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Rustic Celebration in San Luis Obispo

For as pretty as San Luis Obispo is all on its own, it’s made even more so with the addition of a beautiful rustic celebration. One that has a little So Cal Spanish flavor. Think papel picado, pinatas, and horses a plenty all set against the beauty of Greengate Ranch & Vineyard. And it doesn’t stop there, the flowers by Amanda Borges, the navy and white details coordinated by Jaime Strand and the imagery captured by Snapmotive all come together for one crazy good affair – see it right here.

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From the bride… The Wedding Day for both of us was a surreal experience, and probably in the most non-traditional sense. We both went into the day with a variety of insights from family and friends who told us either how nervous or overwhelmed they felt on their big day. After regrouping and talking through how we felt on our wedding day, I don’t think either of us felt the normal “nerves” that are typically associated with weddings. Rather, there was an overwhelming sense of peace throughout the day, which allowed us to be more joyfully present during each moment of our wedding. Everything- from the people surrounding us to the smallest of details- was excellent. We really had a blast celebrating with our friends and family!

What inspired you… Between the two of us, there wasn’t much inspiration that we pulled from in outside sources (i.e. blogs, magazines, etc). It was a really organic process- we defined what our dream look/theme would be, what constraints we had and then went to work. We both are really drawn to latin culture, and with both of us being bilingual Spanish-speakers, we thought that a Mexican-Californian theme would be more than appropriate. Our goal was to keep things simple, but consistent. We had papel-picado (the white cut-out banners) hanging from the ceiling and 8″ glass candles that helped light each table. There was a bar stocked with Mexican beer and a couple decorative piñatas floating around on tables. In essence, we wanted to be able to look back on our wedding photos 25 years from now and still think what we did was timeless and cool.

Special touches… There was a point just before the ceremony where Mike was blindfolded and led to where Jo was in the Carriage House up on the hill (we didn’t do a first look, so he wasn’t allowed to peek before the ceremony). For a very rich 15-mintues, we were surrounded by close family and friends in prayer who prayed for our marriage. That was an unforgettably powerful moment for the both of us.

DIY projects… Annie Berg, our close friend (and incredible calligrapher!), helped create the killer Table Seating Chart and Bar Menu that we had at our wedding. She also artfully penned each guests’ name on the name tag that awaited them at their table. She did an amazing job keeping her work consistent with the look of our invitations, while adding her touch to it.

Photography: Snapmotive | Coordinator: Jaime Strand | Florist: Amanda Borges | Cake: Jillian Harvey | Catering: Nachos Catering | Make Up: Aimee Sayres | Hair: Noelle Pritchard | DJ: Nick Shorts | Wedding Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Coffee Cart: SLO Coast Coffee | Cookies: Morgan Hill Bakery | Filming: Paul Slemmer And Luke Stirtz | Graphic Design: Ben Cole & Ian Nelson

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Woodland Glam Baby Shower

I’ve reached that point in life where my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with tiny booties and fuzzy ultrasound photos. In other words: I have a feeling that many a baby shower is on the horizon. And if they’re half as lovely as Lovelyfest’s, filled with woodland glam & ice cream sandwich bars, I’m happy to oblige. Captured by Alexandra Wallace, there’s more adorable to be found right here!

From Lovelyfest… This baby shower was such a special one for us at Lovelyfest because Natalie, my sister and Lovelyfest partner, is pregnant with her very first baby! This is also a first for our family of three girls. Fortunately for our dad and her hubby, she’s having a boy! Right when we found out about the pregnancy, the two of us started talking the nursery! While she was chatting away about the room, I was scheming the design of her baby shower! I wanted her shower to reflect her personal style, have a few elements from her nursery theme, and also mirror her and her hubby’s fun personalities.

The theme was meant to blend Natalie’s chic and glam style with her husband’s manly hunter ways. I got my mom on board and we came up with the Woodsy Glam theme, using deer and elk sheds sourced by Matthew, her husband, and glitzy gold touches in the details. Our color palette included mint, jewel green, gold, grey, black and white. These colors both reflect Natalie’s personal style and the style of her home, without being too girly for the little guy on the way!

To create the feeling of having different textures we used white fur, gold leather, leopard print, and polka dot runners. Each design detail was individually thought out, and many times, crafted by my mom and I! We made all the tissue paper flowers (using beautiful gold foil polkadot tissue paper), sewed streamers for the sweets table decor, cutout an “Oh Boy” sign for the ice cream sandwich station, molded paper mache faux taxidermy, made tissue tassel garlands, and had handwritten signs throughout.  I loved crafting every part of this shower for Natalie, because usually I craft for our Etsy Shop (LovelyfestGoods) and send everything off without seeing if the client loved it or not.

