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Rachel & Don at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, part 2

You’ve got to love a family that stops dead in their tracks to watch a sunset. Don’s mother coined the term “beauty alert” to signal such sightings to her clan. Well, even though a breathtaking sunset did indeed make an appearance on Rachel and Don’s wedding day, there was no shortage of other “beauty alerts” to make this event special. For instance, I simply adored the centerpieces. The tables were set in that lush, overabundant way that I just love. Camille Panzarello of Modern Day Design mixed in herbs, succulents, even vegetables to create arrangements that felt homey, chic and very Californian. Speaking of California, bottles of local olive oil bearing hand numbered placards delineated each table. Too cute! The Dawn Peters, of Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections creation was so lovely in its simplicity. It was the perfect backdrop for more colorful blooms. And what do you think of that olive bar? In all the years we’ve been photographing weddings, I’ve never seen anything like it. What could be more perfect for a wedding set in Los Olivos?

 Rachel and Don, Larry and I had such a wonderful time photographing your wedding. You and your families could not have been more welcoming and gracious. We hope we came close to capturing your beautiful day.

And to the Carlson clan (and that includes the newest Mrs. Carlson, of course) this last photo is just for you.

Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse
Event coordination: Tamara Jensen of I Do Events Inc.
Flowers by: Camille Panzarello of Modern Day Design
Cake by: Dawn Peters of Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections
Lighting by: SMI Concepts
Bride’s Gown: Romona Kaveza

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