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Classic Santa Barbara Wedding with a Modern Twist

Any celebration bathed in California sunshine is bound to be incredible, but add in the unparalleled beauty of Bacara Resort & Spa and a team of talented vendors? Well, the outcome is simply beyond! With creatives like Saralee Franchi Of XOXO Bride and Michael Of Michael + Anna Costa Photography behind the day it’s beauty that breaks boundaries and it’s all in the gallery!

 

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From The Couple…I knew I wanted to marry Ursula during our first date. After almost a year of dating and traveling, I asked her father and mother for their blessing to propose. I wanted the proposal to be a memory we would never forget for the rest of our lives, so I decided to surprise her with a trip to Paris.

We stayed in a small boutique hotel off the Champs-Elysees. As we were leaving to dinner, I suggested we stop in the hotel’s outdoor garden for a drink. Little did she know I had reserved it just for us. As we walked in, there was a bottle of Champagne and a dozen roses on a table with romantic music playing in the background.

We sat in the garden and drank Champagne while I told her how much I loved her and how much she meant to me. That’s when I got down on my knee and asked her to marry me. I was overjoyed when she said yes!

We then headed to the Eiffel Tower for a romantic dinner at Le Jules Verne to celebrate. As we sat, soaking in the 360 degree views of Paris from the top of the tower, we marveled at our surroundings and at our day. It was a magical experience and one we will never forget. 

Santa Barbara is our favorite weekend getaway destination. Our favorite place to stay is the Bacara resort. Its gorgeous Spanish architecture and sweeping views of the ocean are awe inspiring. We both love the Spanish guitar and chose to have live music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. The Spanish guitarist really added to the romantic ambience of our ceremony which was held on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

We love mixing traditional and modern elements in our home and office and we wanted to do the same with our wedding. Everything, from our attire to the décor, was classic with a modern twist. I wore a classic lace wedding gown, but it was completely backless. The expression on my husband’s face when he saw me for the first time was priceless! Most of our décor was white with silver accents. We chose dark wood feasting tables and mirrored runners topped with mercury glass votives, vases and white pillar candles. We had lush floral arrangements of varying heights that consisted of white orchids, hydrangeas, tulips, roses and pops of peach Juliet roses. The sunset, combined with the candle light reflection off the glass mirrored runners and mercury glass, created the most beautiful glow over our outdoor dinner venue.

We are both of Latino heritage and love family, food and dancing and wanted to make these important aspects of our wedding. I wanted a way to honor my parents so I decided to have both my mother and father walked me down the aisle. We also incorporated a tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us by displaying their photos during our cocktail reception. Great food and wine was a focal point of our wedding. Dinner included a double entrée, sliders and truffle fries were served after hours of dancing, and huge chocolate chip cookies were served to guests when they left. We made sure no one went home hungry! Our talented DJ, Gavin Roy, kept everyone dancing all night!

Enjoy your wedding together. Usually, when we host parties, we barely see each other throughout the night because we are socializing and attending to our guests. On our wedding day, we made sure to stay together the entire time and it was so much more fun!

Take a few moments throughout your special day to step back and take everything in. Everyone we know warned us that the day was going to fly by in a blur. Taking those moments together to stop and appreciate everything around us made the whole day so much more unforgettable.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: DP Weddings | Coordination: Saralee Franchi Of XOXO Bride | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cakes: Christine Dahl Pastries | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Ursula Of Honor Beauty | Hair: Jesse Rae | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | D.J.: Gavin Roy Of Gavin Roy Presents | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Reverend Miriam Lindbeck | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Desserts: Christine Dahl Pastries

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Glamorous + Romantic Wedding Inspiration at The Villa Sevillano

Friend to friend, I feel I can let you in on a little secret… I struggle on Tuesdays. Week after week without fail, I suffer from the terrible Tuesday blues but today is special; I’ve come upon the ultimate solution and it goes by the name Sally Pinera. One glance at this glam shoot and I guarantee you’ll agree; she’s absolute magic behind the lens. Crafted by Poppy Design Co., these pics have put a permanent smile on my face and for that, I’m forever grateful. Make your Tuesday shine so much brighter right this way!

