Katie + Unni | Fes Parker & Santa Barbara Historical Museum

What’s better than a Santa Barbara wedding in October? How about TWO weddings on the same day… with the same couple! That’s essentially what Katie + Unni’s “East meets West” wedding was. The joining of two cultures and families with two different traditions into one wedding ceremony. Unni, coming from an Indian background, brought the flavor and flare that only a true Indian wedding can bring. It all started with the singing and dancing of the Baarat as the groom entered atop the shoulders of friends and family with the sparkling Pacific in the background. As the ceremony continued it presented the many millennia-old Indian wedding ceremony traditions and customs rich with meaning and symbolism. And from Katie’s side, the reading of vows and exchanging of rings rounded out this multicultural union. Afterward the couple changed out of their Indian attire and into their Western outfits. Katie donned a beautiful, whimsical lace and tulle dress and Unni a dapper suit with black bow tie. Arriving in style to their Santa Barbara Historical Museum reception, they proceeded to celebrate with friends and family under warm market lights, the twinkling stars above and love all around.

Sam + Natalie Engagement Proposal | Refugio Ranch

Horseback riding, balloons, sunflowers, baby goats (named Sebastian and Cornelius) and a killer view. It sounds like a random list, but these pieces came together to make for the perfect proposal for this gorgeous couple. And with a team like Michael + Anna Costa Photography and Alegria By Design, we’re not the least bit surprised it came together so beautifully.

From Alegria by DesignSoon to be groom, Sam contacted us 3 months prior to his target proposal date filled with many ideas for his custom proposal to then girlfriend Nathalie. Both nature lovers, Sam knew the location had to be magical. When Sam sent me his short list of must haves I had to do a double take: horseback riding, balloons, sunflowers, baby goat with ribbon, purple and lavender, sunset, tree carving names and date, champagne glasses and beach view or wooded area. What? Baby Goats!!! Yes, our kind souled Nathalie as a slight obsession with baby goats. So I found goats…not just any goats but goats with cute names: Sebastian and Cornelius. As for the magical location, a 415 acre wine vineyard and estate nestled into the Santa Ynez Mountains, Refugio Ranch Vineyard. Refugio Ranch with its centuries long history nestled in a small canyon is magic for sure and offered the perfect backdrop for Sam’s surprise proposal. Producing this happy little event soon became a labor of love. I quickly gathered my dream team. The talented Anna Costa signed on to photograph the day, Tye French with Like A letter to film every moment and Anna Le Pley Taylor provided lovely and romantic blooms. Such a beautiful location and a beautiful couple, my job was a piece of cake.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: Like A Letter Videography | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Catering: Omni Catering | Animal Rentals: The Farm Stead | Event Production Company: Alegria By Design | Horseback Riding: Los Padres Outfitters | Location: Refugio Ranch | Check Out SMP’s Post ~ Here