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Thoughtful Rustic DIY Wedding

We love a wedding full of personal touches, especially when its done this well. With the help of Platinum Wedding by Kerrie and Vanessa Noel Events, this bride put together a thoughtful wedding with intention behind every detail from the music to the burgundy hues in the bouquets from Panacea. The folks from Studio Castillero took some beautiful pictures of the day. For more take a peek at the full gallery here.


From The Bride..Daniel and I didn’t have a specific “first time we met.” In fact, I don’t think either one of us can remember first meeting each other. We’ve just always been in each other’s lives.
Daniel’s younger sister, Toni was my childhood best friend. Most of my memories of summer vacations, sleep overs, birthday parties, and milestone events include her. And because Toni and Daniel lived 4 blocks away from me, he was always around. In high school, my brother and Daniel also became inseparable, making my existing crush even more intense. Though it was each other’s siblings that brought us together, we often found ourselves finding reasons to spend time alone with each other.We bonded over music, books, and movies that were so delightfully dark and intriguing to our burgeoning adolescent tastes. I used every opportunity to seize private moments with Daniel and he searched for the chance to impress me. I remember being at their house for a sleepover with Toni when Daniel walked in her room where we were buried in Seventeen magazines. He interrupted our gossip session for some inane reason that, at the time, seemed legitimate. With an exaggerated cough, Toni pointed out Daniel’s excessive use of cologne at 9 PM on a Saturday at home. Of course, to me, his interruption was the best kind of magical.

Despite years of building emotional intensity, our first kiss didn’t happen until my first year of college on a weekend when I was home from school. If it’s possible to have all the passion of 18 years course through a person at one breathtaking moment, it happened with that kiss. It happened after several episodes of South Park and microwave popcorn—there was nothing particularly romantic or sophisticated about the moment, except for the years of adoration that led us to it.

As dumbfounded as we both were after that magical moment, distance and impetuous youth led to the demise of our relationship after only a few short months. We went in different directions, both embracing our early twenties in our own ways, and didn’t speak for over 3 years. When Toni’s high school sweetheart proposed, she asked me to be her maid of honor. 

On the day of Toni’s wedding, I was shaking with nerves, for so many reasons: my best friend was getting married (try not to ugly cry), I was the MOH (try not to fall on your face), and I was going to see Daniel after more than three years (try not to look stupid, effected, nervous, jealous, etc.) He was an usher at the wedding and was standing in the foyer of the church when the bridesmaids and I walked in to take our places for the ceremony. I looked at him just as he turned to look at me and I silently mouthed, “I’m so nervous.” It might seem an odd thing to say to an ex that you haven’t seen in so long, but it was a testament to our relationship—beyond romance or complications. With comforting familiarity, he replied, “You look beautiful; you’ll be great.” That was the moment we first met; at a wedding where we both brought dates, 16 years after I became his sister’s best friend, and 3 years after our first kiss.

Daniel and I love riding bikes together and we aren’t talking about the flashy spandex, clip in shoes kind of biking; we’re talking a beach cruiser, nowhere to be, let’s get lost kind of ride. It was May and I had just taken a job in San Diego, which meant that we were going to be long distance. After my first week in my new job, I came home to visit. Because May is such a beautiful month in Central California, we decided to spend some quality time with our beach cruisers and the bike path. 

After about 2 miles, we stopped at the park for our picnic lunch. We spread out a blanket under a large tree, then Daniel began to pull out all the goodies he had packed—never letting me reach into the basket myself. I remember him being particularly amorous, and as an affectionate person myself, I just soaked in the sweetness. After about an hour and a surprise visit from his brother and cousin who happened to also be out on a ride enjoying the breezy sunshine, Daniel got very quiet. He reached into the basket behind him one more time and pulled out a little forest green box and set it in my lap. A million thoughts rushed through my head, but what came out, through brimming tears, was “Shut up! If I open this and it’s a pair of earrings, I’m going to feel really stupid.”

