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Scenes from a Summer Wedding ....

By Laharris1

Sometimes it takes a few humps in the road to get me to slow down.Today I'm on a pair of crutches after twisting my ankle and (even though all this sitting is driving me crazy)
it's given me a chance to finally get back here to my blog.

I've been taking some time off to enjoy the summer and I can't believe how fast June flew by, in fact, it's already been a few weeks since we attended a beautiful wedding in Pismo Beach, California. And while I didn't have my good camera with me, I did want to share a few pictures from my phone to commemorate this special event.Nicole is the daughter of our dear friends, Tracey and Andy. We've watched her grow up since elementary school and we felt so sentimental about seeing her get married to a wonderful guy named Tyler.

Scenes from a summer wedding ....
We arrived at our hotel just in time to get ready for the wedding after an eventful trip (that's a story for another time) and we were SO ready to relax and be done with driving.

The wedding guests were transported from our hotels in Pismo Beach to the Dana Powers House in nearby Nipomo. When the bus turned on to the long, dirt road the only thing I could see in front of me was a green field until we drove up to a brown, wooden structure hidden behind rows of fruit trees. The rustic 1880s barn felt removed from the outside world, a romantic hideaway in the middle of nowhere and as a guest I felt instantly transported.Tyler's older brother married the couple under sunny skies  and a heat wave that made us guests thankful for the occasional warm breeze.

Scenes from a summer wedding ....

Some relaxedlaughter happens when your brother (and brother-in-law) is officiating.

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The beautiful bride with her handsome new husband.
Scenes from a summer wedding ....

While everyone mingled at the outdoor bar and sampled the appetizers being passed on silver trays, I headed into the barn to get a few photos of the reception area. But I have to admit, the light coming through all the slats in the wood made it tough to get clear pictures with my phone. The tall, soaring ceilings made the entire space feel expansive and open and when you looked up you saw delicate chandeliers hanging from the rafters. 

Scenes from a summer wedding ....

This one wall was filled with vintage gold-framed mirrors that made a sparkling backdrop forthe crystal chandelier.
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The bride and groom had their own private, little table.
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I'm so glad I went into the barn while it was still mostly empty because I got to see details I might have missed once the room was full. These family pictures were hung with clothespins on simple string, and were my favorite personal touch at the wedding.
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When two people marry, it's the union of two families as well.
So I loved that the wedding photos of the parents and grandparents were on display too.
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I love your wedding photo Trace!Someone did a great job compiling all these pictures.

Now here's a look at the tables.

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White linens with simple burlap is the perfect blend of rustic and chic for a barn reception.
Do you notice all the strings of white lights?
These are such an inexpensive way to add ambiance, don't you think?
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I see votive candles and individually wrapped cookies lovingly tied with raffia by Mary...
Scenes from a summer wedding ....
Table numbers in whitepop out on the wood blocks.
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and now...introducing Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Smith!
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First things first.
A charming choreographed dance with a live band playing in thebackground.
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This is Tracey, the proud mother of the bride.
Don't you love her dress?

There were so many moments I wish I could have captured, but I was too busy living the experience. But one of the more touching moments was when Andy gave his father-of-the-bride speech, holding the microphone while dropping his yellow-lined papers as he went, his speech--so poignant and funny at once--was delivered in classic Andy style that made us all laugh and cry at the same time.

Funniest line?
"Tyler, me King, you Prince."

Followed by the perfect son-in-law response which was a playful bow.Sigh. What a special night. I think the best part--besides being with dear friends again-- was watching how much fun the bride and groom were having on the dance floor. 

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Congratulations to Nicole and Tyler!xoLeslie


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