My florist, April Peet of April Flowers, was absolutely amazing. When I came to her with my first few ideas and overall vision, she completely understood me and the look I was going for. It’s like she crawled right inside my head and could envision my dream wedding with me. Thanks to April Flowers, we had the most gorgeous and breathtaking florals for our wedding day. Huge draping eucalyptus swags were hung over giant barn doors which added so much depth and visual texture to the overall ambiance. The arrangements adorned every little area and corner of the venue so perfectly. Hints of sweet pinks and corals mixed with cream, eucalyptus, herbs and tufts of cotton made the centerpieces and bouquets so unique. My mom and I had such a fun time collecting old, vintage pins during the months leading up to the wedding which adorned my bridal bouquet.
I absolutely loved our venue for so many reasons. The Dana-Powers House, located in Nipomo, California, is the essence of rugged, yet refined beauty. Brian and I both love being outside so we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony. It was beyond breathtaking to walk down the aisle in the midst of a blooming citrus orchard flanked by rolling green hills. We had our reception inside the barn which gave the rest of the evening such a cozy, intimate feeling amongst the wood planked walls and giant sliding barn doors. Judi Powers, the woman who owns the barn, is such a generous, lovely person. She really allowed me to make our wedding day look and feel exactly how I had always dreamt. Another unique perk about using the Dana Powers House, was having direct access to Judi’s one-of-a-kind vintage rentals to add glamour and rustic personality to our wedding day.
Our photographer, Ken Kienow, photographed my brother’s wedding just a couple years before our wedding. After seeing the amazing photos that came from their big day and talking to my brother about how amazing it was to work with Ken, it sealed the deal. From our first meeting with him, we knew he was perfect. There is so much more to an incredible photographer than the pictures that they capture. It's about the whole process and experience. Ken took Brian and I on the most wonderful engagement session imaginable. We took pictures in cute, little downtown San Luis Obispo as well as the beautiful sandy beaches along the central coast. On the wedding day, Ken perfectly captured the truest sense of who Brian and I are as a couple. It’s as though no one was there taking pictures around us and yet some of the most beautiful moments were forever saved. His level of professionalism, dependability and friendliness were a breath of fresh air.
It’s OK to feel stressed. Don’t be too hard on yourself because planning a wedding is definitely challenging and sometimes it's hard for others to see that. You will get frustrated and discouraged at times, but I can’t tell you how satisfying it is and how joyful you will feel not only on the day of your wedding, but the weeks leading up. It's important to remember that although there will be difficult days, there are so many MORE happy and sweet days. Soak in and relish all the little moments in the planning process like buying your dress or opening your very first R.S.V.P. from a guest. Those are the moments to remember. And lastly, when you’re just two weeks away from the big day, put the DIY projects down, relish in the anticipation of your BIG day, thank everyone who has invested in making your vision a reality, and focus on all the things that you love about your soon-to-be husband!
Photographer: Ken Kienow Wedding Photography
Venue: Dana-Powers House
Beauty: Lisa Ponce Kim
Wedding Coordinator: The Wedding Sheperds
Cinematographer: KM Wedding Films
Stationery: Annie Calbeck
Officiant: Tony Sanelli
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Bride's Dress: Watters
Flowers: April Flowers
Catering: Epic Weddings
Wedding Cake: The Cakery
Rentals: La Tavola Linens