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B2  Thursday, February 13, 2020

Joselyn & Jose

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Joselyn Gamez + Jose Sanchez


Thursday, February 13, 2020  B3

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The day of.. MeMorable MoMent After I’d finished with hair and makeup and had put on my wedding gown, it was time to walk down the stairs of my parent’s home. My father hadn’t seen me yet. I remember my parents standing side by side, their arms locked around each other as they gazed up at me making my way down the stairs. I remember my mother tearing up and the look on my father’s face, pure contentment, as though everything in the world were just as it should be. They each hugged and kissed me. I remember feeling pure joy and gratitude for this intimate moment with my parents. a DIY faMIlY venue Our families came together to rearrange the space at my family’s plant nursery to create what looked like a traditional venue. My father paved the dance space weeks before to ensure the ground would be firm enough and rearranged plants to create a beautiful perimeter to give the space an elegant feel. My father-in-law built from scratch the arch we were married under. My aunt and cousin grew the plants for my bouquet, flower crown and

centerpieces, and my mother did a huge amount of the floral arrangements herself, including bridesmaids’ bouquets and floral arrangements over the arch and entryway to the main aisle. My mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law built and painted our very own cornhole boards and bean bags. My husband and I stained and sanded the arch and rustic doors which stood at the entryway to the ceremony.

going to fly by! Throughout my wedding day I strived to be present and focus in on as many small details as I could. I also think this really helped to calm my nerves and just enjoy myself.

MakIng It personal My husband and I have always enjoyed the outdoors. It was only fitting to hold an outdoor ceremony. I feel what truly reflected our personalities was how involved our families were in helping to create our special day. This truly embodied what a huge role our parents and siblings play in our lives.

the MagIc Makers Wedding planner: Bride and Groom cake maker: @cakesby_denise photographer: Lauren Newman Invitations: Zazzle Inc. ceremony & reception venue: Plants Plus Nursery hair/Makeup: Ciao Bella Beauty Dress shop: Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture tux: Men’s Wearhouse flowers: Plants Plus florist: Tangled Lotus Music: DJ Lunatic officiant: Father Jerry Bellamy lighting & décor rental: Amigos Party Rental honeymoon: Cancun Mexico, Hotel Xcaret

the Menu I think everyone enjoyed our main buffet options, including deliciously seasoned shrimp and Mexican style carnitas (pulled pork) and pollo chipotle (chicken). I only wish I had had more time to sit and enjoy my meal.

aDvIce Don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember to be present, enjoy these small moments. You will only get to plan your wedding once, and the day comes quickly, trust me!

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B4  Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rosanna & Joaquin The day of.. Most MeMorable MoMent The moment in which we locked eyes with one another as I (the bride) made my entrance and he waited under the tree, surrounded by our children. The happiness in our eyes validated that this was meant to be. Friends and family would comment that it was the most touching and intimate wedding ceremony and vows they have ever seen and heard. Everybody was crying. Personal touches We used rose gold and soft pink blushes. Rose for Rosie (the bride), gold for the aura that Joaquin (the groom) radiates, and soft pink blushes representing our unconditional love. We always knew we wanted to have an outdoor spiritual wedding. The Carpinteria Woman’s Club was perfect. It has an amazing tree and view of the mountains. This venue allowed us to have our ceremony under the tree surrounded by our close friends and family, who have been a part of our journey. Pre-wedding stress I would have to say the most stressful thing before the wedding was worrying that I wouldn’t fit into my dress! Besides that, we struggled getting RSVPs from our family who don’t believe in RSVPing because they think everyone should be invited. So, we just had to continue to make courtesy reminder calls and take deep breaths. enjoying the day Our wedding coordinator was amazing. She and her team took care of everything and let us enjoy every moment. We didn’t know of any problems until the next day, which was probably for the best. We just focused on making the entire day about each other and enjoying every moment dancing and celebrating. We did not spend a lot of time greeting our guests or walking around tables saying hello to everyone, which is what we have seen a lot of couples do. the Menu Our guests enjoyed a variety of meats and sides that we offered. They had options and didn’t have to settle for a flavorless overpriced dinner. advice Be prepared to compromise! If and when the planning turns frustrating and you begin to get angry, close your laptop and continue it at another time. You want to make sure both of your hearts are 100 percent positively invested. the Magic Makers wedding planner: Suzie Schneider of PacWest Blooms cake maker: Charlene Navarro Photographer: Nate Cannon Photography & assistant Edward Razo videographer: Justin Cardenas invitations: Self-made at home ceremony & reception venue: Carpinteria Woman’s Club caterer: Villanueva Catering hair: Yudith Salon Makeup: Leah Washuta dress shop: David’s Bridal tux: Friar Tux Flowers: PacWest Blooms Music: DJ Hecktik and Heart & Soul Band officiant: Lalo Vital lighting & décor rental: Amigo Party Rental and PacWest Blooms rehearsal dinner: Rusty’s Pizza

