Eclectic Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding: Jessica + Mike

Santa Barbara Wedding

Happy Friday everyone! We have the prettiest wedding at the gorgeous Santa Barbara Historical Museum to share with you all today. We’re totally loving all the Spanish + Mexican elements they incorporated with the help of the talented team at Beijos Events. Think floral crowns, bridesmaids in pastels, hanging flowers, leather + copper details, amber glassware, and churros for dessert! We just love, love, love! So happy that Jacqueline Pilar was there to capture it all!

Let’s hear a bit more about their wedding day inspiration from Jessica + Mike…

Living in Santa Barbara both of us wanted to represent Santa Barbara and the Spanish Heritage in the wedding and also Jessica grew up going to her family’s home in Mexico, so the memories spent there in Baja had a huge influence on the decor and food. We both love Mexican food, so we had a a taco buffet with someone making fresh tortillas, a ceviche station, and an elaborate salsa bar. The Churros for dessert were an ode to our favorite festival here in Santa Barbara, Fiesta! Super important to both of us was making sure McConnell’s (local Santa Barbara brand) Ice Cream was present at the wedding. They brought their ice cream cart and guests could choose between the groom’s favorite Mint Chip or the bride’s favorite Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The table decor was reflective of the Spanish theme as well with crocheted lace covering the tables and Spanish tiles as coasters for the ornate amber glasses. Local Santa Barbara olive branches were tucked into each napkin and all flowers were local and seasonal. We served all local wines and our specialty cocktail was each of our favorite margaritas.

bridal flower crown

Watters Wedding Dress

Jessica wore a Watters gown with a floral crown by Terra Malia Designs and her bridesmaids all wore pretty Joanna August dresses!

gray and pink bridesmaids

gray and pink bridesmaids

Watters Wedding Dress

gold succulent bouquet

bridal flower crown

carnation garland

Processional: Ray LaMontagne - You are the best thing (for the bridal party); Mason Jennings - Be Here Now (for the bride)

Recessional: Marvin Gay - Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

First Dance: Ben E King - This Magic Moment

Santa Barbara Wedding

Santa Barbara Wedding

Santa Barbara Wedding

For both of us this centers around the ceremony.

Jessica: My brother who has been close to both of us throughout our whole relationship was the officiant of the wedding. His heartfelt and thoughtful service was touching, funny, and unique to us. At one point during the ceremony he had us turn to look out on the crowd of our friends and family and it was the most special and overwhelming feeling (in a positive way) to see all of those you care about smiling at you and sharing in your joy. After that as a surprise my brother had all 5 of my nieces and nephews read Dr. Suess’ Oh the Places You’ll Go together. It was so fun for them to participate and seeing as they range in age from 11-21 they each had their unique spin on their reading. Also, each of our sister’s read a reading of our choice that was special to us. All of this lead up to the pinnacle of our ceremony in which we exchanged our vows that we wrote for each other. Both of us expressed our love and commitment in our own unique way. Post wedding we have framed the papers that each of us read from that day as a reminder of this beautiful moment. On a less sentimental note- rocking out on the dance floor with everyone was awesome!

Mike: For me my most memorable moment was when Jess was walking down the aisle and I got to see her for the first time on our wedding day.

Santa Barbara Wedding

Santa Barbara Wedding

Santa Barbara Wedding

Santa Barbara Wedding

pink door escort display

leather escort cards

A bit about the design elements from Jacquelyn of Beijos Events: When Jessica came to us and said she wanted a Mexican/Moroccan feeling wedding we were already obsessed. We loved playing with these colors and using different elements like brass, tile and leather. Terra Malia Designs knocked it out of the park with her florals, the vibrant colors and exotic flowers mixed with the gold and cut fruit were jaw dropping. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is so naturally beautiful but we loved the pops of color this wedding added! The bride’s sweet and talented sister created and designed all of the paper goods adding such a personal touch. 

moroccan lanterns

amor marquee sign

Santa Barbara Wedding

lace tablecloths

yellow goblets

protea bud vases

custom drink napkins

moroccan lanterns

Santa Barbara Wedding

vw bug getaway car

Our first piece of advice is to hire a planner - Both of us felt so fortunate not to have to worry at all on the day of the wedding. We knew we were in the best hands and that everything would be taken care of. This piece of advice goes along with working with vendors that you truly like and communicate well with. We cannot say enough about each of the vendors that we worked with and we could both gush on but we will spare you that - everything was so thorough leading up to the event that we knew there was nothing left to be concerned about! This really allowed us to enjoy our families and bridal parties leading up to the ceremony. There are a lot of beautiful emotions the day of leading up to the big event and it was great to be able to be present to experience all of them.

