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Vintage Santa Barbara Garden Wedding

Awash in hues of cream and white, this garden wedding has us smitten with its vintage charm. From paper heart garlands and marmalade favors to a dazzling wedding arch with a sparkly chandelier, it’s full of sweet surprises thanks to the pros at Wedding Kate. Get ready to fall in love with every single detail captured by Nancy Neil Photography in the full gallery right here!

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From Wedding KateWhen a fabulous interior designer weds a business entrepreneur you know it’s going to be a dreamy kind of day. Complete with traditional lawn games like croquet, bean bag toss, life size Jenga and putt-putt golf, this wedding was a vintage garden party. Lunch fare was served to guests while acoustic guitarists played favorites of the Bride and Groom from Coldplay, Beck and The Strokes.

This couple shared a love of details and that was evident as we selected the decor and florals for their wedding day. Kate has a personality that makes an instant connection with everybody. She is unabashedly full of life and love at all times. Matthew is the guy you could meet on an elevator and become best friends with. Everything is easy with him, including his love for Kate. These two love birds finish each other’s sentences and aren’t afraid to show that their other half is the most important part of their world.

My greatest joy is creating a feeling, a moment for a couple. One that they can look back at photos and still feel. Kate and Matthew made it too easy.

Photography: Nancy Neil Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Kate | Floral Design: Santa Barbara Style | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Band: Anthony Ybarra | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Organic + Classical Condor Ridge Ranch Wedding

A classic outdoor affair is sure to get our hearts racing, but add in the fact that Josh Gruetzmacher Photography was behind the lens of this organic fete and you’ve got yourself one dreamlike day. From the Harry Potter themed tables, to the Bride’s father officiating, to the Groom’s homemade brew, every minute is waiting for you in the gorgeous gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… We wanted to have a simple, classic outdoor wedding with all of our family and friends. It was important to us that our guests felt relaxed and most importantly had fun. We got married in Goleta, CA where we first met in 2006. We both really wanted to get married at an outdoor venue and we both fell in love with Condor Ridge Ranch. It’s an organic farm in the foothills of Goleta, overlooking the ocean. We couldn’t have asked for a better location. We incorporated our shared love for Harry Potter by naming the tables after locations in the Harry Potter books (e.g. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, The Burrow, etc.). It was also really special to have my dad officiate the ceremony and have our dog, Moose, walk down the aisle as part of the wedding. We also served the groom’s home-brewed Belgian Golden Strong Ale (11% abv), which we believe contributed to some of the awesome dance moves later that evening.

The most memorable part of the day for us was being able to relax and enjoy the wedding we had been planning for the last year.

Our advice for future brides now that we are on the other side: Delegate tasks to family and friends or your event planner. Be as organized as possible, but try not to sweat the small stuff. Lots of little things went wrong on our wedding day and I was the only person who noticed. Everyone else thought the wedding was perfect.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Coordination: Amazing Days Events | Floral Design: Simply Bouquets | Invitations: Waldo Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Country Catering | Hair and Makeup: Carlyle Salon | DJ: Duncan Shaw | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Jump on the School Bus | Bride's Dress: Stella York | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Dodds and Boshae | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Condor Ridge Ranch | Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes

Rustic Elegant Santa Barbara Ranch Wedding

Show me some citrus and I’ll show you a smiling blogger right here. Maybe because summer is upon us, or maybe this bright fruity style is just that amazing, but I can’t get enough, and this Santa Barbara bash delivered with oranges taking center stage on every lucky guests’ place setting. Michael + Anna Costa Photo snapped up every detail and this gallery just might be my new go-to for the sunny days ahead.

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From the beautiful Bride… On the morning of February 15, 2014, at the St. Regis in Punta Mita, Connor’s alarm went off at 6am. He awoke and told me he had set it because he wanted to watch the sunrise. This is not at all abnormal behavior for him so I told him to, “F off and go back to sleep.” No joke. He asked again and for whatever reason, I obliged.

We stepped outside the room and it was pitch dark. Epic fail by Google to determine the rising of the sun. The entire hotel was asleep but we managed to locate some coffee and sit in some chairs on the sand. We had the whole beach to ourselves. Once the sun started rising, we headed out on a walk. About three minutes into the walk, Connor reached for my hand to hold which was not typically how we strolled along the beach. I didn’t start to question it until his grasp got noticeably firmer and he began talking about us, our future and the rest of our lives.

The moment couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was rising over the palm trees to one side and the waves from the ocean were crashing on the other. We were the only ones within sight when Connor got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My eyes filled with tears and I was too stunned to speak. He prompted me, “Say something” “YES!”

