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Elegant Pink-Filled Montecito Country Club Wedding

As a golfer who grew up in Santa Barbara, I spent quite a bit of time at the Montecito Country Club on the greens, but I can’t remember seeing it look this elegant — or graced by such a gorgeous Bride and Groom. (Seriously, could these two be any more beautiful?!) Anna Costa captured this fairytale of a day in the gallery here, and let me tell you, my dears, this is not one to miss!

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From the beautiful Bride… I’ve always admired the romantic, glamorous aesthetic of 1950s Hollywood, and that look was a major source of inspiration for our wedding. The grounds and ballroom at the Montecito Country Club – which have breathtaking views and stunning art deco touches – were the perfect backdrop for classic silhouettes and a muted palette. The moment we walked into the Club on our first visit, Derek and I were struck by its elegance – the dark wood beams and wrought iron chandeliers in the ballroom, and the incredible panoramic views of the Santa Barbara waterfront.

Shannon Kimbrough of Effloresce Floral created lush, stunning arrangements for the head of the aisle, full of white and blush pink peonies and champagne-colored roses. The indoor arrangements included spectacular café-au-lait dahlias, which brought an unexpected theatrical element to the decor. Derek and I also wanted to incorporate the beauty and charm of the local landscape, and had mini-potted succulents double as seating card-holders and guest favors. A few days before the wedding, my mom, soon-to-be mother-in-law, and I transplanted over 70 succulents into square glass votives, filled with champagne-colored stones.  It made for a fun, creative DIY project for us, and our guests got to take a little piece of Santa Barbara home with them.

Derek and I did a “first look” – I wasn’t quite sure about doing one when we began planning, but I’m really glad that we did. Taking a few quiet moments to enjoy one another’s company before the festivities was really calming and joyful, and set the tone for the rest of our day.  For the ceremony, it was important to us to weave in personal touches in celebration of our loved ones. Framed photos of our grandparents were included in the décor, and I was escorted down the aisle by my mom and younger brother to an instrumental rendition of Ave Maria, which was my grandfather’s favorite piece of music. Our incredible officiant, Reverend Miriam Lindbeck, created a ceremony for us that was more thoughtful and special than we ever could have imagined; she honored each of our parents, and recalled funny personal anecdotes that had everyone laughing.

For dessert, I surprised Derek with a mocha-flavored Oakland Raiders-themed groom’s cake, to pay tribute to his die-hard fandom.  We had a photo booth in the lounge adjacent to the ballroom, which was a huge hit among our friends and family, and made for a hilarious and memorable guest book. One of my favorite moments was when Derek and I adorned ourselves in photo booth props – hats, glasses, and giant bow ties – then hit the dance floor just as “Shout” by the Isley Brothers came on. From beginning to end, our wedding felt like a beautiful dream – seeing all our loved ones together, celebrating – we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, or a better reflection of our union.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Videography: Midnight Hour Studios | Coordination: Donna Romani Events | Floral Design: Effloresce Floral | Cake: Crushcakes | DJ: Danny Vasquez | Officiant: Miriam Lindbeck | Wedding Venue: Montecito Country Club | Hair And Make-Up: Cindy At Shine Hair And Make-Up | Lighting Design: Gavin Roy Presents | Photo Booth: My Flash Photo Booth | Rentals: Town And Country

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Organic + Elegant Orange County Estate Wedding

Now this is my kinda wedding. The kind where the couple puts an emphasis on the personal, like a backyard taco filled reception complete with homemade cookies by the Groom’s mother. It’s sweet details like that that lend to the loveliness of the Bride’s BHLDN gown and captures from Danielle Poff Photography that simply melt our heart. More here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Jake and I had the immense pleasure of getting married at our friend’s Spanish-style private estate in San Clemente, California, just blocks from the water. Prior to getting this opportunity, we struggled with finding a venue that felt like “us”: laid back, private, and intimate. We feel blessed to have married there!

I knew I wanted a relaxed and comfortable, yet romantic vibe infused in every detail of our day, while not competing with the natural Spanish-style of the home. I’ve seen quite a few stressed-out brides on their wedding day and knew we needed a relaxing atmosphere for our day. One of the easiest ways to create that relaxed vibe was through our food/drinks: tacos, margaritas, and local beer from Pizza Port (a Southern California classic)!

For my dress, I knew immediately that I wanted to wear a gown from BHLDN. Nothing says “romance” like their stunning collection of gowns. My sisters and I celebrated my bachelorette trip in NYC and simultaneously went wedding dress shopping in their Upper East Side store. It was pretty dreamy to find my gown in Manhattan! My shoes were also from BHLDN. Prior to getting engaged, I underestimated the power of a wedding veil. But when dress shopping, it wasn’t until they put a veil on me that it all felt real. I love the beauty and symbolism that a traditional veil represents so I found some vintage scalloped-lace on Etsy and had one of my own bride’s mother custom make it for me. It was so special to have!

