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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

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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.


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
Bull Clip


Trace circle on fabric and cut out circle.


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


Take starting end and double-knot onto bull clip.


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.


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


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


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.


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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Shell Beach Wedding from Mark Padgett Wedding Design

I fell in love with this wedding the minute I laid eyes on the images from Jake and Necia of The Collective Photographers, but I fell in love with this Bride when she said she wanted her day to be beach with a bit of bling inspiring her “West Coast Beach with a Kiss of the French Riviera” theme. How fabulous is that? Her vision came to life thanks to the wonderful workings of Mark Padgett Wedding Design, leaving us with a whole lot of gorgeous inspiration right here.

From Mark Padgett from Mark Padgett Wedding Design… Katie’s love of the beach and a bit of bling inspired the “West Coast Beach with a Kiss of the French Riviera” theme for this Central Coast of California cliff-side wedding. The design process begins with a meeting at my office and usually ends up having lunch or cocktails in town. I really want to get to know my clients intimately and I learn much more over tapas and Pinot than at a desk. Katie & Matt wanted to be married at the ocean and wanted it to be elegant but not stuffy and Katie loves herself some bling! When I combined those two ideas together the French Riviera popped into my head. Monaco is beach + bling + elegance! I remember Katie’s face as we went through the design power-point presentation a few weeks later. She sat up in her chair, her jawed dropped and her eyes sparkled with tears. I live for that.

The color palette of French Butter, Blush, Bisque, Cameo and Sunset came from a photo of a bouquet that Katie loved. The accent colors, Cote d’Azur Blue, Grass and Driftwood came from the location. I use accent colors found at each location we design in. It helps to blend the overall color palette into it’s surroundings and keeps it grounded.

We used vintage French furniture to add authenticity and elegance as well as our French Crystal Chandeliers to add the bling. My favortie vintage element was the French Facade we used for the ceremony back drop. I didn’t want to take away from it and so added only a few gorgeous blooms and the lacy Nigella in the Mist in the same tones as the rustic metal.

We used an eclectic approach to the vases with different ideas from the sea: driftwood, urchins, sea glass then added a subtle sparkle with Mercury glass votives. Real driftwood anchored the groupings and a few grey sphagnum moss “nests” with succulents nestled in them reminded me of sea-life. The flowers we used were Juliet, Caramel Antique and Alabaster garden roses, Cafe au Lait Dahlias, Hydrangea and Nigella in the Mist.

The linens were a Moire in “Pelican” (loved that) which looked like drifting sand on the tables. The napkins were a silk Cote d’Azur blue. The menu was chosen to compliment our surroundings as well; A mixed grille of Filet and Prawns served with Matt and Katie’s favorite side dishes. We start designing the wedding menu by having the bride and groom send a list of all of their favorite foods including comfort foods. The appetizers during cocktail hour included mini mac and cheese bites, sushi and the Cliffs Chef made an eggplant bruschetta from a recipe Katie is famous for. Desserts were decidedly French with the exception of the late night hand made Churros. The dance floor was packed all night thanks to Rob with Pacific Entertainment.

The final send off of the bride and groom was sparkling and romantic. I loved working with Katie and Matt and Katie’s mom, Sharon. They were sweet and gracious and so appreciative. A complete joy. Thank you and congrats Mr. and Mrs. Wagner!

Wedding Photography: Jake & Necia Odening of The Collective Photographers / Wedding Venue: The Cliffs Resort at Shell Beach in Pismo Beach, California / Event Planning + Floral + Design: Mark Padgett from Mark Padgett Wedding Design / Wedding Cinematography: Joel VanZ / Catering: The Cliffs Resort at Shell Beach / DJ: Pacific Entertainment / Vintage Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Grand Event Lighting / Wedding Invitation + Stationery: Necia Odening of Umbrella Tree Design / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff / Groom’s Styling: Mark Padgett Wedding Design / Groom’s Attire: The Signature Collection from JoS. A. Bank / Groom’s Tie: Tux and Tulle / Hair + Makeup: The Queen’s Bees


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San Luis Obispo Wedding from Bluephoto

As a bride who thrifted + crafted for her own big day, I have a soft spot in my heart for a couple who DIYs to create their dream wedding. And this fête from Bluephoto at the kitschy (+ oh-so-cool) Flying Caballos is the perfect example of what months of antiquing, sewing + collecting can produce! Throw in some top-notch vendors and a gorgeous California day, and the result? Simply amazing. See it all here!