Which leads us to our next piece of advice which is to do your best to be present during the planning and most definitely during the wedding! We both found it so easy to get wrapped up in all the details - napkins, favors, seating arrangements, etc., that at times it almost seemed the significance of the day fell to the wayside. It was helpful to remind each other that the most important thing was our commitment to each other and our families. I had heard many brides say that the day would go by in a blink and it most definitely did! It was helpful throughout the day to pause, take a deep breath, and look around- there was nothing like having all the people you love around you at once and we will always cherish those memories. Next, we both found it super important to remember that the day was about us and what we wanted. LOTS of people will have opinions about what is right or unacceptable whether it be your food choice or maybe the size of your bridal party. It is after all your day and it should reflect the two of you.

Lastly and absolutely most importantly - let it all go and have a blast! It’s your wedding day!

Congrats you two on an amazing day! We wish you all the best!

photography: Jacqueline Pilar // venue: The Santa Barbara Historical Museum Santa Barbara, California // event design: A collaborative effort between the bride and Beijos Events // event planning: Beijos Events // florals + flower crown: Terra Malia Designs // wedding dress: Watters // shoes: Vince Camuto // bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August // hair + makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry // groom’s suit: J.Crew //  groom’s shoes: Seavees // videography: Arcade Edit & John Kline // paper goods: Rachel Reisig Design (Bride’s Sister) // catering: Omni Catering // cake: Your Cake Baker // rentals: Ventura Rentals // officiant: Bride’s Brother // music: Vox DJs – KC Campbell

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Romantic Engagement Photos Among Castle Ruins: Rachel + Nicholas

Castle Engagement

Today’s engagement shoot sent over from photographer Katie Shuler is sure to inspire couples looking for an adventurous twist on a classic feel for their engagement photos. The Knapp castle ruins in Santa Barbara are a well-kept secret in the mountains of Santa Barbara (well, were a well-kept secret!) and serve as the stunning backdrop for these photos.

Let’s here a bit about the engagement shoot from Rachel….

Our engagement shoot was much anticipated for us. Both of us were completely overjoyed to work with Katie Shuler. We knew there was something absolutely wonderful ahead with her behind the lens. We envisioned something unique with a hint of a garden feel. Katie suggested Knapp’s Castle and it was a no-brainer. The combination of the ruined architecture with the gardens along the outskirts made for the perfect location for us.

Castle Engagement

H&M dress

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

Nick & I both enjoy a good reason to dress up. I opted for a blush long sleeve floral lace dress from H&M. I picked it up on a whim, and realized it would make for the perfect engagement shoot dress. I wanted to choose something that reflected my personal style, and a piece that was feminine and soft. Nick wore a John Smedley sweater over a white Theory button up. Blue fitted slacks and brown wing-tips were the perfect compliment.

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

Picture perfect, right?!

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

H&M Dress

H&M Dress

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

Castle Engagement

And since we all love a proposal story, let’s hear their story as told by Rachel :)

Nick proposed on a sunny August day at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Nick had planned a surprise day, all under the guise of my birthday. The only hint I had was the nude lace Diane Von Furstenberg dress he gifted me the week before. After Tiffin Tea, we began to explore the gardens and take in the summer air. Before long, he reached for my hand and pulled out a stationary set I had given him on our first anniversary. It was stationary from Florence, and I gave it to him on our anniversary asking he return it to me one day, making it all the more meaningful with his words. I never imagined it would be the words of his proposal. The moment washed over me & like a dream, he lowered to bended knee. In all my life, I’ve never met such a romantic.