We had her dear friend create a menu based on Natalie’s favorite foods including caesar salad, pressed sandwiches, and four-cheese mac and cheese. Ice cream and cookies are two of her favorite desserts, so we had a ‘make-your-own’ ice cream sandwich bar complete with homemade cookies! On the other side of the porch we had a bartender crafting the signature cocktail, a Blue Raspberry Lemondrop, which matched the mint color of the shower perfectly. The mocktail was a simple lemonade rimmed with the same gold sugar as the cocktails, making it feel just as fancy!

To keep this upscale feel throughout the shower, we didn’t want to play any cheesy games, so instead opted to make a book for the little guy to learn his ABC’s! We handed out card stock printed with a letter from the alphabet on each page and told each guest to draw something that relates to that letter. We then placed them in order in a mint chevron print scrapbook. This gave the guests a little activity to do that serves as something special that Natalie can have forever! We finished off the day by enjoying Natalie open gifts on the middle of the porch, and could not have asked for a better time! It was perfect for her and captured everything she loves. 

Photographer: Alexandra Wallace | Event Design: Lovelyfest | Invitations: Where's The Party | Catering: Tara Stumph | Favors & Handmade Goods: Lovelyfest Goods Etsy Shop | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Got You Cover'd

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Jacquelyn Clark

Greengate Ranch & Vineyard Wedding Inspired by Neutral Tones

Flowers are my happy place. I know that’s a little confusing, but hang with me. When I am surrounded by a beautiful floral design, like those from April Flowers, my head starts spinning and my mood is instantly elevated. Which is why I’ve been spending all morning with this ridiculously pretty wedding from Cameron Ingalls Photography!



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From Cameron Ingalls Photography… A romantic wedding, inspired by neutral tones… blush, light earthy brown, and peach, accented with deep reds, dandelion, lush greenery, and hints of gold. A simple isle with rows of wooden folding chairs, lined with crimson and peachy colored rose petals. The beautiful ceremony by the river, was decorated with blooms in golden jars hanging in the trees above. This elegant yet playful/fun wedding was not quite complete without a farmers market style BBQ dinner {which included mac & cheese!}. Dinner was followed by a remarkable live cover band and of course… dancing!

From the beautiful bride… Curtis and I were best friends years before we dated. We met in the Cal Poly dorms and were instantly drawn to each other and formed a close friendship. It wasn’t until our Senior year that he began hinting of his crush (he claims he was quite obvious). It took a Christmas Party and a little liquid courage to fess up our feelings, and we’ve never looked back. It may not have been love at first sight… but it’s a love that will be everlasting, and we couldn’t wait for our wedding day in our beloved college town where it all began!

Photography: Cameron Ingalls Photography | Floral Design: April Flowers | Cake: Avila Valley Barn | Ceremony Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Reception Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Catering: Pacific Harvest Catering | DJ: The Alison Sharino Band | Hair/makeup: The Queens Bees | Video: Homestead Society Films

DIY Flower Wall + Bridesmaids’ Party

We’re no stranger to a good DIY around these parts. And with Valentine’s festivities mere days away, there’s no better time to put on your crafty pants and plan a little shindig for you and the girls. The ladies of Lovelyfest are showing us how it’s done (plus, breaking down that amazing DIY flower wall) and you can find even more of Cameron Ingalls’ captures in the full gallery over here!

DIY PAPER FLOWER WALL

Materials
Tissue Paper in various colors
Floral Moss
Scissors
Hot Glue
Scotch Tape

instructionsstep-1 Unfold your standard tissue paper so all the sheets are together and it’s flat. Using a pencil, hand trace organic petal shapes in large (13″), medium (8″) and small (5″) on the tissue paper. You can be creative with these shapes, just make sure they are somewhat long and have a wide top and narrow bottom.

step-2 Cut out the shapes and keep the sheets together as you cut them out. Once you’re done cutting out all the sizes make piles of the small, medium and large petals.

step-3 Starting with the small petals, take one at a time and scrunch the small end together, take four to five more petals and do the same. Then tape all the small petals together along the scrunched end.

step-4 Now starting with the medium-sized petals, take one at a time and scrunch the smaller end (just like step 3) and tape each one at the scrunched end to the base of the small petal cluster. Continue around the cluster, overlapping as you go.

step-5 Repeat step 3 but now with the large-sized petals. After you have all the petals on it should start looking more like a flower. Take a ripped off piece of yellow, mint or green tissue and roll it in a ball then undo it. Make a space in the center of the flower and using your hot glue gun, glue the wrinkled piece of tissue within the other pieces of tissue, leaving a good amount of space to glue the moss inside.

step-6 Take a handful of moss and glue it inside the center of the flower. Now just scrunch the ends of the tissue to make it look more like a flower. And voila! You have an awesome, DIY giant flower! We like to hang them on the wall or use them as a table runner.

