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Colorful Summer Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch Part II

If you thought it wasn’t possible to top Part I of this color-filled lovefest, think again. With an A-list vendor lineup - looking at you, FlowerwildCorbin Gurkin and Twine Events - it’s quite possibly one of the most uniquely gorgeous celebrations to grace our pages, and there’s still more to be seen. Head to the gallery for all three days worth of wedding events plus a red embroidered dress that’ll rock your world.

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From Kate of FlowerwildOur bride and groom wanted their guest to feel like they were entering into a warm and inviting weekend of love and laughter. So a few days of frolicking were planned to ensure everyone experienced Santa Barbara accordingly. Thursday, guests were invited to attend a welcome dinner at San Yisidro Ranch that was low key and delightful. Then transported thru a day of celebration and family at the wedding on Friday.

Loaded with artful expression, the wedding embraced the couple’s love of their 5 daughters and each other. We covered the grounds of San Ysidro Ranch in dramatic colors and festive dancing; and designed a dutch painting -inspired chuppa for them to be married under. The bride’s aisle was dappled with plumes of hybrid delphinium. Programs were artfully displayed on custom-made fans by Amber Moon Deisgns and letterpressed by Tiny Pines Press. So beautiful, not one was left after the ceremony…all the guests took them home!

A reception in the historical Stonehouse followed light cocktails, and guests entered a the dining area that was dripping with delphinium and vines. Tables were adorned with only the best tabletop pieces from Small Masterpiece and the ARK. Sterling silver flatware, crystal goblets and coupes, beautifully patterned china, belgian embroidered napkins. Each setting, different from the next. The couple wrapped up the evening dancing under the stars with their children by their side and looking forward to yet another day of celebration in the morning!

Day 3 was a grand finale at the El Enchanto in Santa Barbara, where we transformed the ballroom into a colorful and vibrant oasis. Citrus trees filled the room, a circular-copper dance floor and brilliant band set the tone for a night full of music! This evening was a night for everyone to unwind, dance and just be in the moment…This is a dinner the couple intends to host annually, so they can continue celebrating their love and welcoming their friends to share in all the fun.

Everyone danced late into the night and the bride and groom clearly set a wonderful example of how to be centered and focused on getting the most out of your wedding. They never lost sight of each other in all the celebration. They always were looking to keep a nice balance in their decision making, and were never over-burdened by choices. They just stuck together. I know they will keep right on loving each other for years to come. I feel honored to have been a part of this lovely celebration.

Photography: Corbin Gurkin | Creative Direction and Design: Flowerwild | Coordination: Twine Events | Stationery: Tiny Pine Press | Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies | Make-up: Amy Clarke | Hair: Kelly Pace | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | DJ: Clinton Sparks | Band: That Vibe Band | Cigar Roller: Bob Gail Special Events| Drapery & Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Event Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Guitarist: Chris Wooley | Linens: La Tavola | Silhouette Artist: Cut Arts | Specialty Rentals: Found Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Small Masterpiece | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark | Wedding Day Painter: Sam Day | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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Sunny San Ysidro Ranch Brunch Wedding

This might be the sweetest brunch wedding I’ve ever seen. The Bride’s gorgeously textured top knot, the sunrise yellow and orange blooms and the rustic vibe at San Ysidro Ranch make up the perfect combo of pretty. Coordinated by Twine Events, the day went off without a hitch and with Emily Blake behind the lens, you can soak up every bit right here.

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From the beautiful Bride…John and I met when my best friend shamelessly propositioned him on my behalf at a sports bar in Brentwood, CA (without my knowledge of course!). I am eternally grateful to my brazen BFF, Erika, who knows me well enough to know when my future husband is sitting across the bar from me. One year later, John proposed on a beautiful rickety bridge during a muddy morning hike in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Soon thereafter, following months of my begging and prodding, John relocated his life and legal practice to join me in Orange County, CA. Our wedding vision was simple – gathering an intimate few to celebrate our union over a spectacular meal in a magical setting.

