Monday, October 18, 2010

We are a preferred vendor!

I am always interested in what going on out there in wedding world and since I rarely get away from the farm, I have found that perusing the wedding blogs is a great way to stay in touch with current trends. Style me pretty, and greenweddingshoes are a couple of my favorites. I love the fact that they have diy sections which is such a strong trend these days. I have been a diy girl forever. There is so much joy to be found in creating. It does not have to be perfect and the fact that you learn how on your own is immensely satisfying. I have taught myself how to sew (my mother refused to sew for me after I left home so I had no choice but to learn) on my grandmothers old treadle sewing machine. Then I took up cooking after my cousins husband made fun of something I had made. (I was 18). I have to say that after lots of trial and error, I can turn out a fairly respectable meal.
I have been decorating since I was about 10. Not a lot for a girl to do on the farm by herself ,so I decorated every nook and cranny I could get my hands on (boys call them forts). It has been a life long love of mine. I paint, garden and flower arrange so when I have a bride who loves to create her own wedding, I know that it will be unique if nothing else. They usually go all out with the cutest ideas, some of which I see the seed of an idea on the blogs.
So take a look. Type in your favorite color schemes, your favorite style. You will be amazed at what is out there and so adaptable to a fun dinner party or an evening with the girls.
And check out our weddings that have been posted to these blogs. Also newsworthy is the fact that we were just listed on green wedding shoes as a preferred vendor. I love the fact that they have done this with out asking for a fee which just becomes advertising. It is an honor.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I Have been waiting for someone to take us up on our rental of the firepit set up for smores and finally...... here it is. Andrea and Tom had a darling wedding yesterday with so many handmade touches. I will share some on them with you in my next post. But back to the smores. We furnished every thing needed including the forks, wood, stools and set up. Toms mother Janis made the individual litlle smores packets which contained 2 marsmallows, 2 graham crackers and a small chocolate bar. Some of them had Reeses in them. As you can see, they drew a crowd and people kept going out all evening. Its a fun touch and not something you are able to do at all locations but it is a perfect touch at our barn.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

the wedding of Kimberly and Norm 5.22.10

Even though it was a rather cold day in May, It could not dampen the spirit of Kimberly and Norms wedding. Everything was beautiful from beginning to end and was flawless.

The ceremony took place in the garden with our 100 year old olive tree providing the branches which were hung with lanterns decorated with blue and white striped ribbons and green mum spheres.
The aisles were done with more spheres as were the rose petals up the aisle
Denise of flowers by Denise did all the beautiful arrangements. This one is especially beautiful! This girl is a real sweetheart and so talented. We had so much fun working together
The ceremony was done by Barbara Koenig

Appetizers were served on the Patio. There were 5 cocktail tables set up with yellow ticking stripe cloths

The appetizers and meal were provided by two cooks catering.

These sweet potato fries were too cute!

The mac and cheese was a big hit

Photographer Colleen Rosenthal arranging one of her fabulous shots

The reception was held at the barn. Guests were greeted with custom seed packets with their table numbers. A string of pictures of the bride and groom accented the table. The boxes are part of our inventory of props. Mark filled them with wheat grass.

Our wagon wheel chandeliers were covered in white duck by Mark for a more tailored look

Denise rented my collection of milk glass vases

Beautiful with ranunculus, fern, euphorbia, lambs ears and dusty miller

The tables were beautiful with floor length slate blue linen. Napkins were handmade blue and white stripe. Mark made the super cool table numbers .(They were vintage labels that he added numbers to) He chose an over sized clothespin to display them on. Each table had a lampshade over it with a pin spot lighting the centerpieces.

Our chandelier on the bar with one of Denise's beautiful arrangements

Old time soda bottles in one of our display pieces for ambiance

The dessert bar
The pumpkin cookies were in honor of Kimberlys dog "Pumpkin"

Macaroons were flown in from San Francisco
packets of "sweets for the sweet" filed with the most delicious paso almond brittle. The wheat grass filled boxes were transformed for the dessert bar.

