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Why we chose Santa Barbara and the Bacara Resort.

Various places to dine and things to do in and around Santa Barbara.

Keep up-to-date with the weekend happenings.








The story of Ashley and Will.



See how Will “Popped” the questions.



Places to see, things to do and the best restaurants in and around The Bacara.



Ashley and Will let us tag along so we could see their planning experience.



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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS The Wedding Editorialist is excited to dedicate this issue to Ashley and Will. A wedding is a celebration of a relationship that already exists; one so special and so deeply committed, that it only feels right to celebrate publicly. Before a wedding, there are just two people, but after, there is something more. There is a couple, a unit, two people with a shared commitment and dedication to living life together in all it’s forms. Here at the Wedding Editorialist we get to see and share so many beautiful stories. Stories of love, of romance, of passion. Each detail of the wedding tells us something about this new couple. And from the details we are sharing with you here, there is no doubt in our minds that you will fall deeply in love with Ashley and Will. Just like we did. Just as they did with each other. With love always‌. The Editorialists | 04

OUR LOVE STORY Sixteen years ago, back in the days of chubby faces, braces, and tucked in polo shirts, we met as sixth graders at Faith Lutheran Jr./Sr. High School. Through the seven years we spent together in middle, high school and beyond, we became closer as friends as the years went on. Fortunately, even with life paths that sent both of us in vastly different directions, we stayed great friends throughout college, and both moved back to Las Vegas after graduation. Between English class, prom, football games, bad college decisions, great career advances and more‌we had seen the best and the worst of 05 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST

each other. Staying friends for as long as we have has certainly paid off because we quickly realized that we have a love for one another that is so much more than friendship. Although we were once awkward ten-year-old friends, we are now twenty-somethings in love committed to happily ever after. | 06


HOW HE ASKED As a wedding designer and a previous wedding planner, it is very hard to plan something for someone as type-A, perfectionist, control freak like me. I plan everything! So Will thought, what better a way to get her to cooperate and to surprise her if she plans her own proposal. And that is precisely what happened. A few weeks prior, my dear friend Jodi from J.Anne Photography called me and asked if I would help her put together a styled shoot. We talked back and forth about who would model, what they would wear, what kind of decor and florals needed to be involved, where, when and everything in between! We came to the conclusion that we would have our friends Jace & Olivia be the stand-in “Bride & Groom” as they were just recently married and would be more than willing to go out to the middle of the desert with us for a random photo shoot. Jodi kindly ask me if I would be willing to stand-in as the “bridesmaids and groomsmen” in the shoot along with Will and my little sister, Kelly… with much

hesitation, I finally decided to get dolled up and be in front of the camera for a change. The day of the photo shoot arrived. The girls sat at the dinner table laughing and enjoying being pampered by the team at Your Beauty Call while the boys sat in the living room watching sports. I was so excited for what I thought was to be a styled shoot- just a fun evening with friends, hanging out with our favorite photographer, and pretending to be the highest paid models in town! Little did I know, this Saturday evening was soon to start a new chapter in my love story with Will- my best friend of 15 years. I arrived at the photo shoot location and was in complete awe of how beautiful it was– the sunset, the desert in its purest form was just breathtaking. After a few group photos and bride and groom shots, Jodi asked if Will and I would just take a few relaxed and candid “bridal party” pictures. We obeyed her wishes and after | 08


a few photos, she asked us to face away from each other and on the count of three, she would ask us to turn around and face one another. I turned around, faced Will, and he said to me, “You know this isn’t a styled shoot right? It’s time.” At that instant, I knew that this was about to be a moment that would forever change my life. For the first few seconds I was in such shock that I had no idea what was really happening, until he so perfectly got down on one knee, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Ashley, I love you. Will you marry me?” I didn’t want to ever forget the emotions of pure love that I felt in that very moment. After saying “YES!” and a celebratory sunset champagne toast, we headed back into town where I was greeted by a surprise engagement party complete with our friends and family from across the country. For so many people to be involved in helping create such a beautiful moment for the both of us is what truly made my heart sing. It was certainly a day that dreams are made of! | 10



WHY THE BACARA I have always dreamt of a destination wedding in a place where my family and friends could gather somewhere beautiful and wouldn’t have to worry about work the next day—to take a moment for themselves, relax and enjoy life! After visiting the central coast of California a few times, Will and I fell in love with the relaxing yet super fun vibe of Santa Barbara. You get a great mix of what southern California has to offer with its beautiful beaches and laid-back culture with a mix of nearby vineyards and gorgeous mountainous views from northern California. We instantly had a love affair with Bacara the second we walked on property! After visiting a few other venues, our last stop was Bacara and when we walked the ceremony space, it completely 15 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST

took my breath away (Will had the same reaction too, but his mind was set on visiting the pool overlooking the ocean for a beer.) We also thought about the excuse of being able to go back for anniversary vacations once a year… any excuse to get us back will do!

