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Modern Ballroom Wedding by the Sea

Whenever I come across a ballroom wedding, more specifically one filled with sleek modern details, I do a little happy dance. It’s not every day we get to dive into one of these beauties after all. The all white tablescapes designed by Alexandra Kolendrianos mixed with centerpieces a ripe with tulips and succulents by Camellia Floral Design are the perfect amount of glamour. And seen through the lens of  Michael Costa? There’s nothing like it!

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From Michael & Anna Costa PhotographyNico and Anne met in 10/2007 at Urth Cafe in Santa Monica for “coffee”. Hardly an auspicious start–since Anne hates Urth, and Nico hates coffee! Nevertheless, they spent the next few hours chatting on the at the beach until it was too cold to stay any longer. Luckily, Nico invited Anne to dinner to continue their chat, and later, Anne invited him to drinks. Their first date lasted about 13 hours…ending in a parking ticket for Nico, which he claims he wasn’t even mad about!

A few weeks later, Nico left for 6 weeks to shoot a movie in Alabama. Though Anne usually hated talking on the phone, she found herself making frequent exceptions. By the time Nico came home, they knew they were both very i interested in spending more time together, and that they had a ton in common. They both love the outdoors, Edward Abbey writings, skiing, the beach, and that Anne was going to have to get over her cell-phone phobia if this was going to work! Many years and many adventures later, Nico and Anne got engaged in April, 2012 on a camping trip in Grand Gulch National Park in Southern Utah in the pouring rain.

They started planning their wedding, and knew that they wanted a beach wedding. They had spent many “LA getaway” weekends wine tasting in the Santa Ynez valley and immediately thought of Santa Barbara. After stopping in at The Four Seasons in Montecito on a whim, they fell in love with the location, and knew that was where they would be married. It was magical! The couple have made their first home in Venice, CA, where Anne works as a physician, and Nico as a Sound Supervisor.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Michael Costa | Event Planning: Alexandra Kolendrianos | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Wedding Dress: St. Pucchi | Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Rings: Steve Hanna, Beverly Hills | DJ: Mark Reitman | Grooms Suit: Requisite Tailoring, Beverly Hills | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Anthony Ybarra | Furniture: Fusion Event Rentals | Hair & Make-Up: Luna Bella Hair & Make-Up | Lighting Design: Bella Vista Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Town And Country

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Coastal Santa Barbara Engagement Session

There’s nothing better than an engagement session that spotlights a beautiful couple and a breathtaking setting. This engagement session, captured by O’Malley Photographers, highlights this sweet couple’s love for each other with California’s mountains and coastline as a dreamy backdrop. And that ring? We couldn’t resist. See more of this amazing engagement session in the full gallery here!

From O’Malley PhotographersWe love when our job takes us out traveling and where better than to the beautiful California coast for two wonderful people? We set out with Kevin & Lauren on a warm summer day, but wanted to incorporate a different side of California than what most people think of. We headed out from Santa Barbara for an adventure in the mountains with gorgeous views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Everything from the warm summer wind and pretty light, to Kevin and Lauren’s sweet adoration of each other was perfection. We ended the shoot in Santa Barbara, playing on the beach as the sun was setting. We can’t wait for this sweet couple’s wedding this summer being styled by Stacy Anderson Design and Floral!

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Location: Butterfly Beach

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Charming Santa Barbara Estate Wedding full of Color

The eclectic beauty of this Santa Barbara soiree stuns, with pin-worthy details sprinkled throughout the day’s events. Set at Villa Verano, a Mission style estate, the ceremony and reception were both ridiculously ravishing. The only thing brighter than the vibrant decor was the bride’s smile – one look at the gallery shot by Mirelle Carmichael Photography, and it’s not too hard to see why.

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From The Bride…Ammar and I met quite suddenly and randomly on a hot, New York City summer night. I was in New York City to cater a wedding and Ammar was passing through after being stationed overseas. We met at a mutual friend’s party and were instantly drawn to one another; since Ammar had to leave in few days we decided to meet the following day for brunch. Like all great romances, our courtship started with violent food poisoning: while on our first official date, strolling through Chelsea Market, I started uncontrollably vomiting. Ammar is a humanitarian aid worker, so he immediately knew I needed urgent care. Our first date turned into a 12 hour stint in the ER where he read me recipes from cooking magazines, spoke to the doctors on my behalf, and even changed my bedpan. I spent 5 days in the hospital and Ammar was there, the entire time, by my side.

After that, I knew he was the one. However our respective geographies poised a problem: I lived in California and Ammar lived literally wherever his job took him. After a month of long distance, Ammar joined me in California where we took a blissful 6 month vacation from life: we traveled up and down Highway 101, starting in Carmel and working our way down to San Diego and all the way back up to my hometown of Portland, Oregon. When it came time to choose a place for our wedding, we knew it had to be somewhere along the California coastline as an homage to our epic road trip.

After our sabbatical, I traveled to Pakistan to meet Ammar’s family where we got engaged. It was bittersweet: while we knew we were going to get married at some point, we didn’t exactly know when that would be. A few months after we were engaged, Ammar was finally assigned his next posting in…Abuja, Nigeria.

Let’s just say, we became very skilled at Skype. With my life on hold and my fiancé living in Africa, I had some free time on my hands to start planning our wedding. To keep myself awake long enough to talk to Ammar every night, I wound up spending countless hours reading wedding blogs and perusing Pinterest. I eventually moved to be with Ammar in Nigeria where my master planning continued. We live on a compound run by Ammar’s humanitarian organization; while the internet and power were a bit spotty and the idea of a Santa Barbara wedding seemed worlds away, planning our wedding became a daydream-esque hobby. Needless to say, I had every detail planned and ready by April 12th, 2014!

Because Ammar and I live so far away from our loved ones, we wanted an experience where everyone could be together at one place for an extended weekend celebration. I shied away from the traditional wedding venues as I wanted to dance the night away without having to worry about time limits. Enter Villa Verano. It’s a stunning private property located in the hills of Santa Barbara with built-in décor and old mission style ambiance. The space has multiple guest rooms, so our entire bridal party was able to stay on the premises.

It was important to me that every detail of our wedding was homemade and touched by a loved one. From the throw pillows my mother sewed, to the chalkboard my father built in our garage, to the wedding menus my sister designed, to the jam and pickle favors I made with my grandmother, everything had a story behind it. I wanted my wedding to have an organic, small, homemade, intimate feel—similar in essence to the dinner parties I love to throw for friends and family. I choose my vendors with this sentiment in mind as well.

All the hard work and attention to detail paid off. It was a truly magical night. I remember walk around stunned thinking to myself, it’s exactly how I thought it would look.

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Wedding Dress: San Patrick Collection | Stationery: Val Marie Paper | Ceremony: Villa Verano | Reception Venue: Villa Verano | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Caterer: Duo Events | Hair And Makeup: LunaBella Makeup & Hair | DJ: Bouquet Sound | Photography - Assistance: Cheryl Tivar | Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus

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