From the Bride… I worked so hard to pull together with the help of my sister and maid of honor, whom I lovingly referred to as “MOH-zilla,” as well as wonderful now-husband. He’s wonderful because, let’s face it, a guy can only hear about burlap and mason jars so many times. After my first search of a beach wedding, I realized how quickly that was just not me. I wanted a backyard DIY wedding, and once I found Flying Caballos, I knew it was the place. So began the countless trips to the Pasadena flea market and antique stores — yay! We also wanted to make sure we kept our heritage and our faith. That ended up translating into a cigar roller for my Cuban side, and for his Mexican side, a Mariachi band. I did all the burlap tables runners, the burlap signs, and various decorations were my own as well. This meant lots of trips to downtown LA as well. We used a vintage typewriter from eBay as our guest book, and the vintage sewing table it sat on was a flea market find. I spent months collecting the skeleton keys for the escort cards, something the groom was totally in love with. We both have a love for all things vintage, and I think we were able to show that in our wedding.

Wedding Photography: Jonathan Roberts of Bluephoto / Ceremony: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California / Reception: Flying Caballos Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California / Floral Design: Flowers by Kim / Wedding Cakes + Cupcakes: Jenny Perello at Cake Cathedral / Mariachi Band: Marachi Mexicanisimo / DJ: Kramer Entertainment / Transportation: Classic Motoring Car Rentals / Cake Stands: From the Bride’s Collection / Cigar Bar: Original Handmade Casillas Cigars / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm (Style 8211) / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade “Charm” / Bride’s Sash: DIY by the Bride / Bride’s Hair Feather Fastener: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse

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San Luis Obispo Engagement Session from Danielle Capito Photography

Be prepared to fall hopelessly in love with this adorable couple and their sweet and sentimental picnic e-session. Not only did they get to dig through countless treasures of the bride-to-be’s grandmother’s to use as props for their shoot, they actually got engaged during on of their many picnics together. Danielle Capito Photography captured them in the most amazing way and you can see it all right here.

From the Bride… Josh and I met on a mission trip to China two summers ago, and we have been blessed with a wholesome relationship that is so sweetly supported by friends and family ever since! Even before we got engaged, I knew I wanted to do a “Vintage Picnic” styled shoot for our engagement pictures. One of our favorite traditions is getting Acai bowls from the local café Sally Loos and finding a patch of grass to lay down on and take a break from busy life. Josh even proposed while we were on a picnic because he knew how much I love them! The vintage inspiration began with the beautiful quilt that my mom gave to me, and many of the treasures came from a big box of my grandma’s things that she pulled out of the garage one day. It was so fun being able to go through my grandmother’s trinkets that are so precious to my mom and bring her such nostalgia. Every single piece she had a little memory about — for example, how she used to hold the yarn ball for her mom as it unraveled while she was knitting. It was a blessing to have been able to use such treasures! Little things like the picnic basket and record player came along the way and fell in place beautifully. I had followed Danielle’s blog for awhile after she shot a friend’s pictures back in July, and when I saw a wedding she did at the Holland Ranch, I was not only set on her being our photographer, but on taking our engagement shoots at that venue! Not many places offer beautiful mountain scenery and meadows, a windmill, horses, AND a lake and vintage boat! Scenes from The Notebook flashed through my mind as I imagined my dream engagement shoot happen at this magical venue. Danielle’s skill made it all come alive, and I couldn’t be happier with the pictures. Josh and I got to celebrate being engaged in our own little vintage dreamland!

Photography: Danielle Capito Photography / Venue: Holland Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California / Venue Contact: Jamie Strand (805-459-9222) / Hair + Makeup: Ever After Artistry