One of my favorite parts of the planning process was choosing the decor! The thought of spending money on decor that we would use only once pained me. And it didn’t feel true to our taste. So instead of buying “wedding decor”, I bought items that Jake and I could incorporate into our future home, such as the Anthropologie vase that my bouquet sat in on our sweetheart table, or the succulents that displayed our seating arrangement. I also made the table numbers (and all the other signage) in Photoshop and displayed them in frames I found at a discounted home decor store. My only decor splurge so-to-speak was my florals. They were so important to me! Cherry Blossom Floral Designs made the most incredible eucalyptus garlands which was an easy way to fill the tables (since I didn’t want to buy a bunch of décor pieces). It also made for a perfect altar!

We skipped the traditional wedding cake and went for a small naked cake for us to keep the tradition of cake-cutting, and then opted for 1/2 of the cookies to be made from Kuba Kreations and 1/2 of them made by my mother-in-law. It was so special to have her contribute to our day like that! And every guest loves cookies.

Being a wedding photographer myself, choosing the right photographer for our wedding was the most important planning decision to me. I knew Danielle was the perfect gal for us, even despite our 500 mile distance! She and her second shooter, Sidney Morgan, captured every detail so beautifully and had a relaxed, yet professional attitude that I loved. My coordinator Kelsey, of Kelsey Rae Designs, made our day go so smoothly. I couldn’t have chosen a better coordinator to work with! She took care of absolutely everything and I knew I could trust her to make our day incredible.

Our backyard wedding felt so true to us, which was so important to Jake and I. It couldn’t have been sweeter!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Kelsey Rae Designs | Florist: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Rachel Simpson For BHLDN | Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos | Caterer: Cart N’ Tacos | Makeup Artist: Katie Mokhlessin | Hair Stylist: Alissa Wolf | DJ: Classic Cuts DJ | Venue: Private Estate | Dessert: Kuba Kreations | Photobooth: The Banana Stand | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Glamorous Coral + Champagne Country Club Wedding

These lovebirds decided to get married only one month after their first date, and enlisted the help of Orange Blossom Special Events to plan their dream nuptials in only nine months and from the opposite coast! Lucky for them, florals from Peony and Plum and photographs from Michael + Anna Costa Photography proved more gorgeous than they ever imagined, and we’ve got it all in the gallery here.

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From the beautiful Bride… On July 4th, 2013 Jordan and I went to see fireworks on the USS Intrepid in New York City. It was our first date. Exactly one month later, we both admitted we knew we were meant for each other and that we’d like to get married. We may have made the quick decision to get married, but it was the best decision for us. We got married March 15th of the following year. I called Brooke Avishay of Orange Blossom Special Events and, after a brief conversation, I knew she was the wedding planner for us. She was friendly, easygoing, and confident that she could help me plan a wedding in two weeks and from across the country. Since both our families live in the West we decided to have our wedding in Los Angeles at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. From New York City, I kept in close contact with Brooke about our vendors and decisions about our design, colors, food, photography, lighting, flowers, and music.

It helped to be a step removed from the planning. I trusted that Brooke knew the right vendors so instead of hunting through hundreds of vendors, she gave me a couple options for each. I looked at their website and I went with my gut. I wanted the colors to be soft and elegant so we chose peach, sage, and pink. And since I come from an Arizona neighborhood of horses, chickens, and goats, I wanted to add the personal touch of wooden table numbers and cake stand. My dad is an arborist and sawed off several pieces of 6” branches to make the table numbers and then he sawed a two inch thick piece of a tree stump for the cake stand. I loved combining the elegant and the rustic.

We wanted our wedding to be nice, but also very fun. For our cocktail hour we had a jazz trio playing, hors d’oeuvres, and popcorn. In the entryway, we had a slow motion camera for guests’ amusement. Also in the entryway, there were four movie posters set up. Each had our faces photo-shopped into character’s faces: Princess Bride, Inception (we made it Reception), Star Wars, and Fast and Furious. These were Jordan’s project. He thought it would be really quirky and bring out our personalities.

The best part of our reception was the dancing. The band that Brooke recommended was out of sight! We both love classic rock, so that’s mostly what they played. It was a blast! After our first dance as Husband and Wife, our guests joined us for some lively dancing before dinner started. It was a great way to start the evening. Jordan’s cousins are all very energetic and my friends who came were mostly all college friends who are mostly actors and dancers. We had a blast, dancing through the reception into the after-party. In the end, being with each other and our friends and family was the most important part of our day.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Videography: Cotton Love Studios | Event Planning: Orange Blossom Special Events | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Cake: Cakes By Rumy | Ceremony Venue: LDS Temple Newport Beach | Reception Venue: Riviera Country Club | Lighting: The Lighter Side | After Party Music: RedShoe LA | Linens: Luxe Linens | Photobooth: Smile Lounge | Popcorn Cart: Bart's Carts | Reception Music: West Coast Music | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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Romantic + Playful California Winery Wedding Inspiration

California Wine Country is one of my favorite places, and weddings there are just stunning. Take this Los Gatos inspiration shoot from the amazing Ashley Slater. Inspired by the California sunshine and cheery kumquats, this inspiration shoot is full of romance and beautiful details. To answer Ashley’s question, “Doesn’t it make you want to grab a glass of wine and a citrus dessert and sit in the California sun?!” Yes, it most definitely does. See all the pretty here.

