From the beautiful bride Jill...
Sam and I met our freshman year of collage, became friends, then became very good friends. It took us eight years before we started dating and just two to get married. When we finally stood across from each other at the altar to say our “I do’s,” we couldn’t wait to start the rest of our lives together as husband and wife. Having a shared love for the outdoors and getting a little dirty, we chose to get married at a vineyard outside of Santa Barbara where I grew up as a child. The setting could not have been more beautiful with all its rustic elegance and charm - and when filled with our friends, family, and boot-stompin’ bluegrass, it was everything we had dreamed about.
We both agreed the ceremony was the most important aspect of our wedding, but beyond that, we really wanted to have an awesome party for our family and friends. Sam wanted a banjo and plenty of booze, I wanted, well, what every girl dreams of. But, if I had to prioritize, I wanted pretty paper, natural flowers, and creative photography.
The ceremony: The ceremony itself was our favorite part of the day. It was personal, meaningful, and felt really intimate. Standing under an oak tree, we were accompanied by Sam’s sisters and brothers, my “bro-of-honor” and three of my cousins. I just remember laughing and smiling and feeling like I was floating! To look out and see so many faces of so many special people! Amazing. My cousins sang an acoustic version of our favorite hymn, setting the tone for the entire evening.
The pretty paper: I love paper. As a designer, I had always been so excited by the prospect of creating my own invitations. I wanted the invites to set the mood and relay the feeling of casual, rustic elegance... and be a bit eclectic. I got to combine different paper types, letterpress, manila tags, book binding ribbon, calligraphy, and vintage postage from a local stamp collector! Inside our reception barn was a mural of the vineyard that I adapted into vintage postcards for our RSVP cards and table numbers. (I even had guest calling me to RSVP because they did not want to part with the postcard.)
Of course, we have so much more to share with you. We'll be back in just a bit with even more from this beautiful day.
Photography: Jose Villa / Venue: Crossroads Estate, Firestone Vineyard, Santa Ynez, California / Videographer: Lola Video / Floral Design: Modern Day Design / Wedding Gown: Vera Wang / Bride's Shoes: Campbell / Groom's Suit: Banana Republic / Bridesmaid's Dresses: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: LunaBella Makeup and Hair / Invitations and Programs: Designed by Bride - Pulp & Pixel, printed by AccuColor / Calligraphy: Write by Mike / Ceremony Music: Jason Sulkin / Reception Band: The Clumsy Lovers / Caterer: Duo Events / Wedding Cake: Solvang Bakery / Coordinator: Robin Sonner (no website) / Officiant: Jono Shaffer