San Luis Obispo Wedding from Sarah Kathleen + April Flowers
October 25, 2011
United States

This California garden wedding has got our hearts over here at the SMP offices all in a frenzied pitter patter. It's just one of those soirees that you can feel the excitement, the love, and the romance. And be so excited for it. Seriously, the photos, from Sarah Kathleen Photography, drip with such a great ambiance. From the lovely April Flowers to the fabulous DIY'ed bird thread, we're smitten from head to toe. Click here to see the gallery!

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Now, I'm not totally done with this wedding, and I'm betting you're not - so click here for the highlight film from Redmond Digital Media.

Besides being in love with our venue, we were completely inspired by it. Think colorful flowers sprouting from funky green plants, faded brick courtyards and little pathways, and even a giant redwood. Aside from nature, the inspiration was about family. We're an artsy bunch and Bowen and I wanted everyone to create together. Our friends cooked for us, my mom crafted little trees from branches for perched birds and blossoms, and for eight months we all had the best time hunting down various patterns of second-hand china for the reception tables. Etsy artists also worked with me to create bird garland, ruffled burlaptable runners and place cards with seeds in the paper for guests to grow wildflowers at home. The goal was to give the day aromantic/whimsical feel.

My favorite moment was reading our vows. We wanted to write personal notes to each other to read aloud, and we don't regret it for one second. Sure, it's pretty daunting being all speechy in front of a crowd. But It was a wonderful feeling being so open for our friends and loved ones to hear. And Bowen and I were both really touched from what we had to say to one another.

Bowen and I are one of those couples who are opposites individually, but together we blend into something awesome. There was definitely "the spark" when we first met six years ago - a sort of back-and-forth clash of witty teasing, sly smiles and flirty ways that's just so attractive. We still have that, which I love. We also play a mean game of Scrabble, adore our dog, Penny, with all our hearts and most of all, make each other laugh. And who doesn't love a great belly laugh?

Florist: April Flowers / Cupcakes: Clementine Cupcake Co. / Photography: Sarah Kathleen / Videographer: Redmond Digital Media / Venue: Dallidet Adobe & Gardens in San Luis Obispo / Hair & Makeup: The Queens Bees