Santa Barbara Wedding by Jasmine Star Photography
August 2, 2011
DIY Inspired

We get requests for more ballroom and indoor weddings all the time. And we look. And look and look. The fact of the matter is that we rarely see couples who infuse that SMP touch into their ballroom setting and the minute that we find one that passes the SMP test, we put it on up. Well this next little fete not only passes, it soars past our style standards. And the best part? It's a Four Seasons wedding that is literally overflowing with the most gorgeous DIY details a girl could ever want. And it's captured to absolute perfection by our sweet friend, Jasmine Star. Click here to see so much more.

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From the Bride...Our ceremony site was an intimate garden with a beautiful backdrop of the ocean. You could hear the waves crashing on the shore. Our wedding started at 10:40AM and the morning air was still crisp with dew. Everything felt so fresh, like a new day. The sky was overcast perfectly white casting a beautiful soft white glow on everything and everyone. The bridesmaids looked especially romantic with their billowy blush chiffon dresses and the groomsmen looked extra sharp in their crisp linen vests and pants and gingham tie.

Our details was the collaborative work of all of our friends and family so we took pride in our work that day. My husband built the arch out of driftwood we collected from the beach. He had never done anything like this before and worked off a photo. He was drilling and wiring the thing up until days before the wedding. We were very proud of his handy work. Our good family friends, Jenn and Josh Thompson worked all night on the boutonnieres and hugely help us with the set up securing the arch. They also hand made the ceremony and reception sign from salvaged wood and cut our “bride” and “groom” signs that hung on our chairs.

Instead of a candle ceremony we decided to paint a heart on fresh canvas symbolizing the new life we were start together. I painted one side and he painted the other and then both filled it in at the same time. We had the song “Paperweight” by Joshua Radin sang to us in the background by my co-maid of honor and best friend, Grace Choi. I was tearing up the whole time.

Our reception was unique in that we made our own photobooth backdrop and hired a photographer friend to shoot the photos. Our friends Jenn and Josh Thompson made the photo backdrop from leftovers of a J-crew display. Our escort lanterns functioned as part of the centerpiece when it was brought to the table. We tried to re-use and double duty our décor to cut down on as much waste as possible. Every detail was thought out down to the homemade ribbon sticks for our sendoff. We wanted to make as many personal items as possible. Especially because of we decided to do a hotel wedding, we went out of our way to make it feel like an elegant backyard breezy beach brunch wedding. Overall it felt like a very intimate and personal wedding despite our fairly large guest list and hotel wedding. The Four Seasons Santa Barbara provided a perfect natural style setting with its lush landscaping.

Wedding Photography: Jasmine Star Photography / Flowers: SR Hogue / Event Planning: Kelly of Event of the Season / Ceremony + Reception Location: Four Seasons Santa Barbara / Wedding Invitations: DIY / Bride's Shoes: Lanvin