Saturday, July 19, 2008

Santa Barbara Zoo: Rebecca + Ben

Rebecca and Ben are close friends of both my husband and I so we were thrilled when they invited us to join their wedding party. Rebecca knew she wanted to wear a purple wedding gown so we decided to put tradition aside and just have fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate their wedding colors and theme. This was not going to be your average "white wedding".  Instead it was an evening filled with jewel tones, laughter and lots and lots of butterflies.

They choose the Santa Barbara Zoo for their ceremony and reception and since the hilltop was under construction, the reception was held in elephant junction. Tricia Fountaine Floral Design and Bella Vista Designs helped us transform the space. This was my first experience working with Yvette Roman Photography and I was blown away! She has an amazing way of capturing the soul of her subjects and I just loved working with her. All photos were taken by Yvette:)


Check out Billy's Blog Billy Girl Style for the latest make-up tips... Billy also played dual roles as groomsman and hair & make-up artist... Rebecca looked stunning in a custom purple gown designed by R-Mine Bridal Couture and a birdcage veil.
The sweetest lavender bouquets for the bridesmaids... I hung mine to dry and it still smells amazing... Three unique pin corsages for the grandmas... And a gorgeous bouquet in shades of red and purple, wrapped in a silk sari for the bride.
Their ceremony was held in the the Palm Garden... A popular ceremony spot for zoo weddings... We made cute petal cones and sweet bundles of lavender from the Farmer's Market to line the aisle... The zoo's antique train took the newly wed bride and groom for a private tour.
 Escort Cards hung on purple ribbon and each table was named for a different butterfly... This was a "DIY" wedding project... We found butterfly clip art online and created our own template... Something sweet from Whodidly Cupcakes... The fabulous bridal party, with bridesmaids in dresses from Melissa Sweet.
Tricia designed the most beautiful centerpieces with rhinestone encrusted butterflies tucked into each arrangements.
A photo of the amazing Yvette Roman and I, LOL...  It was so great to work with you!.. and boxes of Animal Crackers, a zoolicious favor, given at the end of the evening.

Thank you Rebecca and Ben for inviting me to be a part of your special day!  xoxo

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