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B6  Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Tara & Larissa The day of.. Our perfect ceremOny & receptiOn The ceremony was so beautiful and fit our vision perfectly. We had the ceremony in the gazebo at Camarillo Ranch, and it was decorated with flowers, which enhanced the beauty of it all. Seeing all our family and friends as each of us walked down the aisle was so emotional. Our officiant did an amazing job putting together a special ceremony that embodied the love and passion that we share. And we knew that our guests felt similarly because so many of them told us, “Your ceremony was so beautiful! I cried!” After having been to a few weddings, we agreed that we wanted a venue that could offer space for the ceremony and reception. We did not want guests to travel from the ceremony to the reception. We also had a rustic theme in mind, so we felt like a venue with a barn and outdoor space fit our vision. memOries Of lOved Ones It was very important to us that we have a memorial table, which included photos of all our loved ones that could not be there. persOnal tOuches All the little details! Tara and I had our wedding coordinator manage almost everything, but there were a few things that we decided to set up ourselves rather than pay extra for. Our party favors were succulents that we planted in tin pales with the help of our family the day before the wedding. We also had lawn games for our cocktail hour, so we had to organize those along with all our decor so that our coordinator knew where to place everything. Thankfully we were lucky enough to have no worries or “fires” during our ceremony or reception. We actually specifically asked our wedding coordinator during her interview how she would handle certain scenarios. It was important to Tara and me that we not be involved in any issues or hiccups. self-care We made a point to set up the day the way we wanted it. And it

may sound inconsiderate, but we wanted to enjoy every second of our wedding day. We made sure certain people on our coordination team brought us food, water, desserts and kept us on schedule. One thing that is so common at weddings is going around at the reception and saying hello to all your guests. So, we made sure our guests knew that they could meet us on the dance floor instead. It made the night much more fun and exciting for us, and I’m sure for our guests too. the menu Looking back, we would not skip any part of the meal. We heard from a few of our guests that the mac’n cheese was “bomb!” They also loved how well the food tied in with the r u s t i c t h e m e . We f e l t t h a t barbecue food fit well with both of our tastes. advice If you want to plan the big stuff like picking a venue, caterer, DJ/music, photographer or videographer then go for it. But save yourself the stress and hire a wedding coordinator. It is totally worth the money and the ease of the process. Our coordinator was so organized and understood exactly what we wanted. It couldn’t have been more perfect! the magic makers Wedding planner: Jade Preciado cake maker: Frost It Cakery photographer: Jessica Maher videographer: DPfilms Productions invitations: ceremony & reception venue: Camarillo Ranch caterer: Dj’s California catering hair: Fairytale Hair and Makeup makeup: Shanie Crosbie dress shop: The Bridal Collection tux: Men’s Wearhouse flowers: Floral Designs by Roni music: DJ Hecktik Officiant: Nanette McIntrye lighting & décor rental: Wendees Occasions honeymoon: Kauai, Hawaii rehearsal dinner: Bistro 13

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B8  Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Kelsey & Jose The day of.. Favorite moments For us, the best moment of our wedding was when we got to talk and dance with our guests. It was a huge celebration after an eightyear relationship and a year and a half engagement. Our friends and family had been a part of so much of that and were so excited to celebrate with us. We also decided that doing a “first look” would give us a few minutes to be alone together and take everything in before facing all the business of our wedding day. Having this time was so special for us as we felt it was our only time to truly communicate without all the attention on us. After our first look, we both felt excited and ready for the day and it made our wedding that much more enjoyable. making it personal We had a lot of little details that really reflected our personalities. We both have close relationships with our families, so adding photos of past generation weddings was one way that we represented this. The candy bar that we had for favors had a combination of all our favorite candies. Our music reflected our individual tastes and styles as well. guest Favorites Our guests loved the gelato that we had served for dessert. Thanks to Tondi Gelato of Santa Barbara we had a memorable dessert that tasted amazing. Our meal was served buffet style. One of our main items was brisket, and everyone loved it. We wouldn’t skip anything from our chosen menu. I think this is because we got to do a tasting and had excellent recommendations from the caterer. pre-wedding stress The most stressful aspect leading up to the wedding was making sure that all small details were in order. When you plan a wedding, all the big stuff such as booking vendors is relatively simple and can be done in advance. The small details such as a sign displaying drink options or to welcome guests can get kind of pushed to the side until the last minute. For us, it was imperative to have a list that mapped out all these details, so nothing was forgotten. Once we delegated some of these tasks, it didn’t feel so daunting.

