California weddings are my kryptonite. Not only do they have forever sunshine and style for days, but it’s a place chock-full of vendors who bring our wildest wedding dreams to life. From Patrick Moyer to These Buds A Blooming, Ambient Event Design and so many more, this Santa Barbara affair is the prime example and Redmond Digital Media captured the film to bring it all full circle.
From The Bride…Imbued with the lingering scent of peony and the fresh ocean breeze, our April 2014 Santa Barbara wedding was meant to be as much an expression of love in its details as it was to represent our commitment to one another.
Walking through a centuries old sycamore grove, past the barn and watching the ancient trees spill onto the windswept secluded beach, we knew instantly Rancho Dos Pueblos was the perfect setting for our nuptials. With the inspiring setting in place, it was time to get down to the details, and there were many. We set off transforming the soulful little barn into a vision of rustic vintage romance. In this rich and historic California setting, we hoped to pay homage to Georgia, where the groom was raised and where we would be moving over the summer to begin married life. The stunning setting would dictate the mood, so we opted for colors of blush, sage and antiqued gold to compliment the natural surroundings. Many of the design elements were personally handcrafted, and I will always look fondly on memories of friends and bridesmaids, littering my apartment floor with crafts, painting, glittering and tying late into the night. It was a special time.
After an exciting morning of preparation at the historic Biltmore Santa Barbara, we took the scenic drive to the ranch, where we had our first look within the shaded sycamore grove. Determined to make the most of this gorgeous setting, we started the festivities on the bluff high above the beach, surrounded by our closest friends and family, saying our vows under a floral archway overlooking the ocean. After a beachfront cocktail hour laced with the sound of classic jazz tunes, guests were led down a forested path to the barn reception. Chandeliers, cane back chairs, sheer draping and hundreds of candles gave an elegant touch to the rustic setting. Antiqued mirrors were hung high above the bride and groom, peonies and roses set in hand glittered vases lined tables and ledges. Tiny hand gilded barn animals served as placeholders, and homemade toffee in hand stamped muslin bags were offered as favors.
For a southern flair guests dined on prosciutto wrapped peaches, bourbon glazed short ribs, duck fat collard greens and sipped Old Fashioneds and Fuzzy Georgia Peaches deep into the night. A pie, coffee, and cider station hit the sweet spot. Friends and family celebrated the night with an evening of dancing to live music from Soulville, making s’mores around a bonfire, mingling around a haystack lounge adorned with throws, indulging in a cigar bar, and capturing silly moments with a slow-motion video booth. As the night came to a close, guests threw handfuls of shimmering confetti as the Bride and Groom departed in a pearl white 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. We later discovered it was the same car that had carried the bride’s sister, and maid of honor, in her wedding a decade earlier.
Photography: Patrick Moyer Photography | Videographer: Redmond Digital Media | Design: Virginia Ermentrout | Wedding Planner: Soigné Productions | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Decadence Fine Cakes | Invitations: Nooney Art Designs | Shoes: Design Your Pedestal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Renz | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | Officiant: Nanette McIntyre | Bride & Groom Transportation: Tours A La Carte | Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop | Ceremony & Reception: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Grooms Tux: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Makeup: Page Berse | Music: Soulville | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus