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America’s backdrop for numerous movies and TV shows, and the area is home to many celebrities, including Oprah! Santa Barbara’s rich history-studded ambience is due to other factors too, including clean white beaches and sand-side cafes, exceptional shopping and dining in tucked-away Spanish courtyards, the best in hotels, and all the services you need. This city is ideal for a Riviera-style destination wedding. Wedding planner, Percy Sales (sayless) of Percy Sales Events, who recently created a Santa Barbara wedding for clients Cesar Juarez and John Gonzales, explains that there is another mark in the Santa Barbara’s plus column too. “Santa Barbara is a The Spanish adobe-style Santa Barbara Mission is an icon of very LGBT-friendly place. Even the the city’s cultural past. current mayor married LGBT couples at the top of the picturesque clock If your wedding dream includes the Riviera, tower above the courthouse. From intimate why not consider America’s Riviera, Santa Oceanside venues to Grand Ballrooms, we have Barbara, on California’s sunny southern coast. it all here and we are happy to serve the LGBT community.” This quaint seaside city’s history began with the Chumash Indian settlers who canoed between Ceremony/Reception the mainland and the Channel Islands, now accessible by more modern-day vessels for Among those amenities are a variety of venues, hiking and camping. including The Canary Hotel, which Percy In the late 1700’s California’s tenth mission was established here, and its adobe and red-tile roof style is reflected throughout the City today. The mid 1800’s Rancho era remains influential too, evidenced by the still-existing ranchos, area agriculture, and vast vineyards. During the post-Civil War era Victorian-style residences sprung up overnight, but when many failed to survive the 1925 earthquake, City fathers declared that downtown Santa Barbara would officially return to the sturdier Spanish Colonial adobe. In contemporary times, the city has frequently “gone Hollywood,” providing a luxurious

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describes as “a beautiful boutique hotel located in downtown Santa Barbara.” The Canary boasts a roof-top, poolside wedding site with lighted fountains, massive fireplace, and a 360-degree view of the Mediterranean-style city below, and beyond, to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Islands. Another unique venue is the Firestone Winery on the Firestone’s Crossroads Estate. Ceremony and reception areas include the Crossroads Polebarn situated in an oak-filled meadow; the Curtis Winery with wrought-iron chandeliers, high-beamed Mediterranean ceilings, and the Barrel Room with French Oak Barrels; and the Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Taproom with an antique bar imported from London’s Liverpool Street Station.

Volume 5, Issue 1  

The 2010 Planning Resource Guide.

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