A Sunday morning brunch wedding at the extraordinary San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, CA couldn’t have been more fitting. The Ranch is infinitely majestic – with its lush garden grounds, rustic cozy hillside cabins and impeccable service. The ceremony, hosted by our very own cupid, Miss Erika herself, took place on the upper lawn overlooking the lily pond. The heartfelt exchange of our vows, so personal and meaningful, was my favorite moment of the day, and one I will never forget. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to celebrate with mimosas and bloody marys on the lower lawn before the start of brunch. Brunch took the form of three courses – A grilled asparagus salad with wild mushrooms, stuffed organic chicken breast atop butternut squash risotto, and an array of individual mini pies for dessert. Glasses were repeatedly raised throughout the meal as guests toasted with personal anecdotes and wished us a lifetime of happiness. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Coordination: Twine Events | Florist: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Beauty: Laura Rocha | Bridal Jewelry: David Yurman | Music: Ybarra Music | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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Colorful Summer Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch Part I

I’ve always known our friends at Flowerwild are crazy talented. But their latest wedding work of art pushes the design bar to a whole new level. Dressed in the loveliest jewel tone hues, it’s a wedding that’s not afraid to play with color and the payoff was tenfold. See the story told through Corbin Gurkin’s lens and sit tight for part two coming up next.

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From Kate of Flowerwild… You can’t really wish for a day more beautiful. This couple has deep love for one another and watching the way their families came together at the wedding was extremely special. From all our beginning talks, it was clear that the bride wanted her strong sense of style and love of color to be emphasized in the details woven thru the event from start to finish. As a lover of color, this was a refreshing place to begin!

We started by creating a dramatic, entirely custom invite with amber moon designs and tiny pines press. Crafting larger than life envelopes that opened to reveal a deep, dark, rich Dutch painting relief. This set the tone for the overall approach to the wedding day. Within the envelopes rested yet another, petal fold enclosure that held the copper foil invite with calligraphy by anne robins. Sealed with a boldly dark copper wax seal, and overlaid with a vellum paper, that reiterated the dutch flora esthetic we started with… It seemed as if the butterflies and flowers might float and fly off the pages as the invites were opened! Sumptuous colors, velvety textures, lush floral…the wedding was off to a great start.

Photography: Corbin Gurkin | | Creative Direction and Design: Flowerwild | Coordination: Twine Events | Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies | Stationery:Tiny Pine Press | Make-up: Amy Clarke | Hair: Kelly Pace | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | DJ: Clinton Sparks| Band: That Vibe Band | Drapery & Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Event Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Guitarist: Chris Wooley | Linens: La Tavola | Silhouette Artist: Cut Arts | Specialty Rentals: Found Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark | Tabletop Rentals: Small Masterpiece | Wedding Day Painter: Sam Day | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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Elegant Fall San Ysidro Wedding

San Ysidro Ranch will forever be on my favorite venues list and when you combine that magical setting with the creative vision of LVL Weddings & Events the wedding that follows is straight from the storybooks. Intimate, elegant and sprinkled with all-white florals from Sweet Marie Designs, it’s a proof that a quiet Monday affair can be anything but ordinary.

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From The Bride…It was not love at first sight! Our falling in love was nothing like a fairytale. My world, before I met Michael, was already completed, secure and certain. I did not see him as the missing pieces to my universe, but against all the odds he made a place for himself by expanding my world into a warmer and brighter place. Now, I cannot imagine my life without him. I’m thankful that I’m married to my best friend.

From The Groom…Joob was profoundly intriguing to me, she represented an understanding of the world that I could have never comprehended. Her attention to detail and focused approach to life was the perfect balance to my unbridled ambition and excitement. She is a concise, no-nonsense type of person who is unabashedly honest and unapologetically sagacious. I love that about her! Her genius is what hooked me and I’m more than happy to give up half my stuff and the whole of my heart to spend the rest of my life with her.

