Classic Navy + White Santa Barbara Wedding
December 30, 2014
Classic WeddingsHotels + Resorts WeddingsWinter Weddings
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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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.