Norm and Kimberly
May 22, 2010
The Dana Powers House
Central Coast of California

All images courtesy of Rosenthal Photography.

I had to bring back a recent wedding where I fell in love. I love all my clients of course, but Norm and Kim found a soft spot in my heart. So kind and gracious and endearing!

This sweet couple were a complete joy to work with. Kim, the Executive Director for our local History Museum and Norm, an owner of Aeromech Engineering Inc., were a delight from the first meeting in my office to the gracious thank you after the wedding.

Kim’s love for and expertise with history and Norm’s passion for flight helped to set the theme for this one of a kind wedding. Kim wanted the look and feel to be bright & modern but with a slightly vintage feel, so instead of going “vintage” as is popular today we went “nostalgic”. Fun, bold and quirky!

They chose the charming and authentic Dana Powers House in Nipomo for the soiree and they were thrilled with everything there including the sweet, savvy and fun-working owner Judi Powers. I always say a wedding site is only as good as the owner or manager! Judi, her charming family and her historic home, gardens and barn were completely delightful.


The color palette was inspired by these adorable orange crate labels that had the bold but retro look Kim was looking for. They told me everything about the design she envisioned.

An assortment were also used to decorate boxes of “orange slice” sugar cookies made by her sister as one of the favors. The other favor was an old style balsa wood glider with “assembly required” and what guy doesn’t love that?

Seed packet labels found online and attached to brown sandwich paper bags filled with seeds then trimmed with orange thread, were used for the place cards and “planted” in grass-filled rustic boxes under a clothesline of favorite snaps of the bride and groom. I made table numbers out of over-sized clothespins and royalty free label art. My favorites were the “Flyer” number 9 and “Extra Choice” table One.

Denise Benda of Flowers by Denise did an amazing job with the ceremony and reception flowers using an eclectic assortment of vessels and bright blooms. Kimberly wanted something hanging from the tree limb over the ceremony grass and loves polka dots, so we made dots of petals down the aisle and Denise found these awesome over-sized lanterns and filled them with blooms. Galvanized cake stands served up the aisle bouquets.

During the cocktails period we offered two signature drinks one for him and one for her. Loved the name of Kim’s!



I used a striped linen in “Timeless Ticking” for the cocktail rounds and appetizers were enjoyed by the guests with the sounds of Usonia Jazz Band, a delicious trio that specializes in hits from the 20s,30s and 40s, in the background. Kim and Norm’s favorite apps were passed by the amazing Two Cooks Catering.

Mini mac and cheese, Sweet potato fries, Scallops, Sushi and Coconut Shrimp.

In the barn for the reception I used a simple raw linen in Wedgewood Blue from La Tavola Linens to ground the room and let the flowers pop. Accent napkins in Blue Ticking were used as a nod to the barn and finished the eclectic look. The centerpieces were a combination of several kinds of vases in different shapes: Milk glass, galvanized pots and vintage glass bottles. Each one that Denise created were delightful but together made a vibrant and lush statement.

I found second-hand lampshades in several different styles and had Zack with Kramer Entertainment and Lighting suspend them over each table. The effect was homey and sweet. Later on after Kim and Norm’s first dance as man and wife we changed up the lighting to feel more like a club.




The sweets for the sweet sentiment was heart felt. Just plain loved them!