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Romantic Santa Barbara Wedding

At first glance, I guessed this stunning Mediterranean-style soiree from B. Schwartz Photography to be set in the Greek countryside rather than sweet Santa Barbara. With it’s pure white beauty of a church, olive branches galore and traditions of the locale in every corner, Carter & Cook Event Company nailed this one. And the Bride? She’s a glowing Greek goddess, with a few pretty touches from TEAM Hair And Makeup. See even more here in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… Both Teddy and I have played soccer all of our lives from the youth level to the professional level. After Teddy retired from playing professionally, life brought him to Pasadena, California which is where I grew up. One of my first coaching jobs was for a youth club in Pasadena and Teddy was the director of the club. We coached one of the Under 11 girls teams in the club together and the rest is history.

We wanted our wedding to have a Classic, romantic, Greek-infused Style. By far my favorite moment of our wedding day was when my cousin Kolin played the guitar and sang the song “Best Seat In The House” as a tribute to my late father.

From Carter & Cook Event CompanyMakenzie and Teddy met when they were paired to coach a local club soccer team together. They developed a strong friendship as they coached the team to win many big tournaments, becoming one of the best girls teams in all of California. As the team blossomed, so did their relationship. After a few years they started dating and the rest is history!

Makenzie and Teddy wanted to create the perfect modern Greek wedding with romantic and ethereal touches. They chose Santa Barbara because of it’s obvious beauty and style… it was the perfect backdrop for their Mediterranean wedding. They really wanted to honor both of their families throughout the wedding day. Teddy comes from a Greek family and they really know how to party on the dance floor! The DJ (Christina Baglin) is a cousin of the groom and had all of the guests on the dance floor practicing their traditional Greek moves. Makenzie’s cousin surprised her with a beautiful song tribute to her late father. He changed a few of the words to Best Seat in the House by LoCash Cowboys and sang/played guitar. There was not a dry eye in the hall! The bride wore a monogrammed patch from her father’s old dress shirt inside her wedding gown as a small way to have him there with her. Alise of Sweet Marie Designs designed the most beautiful arrangements with yellow, green, gold and taupe tones. She brought the couple’s inspiration to life and it truly felt like an indoor, shabby chic garden party. Another special Greek touch were the favors. The family had olive oil shipped in from the father of the groom’s village in Greece (Kalamata), which is where the couple honeymooned. Makenzie and Teddy bottled it for each guest to take home. We created a few chalkboard details throughout the wedding; the seating arrangement sign, vintage plate table numbers, menus and other signage were chalkboards or made to look like it. The menus and favor tags were designed by Alaina of A Kreative Kraning and the extra large seating assignment chalkboard was beautifully done by Margaret of Nightingale Handmade.

It was a beautiful night celebrating the couple and what is most important to them: love, family and life!

Photography: B. Schwartz Photography | Videography: Aqua Vivus Productions | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Crushcakes | Shoes: Coach | Necklace: Something Jeweled | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Caterer: Petros | Calligraphy: Nightingale Handmade | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Church: Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church | Coordination: Carter & Cook Event Company | Garters: The Wedding Garter | Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup Artis: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Menues: A Kreative Kraning | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals

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California Al fresco Affair with a Secret Garden Vibe

When the Bride came across Rancho Las Lomas, with its lush, romantic gardens that reminded her of her favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, this al fresco affair followed suit. Captured by Anna Costa, along with florals by Jenny B. Floral Design and coordination by The Charming Little Event Company, it’s an open-air charmer loaded with pretty flower details and the perfect vintage vignettes curated by Found Vintage RentalsSee it all here.

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From The Bride…My husband and I met at a restaurant in Long Beach five years ago. Three years later, he whisked me away on a romantic train ride up the coast of Southern California to Seattle, where he proposed to me over a candlelight dinner. Jay and I have opposite personalities but his funny, optimistic, and laid back views on life complement my serious, perfectionist and disciplined traits. Despite our differences, we both come from humble backgrounds with similar values. When we met it was a melting of two worlds and life for both of us has been so much more colorful.

Our October wedding was an intimate affair shared with family and close friends. Rancho Las Lomas, nestled in the foothills in Silverado, reminded me of my favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden. The location was romantic, whimsical and a little mysterious with its lush gardens, rustic buildings, fountains, and hidden corners. It was the perfect environment in which to hold our wedding and I wanted our decorations to echo these surroundings. Our floral decorations had a mixture of eucalyptus, garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas. Our ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas were accented with beautiful, rustic wooden tables and doors from Found Vintage Rentals. We wanted soft and warm hues to bring out the fall season without the usual yellows and oranges, so we chose a neutral palette consisting of cream, taupe, pink and burgundy. Our reception area was decorated with strings of lights hanging above and we lined a nearby bridge with numerous candles. This venue, combined with the décor and lighting, created a truly magical ambiance for us.

For a whole year and half previous, I had put so much thought and care into creating our beautiful day. With the help of our wonderful vendors, it was so satisfying to see everything finally come together and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: Jenny B. Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Rings: Tiffany's & Co | Catering: 24 Carrots | Make-Up: E2 Beauty | Hair Stylist: Katie B | DJ: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Brides Hair: Katie B | Bridesmaids Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Hair: E2 Beauty | Coordination: The Charming Little Event Company | Ranch: Rancho Las Lomas | Rentals: Found

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Elegant Backyard Brunch Wedding

I think brunch weddings are the best idea since sliced bread. Seriously, morning vows followed by mimosas is about as good as it gets, and this backyard affair from WINK! Weddings and onelove photography is all the proof we need. From the bride’s pale blue Oscar De La Renta to the waffle and bacon-filled menu, this is one wedding I would die to attend.


From onelove photographyThis no-fuss bride has great taste. Keeping a Grace Kelly vibe for her daytime wedding, she opted for waffles and bacon for brunch at her wedding! Topping off the warm summer afternoon with a gelato truck as guests departed! Coordinated by the amazingly talented WINK! Weddings team.

From The Bride…Jimmy and I aren’t stuffy people. Having a nighttime extravagant affair just wasn’t us. We are fun-loving and casual…and love to spend our weekends being social together with friends and family. That’s how we landed on the idea of doing an elegant brunch. Rather than spending the entire day apart, having our ceremony at 10 am allowed us to spend the most important day of our lives together and with the ones we love.

Being that our reception was held in early afternoon in a family friend’s backyard, I decided to go for a short dress. I searched and searched both bridal salons and off the rack and found only reception dresses (short, beaded, fancy frocks…not what I was looking for). I realized I may need to think outside the box a bit and when I saw the pale blue Oscar de la Renta, I knew that would be perfect. It really became the backdrop for the entire theme of the wedding. We stuck to various shades of blue, pink, and orange from our invitations and signage to our flowers. One of my favorite finds was the cobalt blue cake stands that we found at Archive Vintage. They elevated the floral centerpieces and added a bold pop of color to every table!

Photography: Onelove Photography | Coordinator: WINK! Weddings | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Ceremony: St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church | Reception: Private Residence | Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Caterer: Monrose Catering | Hair and Makeup: Delilah Beauty | DJ: DJ Dart | Florals: Jody Carr | Gelato Truck: Sweet Lucie's | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

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