Santa Barbara Wedding at El Presidio Chapel: Perrin + Michael

Santa Barbara wedding

Though Perrin grew up in California + Michael in rural Vermont, they met in New Mexico, so the historical El Presidio Chapel in Santa Barbara was the perfect setting to capture the architecture of the southwest + dirt-under-your-feet feeling of where they first fell in love!  There were many fun + thoughtful details incorporated into this wedding, making it feel personal + close to home. Perrin wore her mother’s wedding dress (with some expert alterations by Alina Pizzano), traditional red chile ristras were shipped in from New Mexico as a nod to the couple’s college days, and succulents grown (from seed!) by the bride’s uncle + aunt decorated the reception tables. I’m majorly in love with the floral design from Simply Bouquets – I mean check out that amazing garland! And you won’t want to miss the 100-person dance parade through the Santa Barbara streets following their ceremony, a bit later in the post! :)

Big thanks to Limelife Photography for the gorgeous photography and congrats to Perrin + Michael!

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Seriously, can you believe this was Perrin’s mother’s wedding dress?! It’s probably one of my all time faves….

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bride and groom

bride and groom

Santa Barbara wedding

Santa Barbara wedding

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Santa Barbara wedding

Santa Barbara wedding


The chapel where Perrin + Michael exchanged their vows was Santa Barbara’s very first church. Such a pretty + colorful setting!

Santa Barbara wedding

Santa Barbara wedding

Santa Barbara wedding

Santa Barbara wedding

wedding parade march

The 7-piece mariachi band that never stopped playing from the moment they descended the choir loft (where they played during our ceremony) and led all our guests on the 5-minute walk from the Presidio, through the streets of Santa Barbara, and to the reception, creating a 100-person dance line. We planned it in advance, of course, but had no idea how much fun it would be or how perfectly it would set the tone for the rest of the reception.

wedding parade march

wedding parade march

wedding parade march


The vibrant papel picado was hand-made on letter-press + sewn by hand. I love how itt adds such a great dose of color to the venue’s neutral backdrop!

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wedding rings

succulent favors

succulent favors

first dance

first dance

We're organized list-makers by nature, but we learned that we needed to decide what key elements were most important to us and just let some of the smaller things go. We were pretty good about keeping everything in perspective, and really just looked at the day as an excuse to throw an amazing party. Honestly, though, we couldn't have pulled off some of the inevitable hiccups that arise on the day itself without our incredible day-of coordinator (Sophie, of Amazing Day Events). She took care of every last detail so we were free to relax and enjoy what ended up being the best party we've ever been to in our lives.

photography: Limelife Photography // ceremony venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California // reception venue: Casa de la Guerra // event planner: Sophie Spier // floral design + hairpieces: Simply Bouquets // wedding dress: I wore my mother’s wedding dress, albeit drastically (and beautifully) altered by bridal designer Alina Pizzano // hair + makeup: I did it myself (after receiving a helpful tutorial at Woodley and Bunny in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) // groom suit: J.Lindeberg // paper goods: Heidrun Mumper-Drumm // catering: Los Arroyos // dessert: Macarons by Euro Pane, mini-pies (lemon, chocolate cream) by Simply Pies // music: Mariachi Camarillo, DJ Malik, Goodbeat Productions

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DIY: Floral Pergola Project

DIY Floral Pergola Project

Our DIY contributor, Amanda of Anthomanic, is back today to share a relatively simple, yet stunning do-it-yourself pergola floral project. Yes, it is possible to create this gorgeous floral project yourself! Let’s see how she crafted it…

Supplies:
- three sets of rod pocket style curtains installed on an adjustable tension rod
- approximately 12 yards loose mixed texture fabrics
- 40+ yards loose mixed width ribbons
- 20 stems pee-gee hydrangea
- 2 bunches of silver dollar eucalyptus
- 1 bunch pink gomphrena
- 2 tillandsia
- step ladder, scissors and roll of binding wire