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From Lovelyfest… We believe there are two very important questions involved in the planning of a wedding: First, “Will you marry me?” and second, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” Maybe the second isn’t quite as big as the first, but still, it is a question that must be asked! For those of us who have gotten married, we know that deciding who to ask is sometimes a painstaking activity. We want to include our closest and most beloved friends in the process of getting married, yet don’t want to leave anyone out. We figured once this decision is hammered out, a celebration is in order! This is where a bridesmaid dinner party comes in. It’s a night for a bride to gather her future bridesmaids and give them a chance to get excited for the wedding.

These days it is not uncommon to get a text message or email regarding a wedding, so in this inspirational shoot, our bride used snail mail to send her friends lovely “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” invitations. These Rifle Paper Co. cards captured the feminine, glam vibe of the party to come! She requests that her potential bridesmaids wear their favorite cocktail dresses for a fun, girly party. Although her friends were unaware, this was the first official event of her own wedding season and this bride did not want to disappoint!

The party was held at a beautiful home in the back hills of Arroyo Grande, CA where photographer Cameron Ingalls captured every possible epic sun ray and all the surrounding natural beauty. The bride greeted her friends at the front door and invited them inside to a table of delightful favors. Each girl was told to grab a unique vintage lucite purse, individually picked out for her, and to not peek at what was inside! After mingling, the girls retreated to the back porch where Lovelyfest laid out a glam bar complete with Pink Watermelon Martinis, pink sugar rims, and a handsome bartender. Under the twinkling lights, the girls chatted and toasted to a great night together with the future bride to be.

After the cocktail hour, the bride ushered her girlfriends inside and they found their places at the dining table. Lucite placecards led them to their seats at a glamorous white table where Lovelyfest’s handcrafted honeycomb runner and soft floral wall decor took the main stage. Beautiful vintage floral plates from Heartstone Ranch lined the table and were topped off with mini pink glass champagne flutes. After the bartender popped individual bottles of pink champagne, the bride stood to give a toast. She told the girls to open their purses, and inside they each found a Rifle Paper Co. “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” card along with a sweet note. All ecstatic to be by their friends’ side on her big day; they ate, drank, and were merry.

The decor of the room was elegant, glam and feminine, complete with a multitude of colors and textures. Pinks, greens, mint, and white were the main colors and were accented by floral prints and lucite acrylic accessories. Copper was a different twist on the more commonly used metals and was seen in the flatware, candlesticks, and various other accents. The desserts table was the next hot spot for these girls, and it definitely did not go untouched. A watercolored “Cheers” sign led the girls right over to an ice cream sundae bar laden with toppings from sprinkles to homemade madeleines and shortbread cookies. Sweet Pea Bakery graciously provided a lovely Tuxedo Cake, with frosting that resembled the chocolate syrup poured over each ice cream sundae. The desserts rounded out the fabulous girls night and definitely did not disappoint.

This dinner party served as an event to make the brides’ friends feel special and celebrated as well as a time to be excited for the bride! The bridesmaids vintage purse gifts serve as a reminder of how important each girl is to the bride and will be used at any fun festivities leading up to the wedding! Each girl is important and unique just like the purses and that is exactly what this dinner party was for!

Photography: Cameron Ingalls | Event Design: Lovelyfest | Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. | Attire: BHLDN | Desserts: Sweet Pea Bakery | Vintage Rentals: Heartstone Ranch & Lovelyfest

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Lo Boheme + Kirstie Kelly Collections from Mirelle Carmichael Photography

If you are looking for a place to get lost in some serious lovely this Thursday afternoon, you’ve come to the right place my dears. Because this post is simply overflowing with pretty and it’s all thanks to the talents behind shoot - Mirelle Carmichael PhotographyKirstie KellySprigs Floral Designs and Lo Boheme. Actually pretty doesn’t even cover it – see what I mean here.

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Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Floral Design: Sprigs Floral Designs | Wedding Dresses: Kirstie Kelly | Cardigan: Anthropologie | Hair Pieces: Lo Boheme

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San Luis Obispo Wedding from Danielle Capito Photography

Sometimes the very best weddings are the very smallest. The intimate backyard affairs that are filled to bursting with love, like this one from Danielle Capito Photography. It was stunning, yes, but you can almost feel the love radiating out of your computer screen. It’s a total heartwarmer, this one.

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From the photographer… Christian & Shasta met in 2010 in San Francisco, and had a long distance relationship until late 2011 (Groom lived in SF and bride lived in Santa Barbara). Christian moved to Santa Barbara in early 2012 and proposed to his amazing girlfriend on January 4, 2013. They are a fairly simple couple but love quality and live a fulfilling lifestyle. They opted to have a big honeymoon in September 2013 in Portugal and Ireland, hence the smaller wedding at his family’s orchard in San Luis Obispo.

Photographer: Danielle Capito Photography | Cake: Cakes by Judy | Catering: Testa Catering | Girls getting ready location: Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort