After eight years of being in the wedding industry and seeing hundreds of brides get married, it finally was my turn on November 4, 2012. It is amazing how it is quite different being a bride even though I thought I knew everything. You would think I would have had my wedding planned since I was four years old, but honestly, I had no idea what I wanted. After coordinating and working down in Santa Barbara, I knew I would love to get married there someday and have a “mini” destination wedding. My husband and I visited The Santa Barbara Courthouse/the Sunken Gardens and absolutely fell in love with it! If you haven’t been there, then you definitely need to put it on your bucket list and check it out. It is so grand, and beautiful! My vision was to have a Santa Barbara vogue/glam wedding. My colors were blush, ivory, gold, and navy. My dress was designed by Sue Wong and had impeccable detailing on it. One of my favorite memories of the day was having 20 of my best friends to join me at The Coast Restaurant at the Canary Hotel for a champagne toast prior to the ceremony. All of our family and friends meet at The Canary Hotel off of State Street to board The Santa Barbara Trolley to ride over to The Courthouse where we had a simple, sweet ceremony with live violinists.
Afterwards the guests were escorted to the rooftop of The Canary Hotel for an amazing, sunset reception. We had signature cocktails, and music while the guests waited for the bridal party to return and then an incredible Cuban themed dinner. Jenny McNiece designed the amazing flowers that are to die over. Kramer Entertainment provided the fun jams and kept the party going! My friend who was in a sorority with me started her own shop called, The Sugar Lab, which honestly has the best cupcakes you will ever taste. She designed our cutting cake and cupcakes which I crave on a daily basis. Dustin with Celluloid Dreams captured the incredible details and made a video that most people cry when watching. (Check it out here) And my dear friends, Sarah Kathleen Photography and Lindsey Gomes Photography captured the picturesque details. I designed and planned my wedding in 11 weeks in the midst of my wedding season but knew I didn’t want to wait until the end of the 2013 wedding season, so it may have been a little nuts, but it was honestly the best day of my life. And now I’m married to my best friend.