An Environmentally Conscious Santa Barbara Celebration
June 23, 2017
California
Al FrescoWhimsicalOutdoor Weddings
This darling couple said I do beneath a show-stopping, distressed birch canopy with grapevines, herbs, garden roses, and field flowers woven throughout in a colorful celebration orchestrated by Alegria by Design. As an environmentally conscious couple, they kept the feel of the day organic, choosing to substitute leaves for paper whenever possible. TEAM Hair and Makeup complemented the wedding's aesthetic with the Bride's natural beauty look, and the whole event was captured beautifully by Jake + Necia Photography.
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From Alegria by Design... For Julie and Peter’s Santa Ysidro Ranch Wedding, it had to be romantic, casual yet refined, with the vibe of their free spirits woven throughout every decision and detail. As an ecologically minded couple, it was decided that as little paper as possible was to be used. Hand-lettered monstera leaves for menus and lemon leaves for escort cards were created by Santa Barbara designer, Sophia Uretz of Sophia Loves Letters.

For their wedding ceremony in the round, floral designer Michael Mantalos of LouLoudi Design Studio created a distressed birch canopy with natural grapevine woven throughout as a focal piece. The canopy was then laden with herbs, garden roses, and abundant field flowers spilling and climbing throughout. Lavender plants and distressed clay pots with flowering annuals finished off the magical garden design. An ombre petal carpet in blues and purples covered the ceremony floor.

After enjoying cocktails in the ranch’s citrus and herb garden, guests were welcomed to an intimate dinner in the hydrangea cottage and inner courtyard. Feasting tables of bright blue mandala linens and fragrant garden roses greeted guests, while hypnotic sounds of Brazilian jazz filled the night air. Later that evening, I received a handwritten note from dearest Julie, which read, “Dreams Came True.” It's a treasured note that I now keep on my desk to look at everyday.