This Bride and Groom are living an absolute fairytale. After they designed this stunner of an engagement ring together, they set off to plan one beautiful Santa Barbara wedding. With vendors like Michael + Anna Costa Photography, Redmond Digital Media, Bacara Resort & Spa, Downbeat LA, Drunken Pixel and Jenny Yoo, their big day was an absolute dream. Head to The Vault to experience all the magic for yourself!
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From The Bride…Christian and I met our sophomore year of college on our way to a winter formal dance with friends and started dating shortly after. We finally decided we were ready to get married eight years later. We designed my engagement ring together so I never thought he would be able to pull of a surprise proposal. Almost everyday I asked him if the jewelers said when the ring was going to be ready. On New Year’s Eve I asked him again and he replied, “They said they were delayed due to the holidays and it will be about 2 more weeks.” I was a little bummed out but still very excited. That night we were hosting a New Years Eve party with a ton of our friends. One friend who is a photographer said she wanted to take pictures of us all in the backyard because Christian had bought these cool sparklers and they would make for some great long exposure shots. Of course I read nothing into it because I completely believed the ring wasn’t ready. All of the sudden mid picture Christian grabs the sparkler out of my hand and hands it off to our friend. He took my hand and pulled me in front everyone. Then it finally hit me, this is the night! I immediately started crying as Christian got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. He started getting choked up too and was having a hard time beginning to speak. I blurted out, “You lied to me!” Everyone laughed and it broke his nervousness. He gave me the sweetest proposal, and I said yes! He then asked everyone to turn and wave to the security camera in our backyard. He had called everyone in both families, even aunts, uncles and cousins to give them the web link to our security camera so they could all watch the live-streaming proposal! It was so special that everyone was able to watch. We quickly started touring venues in Santa Barbara and when we came to the Bacara for a tour, we knew this was where we wanted to get married. Unfortunately they were booked a year out as the Bacara’s coordinator reviewed the bookings for 2015. “I’ll be right back to double check if there have been any changes.” He and I sat down outside, said a quick prayer and anxiously waited. When she came back, someone had called that day and cancelled their spot in August! We were overjoyed and reserved the date on the spot. The wedding was spectacular. We left for our honeymoon in Bora Bora the next day.
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: Redmond Digital Media | Event Planning: Attention To Detail | Floral Design: Rockrose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston | Cake: Room For Cake | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Unveiled Makeup & Hair | Band: Downbeat LA | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | String Quartet: Dolce Quartet | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Gelato Stand: Via Maestro | Honeymoon: Hilton: Bora Bora | Photo Booth: Drunken Pixel
When you have the dream team of vendors, you have all the makings of a dream wedding. And this vendor team? They’re definitely the dream team: onelove photography, Alegria By Design, Enchanted Garden Floral Design, Copper Willow Paper Studio, TEAM Hair & Makeup, Plum Pretty Sugar, and Bacara Resort & Spa. And, there’s the Bride’s custom Lazaro wedding dress — talk about a dream wedding! See all the pretty in The Vault!
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From The Bride…We always knew we’d get married by the ocean. Being that we both grew up in Los Angeles, we knew we wanted to highlight the West Coast’s splendor. Some of the key interests that brought us together were our love for all things LA, fashion, and history. Bacara was our perfect venue since it exemplified the amazing beauty SoCal has to offer with breathtaking views of the Pacific, its rich Spanish and coastal history, and serene elegance. We wanted to shine just as much as our venue, so part of the fun of the wedding process was our style picks for the Big Day! The wedding dress was a custom Lazaro paired alongside a brilliant blue tux from Theory. We both are passionate about shoes, so we thought it would be a romantic touch to classically match in Christian Louboutins. Our wedding party elegantly reflected the colors we used throughout our wedding process, making sure to tie in everything from our invitations, flowers, and overall decor. It was only natural for us to want to share our fashion passion with our guests, so we decided to get our logo emblazoned on cool black sunglasses as wedding favors! We all enjoyed the sunny Santa Barbara coast in style!
We envisioned a balance of both classically elegant and modern elements throughout our wedding. Our florals reflected the sophisticated softer side of garden roses paired with the more contemporary, playful anemone and blue thistle all fused with grayish greens like eucalyptus and dusty miller. We used our logo, a stylized script A and I representing our initials, throughout our website, invitations, signage, menus and our wedding favors. The predominant colors we adhered to were a classic, bright white and a darker, slate blue. Our vendors really captured our vision of integrating classic and modern elements to produce the perfect amalgamation of our styles.
Photography: onelove photography | Cinematography: Studio 205 Films | Coordination: Alegria By Design | Floral Design: Enchanted Garden Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Superfine Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Invitations: Copper Willow Paper Studio | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: Who's That DJ | Favors: Logo Lenses | Groom's Attire: Theory | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Bride's Earrings: Chanel | Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Linen Rentals + Runners: La Tavola Linen | Menu: Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Robes: Stone Cold Fox | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Signage: Etsy- Country Bliss Designs | Veil: JLM Couture
Want to know Blair & Trey’s secret? They hired THE dream team. For these Texas natives called in some big time beauty to make their Bacara Resort & Spa destination wedding the ultimate party. That’s right, they enlisted an all star team: the likes of Michael + Anna Costa Photography, Alegria By Design and TEAM Hair And Makeup. This is one wedding you won’t want to miss – see it all in THE VAULT!
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From the Bride… I always dreamed of getting married on a beach with my toes in the sand. When we got engaged and agreed on a destination wedding, Trey said he really wanted to get married in the mountains! As a compromise, we settled on Santa Barbara – mountains on one side, beach on the other. The first time we visited Bacara Resort & Spa, there was absolutely no question! From the gorgeous Spanish Colonial style throughout the resort, to the stunning view from the bluff where we would get married, it was perfect!
Being in Texas, we hired a coordinator. When I met Armando Martinez with Alegria by Design, I knew we had nothing to worry about. He was able to turn my vision into a reality and referred me to the best of the best vendors in Santa Barbara. Our wedding day was above and beyond our wildest dreams! There was not a single thing we would have changed. One of the great things about a destination wedding is a smaller guest list. We had a very intimate wedding with 65 guests, those nearest and dearest to us.
On August 1 while it was in the 100’s in Texas, it was 70 degrees and sunny in Santa Barbara. We chose to have our ceremony at 5 o’clock in the afternoon so that we had the whole evening ahead of us to party! And party, we did!!! Everyone says that you blink and it’s all over, and that could not be more true. I am so grateful for our photographer, Michael & Anna Costa, and our videographer, C2R Productions, for capturing every minute so that we can always look back and cherish the memories of the greatest day of our lives!
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Event Planning: Alegria By Design | Floral Design: Louloudi Designs | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Lighting: FiveStar Audio Visual | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Officiant : Dr. Jon Ireland | Ceremony + Reception : Bacara Resort & Spa | Ceremony Musician : Chris Wooley | Cinemetography: C2R Productions | Rentals + Specialty Linens: Town & Country