From The Bride…It took us quite sometime to decide that we were going to have a wedding (we liked the idea of running to Las Vegas and getting married there). After we made the decision that we were going to have a wedding, we had to decide where. My parents live in Thailand and they said they could be here by September. That left us 5 months to plan everything. I looked for a venue that fit my idea of my wedding for almost a week and found San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. I suddenly fell in love with this place. We called them immediately to make sure they had our desired date available. All the weekends were all taken, but we were lucky because all of our guests had flexible work/life schedule, so we ended up with a Monday wedding. I always wanted a small intimate wedding.

We wanted the day to be about our friends and family gathering, and not so centered on the actual wedding. It is a rarity to be able to have all our love ones gathered in the same place at the same time to celebrate our life’s important moments with us. My parents and best friend flew across the globe to be there. We had one long dinner table and it reminded me of a secret garden wedding. We had a harpist playing during the ceremony and dinner reception. The sound of the harp encompasses what it feels like to be in love! I am in love with the white, simple, classic look of a traditional wedding and that is what sums up the style of our wedding. I do not think it could be any better than this. Our wedding was memorable and beautiful. We really had the time of our life. Lastly, we cannot be thankful enough for our fantastic vendors making all this happen.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Brides Dress: Rosa Clara | Grooms Tux: J. Crew | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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Happy Holidays + An Intimate Christmas Wedding!

We hope you’re cozied up on this Christmas morning, surrounded by the ones you love most. But in between the present frenzy and feasts ahead, we’re sitting down to share a holiday wedding worth celebrating. It’s a day planned in just 12 weeks (you read right!), and Josh Elliott captured this festive beauty to perfection. From all of us at SMP, wishing you a day of love, joy and bottomless cups of cocoa.

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From The Groom…My favorite moment of our wedding was our first look and seeing Katie for the first time. After everything she had been through the previous 6 weeks leading up the wedding, all I wanted was for her to feel beautiful and special like any girl would on her wedding day. When I turned around and saw her for the first time, I could not believe how beautiful she looked. To see her glowing like she was and how beautiful she looked exceeded all of my expectations and anything that I could have dreamt of. Knowing everything that she had been through to get to that point made it that much more special and beyond compare.

From The Bride…I have 2 favorite moments! My first favorite moment was the first dance with my husband. The love in the room from our immediate family and close friends was palpable as we slowly danced our first dance together to Brad Paisley’s “Then”. I could barely dance and slowly stepped back and forth as Stephen held me, but it was truly one of the happiest moments that I will never forget. The next moment I will never forget is getting ready for my wedding day with my 3 younger sisters/bridesmaids. I purchased Equipment silk pajama sets for us all to wear as we relaxed and got ready for the wedding day. As my sisters helped button up my wedding dress, I realized that this was one of the most special moments that I will always remember. I can’t imagine this day without each one of them by my side.

Vintage silver chargers were used under each setting to add a festive touch to the tables. On top of each napkin were homemade menus that my mother printed and glued to thick dark green cardstock. We finished off each menu with a gold F initial wax seal. I loved this touch beautiful rustic touch. Truffle boxes tied with a white satin ribbon and small pinecones held the place cards for each guest. These were also printed and glued onto dark green cardstock to match the Christmas greenery from the centerpieces.

After small hors d’oeuvre were passed during cocktail hour, we dined on San Ysidro Ranch’s fabulous cuisine of seven spiced dusted Ahi Tuna for the appetizer course, spinach salad with dried cranberries, hearts of palm, almond and a sherry vinaigrette for the salad course, and an entrée choice between a parmesan crusted halibut with a sweet pea risotto, sautéed wild mushrooms or a pan seared prime filet of beef with yukon gold potatoes and pear onion hash with a cabernet reduction, perfect for a winter evening dinner.