ABOUT THE VENUE Located along California’s most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise, with 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, our resort offers luxury suites and guestrooms in an inspiring, sun-drenched setting. Enjoy vista views of the sea and sky while embracing an innovative, artful design of low-storied buildings terraced to the sea and connected by lush, meandering garden paths. With its spectacular setting, coveted location, beautiful architecture, and wonderful weather, Bacara Resort & Spa is the perfect beach resort in Santa Barbara, ideal for weekend getaways, leisurely vacations, family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, and conferences. Experience an enchanting getaway at this top luxury hotel. You’re golden when you stay at Bacara. Guests Of Bacara Resort & Spa Enjoy: • Signature dining in our restaurants and lounges, including our new oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak. • The legendary Spa at Bacara, a 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center • World-class golf at three nearby courses, including the adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club • Additional resort recreation, including beach activities, oceanfront zero-edge swimming pools, four lighted clay tennis courts, a seasonal kids’ club, specialty retail shops, and onsite hiking trails • Close proximity to all of Santa Barbara’s many attractions, including Santa Ynez Valley wineries, ocean excursions, historic sightseeing, and upscale shopping | 16



No trip to Santa Barbara would be complete without a healthy dose of shopping. And shopping here comes with its own distinct flair. In Santa Barbara, a day spent shopping could just as easily be billed “exercise,” thanks to plenty of walking and fresh air. Along the streets of downtown you’ll find some of the most distinct and diverse shopping around, from consignment stores to gift and souvenir shops, open-air markets to galleries. With the beautiful landscape and architecture as a backdrop, a short trip to downtown can easily become an all-day, marathon shopping trip. Learn more about State Street at

Located next door to Bacara, Sandpiper offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole. The championship Santa Barbara golf course has been rated by Golf Digest in the top twenty-five public golf courses in the country. It was designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1972 featuring beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in a seaside links-style layout. Sandpiper’s dynamic design attracts players of all skill levels, including players of the highest caliber. Tee times and other golf arrangements can be made through Bacara’s concierge, or by calling the resort in advance at 805.571-3012 or visit

Downtown Santa Barbara

GO FOR A HIKE The Santa Ynez Mountain range is one of only two in the world that runs east to west, eventually spilling into the ocean on the breathtaking Gaviota Coast. So throw the necessities in your backpack and hit the trail because the view is about to get incredible. Choose from several trails that wind along flowing creeks shaded by California bay, sycamore and oak tree forests before you eventually peak out above the canopy where chaparral-choked mountainsides sweep across the entire range. Catch sight of Santa Barbara’s red tile roofs, white sand beaches, and the Pacific beyond it with breathtaking, panoramic views.

THE FUNK ZONE Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone has become a favorite in recent years. Over the past few decades, this district, which spans the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and is adjacent to the Amtrak station, has enjoyed an upswell of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops that cater to Santa Barbara’s contemporary side. Converted warehouses and buildings decorated with graffiti murals and contemporary art pieces set the tone for this hopping section of town. Surfboard shapers, winemakers and up-andcoming chefs all practice their crafts here. The urban wine trail map is available at


7925 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA

VISIT THE BEACH While Santa Barbara is well known for its expansive, pristine beaches, it has just as much space to offer inland as well. Santa Barbara’s beaches and parks are a testament to the city’s affinity for fresh air and outdoor fun. Starting at the Pacific, Santa Barbara is home to miles of public beaches, many of which serve as a launch pad for making a splash. Surf some of the most renowned breaks in the world, or stand-up paddleboard in the protected waters of Butterfly Bay in Montecito. Cabrillo Boulevard connects East and West Beach, which are hot spots for pick-up volleyball games, picnics, and an afternoon date with a good book. Catch the art fair every Sunday. | 18



SANTA BARBARA SHELLFISH COMPANY 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company was established in 1980 as a buying station for local Santa Barbara shellfish and fish and a place to sell crab. When Ashley came to Santa Barbara for a vacation with Jordan & Courtney, they stopped here for the BEST lobster bisque they’ve ever had. Be prepared for a line… but trust us, it’s worth the wait! Learn more at


15 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA When Ashley & Will decided that Santa Barbara was the place they wanted to get married, Ashley wanted to take Mark & Jackie to show them why! When their trip was close to an end, they decided to make one last stop for breakfast before hitting the road. They stumbled upon Jeannine’s on State Street! We sat on the patio and enjoyed Salmon Benedict, Veggie Benedict and Dad’s favorite… traditional oatmeal. Learn more at


1324 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA Enjoy inspired, fresh Mexican cuisine and award-winning margaritas across from the historic Arlington Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. Colorful umbrellas and a bubbling fountain accent our sun-filled patio while our dining room features lovely views and a cantina stocked with a fantastic collection of 100% Blue Agave tequilas. Add some lively Mexican and South American guitars and you have the makings of a fun filled evening! Learn more at


131 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA The Lark is located in the heart of the Funk Zone where wine tasting rooms line the streets! If you are looking for a romantic dinner for two or a little bit more of a fancier fare, this is the place to be! Mark, Jackie & Ashley enjoyed steak tartare and their famous brussel sprouts with a glass of wine or two for Ashley’s birthday dinner! Learn more at


