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Valentine’s Day Anniversary Shoot

I can think of few things more romantic than an anniversary session, and this one from the talented Mirelle Carmichael just about takes the cake.  Because this isn’t just any anniversary shoot, it’s an amazing gift from a loving husband chock-full of wonderful moments and drop-dead gorgeous blooms.  Oh, and their anniversary?  Valentine’s Day. We love these two.  Click here for more.

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From Mirelle Carmichael Photography… Jeff and Berdette will be celebrating their five year wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Jeff wanted to surprise Berdette with hair and makeup by the talented Jessi Skipton-Campbell, and a beautiful late afternoon photo shoot by their good friend, Mirelle Carmichael. Berdette wore a vintage wedding gown belonging to Mirelle, and her hair was adorned with floral wreaths (the pink one is by San Luis Obispo artist Asha Hickerson, and the red one is by florist Huong Hopp of Backporch Flowers in Santa Maria).

The flowers used in the bouquet and head wreath by Huong Hopp of Backporch Flowers were pink ice protea, roses, red anemone, Queen Anne’s lace, flowering cabbage, and blue thistle. The greenery was a combination of dusty miller, magnolia leaves, asparagus fern put together with river birch stems.

From the Groom… I met my beautiful wife in 2006 when I visited the Philippines. My parents introduced us and she immediately swept me off of my feet with her beauty, simplicity and kindness. I had never met a woman like her in my life. Three years later, we got married. Because of her, my life has definitely changed for the best. I’m the happiest man in the world. She is my queen and I plan to always treat her like royalty. As a photographer in the wedding industry, I always want our photos taken every anniversary. Since this year will our 5th year anniversary, I wanted it to be a little more special. Thanks to Mirelle Carmichael and her talented team, my wife looked amazing!

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Floral Design: Back Porch Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Jessi Skipton Campbell | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's Blazer: American Eagle | Groom's Bow Tie: Buffalo Exchange | Groom's Pants: Urban Outfitters | Groom's Shirt: Express | Pink Floral Headpiece: Asha Hickerson | Vespa Rentals: Josh Snow

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Cayucos Wedding from Ken Kienow Wedding Photography

Intimate doesn’t always mean casual. Sometimes small affairs can be just as glamorous as their larger cousins. With sequin linens, a sparkling BHLDN dress and a night filled with twinkling cafe lights and loved ones, this couple showed us exactly what intimate glamour looks like. And it’s gorgeous. See even more crafted by Grace Lorenzen and captured by Kelsey Stewart for Ken Kienow in the full gallery right here.

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From Grace Lorenzen…Ryan and Whitney wanted a small, intimate gathering of close friends and family to celebrate their wedding. They did not, however, want it to be a casual, laid back affair. They wanted to pull out all the stops and make it a night to remember.

Their first priority was the dinner menu. Their shared passion for food had always played an important role in their relationship, and they wanted to share that passion with their wedding guests. My husband, Jensen (the chef), wrote a menu that incorporated dishes that were inspired by childhood memories (an amuse bouche of chicken divan, which Ryan’s mother used to make), dishes the couple first enjoyed together (while in college they couldn’t afford to eat extravagantly every night, but every once a week they would splurge on a “pay day steak”), and current favorites (local roast chicken with wild mushrooms). Most of the vegetables on the menu came from Ryan’s garden, everything else was sourced from local farms, dairies, and ranches.

Their second priority was atmosphere. They wanted a glamorous affair, mink coats, live jazz, sequin table runners and silk napkins. They also wanted to leave their guests guessing, the only detail that was revealed prior to the day was the location, time, and dress code. Canapes in the garden came first, then dinner, then the party was greeted on the front porch by a jazz trio who escorted them across the street to the beach for the candlelit ceremony. Most of the guests thought the night was over (how could you top such a romantic ending to a perfect day?), but when they arrived back at the house they were led through the garden to a small tent that was ready for cake, dancing, and lounging. The night ended as perfectly and peacefully as it began, and it was truly a night to remember.

Photography: Kelsey Stewart for Ken Kienow Wedding Photography | Venue + Catering: The Cass House | Wedding Coordinator + Floral Design: Grace Lorenzen | Linens: La Tavola | Tent: Central Coast Tent & Party | Vintage Props: SLO Vera | Wedding Dress: BHLDN

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Central California Wedding at Pikin Conrow Estate from Lindsey Gomes

From the moment I spotted this adorable bride, I was in love with her wedding.  In love with the sheer joy and happiness bursting from her face in every single image from Lindsey Gomes - and head over heels for her intimate celebration at The Victorian Pitkin Conrow Estate, one of my new favorite venues. A beyond gorgeous (+ happy) bride, a dashing groom and a sweet setting that is all kinds of magical?  A match made in wedding heaven.  Join me in the gallery for SOO much more.

