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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

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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

Thoughtful Rustic DIY Wedding

We love a wedding full of personal touches, especially when its done this well. With the help of Platinum Wedding by Kerrie and Vanessa Noel Events, this bride put together a thoughtful wedding with intention behind every detail from the music to the burgundy hues in the bouquets from Panacea. The folks from Studio Castillero took some beautiful pictures of the day. For more take a peek at the full gallery here.

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From The Bride..Daniel and I didn’t have a specific “first time we met.” In fact, I don’t think either one of us can remember first meeting each other. We’ve just always been in each other’s lives.
Daniel’s younger sister, Toni was my childhood best friend. Most of my memories of summer vacations, sleep overs, birthday parties, and milestone events include her. And because Toni and Daniel lived 4 blocks away from me, he was always around. In high school, my brother and Daniel also became inseparable, making my existing crush even more intense. Though it was each other’s siblings that brought us together, we often found ourselves finding reasons to spend time alone with each other.We bonded over music, books, and movies that were so delightfully dark and intriguing to our burgeoning adolescent tastes. I used every opportunity to seize private moments with Daniel and he searched for the chance to impress me. I remember being at their house for a sleepover with Toni when Daniel walked in her room where we were buried in Seventeen magazines. He interrupted our gossip session for some inane reason that, at the time, seemed legitimate. With an exaggerated cough, Toni pointed out Daniel’s excessive use of cologne at 9 PM on a Saturday at home. Of course, to me, his interruption was the best kind of magical.

Despite years of building emotional intensity, our first kiss didn’t happen until my first year of college on a weekend when I was home from school. If it’s possible to have all the passion of 18 years course through a person at one breathtaking moment, it happened with that kiss. It happened after several episodes of South Park and microwave popcorn—there was nothing particularly romantic or sophisticated about the moment, except for the years of adoration that led us to it.

As dumbfounded as we both were after that magical moment, distance and impetuous youth led to the demise of our relationship after only a few short months. We went in different directions, both embracing our early twenties in our own ways, and didn’t speak for over 3 years. When Toni’s high school sweetheart proposed, she asked me to be her maid of honor. 

On the day of Toni’s wedding, I was shaking with nerves, for so many reasons: my best friend was getting married (try not to ugly cry), I was the MOH (try not to fall on your face), and I was going to see Daniel after more than three years (try not to look stupid, effected, nervous, jealous, etc.) He was an usher at the wedding and was standing in the foyer of the church when the bridesmaids and I walked in to take our places for the ceremony. I looked at him just as he turned to look at me and I silently mouthed, “I’m so nervous.” It might seem an odd thing to say to an ex that you haven’t seen in so long, but it was a testament to our relationship—beyond romance or complications. With comforting familiarity, he replied, “You look beautiful; you’ll be great.” That was the moment we first met; at a wedding where we both brought dates, 16 years after I became his sister’s best friend, and 3 years after our first kiss.

Daniel and I love riding bikes together and we aren’t talking about the flashy spandex, clip in shoes kind of biking; we’re talking a beach cruiser, nowhere to be, let’s get lost kind of ride. It was May and I had just taken a job in San Diego, which meant that we were going to be long distance. After my first week in my new job, I came home to visit. Because May is such a beautiful month in Central California, we decided to spend some quality time with our beach cruisers and the bike path. 

After about 2 miles, we stopped at the park for our picnic lunch. We spread out a blanket under a large tree, then Daniel began to pull out all the goodies he had packed—never letting me reach into the basket myself. I remember him being particularly amorous, and as an affectionate person myself, I just soaked in the sweetness. After about an hour and a surprise visit from his brother and cousin who happened to also be out on a ride enjoying the breezy sunshine, Daniel got very quiet. He reached into the basket behind him one more time and pulled out a little forest green box and set it in my lap. A million thoughts rushed through my head, but what came out, through brimming tears, was “Shut up! If I open this and it’s a pair of earrings, I’m going to feel really stupid.”

