According to their wedding designer, Jaime from Wild Heart Events, Desiree + Joel embody that fun, quirky kind of love. Desiree, who did all their amazing florals and Joel, who works at Santa Barbara’s hippest coffee shop, The French Press, wanted a wedding that was lush and modern, but above all: affordable.
To help keep costs to a minimum, Desiree did all of her own florals utilizing bottles saved from Joel’s coffee shop. And friends and family came together to take on roles such as officiant, baker, and calligrapher – too fun! D + J requested that all guests wear black, which helped keep the look of the event streamlined + clean, and allowed all the lovely decor to really pop. For their venue, they chose Shelter Social Club’s Sama Sama Kitchen; a perfect spot for their reception with a brick and ivy back patio where guests ate dinner under cafe lights and then danced the night away. But don’t just take our word for it! See the day unfold firsthand in the gorgeous captures below by Cara Robbins Studio…
All-white bouquets will never get old! Loving this peony + anemone beauty ♥
Desiree wore a modern, custom white dress by Christy Dawn which fit in perfectly with the day’s aesthetic.
Desiree shares, My love for plants and growing things in my personal/everyday life paved a clear design path for myself and Joel. I wanted to translate my real life into my wedding day. Sama Sama was also the place we had dinner the night he proposed, and is our favorite restaurant.
Wedding planning takes as long as you want it too. We were engaged in December and married by the second week of April. It can all be done and done the way you want. It will be beautiful because it's yours. Don't stress the little things.
photography: Cara Robbins Studio // venue name: Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden and Sama Sama Kitchen, of Shelter Social Club in Santa Barbara, California // event design: Desiree (the bride) and Wild Heart Events // planning: Jaime Kostechko of Wild Heart Events // florals: Desiree (the bride) + Bridal Bouquet deisgned by bride & made by Ella and Louie // wedding dress: custom by Christy Dawn // hairpiece: Hair by Trish Quintero at Studio 210 // bride's shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // hair stylist: Lacey Maxwell of 805 Makeup // makeup artist: Lacey Maxwell of 805 Makeup // groom attire: TopMan // paper goods: Postable // catering: Sama Sama Kitchen // cake: Jenny Dawson, Skylar Bryce // music: DJ Persion House Cat // officiant: Chach Hernandez // rentals: Otis and Pearl Vintage Rentals