Kelly & David’s Funkzone-Fun Winery Wedding Celebration

Santa Barbara features hundreds of wedding locations – many historical, some modern;  but few have the eclectic and funky, unique charm of the up and coming FunkZone.  Featuring wineries, breweries, “it” restaurants, galleries and fun shops, this is an easy stroll over from lower State Street by the railway tracks.  Tucked in the FunkZone is Carr Winery, one of our favorite FunkZone locations for private events.  Why do we like Carr Winery so much?  To name a few items:  a warm welcome area with areas to sit and activities for guests; a large open room with flexibility for set-up styles all framed with towering  stacked wine barrels.  You really feel like you are in a wine “cavern” when hosting an event at Carr. It is romantic and unique. 

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Poppers, Crowns, & Lotto Tickets for Trinity and Jim’s Fun Wedding Celebration

Trinity and Jim knew how to have fun:  from the moment guests arrived making their own floral arrangements to the favors they bestowed upon their guests, check out the special lively and unique touches they included for their Santa Barbara wedding:

Special Touches: Each seat had a popper, which held a paper crown and lotto ticket;  the groom’s cake was a tire shooting mud at the bride’s white cake;  upon  entering the reception, guests had the opportunity to make their own floral arrangements and also received bee-friendly seeds and potted plants to take home (see photos below).

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Veronica & Rick’s Intimate Inn Wedding in Ojai

We love intimate inn weddings.   The Lavender Inn in Ojai, California offers its guests a charming backdrop in a small town nestled in the mountains just above Ventura.  This hidden gem boasts colorful gardens with vows exchanged under age-old, majestic oak trees.  And if your wedding is under 20 guests, you can book the cottage and the private patio that goes with it for your own intimate soirée celebration.

Veronica and Rick wanted to spend quality time with friends and family and kept things simple and streamlined , enjoying some photo opps downtown Ojai with their photographer, and wrapping up the evening’s festivities with a deluxe ice cream sundae bar.

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Vinyl Records, Gnomes , Sweets & Winery Romance In the Funk Zone

So many fun touches for Elisa and Peter’s wedding day!  From her gorgeous, flirtatious and feminine wedding dress, to guests signing vinyl records instead of a traditional guest book, to the passed heavy appetizers instead of a formal sit-down dinner, this wedding was light-hearted, unique and romantic all in one.   The meal style they chose allowed for maximum guest engagement and enjoying each other’s company at the intimate and romantic Carr Winery, located in Santa Barbara’s up and coming trendy Funk Zone.

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Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural Room Ceremony + A Charming & Trendy Loft Reception

You’ve got to love a good Father/Daughter Dance.  And when Cerita and her dad broke out in a fun, choreographed routine, it added a fun moment they – and their  guests  – will always remember (see photo below).  Cerita and Jonathan chose to host their wedding in the gorgeous Mural Room of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then escape to the tower for some romantic photos overlooking Santa Barbara;  while they were busy enjoying the panoramic views, we were busy at The Narrative Loft preparing for their arrival via Santa Barbara Trolley for a delicious wedding dinner celebration.  Clients love The Narrative Loft, which resembles all the charm and uniqueness of an intimate loft downtown New York City, but with the convenience and ease of arrival that only a Santa Barbara venue can offer.  With cowboy boots on the bridesmaids, a ranch-style dinner menu in an original setting, this wedding celebration was a relaxed and comfortable (but fun) gathering.  

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Vintage Dairy Farm (Lincourt Winery) Vineyard Wedding with Churros and Chocolate

Lincourt Vineyards, formerly a dairy farm and turn-of -the-century Sears craftsman home, holds one of the most charming and alluring wedding locations in Santa Barbara’s wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley.   Unpretentious, easy-to-access,  and surrounded by sweeping views of the Santa Ynez mountain range and quiet country roads, this outdoor wedding location is a shining star for evening celebrations under the blazing starry gems in the sky.

While we love all our deliciously fresh menus our clients choose (yes, perhaps we are a little biased- but our reviews and love notes from clients will concur), we especially loved seeing the delight on guests’ faces when we surprised them with passed freshly-made warm churros and chocolate dipping sauce at this particular wedding. Special touches including lit up initials for decor and the newlywed’s new monogram projected on the barn made this Lincourt Winery wedding pop!

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Cara & Preston’s Sparkling Ever After at Santa Barbara Woman’s Club (Rockwood)

We loved the light, summery airy pinks used in the decor and feel of Cara and Preston’s wedding at Santa Barbara Woman’s Club (Rockwood).  The gentle look complemented the natural setting of the wood , trees and leaves at Rockwood.  While Rockwood is so versatile, and there are many event layout options, we love it when clients mix up table shape and size – the square tables mixed with traditional rounds they chose for guest dining lent a unique and fresh look to the overall impression.  The menu these newlyweds chose included several of our most popular and traditional dishes, especially appropriate for a Santa Barbara fresh culinary experience for guests.

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Moonlight, Orchids & Glow | Michelle and Sam’s Wedding Celebration

Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers ….and people….So it must be all around us.”         -The Secret Garden

And so it was that an orchid farm greenhouse was magically transformed for the wedding celebration of Michelle and Sam and all their family and friends while the moon cast her benediction on the nuptials and night. From vibrant colors (including orchids, of course), leaves, trees, flowers (and even the beach) to special, personal touches and elegant decor, everything about this Santa Barbara wedding was perfection. 

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Moonlit Ojai Wedding With Dinner, Drinking & Dancing Under the Stars

The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand.” – Frederick Knowles  | Ojai offers a mountain oasis blending the best of high desert vibe and a slowed-down, country feel.  Add a glowing moon illuminating everything below her, walking hand-in-hand with the sky, and you have Emily and Cael’s magic wedding night at Black Walnut Creek.   There are many private estates and charming locations from which to choose for memorable wedding celebrations in Ojai, and we loved this one at Black Walnut Creek!  The best part about working outdoor locations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties is that the backdrops offered can be absolutely epic.  On this particular evening, Mother Nature put on a spectacular show with the stars coming out and dancing for the newlyweds and the moon baptized these two as they danced the night away with family and friends.  It was a night not soon to be forgotten.

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Vines, Mariachis and Handfasting | Sally and Bradley’s Firestone Wedding

We absolutely loved the multi-cultural elements of this celebration in Santa Barbara’s wine country!  Sally and Bradley chose to exchange vows on the terrace of the world-renowned Firestone Winery, overlooking the vinescape below and towering surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains.  The lively colors they chose for the wedding were especially prominent at the wedding ceremony, where the couple were framed as they performed a NeoPagan handfasting ceremony.  This tradition, some say,  dates back to the ancient Celts and is where the marriage union is blessed as the bride and groom’s hands are tied together with a sacred ribbon, “tying the knot”.

After the ceremony, the guests adjourned to the Courtyard where mariachis

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