This gorgeous wedding was featured in the Santa Barbara News-Press Weddings 2013 special insert. Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer Willa Kveta Photography did a beautiful job capturing this outdoor winery vineyard wedding.
When Michael took Elizabeth to unwind in wine country for her birthday, she had no idea he planned to propose. After a day of wine tasting, the couple went to Solvang’s Root 246 for dinner. Michael had planned out the whole evening, from the bottle of wine to the dinner and dessert selections.
During dessert, Elizabeth noticed that Michael was getting awfully nervous and then he started telling her how much he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Before he could get it all out, he dropped to one knee and asked her to be his bride. She enthusiastically said, “yes,” much to the delight of the cheering diners around them!
Elizabeth and Michael’s wedding perfectly blended contemporary and historical Santa Barbara. The ceremony took place at the Old Mission Santa Ines, which has been in use since 1804. Elizabeth glowed in a strapless Paloma Blanca gown with a ruched bodice and a modified a-line with silk dupioni flowers. Personalized touches, such as one of Michael’s nephews walking before Elizabeth and carrying a hand painted sign that read “Tio Michael, here comes your girl,” made the ceremony all the more special. The mother of the bride, who owns Roxeli Florist, handmade arrangements of white orchids that stood out as the guests entered the old world charm of the church. She also added tuberose flowers to the mancuerna (wedding rope) that held special meaning for the bride, as they reminded her of her parents’ home town, Jolostotitlan, Mexico.
The reception showcased the charm of contemporary wine country. The newlyweds treated their guests to an evening of dining, drinking and dancing at Coquelicot Estate Vineyard. A mariachi “Nuevo Jalisco” set the tone during the ceremony and cocktail hour, while a DJ kept guests on the dance floor all night long by playing selections in English and Spanish to reflect the diverse guests. The bride and her family executed a labor of love by adding many special touches to the reception area, such as hand painted signs that led guests to the reception area, bar tables with clear tops that showcased photos of the bride and groom, digital Polaroids to create a picture scrapbook and even a photobooth made by the groom! The four-tier wedding cake was unparalleled. It was covered in white buttercream frosting and adorned with white peonies, white spider mums and a crystal monogrammed “M” topper, and featured lemon, strawberry, raspberry and chocolate mousse flavors. The couple left the reception in their “something borrowed,” a pale yellow 1968 Buick Electra convertible!