jay C WinterKristine and Jay are getting married on the Central Coast. Their engagement session was an afternoon full of exploring some of our favorite spots in San Luis Obispo. We went from the oak grove in Los Osos to the base of Madonna Mountain to some mustard fields near the vineyards. These two share a fun spirit and love for each other that made my job easy that day. We can’t wait for their fall wedding…

Photography: Photography By Jay C Winter | Venue: San Luis Obispo

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Romantic Country Club Wedding

This is the type of wedding that just oozes romance.  You know the kind I am talking about.  Lush blooms, pretty pink hues and all sorts of romantic moments filling our gallery?  It’s one of those… and we have a fabulous team of vendors to thank (think Flowers By Jessica Peacock and Chloe Murdoch Photography) for making our Wednesday evening so, so good.  Join me here for more.

And a sweet film from Ryan Davis? Yes, please. 

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From the Bride… Ivory, pink and blush! On the hottest day in San Luis Obispo we said “I do.” After four years of dating we celebrated with our family and friends. Long story short, we met at Cal Poly, Go Mustangs! Mark popped the question in the snow in Vail, CO. I grew up in the flower fields and wanted the flowers to reflect the “fresh picked” look. The La Perla Del Mar Chapel in Shell Beach was an intimate location where guests could walk out and smell the ocean. The San Luis Obispo Country Club was the perfect choice for us because it embraces the SLO culture. From the Country Club guests had a view of the mountains we frequently hike and the vines in Edna Valley we frequently drink. Mark and I loved the wedding process!

Photography: Chloe Murdoch Photography | Cinematography: Ryan Davis | Floral Design: Flowers By Jessica Peacock | Ceremony Venue: La Perla Del Mar Chapel | Reception Venue: San Luis Obispo Country Club | Makeup: Danae Pearce | Hair: Taryn Bazzell | Reception Coordinator: Bill Mortimer