Posted by: loveandsplendor | December 1, 2008

sneak peek – 11.8.08 [part 1]

i adore santa barbara! it was no wonder that this rustic fall wedding in SB would turn out to be one of my favorites from 2008. šŸ˜‰ for nearly a year i worked closely with the ULTIMATE DIY bride, selena. she tirelessly poured herself into so many beautiful projects and the result was truly stunning. the bride and groom are big nature lovers and avid hikers. we knew that the design of the wedding would reflect this shared affinity, as well as showcase rich seasonal colors like ruby red, burnt orange, and sumptuous chocolate brown.

the wedding day began early with a welcome reception at rockwood women’s club: a spanish-inspired venue encircled by old trees and charming gardens. guests enjoyed refreshing hibiscus tea and berry spritzers before boarding charming santa barbara trolleys to the ceremony site: the historic santa barbara mission. after the couple was wed, guests returned via trolley to rockwood for a joyful cocktail hour on the terrace. the sounds of sultry spanish guitar (courtesy of my good friend, anthony ybarra) floated in the background, while guests mingled and noshed on small bites. there was a mock photo-booth set-up with arm chairs and a basket of props, a corner strung with strands of twine dotted with childhood photos of the pair, a whimsical wish tree (made of birch branches) where guests could write words of encouragement, and a cozy lounge vignette in front of an outdoor fireplace. the entire event felt so casually luxe, and each carefully conceived detail was a delight to guests.

as the sun set, guests entered a magical ballroom setting. centerpieces were striking 5′ tall birch trees, adorned with delicate hanging candles. other tables featured glowing pillar candles embraced by lush wreaths of red and orange florals. it was as if you had entered a shimmering forest, altogether enchanting and inviting. i was really overwhelmed by the room. šŸ˜‰ when the night finally came to a close, i was floating on cloud 9. everything had been perfect, and i truly felt that guests had been able to experience something very special in attending. they had seen a picture of the love and loves of selena & daniel. it was truly an honor to work on this wedding and i’m excited to share these sneak peek images with you. šŸ˜‰ (of course i am waiting on pins and needles for the pro pics from the darling mary jane + mark of mary jane photography. it was a pleasure working with this sweet and talented pair!)

i’ll start with a peek into my lovely room at casa del mar inn, where i stayed for the weekend. you NEED to check out this place next time you’re in santa barbara. altogether charming.

at check-in, i received an adorable welcome box. selena gocco’d the labels herself… the first of many, many projects.

the couple took great care in selecting quintessential santa barbara items to put into their welcome boxes. i particularly loved the robitailles presidential inaugural mints. (if you haven’t been to robitailles in carpinteria, you are missing out. these disks of chocolate, infused with peppermint oil, are deeelish.)

the escort card table set the mood for our rustic, autumn wedding. we covered a long wooden table with moss used tall vases filled with branches as focal points. each one had hanging candles for warm and ambiance. paper-source fall leaves (serving as escort cards) were casually laid along the moss to create a natural pattern.. as if they had fallen from the branches above. it was just charming.

here’s a closer look at the leaves. aren’t they adorable?

personalization abounded at this wedding. we covered a piano in the foyer with photos from family weddings. it was a lovely reminder of their heritage and the legacy of love in their families. engagement photos lined another table, along with clusters of river rocks, moss, and votive candles.

this is the sun-dappled patio where the welcome reception and cocktail hour took place. we hung lanterns in the trees and used them on cocktail tables for lots of warm lighting.

pure joy catering was flawless all night long. their gorgeous fruit and cheese display was a stunner during cocktail hour.

the “wish tree.” guests wrote a message to the couple on a simple tag, and strung them up among the birch branches. nearby ficus trees were decorated with words of love to inspire their note-writing.

here’s their cute mock-photobooth set-up. i love how the trellis makes a perfect natural backdrop.

here’s a dark, overhead view of the foyer during the reception. šŸ˜‰

because there are so many lovely images to share, i am splitting this sneak peek into two parts. make sure to check-in again soon for part 2! i can’t wait to show you the reception set-up

xoxo, angel



  1. love all the personalized touches. šŸ™‚

  2. I love birch branches- they are my second favorite branch behind kiwi. And that cheese and cracker table looks good enough to tempt me out of veganism!

    c u today!

  3. Santa Barbara is so magical! That fruit and cheese spread is making me seriously hungry. : )

  4. The caterers did a fab job! And oh-how-I-love Santa Barbara!! I moved to Atlanta a few years ago and recently visited my home state of California…the first place I ventured to…yep, SB!

  5. all of the personalized details are beautiful. i’m definitely looking forward to the photos in part 2! horray for a santa barbara wedding.

  6. Hey! I’ll have the wedding done this week! I loved working with you too! We have to do it again. xoxo

  7. I love the leaf place cards…so cute. Can’t wait to see more!

  8. niice. what an honor to have you be a part of a special day. are those photos from your iphone?

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