Edwards Barn Wedding by Weston Neuschafer

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You know the say­ing, “It takes a vil­lage to raise a child”? Well, in the case of Mena wed­ding it took a vil­lage to plan a wed­ding — the per­fect wed­ding. Zachary and Nicole Mena come from VERY large fam­i­lies so it was only nat­ural for both fam­i­lies to join forces to cre­ate the most DIY Pin­ter­est fam­ily shin-dig. The Mena wed­ding was held at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo using the rus­tic sun kissed barn doors as the anchor to their cer­e­mony. Weston Neuschafer was the pho­tog­ra­pher of the day who caught all the love and fam­ily craziness.

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Girl Meets Boy…

Six years ago, I met my future hus­band at my 22nd birth­day party. I had just grad­u­ated from col­lege, and my friends and I decided we were going to have one last big HA-RAH before I left, so we planned a wine tour for 30 of our clos­est friends fol­lowed by a huge house party in San Luis Obispo. We had two open seats in the limo for the tour, so my trusted room­mate invited a friend, Zack (unbe­knownst to me, my future hus­band!). Although much of that day is a blur, I remem­ber his smile from when he intro­duced him­self and his first text ask­ing me on a real date after the party.  Later I found out my room­mate had set us up! It’s six years later I am still so happy he did. 🙂

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Wed­ding Plan­ning Inspiration…

Our Fam­ily! I used to live on my grand­par­ents’ fam­ily farm, about a mile from where we were mar­ried, and my hus­band was raised in the coun­try in Agua Dulce.  Keep­ing these things in mind, a rus­tic barn wed­ding in the mid­dle of nowhere just felt like us! Zack and I aren’t what I would describe as classy or tra­di­tional. We are more like crazy and roman­ti­cal. The rus­tic theme gave us a lot of room to design and cre­ate all our own dec­o­ra­tions, signs, and even fur­ni­ture for the wedding.

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Details…

As guests entered, they were sur­rounded by our fam­i­lies cre­ations from pieces of art­work, sig­nage, dessert bar, 4 foot cake, fur­ni­ture, appe­tiz­ers, pho­to­booth, all the way to the drinks they were drink­ing. It was per­fect. Every­where you looked was a con­ver­sa­tion starter. But my two favorite details are the 7 foot heart we got mar­ried under and sit­ting at our sweat heart table under­neath the wed­ding pic­tures of our par­ents and grand­par­ents who are all still married.

The 7 foot heart is impor­tant to me because I cre­ated it with my dad and grandpa down the street from the venue. In ital­ian fash­ion we yelled, threw up our hands, argued on if it was pos­si­ble and then smiled when the fin­ished prod­uct was com­pleted. The venue still has our heart  up on the barn  every time I drive to my grand­par­ents house I get to see a piece of my wedding!

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Color Palet…

Pas­tels!! Any­thing and every­thing pastel.

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Mem­o­rable Moments…

The dip kiss! The kiss that every girl dreams of. The foot pop­ping, heart throb­bing, pic­ture per­fect kiss. I was so SHOCKED and excited that I am pretty sure I asked to do it again the sec­ond I got back to my feet.

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RADDEST Wed­ding Vendors…

Stems (florist) — Mon­ica Turned my rus­tic barn venue into a roman­tic haven. Instead of just putting together flow­ers that went with my color scheme, she cre­ated a story and arrange­ments that really reflected my hus­band and my rela­tion­ship. Our wed­ding style was untra­di­tional with a clas­sic love them and her flower choices matched that com­pletely from suc­cu­lents to heir­loom gar­den roses.

Weston Neuschafer (pho­tog­ra­pher) — I am pretty awk­ward and I just get more awk­ward in front of a cam­eras. Weston was able to take my cam­era shy fears away and cre­ated a calm excit­ing envi­ron­ment for my hus­band and I. His eye for the per­fect moments is amaz­ing and I am so pleased with all the pictures.

Edwards Barn- The most lov­ing and thought­ful fam­ily! Their fam­ily is also large so they under­stood the crazy dynamic of mine. They worked side by side to my fam­ily and helped us make our ideas real­ity. Also, they are AMAZING cooks!!!!

Epic Enter­tain­ment- I am an event pro­ducer so I knew exactly what kind of light­ing I wanted and what per­son­al­ity I needed for my wed­ding and Anthony cre­ated exactly what I had dreamed of. But the best part is he fit in well with my fam­ily. He ran the party and every­one still talks about all the crazy games.

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Wed­ding Artists |Wed­ding Coor­di­na­tor: Me, Nicole Mena | Pho­tog­ra­pher: Weston Neuschafer  | Video­g­ra­pher: Fig Leaf Video  | DJ :Epic Enter­tain­ment  | Florist: Stems Marin | Venue/Caterer : Edwards Barn | For Every­thing Else :Casano/Mena Family 🙂

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Advice for Other “New­bie Brides”…

Keep Calm and remem­ber the ONLY impor­tant detail on your wed­ding day is that you and your hus­band are together!  Wed­ding crash­ers, miss­ing dec­o­ra­tions and even rain can’t ruin your day as long as you have eachother!

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