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Colorful DIY San Luis Obispo Wedding

Without fail, a good ol’ family gathering tugs at my heart strings like no other. And when it comes in the form of this intimate celebration captured by Mirelle Carmichael, the imagery becomes wedding-candy for the soul. Complete with a handmade dress passed down from the Bride’s mother, darling DIY details for days and so much love to go around, I’m betting this gallery will warm your heart right up!

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From The Bride’s Mother… It all began when the bride, Annika Johnson (now Michetti), tried on her mother’s handmade wedding dress when she was 10 years old. As she swirled, twirled and laughed, she said, “I want to wear this on my wedding day!”

It was truly a family affair, with handmade decorations, home-cooking, and kind friends wanting to help. The wedding had the vibe of a lovely summer party and village fête! Fairy lights and strings of candy colored tissue-paper flowers created a canopy over the “family style” tables. The tables were studded with gorgeous standout features made by the family: napkins, jars of strawberry jam favors, sparkly letters of “Mr. & Mrs.”, miles of bunting, tea lights, gold polka-dot mason jars and assorted arrangements of country flowers.

For the ceremony pristine white tissue-paper flowers were attached to the front of the cottage and guests threw confetti from hand-sewn wax paper packets made by the bride’s sister, Miranda Reader. The presider and musicians were all friends and circled the couple with words and songs of love.

Vintage lace and linens, borrowed dainty china plates and country mice (that once graced the wedding cake of the bride’s parents) were all used to adorn the pie table. The pie table was stacked with assorted pies that were baked by the mother of the bride and her good friend during the peak of summer to ensure the best flavor for this special day. The happy couple used a machete (a pun on the common mispronunciation of their last name) to cut into the first pie.

The bride, Annika, was ethereal in her “restyled” mother’s wedding dress; floating in soft raw silk and chiffon. At the rehearsal dinner, she had also worn her grandmother’s wedding dress to the event. She created all the lovely hair pieces for the women in the bridal party, as well as sewing the final touches to her crystal beaded sash on her wedding day!

The groom created the wedding invitations/responses with the whimsical charm of flora and fauna inspired from the venue site. It was serendipitous to be able to have Mirelle Carmichael photograph the wedding as she had previously photographed the bride’s sister’s wedding as well! Her artistic instincts were much appreciated and her calming smile were soothing for the wedding party.

From the beautiful Bride…I was so incredibly blessed to have my mother and sister take on so many projects for the wedding. With only a five month engagement it was a huge relief to be able to tell my mother what my husband and I had in mind for the wedding and having her organize it and create a wedding more magical than we could have imagined. Wearing my mother’s wedding dress (after having a few alternations done) was very special, especially since my parent’s 32 year marriage has been an inspiration to me. Favorite moments for the groom and I during the wedding were giggling with the groom during wedding pictures with Mirelle before the wedding, the groom’s prayer during communion together and, seeing each other “all dressed up and fancy,”cutting the pie with the machete, the fun interactive toast by the maid of honor and dancing down the aisle during the recessional as guests threw confetti and the musicians sang “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers. The groom and I both thought we were blessed to be in love and have our families all around us!

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Videography: Selah Video | Event Design: Alles Liebes | Floral Design: Alles Liebes | Invitations: Lee Michetti (Groom) | Ceremony Venue: Old Edna Townsite | Caterer: The Paring Knife | Alterations: Something Blue Fine Sewing | Hair Piece And Sash: Annika Laurel Designs

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Sunlit San Luis Obispo Engagement

This sweet, sweet e-sesh from Jay C Winter is giving me the warm fuzzies all over this morning. Because honestly, cozying up in a big chunky blanket, in a field, with wildflowers and a beautiful horse? That’s basically the definition of romance. So grab your Friday morn cup o’ joe and head on over to this adorable gallery.

From Jay C WinterKristine and Jay are getting married on the Central Coast. Their engagement session was an afternoon full of exploring some of our favorite spots in San Luis Obispo. We went from the oak grove in Los Osos to the base of Madonna Mountain to some mustard fields near the vineyards. These two share a fun spirit and love for each other that made my job easy that day. We can’t wait for their fall wedding…

Photography: Photography By Jay C Winter | Venue: San Luis Obispo

Romantic Country Club Wedding

This is the type of wedding that just oozes romance.  You know the kind I am talking about.  Lush blooms, pretty pink hues and all sorts of romantic moments filling our gallery?  It’s one of those… and we have a fabulous team of vendors to thank (think Flowers By Jessica Peacock and Chloe Murdoch Photography) for making our Wednesday evening so, so good.  Join me here for more.

And a sweet film from Ryan Davis? Yes, please. 

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From the Bride… Ivory, pink and blush! On the hottest day in San Luis Obispo we said “I do.” After four years of dating we celebrated with our family and friends. Long story short, we met at Cal Poly, Go Mustangs! Mark popped the question in the snow in Vail, CO. I grew up in the flower fields and wanted the flowers to reflect the “fresh picked” look. The La Perla Del Mar Chapel in Shell Beach was an intimate location where guests could walk out and smell the ocean. The San Luis Obispo Country Club was the perfect choice for us because it embraces the SLO culture. From the Country Club guests had a view of the mountains we frequently hike and the vines in Edna Valley we frequently drink. Mark and I loved the wedding process!

Photography: Chloe Murdoch Photography | Cinematography: Ryan Davis | Floral Design: Flowers By Jessica Peacock | Ceremony Venue: La Perla Del Mar Chapel | Reception Venue: San Luis Obispo Country Club | Hair: Taryn Bazzell | Makeup: Danae Pearce | Reception Coordinator: Bill Mortimer