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Vibrant Open Air Wedding in Santa Barbara

There is usually one specific detail that I completely fall for when working on a wedding post. And with this Santa Barbara beauty, it’s all about those florals crafted by Anna Le Pley Taylor. Textured and vibrant, they so set the stage for an al fresco affair that blends casual with unabashed elegance planned by Alex Leigh Franklin and photographed by Diana Mcgregor. Head over to the gallery for so much more.

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From The Bride…Andrew and I met at one of my best friend’s weddings in Los Olivos, California. After strategically being placed at the same table, through a little bit of conversation we realized that we both had relatives back in Dallas, Texas. Over Christmas when we were visiting our families, we went on our fist date and we immediately knew there was something deeper there. I picked the coffee house we met at finding out later that this was a test to see if I would go major corporation or local business. I am glad he cares about these things and also glad that I had already gotten my coffee chain fix that morning!

We wanted our wedding to feel simple, relaxed, and elegant. I really tried to stay away from anything that was trendy. The first venue we signed with ended up canceling on us last minute. Despite the urge to have a complete nervous breakdown, we realized this was simply a second chance to plan our wedding. We now knew what was important and what wasnt and how to efficiently research venders. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was even lovelier than our first venue and am so thankful it worked out the way it did. The mud and straw walls, spanish tiles, terraces, fountains, and beautiful landscaping made this a perfect setting for our wedding. All it needed was crazy beautiful flowers from the talented Anna Le Pley. I wanted to have succulents, peonies, lavender, coral snapdragons, bougainvillea and white stalk all in different brass containers. She created the most lovely arrangements I have ever seen. Our baker, Lori Stern, whipped together 20 different pies including strawberry-rhubarb, citrus, and chocolate pie along with some homemade whipped creams. They not only were delicious but so beautiful and interesting to look at.

Our favorite parts of the wedding were a few details that were very personal. One was the first time we saw one another before our ceremony. Our insanely talented musicians serenaded us with some of our favorite songs in the distance while our photographer, Diana McGregor, perfectly captured every moment. We also loved taking communion during our ceremony from a carved wooden cup Andrew’s mom brought back from Israel, all while his sister sang Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors.’ On a creative note, I designed the cactus print for our wedding invitations and our handsome little ring bearer presented the rings on a pillow that I hand stitched for this day. As far as jewelry, I wore a tiny gold ring around my neck that my mother had given me when I was 10, my sister, the maid of honor, wore our matching ‘sister earrings,’ and Andrew wore his new gold tie clip that I had custom made for him. Last but not least, I carried with me down the isle a little blue and gold cameo pin on my bouquet that belongs to my granddad.

May 24 was absolutely perfect. They say that something always goes wrong, but I certainly did not notice anything but a covenant, loving friends and family, a very handsome groom, and pure beauty all around me.

Photography: Diana Mcgregor Photography | Wedding Planner: Alex Leigh Franklin | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Cake: Las Granolas | Invitations: Table Top Made | Catering: Country Catering | Coordination: Lori Stern | Invitation Illustration: Alex Leigh Franklin | Photography - Assistance: Katie Gibbs | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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Santa Barbara Engagement Shoot among the Lavender and Oak Trees

Flower crowns are not a new concept but they have surely made a fashionable little mark on the wedding world. From flower girls to brides and now engagement shoots, they’re popping up everywhere and when captured by Jen Huang Photography, the result is a beautiful collection of images set against the lavender and oak trees of Santa Barbara. Click here for so much more.

From Jen HuangEngagement shoots are so fun, it’s always a good idea to take it to the next level and add in floral crowns, gorgeous dresses and details like a beautiful white parasol and flowing dresses. Add in the gorgeous California light and then you’ve got something really special!

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Styling: Jen Huang Art | Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Floral Crown: Fleurs De Fallon | Gray Dress: Victoria's Secret | Lavender Dress: Love Shack Fancy

A Sunny Celebration at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

What starts off with crazy good sparkling heels, only gets better as you scroll through this day captured by Anna Costa. And the Santa Barbara Historical Museum? It’s the leader of the beautiful outdoor venue pack; especially when outfitted with blooms by Tenley Erin Young Floral and details coordinated by Bijoux Events. See the full affair right here.

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From The Bride…Ian and I met at a bar in Santa Barbara in 2009. We had a great conversation, and then Ian was too shy to ask for my number. He figured that he could just find my contact info on my university’s website, which led to him emailing someone else in my department and asking her out. Luckily, she pointed him in the right direction, and we managed to meet for coffee! Three years later, in June of 2012, we got engaged while on vacation in the mountains of Colorado. At that point, we had been living in separate countries for a year (with me in California and him in the U.K.) and were thrilled to begin planning our wedding and making plans for a future together.

We set a date for August of 2013. Since I knew I’d be leaving Santa Barbara soon (we moved to Canada shortly after the wedding), I was eager to include things that define southern California for me: succulents; bright, gorgeous flowers; adobe; great food and local produce; and lots and lots of sunshine. More than anything, Ian and I wanted our wedding to be a good party, and it was! We included games and MadLibs on the cocktail tables, and my parents made a Baggo set from scratch that guests could play with throughout the evening. We had great food, funny toasts, and a wonderful band that kept us dancing like fools throughout the night. The reception ended with coffee and cookies homemade by Ian and me.

Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for, and we feel so lucky that so many of our family and friends were able to celebrate with us. Many thanks to our wedding coordinator, Bijoux Events, and our other vendors for making it all happen!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young Floral | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Band: JME Entertainment | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Coordination: Bijoux Events | Museum: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals

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