Trying to explain the awesomeness that is this stunning Santa Barbara wedding is kind of like running a 10k with little or no preparation… or hiking to the top of a very tall mountain in your highest of heels. It’s virtually impossible.  Because weddings like this don’t deserve just any old narrative, they need an entirely new set of superlatives.  Ones that can justly describe the devastatingly gorgeous stylings of Ariel Yve Design, the enchanting images of Jake and Necia Photography and the take-your-breath-away beauty of  Modern Day Design.  This, my friends, is a wedding that will knock your socks off (seriously) and you can see every magical moment right here.

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From Ariel Yve Design… Working with Celia, Richard and Celia’s mom Molly was an absolute pleasure! Though this couple was from Las Vegas, the bride fell in love with Santa Barbara during her summer vacations as a girl.  Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful regions in the country to have a wedding, so it only made sense for her dream day to take place in this special city. When I first met with the couple, they didn’t exactly know what they wanted, but they knew that they didn’t want their wedding to be too fussy, too fancy or overly thematic.  

What they did know is that they loved this wedding of one of my past clients. What this told me was that they wanted something rustic with a bit of refinement and a touch of whimsy. During the 10-month planning process, we’d planned everything based on a guest count of 150.  When the RSVPs for this destination wedding came back at around 75 just weeks away from the big day, we had to jump into action.  The space was WAY too big for 75 guests, so I suggested bringing in hedges to create an indoor courtyard effect.  The bride happily agreed… and the result was nothing short of magical!  I guess the saying holds true that “necessity is the mother of all invention.”  

For the ceremony, Camille from Modern Day Design created a perfectly deconstructed alter arrangement, with beautiful oversize orchid and moss filled lanterns lining the aisle.  The bride added her own personal touch to the ceremony decor by mixing in her grandmother’s vintage crystal ornaments with the crystal chandeliers that we suspended in the venue’s ancient oaks. During the ceremony, the couple exchanged heartfelt vows…and sweetly left not a single dry eye in the house.  It was touching to see how important the moment was for everyone. When guests entered the space after the cocktail hour, they’d felt as if they were transported to special secret woodland garden somewhere in Europe.  It was romantic without being too sappy, soft without being too shabby chic and rustic without seeming too raw.

After dinner guests were treated to the infectious sounds of DJ Scott Topper, a Live Action Photo Booth as well as a unique “Mad Lib” station. To keep the party going, chartered buses pulled up during the last dance to whisk the couple and their friends away for a late-night after party at EOS Lounge.  From what I hear, a great time was had by all! Celia and Richard’s wedding was an emotional and beautiful day full of fun, food and family…the perfect way for this awesome couple to celebrate their new lives together as husband and wife.  Congrats you two!

Photography: Jake and Necia Photography | Event Coordination: Ariel of Ariel Yve Design | Floral Design: Modern Day Design | Venue: Rockwood Woman’s Club | Catering: DJ’s Catering | Cake: Wayne Kjar Cakes | DJ: Scott Topper Productions | Lighting: Ideal Lighting and Sound | Linens: La Tavola | Photo Booth: Action Photo Booth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Cinematography: New Classic Films | After Party: EOS Lounge | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup

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