The epitome of glamour, this gorgeous Santa Barbara wedding will blow your mind. Think I’m being a bit hyperbolic? I’m not. Because this, my friends, is what happens when sophisticated details join forces with lush florals from Toast, a fabulous Gucci gown and a breathtaking El Encanto setting. See every awe-inspiring moment captured by Rebecca Fishman for Birds Of A Feather in the full gallery.
From the Bride… I own my own boutique PR firm, JZPR, and Kris is a footwear designer. Introduced by a mutual friend at a charity gala, we had our first date two days later and have been inseparable ever since – quite the whirlwind romance! Since we’re both longtime Santa Barbara residents, we chose to be married at the newly restored El Encanto, an early 20th-century hotel that is quintessentially Santa Barbara and exudes the romantic and glamorous vibe we were looking for.
I chose not to wear a traditional wedding dress, instead finding a show-stopping Gucci evening gown that made me feel like a glamorous movie star of old. I wore Manolo Blahnik heels and a combination of Erickson Beamon jewels mixed with my mother’s heirloom pieces. Kris looked dashing in a Tom Ford tuxedo, shoes by Prada, and hook + ALBERT accessories.
We kept things very small with a private, family only ceremony that took place on the terrace of El Encanto’s Oak Tree Suite (which prior to the recent renovation was called the Presidential Suite, named for President Franklin Roosevelt after he stayed there). Immediately following the ceremony we welcomed the rest of our guests at the property’s storied Arbor, where we toasted around the lily pond with delicious Bellinis. From there, the party moved to an upstairs terrace where we enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing, soaking in the sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean and the twinkling lights of Santa Barbara below. The unexpected surprise visitor of the evening was the Super Moon that we watched rise over the town, casting an enchanted glow upon the night… An omen of good things to come, for sure!
Photography: Rebecca Fishman / Birds Of A Feather | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Gucci | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Erickson Beamon | Catering: Belmond El Encanto | Makeup: Amanda Masson | Hair: Mishay Salon & Spa | DJ: DJ Fab | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Resort: Belmond El Encanto