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Tuscan-Inspired Vineyard Wedding by Michelle Warren
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Real Weddings

What’s more romantic than marrying your high school sweetheart in the soft California sunlight? Together for fourteen years of life’s ups and downs, Jessica and Shawn said ‘I do” at the family-run Still Waters Vineyards in Paso Robles. Inspired by Shawn’s Italian proposal (he asked her to marry him in Rome’s Borghese Gardens), they planned a rustic, Tuscan villa-inspired celebration filled with dozens of beautiful vintage details. We can’t rave enough about the lovely images Michelle Warren sent over of the day—from the earthy bouquets to the decadent cupcake spread, everything glows with love.

Jessica and her bridesmaids spent the morning of getting ready in a private cabin on the Still Waters property while the groomsmen hung out in the nearby barrel room. They came together for the ceremony atop a hill overlooking a valley of olive trees. The bride used the breathtaking landscape as inspiration for her wedding favors—tiny bottles of olive oil from a specialty shop in downtown San Luis Obispo!

As the sun went down on the warm September night, sixty of the couple’s nearest and dearest dined family style on a meal of pesto arancini, plank grilled salmon, ricotta ravioli, and more Italian fare.  No detail of the reception spread went unaddressed by the sentimental couple. Rustic, romantic florals by April Flowers  topped off vintage crystal on each of the tables. Escort cards were hung from a raised ladder. Shawn’s mother collected antique trunks and other accents to surround the dessert spread (which featured cupcakes flavors from Enjoy Bakery: Chocolate Blackberry Syrah, Meyer Lemon Chardonnay, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Foster). Finally, the custom cake topper featured the couple swinging from an olive tree and a miniature model of the couple’s dog Luey—a perfect nod to their lives before and on their wedding day.   Read the rest of this entry »


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A Tuscan-Inspired Real Wedding by Amanda Patrice
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Jon and Keri first met while studying abroad in Italy, but it wasn’t until years later, when they ran into each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party in California, that the sparks flew. Their wedding was both a fun celebration of their love, and a snapshot of gorgeous, Tuscan-inspired details.  In fact, I’m in awe of just how much these photos by Amanda Patrice take me straight to the dreamy, rustic Italian countryside…I just love the sophistication of black bridesmaid’s dresses…  The palette featured black, pewter, and hints of purple.  Cupid’s Arrow Floral Studio worked with heavy greenery in the bouquets and décor to create a balancing effect, a pairing of deep hues with organic accents.

The Mission Inn couldn’t have been a more perfect venue…with its amazing architecture and old world ambiance. Italian lights hung from above, while authentic postcards marked each table. 

A special thanks to Amanda Patrice for sharing these awe-inspiring photos!

Sending heartfelt wishes to this beautiful couple, Jon + Keri…

Photos by Amanda Patrice

Reception Venue: The Mission Inn

Event Design by HMC Event Solutions

Bridal Beauty by Dollhouse Hair & Makeup Design

Flowers by Cupid’s Arrow Floral Studio

Video by Godfather Films

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