Stephen and I met on St. Patrick’s Day many years ago and have been together ever since! We got engaged on August 29, 2013, after dating for 3 and a half years, the night before our big trip to Europe. While traveling through Europe (newly engaged!), we decided that we really wanted to get married in December and have a small winter themed wedding. My parents got married in December and ever since I was a little girl I had always wanted to follow in their footsteps with a seasonal winter wedding. After returning home from Europe my mother had mentioned San Ysidro Ranch to me and after seeing the pictures online, I instantly fell in love. I normally gravitate towards a “California-rustic vibe” anyways, so I couldn’t wait to see this venue. After visiting San Ysidro with Stephen and my family, we were in love with how truly stunning and breathtaking the San Ysidro grounds were. The gardens of lavender, magenta bougainvillea, vibrant orange trees, and quaint wooden cottages created the most perfect picturesque scenery. We instantly knew this would be the place where we were to get married and start our lives together. San Ysidro felt peaceful, cozy and relaxed; three adjectives that we wanted our dream wedding day to be. After choosing December 14, 2013 (yes, 3 months after getting engaged!) we got straight to planning. We couldn’t wait to be married over the holiday season with our family and closest friends.

Two months before the wedding, in the midst of quickly planning, I had a tragic accident with a personal trainer that resulted in spinal surgery 6 weeks before the wedding. After the surgery, I was hardly able to walk and needed assistance from my walker, fiancé and father for two weeks post-op. How would I be able to walk down the aisle in 4 weeks? Would the wedding still go on? How would Stephen and I do our first dance? I was determined to walk down the aisle with my father to my future husband, but knew the next 4 weeks would be a long, rough road. Stephen stood by my side proving to be my true soul mate, always positive and attentive with me through this incredibly difficult recovery. I was bedridden for the rest of the planning process, but luckily, my sweet mother stepped in and finished up all the planning, down to the smallest detail. Even though not fully recovered, I made it up to Montecito and had to lie down every hour throughout my wedding day and wedding weekend to rest my back.

Stephen and I proceeded to get married in front of 80 of our immediate family and closest friends on December 14, 2013 on the beautiful lawns of San Ysidro Ranch. Our reception followed at San Ysidro’s Restaurant, The Stonehouse. It was truly a magical day, filled with emotion, love, and holiday spirit. Our bridal party and groomsmen/ groomswoman consisted of my 3 younger sisters on the bride’s side and Stephen’s 3 older siblings on his side. We really loved using both of our siblings as our bridal party; it added that intimate sense of family and love to our ceremony. The bridal party walked down the aisle to a Spanish guitarist playing the “First Noel” and flawlessly transitioned into “Canon in D” as I carefully and tearfully walked down the aisle, thinking about how challenging these last few weeks have been, but yet how happy that I was to be here in this moment about to marry Stephen.

The warming of the fireplace in the Stonehouse restaurant on a chilly winter night added to the charm and holiday spirit throughout the night. All of our centerpiece flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres were made of an array of white flowers, accents of pine, and various other Christmas greenery; all sticking to my “simple winter white” wedding theme. All of the flowers were put into different sized vases down the center of each rectangular table. Some of the vases were covered in wood bark and some of the vases were sprayed with gold to give that mercury glass look. The mixture of the vases with mercury glass candles gave for a sparkling and festive evening.

In lieu of cake, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful charm of San Ysidro and enjoy their classic Meyer Lemon tart for dessert. Stephen and I aren’t much into cake, so the lemon tart was a perfect dessert for us. The bittersweet taste of the lemon tart signified both the bitterness of my spinal injury and the sweetness of our beautiful wedding day.

Our welcome baskets were filled with homemade cranberry orange jam made by my mother, homemade pretzels dipped in chocolate and cookies made by my sisters, and placed in custom designed bags with our names on it. Small Pellegrino waters, a map of Santa Barbara and traditional candy canes also filled the rustic looking baskets. Homemade tags were printed and tied with a raffia bow to complete the touch. We loved welcoming our guests with a few homemade goodies and Christmas spirit as they arrived to celebrate our wedding.

Photography: Josh Elliott | Floral Design: Jill Behrle, The Happy Vase | Wedding Dress: Marisa From Panache, Costa Mesa, CA | Invitations: Robin Love Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Reception Venue: Stonehouse At San Ysidro | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Dottie Palmer | Hair: Shine Blow Dry Bar, Montecito, Ca | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Grooms Attire: Custom Made | Groom's Tie: Armani | Live Band: Soulville

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