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From Ashley SlaterCalifornia sun and darling kumquats inspired this winery wedding shoot. While preparing for this shoot we knew we wanted to capture some fun elements for the romantic set up. Kumquats came to mind, as a play on the famous California oranges and it took off from there. Sarah Seven provided a darling draped gown that was light and perfect for a mid-summer vineyard event. To keep the bride classic, Camille Monique did a soft updo and fresh, light makeup. Kaitlin Parisho Designs hand painted the invitation suite to match the kumquat theme and thin, romantic calligraphy adorned the menus, place settings and chair swag. Natalie Bowen Designs used pops of orange, peach and blush peach to carry the fresh theme throughout. Of course, our set up wouldn’t have been complete without rentals from Pieces by Violet—a vintage window pane provided the backdrop for the cake table where simple white buttercream cakes by Sweet Tooth Confections were displayed. Stylist Michaela Noelle went simple with the greenery on the cakes and let the kumquats really stand out. We love how pops of orange can really be classy and romantic while remaining fresh, modern and fun. Doesn’t it make you want to grab a glass of wine and a citrus dessert and sit in the California sun?!

Photography: Ashley Slater | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cakes: Sweet Tooth Confections | Hair And Makeup: Camille Monique Beauty | Venue: Regale Winery | Calligraphy & Signage: Kaitlin Parisho Designs | Event Concept & Styling: Michaela Noelle Designs | Event Styling & Coorination: The Bloom Workshop | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Pieces By Violet

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Vintage Santa Barbara Garden Wedding

Awash in hues of cream and white, this garden wedding has us smitten with its vintage charm. From paper heart garlands and marmalade favors to a dazzling wedding arch with a sparkly chandelier, it’s full of sweet surprises thanks to the pros at Wedding Kate. Get ready to fall in love with every single detail captured by Nancy Neil Photography in the full gallery right here!

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From Wedding KateWhen a fabulous interior designer weds a business entrepreneur you know it’s going to be a dreamy kind of day. Complete with traditional lawn games like croquet, bean bag toss, life size Jenga and putt-putt golf, this wedding was a vintage garden party. Lunch fare was served to guests while acoustic guitarists played favorites of the Bride and Groom from Coldplay, Beck and The Strokes.

This couple shared a love of details and that was evident as we selected the decor and florals for their wedding day. Kate has a personality that makes an instant connection with everybody. She is unabashedly full of life and love at all times. Matthew is the guy you could meet on an elevator and become best friends with. Everything is easy with him, including his love for Kate. These two love birds finish each other’s sentences and aren’t afraid to show that their other half is the most important part of their world.

My greatest joy is creating a feeling, a moment for a couple. One that they can look back at photos and still feel. Kate and Matthew made it too easy.

Photography: Nancy Neil Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Kate | Floral Design: Santa Barbara Style | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Band: Anthony Ybarra | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Organic + Classical Condor Ridge Ranch Wedding

A classic outdoor affair is sure to get our hearts racing, but add in the fact that Josh Gruetzmacher Photography was behind the lens of this organic fete and you’ve got yourself one dreamlike day. From the Harry Potter themed tables, to the Bride’s father officiating, to the Groom’s homemade brew, every minute is waiting for you in the gorgeous gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… We wanted to have a simple, classic outdoor wedding with all of our family and friends. It was important to us that our guests felt relaxed and most importantly had fun. We got married in Goleta, CA where we first met in 2006. We both really wanted to get married at an outdoor venue and we both fell in love with Condor Ridge Ranch. It’s an organic farm in the foothills of Goleta, overlooking the ocean. We couldn’t have asked for a better location. We incorporated our shared love for Harry Potter by naming the tables after locations in the Harry Potter books (e.g. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, The Burrow, etc.). It was also really special to have my dad officiate the ceremony and have our dog, Moose, walk down the aisle as part of the wedding. We also served the groom’s home-brewed Belgian Golden Strong Ale (11% abv), which we believe contributed to some of the awesome dance moves later that evening.

The most memorable part of the day for us was being able to relax and enjoy the wedding we had been planning for the last year.

Our advice for future brides now that we are on the other side: Delegate tasks to family and friends or your event planner. Be as organized as possible, but try not to sweat the small stuff. Lots of little things went wrong on our wedding day and I was the only person who noticed. Everyone else thought the wedding was perfect.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Coordination: Amazing Days Events | Floral Design: Simply Bouquets | Invitations: Waldo Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Country Catering | Hair and Makeup: Carlyle Salon | DJ: Duncan Shaw | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Jump on the School Bus | Bride's Dress: Stella York | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Dodds and Boshae | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Condor Ridge Ranch | Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes