Elegant Santa Barbara Estate Wedding

They say you know when you know, and for this gorgeous duo a love at first sight meeting turned into an epic romance that all culminated into one seriously stunning Santa Barbara wedding. Think amazing florals from Grass Roots Wedding & Event and the planning expertise of Mele Amore Events all coming together in some of the prettiest details you will ever lay your eyes upon. See it all captured by Nick Meistrell right here.

And a sweet film from Creative Minds…

Stephanie + Brandon from Creative Minds on Vimeo.

From The Bride… Brandon and I met on a friend’s dock one Saturday. Before our boat ride, Brandon stole my heart with a funny line from a movie that still makes me laugh to this day. From that day forward, we were attached at the hip. The cliché term “when you know, you know” was the only way to describe our relationship and where we are today. Fast forward seven months later and Brandon proposed to me.

I was never one to dream of my wedding day, as a lot of girls do. But, I had one thing in mind: a Santa Barbara estate wedding. I had gone to school in Santa Barbara and Brandon and I would take frequent trips up the coast there. It had become a familiar place to us as a couple and it only felt right that we get married there. And with the beauty that surrounds every inch of that city, I knew I wanted my wedding to be outdoors. We found the Villa Verano Estate within a week of being engaged and fell in love with it! Set in the hills of Santa Barbara, the Mediterranean-style villa offered a picturesque view of the ocean had given us the best of both worlds.

From the beginning of the process, I was clueless on what I wanted in a wedding. With so many options to consider, I decided on a simple, yet elegant theme, which truly encompasses my taste. Black, ivory, soft blush, and gold… I couldn’t envision anything more beautiful. And, with an outdoor wedding and all that the beautiful Santa Barbara landscape has to offer, I began to realize that I knew what I wanted all along. Every decision that I made was firm and I had zero regrets. My dress was the first big decision I made and it was the second I tried on. I knew it was love at first sight and I never once questioned my choice. All of the other details just seemed to fall into place for me. It was all about choosing things that made me happy on the inside and out. Every detail we chose just felt “right” and the planning process became a very low-stress and fun time for us.

We took off from the American Riviera two days later, to honeymoon in the French Riviera. In the end, I wouldn’t have changed one thing. I truly enjoyed every single minute of the planning as well as our wedding day. Time stood still for me on October 19th, 2013 and it will forever be a memory.

Photography: Nick Meistrell | Cinematography: Creative Minds | Event Planner: Mele Amore Events | Floral Design: Grass Roots Wedding & Event | Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Crushcakes | Stationery: Sugar Press | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Omni Fresco Catering | DJ: Scott Topper Productions | Ceremony And Reception: Villa Verano | Hair/Makeup: LunaBella | Linens: La Tavola | Musicians: Jason Sulkin Event And Wedding Guitarist | Rentals: Town And Country | Transportation: SB Airbus

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