The bride and groom chose ice cream cakes. They were purchased at Coldstone Creamery and kept on dry ice until time to serve them
I cannot tell you what a pleasure it was to work with Mark from Mark Padgett Event Design. He is the consummate professional and obviously loves what he does. Fun, super talented, dedicated are only a few words to describe him. He made us look good and I look forward to working with him again.

Our best wishes to Kimberly and Mark. We are so pleased they chose our home and barn for their wedding day

Dj Kramer entertainment great job Beau!

Lighting provided by Kramer entertainment

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Grandfather in his garden

My roses are in full and glorious bloom.
I did this funky plaque as a tribute to my grandfather whose roses I tend.
This was his rose garden that I have tried to leave intact. He grew mostly hybrid teas which I have to say are not my favorite. I love the english roses, florabundas and David Austin roses. This part of my garden stays true to my grandfather. Only hybrids and teas are allowed in.

I love icebergs for their clean look This is the side of our front porch
my husband built this arbor for me

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A fun wedding Saturday. Chad and Maegan celebrated with their friends and Family with lots of laughter and love.

The signature drink was served in these mason jars which were also the favors
Pink flip flops for the dancing girls. How fun! They were put to good use.
Our steel frame with new white curtains. A simple but effective ceremony site.

Catering was done by Sea Shanty. Carol always does a beautiful display
Aprils flowers did gerbera arrangements. Even the outdoor coffee tables got spruced up

Maegan did darling place cards. She is a nurse and Chad is a sheriff.
Posted by PicasaPerry of Kramer Entertainment furnished music for the ceremony and reception. I really like the way they set up their music for the ceremony at the back of the chairs. Keeps those speakers out of the pictures
The cake was from Arroyo Grande Bakery

Friday, April 9, 2010


We have had this chalkboard in our Bar at the house for several years but they have recently become really popular with our brides.
This one is from Amanda and AJs wedding.

As is this one telling people to help themseleves to a favor
We added this one to Lacys signature drink. Her husband is from the south and this is a popular drink there.
I love to see brides incorporate personal touches to their day
An easel and chalkboard I have to do the menu on. I love the shape of it. Still looking for the perfect frame for it.
a list of drinks being served at our outside bar at the barn. Don't you love this frame?
I borrowed this from our driveway that usually announces the wedding. The perfect welcome for christmas at the Dana-Powers House
One of my favorite chalkboards. Used to sit on on the sidewalk of a cafe somewhere in France. I like to think it might have been Paris. I bought it from the Fabulous Coco at one of the barn antique sales. I must have caught her at the right time as she had been saying all day it wasn't for sale. So now I share it with all my beautiful couples.

This was done by a caterer . I am sorry I do not remember which one.

If you are interested in making your own they are super easy. You can get chalkboard paint at any hardware store in either spray on or paint on. I usually start with a frame I like and buy an artists canvas to fit. If it is an odd size you can have a thin piece of wood cut to fit. paint and voila! you have a very cute chalkboard for all kinds of uses.
As a note to my brides I have lots of different sizes so just ask me.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Luncheon

I have a great group of girlfriends who have been getting together once a month for lunch at each others homes. We have been doing this for many years and originally started it to be able to keep in touch even though we live near each other for the most part. It has taken on a life of its own and no one misses it except for dire emergencies! Whoever is the hostess can invite other guests which keeps it interesting to say the least.

The deck was fancied up in green and white
appestisers... Birdnests and onion jam topped baguettes

The bar ready to go

My sweet Edie making fresh mojitios for the girls. 75 degree weather didn't hurt

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic and Moroccan couscous fom Barefoot Contessa. Suprisingly easy to fix and can be done ahead for the most part.

Flowers done up in a birdcage which you can barely see.

The favors. Wood rounds cut by Eddie with dome covered birdnests. The place card is a book marker that I stamped with everyones name. Made it so that it was still usable for what it was intended.

The table all set

We have three birthdays in February so there were lots of presents.

Dessert was a mojito" caketail" which I failed to get a picture of but you get the idea.