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YOU GUYS! Angie and Jesse’s wedding at Santa Barbara Historical Museum is SO GORGEOUS! The couple enlisted Rebecca at Imagine…Weddings & Special Events to help them create their perfect day which included a palette of natural tones with pops of Santa Barbara’s seasonal (amazing) color  and an emphasis on farm-to-table. We love the mix of styles—romantic with a hint of boho—with florals by Coco Rose Design stationery by Honey Paper, cake by Lele Patisserie and vintage get-away car. The details are vibrant and joyful, just the the couple, and we love the way Daniele Rose with Lavender and Twine captures it all so beautifully in these film images.

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How did you meet?

The old fashioned way…On Match.com! Jesse was my first date and last kiss. Truth be told, we both believe we would have met eventually anyway. I (the bride) years ago, was working at Saturday Night Live and regularly in contact with my now husband’s previous company, The Writers’ Store, in California.

Describe the proposal.

We love spending occasional weekends at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Under a full moon in November, Jesse got on one knee under an old oak tree and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

Tell Us More About Your Story:

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is rich with history, yet a blank canvas for any event. We did natural tones and our pop of color was the seasonal and regional offerings that Santa Barbara provides. We believe in farm to table which carried through in our flower and plant choices. Phillipe with Catering Connection created an amazing menu that was French inspired, California Cuisine. It was tapas style, but a lot of food and extremely filling. Our wedding was uniquely us, a blend of tradition, with the forward spirit that we each bring to the relationship. For example, our dinner was served tapas style because we wanted all of our guests to experience the excitement we do around amazing food.

Rebecca brought our wedding to light with a collaborative, supportive, and focused energy along with her eye for all of the beautiful details. What sets Rebecca apart from the rest, is her ability to bring the bride’s vision to fruition without imposing her own stylistic choices, unless she is asked. Rebecca removed the noise around us, which allowed us to focus on the moment.

Describe your vision/inspiration for your wedding day.

We knew right away we wanted to get married in Santa Barbara, therefore, the majority of our vision was based in the beauty that Santa Barbara has to offer. I am from the south and the groom from CA & NY. We wanted to share with our out of town guests the exquisiteness of California, while still hosting an intimate event. We wanted to eat, drink, and dance under the warm moonlit sky in one of our favorite places and with our absolute favorite people!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

We have three! Our first was the ceremony itself, which culminated in feeling and seeing the love and support from all of our friends and family. Our 2nd was our first dance! Jesse is not a natural dance, but on our wedding night, with lessons behind us, we owned the dance floor to King Floyd’s “Groove Me”. Our 3rd was the fact that nearly everyone spent the entire night on the dance floor.

How would you describe your personal style and fashion (wedding dress/tux)?

Having lived in NYC while working for Saturday Night Live, I was swept up with the style the city has to offer. Heading west, I could not help but be inspired by everything that is classic Hollywood. So I would say our style is a blend of southern charm, meets NYC fashion, mixed with the glamour old Hollywood has to offer.

The dress: Finding the perfect wedding dress is an event in itself, one to be celebrated with loved ones, and what better destination for a wedding dress celebration than New York City. My mother and sister flew in from North Carolina to the city I lovingly called home for almost 5 years while working at Saturday Night Live. Bergdorf was high on the list and when I found out they were having a trunk show with Austin Scarlet, first season winner of Project Runway, our date was set. The experience was nothing short of amazing. I met with Austin, who was warm, creative and seemed to know what I was looking for before I knew it. Later he followed up with hand sketches and in no time the dress was taking shape. Weeks out from our wedding day I brought the dress into a local, Los Angeles designer shop, L’ezu for some last-minute alterations. While working with Patricia Nevil, the owner and designer, I fell in love with a one of a kind, fun and sassy dress that Patricia made herself, and luckily, fit me like a glove.  A really neat part about the dress is the not one piece of lace was the same, and all from different parts of France. This dress was the perfect party dress and a great excuse to do a wardrobe change before our first dance.

 

 

 

What was the most memorable moment of your reception?

There are so many! Our first dance as mentioned above, but after the first dance the band played one of our favorite Grateful Dead songs, “Shakedown Street”, where all our friends and family hit the dance floor in celebration. Our band Modern Tribe learned and played songs not on their typical set list with complete precision.

Other Special Touches included:

  • Suzy and My Something Blue
  • The wrap on my bouquet was made complete with an embroidered flower from my dear toy poodle Suzy’s favorite sweater. At eight pounds and known for her sassy ways, Suzy was my trusted and beloved companion for over 18 years. Adding an embellishment from her sweater brought her presence to our special day along with my something blue.
  • Spoons: A perfect finishing touch came together through the love, creativity and energy of my sister Natalie. She found a beautiful Haiku, Patience by Kewayne Wadley that inspired her to find unique, antique teaspoons for each guest, and that served to direct our guests to their designated table. What’s more incredible is the journey of the 80-pound board Natalie made herself in Asheville, NC and brought to Santa Barbara to hold the spoons.

