Kimberly and Paul’s modern Santa Barbara wedding was inspired by the sleek elegance of fish scales. From the invitation design to actual koi and goldfish on site for the celebration, the fish scale motif was impeccably implemented by La Fete Weddings. The ceremony over the koi pond was such a beautifully planned aspect of the event, as the water reflected the couple and their love so clearly as they exchanged their vows.
The Couple: Kimberly and Paul
The Wedding: Santa Barbara, California
The Inspiration: “We have a very compatible design sense — we wanted a wedding that was modern and minimalist, sleek and elegant. Our main colors, aubergine and champagne, fit this theme well, while our accent color, orange, really popped to keep the design fresh and vibrant. We wanted the decor to be more architectural and structural in nature, and we emphasized elements like lighting and water, and chose flowers and plants that had more interesting visual texture, rather than romantic blooms and petals.
We came up with the fish scale motif to tie together all the various elements of our wedding — from the invitations and menus, to the koi pond at the center of our ceremony site, to the water elements and goldfish in the floral arrangements and escort card table. Additionally, the symbolism of goldfish and koi in Asian cultures, representing love, marriage, and harmonious balance was a nice homage to Paul‘s Chinese heritage. (And Kimberly‘s love for sushi.)
For the wedding day fashion, we wanted something classic with a bit of a modern flair. Kimberly immediately fell in love with the interesting lace pattern and understated elegance of Modern Trousseau Couture’s Finnley dress.Paul wore a classic & simple bespoke suit by Tailorable & Co, but also integrated a few bold accents, like purple cuff buttonhole contrast stitching and orange polka dot socks.”
The Moments: “After the ceremony finished, all the photos were taken, and the cocktail hour concluded, while the guests moved from the rooftop terrace to the downstairs ballroom for dinner, we had a few minutes to ourselves, hiding out of sight before our grand introduction as a married couple. That was the first moment we had to catch our breath and to be alone, and it was a giddy, but wonderful moment to reflect on how perfect the ceremony was, how lucky we were to have so many friends and loved ones there to support us, and how much we loved each other. While the entire wedding weekend was everything we had dreamed, after putting so much thought and time into every single detail, sharing this moment alone outside was so special.”
The Couple Recommends: “Above all else, we were incredibly happy with Colette & Kaitlin at La Fete — they helped us assemble a dream team of vendors, put together a wedding that fit our style and personalities perfectly, and ensured that everything flowed smoothly and seamlessly on the big day. They were simply amazing.
Barabra Mousouris was such an engaging and effective officiant, everyone assumed that she had known us for years, when in fact, we had mainly only spoken with her via Skype a few times, and actually, the first time that Paul met her in-person was at the rehearsal — a true testament to her abilities to get to know a couple deeply and compose a ceremony with gravitas and emotional trajectory. Ashleigh Taylor was a wonderful photographer with a bubbly personality that put everyone at ease, and captured some magical photos of us and all the guests throughout the night. Dwight Kennedy was a spectacular emcee, going well beyond his duty as bandleader to be the “producer” for the whole evening — everything from running back to the kitchen to keep the servers on time, to maintaining the energy on the dance floor and the emotional flow of the event. Nico Cervantes took in all our ambiguous, yet stringent demands for flowers and produced masterful centerpieces that brought the room together with such a high level of polish and skill, and created a stunning escort table display that created a real “wow” effect from the moment guests stepped into the room.”
The Wedding Team:
Event Coordination – La Fete Weddings
Photography – Ashleigh Taylor
Venue – El Encanto Santa Barbara
Floral Design – NLC Productions
Officiant – Barbara Mousouris
Live Band – Dwight Kennedy
Makeup Artist – Marcy Deming
Hair Styling – Shine Blow Dry Bar
Wedding Dress – Modern Trousseau Couture via Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Dessy
Groom’s Apparel – Tailorable & Co
Rentals – Town & Country
Lighting – Ambient Event Design
Rings – Geoffrey’s Diamonds, Saettele Jewelers
Thank you so much to La Fete Weddings for sharing your inspiring wedding designs, and to Kimberly and Paul for sharing your special day with Junebug. For more modern wedding inspiration, you have to see Nicole and Fernando’s stylish modern Washington D.C. wedding.