Elegant Santa Barbara Wedding at The Biltmore :: Paige & Clayton

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Photography by Megan Sorel.

Just wait until you see the incredible attention to detail in today’s Santa Barbara wedding, thanks to Event Planners & Designers Bluebird Productions. Touches of SoCal-appropriate blue and white (sometimes bold, sometimes subtle) are everywhere from the stationery suite, to the welcome bags, to custom monogrammed swizzle sticks in the signature cocktails. And be sure not to miss the stunning reception, with chandeliers dripping in greenery and lush fuchsia blooms covering every surface! No part of the day was overlooked and yet it all feels so laidback and effortless. (Speaking of effortless, can we take a second to appreciate Paige’s amazing fishtail braid?) The couple told us there was only one thing that didn’t quite go according to plan: “we wish we had remembered the box of leftover cupcakes for our honeymoon flight!”

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; blue and white welcome bag;

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I didn’t make an effort intentionally to do so but some of it just came together. For instance, the seamstress I worked with at the Carolina Herrera boutique sewed a sweet lace blue “P” on the bottom underneath of my dress, and I borrowed my mom’s earrings and bracelet.

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; stuart weitzman flats; sparkly tie up flats; mom's diamond jewelery

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; classic white and green buquet;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; bride and bridesmaids in white and blue robes;

Did you have a first look? Why or why not? We did have a first look! My sister and brother-in-law had a first look at their wedding and both said it was very special to them. I also knew I would be nervous, just because I tend to get emotional, so having that moment took some of the pressure off.

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; first look;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; first look;

The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We wanted to have a destination wedding, because we knew most of our guests would have to travel anyway (I grew up in Texas, Clayton grew up in Arkansas, and we lived in Colorado at the time of our wedding). Clayton and I both love the relaxed vibe of the beach and felt that Santa Barbara had that same feel, without feeling too tropical.

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Your ceremony in three words. Our ceremony was very personal, sweet and intimate.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? My mom and sister helped with every aspect of the planning, as well as our amazing wedding planners, Bluebird Productions. I just wanted the ceremony to be short but intimate and sweet, which it was! I wanted people to walk away from the ceremony knowing how much Clayton and I love each other, so making it feel authentic and personal was key.

What was your ceremony music? Ode to Joy / Canon in D One Hand, One Heart / Sheep May Safely Graze / Trumpet Voluntary / Wedding March
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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; outdoor ceremony; urns of white and green florals; white and green florals; palm trees; bride dad and groom at altar;

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? My brother-in-law, John, officiated our ceremony. When the question came up for who would officiate, we looked at a few local options but it felt so wrong to me to have a relative stranger standing up there with us. All of a sudden it was abundantly clear to me it had to be John! John has been a really amazing brother-in-law to me in more ways than I can even express, he is such an amazing father to my niece, Emma, and his faith and family values are an inspiration to me. He made the ceremony so special by eloquently speaking about what marriage is and what is special about our relationship.

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; outdoor ceremony; urns of white and green florals; white and green florals; palm trees;

What were your ceremony readings? My sister and Maid of Honor, Kelly, surprised me with a beautiful reading, I carry your heart by ee cummings.

What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows. Even though it felt like a lot of pressure at first, it was essential to our ceremony that we shared our feelings about one another in our own way.

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; outdoor ceremony; urns of white and green florals; white and green florals; palm trees; couple raise hands;

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite thing was how real and authentic it felt. I was teary the whole time, but also smiling so hard my face was literally sore the next day!

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; bridesmaids in white; bride and groom with bridesmaids;

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? It is important to listen to advice from other married people – what they did and loved and what they wish they had done. It is also important to listen to yourself. If something doesn’t feel right to you then leave it out or change it up, there are no rules!

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; bride and groom after ceremony; bride with fishtail braid;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; bride and groom after ceremony; bride with fishtail braid; couple under veil;

Cocktail Hour

Did you have a signature cocktail? We served a “Paige’s Paloma” and a local beer as our signature drinks.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I wanted it to feel comfortable, fun and happy for everyone, and for it to be very celebratory. It was important to me that there was space outside to relax and talk as well as a fun dance floor, so there were these sweet little areas for everyone depending on where they wanted to be. (Not everyone likes to dance all night, but it surprised me how many people did!)

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; signature cocktails; custom blue and white twizzlers;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; urn of hot pink florals; escort card table with giant florals;

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The Reception

How would you describe your reception? Our reception was really beautiful, fun and colorful.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I love to do creative projects but I’m glad that I didn’t put any pressure on myself to do anything myself for my wedding. We really got to enjoy the process and the wedding itself without any extra obligations. I felt very lucky and blessed to have all of the help we had.

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; greenery chandelier; hot pink florals and greenery; candles; neutral linens;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; greenery chandelier; hot pink florals and greenery; candles; neutral linens;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; greenery chandelier; hot pink florals and greenery; candles; neutral linens;

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had two cakes made by Lori A. Stern, who actually went to high school with my sister. Her cakes are very California, unique and absolutely gorgeous! We had a vanilla cake with flowers on it and a chocolate groom cake with shards of chocolate on top. We also had mini cupcakes in unusual flavors from Enjoy Cupcakes!

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; grooms chocolate cake;

santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; staircase with candles; twinke lights in trees;

What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? I danced to Daydream Believer by The Monkees with my dad, and Clayton and I danced to Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Everyone always says that the day goes by so quickly and to just enjoy it and take it all in – they are absolutely right!

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santa barbara; california wedding; blue and white wedding; elegant beach wedding; bluebird productions; the biltmore; Megan Sorel; champagne toast;

Colors

Style

Beach

Season

Fall

Location

California

Vendor Credits

Photography: Megan Sorel / Venue, Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California / Event Planning & Design: Bluebird Productions / Floral Design: Mindy Rice / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Hair, Makeup: Janet Villa / Stationery: Poste / Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Rentals (Decor): The Ark / Rentals (Chairs): Revelry / Rentals (Linen): La Tavola Fine Linen / Rentals (Linen): Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: LightenUp Inc. / Cake: Lori A. Stern / Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes

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