Corrine and Christian

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

 

 







 

 















As John and I plan our wedding day, we've agreed (thank goodness) on a few things, one of which is that we won't be getting married in a church. I love that Corrine and Christian, who also aren't religious, found a place with deep significance to the Art History and Law students, respectively–the Santa Barbara Courthouse. These two planned a celebration that was perfectly tailored to the two of them, and I must say, I'm smitten! 

After selecting the stunning Mural Room of the Santa Barbara Courthouse for their ceremony, the pair decided that the Old World Spanish style of the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel was the perfect compliment to the bride's love of heirloom flowers and soft, subtle shades. Announcing the wedding's elegant atmosphere, Corinne worked with calligrapher Renée Troy to create a custom letterpress suite with linings inspired by decorative Spanish tiles and tapestries.

The bride wore a lace mermaid gown by Romona Keveza, paired with simple drop earrings and a gold bangle; her bridesmaids wore dresses from Anthropologie, and the ladies carried rose bouquets by Flower Wild, while Christian and his groomsmen wore well-tailored black suits.

After a joyous ceremony, guests made their way to the Biltmore Hotel for California cuisine and more gorgeous blooms from Flower Wild. Arrangements of ruffled roses, café au lait dahlias, Queen Anne's lace, ranunculus and dusty miller graced each table, along with votives full of flickering candlelight. The bride's mother embroidered each guest's name on a hem-stitched linen napkin, which served as escort cards, and she stitched together the couple's fabric "guest book" into a beautiful quilt. Homemade cookies and local wildflower honey were sweet treats for guests, but not sweeter than the father-daughter dance; after major surgery, he set aside his pain to twirl his beautiful daughter on the dance floor. Following heartfelt toasts at the open mic, guests enjoyed a Robyn Loves Cake confection modeled after the bride's gorgeous gown, captured sublimely by Susan Dean Photography and first spotted on Style Me Pretty.

22 comments:

  1. Such a romantic couple. I adore the story and her dress is beyond stunning!

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  2. What gorgeous images! Love their choice of venue and I am crazy for the bride's dress, looks like it was made for her!
    My anticipation is building, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us on your day. I squeal with delight just thinking about it!!

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  3. Oh my goodness what a brilliant spot to get married. And what a gorgeous bride!

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  4. Oh I love this!! Such a beautiful setting... and that shot in the doorway!!

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  5. That light fixture above them is equal parts ominous and fabulous. And her dress is divine!

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  6. So curious about your coming marriage!! and I am sure it will be top of the top!!!

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  7. the place where they said their vows is gorgeous. Kevin & I didnt get married in church either. I really want to hear more about your wedding plans!!

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  8. This might be the most beautiful bride to date. I love her natural beauty and simplicity in her dress. Gorgeous!

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  9. Ohhh my gosh. Her dress is INCREDIBLE. Wow!!!

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  10. Holy crap! Is it ok to say crap in response to someone's wedding photos? lol These are beyond gorgeous.

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  11. I liked each image even better than the last! This is stunning.

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  12. perfect to get you away from Quickbooks

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  13. Such beautiful couple! Very romantic pictures and what a great looking retro car!!

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  14. What a pretty backdrop for the ceremony. Stunning and different.

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  15. I so love that graininess in the black and white photos. Just perfect.

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  16. I love the guest book idea, what a perfect way to celebrate!

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  17. Gorgeous! I wouldn't even be able to tell what year this wedding was.

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  18. Absolutely stunning!! That dress is to DIE for!!!

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  19. How lovely! My hubby & I also decided against a religious ceremony & had ours on a boat in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

    Hope all your plans are coming along well!

    ~ Clare x

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