We spent that morning laying in a hammock and soaking it all in before we called our family and friends to share the good news.

Reality set in as we realized that August 9th would be our wedding date. We did the majority of our planning from the beaches of Punta Mita. We booked HeartStone Ranch, ordered Save the Dates and began spreading the word before we even got back to the States.

Although I hadn’t spent my life planning my dream wedding, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to be – outdoors, simple, neutral with a beautiful pop of color, enough food and drink to keep everyone happy.

HeartStone Ranch was beyond beautiful on its own, with its rose gardens that I didn’t want to compete with it, but play to it. Tenley worked wonders with the simple arrangements – whites, greens and pale pinks with a gorgeous pop of orange compliments of the kumquats and oranges. This simple theme carried on throughout the wedding.

Some of my favorite memories and details include:

The first time I told Connor I loved him, I had a little too much El Buho, a mezcal that his buddy created. As a nod to the initial love story, we had him fly in a large number of bottles to be used used in our welcome cocktails for the wedding – a Watermelon Smash.

Our surprise ending to the night was a slider station and a create-your-own sundae station with frozen yogurt. Every Saturday night, Connor and I go to the same restaurant where we order a cheeseburger, a beer and chase it down with ice cream. It was a perfectly fitting way to end this night too.

We each wrote our own vows and didn’t share them with one another until the ceremony. I absolutely loved hearing and sharing these words for the first time in front of those people who mean the most in our lives. We have promised to bring them out to read again every anniversary.

This may be the only time in your life that everyone both you and your husband love are in the same place at the same time. Before you rush down the aisle after being pronounced, “husband and wife,” soak it all in.
Say hello and chat with everyone at your wedding before it’s time for the dance party. This may be the only night of your life that you get to twirl with your husband in your wedding gown.

From Amber Weir Weddings & EventsKnowing all of her guests were coming from out of state, Laura really wanted to highlight Santa Barbara. Not only did we put together welcome bags with all local products, but she also wanted to highlight Santa Barbara’s natural beauty with the wedding design. Heartstone Ranch provided a beautiful garden setting. We complimented and enhanced that garden setting by using natural wood vineyard chairs, natural fiber table clothes with golden threads, and garden inspired floral arrangements in whites, greens, and orange tones. My favorite touch was the bright orange clementines placed on each plate to greet the guest and add a pop of color. Not to mention that Tenley Erin Young meticulously hand adorned each clementine with a beautiful green leaf!

Photography: Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Event Planning: Amber Weir Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries | Catering: Omni Fresco Catering | DJ: Red Shoe | Officiant: Santa Barbara Classic Weddings | Wedding Venue: HeartStone Ranch | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Elegantly Cool Santa Barbara Wedding

When it comes to California sunshine paired with casually cool couples, this next Santa Barbara affair knocks it out of the park. A home run on many levels, these ballpark sweethearts wed surrounded by TEAM Hair & Makeup beauty and La Tavola Linens. It’s a day overflowing with casual elegance and B. Schwartz Photography has it all for you here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Naturally, being the sports fanatics we are (I played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame and Collin was a standout football and basketball player in high school), our first date took place at one of the most romantic places in South Bend, Indiana…the ballpark of the (formerly) South Bend Silverhawks. From the moment we met each other, we both knew that we had found someone special as the conversation easily flowed, there was a mutual attraction, and we felt as though we had known each other forever. The huge success of our first date led to our second date the following week where we met for dinner and shut the restaurant down four hours later, without even knowing it! We were so engrossed with each other that we didn’t even realize the restaurant was closing until we were asked to leave. The rest is history…

Collin and I currently live in South Bend, Indiana. Once we got engaged on our one year anniversary on July 3, 2014, we instantly started throwing ideas out as to when and where we would say “I Do”. We knew we wanted a fairly short engagement which would mean a winter wedding and while we love our life in the Midwest, the idea of a wedding in a blizzard and sub-zero temps was totally out of the question. Our next thought was to get married where I grew up in Southern California. I had always dreamt of a wedding near my hometown of Ventura, CA and Santa Barbara was the first place that came to mind. Plus, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to give our Midwest family and friends a great excuse to leave the frozen tundra and spend the week in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Once we narrowed down the location, the fun really started. We went to work with our amazingly talented wedding coordinator, Amber Weir, and set up a time to visit venues all over Santa Barbara. Once we set foot on the grounds of the El Encanto, we instantly knew we had found our perfect spot to become husband and wife. We fell in love with the stunning ocean views and quaint and intimate feel of the newly renovated hotel (it has been closed for a 7 year renovation and just opened up the year prior). The process easily flowed from that point on as Amber joined together with her talented counterparts and put on a dream wedding for us. From the romantic ceremony backdrop outside in the Arbor & Lily Pond garden, followed by a cocktail hour in the Channel Islands Room and Terrace overlooking the scenic Santa Barbara coastline, and ending with dinner and dancing in the Riviera Ballroom, it truly was a day to remember.

