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Judi is the Cen­tral Coast’s Queen of hos­pi­tal­ity. You might know her in rela­tion to her san luis obispo county wed­ding venue and vic­to­rian home, the Dana Pow­ers House (and barn) that she rents out on the week­ends for wed­dings. I have never seen any­one make 200 dif­fer­ent peo­ple (every week­end) feel like her home is theirs. Judi’s house has become a gallery of all things vin­tage and antique. As her col­lec­tion has grown she has been able to sup­ply cou­ples get­ting mar­ried at either the barn or house with lovely decor. It makes sense that she is now open­ing up her col­lec­tion to cou­ples hav­ing wed­dings all over the Cen­tral Coast wed­ding area. Enjoy Judi’s interview!

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How did you get your start?
I started doing wed­dings about 32 years ago.  I have always had some things that I made avail­able for my brides for their wed­ding. Recently I decided that it was time to share. I have been col­lect­ing vin­tage most of my life so I have lots of great, inter­est­ing pieces. It is really fun to have a bride come see my col­lec­tion and love every­thing. I know I have found a kin­dred spirit.

Describe a piv­otal moment that led you to be an artist.
As an adult I was think­ing about my child­hood and  real­ized that I had been design­ing play houses since I was a lit­tle girl. It is how I enter­tained myself liv­ing on a ranch with three broth­ers. When I mar­ried young and got to play house for real, I got lots of com­pli­ments on the home I cre­ated. It was the begin­ning of a life long love of cre­at­ing beauty for my home, gar­den and family.

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What or who con­tin­ues to inspire you?
I am inspired by my close group of amaz­ing girl­friends …all so tal­ented. I have been a fan of Martha Stew­art since her first book on enter­tain­ing came out. I love her atten­tion to detail.  In recent years I have found a lot of inspi­ra­tion from the young girls in the wed­ding indus­try. I am con­stantly amazed at the fresh­ness they bring to the table and I for one am always eager to learn some­thing new so I am con­stantly look­ing at what the lat­est trend is.

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What makes your busi­ness unique?
My prop­erty has been in my fam­ily for 180 years. The work ethic that I apply to my home and busi­ness I inher­ited from my par­ents, and their par­ents before them. Five gen­er­a­tions of car­ing for this land, and a strong fam­ily legacy, are what drive me to do the very best I can do for other fam­i­lies that come to begin their lives together here at the Dana-Powers House. From the early days of Ran­cho Nipomo and La Casa de Dana, my fam­ily has been known for gra­cious hos­pi­tal­ity. This home is the heart of our fam­ily, and it just became a nat­ural exten­sion for me to con­tinue this tradition.

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How do you nor­mally begin your day?
Cof­fee and a cross­word. Then I wait for my brain to kick in.

First (music) album you ever bought?
Not sure I remem­ber but prob­a­bly Kris Kristoferson.

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What is your favorite flower?
Anthing vin­tage that grows in my gar­den. Roses, fox­gloves, nico­tiana, del­phini­ums. Also pink tulips and peonies when they are in sea­son, I can­not resist buy­ing them.

Favorite part of a wed­ding?
The excite­ment of the day!

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Favorite movie or doc­u­men­tary?
Any love story with a happy ending.

Song that makes you get up and dance?
Oldies with my guy.

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What is your ideal cou­ple?
The ones madly in love of course!

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
What is that? I do enjoy a run to my favorite antique stores, work­ing in my gar­den and cook­ing a great meal.

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What’s your per­sonal busi­ness phi­los­o­phy?
Kind­ness mat­ters …treat oth­ers as you would want to be treated.

Favorite pas­time?
Very favorite is col­lect­ing for embell­ish, but I also love to gar­den and I am a pretty pass­able cook.

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Why do you do what you do?
I can­not imag­ine doing any­thing else.

First Job?
My father made me pick string beans one sum­mer. A very hum­bling experience.

Some­thing that moved you deeply at a wed­ding or with a cou­ple recently?
A few years ago I had a cou­ple in their eight­ies get­ting mar­ried in the gar­den. Someone’s asked the bride about the best day of her life and she said “oh that would be the day I met Char­lie.” They then pro­ceeded to share the sweet­est, most pas­sion­ate kiss after their I dos that I have ever seen.

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Great­est accom­plish­ment?
My mar­riage, my fam­ily, being able to stay home with my chil­dren when they were young while work­ing at a job I absolutely love.

How do you sign off on your emails?
Kind regards.

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If you had to move to a for­eign coun­try, which one?
I am pretty happy right here but if I had to go I would prob­a­bly have to say Paris. I think it would take a life­time to explore it all.

What ques­tion do you always ask the bride & groom?
House or Barn?

If you were an ani­mal, what whould you be?
A pushmepullyou.

If you were in a band, what instru­ment would you play?
No musi­cal abil­ity so I will pass.

When I was a lit­tle girl my grand­fa­ther taught me to say I do de Claire (Judi Claire)

What’s your favorite wed­ding food?
Dessert bars!

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Sun­rise or Sun­set?
Sun­set though I always hate to see the day end.

Wed­ding trend that you’re lov­ing right now?
Break­ing all the rules.

Wed­ding trend that will hope­fully be out next year?
Guests com­ing in every­day clothes. Didn’t your mother ever teach you to dress up for a wedding?

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Read the book or watch the movie?
Read the book.…. the movie rarely mea­sures up.

Stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
My hus­band and a broom to sweep the beach. And maybe pruners so I could tidy up the place.

Favorite song on your iPod playlist?
’Make you feel my love’ by Joan Osborne.

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What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“I believe it is cus­tom­ary in good soci­ety to take a slight refresh­ment at five o’clock.”-Oscar Wilde
I have this quote hang­ing in my house next to a non-working vin­tage clock set per­ma­nently at 5 o’clock.

What chore do you absolutely HATE doing?
Clean­ing ovens.…so I don’t.

What sound do you love?
Rain except on wed­ding day.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m liv­ing it.

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
The help and then I cheered!

What’s the hard­est thing you’ve ever had to do?
Admit I failed at some­thing I loved.

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What’s the great­est gift you’ve ever given or received?
Fam­ily of course, and the love of my life.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
I don’t.

What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?
I love my life exactly like it is. I don’t dwell on what I don’t have or can’t do. I have an amaz­ing hus­band, great kids, and really close long time friends. What more could a girl want?

What is some­thing you learned in the last week?
Build­ing a web­site is really hard AND time consuming.

At what age did you really become an adult?

Where do you see your­self or busi­ness in the near or dis­tant future?
Still doing what I love and look­ing for ways to make it even better.

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  1. Megan Stiles

    I love my mama. 🙂

  2. Victoria Fitz-Gerald Berkwits

    What a lovely inter­view with the most tal­ented woman I have ever known. Send­ing you lots of love.

  3. Carla O'Neill Sage

    Great arti­cle about a mag­i­cal place. I have been attend­ing events here for over 20 years and have loved watch­ing the gar­dens mature. Ter­rific job, Judi!

  4. Mary Jo Waugh

    Love the place but Judi makes it mag­i­cal! 2/14/87!!

  5. Any ser­vice or prod­uct is only as lovely as the human being pro­vid­ing it.
    Judi makes her gor­geous prop­erty and amaz­ing rentals per­fectly lovely!

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