From the Bride… We feel so incredibly blessed not only to just be married to each other, but that we got to share our day with the people that we love. When we were planning our day, we wanted it to feel like a big family dinner. We wanted to be relaxed and not obligated to a wedding day timeline or tradition. We decided to keep our guest list small and everything else really simple, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing! Our venue beautiful and vintage, and we felt like it really didn’t need a whole lot of decoration; so, we found some vintage bottles and jars and made our own flower arrangements for the tables. There were a few other little accents for the guest book table and the gift table, but that was really all the venue needed. We also had amazing vendors who took wonderful care of us, which made our planning process super easy and stress free. Our wedding day turned out absolutely perfect and we couldn’t be happier!

Wedding Photography: Lindsey Gomes / Wedding Venue: The Victorian Pitkin Conrow Estate in Arroyo, California / Floral Design: Emily + Kayla, Friends of the Bride / Officiant: Cody Busick / Wedding Caterer: Haute Skillet / Wedding Cake: Stephanie Koehler / DJ: DJ Danny / Wedding Dress: A Hearts Desire

Paso Robles Wedding from April Flowers

Bright, upbeat weddings always get us smiling, and this one is no exception. What better way to proclaim to your guests how excited you are to tie the knot than with a color scheme that’s as celebratory and happy as the wedding day itself? With gorgeous florals from April Flowers showcased in the beautiful images by Allyson Magda Photography, this wedding is one to remember. Definitely check out the full gallery here!

From the bride… It’s funny how a bride’s vision can evolve — early on in the planning, I was headed down one avenue, but then I crossed paths with this adorable Rifle print … and boom! Everything changed completely! We filled the event with juicy, citrusy hues and ran a botanical, citrus thread throughout, from the orange illustration on our invitations to the bowls of citrus mixed into the table centerpieces. From the beginning, we looked at our event as a celebration and a party so that we would not get caught up in so many of the traditions and formalities of a wedding. We wanted our guests to feel as if they were attending a dinner party — it needed to feel low-key, intimate, inviting and just simply fun — but with dreamy decor, killer music and the tastiest food around! Our guest were free to sit wherever they wished at long wooden tables, and dinner was served family-style to keep it casual and interactive.

Our family and friends played a huge role in helping accomplish our million and a half projects! I definitely went crazy, making all of the following and then some: 60 dip-dyed napkins from scratch, six table runners, fabric banners that were strung across the lawn, and a watercolored “guest book.” My dear friend, Tarah, put many, many hours into hand-drawn fonts and illustrations for the screenprinted invitation suite and all other paper and graphic details such as the menus and our CD favors.There was also lots of thrifting time spent searching for milk glass centerpieces, vintage toasting glasses and cake stands! And the one DIY that might just take the cake was the tables — yes, quite possibly my craziest move! I just had to have wooden tables for the occasion and learned quickly that the style I was seeking was very hard to come by in rentals. So bless my husband’s heart, he learned quickly how to become a craftsman – and we thank all who helped him. Six 10×4-foot tables were built, assembled, sanded, oiled, painted, disassembled, packaged and shipped from Seattle to central California and then returned home post-wedding. In the end, it was all of these special touches that involved the help of many that added a lot of extra love to our celebration. And ever last detail was SO worth all of the time, sweat and tears that went into it! I was seriously the happiest bride on earth. Ince I saw my vision completed and in real life, I just couldn’t help but gush in excitement. And still do!

When it comes right down to it, it was our fabulous vendors that truly pulled it all together. We seriously hired the creme de la creme. From our fabulous florist, April, who got me and my vision, to  Thomas Hill Organics, whose menu is still talked about by our guests. We also flew in our indie radio station DJ and his wife to make sure that only the best tunes were rockin’ our party! And I can not leave out the incredibly talented Allyson Magda, our photographer, who captured the event in the most beautiful way possibly.

Wedding Photography: Allyson Magda Photography / Floral Design: April Flowers / Event Styling, DIY Decor + Details: Dandy & Fine Parties (The Bride) / Wedding Cinematography: Glenn, The Bride’s Stepfather / Catering: Thomas Hill Organics / Wedding Cakes: Thomas Hill Organics + Cake Cathedral / Wedding Invitations + Paper Goods: Tarah Kovach, Friend of Business Partner of the Bride / DJ: Pair Music Collective / Rentals: Taylor Rentals / Wedding Dress: Sally Crew / Bride’s Short Dress: Aidan Mattox / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: French Connection, Madewell + BCBGeneration

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Cayucos Garden Wedding from Kelsey of Ken Kienow Photography

And just like that, we are wrapping up another beautiful Wedding Wednesday. And to make sure we go out in the prettiest of ways, we’ve turned to Ken Kienow. Because we just know he never disappoints in producing the pretty.  Case in point, this garden beauty filled to the brim with lovely. It’s just the perfect way to end this lovely day, and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From Kelsey Stewart of Ken Kienow Wedding Photography Susie and Jon’s wedding day was an intimate gathering characterized by their love of writing and reading fine literature and a fond appreciation for the cuisine and Victorian elegance of the Central Coast. Like her graceful beauty, Susie created a day full beautiful character and delightful charm. 

Wedding Photography: Kelsey Stewart of Ken Kienow Wedding Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: The Cass House Inn & Restaurant in Cayucos, California / Floral Design: Adornments Flowers & Finery / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang

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