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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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Fall
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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

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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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Fall
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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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Spring
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Outdoor
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Romantic

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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Summer
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Al Fresco
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Romantic

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

DIY Wedding Inspiration from Loveridge Photography + Carissa Cady + Hello Friday

When creative minds like Loveridge PhotographyCarissa Cady Photography and Hello Friday Events come together, magic happens. Plain and simple. The kind of magic that will leave us pinning the day away, because each detail couldn’t be more perfect. Add the work of Gordon’s Floral Design StudioRosey CalligraphyCake or Pi and the gorgeous setting of Churchill and Claiborne Winery – and ladies and gents, we have a winner on our hands. See it all here. Oh! And don’t miss the fabulous DIY they sent our way below all the pretty!

Everyone loved the curly chair covers, so Hello Friday Events decided to include a DIY for this simple element.

Materials

12-14” diameter circle for template (can use a plate)
1.25 yards of a variety of fabrics (Stiff fabric such as organza work best, but nearly any fabric will work. A combination of fabrics creates a nice, textured look.). Each will create 9 strands.
3 yards x 16” of fabric for each chair for base (length and width can vary depending on chair)
Light colored pen or pencil
Scissors
Bull Clip

Step-1

Trace circle on fabric and cut out circle.

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Cut spiral toward center, cutting the small circle off at the end (leaving a pointed tip).

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Take starting end and double-knot onto bull clip.

Step-4

Keep adding strips to both sides of clip, pushing down to base of clip and alternating colors. It will get messy and full by the end. The number of strands depends on the fabric and fullness desired. Our chairs had about a dozen strands each.

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Wrap longer piece of base fabric around the top of the chair and knot in the back, letting the remaining fabric hang down.

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Taking clip, reach behind the knot from the top and clip underneath (bottom of the knot).

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Fluff and you’re done!

This is a collaboration effort between two photographers. We wanted to create a swoon worthy styled shoot for our “Bloom Photography Workshop”, which is for women who are just starting their photography businesses. So, we teamed up with the ever-so-talented Hello Friday Events to organize an elegant and romantic shoot at Claiborne and Churchill, in one of San Luis Obispo’s gorgeous wineries. With natural tones as our backdrop, we added subtle pops of warm color in each detail. Succulents and peach undertones were our inspiration, which Gordon Floral Design pulled together with perfection. From the handwritten calligraphy from Rosey Calligraphy on the invitations to the DIY inspired chair covers, each detail came together to create a beautiful backdrop for our styled shoot.

Photography: Loveridge Photography & Carissa Cady Photography | Floral Design: Gordon’s Floral Design Studio | Event Design: Hello Friday Events | Location: Churchill and Claiborne Winery | Invitations: Rosey Calligraphy | Wedding Dress: Jasmine Haute Couture | Cake: Cake or Pi

Tiber Canyon Ranch Wedding from Bre Thurston Photography

Do yourself the biggest of favors today, and let yourself get lost in this gorgeous Tiber Canyon Ranch wedding by Bre Thurston Photography. It’s pure, unabashed prettiness, and it will inspire you and then some. With a lineup of lovelies dressed in frocks they most definitely wear again, a seriously stunning Bride and the perfect amount of California sunshine, this gallery is just all gorgeous with a side of sweet. See it all here.

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From the Bride… When Joe and I first got engaged, I was admittedly a little daunted by the task of planning a wedding.  My best friend had gotten married a few years prior and I was intimately involved with helping her, so I knew generally what to do, but worrying about the specifics and making sure that each detail was accounted for so that I could “relax” and “just enjoy” the day itself was not a small task.  As it turned out, things were easier when I stopped thinking and just let my instinct and personality take over.  Yes there were decisions to be made, and yes those decisions were occasionally stressful, but once I decided to have fun with the planning as well as with the actual wedding – I did.   I wanted the look to be earthy and ethereal with some more traditional elements woven in.  The result was better than I could have ever imagined, and it will forever be crystallized as one of the most beautiful, unforgettable, and most importantly fun days of our lives.

Wedding Photography: Bre Thurston Photography | Wedding Venue: Tiber Canyon Ranch |Floral Design: Denise Benda of Flowers by Denise | Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering | Rentals: All About Tabletops | Desserts: Homemade Pie | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Bride’s Shoes: Nine West | Earrings: Glamorous Bijoux | Groom’s Suit: J. Crew | DJ: Kramer Events

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