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Elegant + Glamorous Santa Barbara Wedding

Want to know Blair & Trey’s secret? They hired THE dream team. For these Texas natives called in some big time beauty to make their Bacara Resort & Spa destination wedding the ultimate party. That’s right, they enlisted an all star team: the likes of Michael + Anna Costa PhotographyAlegria By Design and TEAM Hair And Makeup. This is one wedding you won’t want to miss – see it all in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride… I always dreamed of getting married on a beach with my toes in the sand. When we got engaged and agreed on a destination wedding, Trey said he really wanted to get married in the mountains! As a compromise, we settled on Santa Barbara – mountains on one side, beach on the other. The first time we visited Bacara Resort & Spa, there was absolutely no question! From the gorgeous Spanish Colonial style throughout the resort, to the stunning view from the bluff where we would get married, it was perfect!

Being in Texas, we hired a coordinator. When I met Armando Martinez with Alegria by Design, I knew we had nothing to worry about. He was able to turn my vision into a reality and referred me to the best of the best vendors in Santa Barbara. Our wedding day was above and beyond our wildest dreams! There was not a single thing we would have changed. One of the great things about a destination wedding is a smaller guest list. We had a very intimate wedding with 65 guests, those nearest and dearest to us.

On August 1 while it was in the 100’s in Texas, it was 70 degrees and sunny in Santa Barbara. We chose to have our ceremony at 5 o’clock in the afternoon so that we had the whole evening ahead of us to party! And party, we did!!! Everyone says that you blink and it’s all over, and that could not be more true. I am so grateful for our photographer, Michael & Anna Costa, and our videographer, C2R Productions, for capturing every minute so that we can always look back and cherish the memories of the greatest day of our lives!

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Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Event Planning: Alegria By Design | Floral Design: Louloudi Designs | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Lighting: FiveStar Audio Visual | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Officiant : Dr. Jon Ireland | Ceremony + Reception : Bacara Resort & Spa | Ceremony Musician : Chris Wooley | Cinemetography: C2R Productions | Rentals + Specialty Linens: Town & Country

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Classic Outdoor Wedding at Bacara Resort & Spa

I’m not quite sure how she does it, but Carmen Santorelli has a knack for finding the coolest clients on the planet. Clients with style like you wouldn’t believe who entrust their vision to Venus Event Design, Bacara Resort & SpaTEAM Hair And Makeup, and a whole team of top-notch pros. We’re officially giving you permission to put work on pause and get carried away to wedding world via THE VAULT.

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From The Bride…Brendon and I met in college eleven years ago and were instant friends. Our friendship grew over the years and eventually evolved into a romantic relationship. After seven years, many moves and career changes, we were finally ready to tie the knot!

In 2013, we stayed at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara for a getaway weekend and fell in love. The Spanish style architecture, ocean views, and serene atmosphere made for a dream wedding venue. We were both set on a classic June wedding and were able to book their ocean bluff location. Once our venue was set, we were lucky enough to find our amazing wedding planner, Hana Malek of Venus Event Design, who helped us hone in on our style and vision for the event. Nancy from Oak and the Owl incorporated the the most gorgeous peonies and garden roses into the flowers and brought the beautiful and romantic look I wanted for our tabletops. Everything was captured in beautiful natural light by Carmen Santorelli. I would recommend to all engaged couples to hire a wedding coordinator because it really took the stress out of the planning. Hana brought together our dream team of vendors!

Ultimately, we wanted a romantic, timeless and classy black-tie event for our family and friends. Most importantly, we wanted it to be a true celebration and for everyone to have fun! Because we had such amazing vendors, we were very comfortable with leaving the creative control to the professionals. This allowed us to truly enjoy our wedding day and the entire planning process. The wedding went off without a hitch and our guests were in awe throughout the entire event. Above all, everyone had a blast and it was the best night of our lives.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Cinematography: Max And Molly Films | Event Planning & Design: Hana Malek, Venus Event Design | Floral Design: Oak And The Owl | Wedding Dress: Watters | Invitations: Alyssa Lynn Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs Inc. | Entertainment: AMS Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Cake And Desserts: Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections | Cocktail Musicians: Cale Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Paper Flowers: Fanciful Designs | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Signage: PerfectFete

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Shades of Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Friends, this wedding is one you want to sit down and really get to know. It’s layered in the richest shades of blue (those bridesmaids!) as a nod to the oceanside Bacara Resort & Spa setting, and sprinkled with steal-worthy ideas like the mosaic tile place cards. Carly Rae WeddingsBob Gail Special EventsPrimary Petals and Jessica Burke are just a few of the vendors who made it all happen, and The Vault is your go-to for every last image.

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Rustic

From The Bride… I had a very distinct vision in my mind when it came to planning our wedding…light and flowy, with many Spanish style touches. It took a few months of workshopping the exact look we wanted, but were incredibly delighted with how the vision came to life. As a wedding photographer, I already had my list of preferred vendors, and to see everyone work together the months prior and on the actual wedding day was very satisfying because it reaffirmed why we are all in this business.

My bridesmaids all wore various shades of blue, since we had the ocean as our ceremony backdrop. I wanted the colors of their dresses to blend into the scene. Their white and green bouquets were wrapped in frou frou chic ribbon that really flowed with their dresses. Matt and his groomsmen all wore midnight blue tuxedos with gorgeous ranunculus boutonnieres.

Matt and I traveled to Cabo San Lucas on one of our first trips together and fell in love with the bougainvillea lined streets and star lanterns in restaurants, and very much wanted to incorporate that into the wedding. I thought of ordering Mexican tiles for the escort tiles in the colors of the wedding. I had our wonderful calligrapher hand write everyone’s names on the front of the tiles so that they could save it as a favor. Carly and her team created a stunning mosaic style pattern to display the tiles.

The ballroom was meant to feel like a cabana – with flowy white draping and palm trees everywhere. We worked with Primary Petals to design a backdrop for the stage, and it turned out beautifully! The star lanterns hanging from above the dance floor were like the icing on the cake, it really set the mood as far as incorporating the spanish touches.

We had a lot of family coming from as far as Spain, so we knew we wanted the weekend to have as much partying as possible, so we organized welcome drinks following our rehearsal dinner. We were able to set the mood with spanish style music, hanging lanterns and string lights, and gorgeous blooms.

On our many trips to Santa Barbara, we frequent Enjoy Cupcakes quite a bit, and so it was a no-brainer to include them in our wedding. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the cupcakes, cakes, and cobblers, and we made sure to provide custom to-go boxes for them to take home as much as they wanted. Ultimately, the weekend flew by, and was incredibly magical. We had the most amazing time surrounded by our friends and family.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Cinematography: Lovespun Films | Coordination: Carly Rae Weddings | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Invitations: Walnut Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Joanna August | Makeup: Leah Washuta | Hair: Shaylee Blatz At Nine Zero One Salon | Calligraphy: Graceline Art - Jenny Sanders | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Ceremony Music & Reception Band: Bob Gail Special Events | Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes | Flower Girl Dresses: Fattie Pie | Signage: Sweet NC Collective | Staging & Draping: Bella Vista Designs | Tiles: Tierra Y Fuego | Wedding Dress & Veil: Felicity Couture Bridal - Custom Gown

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