If you’re craving color then look no further because this lovely wedding captured by Michael + Anna Costa Photography is just the ticket. Rich hues of red paired with the loveliest (and lively) celebration, we’ve got it all just waiting in The Vault!
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From the Bride…Aaron and I have been in love since the first day we met. I remember walking in his house wearing my favorite high waisted bell bottom jeans, white eyelet crop top and most importantly…my thick tortoise frame glasses. Aaron says his ‘moment’ was when I locked eyes with him from over the top of my glasses. Yes, it is true – I was starring. Quite honestly, it was hard not to… Aaron is the sexiest combination of Robert Downey Jr. and David Duchovny! To top it off his laughter fills a room, it is so contagious and sincere that he makes everyone around him happy. From that day forward we were the best of friends, we still are, there is so much love between us, it feels as if we have known each other in many lifetimes beyond this one.
After 4 years of dating and countless adventures together – Aaron bought a ring (the most breathtaking ring EVER). He got down on one knee January 10th, a rainy Saturday morning in Malibu and proposed a lifetime of unconditional love, support, kindness, joy and laughter; and without any hesitation I said yes. Aaron said he was planning something more intricate for the proposal but from the minute the ring was finished, he had been too excited to wait any longer.
When planning our wedding Aaron and I wanted it to reflect our relationship…passionate, romantic and intimate. We are both free spirited people working in creative industries, so having an environment that felt effortless and enjoyable was also an inspiring force. We wanted to get married in California because it is the place we both call home. We love the ocean and rolling mountains, and Santa Barbara really fit the vision we both had in mind. When we walked into Belmond El Encanto for lunch on their stunning terrace we knew this was the place we wanted to say ‘I do’ – perched on the hills with lush gardens and its gorgeous ocean view of the Channel Islands. I was then introduced to Tenley Erin Young, our Event and Floral Coordinator, and this was another ‘love at first sight’ moment for me. Tenley’s work is extraordinary, I was drawn to her eclectic and creative vision, mixing various themes and styles; I knew she was the woman for the job! Aaron and I love the Fall season, in fact it is the thing we miss most about the Midwest (with the exception of our families). With that being said, we really wanted in incorporate deep reds, taupes, lush greens, golds and various textures into the design. Aaron and I were looking to merge bohemian and romantic styles and the harmony that Tenley created exceeded our wildest dreams. Our wedding was a fairy tale, what a magical day to celebrate our love with our nearest and dearest family and friends.
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Coordination: Alegria by Design | Event Design: Tenley Erin Young | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Honey Paper | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Untamed Petals | Rings: Roxbury Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Sophia Loves Letters | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | DJ: Gavin Roy | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Transportation: EOS | Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rehearsal Dinner: Wine Cask Restaurant | Rentals: Scout Rental Co.