We were extremely fortunate to have a coordinator with our venue and some excellent vendors. If there were issues during the event, we did not know about them. We would absolutely recommend having at least a day of coordinator and having thorough conversations with your vendors about details beforehand. Choosing a venue We chose Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo as our ceremony and reception venue. With lush greenery and a view of the canyon, it is absolutely beautiful. It was also very important for us to use a venue that would allow us to have our ceremony and reception on the same grounds due to our high guest count. We really liked that the venue has a contract with the caterer and a preferred vendor list. This helped us to easily secure additional vendors who already knew the grounds. Best adviCe Our top piece of advice for couples planning a wedding would be to have a day-of coordinator. Your wedding day is hectic and for it to go smoothly, it is helpful to have someone in charge of the timeline. For us, having a day-of coordinator even eased the burden of vendor communication and lightened our load of responsibilities for the day. the magiC makers wedding planner: Maravilla Gardens, Jen Boskovitch Cake maker: Crushcakes photographer: Pinnel Photography videographer: Tale Spun Films invitations: Ceremony & reception: Maravilla Gardens Caterer: Command Performance Catering hair & makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty dress shop: Fabulous Frocks tux: Suit Fellas Flowers: Pacwest Blooms strings: Santa Barbara String Quartet dJ: Edge Entertainment officiant: Santa Barbara Community Church lighting & décor rental: Maravilla Gardens honeymoon: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki Beach Resort rehearsal dinner: Padaro Beach Grill

Kelsey Bleecker + Jose Muralles


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B10  Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Angelisa & Bryan The day of.. Most MeMorable MoMent Both of us were in tears seeing each other for the first time from one end of the aisle to the other. After so many months of anticipation, the moment was bigger than either of us could have ever imagined. Creating an experienCe Beginning all the way back with our save-the-dates, we added similar branding throughout the entire process including our invitations, menus, drink coasters and cake topper that featured our favorite sugar skulls. Our guests loved their entire experience! From the feedback we got, our guests particularly enjoyed the ceremony and our Spanish style décor. They loved taking home Spanish tiles as souvenirs.

if possible, rsVp early! Thanks to our wedding planner we enjoyed a very stress-free planning process. One minor stress though was dealing with late and last-minute RSVPs. We started with a soft deadline a month before the wedding and used our extra time to reach out individually to our “maybe” folks (not going to name any names!). Thanks to the flexibility of our caterers and printer, we were able to sneak our last few trickle-in RSVPs right before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, we were lucky to not have to deal with any problems. Our wedding planner took very good care of us, and we didn’t have to worry about anything except having fun. Choosing a Venue The two venues we used for the ceremony and reception were inexpensive, provided enough space for the number of guests we had, and most of all, offered the flexibility for us to use any vendor of our choosing.

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the Menu We heard a lot of people talking about how great the hors d’oeuvres and desserts were. There was nothing on the menu we would skip if given a redo. the wedding party Our bridesmaids and groomsmen made sure to keep moods light, and thanks to one of them, we were gifted a night’s stay at the Biltmore to unwind after such an eventful day. adViCe Put down your Coastal View News and call Suzie Schneider! She’ll save you a lot of money and a lot of stress. If a wedding planner is not in your budget, don’t try and take too much on yourselves. There are a lot of friends and family that want to help any way they can. the MagiC Makers wedding planner: Suzie Schneider of PacWest Blooms

Cake maker: Events by Rincon photographer: Wondertribe Photography invitation design: Rich Loza invitation printer: Graphic Ink Ceremony & reception venue: Alice Keck Memorial Gardens and Casa de la Guerra Caterer: Events by Rincon groom’s hair: Montecito Barbers bride’s hair & makeup: Karissa Torres bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Raquel Monique Beauty dress shop: Bella Bridal Boutique tux: Generation Tux flowers: PacWest Blooms Music: DJ Hektik officiant: Bob Bronstema lighting & décor rental: Events by Rincon honeymoon: New York City rehearsal dinner: Alice Keck Memorial Gardens rehearsal dinner caterer: Events by Rincon