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Step One: Create a base of large fabrics by hanging the tension rod from the pergola with wire

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Step Two: Layer additional large pieces of loose fabric

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Step Three: Add loose pieces of ribbons, tying in place if necessary

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Step Four: Gather mixed ‘bouquet’s’, hand tie and place at top of pergola draping over the front. Thread wire around the bouquet and around the pergola to hold it to the structure. If your pergola structure doesn’t allow for this, attach the flowers to the front face of the structure. If floral must last for more than a few hours, it is recommended to supply the flowers with a water source such as water tubes — water tubes are the simplest DIY supply in this project. Here we only used tubes for the hydrangea, as the other flowers will last just fine out of water for a few hours. Setup time, approximately 30 minutes

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Pretty gorgeous, right?! You could easily swap out flowers that work with your color scheme and use fabric with color if you’d like or keep it simple with neutrals. So many options! Hope this is helpful for you DIY brides out there! And remember, if you make one of our DIY projects, be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

DIY created by Amanda of Anthomanic exclusively for GWS. See more of Amanda’s work here. Photos by Charlotte Tittle Photography

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Headlands Center for the Arts Wedding: Anna + Filip

headlands wedding

Anna + Filip’s modern seaside wedding was filled with so many sweet details + a fresh take on one of our fave color combos – pink + gold! They modernized the atmosphere of their historic venue, The Headlands Center for the Arts, with clean-lined benches for ceremony seating + graphic chevron runners decorating the reception tables. And their attire had a playful tone, too. Anna wore a super cute heart-shaped hair fascinator + fun shoe clips from Ban.do + Filip kept it carefree with a gingham shirt + floral bow tie. Here’s more from Anna about their day:

The happiness of all of our family + loved ones gathering and helping to make our wedding day come together was incredible! You spend months planning something, and then that day everyone just kinda takes over and showers you with love and makes you sit down and relax, it’s pretty much the best thing ever. That being said, it really does go by too fast. I have always heard that and tried to be conscious about soaking in the day as much as I could, and both of us made an effort to soak it in together. The special moments that happen are so great. My cousin officiated the most beautiful ceremony, my husband’s dear friend (one of our groomsmen) shed a few tears, my mother and sisters and I had way too much fun dancing together.

Big thanks to Delbarr Moradi for the beautiful photos + congratulations to Anna + Filip!

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bride

pink bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids

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Such a sweet ceremony backdrop! Love the tissue paper heart :)

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paper tissue heart

crepe fringe backdrop

crepe fringe backdrop

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Our venue didn’t allow taper candles, so a candle lighting ceremony wasn’t a possibility. We used sand cups instead, gathering sand from a nearby beach (the place we got engaged) and poured them together into a larger jar during the ceremony. We kept the jar as a keepsake and have since started collecting little jars of sand on our travels.

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ceremony

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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painted bottle vases

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chevron table runners


We bought all our flowers the day before, which meant that I was giving up total control of my color choices in favor of saving money. It ended up being such a fun thing to do with my girls, as we assembled them the night before. I was so impressed with the floral arranging skills of my sisters, sister-in-law, and girlfriends!

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pink wedding cake

If I can give any advice, it would be don't sweat the small stuff. You can sweat the small stuff for the months leading up to the big day if you want, but it's so much easier if you let your nearest and dearest take some things over when you all come together.

photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography // venue: The Headlands Center for the Arts Sausalito, California // coordinator: Misa Phutsangdee // caterer: Katie Powers Catering // makeup: Chay Baring – 415.754.5888 // hair: Jam Leonard // cake: Chef Scott Green // dress: Justin Alexander, purchased from Paris Connections // bride’s shoes: Madewell // groom’s attire: Seymour’s Fashions // stationery: Bride designed all paper goods, invitations were printed at Mercurio Bros Printing // veil + hair accessories: Veil from Paris Connections, sequin heart and shoe bows from ban.do // bridesmaid’s dresses: For Her and For Him // dj: Spencer Sutherland

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