Santa Barbara wedding at the Narrative Loft // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara Wedding photographer
The morning I woke up, I was alone in my hotel room. I got in the shower and knew there were so many things to be done, as I was coordinating it myself. I waited for my makeup artist, and friend Matthew, to arrive and begin setting up. Once my room began to fill with my closet friends, my anxiety wore off and this special day I have been waiting for my entire life, started. I wasn’t nervous, I was just ready. I felt at ease and at peace, cause finally I was going to marry the man that completes my heart and my life. Seeing him for the first time on that day, filled me with so much joy, that I didn’t cry, but rather smiled so much I almost floated away. That day was filled with our closest friends and family, and it was a day of celebration, one I won’t ever forget.
When I walked down the aisle, my eyes were solely locked on Cameron. I couldn’t believe after all these years, we were finally there to pledge our love to one another with our family present. As he recited his vows, I couldn’t help but focus on his eyes as they welled up. We both wrote a similar line in our vows, without the other one knowing beforehand, “you are my light in the dark!” That is exactly what defines us for one another. It was so beyond perfect, and made that moment even more special.
My father-daughter dance to Somewhere Over the Rainbow was so special to me. I thought I would have been more emotional, as it was my mom’s favorite song, and the song she danced with my brothers to at their weddings. I was emotional, but my dad and I smiled and laughed, and I believe we were surrounded by mom’s light and love. Leading into the song Shout, just made the end of the dance even more perfect. It was a song I remember singing in the car with my dad, and it always makes me happy. To have everyone come out and share in that dance with us, made the start of the celebration even more perfect.
My inspiration was just make it simple. I wanted color, but clean. I fell in love with these vintage vineyard tables, and the rest fell into place. The simplicity of the terrariums, add a touch of fancy to the loft without making it gaudy. I went to the flower market the day before in DTLA, and chose what stood out to me. I dind’t have a color theme, but purple tones felt soft and bright at the same time to me. I really wanted the day to be remembered for our two families coming together, and celebrating mine and Cameron’s crazy path of building a life together.
My biggest piece of advice would be to get a wedding coordinator or find a venue that does it all😊 I was really stressed out trying to navigate so many vendors, and people that it was a little overwhelming. It was worth it, and it all turned out beautiful, but the more help the better for your sanity.
Venue: The Narrative Loft, http://www.thenarrativeloft.com/
Photographer: Sun & Sparrow, www.sunandsparrow.com
Videographer: Evan Zissimopolis, http://vtfilms.com/egz/
Florals: Alpha Florals, https://alphafloralsb.com/
Invitations: Sister-in-Law, Vanessa Rocha -also made save the dates and name cards on table
Calligraphy: Sister-in-Law, Tybee Diskin
Rentals: Ventura Rentals, https://www.venturarental.com
Caterer: Clever Foodies, http://www.cleverfoodiesla.com
Desserts Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes, http://enjoycupcakes.com
Guest activities : Toast bar. To honor my mother, Karen Rocha, who passed away five and a half years ago, and to honor Cameron’s uncle, Mark Diskin, who passed away 15+ years ago.
Wedding Gown Maker: Grace Loves Lace, style Rosa Gown, https://graceloveslace.com.au
Other Bride Details: handkerchief, sewn by my mother made out of her mother’s veil and her own veil.
Hair: Angela Knox, www.angelakknox.wixsite.com
Makeup: Matthew Allen, https://www.makeupbymatthew.com
Bride Shoes: Steve Madden
Bride’s robe: Carolyn, https://babyportraitpropshop.com/
Groom Suit: Custom made at Indochino