Posted by: loveandsplendor | December 4, 2008

selena & daniel – 11.8.08

sorry to those of you who were waiting on part 2 of this wedding’s sneak peek. although i went ahead and wrote it and had every intention of posting it today, something infinitely better has arrived: professional photos! i’m so excited to share this lovely wedding with you through the lens of mary jane photography. let’s get right into it!

selena and i share a love of lace. her beautiful dress had a timeless vintage feel to it, and her matching mantilla was the perfect complement. selena also chose to wear a custom twigs & honey hairpiece. darling!! you KNOW how much i love myra’s handiwork.

hello, gorgeous! selena made a breathtaking bride. she has the most beautiful, intense brown eyes. on the left is the groom’s rustic bout, featuring a rose, tuberose blossom + twigs.

selena and daniel chose to see each other before the ceremony in order to maximize their time for portraits. i love this tender moment mary jane caught between them.

on the left: when it comes to bouquets, i say the bigger the better! selena carried a romantic, voluminous bouquet of mostly cream and blush roses. the eucalyptus leaves made the ideal sage accent. on the right: another sweet moment between the lovebirds!

left: ficus trees on the patio were adorned with words of love and felicity. center: selena takes in the scene with the trolley behind her. right: lemony iced tea + berry spritzers were offered to guests during the pre-ceremony welcome reception.

the couple traveled in style on the wedding day, opting to rent a classic car for transportation.

s+d on the steps of the historic santa barbara mission, where they were wed in a traditional Catholic mass.

clockwise from top left: the placesetting included a chocolate satin napkin, gocco’d menus and a fresh herb accent; eucalyptus-covered initials hung from the entrance doors of the reception room; table numbers were made using vintage postcards from various national parks; guests traveled via santa barbara trolleys; save-the-dates (by my candy paper) featured a sketch of the mission; we used half square tables, half round tables for guest seating.

more delicious details!! clockwise from top left: a martha stewart-inspired cookie bar delighted guests; we created visual interest with the cookie bar by placing jars on various boxes wrapped with white paper. take-away bags were nestled in a green trough; cookies were homemade by a friend of the bride!; the beautiful cake was displayed on a raised mezzanine area; ribbon wands for waving were placed in mason jars. guests took them at the end of the night to celebrate the couple’s grand exit; the vintage cake topper was from the wedding of the groom’s parents.

left: the head table was directly in front of the cake. a playful “mr. & mrs.” banner was hung behind the newlyweds; center: centerpieces include 5′ birch branches with hanging votives; right: the magnificent cake was cloaked in fondant and featured an oak leaf design.

one of my favorite details from this wedding was a late night snack. the waitstaff came out and tray-passed S’MORES. yep, i said s’mores! at selena’s urging, i had to try one. it was the perfect, nostalgic treat. you know i love dessert… especially unexpected, kitschy desserts. yummm

thank you, selena & daniel, for allowing me to share in the vision and culmination of your big day!  i loved working with the two of you.  selena–your endless energy and excitement for your wedding spilled out to me and i already miss our phone calls and emails!  thank you for trusting me with all of your plans.  watching you on your wedding day was truly a gift.  you both are blessed with incredible families and friends.  i look forward to keeping in touch for years to come!!  ❤

i also want to thank the wonderful all-stars who made this wedding a success. a gorgeous wedding is all about teamwork and i am grateful that i get to work with the industry’s best week after week. how spoiled am i?? xoxo, angel



  1. love the style of this whole wedding and the locations. great details angel!


  3. Wow! Everything looked so beautiful as always! I’m so glad to have been able to work with Selena, and it was wonderful to see their photos! 🙂

  4. I love all of the details- and the smores: yum!

  5. Now I want a smore! Yum. This is such a gorgeous classic wedding – beautiful job, Angel!

  6. this wedding was so much fun! everything was perfect!..minus the candle spillage. 🙂

    but selena was just perfect!

  7. Doing my first wedding next year since I focus on baby photography. I enjoy the many different perspectives you bring, thanks for sharing.

  8. that church shot is absolutely rad!

  9. Photos look great!

    Thanks for them!

  10. Love every single detail. The colors, the flowers, the smores! Amazing. Great job and thanks for posting! Wonderful ideas abound.

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