Chantalle of La Bella Bride is back with more wedding goodness but before she picks back up where she left off, I wanted to let everyone know that she has THE most gorgeous wedding up her blog right now. Click here to see the dress that I have fallen madly in love with!

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Now THIS is what I call a tablescape!  I really do have an appreciation for a well decorated table and this delightful setting from Sylvia and Dave’s Santa Barbara wedding is sure hitting the spot right now.  It’s just the perfect combination of rustic charm meets clean elegance.  I dig it.

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I just had to include the last photo from this post.  Nothing makes me smile more than seeing a bride get down.  And Sylvia, girl, you are getting down in this photo.  We all salute you!  I have been known to cut a rug or two (albeit somewhat uncoordinated) and it really is one of my favorite aspects of  the wedding reception.  I like a bride that can boogie.

Sylvia continues about her day:

Friends and family were involved with all elements of the ceremony and reception as well.  Dave’s aunt, Reverend Bonnie Rose, was our officiant and a friend played guitar at the ceremony.  A big moment at the ceremony was when Dave and I turned to face the entire group gathered and sang a favorite hymn of mine, “I am so blessed,” together.  It was incredibly moving to look at all these people gathered to support us and sing about how blessed and grateful we were in that moment.
For the reception, we asked five different musically-inclined friends to DJ throughout the night and one to be our emcee.  We kicked off the reception with a choreographed hip-hop dance we did with our wedding party (including our flower girl).  It was probably the biggest hit of the night and one of the most fun moments of my life.


Instead of hiring a baker to make us a wedding cake, which neither of us is a big fan of, we asked friends to make pies and cookies for a dessert table. Dave’s friend Janice made us a symbolic wedding cake so we would have something to cut.  Our planner, Joy Proctor, put the table together beautifully.


Dave and I paid for the entire wedding ourselves and so asking friends and family to help out started out as a necessity.  However, looking back, I don’t think we would have done it any differently.  One of my favorite parts of our wedding day was looking around and knowing that every part of it had been created by someone we love.

Enjoy your day friends!

xoxo Chantale from La Belle Bride

The Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator and décor : Joy de Vivre Wedding & Event Coordination / Venue: Larner Vineyard / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Shoes: Nine West / Wedding Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup /Bridesmaid Dress:  J. Crew, Shawls from Nimli / Menswear: Ties from Cyberoptix Tie Lab / Caterer: SBB Gourmet Catering / Invitations: Hello Lucky / Bridal Earrings: Veronica Ladjili / Photography: Mary Jane Photography






Friends and family were involved with all elements of the ceremony and reception as well.Dave’s aunt, Reverend Bonnie Rose, was our officiant and a friend played guitar at the ceremony.A big moment at the ceremony was when Dave and I turned to face the entire group gathered and sang a favorite hymn of mine, “I am so blessed,” together.It was incredibly moving to look at all these people gathered to support us and sing about how blessed and grateful we were in that moment.

For the reception, we asked five different musically-inclined friends to DJ throughout the night and one to be our emcee.We kicked off the reception with a choreographed hip-hop dance we did with our wedding party (including our flower girl).It was probably the biggest hit of the night and one of the most fun moments of my life.

Instead of hiring a baker to make us a wedding cake, which neither of us is a big fan of, we asked friends to make pies and cookies for a dessert table. Dave’s friend Janice made us a symbolic wedding cake so we would have something to cut.Our planner, Joy Proctor, put the table together beautifully.

Dave and I paid for the entire wedding ourselves and so asking friends and family to help out started out as a necessity.However, looking back, I don’t think we would have done it any differently.One of my favorite parts of our wedding day was looking around and knowing that every part of it had been created by someone we love.

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