The Couple: Sarah and Shea
The Wedding: 9.18.09 – Private Estate, Santa Barbara, CA
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Surreal, breathtaking, fun.
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how were your personalities incorporated into your big day? I wanted to keep the wedding simple and classic. I’m a girly-girl through and through and love soft romantic shades like pink and ivory.
I fell in love with our invitation design as soon as I saw it; we just needed to customize the colors. I knew I wanted letterpress and although Bella Figura is across the country, they were great at communicating with me. My invitations were one of my favorite things from my wedding! To save money, we lined the envelopes ourselves. We got so carried away that we also lined the RSVP return envelopes! We not only customized the envelopes, but I attached a brooch to my bouquet that my late-grandmother left for me. Also, the day before the wedding my mom, a close family friend, my cousins, aunt, my husbands aunt and even my uncle spent all day putting together flower centerpieces, boutonnières and bouquets. They turned out absolutely beautiful and more then I had hoped for. As silly as this seems – one of my musts were black chiavari chairs. I just love the look and style of them.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions, or memories that you loved the most about your wedding? The entire day was romantic to me. My favorite memories were when I first saw my husband and when we had our first dance – it was all so surreal! Our most sentimental moment was when Shea’s grandfather married us. It was extremely personal and meant so much to have him confirm our marriage. Our best decision was our photographer and videographer. We loved how the wedding pictures and video turned out. Seeing the pictures and watching the video really brought us back to that day. Oh, and my shoes! I LOVED my shoes! I picked them out even before the dress!
Color palette: Black, ivory and ballet pink.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: BB Photography
Videographer: Lola Video
Event Planner: Joy Proctor at Joy de Vivre
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private Estate
Officiant: Grooms Grandfather – Douglas Larabee
Invitation Designer: Bella Figura
Florist: Family and friends did bouquets and centerpieces
Cake: Montecito Confections
Wedding Dress: Pricilla of Boston
Accessories: Shoes – Manolo Blahnik , Flower Hair Clip – Etsy
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: Dresses – Melissa Sweet, Clutches – Lauren Merkin, Shoes – Bridesmaids chose type of shoes they wanted for comfort.
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Custom Suits & Shirts – Indochino, Ties – Ralph Lauren Black Label, Shoes – Converse (customized with groomsmans names)
Hair and make-up: Hair done by Mishay Salon and make-up by Marcy Deming
DJ: Goodbeat Productions
Live music: Patrick Barry of Barry
Rings: Simone & Sons
Thank you so much Sarah and Shea!
To find inspiration for your own personal wedding style, don’t miss our wedding Image Gallery!
All images above by BB Photography
I love the cute details on the shoes!
Simply elegant and perfection captured in photos!
I love wedding photography that takes me to someplace really special. This is it. And I love the suspenders!
I would say you knocked it out of the park in obtaining your three objectives with the wedding. Surreal, breathtaking, and fun. Well Done!
This is by far one of the most beautiful themes for a wedding I have ever seen. They did an excellent job designing this! I cannot wait to get started on my wedding. I have a few more months of sorting my ideas until we really get down to it-looking into Santa Barbara actually! It would be a dream to get married here! Looks like the couple was incredibly happy with how everything turned out. I’ll be there in a few months and I couldn’t be more excited. Planning on staying at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). I need to save money everywhere I can so I can have one spectacular wedding!!