A Chic Santa Barbara Wedding

Danielle and Erik’s wedding, captured by AbiQ Photography, is so gorgeous, it’s almost ridiculous! Even more ridiculous- almost every last detail was DIY. Can you believe it?! That amazing ceremony arch- handmade by the maid of honor. The incredible bouquets and centerpieces- put together by friends and family with flowers purchased at the flower district in LA. The to-die-for silhouette frame escort card display- also made by her maid of honor. Everything is so chic and elegant, and I can’t get enough!

More from the bride, Danielle:

We were going for a relaxed yet elegant, out right celebration with family and friends. We wanted the evening to feel fun, easy going, and romantic. We knew that if we didn’t over do it, the real beauty of Santa Barbara would do it’s own magic. We had dinner at sunset overlooking the ocean and orchards- that made it pretty hard to beat.

 
 
 

We knew all along that we wanted to get married outside, in natural beauty. So living in Santa Barbara it seemed the right way to go. I was blessed beyond belief because family friends of ours let us use their incredible house overlooking the ocean. I had always dreamed of getting married there and when they said we could, we were overjoyed. Backyard weddings are the best because you have ultimate control over your budget, it’s the way to go if you can.

 
 
 

My family and friends made the flowers and we purchased the flowers two days beforehand at the flower district in LA. We made a trip two weeks before and made personal orders with differnt vendors so we knew what we would be getting.

 
 
 
 

I also ordered dried lavender for the bridesmaid bouquets from Santa Barbara Lavender (they ship!) it saved us loads of money.

 

My MOH is insanely gifted with artistic things and she came up with the idea of the name cards/vintage silhouettes.

 
 

I became slightly obsessive about all things gold. It all started from the subtle gold lace on my dress. The other color we used was a silvery-blue silk that we purchased at a fabric store in the fashion district in LA that my Mom used to wrap all the centerpiece containers, flower girls accessories, and our table topper.

 

Advice from Danielle:

1.Hire a wedding planner so you can actually enjoy being engaged! We did not because I wanted to use the money elsewhere but in the end that help would have been priceless.
2.Find a good photographer, you can never get that day back and having an awesome photographer will make your day timeless.
3.Don’t let it consume you. In the end it is one day, not your entire lifetime. The way you treat people in that time will last longer than their memory of your wedding.
4.Force yourself to take in your emotions, you are getting married and you have waited your whole life for this, stop a moment and just think about that- and your man. That is what it’s all about. Be Thankful.

Wedding Vendors (Santa Barbara, CA):

Photographer: AbiQ Photography / Venue: Family Friend’s Home / Florist: Friends and Family / Caterer: Live Oak Grill / Dessert: Whodidly Cupcakes / Gavin from Santa Barbara DJ’s / Hair and Makeup: Kristin from Glam Artists / Bride’s Dress: By Casablanca from Preowned Wedding Dresses / Bride’s Shoes: Marc Jacobs / Bride’s Veil: Mercedes Trump / Bride’s Jewelry: J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: Perry Ellis

Missouri Farm Wedding II

It’s time for Part II of Krystal and Chris’s wedding by Katie Day. Their reception is overflowing with sweet rustic details. If you loved part one of their vintage barn wedding, you will love the second. Prepare to be charmed!

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 Coupe de Mariage

 Wedding table decor burlap and mason jars

 Barn wedding decor

 Wedding cd sleeve favors

 Rustic vintage cameo bouquet

 vintage typewriter

 wedding typewriter guestbook

 Barn wedding cake table with vintage tablecloth

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Wedding Vendors (Battlefield, Missouri):

Photographer: Katie Day / Venue: Peabody’s Farm / Wedding Coordinator: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: The Nest / Caterer: Whole Hog Cafe / Cake: Cake Creations by Darlene / Cookies: Beth’s Bake Shoppe / Stationer: Molly Fowler from Wig Wag Studios / Videographer: Reclaim Creative / DJ: Just One More Song / Hair Stylist: Jessica Hodge at Hairy’s Salon / Makeup Artist: Tabitha Headley / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca / Bride’s Hair Piece: Pishposhes / Bride’s Jewelry: Luxe Deluxe / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Vest and Pants from Express and ties from Urban Outfitters






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Missouri Farm Wedding

Remember this picnic engagement session teaser? Their photographer, Katie Day sent over their awesome farm wedding that took place in Missouri. The rustic and vintage touches throughout paired perfectly with the big red barn and the woodsy surroundings which served as a perfect ceremony backdrop.

From Krystal, the bride:

I knew I wanted a folksy rustic look with an ethereal feel(this part really came out in the music), but I also wanted to incorporate a field, handmade and vintage elements–and of course the books and typewriter because I am a writer. At one point I think I told someone I wanted my wedding to look like an Andrew Bird song sounds. So my vision was never exactly clear, it just came together as we went along.

 Billy button and daisy wedding bouquet and boutonniere

 woodsy wedding hanging paper pom poms

 gray and yellow groom vest and bout

 Ivory and white wedding shoes with shoe pom clips

My friend Molly read my mind and designed our invitation poster, cd, and program. I’m pretty sure my direction was “Let’s make it into a kind of folksy, whimsical poster with birds, banners, and a phonograph.” She took it from there and created exactly what I wanted. We rolled the invitations up and shipped them in cardboard mailing tubes…people loved it!

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 Wedding Ceremony program fans

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 Outdoor wedding ceremony hanging lanterns decor

 Woodsy birch flower girl basket ideas

 Wedding Escort card display ideas

 Tree trunk bark heart wedding

 Barn wedding ideas

 Green bridesmaids dresses

I didn’t chose a theme or a color scheme. I just did what I liked as I went along. I picked the bridesmaids’ dresses because I liked the color, and then about halfway through the wedding planning process I decided that yellow would be my main color. I was hoping the big red barn and the beautiful summer greenery would do the rest for me.

 gray vests for the groomsmen

 clothespin place cards wedding ideas

 vintage silver-plated tea pots wedding centerpieces

Some advice from Krystal:

It’s best not to over think things. There is no right or wrong choice, and your guests will never know that you decided to forego the IKEA cloth backdrop photo booth. Keep moving and do what you can in the time you have to plan your wedding.

Also, remember that it’s just a party. No one should be nervous or stressing or crying about a party that will go by faster than any other moment in your life.

Part II is coming up later today. Stay tuned!

Wedding Vendors (Battlefield, Missouri):

Photographer: Katie Day / Venue: Peabody’s Farm / Wedding Coordinator: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: The Nest / Caterer: Whole Hog Cafe / Cake: Cake Creations by Darlene / Cookies: Beth’s Bake Shoppe / Stationer: Molly Fowler from Wig Wag Studios / Videographer: Reclaim Creative / DJ: Just One More Song / Hair Stylist: Jessica Hodge at Hairy’s Salon / Makeup Artist: Tabitha Headley / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca / Bride’s Hair Piece: Pishposhes / Bride’s Jewelry: Luxe Deluxe / Bridesmaids Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Vest and Pants from Express and ties from Urban Outfitters

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