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Rustic Celebration in San Luis Obispo

For as pretty as San Luis Obispo is all on its own, it’s made even more so with the addition of a beautiful rustic celebration. One that has a little So Cal Spanish flavor. Think papel picado, pinatas, and horses a plenty all set against the beauty of Greengate Ranch & Vineyard. And it doesn’t stop there, the flowers by Amanda Borges, the navy and white details coordinated by Jaime Strand and the imagery captured by Snapmotive all come together for one crazy good affair – see it right here.

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From the bride… The Wedding Day for both of us was a surreal experience, and probably in the most non-traditional sense. We both went into the day with a variety of insights from family and friends who told us either how nervous or overwhelmed they felt on their big day. After regrouping and talking through how we felt on our wedding day, I don’t think either of us felt the normal “nerves” that are typically associated with weddings. Rather, there was an overwhelming sense of peace throughout the day, which allowed us to be more joyfully present during each moment of our wedding. Everything- from the people surrounding us to the smallest of details- was excellent. We really had a blast celebrating with our friends and family!

What inspired you… Between the two of us, there wasn’t much inspiration that we pulled from in outside sources (i.e. blogs, magazines, etc). It was a really organic process- we defined what our dream look/theme would be, what constraints we had and then went to work. We both are really drawn to latin culture, and with both of us being bilingual Spanish-speakers, we thought that a Mexican-Californian theme would be more than appropriate. Our goal was to keep things simple, but consistent. We had papel-picado (the white cut-out banners) hanging from the ceiling and 8″ glass candles that helped light each table. There was a bar stocked with Mexican beer and a couple decorative piñatas floating around on tables. In essence, we wanted to be able to look back on our wedding photos 25 years from now and still think what we did was timeless and cool.

Special touches… There was a point just before the ceremony where Mike was blindfolded and led to where Jo was in the Carriage House up on the hill (we didn’t do a first look, so he wasn’t allowed to peek before the ceremony). For a very rich 15-mintues, we were surrounded by close family and friends in prayer who prayed for our marriage. That was an unforgettably powerful moment for the both of us.

DIY projects… Annie Berg, our close friend (and incredible calligrapher!), helped create the killer Table Seating Chart and Bar Menu that we had at our wedding. She also artfully penned each guests’ name on the name tag that awaited them at their table. She did an amazing job keeping her work consistent with the look of our invitations, while adding her touch to it.

Photography: Snapmotive | Coordinator: Jaime Strand | Florist: Amanda Borges | Cake: Jillian Harvey | Catering: Nachos Catering | Make Up: Aimee Sayres | Hair: Noelle Pritchard | DJ: Nick Shorts | Coffee Cart: SLO Coast Coffee | Cookies: Morgan Hill Bakery | Filming: Paul Slemmer And Luke Stirtz | Graphic Design: Ben Cole & Ian Nelson | Wedding Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard

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Woodland Glam Baby Shower

I’ve reached that point in life where my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with tiny booties and fuzzy ultrasound photos. In other words: I have a feeling that many a baby shower is on the horizon. And if they’re half as lovely as Lovelyfest’s, filled with woodland glam & ice cream sandwich bars, I’m happy to oblige. Captured by Alexandra Wallace, there’s more adorable to be found right here!

From Lovelyfest… This baby shower was such a special one for us at Lovelyfest because Natalie, my sister and Lovelyfest partner, is pregnant with her very first baby! This is also a first for our family of three girls. Fortunately for our dad and her hubby, she’s having a boy! Right when we found out about the pregnancy, the two of us started talking the nursery! While she was chatting away about the room, I was scheming the design of her baby shower! I wanted her shower to reflect her personal style, have a few elements from her nursery theme, and also mirror her and her hubby’s fun personalities.

The theme was meant to blend Natalie’s chic and glam style with her husband’s manly hunter ways. I got my mom on board and we came up with the Woodsy Glam theme, using deer and elk sheds sourced by Matthew, her husband, and glitzy gold touches in the details. Our color palette included mint, jewel green, gold, grey, black and white. These colors both reflect Natalie’s personal style and the style of her home, without being too girly for the little guy on the way!

To create the feeling of having different textures we used white fur, gold leather, leopard print, and polka dot runners. Each design detail was individually thought out, and many times, crafted by my mom and I! We made all the tissue paper flowers (using beautiful gold foil polkadot tissue paper), sewed streamers for the sweets table decor, cutout an “Oh Boy” sign for the ice cream sandwich station, molded paper mache faux taxidermy, made tissue tassel garlands, and had handwritten signs throughout.  I loved crafting every part of this shower for Natalie, because usually I craft for our Etsy Shop (LovelyfestGoods) and send everything off without seeing if the client loved it or not.

We had her dear friend create a menu based on Natalie’s favorite foods including caesar salad, pressed sandwiches, and four-cheese mac and cheese. Ice cream and cookies are two of her favorite desserts, so we had a ‘make-your-own’ ice cream sandwich bar complete with homemade cookies! On the other side of the porch we had a bartender crafting the signature cocktail, a Blue Raspberry Lemondrop, which matched the mint color of the shower perfectly. The mocktail was a simple lemonade rimmed with the same gold sugar as the cocktails, making it feel just as fancy!

To keep this upscale feel throughout the shower, we didn’t want to play any cheesy games, so instead opted to make a book for the little guy to learn his ABC’s! We handed out card stock printed with a letter from the alphabet on each page and told each guest to draw something that relates to that letter. We then placed them in order in a mint chevron print scrapbook. This gave the guests a little activity to do that serves as something special that Natalie can have forever! We finished off the day by enjoying Natalie open gifts on the middle of the porch, and could not have asked for a better time! It was perfect for her and captured everything she loves. 

Photographer: Alexandra Wallace | Event Design: Lovelyfest | Invitations: Where's The Party | Catering: Tara Stumph | Favors & Handmade Goods: Lovelyfest Goods Etsy Shop | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Got You Cover'd

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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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Farm

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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