Elegant Santa Barbara Jewish Wedding
February 2, 2015
Classic WeddingsMuseumSummer Weddings
I've said it once and I'll say it again - no one captures a wedding like Lane Dittoe. He's got a serious eye for storytelling and manages to find the coolest clients ever. Exhibit A: this elegant Santa Barbara affair designed by Oak And Owl that gives summertime nuptials a whole new look. The bride envisioned an "ambiance that was moody and romantic, yet classically beautiful" and I say, mission accomplished.
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From The Bride...Just under a year after we first met, Zadok proposed to me with a hundred-year-old ring in a beautiful hidden garden in New Orleans. We were living in Boston at the time, but knew we’d be moving to Santa Barbara a year later, so we decided to get married there.

We know that we are who we are, and love each other as we do, because of the love and support we’ve been surrounded with throughout our lives. With that in mind, we envisioned our wedding as a beautiful party that would honor our love and commitment to each other, while also acknowledging the gratitude we feel toward our loved ones.

We chose the Santa Barbara Historical Museum as our venue because it really captured both the spirit and aesthetic of Santa Barbara. We wanted the wedding to feel organic, but still magical and unique. Much to our delight, our florist and event designer, Nancy Teasley of Oak & the Owl, was able to seamlessly incorporate personal elements into the overall design concept. Birch, moss, burnished gold, and unkempt flowers kept the event elegant, but fresh.

In planning the wedding, we made sure that each part of the event would have personal meaning to us, while still honoring our families and Jewish traditions. The ceremony was an opportunity for us to be surrounded by love while we declared our love for each other. The participation of our Rabbi, family, and close friends, who surrounded us under a birch chuppah, made it a truly sacred experience.

Following the ceremony and cocktail hour, guests were invited to the reception. The inner courtyard of the museum had been transformed into what felt like a secret garden. Taking our inspiration from my favorite childhood bedtime story (an adaptation of a Brothers Grimm tale), we wanted to create an ambiance that was moody and romantic, yet classically beautiful. Each carefully curated detail was gently juxtaposed against the raw beauty of the museum. Antique gold tableware, lush green garlands, candles, lavish centerpieces, and grey linens made the overall feel mysterious and enchanting.

After dessert and at the close of the formal reception, guests were invited to join us for a private after-party. We were serenaded by an 80s cover band, ate pizza, and danced until the early morning hours. It was a perfect end to our magical day.