Congrats you two! We can’t wait for your wedding. :)

photography: Katie Shuler Photography // venue: Knapp’s Castle in Santa Barbara, California

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Wild + Whimsical DIY Smog Shoppe Wedding: Cici + Albert

smog shoppe wedding

If you’re dreaming of a day filled with personality, whimsy + fun, you’re gonna fall hard for Cici + Albert’s amaze handmade Smog Shoppe wedding! An obviously crazy creative duo in their own right, C + A teamed up with friends + fam to execute their vision through DIY projects and weekends spent crafting away for the wedding. Cici, who founded her design company, Crafty Cici, put such a fun personal spin on just about every detail + aspect. It’s nearly impossibly to call out our favorite crafts from this one, but the signage, cake topper, and cuddle monsters (you’ll read about those in a sec!) are definitely up there! Here’s more about the day from the bride…

From the moment we started planning our wedding, Albert and I knew we wanted our special day to capture our quirky and adventurous spirit while keeping it intimate and personal for all our guests. In the months leading up to our big day, I found myself being more and more inspired as I let my imagination take the lead. I was passionate about handcrafting our wedding so that every detail would be unique and reflect who Albert and I were as a couple.

Logan Cole, thanks so much for these amazing photos!

whimsical crown invitation

atelier wedding dress

whimsical rose bouquet

We’re majorly loving the bouquets + florals by Milieu Florals! Cici’s bouquet is one of the most gorgeous + textural we’ve seen and we’re all about it!

Aside from the bouquets, boutonnières, and table centerpieces, all other florals + vines were from a local craft store, and Cici worked her creative magic to incorporate them into the design!

peach bridesmaids

whimsical peach bouquet

personalized dolls

C says, Our first major inspiration came after finding the perfect venue. We fell in love with Smog Shoppe right away! I’m a sucker for succulents, and the idea of transforming the space into an enchanted forest right in the middle of the busy streets of LA really got me excited. One of the more personal touches was incorporating my Cuddle Monsters, which are handmade dolls that I make for family and friends (follow Cici’s work here!). We placed them at the dessert bar with the addition of mini-Cuddle Monsters for our cake-topper. I also illustrated them into everything from our stationery and signage to the personalized guestbooks and place cards. We even transformed our ring boy and flower girl into real-life Cuddle Monsters, and they were absolutely adorable!

atelier wedding dress

groomsmen

first look

smog shoppe wedding

smog shoppe wedding

LA wedding

LA wedding

LA wedding

atelier wedding dress

custom program

whimsical ring bearer and flower girl

Way too cute!

gold crown flower girl

church ceremony

church ceremony

menu

whimsical seating chart

smog shoppe reception

crown chair decor

Every single little touch feels so perfect for C + A’s whimsical, sweet personalities!

grass initials

bud vases

peach napkin

place card

bud vases

whimsical wedding icon

custom dog pillow

Dior, my dog, aka my non-human sister, unfortunately was not allowed at the church or SmogShoppe, so I made a life-sized pillow of her so she could still be with me on my big day!

coffee sign

photo booth sign

whimsical dessert bar

custom cake toppers

whimsical dessert bar

whimsical dessert bar

whimsical dessert bar

cake cutting

The fun doesn’t have to end just yet! See more of this super fun wedding in the film below by Moka Visuals:

If you're planning on doing any DIY projects, then get started right away! Also, don't forget that your family and friends want to be a part of the planning process and want to help in any way they can… so ask for help! Plus, it's really nice to spend quality time with them while you're cutting and gluing things together. Last, but not least, use coupons for your local craft store and don't forget to keep your receipts just in case you change your mind! Happy planning :)

photography: Logan Cole Photography // planning, design + stationery: Crafty Cici // venue: Smog Shoppe Los Angeles, California // florals: Milieu Florals // videography: Moka Visuals // ceremony: Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church //wedding dress design: Crafty Cici // wedding dress maker: Atelier by Dawn // bride’s shoes: Dolce and Gabbana // bridesmaids’ dresses: Rieley // hair + makeup: Makeup by Kelly Yi // day of coordination: Hannah Song & Christine Pak // cake: Sugar Farm Bakery // cake topper, cuddle monsters + signage: Crafty Cici //catering: Baby Blues BBQ // dj: DJ’s on a Dime // rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals

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