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A Vintage Wedding in Paso Robles, CA

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Lauren & Mike in Paso Robles, CA
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CEREMONY SITE: HammerSky VineyardsPaso Robles, CA 
RECEPTION SITE: HammerSky Vineyards Paso Robles, CA 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Lindsey Hahn, Paso Robles, CA 
CONSULTANT/PLANNER: Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events, Del Mar, CA 
GOWN: Watters, La Jeune Mariee in Worthington, Ohio 
HAIR: Bride-Keith James of Keith James Salon, San Francisco, CA Brid ...
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Lauren and Mike's wedding planner designed custom belly bands for lavender and verbena bath soaps, which they gave to the guests as favors. Other favors included California sage comb honey (presented in faceted glass jars with red toile and oyster burlap fabric toppers that were made by Lauren's mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law) and make-your-o ...
Alchemy Fine Events, Del Mar, CA
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Lauren and Mike served a two-tiered red velvet cake  made up of French buttercream roses and presented on a slatted wood bistro table, painted Parisian pink. The base of the vintage silver cake pedestal was decorated with olive branches and clusters of roses tucked in among the leaves.
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The reception took place in a small, white barn on the vineyard grounds. Lauren and Mike wanted to replicate the feel of an old drying shed that they once came across while driving through the Québec countryside, so their florist hung hand-dried flowers— including tea and garden roses, larkspur, coxcomb, hydrangea, delphinium, and nigella pods— fro ...
HammerSky Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
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Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events designed Lauren and Mike's intricate menu. It was laser-cut in two corners, letterpressed in the other corners, and bolted onto antiqued copper backings. The menu was especially important to Lauren because it incorporated her late grandmother’s famous fried green tomatoes. The tables were whimsically set wi ...
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Overlooking the vineyards, the head table and the guest tables were long farm tables made of reclaimed wood. Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events designed toile table runners with graduated linen ruffles on either end. Antique teapots, goblets, and country pitchers were filled with David Austin English garden roses, Black Magic roses, Queen Anne’s lace,  ...
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Mike and I share a love of all things cheese, so a lot of thought went into the cheese table! We handpicked the cheeses, from a bell-shaped French goat cheese called Clochette to a lavender-bud-and-coffee-rubbed creation called Barely Buzzed. Our corner cheese shop helped us pick playful pairings, such as the Old Rasputin Stout shots seen here. For ...
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Lauren and Mike's ceremony took place at dusk beneath a lone, old oak on a hillside among rows of black grape vines. Copper offering bowls filled with organic lavender buds—hand-dried by Lauren's mother-in-law—were passed around so that the guests could shower the couple during the recessional. Reclaimed white church pews from Marigold Vintage Rent ...
HammerSky Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
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Lauren's red and peach bouquet consisted of David Austin English garden roses, Black Magic roses, and lamb’s ear tied with an ivory silk ribbon.
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Our getaway car was a 1930s Ford Model A. Sadly, the engine wouldn’t start, but we had fun taking pictures in it!
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Lauren and Mike wanted their wedding to be as paperless as possible, and to give their guests something keepsake worthy, so they chose handkerchief wedding invites. The Charlestonesque country manor lace hankies and the vintage-style postcard RSVPs, which were printed on plantable paper, featured a likeness of the oak tree under which we were marri ...
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Lauren & Mike in Paso Robles, CA

Lauren and Mike met when they were both undergrads at Dartmouth where he was a linebacker she was on the figure skating team. Mike proposed on the dunes while the couple was on a weekend getaway in Cape Cod.

The Bride: Lauren Morgan, 29, freelance editor
The Groom: Mike Whitticom, 27, investment associate
The Date: September 2011

Lauren and Mike planned the wedding i just a few months, and since Mike's job brought the couple to San Francisco not long after the engagement they decided to have a West Coast wedding. During the planning process, Lauren and Mike were inspired by romantic pastoral toiles, which their wedding planner was able to incorporate throughout the wedding day.
- Simone Hill
Their Ingredients
  • Alchemy Fine Events, Del Mar, CA
  • HammerSky Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
  • Laurel White Adornments
  • Kid Icarus, Toronto, Canada

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