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From Sally Pinera… For this gorgeous, luxe and sultry shoot we chose The Villa Sevillano in Santa Barbara as our backdrop. The Villa featured gorgeous architecture and gardens filled with lush greens. Poppy Design Co. designed the tablescape with beautiful dark plums, muddy purples, concords, greens, and creams to create drama. Elegant pieces from The Ark was used to lavish our tabletop. Our model, Breann wore the amazing Galia Lahav gown for the ultimate elegance. This would surely be an amazing inspiration for the bold and daring bride!

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Poppy Design Co. | Floral Design: Poppy Design Co. | Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Calligraphy: Post Calligraphy | Venue: Villa Sevillano | Female Model: Breann Schram | Linens: Restoration Hardware | Makeup & Hair: Meagan Brown | Male Model: Denis Koltsov | Tabletop Rentals: Flowerwild

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Romantic Fairytale Santa Barbara Wedding Inspiration

Darlings, what you’re about to feast your eyes on is the fusion of uber stunning fashion, florals and wildly beautiful imagery from our friend Jose Villa. That fusion translates into a fairytale-like style of inspiration that we’d love to see one of you turn into a real weddingKelly Kaufman‘s florals are pulling at my heartstrings, while each gorgeous dress from AriaDress keeps me coming back for more. See it all in the full gallery.

From Jose Villa PhotographyInspired by a romantic, fairytale, Santa Barbara estate wedding, this shoot features three gorgeous dresses from AriaDress, including the Virginia – strapless, sweetheart gown with glass beaded lace bodice, featuring draped sleeves and silk chiffon skirt, the Jennifer – off-the-shoulder corded lace gown with illusion back and multi-layered tulle skirt and the Carole – sweetheart, backless, mermaid gown in beaded lace.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: AriaDress | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Venue: Estate | Stylist: Joy Proctor Design | Veils: GirlwithaSeriousDream

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Rustic + Elegant Santa Barbara Summer Wedding

While I may have noticed these gentlemen’s dapper style at first glance (those classy blue suits and blush neckwear) but the overwhelming emotion that then took over was pure love. You sense it in every image and if these pics by Michael + Anna Costa are any indication, this was one amazing celebration. Alegria By Design took wedding dreams and turned them into a romantic reality with the help of La Tavola and Ambient Event Design. Happy Monday m’dears; we’ve got a goodie right here.

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From Armando Martinez, Alegria By Design… Groom Tyler had carried the vision for his wedding day in his heart since boyhood. A small family dinner illuminated by candlelight following an intimate church wedding. After finding his perfect match, Michael, it was finally time to give life to his dream and plan “Ce Grand Jour.” Deciding the American Riviera was the perfect location was step one. Next, dinner in a lush garden and the sounds of gypsy jazz filling the night air. Oh and of course margaritas, Texan style, honoring Tyler’s home state and Southern Hummingbird cake honoring Michael’s deep Southern roots.

Orders in hand I set off planning a weekend perfectly balancing gracious Southern entertaining paired with all the charm eternally romantic Santa Barbara has to offer. What an amazing honor to be trusted to design the most important day in any young couple’s life but particularly so when the couple is two brilliantly talented and well sought after interior designers/gallery owners. No pressure. I thank them both for their wonderful faith and trust!

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Videography: Riviera Productions | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Cake: Deux Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Villa Verano | Catering: DUO | Transportation: Signature Parking | Classic Car: Tours A La Carte | Event Design + Planning: Alegria By Design (Armando Martinez) | Linens: Ambient Event Design | Linens: La Tavola | Music & Band: AMS Entertainment | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Truffles: Jessica Foster Confections

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Whimsical Yellow Hued Wedding Inspiration

Truth be told? Sometimes a shoot is so absolutely gorgeous, it’s hard to edit down. Perfect example? This bounty of beauty straight from the lens of Sally Pinera. Busting with happy, sunny hues and organic elements a la Chloe + Mint, it’s what daydreams are meant for. I dare you to take one look at the gallery and not fall in love with every single frame. More here!

