UNIVERSITY CLUB OF SANTA BARBARA WEDDING | RIVIERA MANSION

Happy Pride Month! I thought there would be no better time to show off Eryk and Jonathan's rustic purple fall wedding at The University Club of Santa Barbara gorgeously planned by Events by Fran.

From the groomsmen's rainbow socks, to the rainbow guestbook complete with marriage equality newspaper headlines, LOVE WINS was on the tip of everyone's tongue. Eryk and Jonathan managed to incorporate Mexican culture into their day seamlessly. Eryk wore traditional Mexican attire in all white for the ceremony before changing into a vest and purple tie to complement his groom. Another amazing addition was the mariachi band, Mariachi Arcoiris, self described as "the world's first and only LGBTQ Mariachi." There was so much joy and love at this wedding: one of my favorite moments was the toasts that friends and family gave to Eryk and Jon. Tears were flowing that's for sure; up until the dance party, then everyone let loose on one of the most fun dance floors I've ever photographed.

Congrats to Eryk and Jonathan and happy Pride Month everyone!

Venue| The University Club of Santa Barbara || Ceremony Venue | Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara || Family Photo Location | Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden || Wedding Planner | Events by Fran || Florist | Fabulous Florals ||DJ | Bouquet Sound || Mariachi Band | Mariachi Arcoiris ||Violinist | Andrea Siebert || Catering | The University Club of Santa Barbara || Desserts | Your Cake Baker and Crushcakes & Cafe || Men's Attire | Men's Wearhouse || Save the Dates and Invitations | Paper Divas ||

WILDFLOWER VINTAGE WEDDING| REPTACULAR ANIMALS RANCH | SYLMAR, CA

Cheryl and Jared 's Reptacular Ranch wedding in the hills behind Sylmar, CA was truly a boho vintage dream.

This hidden gem of a venue inspired the entire feel of the wedding; the rustic surroundings and exotic animals melded perfectly with the colorful Wildflower Vintage theme. From taking photos with Vinny the Zebra (who was in a bit of a "wild" mood), to the local ranch cat deciding that the back of the wedding cake was going to be his dinner, animals truly ruled this wedding. The wedding was a labor of love for the bride and groom and their close friends and family, who helped with everything from collecting and making the boho vintage decor, to assembling the perfectly undone wildflower bouquets and flower crowns. One of the most impressive details was Cheryl's wedding dress from 1877 that was brought into the 21st century by the amazing Johnny Sakalis (whose wedding I was lucky enough to shoot). Cheryl's flower crown, lace up boots and gold velvet belt completed her romantic yet whimsical wedding style. I was so sad to hear that the ranch owners, who live on the property, had their house destroyed during the Creek Fire. They have since been fundraising to rebuild and it is business as usual with weddings on the ranch. 

Get inspired to create your own dream vintage wedding! 

Venue |  Reptacular Animals Ranch || Wedding Styling | Alexandra Louise Hartle with Millenial Concierge || Dressmaker | Johnny Sakalis || Dress Boutique | Cannonball and Tilly || Bride's Ring | Made in Earth || Men's Attire | Topshop || Cake | Sweet Lady Jane || DJ | Weston Walls with DJs on a Dime || Catering | Farmers Belly Food Truck || Invitations | Gretchen Lohse || Honey jar favors made by the bride

FEATURED ON : SOMETHING TURQUOISE | SERENDIPITY GARDEN WEDDING | OAK GLEN, CA

Macee and Matt's dreamy DIY wedding at Serendipity Gardens was recently featured on Something Turqouise. Macee poured her heart and soul into planning this wedding and adding her own unique touches. One of my favorite details from this wedding how Macee and Matt used the distinctive king protea flower to tie all the elements together, from the invitations, to the welcome sign, to the bouquets. Macee's classically elegant bridal look included a lace dress with a nude underlay and buttons all the way up the back, a simple hairpiece, and a gorgeous flowing veil that we had some fun with in photos. Serendipity Gardens was a dream outdoor wedding venue surrounded by lush greenery and unobstructed mountain views. I especially loved the ceremony site with a river running through it, and the reception patio overlooking the garden and the valley below. Check out the featured post here to read Macee's advice for couples planning their own DIY weddings. 

Venue + Catering | Serendipity Gardens || Florist | Flowers Etc. || DJ | Musical Phunktions || Invitations | Charming Blush || Wedding Dress | || Wedding Dress Boutique | Ladies and Gents Bridal || Groom and Groomsmen's Attire | Men's Wearhouse || Bridesmaid's Dresses | Poshmark || Garter | Louloudimeli || Hair + Make-up | Kacee Geoffroy Hair + Make-up || Chair Signs + Cake Topper | Happily Ever Etched Inc. ||

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