Wedding Planner: Imagine…Weddings & Special Events Rebecca Gigandet // Photographer: Daniele Rose, Lavender and Twine // Florals: Nina Kincaid Coco Rose Design // Invitations & Calligraphy: Honey Paper // Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum // Videographer: Santa Barbara Wedding Films // Ceremony Dress: Austin Scarlett / Bergdorf Goodman // Reception Dress: Patricia Nevil L’ezu // Bride’s Shoes: Ceremony: Badgley Mischka // My something borrowed from my sister Natalie: SJP // Bride’s Earrings: Patricia Nevil L’ezu Beverly Hills // Cake: Lele Patisserie // Groom’s Tux: Ted Baker // Groom’s Shoes: To Boot Adam Derrick // Groom’s Watch: Shinola Limited Edition Rambler 600 // Rings: Single Stone // Catering: Catering Connection // Officiant: Nanette McIntyre // Rentals & Linens: Town & Country Event Rentals // Lighting: Bella Vista Designs // Entertainment: Modern Tribe // Getaway Car: Ala Carte // Transportation: Santa Barbara Trolley

 

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Vivian and Peter’s romantic, fairy tale-inspired wedding was befitting of their modern Pride & Prejudice love story that can be traced back to elementary school. After a decade of friendship, the couple fell in love and despite heavy coursework and long distance, love prevailed and they enlisted event planner Manna Sun Events to design the perfect celebration. Spectacular pastel florals Nicole Ha Designs adorned every detail at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay including graphic ceremony structures and elegant ballroom centerpieces. We’re loving the artful cake by Cake Coquette and the horse drawn carriage gave off major real-life-cinderella-vibes. Photographer VID Studio was on hand to capture all the spectacular details in these lovely images.

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Event Planning, Design & Coordination: Manna Sun Events // Photographer & Videographer: VID Studio // Florist: Nicole Ha Designs // Invitation Set: Minted // Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay // Calligraphy: Blushtype // Make-up and Hairstyle: Yi Bridal // Bride’s Wedding Gown: Homemade by Bride’s Family // Bride’s Wedding Shoes: René Caovilla // Lighting: Magical Lighting // DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys // Officiant: Officially Yours // Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen / Standard Party Rentals // Bakery: Cake Coquette // Horse Carriage: Grand Carriages & Baraat Horses // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Iris and Michael’s stunning spring soiree at Gamble Gardens was designed by none-other than Kaella Lynn Events. A perfectly romantic garden party, the event was filled with (even more) elegant, gathered florals by Lauras Floras in a rainbow of dusty pastels.Brown Fox Calligraphy introduced the event with a timeless stationery suite and Studio Cake punctuated the day with a silk-ribbon wrapped cake accented with twigs of lavender. We love the sunlight-streaked joy of the day and it’s all captured beautifully by Lynette Boyle Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

First of all, the setting at Gable Garden was amazing. It was May and the garden was in full bloom. There was serenity and peace to the whole place and the extra flowers for the wedding made the scene luscious. The most unique feature though, was that the ceremony itself was arranged in a circle. When we stood there in the center, and said ‘I do’ we could feel the love and energy from everyone around us in every direction.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found the dress at the first place I went. I went alone, and was just starting to look; they brought out 5 dresses and one of them was perfect.  I left the store without buying it and called Michael and sent him a picture. The dress showed my full back, and I was worried it might be too revealing for him. But he said okay, and I made a u-turn and went back and bought that dress right then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Michael’s father was the Officiant, and his mother read a beautiful poem. Also – we created (with Kaella’s guidance) lots of little outdoor lounging areas, where people sat and talked. Every time we looked around, people were smiling and having a great time. And one more also – we had this wonderful family-style long table for dinner, with the perfect place settings, under a tree on the garden patio. It felt magical.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

After we said our vows, we walked out of the center of the circle, with our kids behind us. We all gathered as a new family and spontaneously hugged as a group, and one of the kids said ‘We did it!’ and we all cried.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online. We lived 2 miles apart and it took the computer months to match us. Our first date was at Pete’s and it was okay but neither of us really felt much. Then we went to dinner for our second date, and sparks flew right away. Iris made Michael laugh a lot, which was a requirement and Michael saw Iris cry which was his requirement.

We got engaged after talking about it at length, and making sure our kids could get along. We went ring shopping together but Michael handled the details of getting it made.  We went away for a weekend in Napa and Michael surprised Iris (a little) with flowers in the room, and ring in hand.

Photography: Lynette Boyle Photography // Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events // Floral Design: Lauras Floras // Paper: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Gamble Gardens // Bridal Gown Designer: Michaela Bridal // HMU: Skyla Arts Beauty // Cake: Studio Cake // Table top rentals: Frances Lane // Lounge furniture: Found Vintage Rentals // Catering: Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Lighting: Impact Lighting // Music Trio: Rob Reich // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

 

In honor of May Day, we’re sharing Jessie and John’s wedding at Red Tail Ranch. It’s a true testament to the power and brilliancy of great florals. Rain poured down on the couple’s outdoor wedding day and their planners, GATHER Events, hustled behind the scenes to keep the day beautiful and comfortable for family and friends. The result was a tented reception filled with graphic florals by Of The Flowers in a vibrant palette of yellow, tangerine, coral and ocher complimented by clean lines and natural textures like those in the paper pieces by Swell Press. The bold beauty of the floral palette and joy of the lovely couple was only enhanced by the grey backdrop of the rainy day and lucky for us Katherine of Max & Friends captured it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Well — it POURED rain for what we had planned to be an outdoor wedding! Although we were initially worried, this turn of events morphed into an incredible opportunity for us to feel the love of our community, who just took the whole thing in stride. Our GATHER planners and other vendors moved heaven and earth to make sure our friends and family were comfortable and having the best time ever despite the weather. It ended up feeling special, memorable, and intimate in a way that we certainly hoped for, but never could have planned!