From Chloe + MintWhen you think of Santa Barbara, you can’t help but think of the Spanish-influenced historical buildings, the coolness of the sea-side breeze and the luscious greens that engulfs the city. When we wanted to put an amazing team together to help bring our vision to life, we were thinking of just that- to truly incorporate our surroundings into our theme.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the perfect setting as it is such a staple landmark in town and a real-life wedding venue. We envisioned a long wooden table with vineyard chairs on its sides, topped with soft china to showcase a gorgeous centerpiece. Our model wore a Claire Pettibone that you are probably seeing pop up in many places right now. When we saw all of the colors come together: the yellows, the greens, and the blues, it was all just so breathtaking. We hope you find some inspiration from our amazing photo shoot and enjoy it as much as we did!

Photography: Sally Pinera | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Frost It Cupcakery | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Bridal Accessories: BHLDN | Coordination/Design: Chloe + Mint | Female Model: Tracy Kristine | MUAH: Suzie K. Makeup | Male Model: Zachary Balaban | Rentals: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney | Tabletop: Borrowed Blu

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Colorful Indian-Jewish Fusion Wedding in Santa Barbara

Now this is what I call a fusion wedding! A beautiful Indian Bride and her handsome Jewish Groom worked with Pretty Vintage Rentals and La Tavola Linens to create some downright gorgeous “I Do’s” that celebrated both of their cultural heritages to a T. Take a peek at even more of this Michael Costa-captured colorful affair in the full gallery right here!

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From the Bride… Our wedding had definitely been a long time coming.  Jay and I first met in college, and after years of moving around (and living on opposite sides of the country) we found our way back home and got engaged in beautiful Ojai, California.  Wedding planning began shortly thereafter.
 
Jay and I are both from Southern California and we wanted to get married in a place that was special not just for us but also for our families.  We both spent a lot of time in Santa Barbara when we were growing up and felt like it was the perfect place for a wedding.  On my dad’s recommendation, we decided to check out the Fess Parker resort and couldn’t have been happier – the setting was gorgeous and we loved the idea that we could get married and spend the weekend with our guests all in the same place.  We knew we could create a wedding there that was going to feel both like a celebration and a vacation for our guests.
 
Jay and I come from different ethnic backgrounds (his Jewish, mine Indian) and it was really important for us to have a wedding that combined the cultures and customs of both our families.  I love the energy and family participation of the Indian weddings as well as the intimacy and symbolism of Jewish weddings.  Weddings in India tend to be a community event and, in that spirit, my brother, sisters, cousins and aunts all came up onto the mandap during the wedding ceremony to offer their blessings and advice. Through the Jewish elements of our wedding ceremony, we were able to take a moment to reflect on each other, exchange vows, break a glass and look forward to the future. 
 
Along with the wedding ceremony, I also wanted my clothing to reflect both my Indian background as well as my American upbringing. My two wedding outfits were both designed by Rashi Iyer of Sara Design Studio. For the ceremony, I wore something more traditionally Indian. I wanted to wear my late grandmother’s necklace on my wedding day so Rashi used the design from that piece and incorporated it in the embroidery on the blouse. For my reception outfit, we fused the Eastern and Western cultures by creating a white gown embellished with crystal beads and gold embroidery.
 
The best thing I did during the wedding planning process was to trust in other people and allow them to help, and no one was more helpful than our incredible wedding coordinator, Jessica Kuipers, of Bijoux Events.  I told her that I wanted our wedding colors to be navy blue, coral and gold and I also showed her pictures from other weddings to give her an idea of my style. She, and the amazingly talented group of people she works with, ran with my ideas and created a wedding beyond my wildest dreams.  The flowers, lighting, and décor could not have been more beautiful. Tenley Erin Young, our florist, created a floral Ganesh that served as the most spectacular backdrop for the mandap/chuppah.  For the reception, I wanted a fun space to dance and a lounge-like space for relaxing, and Jessica made the most of the outdoor area, bringing in a beautiful sofa, colorful pillows and strings of light so that our guests could enjoy the Santa Barbara night sky.  Inside, we had a cookie dessert station, where my husband and I made sure to have our favorite and our parents’ favorite cookies represented.
 
The whole day was truly magical.  Our family and friends put so much time and love into helping us create our wedding, and more than anything, we wanted to make sure that they enjoyed themselves as much as we did.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photo {Michael Costa} | Event Design: Bijoux Events | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Catering: Jay Bharat | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Wedding Venue: The Fess Parker | Desserts: Deluscious Cookies + Milk | Linens: La Tavola | Music: JAS Productions | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals

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