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Italian Vespa Engagement in Santa Barbara

What do Nike’s, a basket of pretty blooms, one sweet mint Vespa and skateboards have in common? Why, this adorable e-sesh from Onelove Photography of course! It really doesn’t get any cuter than this SMPers. So cozy up and get to know this gallery because it’s sure to leave you with a big ol’ smile.

From Onelove Photography… Aisha and Will brought their sneakers and hopped on a skateboard through the streets of Santa Barbara to celebrate their love. They ended the shoot with an Italian Vespa ride through the hills!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… I am a born-and-raised California girl, and Will grew up in Massachusetts but always felt drawn to the West Coast. Soon after we met in Boston we moved out to California and it wasn’t long until it felt like home for the both of us. We were engaged on our 5-year anniversary on my first trip to San Francisco.

When I thought about the concept behind our shoot, I wanted to make sure it perfectly reflected our individual styles. Incorporating our wedding palette consisting of mint greens, ivory and pops of raspberry, we crafted a California Cool vibe. Shot in the secluded hills of Santa Barbara we created two looks, taking style queues from both of our personalities. The first look was casual and comfortable, styled around Will’s affinity for Nike’s and the second featured a custom mint Vespa paired with bohemian bracelets and a casual but romantic ivory dress.

We chose a perfect Sunday in April and the photos couldn’t have turned out better. The warm golden feeling of sunshine perfectly captured the place we call home.

Photography: Onelove Photography

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Since voicing my obsession with Alexandra Grecco sweet-as-can-be skirts, I’ve been dreaming up a time + place where I can wear my very own tulle number! Offering heirloom-quality pieces that are timeless with a hint of nostalgia, I’m loving them for everything from engagement photos + bridal brunches to bridesmaid attire!

Since releasing her first collection in 2010, brides have been falling head-over-heels for this collection that is inspired by designs of the past. Made in New York’s garment district, the high-quality, six-layer tulle skirts are fully lined and layered for a perfect fit and have a gorgeous silk waistband! Available in two lengths (24″ and 30″), in sizes 00-12 and in a gorgeous selection of colors, Alexandra Grecco’s skirts are about as pretty as they come.

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Photo Credits: Ivory Tulle Skirt Couple : KT Merry | Ivory Tulle Skirt Photo: Atlantic Pacific


Late Summer Romance in Santa Barbara

Romance is a given when it comes to weddings, but lace draped tables, wine and garden roses definitely ups the ante. This recipe crafted by SR Hogue and Soigne Productions makes for the most romantic of outdoor affairs. Just add Anna Costa behind the lens and that al fresco affair turns into one crazy gorgeous collection of photographs. Click here for more.


From Michael & Anna Costa Photography….Libras can be described as indecisive, but when this Libra couple (born on the same day in October) saw their wedding venue on a rainy February day, they knew immediately this was the perfect spot for their late summer Santa Barbara wedding. Mike, having grown up in Santa Barbara, introduced Krista to this beautiful coastal city during weekend road trips to visit his family and friends – a short distance from Los Angeles, where the couple resides.

It was important to Krista and Mike that their love of music, artistic sense and love of family and friends be woven into their wedding day. Starting with photos for their Save the Date, Krista’s younger brother snapped images of the couple around the Silver Lake neighborhood where they fell in love several years earlier. Krista worked with her parents to create the wedding invites, menu cards, and programs which all incorporated hand drawn images from her dad and copy drafted by her mom. Mike’s sister baked their delicious four-tier wedding cake and Mike music directed the entire event. He selected each song for keyboard (played by a special family friend), the lower courtyard reception play list, and worked with their close friend Charlie Cole who is the lead singer of the band Famous For Nothing, for live reception music. The biggest surprise of the night for Krista was when Mike jumped on stage and played guitar with the band, which had the entire wedding rocking for the remainder of the night.

The couple had a grand exit, hugging and kissing their guests good-bye as everyone waved streamers and rang bells. Krista and Mike were peddled away on a bicycle Pedi cab into the streets of downtown Santa Barbara.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: SR Hogue | Catering: Pure Joy | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Coordination: Soigne Productions | Hair & Make-Up: La Rouge | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Transportation: Santa Barbara Pedicab | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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