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Colorful Summer Santa Barbara Wedding

This wedding put me in a really great mood. From the colorful decor to the adorable couple, I would have loved to have been a guest at this fun celebration. With a team that included Pure Joy Catering, La Tavola, and Hint of Chic mastering the design and florals, you are practically guaranteed a success. Ashleigh Taylor captured every bright smile and I’d bet this gallery guarantees a good time as well.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Ashleigh Taylor Photography… I am super excited to share this adorable and modern DIY wedding with you, which took place in Santa Barbara, CA! This wedding screams cheer and fun! The bride and groom smiled from ear to ear all day and not even a heat wave could bring their energy down! The bride and her mom lovingly made so many details including popper party favors, an amazing backdrop for the photobooth, signage, escort card display and more! There were gorgeous florals designed by Hint of Chic! This wedding was full of bright colors (pink, coral and orange) and sparkle, and confetti! 

From The Bride… When Greg and I envisioned our wedding, all we wanted was for everyone to have fun and we wanted a lot of handmade, personal details, to make the day even more special for us and, of course, for our guests.

I’ve always been crafty and I love to plan parties, so I was excited to put my DIY skills to good use. My mom, stepdad, Greg, and I created a number of personal touches for the big day, which included a custom photobooth background (complete with streamers my mom sewed), an escort card display built from an antique frame, party crackers that went atop each place setting, and personalized menus (which doubled as placecards). My stepdad and stepbrother even built our chuppah!

Most details had special significance – for example, our three wedding cake flavors were Turkish Coffee (in honor of our honeymoon in Turkey), Mayan Chocolate (a tribute to our engagement in Belize) and Berry Cheesecake (Greg’s favorite dessert). We honored Greg’s grandpa by having his tallit adorn our chuppah and my grandpa by having his old typewriter hold our “sign our guestbook” sign on our welcome table.

We also brought in a number of our own items: all of the cake trays and stands (some vintage) are our own, as well as the vintage milkglass used for the centerpieces. The most stress-free part of the wedding was getting ready – Greg and I opted not to have a bridal party (so our nearest and dearest could sleep in and not have to “work” at the wedding). We did a quick first look at home, in our bedroom, actually, and then got to take some photos with our puppy, a toy Australian Shepherd named Peyton (go Broncos!).

My favorite moments were our first look, looking out at our friends and family during the ceremony, getting showered with (completely dissolvable!) confetti after the kiss, and dancing the night away with friends and family. It was SUPER hot in Santa Barbara that day so I may have been the sweatiest bride that ever was, but I had a blast!

Photography: Ashleigh Taylor Photography | Event Design: Hint Of Chic | Event Planning: Amazing Days Events | Floral Design: Hint Of Chic | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Beauty: Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio | Linens: La Tavola | Wedding Venue: Rockwood Santa Barbara Women's Club

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Classic Navy + White Santa Barbara Wedding

Every time Candice Benjamin sends a fancy fete our way in the form of her stunning imagery, my heart beats a little faster and my eyes grow a little wider. The soiree at hand? This classic El Encanto day that is jumping off the page with pretty. From the anemone sprinkled bouquets by These Buds A Blooming to the canopy of tropical greens, every snap in this gallery is worth a lengthy peek.

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Winter
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…Brian and I met in Santa Barbara in the summer of 2011 while we were both attending graduate school at UCSB, so it seemed only fitting that we would get married in the city where we first fell in love. And, it also happens to be the halfway point between both of our hometowns, San Jose and Newport Beach. We chose the El Encanto Hotel because it is rich with Santa Barbara history, but it’s recent remodel provided a new and elegant upgrade that made it the most desirable venue for us. We loved that the hotel was luxurious, but also quaint and modest.

Brian and I started our relationship as friends, which quickly grew into a deep and meaningful love. Standing at the top of the lily pond surrounded by our family and friends, I will always remember the feeling I had knowing that I was lucky enough to marry not only the man of my dreams, but my best friend too. We had such a fun time planning our wedding and I was very lucky to have a really involved and supportive groom. Brian wanted to be part of all aspects of the planning process, which made it that much more fun and even brought us closer throughout the process. The day we got engaged, we made a vow that every aspect of our wedding would have purpose and meaning. One of the most special aspects of our wedding was that Brian designed all of our printed materials, which made it both unique and meaningful to us.

If I were to give one piece of advice to future brides, it would be: There’s no such thing as getting things done too early. We were very diligent about sticking to our planning timeline and found ourselves getting a lot of the planning done in the first few months of our engagement. Yes, of course things could change throughout the process and you can never fully be prepared for the unexpected, but getting things done early helped to reduce the stress of planning a wedding and really allowed us to enjoy the experience. That way, when the unexpected did occur, we were ready for it.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Coordinator: A Charming Occasion | Florist: These Buds A Blooming | Wedding Dress: Panache Beverly Hills | Cake: Aaron Lesch Of El Encanto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Von Vonni | Hair Stylist: Savannah Weninger | Ceremony And Reception Venue: El Encanto | DJ/Lighting/Photobooth: Ams Entertainment | Makeup: Tomiko Taft

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Equestrian Winter Wedding Inspiration

When Jessica Lewis PhotographyAnn Johnson Events, Christine Dahl Pastries, and Emmarose Floral join forces we know we better sit down, because the gorgeousness that ensues will sweep us off our feet. Filled to the brim with ethereal gowns, gold accents, and a stunning steed this inspirational shoot is sure to wow. Just take a peek below, it will have you pinning the day away, and you can get started right here.

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Summer
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Rustic

From Jessica Lewis Photography… Ann Johnson, the event coordinator, had a vision and put together something lovely. The dress and fur were gorgeous, and the venue could not have been better for a winter inspired styled shoot, with deep reds, and even a beautiful black horse.

From Ann Johnson Events… As the Grand Gates open to Whispering Rose Ranch, guests instantly feel the need to ditch the car wheel and grab the reigns of the next horse they see. The drive way is lined with well groomed, proud standing trees. As you look to the ranch’s hill you catch a glimpse of the owner’s house sitting peacefully. Approaching this home, deer and other wildlife bounce naturally in and out of foliage, this is their home too. The property contains a quiet side house for brides to prepare themselves to perfection. The groom’s room consists of historical cowboy antiques, a pool table, and a classic western style bar. During this shoot we journeyed around the massive property to capture the character of Whispering Rose. We made use of almost everything the property had to offer to us. After first seeing this ranch it was clear we needed to expose its dark romance. We captured this by introducing dark accent colors to the decor and mirrored the maroon on the brides lips. The dress was chosen for its etherial qualities and ability to conquer photographs. We brought in touches of gold, large floral arrangements, and an oversized sweetheart chair to glam up the feasting table. The raw wood table was effortlessly nestled right in between two rows of trees. Wide frames were used for the photography to be able to capture the broad organic settings we chose to shoot. Whispering Rose is a remarkable venue for a ranch style wedding but with a little bit of inspiration can be made into any bride’s ideal vision.

Photography: Jessica Lewis Photography | Event Planning: Ann Johnson Events | Wedding Gown: The White Peacock | Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries | Jewelry: The White Peacock | Hair: Red Studio (Rhia) | Florals: Emmarose Floral | Makeup: Marcella At Cos Bar Montecito | Rentals: Tent Merchant | Styling And Design: Ann Johnson Events | Wedding Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch Weddings

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