Santa Barbara Wedding at the Canary Hotel by Michael & Anna Costa
June 12, 2012
United States
Classic Weddings

There isn't much I need in my life besides bunches and bunches of fluffy peonies and this Santa Barbara wedding has straight filled me up with plenty of flowery goodness! Perfectly pink, this soirèe was held on the rooftop of the Canary Hotel and stood firmly footed in family and fun! Photographers Michael & Anna Costa snapped the most gorgeous moments of a truly special and sentimental day all bathed in notorious California sunshine. Don't miss out on the rest of this beauty in the full gallery!

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From the Bride... If I had to describe our wedding in one word, it would be family. We were married on 6/11, the same day my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents wed years before us. The center stone in my engagement ring was originally my mother-in-law's engagement diamond, and my now-husband designed the setting around it. My Uncle Scott married us — the same man whose wedding I was a flower girl in more than 20 years ago. And much of the wording of the passage read during the ceremony came straight from my parents' wedding.

My now-husband and I had been together more than five years when we got engaged, and while we both had known for quite some time we wanted to spend our life together, we were thrilled to host the best party our friends and family had ever been to. As we met during college in New York, and Dan's family is from Boston, we knew that a large chunk of our guests would be traveling from out of town, so we wanted to provide them with a special California experience. As soon as we saw the rooftop of the Canary Hotel, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and beautiful mountains, we knew this is where we would say "I do." The weekend of our wedding was typical Southern California weather, and "June Gloom" had taken over. We were okay with the fact it wouldn't be sunny during our wedding, but were thrilled it wasn't raining with the both the ceremony and reception outside. One hour before I was set to walk down the aisle, the clouds parted and sunshine lit the sky — and stayed like that until the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen.

Our wedding day was without a doubt the most amazing day of both of our lives. The one thing I was told when planning your wedding was to never forget the meaning of that day. My favorite part of the day was my husband's vows. He had the majority of guests in tears and blew me away with his thoughtfulness. And after the ceremony, it was the dance party that stayed hopping until the end of the night.

Wedding Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. / Wedding Venue: Canary Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California / Event Planning: True Blue Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Juniper Floral Designs / Cupcakes: Crushcakes / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: 19 Blue Salon and Spa / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Groom's Suit: Roberto Cavalli via Nordstrom / Groomsmen's Suits: Men's Wearhouse