Our wedding was casual elegance with a mix of modern and feminine. I really wanted it to be timeless with a cool, casual California vibe. While working with our wedding coordinator, Amber Weir, we came up with a color palette of cream, gold, and black. We didn’t want to take away from the gorgeous grounds of the El Encanto so we kept it simple and elegant and let the hotel set the tone for the entire day.

I absolutely loved our first look. It was such a special and intimate moment and although it wasn’t something we initially planned on doing, I’m so glad we broke tradition and saw each other. It was so calming to spend that time with Collin before the craziness of the day took place and I found such a sense of calm being with him for those precious moments before we came husband and wife.

Photography: B. Schwartz Photography | Videography: Aqua Vivus Productions | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Galina Signature | Invitations: Renee Nicole Designs | Bride's Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair & Makeup : TEAM Hair & Makeup | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Band: MGA Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: El Encanto | Bracelets: Kendra Scott | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Caterering: El Encanto | Earrings : Kendra Scott | Event Coordination: Amber Weir Wedding And Events | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center

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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

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Colorful Santa Barbara Wedding

A bounty of beauty from Michael + Anna Costa Photo is a thing to cherish. And if you’re craving lush brights, this next little coral number is just the ticket. A hometown affair brimming with dazzling hues, a hand-built arbor and mountain backdrop, every detail is seriously stunning. From the handwritten vows followed by Matrimonial Margaritas, it’s all waiting for you in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… Ryan and I met on the dance floor of a favorite bar in Boulder, Colorado in July 2011. I was impressed by his large, inventive dance moves. We had an immediate connection, which kicked off the best summer of my life. Fast-forward two years. Ryan casually suggested a fall weekend getaway in Aspen, Colorado to see the changing leaves. I was pleasantly surprised that he offered to plan the entire weekend, as I’m typically the planner in our relationship. On Saturday morning (after a sleepless night for Ryan), we decided to go on a hike. As soon as we got on the trail, Ryan couldn’t wait a moment longer, and told me he had a question. His face was pale white, and I knew then what was coming. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We excitedly and tearfully finished our hike before calling all our friends and family.

We decided to have a brief 8-month engagement so we could get married between the time I finished graduate school in Colorado and began the final year of my doctoral training on internship in North Carolina. Plus, we couldn’t imagine waiting longer than that! We knew we wanted to get married at my parents’ home in Santa Barbara, California and found a fabulous wedding planner in Donna Romani. It was a destination wedding for most of our 80 guests, and we wanted to treat them to a quintessentially California experience. We had a clear vision of what we wanted – a small, intimate gathering outdoors with bright colors, great food, and a lively band – and Donna implemented this flawlessly.
We got married in the rose garden with the mountains serving as our backdrop. We started the ceremony with a mindfulness exercise written by my graduate school advisor, which was a welcome opportunity to pause, take a deep breath, and really enjoy the moment. Ryan is a carpenter and he built the arbor under which we were married using trees from our backyard in the week leading up to the wedding. We wrote our own vows, which was stressful but totally worth it, and sharing them was my favorite moment of the day. The cocktail hour was in our old oak grove and our guests enjoyed “Matrimonial Margaritas” made by Ryan’s brother. We enjoyed dinner at big farm tables, before hitting the dance floor (constructed over the pool!) to an 8-piece band (Area 51). A highlight of the night was when my brother played the drums for a few songs including a pretty fierce drum solo that got everyone dancing.

Our wedding was everything we envisioned and more. We are so grateful to Donna for making our dream a reality, and to Anna Costa for capturing the beauty and joy of the day.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photo {Anna Costa} | Event Design: Donna Romani Events | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Cake: Lele's Patisserie | Stationary: Lazaro Press & Design | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Hair & Makeup: Luna Bella Make Up | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Officiant: Miriam Lindbeck | Ceremony Music: Classics IV | Venue: Ranch | Linens: La Tavola | Reception Music: Area 51 | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Valet: Signature

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