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Trevor & Kristina // Whimsical Santa Barbara courthouse elopement

Whimsical Santa Barbara courthouse elopement // ©2018 Sun & Sparrow Santa Barbara wedding photographers 

FROM THE BRIDE //  The morning of our wedding, although like most mornings where we each took a moment to grab coffee and a bite to eat was also one filled with the anticipation of what was to come. We had spent nearly a year prior to our wedding day, planning for this amazing event, and both could not believe that it was here. Each of us spent our mornings excited and ready to pronounce our love for one another. We were excited to see our family and one another in the afternoon, but our morning kept us on our toes a bit, as it was raining all throughout Santa Barbara. For us, the rain was just something that we’d take in stride, as our love for one another and sharing this moment together was going to be amazing and special. And oh boy, was it. Plus, rain on your wedding day is lucky, right?
Did you share a first look? // We shared our ‘first look’ of one another while walking down the aisle. In seeing Trevor stand at the other end of the aisle while I walked toward him, I couldn’t believe that I was walking toward my future husband. This moment was one that we had talked about for some time, and everything and everyone else just melted away. My focus was directly on him, and how handsome he looked. I remember smiling from ear to ear and feeling ready to call the man in front of me, my husband.
I was excited to see Kristina in her dress for the first time so even though she was getting ready across the hotel I went extra out of my way to not accidentally catch a glimpse during the day. She looked amazing when I got to see here at the end of the aisle and the wait was worth it. As she walked down the aisle I could only feel extremely grateful that I was here with her and very much in love.
 What was your favorite moment/story from your wedding day? //  One thing that we loved about our wedding day was how our vows were reflective of our love and our story together. We had discussed how fate had brought us together, and couldn’t believe early on, how many things we had in common. In saying our vows to one another, we felt as though they were reflective of everything that we’ve been though and all that we hope for and promise to do in our lives together.
How did your day most feel like a fairytale? // Everything that went into our day made it feel like our own fairytale. Our morning began with rain coming down, to clearing up around noon. The freshness in the air after a rain, along with the moody clouds in the sky with the sun peeking through is something we won’t soon forget. Our flowers were perfect and in looking at them they reminded us of fall. Our family was present which made our day an intimate one where we felt absolutely surrounded by love. In looking at one another, we knew that no matter what was to come, as long as we were in it together, we’d be stronger together. And in marrying each other on October 4th, the anniversary of the day that we met, made everything that much sweeter. We feel blessed to live life together and cannot wait for all that is to come.

Cameron & Amy // Santa Barbara wedding at the Narrative Loft

 

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.

MY VENDORS: 

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.
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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/
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Groom Suit: Custom made at Indochino

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