I can practically feel the love + happiness radiating from these amazing, sunlight-soaked images by leila brewster photography. Putting together an intimate destination wedding at HeartStone Ranch was a family affair for this adorable couple; glass jars were collected for months + the bride’s sister made 1,000 origami paper cranes to wish them good luck! There is so much more beauty to peruse in the full gallery.
From the Bride… We envisioned our wedding as small and intimate with a casual, elegant feel. We decided to have a destination wedding. It was important for us to have it in an area we both loved and that was small enough that our family and friends weren’t too far away. It would have been difficult to accomplish this more intimate wedding weekend in LA so we moved it north to the Santa Barbara/Carpinteria area. After much searching, we found HeartStone Ranch, which felt perfect.
We wanted to have a backyard, summer wedding with a laid-back feel. We had lawn games, benches and picnic blankets to chill out on. There was a beautiful outdoor fireplace as the evening cooled down. A lot of our wedding decor was DIY, and as much as we could, we tried to use sustainable materials. We saved loads of glass bottles to use as vases and candle holders (even learning to use a glass-cutter to cut bottles). We used succulents as part of our floral arrangements. We borrowed items from family and friends when possible. My sister Courtney amazingly made 1,000 origami paper cranes to wish us good luck. To showcase the beautiful origami, we strung them on dowels and metal rings to create mobiles. They were also placed on the table around the glassware and used to decorate the place cards. My mom has beautiful writing and wrote out all the place names. We used burlap runners for decor accents and had beautiful vintage glassware all provided by Borrowed Blu (event/floral design) that really completed the table and overall look of the wedding. All of this probably sounds like a lot, and it was, but it worked out thanks to the help of our great vendors, some of whom I mentioned earlier, along with DNT Elite Events (wedding coordination), Main Course California (catering), and Leila Brewster (photography). They made our wedding day amazing and provided us with many great memories.
We had a wonderful day. The weather was perfect, and we were surrounded by our family and friends who came to celebrate with us from near and far. Our guests were laughing and dancing (even our parents!), the food and desserts were delicious, and we were happy as we enjoyed the short but sweet day. Everything just came together so perfectly. A huge thanks to everyone involved!
Wedding Photography: leila brewster photography / Wedding Venue: HeartStone Ranch in Carpinteria, California / Event + Floral Design: Cassandra Stearns of Borrowed Blu / Personal Floral Design: Simply Bouquets / Wedding Coordination: Naomi Takahashi of DNT Elite Events / Officiant: Ignacio Garceron (A Friend) / Catering: Main Course California / DJ: Gavin Roy Presents / Rentals: Ventura Rental / Lighting: EventRents / Wedding Dress: Galina / Hair: Paul Mitchell Salon / Bride’s Makeup: Courtney Dafaee, Matron of Honor + Heerva Macwan, Maid of Honor / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew