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San Luis Obispo Shoot Turned Proposal

Photos By: Danielle Poff

It isn’t often we share engagement sessions, but it also isn’t often we come across ones this incredibly precious. Photographer Danielle Poff (formerly Capito) reached out to Sara and Garrett to use them as models for an upcoming shoot, but Garrett sneakily asked Danielle if he could use the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend of the past 9 years. A portrait session turned surprise proposal turned engagement shoot – who could turn that down?

San Luis Obispo shoot turned proposal - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-shoot-turned-proposal

From the bride-to-be, Sara: Garrett and I have been together for nine short years. It seems like yesterday when we won “Cutest Couple” our senior year of high school. We have grown up together throughout the years; laughing, experiencing and learning about life. He has always supported my dreams and has encouraged me to follow my heart. He is the main reason I began my Fashion Blog and has been my excellent photographer and supportive cheerleader throughout the entire process.

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San Luis Obispo shoot turned proposal - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-shoot-turned-proposal

San Luis Obispo shoot turned proposal - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-shoot-turned-proposal

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San Luis Obispo shoot turned proposal - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-shoot-turned-proposal

San Luis Obispo shoot turned proposal - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-shoot-turned-proposal

I met Danielle, our photographer for the engagement shoot, through social media. She contacted me that she was looking for models, and asked if she could photograph Garrett and me. She is so talented, and her work is truly breathtaking so I could not turn down the opportunity. Through email, Danielle and I arranged a date to meet in San Luis Obispo. Little did I know, Garrett had tricks up his sleeve and reached out to Danielle asking if he could propose during the photo shoot. The backdrop of the Los Osos Oaks Preserve just outside of San Luis Obispo is truly a fairy tale setting. I was completely shocked and touched when he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course, I said yes! Danielle captured the moment of a lifetime, and we are so thrilled to have these images as we embark on the rest of our life together.

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View all images from this session in the gallery

Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Venue: Los Osos Oaks Preserve

DIY Screen Painting Backdrop

Imagine our faces when Lauren of Belovely Floral and Event Design told us the painting backdrop you may remember seeing in yesterday’s shoot was a DIY afterall. Not wallpaper nor fabric. So naturally, we’re giddy to share how she made it. Also captured by Pill Photography.

DIY Screen Painting Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-screen-painting-backdrop/

- Window screen roll in fiberglass (found at home improvement stores)
- 1×2 wood pieces (cut to your desired frame size)
- Corner L-shape brackets & 1/2″ screws
- 2 1/4″ screws
- Hinges (if you’re making a three frame standing backdrop)
- Scissors
- Acrylic Paint
- Glitter
- Staple Gun
- Minwax Water Based Polycrylic
- Foam Brushes
- Paint of your choice (we used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey)

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Instructions:

1. Have your 1×2 boards cut into the sizes you want for your frame

2. Screw on Corner L-Brackets to each corner creating your fame

3. Secure the corner with a 2 1/4″ screw from the side for extra support

4. Paint your frame to the color of your choice. Our final version we painted Paris Grey, however for this tutorial we left it natural – totally up to you!

5. Take your fiberglass screening and cut to the size of your frame.

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6. Using your staple gun, staple the screen to the back of your frame, pulling it as taught as possible. Trim excess screen.

7. Using a foam brush, paint over the screen with a poly acrylic finish. This helps your paint appear thicker on the screen. The screens will not look different after this process and will still appear see-through. Let this dry.


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8. Fun Begins! Paint on your design! We started with white craft paint and brushed on the design leaving dark black leaf and flower shapes. Using black and silver paint, we added swishes of shades to leaf shapes. Mixing glue and glitter to make a paint, swish on texture into the leaves and flowers. Hint: we designed our graphic on the computer first and then graphed out our screens to help transfer the design when we were painting, especially when your design spans over three screens.

9. Once your paint is dry add some extra sparkle and texture with glitter and mirrored squares.

10. To make a free standing backdrop, build and paint 3 frames and attach them together using hinge brackets.

View step-by-step images in the gallery and view the entire photoshoot

Shoot Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: Pill Photography / Event Design: Belovely Floral and Event Design / Venue: Stonebrook Farm / Wedding Dress: Watters “Farrah” / Makeup: True Beauty Marks / Wedding Cake: Addy Maes / Paper Goods: Papertree Studio / Calligraphy: Megan Fitch / Videographer: Between Sleep & Awake






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Huron Substation Wedding

Our heart rate quickens just a bit any time we see a wedding at LA’s The Huron Substation, and even a little bit more when we see that Sweet Emilia Jane is behind the wedding design. Emilia didn’t hold back in making Jenn and Stephen’s wedding utterly memorable, and we’ve got Zaugh Photography to thank for taking control behind the camera for the big day!

Huron Substation wedding - photo by Zaugh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/huron-substation-wedding

From the bride, Jenn: We wanted to throw a fun dance party where everyone could mingle and enjoy each other. Instead of a sit-down dinner, we opted for a cocktail party with fried chicken sandwiches, pickles, stoli doli’s (our family favorite drink), and non-stop dancing to Motown and funk. We started serving drinks the second people arrived and provided a school bus to take everyone back to the hotel at the end of the night so people didn’t have to worry about boozing it up.


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We really wanted our family to feel like they were a part of the ceremony — being that it’s not just about us, but two families coming together. It’s a Jewish tradition to plant a tree when a baby is born. So we came up with an idea to have our parents and grandparents each bring a jar of dirt from their homes. Some of the dirt was from Canada, there was sand from a beach in Florida, Boston, California… Each family member got up, gave us a blessing, and put the dirt in a single jar. When our first baby is born, Stephen and I are going to plant a tree using that dirt.

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Our wedding was truly a labor of love. We had so many friends step in and donate their time as a wedding gift to make our dream day come true. We’re so grateful to David Zaugh who shot our photos, Holly from My Floral Bliss who created our beautiful flowers, and Alix Hester who baked our amazing cake. And of course very special thanks to Sweet Emilia Jane. She made the day run effortlessly and transformed our space into something more beautiful than anything I ever pinned on Pinterest! We actually have this stunning art piece that she made hanging in our hallway. Every time I see it, I think of how unique and special she made our day.

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Any advice for couples planning their wedding now? Make sure you have a few easy activities beforehand. We threw a shrimp and crab boil in a very confined space where people were forced to wear bibs and get to know each other. By the time the wedding came, it was more fun because everybody was friends. Plus I didn’t feel as pressured to say hello to each person on the day… more time for dancing! Second, hire a videographer. There’s nothing like having a beautiful video to immediately transport you back to day. The Why We Love were so amazing – if they’re anywhere near you, hire them right now. So worth the splurge.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Be sure to watch the video by The Why We Love:

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Zaugh Photography / Second Shooter: Lauri Lannan / Event Planner and Designer: Sweet Emilia Jane / Floral Design: My Floral Bliss / Venue: The Huron Substation / Wedding Dress: Amanda Wakeley via The White Dress / Wedding Shoes: Chloe / Hairpieces: Renee Pawele Bride / Hair and Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Klein, Epstein, & Parker / Wedding Caterer: Huntington / Wedding Cake: our friend, Alix Hester / Lighting: SEP Entertainment and Lighting / DJ: Brett Mullins / Band: Dustbowl Revival / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Love vs. Design / Cinematography: The Why We Love / Photo Booth: Robert Beckwith

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