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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: Chartreuse & a Twist (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

Cass House Inn Wedding by Callaway Gable

If there is one trend I absolutely love, it’s buying local. Love it with a capital L. So this couple and their local-loving and eco-aware affair at the Cass House Inn had me at hello. From the wine to the food to her wedding gown, everything was sourced right in the pretty backyard of Central California – how can you not love that? Add to of all that lovely the fact the groom just happens to be the voice beyond Temple of the Groom, and top it all off with gorgeous images from Callaway Gable, and folks I think we have a winner! Click here for even more!

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From Callaway GableTheir destination wedding took place in Cayucos, CA, about ½ hour from Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast at a beautiful seaside luxury inn called the Cass House. David and Rebecca meticulously planned and/or created every detail themselves, extensively using DIY techniques that matched creativity and chic-ness with affordability. They were also concerned with sustainability and eco-awareness as their menu, wine and wedding dress were locally sourced, and florals were passed over for vintage fabrics and candles.

Food is very important to David and Rebecca (we did their engagement at a farmer’s market) so when they met Chef Jensen from the Cass House, they gave him three keywords and told him to run with it: fresh, local and in-season. He created a menu just for them that included appetizers like pizza with duck confit pizza with brie and caramelized onions, crab cakes with saffrom aioli, and oxtail empanadas with lime creme fraiche. Dinner included a market salad made with fresh veggies from their garden (which surrounded the guests at the reception), 10-hour braised Kobe Short ribs with Meyer lemon gremolata, honey & thyme glazed chicken, grilled corn and mascarpone polenta and wood-fired market ratatouille. Everything was served family style.

Wedding Photography: Callaway Gable / Cinematography: Imagique Weddings / Wedding Coordinator: With Bells On Productions / Venue: Cass House Inn / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair and Makeup: Bladerunner Day Spa / Bouquet: Croska / Cuff Links: Tomato Made / Ceremony Music: Cloud 9 / Cookies: Brown Butter Cookie Company

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