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Sweet Dana Powers Wedding

Oh, this wedding. This wedding got a special slice of my heart when I saw that we’d be able to share not only words from the bride, Erin, but also the groom, Daniel. And your heart will melt a bit when you hear what he has to say! Our great thanks go out to the always-fab Ken Kienow for his images.

bride and groom laughing

From the bride, Erin: We both wanted a natural, relaxed, country inspired wedding. We decided on California as the state of choice, even though we were living in Brooklyn at the time. We planned a trip to California to try vendors and plan, and knew immediately that Dana-Powers was the place. It’s just so magical there. We were blessed to find such a great group of vendors! I spent time making personal additions to our invitations, but most of the other creative touches happened the week before or up to the day of the wedding. I had asked my mom and dad to yard sale for glass bottles, and some other key items, but I did not stress out about small things like favors, or place settings, and I think it really set the tone for a relaxed day.


hanging wedding dress

barn wedding looks

teal wedding shoes

minted wedding invitations

green yellow palettes

pink bridesmaids dresses

newlyweds during ceremonies

pink bouquets and dresses

newlyweds during recessionals

pink bridesmaids dresses

It was seriously the best party I have ever been to, and I will remember it as the best day of my life. Also: stop pinteresting once you have made your decisions! After a certain point it will only confuse you.


hanging wedding signs

newlyweds entering reception

rustic barn decorations

rustic wedding decor

teal wedding shoes

barn wedding decor

newlywed reception tables

rustic wedding decor

rustic cake tables

From the groom, Daniel: Erin and I agreed beforehand that we wanted more of a rural, “country” venue and that after living in NYC for the last 3 years we didn’t want any city sight or sounds to be a part of this day. The Dana Powers Barn is perfect for what we wanted. The music was a cinch: Hall and Oates, a little Michael Jackson, some top 100 and you have a happy crowd. Make sure you (as the groom) cry when you dance with your mom and your bride and the rest is easy. Advice: SLOW DOWN. No seriously- no matter what you do, MAKE SURE you savor each and every second of the week leading up to, and the day of the wedding. It will fly by! Grooms: Make decisions too (they may not be perfect but it shows you care), what you wear is important. When you see all the work that went into your soon-to-be wife’s dress/make-up/shoes/etc. you are going to be happy you put effort into your own attire, trust me! You can’t touch her on this day, but you don’t want to look like a slouch up there, right?


indoor first dances

bride and groom decor

newlyweds cake cutting

bridal bouquet toss

scrabble tile signs

newlyweds in fields

wedding cake table on crates

assorted nuts in jars

cake with buttons

newlyweds dancing


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Wedding Location: Nipomo, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ken Kienow / Wedding Venue: Dana Powers House / Event Design and Coordination: Bride / Wedding Flowers: Denise Boldway / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera / Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew / Hair: Groom’s Sister / Makeup: Bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Madewell / Groom’s Suit: MySuit / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: The Ribline / The Cakery / Ceremony Musician: Matthias Clark / DJ: Melvin Enriquez / Officiant: Dennis Ryan / Stationery: Minted

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