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!”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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!