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Kristy & Ray The day of.. Favorite moments The best moment was when we were doing our first dance... he picked me up and he had a fisherman’s hook on his jacket. As he set me back down, I was literally hooked! I also loved that we were escorted by old school cars from the courthouse to the reception. making it personal The wedding reception was beach themed and we included personal touches, such as the oldschool cars, the groom’s touch and having the father-daughter dance to Metallica’s “Nothing else matters.” The Santa Barbara Courthouse is gorgeous, and I have always wanted a small wedding. Carpinteria

Woman’s Club was perfect for my vision. I had the tables outside and we danced inside after everything was done with. Our guests said the wedding was full of good vibes, good people, good food, a good DJ and fun times. planning Just planning everything is stressful but our family and friends were all a big help. Nothing crazy happened on the day-of and our guests made sure the day was about us. the menu The food was fabulous. The tri-tip was amazing. advice Keep it simple but have fun! the magic makers Wedding planner: Graciela Barnes, the bride’s aunt

Kristy Campos + Ray Garnica


cake maker: Denise Valles of Cakes by Denise photographer: Wyatt & Marina Campbell of Campbell Family Photography invitations: Costco ceremony & reception venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse and Carpinteria Woman’s Club caterer: Stanley Macias & family hair & makeup: Maya Rew dress shop: David’s Bridal tux: Men’s Wearhouse Flowers: Tsugumi Rew music: DJ Fluffy of officiant: Jeanie of Forever Weddings honeymoon: Las Vegas rehearsal dinner: Nick Zemke and Caitlin Burke’s house old school cars: John Macias, Fermie Gonzalez and Bob’s Garage

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B14  Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sydney & Michael The day of.. Favorite memories The ceremony is the most memorable and my favorite part of our wedding. We chose to keep our guest list very small and decided not to have a wedding party. We wanted it to just be us and to write our own vows (which fell out of the groom’s pocket beforehand, so he had to ad-lib a little bit). The groom’s father was our officiant and we even wrote out a script for him to say so everything was very much us and our style as a couple. With the small group, we were able to keep the ceremony very intimate with some tears and lots of laughs—just the way we like it! the right place We had the ceremony and reception at Petros Winery in Los Olivos. The ceremony overlooked their vineyard on the property, and then we enjoyed wine and dinner inside Petros’ Barrel Room. With the layout at Petros, our guests were able to enjoy the music in the Barrel Room, while also sneaking away for a quieter conversation on the other side of glass windows through a door in the cocktail area. personal touches For the music, we created playlists on Spotify and played that on Petros’ speaker system during the cocktail hour and reception. The music was a perfect blend of fun wedding songs, and songs that are favorites of ours, individually and together. The moment that showcased our personalities the most was during our first dance. We choreographed our own dance to the song, “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate. We even had a mini dance off to show off our best individual dance moves.

wedding and the accommodations at Petros, we could have moved the ceremony inside if needed, but our coordinator knew how much I wanted an outdoor ceremony, and she made it happen. By the time I walked down the aisle, the rain had stopped. Being there I tried to stay very present and slowed down that day. I think sometimes we can get caught up in the worry and stress that something will go wrong, and by the time the day came, I was calm and told myself to enjoy the day no matter what. I knew that at the end of the day, I was marrying my best friend and that all the details didn’t matter, the thing that mattered was that we, along with our guests, had a great time. advice Make sure you stay true to what you both want, and know that yes, it is a very important and special day, but that it will be just as important and special even if something doesn’t go as planned. None of your guests will know if something was changed last minute or didn’t even happen. Try to enjoy the process of planning, don’t sweat the small stuff and most importantly, have a blast on the big day! the magic makers wedding planner: Suzie Schneider of PacWest Blooms cake maker: Crushcakes photographer: Madrid+Sebastian Photography invitations: Equilibrium Design ceremony & recepton venue: Petros Winery in Los Olivos caterer: Petros Winery hair: Lace and Leather Salon makeup: The bride

unexpected weather There was an actual fire (the Cave Fire) in the area a few days before the event. Fortunately, the rain and snow in the mountains that came later in the week, helped to put that out. A few hours before the outdoor ceremony, it rained and even hailed. My coordinator was a lifesaver and took care of everything and made it all look so beautiful. With the size of our

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