Monday, December 21, 2009

more birthday pics

Learning about ponies
just too cute. I know, I am the grandma. Can't help myself
Tables done by Melanie(Mom). Looked so cute. Flowers were recycled fom the wedding. (Thanks April and Melissa) It was perfect as the ones we ordered were not available.

The pony ate the patches of clover in the lawn. Now I don't have to dig them out!
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A busy weekend

The Birthday Boy JACKSON

After a wedding on Saturday (More to follow on the wedding) , we pulled together my grandson Jacksons 7th birthday. It was not without advance planning as it had to be a quick turnaround. Thanks to lots of helpers, the barn was transformed in time for the party. We took our color cues from the striped awning fabric for the lanterns.
The lemonade stand was set up for the children to help themselves using some of my collection of boot glasses

The barbeque crew handling the burgers and dogs

Jacksons ice cream parlour.
I made the canopy. Poppa Eddie and Grandpa Dave installed on Sunday morning.
The kids had the most fun dishing it up themselves.

Cupcakes with"J" flags. Made by Gramma Recipe was from the smitten kitchen blog. Pretty yummy if I do say so myself.
Favors made by Mom. Dad and Jackson cut the sticks on Grandpa Sehons property

The petting zoo was a big hit. The animals were so tame they just rested in your hand

Time to blow out the candle

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Necia and Jacob

A beautiful late summer wedding in the garden. Necia and her Mom must have had loads of fun putting together all the vintage touches. They purchased all the plates , cake stands and spent their time making all the detailed Diy's. Even the programs were handstiched.
Jake and Necia are photographers working with Mike Larson so they have seen the best. We were honored that they chose the Dana-Powers House to hold their wedding.

Our sign out on the road
A very cool picture at the entrance. Love the blue hydrangeas

Scads of presents stacked on our gift cartA tray set at the back of the aisle for Fans and programs
A beautiful ceremony. The gazebo was framed in oak branches. The bridesmaids wore simple white blouses and gray skirts. Looked fabulous. Check out the shoes!

Our door filled with placecards
Family wedding pictures nestled in my shelf on the back deck. I think it works well to incorporate into what is already here.

A large childrens table. Each child had their own totebag with their name on it. Necia made little cloth flags that were set in the canning jars

The tables were so pretty and in keeping with the rest of the theme. White ironstone pitchers set on a vintage napkin. The table numbers were twisted wire made by the bride
Our drink table. I had this vintage yellow rose that I could not resist using since it went so well with the theme

They had two photobooths. Loved the color coordinated curtains

The lights were strung over the dinner garden by the lighting crew of Kramer entertainment. We hung the white lanterns

A dessert table was set up after the buffet
The cake matched the programs!

Catering: Upper Crust
Cake and desserts: The cakery
DJ Melissa from KramerEntertainment
Flowers: Panacea
Photographer: Mike Larson and staff
Lighting: Kramer Entertainment lighting division

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

amanda and aj

Amanda and Ajs wedding was filled with diy projects that couldn't have been sweeter. Amanda has an eye for detail that started at the arbor where guests walked in and ended as they left at the end of the evening. Everything coordinated down to the smallest detail. It was obviously a family affair from her Dad building the fence dividers, friends putting together the flowers to her Mom overseeing everything to make sure it was what Amanda had envisioned.

The shutters were really perfect in their simplicity. Loved the flowers hung casually on them

Amanda made these pom poms out of pattern paper, coffee liners and tissue paper. They were connected with buttons strung on twine. So cute!
The favor stand with a chalkboard sign
The flower on Amandas dress was copied on the guest book and flowergirl pail. The corrugated tin on the guest book was copied on the drink tags.

Our antique coke bottle box used to hold the signature drink

a sign made by the brides aunt

loved the vintage suitcase for cards
The wooden fences were made by the brides father and visually separated the ceremony site from the reception
The cakes were arranged on white cakeplates which were later used as thank you's for the many friends who helped out. If you look closely, you can see the buttons decorating the cakes which were made out of marizapan

The table settings were a compliation of old books, vintage candlesticks, old wood box frames filled with simple white flowers and their table numbers were done on corrugated paper tied with strips of lace
The pathway was lined with brown paper luminarias to light the way home for their guests.
The caterer was BelloForno
The photographer: Beth Armsheimer
Cakes: Windy City Bakery 805.868.3821

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hilary and Warren

Hilary and Warrens wedding was one I had been looking forward to. They both had such great energy that I knew it would be fun. All was in place for a beautiful day. umbrellas in an old wheelbarrow, a beautifully decorated arbor that Hilary had purchased in Los Olivos, signs hand painted by Warren on wood from his Grandparents ranch and then the rain came. Not a huge amount but enough to keep us wondering.

We moved the ceremony indoors when it kept sprinking just enough to keep the chairs wet. I was worried that guests would be more concerned about the weather than being in the moment of the ceremony. I had the caterers light all the candles on the tables, The guests stood on the dance floor behind a few chairs for grandmas and parents. It was beautiful and everyone was able to relax and enjoy the ceremony which was done by the grooms uncle.Darling arrangments by They used tomato cans that they applied a rust finish to. beautiful imported roses and surrounded by peaches and berries. Very effective for the barn
Beautiful bride!
Another beautiful cake by the Cakery (
The little girls did not mind the rain at alldarling peach jams handmade by the bride and groom from his grammas orchard. The label is a picture is of a nest that they found in the tree when they were picking the peaches

A delicious dinner was supplied by Testa Catering of Santa Maria
Music was by Guy Ryder 1.877.54ryder
Photography by Linsey Hahn from Paso Robles