Four Seasons Santa Barbara Wedding by Ariel Yve Design
February 24, 2012
United States
This couple just might be one of the cutest, so obviously in love duos we've seen in quite awhile. They have that shiny, happy sparkle that only crazy in love lovers have and their wedding fits them to a T. It's a lovely combination of effortless elegance crafted by Ariel Yve Design and many a sweet moment caught on film by Jake & Necia Odening of The Collective Photographers. So let's recap: all out elegance, check. Sparkling love bouncing off of every image, check. A whole gallery filled with pretty pictures for you to peruse, check, check and more checks.

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From Ariel of Ariel Yve Design... Most of my brides come to me with visions of grandeur. However, Lauren wanted nothing more than to have a perfectly sweet and simple soiree in celebration of her marriage to her long-time love, Justin  It was instantly apparent to me, and everyone who met this couple, that this wedding was going to be a celebration of true love and family. Lauren, Justin and their families are some of the kindest, most sincere people I have ever met (all the vendors who worked on this wedding have echoed my sentiments).

The couple had initially planned to marry in Hawaii, but due to scheduling conflicts, they opted to change their plans and marry closer to home. After suggesting a number of venues, Lauren and Justin decided on the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara. Though this was an autumnal wedding, it was going to be a daytime fete. Because the ballroom was going to be flooded with an abundance of soft natural light, we wanted to use a lighter color palette of fresh greens, peach, coral and fuchsia, tempered with accents of burgundy foliage for contrast.

Immediately following the emotional ceremony, guests where directed down the hill to the Four Seasons for the celebration. Upon arrival, servers holding silver trays of fresh bellinis, mimosas and kir royales awaited guests on the El Mar Terrace, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Once seated for lunch, guests dined atop a mixture of wooden dining tables draped in burlap and accented with the cutest striped napkins from La Tavola — they were just too perfect to pass up. During the salad course, the couple's families gave a round of heartfelt toasts and congratulations. The pride conveyed by both the bride and groom's fathers touched the entire room. Like the champagne, happy tears were definitely flowing. After cutting the three-tiered, pink ombre, red velvet wedding cake, and taking several spins around the dance floor, guests were given freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies tucked inside little handmade muslin bags before heading down to the beach for a final group picture on the sand.  As everyone departed and hugs were exchanged, the guests could be heard proclaiming, "This was the best wedding I've ever been to!" Lauren and Justin, congratulations on a beautiful wedding, and best wishes for an even more beautiful marriage!

Wedding Photography: Jake & Necia Odening of The Collective Photographers / Ceremony: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Santa Barbara, California / Reception + Wedding Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California / Flowers: Cody Floral Design / Event Planning + Design: Ariel Yve Design / Wedding Invitations: Umbrella Tree Design / Rentals: Fusion Event Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Cookie Favors: Sugar Cat Studios