If you happen to be one of those girls that cringes at the daily gushing we do on SMP…you might want to step away from the computer. Because I am about to gush like I’ve never gushed before. We’re talking wedding gush taken to an entirely new level. And let me just preface said gushing by saying this…to date, we’ve written more than four THOUSAND, five hundred wedding features. And each and every one of them has overflowed with beauty, with style, with charm. I’ve loved, loved and loved some more over the past three years. And yet, I have never fallen in love with a wedding quite as hard as I have fallen in love with this one. Photographed by the genius that is Elizabeth Messina and designed by the fabulous Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings…this is the definition of perfection.

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

santa barbara wedding by elizabeth messina

From Rebeccca at Duet Weddings

I’ll never forget the first time I met Gio & Sky, I was so touched by their warmth and beautiful energy. Listening to their story, I was overwhelmed with inspiration and emotion. Their wedding would be the ultimate celebration of life and love- full of meaning and beauty in every stitch of the day.

Their family and friends traveled from all over the world to join in celebration in Giovanna & Schuyler’s home, Santa Barbara. Gio & Sky wanted to give their guests a taste of this “home” and what it means to them- inspiration was drawn from the natural beauty and history of Santa Barbara itself, Giovanna’s Italian heritage, and Gio & Sky’s connectedness to the earth and love of nature.

The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Montecito. Florals, by Modern Day Design, were inspired by the colors of the church- soft, romantic blush tones with a hint of dusty plum- peonies, garden roses, sweet pea contrasted with silvery green succulents (a favorite of the groom!). Vintage hankies were offered for ‘tears of joy’ in an antique plate. Old fashioned manila tags bound together by vintage seam binding made for sweet programs.

So much more coming up next!

Photographer: Elizabeth Messina / Caterer: Village Modern / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / DJ: Red Shoe LA / Cake: Christine Dahl / Calligrapher: Little Miss Press / Hair/Makeup: The Studio Agency (Cathryn Van Breene & Sheila Stone) / Dove release: SB Doves / Antique plates/flatware/napkin/rings (for picnic) – Small Masterpiece / Flowers: Modern Day Design / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Planning and Design: Duet Weddings / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate