I dream of saying “I do” in Santa Barbara — the breathtaking views and laid-back California vibe makes it the perfect spot for any dream wedding. And let me tell you, Kristen and John’s ceremony on the bluffs and al fresco reception definitely qualifies as a dream wedding, especially with Michael + Anna Costa Photography there to capture it all. Head to The Vault for all the pretty!
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From the Bride & Groom…Even though we live in San Francisco, we had our hearts set on marrying in Santa Barbara, the place we met over ten years ago. Once we stepped on the property of Dos Pueblos Ranch we fell in love and wanted to maximize the incredible location. We opted for a first look, which took place in a rustic green house. Then the celebrations started with exchanging our personally written vows on the ocean bluff before proceeding to the lawn on the beach for delicious signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Guests were then transported to the fig tree enclosed lawn behind the Casa Grande for the reception which kicked off with Kristen’s favorite food, cheese, as the “salad” course. During the night, guests overwhelmingly elected to enjoy cocktails over wine on the unseasonably warm evening which naturally resulted in a packed dance floor. We decided to forego a large cake and served some of our favorite desserts including salted caramel pot de crème, cheesecake bites and a selection of homemade cookies. However, we did cut a small cake made by the same family friend who made the cookies. The amazing day ended with late night snacks before guests were treated with a favor of homemade jam, made with love by John’s mom.
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: Redmond Digital Media | Floral Design: Blue Magnolia | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Hair + Makeup: La Rouge Makeup & Hair | Hair + Makeup: JMichelle Beauty | Lighting: Islay Events | DJ: DJ AKorn | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Dennis P. Danielian | Ceremony Music: DJ AKorn | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Coordination + Design: Alicia K Designs | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Inspired by the beauty of spring in Japan, Sally Pinera, Joy Proctor, Studio Mondine and a whole crew of talented vendors came together to bring your wildest wedding dreams to life. Shades of soft blush reigned supreme with pops of yellow and lavender woven through the details. From the food to the tablescape to the bride’s floral kimono, no moment was overlooked and there’s even more to see inside The Vault.
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From Sally Pinera…The inspiration for this editorial was spring in Japan, a season and location that has inspired me personally for a very long time. The femininity and grace of the blooming cherry tree inspired the color palette, which brought soft hues of purple and yellow together with blush blossoms. Our model wore a silk kimono from Gossamer vintage with soft floral patterns. Jess Wilcox gave her delicate blush cheeks and slightly lavender eyes to bring youth to the 20s style pin curl updo.
SBB Gourmet Catering created a Japanese inspired menu that highlighted the colors and textures of Spring. Ingredients like spring peas, baby vegetables and cherry blossoms brought the menu to life in the most inspiring ways.The ikebana style flowers created by Studio Mondine accented the table perfectly with spring floral sitting between place settings of delicate Japanese style ceramic items. The paper goods created by Joya Rose added some whimsy and charm to the look, offering hand-brushed calligraphy on soft blush paper.
Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy: Joya Rose | Venue: Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm | Kimono: Gossamer | Rental: Classic Party Rentals
This Bride and Groom are living an absolute fairytale. After they designed this stunner of an engagement ring together, they set off to plan one beautiful Santa Barbara wedding. With vendors like Michael + Anna Costa Photography, Redmond Digital Media, Bacara Resort & Spa, Downbeat LA, Drunken Pixel and Jenny Yoo, their big day was an absolute dream. Head to The Vault to experience all the magic for yourself!
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From The Bride…Christian and I met our sophomore year of college on our way to a winter formal dance with friends and started dating shortly after. We finally decided we were ready to get married eight years later. We designed my engagement ring together so I never thought he would be able to pull of a surprise proposal. Almost everyday I asked him if the jewelers said when the ring was going to be ready. On New Year’s Eve I asked him again and he replied, “They said they were delayed due to the holidays and it will be about 2 more weeks.” I was a little bummed out but still very excited. That night we were hosting a New Years Eve party with a ton of our friends. One friend who is a photographer said she wanted to take pictures of us all in the backyard because Christian had bought these cool sparklers and they would make for some great long exposure shots. Of course I read nothing into it because I completely believed the ring wasn’t ready. All of the sudden mid picture Christian grabs the sparkler out of my hand and hands it off to our friend. He took my hand and pulled me in front everyone. Then it finally hit me, this is the night! I immediately started crying as Christian got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. He started getting choked up too and was having a hard time beginning to speak. I blurted out, “You lied to me!” Everyone laughed and it broke his nervousness. He gave me the sweetest proposal, and I said yes! He then asked everyone to turn and wave to the security camera in our backyard. He had called everyone in both families, even aunts, uncles and cousins to give them the web link to our security camera so they could all watch the live-streaming proposal! It was so special that everyone was able to watch. We quickly started touring venues in Santa Barbara and when we came to the Bacara for a tour, we knew this was where we wanted to get married. Unfortunately they were booked a year out as the Bacara’s coordinator reviewed the bookings for 2015. “I’ll be right back to double check if there have been any changes.” He and I sat down outside, said a quick prayer and anxiously waited. When she came back, someone had called that day and cancelled their spot in August! We were overjoyed and reserved the date on the spot. The wedding was spectacular. We left for our honeymoon in Bora Bora the next day.
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: Redmond Digital Media | Event Planning: Attention To Detail | Floral Design: Rockrose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston Private Label | Cake: Room For Cake | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Unveiled Makeup | Band: Downbeat LA | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | String Quartet: Dolce Quartet | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Gelato Stand: Via Maestra 42 | Honeymoon: Hilton Columbus Downtown | Photo Booth: Drunken Pixel