Daniel chuckled and just shook his head. As I opened the little green box, I saw a beautiful 1920’s antique replica that I absolutely adore. I looked up at him through my tears and his as he said, “will you be my wife?”

First and foremost, we wanted our wedding to look and feel personal. It was important to me that it feel comfortable and have handmade elements, but not look too artsy-craftsy. As an assistant for Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, I have seen some beautifully lavish details and know that the sky is the limit when it comes to decor. With that and our budget in mind, I set out to create a personalized, romantic, and elegant event.  I often said that I wanted the reception to look like a dinner party that your grandmother might throw—if your grandmother was incredibly classic, tasteful and romantic. 

We decided on pinks, grey and gold for our color palette. I love the romance of pale pink, but also wanted to be seasonally appropriate. I decided to balance the lightness of blush pink with a slightly deeper mauve and grey in the fabrics and worked with Corinne at Panacea Flowery to bring in deep burgundy and Boudreaux in the flowers. I told Corinne that I wanted nothing to feel structured; I wanted every centerpiece and bouquet to feel wild and organic with lots of greenery and freedom. She delivered beautifully!

For over a year, I collected interesting pieces to use as vases and centerpiece items. I incorporated vintage bottles, my grandmother’s teacup collection, books that were painted gold and a lot of mercury glass elements to elevate the elegance. All of the mismatched “girly” items were grounded by dark grey linens that brought a moodiness to the reception area. For the head table, I wanted mismatched chairs, but not in an overly rustic way. Daniel and I spent countless hours scouring thrift stores for chairs that could be repurposed. After we found chairs with lines that we loved, we sanded, painted, glazed, and reupholstered them for our wedding party and their guests. 

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and love what they wore so I gave them a color and let them run with it. For the guys, we wanted to make sure that no one had to go out and buy a brand new suit on our behalf and the thought of rentals horrified me. So we took a similar approach with the guys: we told them to wear a white shirt and grey pants, and Daniel’s gift to them was the tie and suspenders that they wore. By abandoning uniformity—with the bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen attire, head table chairs, and centerpieces—we really achieved a personal look and feel.

Tiber Canyon Ranch sits on 40 acres of live oak, Manzanita and olive trees and is incredibly peaceful. We were able to have the property for the entire weekend, which made set-up so much fun. Everyone was involved in hanging chandeliers, setting up chairs, and candles. This helped to keep costs down and also gave us so many special memories.

My advice is to consider abandoning the way things have always been. I am somewhat of a traditionalist, but never did anything because “that’s just what you do.” Simply take a moment to stop and think about the decisions you’re making and really reflect on why. Have you chosen $400 bridesmaids dresses at a bridal shop because “that’s what people do” or do you really, with all your heart, love them and can’t imagine your girls in anything else? Thoughtfulness will translate into a very beautiful, meaningful, and special event.

Photography: Studio Castillero | Coordinator: Kerrie Underhill, Platinum Weddings by Kerrie | Florist: Panacea | Bakery: Two Little Birds Bakery | Invitations: Delphine Press | Shoes: Aldo | Jewelry: Swarovski | Officiant: Brent Cummings, Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church | Hotel: Oxford Suites | Bridal Salon: Lili's Bridals | Caterer/Bar Services: Mama’s Meatball | Hair Artist: Antonia Petrina | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Ceremony: Peter Estes, Warren Dobson, Jim Bullock | Music: Cocktail Hour: Shafter Big Band, Gary Ingle, Warren Dobson, Alison Groves | Music: DJ (Reception): LSM Entertainment | Planning/Design/Décor: Vanessa Vierra (the bride), Vanessa Noel Events | Private Ranch: Tiber Canyon Ranch | Rehearsal Dinner: Rooster Creek Tavern | Rentals: Unlimited Events | Tuxedos: Astor and Black

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