Daniel chuckled and just shook his head. As I opened the little green box, I saw a beautiful 1920’s antique replica that I absolutely adore. I looked up at him through my tears and his as he said, “will you be my wife?”

First and foremost, we wanted our wedding to look and feel personal. It was important to me that it feel comfortable and have handmade elements, but not look too artsy-craftsy. As an assistant for Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, I have seen some beautifully lavish details and know that the sky is the limit when it comes to decor. With that and our budget in mind, I set out to create a personalized, romantic, and elegant event.  I often said that I wanted the reception to look like a dinner party that your grandmother might throw—if your grandmother was incredibly classic, tasteful and romantic. 

We decided on pinks, grey and gold for our color palette. I love the romance of pale pink, but also wanted to be seasonally appropriate. I decided to balance the lightness of blush pink with a slightly deeper mauve and grey in the fabrics and worked with Corinne at Panacea Flowery to bring in deep burgundy and Boudreaux in the flowers. I told Corinne that I wanted nothing to feel structured; I wanted every centerpiece and bouquet to feel wild and organic with lots of greenery and freedom. She delivered beautifully!

For over a year, I collected interesting pieces to use as vases and centerpiece items. I incorporated vintage bottles, my grandmother’s teacup collection, books that were painted gold and a lot of mercury glass elements to elevate the elegance. All of the mismatched “girly” items were grounded by dark grey linens that brought a moodiness to the reception area. For the head table, I wanted mismatched chairs, but not in an overly rustic way. Daniel and I spent countless hours scouring thrift stores for chairs that could be repurposed. After we found chairs with lines that we loved, we sanded, painted, glazed, and reupholstered them for our wedding party and their guests. 

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and love what they wore so I gave them a color and let them run with it. For the guys, we wanted to make sure that no one had to go out and buy a brand new suit on our behalf and the thought of rentals horrified me. So we took a similar approach with the guys: we told them to wear a white shirt and grey pants, and Daniel’s gift to them was the tie and suspenders that they wore. By abandoning uniformity—with the bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen attire, head table chairs, and centerpieces—we really achieved a personal look and feel.

Tiber Canyon Ranch sits on 40 acres of live oak, Manzanita and olive trees and is incredibly peaceful. We were able to have the property for the entire weekend, which made set-up so much fun. Everyone was involved in hanging chandeliers, setting up chairs, and candles. This helped to keep costs down and also gave us so many special memories.

My advice is to consider abandoning the way things have always been. I am somewhat of a traditionalist, but never did anything because “that’s just what you do.” Simply take a moment to stop and think about the decisions you’re making and really reflect on why. Have you chosen $400 bridesmaids dresses at a bridal shop because “that’s what people do” or do you really, with all your heart, love them and can’t imagine your girls in anything else? Thoughtfulness will translate into a very beautiful, meaningful, and special event.

Photography: Studio Castillero | Coordinator: Kerrie Underhill, Platinum Weddings by Kerrie | Florist: Panacea | Bakery: Two Little Birds Bakery | Invitations: Delphine Press | Shoes: Aldo | Jewelry: Swarovski | Officiant: Brent Cummings, Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church | Bridal Salon: Lili's Bridals | Caterer/Bar Services: Mama’s Meatball | Hair Artist: Antonia Petrina | Hotel: Oxford Suites | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Ceremony: Peter Estes, Warren Dobson, Jim Bullock | Music: Cocktail Hour: Shafter Big Band, Gary Ingle, Warren Dobson, Alison Groves | Music: DJ (Reception): LSM Entertainment | Planning/Design/Décor: Vanessa Vierra (the bride), Vanessa Noel Events | Private Ranch: Tiber Canyon Ranch | Rehearsal Dinner: Rooster Creek Tavern | Rentals: Unlimited Events | Tuxedos: Astor and Black

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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.


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

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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Jacquelyn Clark