We also ended up having a welcome hour / cocktail hour prior to our ceremony, where we got to welcome our guests to our wedding. We had been nervous about the whole “ta-da” moment of the ceremony feeling not “us” — getting the chance to see all of our favorite people show up for us was a great way to make the ceremony more meaningful and feel more connected. Another cocktail hour also gave The Whaling Club another opportunity to wow our guests with their incredible cocktails and hospitality, a true wedding highlight!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it.

We found Jessie’s dress at Sarah Seven — the first place we visited.  The experience was incredibly uplifting, affirming, and reasonable — and gave Jessie and her mom some really wonderful memories.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had some incredibly thoughtful and creative people help us make things personal. All of our wedding paper was created by Britt Rohr of Swell Press — she in particular helped us honor loved ones who couldn’t be there in our ceremony program. Natasha of GATHER miraculously turned some of Britt’s work into the coolest bar signage we’ve ever seen and which still graces our apartment bar today. We also wrote each guest a note on their place card  — it was a big priority for us to communicate to our community how much their support meant to us and GATHER helped us make that happen.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s trite, but the best part of the day for both of us was saying our vows in front of our village. We felt so much love and support as we took this next step together.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at an HR training at work — such a snooze!  Once we got to the point where we decided to truly build our lives together, the thought of one person asking the other didn’t feel right. So, after doing the dishes following a big dinner party at our tiny apartment, we decided to “go public” with that decision. For us, the highlight of becoming “engaged” was the chance to share that decision with our friends and family and get all sorts of support and advice for our next steps together.

Planning/Design: GATHER Events // Photographer: Katherine of Max & Friends // Florals: Of The Flowers // Invitations: Swell Press // Ceremony Venue: Red Tail Ranch // Calligraphy: Red Letter Day // Gown: Sarah Seven // Makeup/Hair: Page Beauty // Dessert: Knead Baking Company // Laser Cut Signs: Spoken Glass // Dj: Dart Collective // Caterer: Whoa Nelly Catering // Bar: The Whaling Club // Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals // Table Top Rentals: Borrowed Blu / Casa de Perrin // Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals / Marborg Industries // Transportation: Dutch Details Ojai

 

Colorado couple, Sasha and Alex, gathered all the closest friends and family for their tropical destination wedding in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Villa Valentin, a breathtaking beach estate, had all the charm and character one could desire for a modern Mexico affair and the couple played up the vibes with colorful, joyful details. Adorable, hot pink custom paper goods and invitations were by Della Torre Designs while delightful florals were created by Flor Mimo. Sasha’s Leanne Marshall gown was the epitome of chic, simple beach vibes while fun accents like rainbow pom-pom garland, super adorable gift bags added touches of lightheartedness. Check out all the details in these lovely images by Leila Brewster Cross.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was such an incredible experience to have all our closest friends and family in a tropical destination! That was our vision and it really came to life once everyone arrived and we not only had the wedding day but a few days leading up to the wedding to enjoy Sayulita.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I have been obsessed with Leanne Marshall for years and I knew I wanted some lightweight for the heat in Mexico so silk seemed like a great option. It was actually the first gown I tried on and ended up going back to it after trying on many other gowns. I loved the gold detail that made it feel a little less traditional and gave it some flare.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We did a lot ourselves once we arrived to Mexico; I think the gift bags were super fun and we put those together ourselves with the help of some Etsy finds and local goodies. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s father which made that so special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the ceremony was our favorite part of the day, such a surreal emotional moment. The first look was also really fun!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at the top of the gondola in Telluride, under a shooting star Alex dropped to one knee, it was a total surprise. We had an amazing few days celebrating in Telluride after that.

SASHA + ALEX MARRIED! VILLA VALENTIN SAYULITA, MEXICO WEDDING TEASER from Betsi Ewing Studio on Vimeo.

Photography: Leila Brewster Cross // Florals: Flor Mimo // Planning: Carly, Milk Glass Productions // Invites + paper goods: Della Torre Designs // Venue: Villa Valentin // Gown: Leanne Marshall // Hair: Riley Fidel // Makeup: Hannah Thorndike // Catering: Sofia Sanchez // Rentals Group: Trendy Eventful Furniture // Video: Daneil Orren Betsy Ewing Studio // DJ Nick Challed  // Music: Tetewari Music / Esau Galvan Saltos / Alberto Perez Ramirez / Daniel Marquez Ortega / Sonny Davis