1201 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA If you are looking for a more casual affair, look no further than Benchmark Eatery on State St! The groom recommends some of their bar bites like smoked hot wings, New York steak bites, and fish tacos! In addition to the diverse menu, they feature an eclectic selection of local and national craft beers. Learn more at

514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA Enjoy dining and socializing in a contemporary hacienda setting inside or on one of our multiple patios. After dinner, cozy up by the fire with new friends and you may just find yourself dancing the night away under the stars just steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Learn more at sandbarsb. com


217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 There is no better place to sip and savor Conway Family Wines all while taking in the breathtaking views from the outdoor deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Learn more at


131 Anacapa Street, Ste. C, Santa Barbara, CA We are the county’s first and only communal tasting room that represents five wineries and winemakers under one roof. Each winery offers a selection of different varietals but all work to produce wines of elegance and balance while representing a sense of place. Our goal is to showcase these award-winning winemakers that produce similar varietals in different areas of our county and how the unique microclimates and terroir in Santa Barbara County impact these wines. Learn more at


210 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA Come check out the totally awesome, fun-filled beach and surf scene at Longboards on Santa Barbara’s famous Stearns Wharf. Relax on our outdoor patio in the open ocean air and listen to the sounds of the waves below as you enjoy casual dining including our famous fish ‘n chips, clam chowder, gourmet burgers and more. Learn more at

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After visiting a handful of dress shops from Las Vegas to Southern California and beyond Ashley finally found the dress of her dreams! With her mom Jackie, her sister Kelly, and bridesmaid Courtney, Ashley traveled to Salt Lake City, UT and stopped in at Alta Moda Bridal when she found the one.


Suzanne from She Paperie met with Ashley almost monthly to come up with some fabulous paper designs for the big day! Cotton paper, letterpress, silk ribbon and a hand drawn custom picture of Bacara—it all came together so beautifully with the help of Ashley’s co-worker and dear friend, Colin McCrae. 27 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST | 28


Colin has worked at Destinations by Design as the Director of Creative Art & Design for 10+ years and is the master of beautiful hand drawn renderings to help our clients visualize their dream coming true. Colin was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, better known as bone marrow cancer, in August of last year. Prior to finding out such devastating news, Ashley had asked Colin to hand draw the wedding venue so that it was done by someone who she admired and knew well. The focus was then to call on God to heal Colin and allow him to be well again after such news. Ashley knew good and well that Colin did not have the energy and or capability to draw while he was undergoing treatment and did not want or expect him to continue the drawing. But to her surprise, while sitting at her desk one day, she had received an email with the drawing along with a candid picture of Colin in the hospital as he was receiving treatment with the nurses oohing and awing around him! He told Ashley that during treatment, it kept him sane to do something so special for someone. To say this drawing is special to us is an understatement. Thank you, Colin!



Our Catering Manager, Katie, had no idea what she was getting herself into with Will and I! The tasting began when we placed breadsticks in our mouths to look like walruses and Will ate not one, but two servings of fish tacos to make sure they “weren’t poisonous.” After we made our decisions, we did a little tour of Bacara via golf cart and stopped by the pool bar for a drink in the sun. | 30



We will be arriving early to get settled at Bacara Resort & Spa to prepare for the wedding festivities! If you’ll be at the resort, look for the bride-to-be around with a mimosa in hand readying herself for the big weekend. Interested in hitting the links? Join Will at nearby Sandpiper Golf Club for a round of golf with stunning views right next to the Pacific Ocean. WEEKEND WELCOME While the bride and groom attend their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, make yourself acquainted with all of the fun that the Santa Barbara area has to offer. Then, to officially kick off the wedding weekend, join Ashley and Will at 8:30PM at Santa Barbara Brewing Company located at 501 State Street in the heart of downtown. We’ll be there in the back room to have a cocktail, play some games, and welcome everyone to town for a great weekend.

At night, we plan on keeping the celebrations going in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street, where a multitude of bars/restaurants/entertainment options are conveniently located and readily available. We hope to see you downtown!


On the final day of the weekend, we will be recalling the memories of the last few days fondly and wishing everyone safe travels. Whether you traveled a couple miles down the road or a couple thousand miles across the country, we can’t thank you enough for taking the time to join us!


Today is the big day, and we are beyond thrilled to have you joining us. Please be to Bacara Resort & Spa (8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117) by 3:30PM. Prepare yourself for breathtaking views! After the ceremony, stick around for a celebratory cocktail hour with hosted beer, wine, spirits, and passed appetizers. From there, we’ll move to the Oval Lawn for dinner and the reception. We hope you’re as ready as we are to let loose on the dance floor! For those who care to join the bride and groom well into the night of celebrating, we’ll be moving the party from the Oval Lawn to the Center Bar located inside the hotel.



Water? Advil? A Bloody Mary? Just a few recommendations to help you cure yourself of the fun from the reception (the groom personally recommends the “hair of the dog” route). If you’re feeling up to it, join us poolside at Bacara and pick up where we left off the night before- margaritas always taste better when you’re enjoying them by the pool with friends. If you’d prefer to explore the surroundings, there’s endless options for outdoor activity as well as dining and shopping options in Santa Barbara as well as in many nearby towns. | 32


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