Whitney and Julian’s wedding wish list went a something like this – a beautiful venue, great food, and a killer party. They didn’t want their classic Santa Barbara wedding to feel stuffy in the least, so they enlisted the help of Sitting in a Tree to make each and every one of their 160 guests feel a part of the day. Michelle Beller worked her usual magic behind the camera and the whole day is waiting right here.
From the Bride…. When Julian and I first sat down to plan our wedding, we went over what we each wanted and luckily agreed on the same things. We also knew we wanted to marry in Santa Barbara, a location that had become incredibly special to us over the years.
Julian’s family has a home in Montecito, and within the first few months of dating, we were going up almost once a month to get away. It was in Santa Barbara that we created a foundation with one another.
When it came time to picking a venue, the choice was easy. Over the years, we both had fallen in love with the feel and character of The Four Seasons Biltmore. Everything from the beautiful Spanish décor, the California laid-back feel, to the impeccable service blew us away. We knew that our hopes of an elegant and rustic affair were going to be easy to achieve.
One of the most important aspects of the day was having a room that felt hospitable and welcoming before you even entered. The ceremony venue achieved it effortlessly, with views of the ocean and an almost secluded private area surrounded by tall palm trees.
We will never forget the feeling of walking into the room for the first time as a married couple. Having just come from the ceremony and our photos, taken as the sun set across the ocean, we were met with a feeling of love, heightened only by the stunning architecture and gardens that surrounded us.
The room, as somewhat of a blank slate, required a bit more thought. The gold accents on the vases caught the light perfectly and created a glowing atmosphere. It was classy and elegant without being stuffy or too over the top. The table arrangements, a mixture of rectangular for the wedding party and circles for the guests, allowed everyone to feel included and a part of the events (tough to do with 160 people).
Luckily, we found a team that shared our exact sentiments. It’s a strange but amazing, feeling when the people you work with don’t seem like people you’ve hired, but, instead, are people you’ve known all along and who think the same the way you do. For us, that was our A+ wedding team who created a day filled with so much love, happiness, relaxation, and cocktails!
Photography: Michelle Beller | Videography: Sharkpig | Event Design: Sitting In A Tree Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Reception Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Makeup: Carley Ansell | DJ: Dart DJ | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Avenue | Hotel Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
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