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A Sunny Celebration at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

What starts off with crazy good sparkling heels, only gets better as you scroll through this day captured by Anna Costa. And the Santa Barbara Historical Museum? It’s the leader of the beautiful outdoor venue pack; especially when outfitted with blooms by Tenley Erin Young Floral and details coordinated by Jessica Kuipers. See the full affair right here.


From The Bride…Ian and I met at a bar in Santa Barbara in 2009. We had a great conversation, and then Ian was too shy to ask for my number. He figured that he could just find my contact info on my university’s website, which led to him emailing someone else in my department and asking her out. Luckily, she pointed him in the right direction, and we managed to meet for coffee! Three years later, in June of 2012, we got engaged while on vacation in the mountains of Colorado. At that point, we had been living in separate countries for a year (with me in California and him in the U.K.) and were thrilled to begin planning our wedding and making plans for a future together.

We set a date for August of 2013. Since I knew I’d be leaving Santa Barbara soon (we moved to Canada shortly after the wedding), I was eager to include things that define southern California for me: succulents; bright, gorgeous flowers; adobe; great food and local produce; and lots and lots of sunshine. More than anything, Ian and I wanted our wedding to be a good party—and it was! We included games and MadLibs on the cocktail tables, and my parents made a Baggo set from scratch that guests could play with throughout the evening. We had great food, funny toasts, and a wonderful band that kept us dancing like fools throughout the night. The reception ended with coffee and cookies homemade by Ian and me.

Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for, and we feel so lucky that so many of our family and friends were able to celebrate with us. Many thanks to our wedding coordinator, Jessica Kuipers, and our other vendors for making it all happen!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young Floral | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Band: JME Entertainment | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Coordination: Jessica Kuipers | Museum: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals

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Garden Party Inspired Bridal Shoot

We’re certainly no strangers to a good garden party, but when all that elegance and whimsy is taken indoors, we’re bound to be smitten. Think sequin tablecloths and cross back chairs, overflowing blooms and clusters of candles. It’s all styled to perfection by Bows & Arrows and Stefanie Miles, and lucky for us Heather Hawkins snapped up every yummy bit. More right here.


From Heather Hawkins Photography… This shoot was a lovely collaboration between the team of Heather Hawkins, Stefanie Miles, Bows & Arrows and a few other amazing talents, and may just inspire you to throw a garden party of your own!

The gorgeous natural light and lightly colored interiors allowed us to bring the outdoors in, without compromising the natural and organic elements we desired for this visual story. The historic building held the celebration, and provided ample opportunities for wistful and charming portraits to capture the radiance of the bride. We always recommend thinking carefully about venue selection, as it is so important to creating the atmosphere for the celebration!

We wanted to create a lush, romantic and dreamy atmosphere for a elegant celebration, and did so using a colorful mix of loosely arranged florals in various tones of blush, peach, cream, salmon, and pink. The addition of antique brass candlesticks antique silver flatware added warmth and character, while the clean-lined blush plates kept the scene fresh and modern.

The bride wore gowns by Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and Oscar de la Renta. Two bouquets were designed, one made of hellebores, olive leaf, patience garden rose, sweet pea and the other of sword fern, jasmine vine, poppies, peony, peach juliet garden rose, charity garden rose, miranda garden rose, ranunculus, sweet pea, anemone, hellebores, and scented geranium.

Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Floral Design: Bows & Arrows | Designer & Stylist: Stefanie Miles | Gowns: Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar De La Renta From Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon In Dallas, TX | Makeup: Love Dose Beauty | Veils: Monique Lhuillier And Reem Acra From Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon In Dallas, TX

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Social Hour + Winners!

As y’all prep to wrap up the week, over here the party is JUST getting started. That’s right, we’re kicking things off with a new “Social Hour” series highlighting your favorite features from SMP’s Pinterest and Instagram all in one pretty slideshow. Have a look through the picks, and watch out for winners below!

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Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt
Something Blue Prize pack from La Marca Prosecco
Something Blue Nile Pinterest Contest

This week’s DISCOUNTS…

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For our California brides… Discounts from Love and Lace Bridal and Unveiled bridal event on September 7th.

For Our Midwest brides… Enter to win the WASIO Photography engagement session giveaway and checkout their discount!

For our Tri-State brides… A special engagement session offer from Twah Dougherty.


BIG Congratulations to the winners of the Macy’s Registry to Reality GiveawayErin, won the Mikasa dinnerware and glassware set  and Nicki won the $250 Macy’s gift card.


Elegant Outdoor Summer Wedding in Ojai

Michael & Anna Costa have a way with the camera and it shows in their latest Ojai installment. It’s everything we imagine a warm-weathered affair to be. From the prettiest shady ceremony spot to a peach infused tablescape floraled by Susan Evans + coordinated by Jessica Kuipers and a reception draped in twinkling cafe lights, this is just the kind of imagery we’re craving as we head into the final days of summer.


From The Groom…Wesley and I met for the first time in September of 2009 at a BBQ in Ventura hosted by friends. I had just returned home from Florida a few days prior, and Wesley was living in Ojai finishing up her Master’s Degree. Our initial introduction was brief and it wasn’t until a couple weeks later that we would cross paths again and ultimately hit it off. We went on our first date the following day… September 27, 2009 to be exact.

The following January, I had to pack my bags and return to Florida to continue my baseball career. At the time we had only been together a matter of months, but we knew our relationship was something worth keeping. After frequent bi-coastal visits I returned home in May 2011 when I retired from baseball and came back home for good. At this point, Wesley and I were finally able to embrace an uninterrupted relationship that would continue to grow stronger as time went on.

Wesley’s Maid of Honor, Amber, and I had planned to throw her a surprise 30th birthday party. In the spirit of surprises, I decided to add another one. Wesley and I had planned on meeting her family for dinner at the Ojai Valley Inn. I convinced her that we should get there a little early to walk through one of gardens just outside of the restaurant. About 30 seconds into the garden walk my excitement/nervousness got the best of me and I stopped to read a poem for her that I claimed I had written for her birthday. What I didn’t tell her was that I had her Great Grandmother’s engagement ring in my pocket and that this poem would end in a marriage proposal! As I got to the end of the poem, my trembling knee dropped to the ground and I asked her to marry me. After a confused pause, she said yes! As scheduled, we had dinner and went back to her parent’s house for drinks. What she didn’t know was dozens of our close friends were waiting there to surprise her. And a party it was. It was a day that we will not soon forget!

From The Bride…We had over a year to plan our wedding. I grew up in Georgia but claim Ojai as my second home. I also met Ryan there so deciding to get married in Ojai was a no brainer. When we walked through Twin Peaks Ranch, I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful location to celebrate our marriage and start our life together as husband and wife. The day of our wedding was hot, but the hot Ojai days lead to amazing, warm Ojai nights. We opted to not do a first look, so we both spent most of our time before the wedding in our separate dressing rooms. I caught quick glimpses of the beautiful decor and flowers but couldn’t fully appreciate it until after the ceremony. It was like a dream! We hired a local musician to play acoustic guitar for the ceremony and our first dance. I knew that for cocktail hour I wanted to bring a bit of the south to Cali. Our appetizer were boiled peanuts and fried chicken nuggets (from chic-fil-a). Ryan and I spent all of cocktail hour taking these amazing photos and sitting back and enjoying the beauty of our wedding. The rest of the night was exactly what we wanted it to be, a big party!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Videography: Seven Pines Productions | Floral Design: Susan Evans | Cake: Heavenly Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Twin Peaks Ranch | Catering: Lorraine Lim | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Brides Hair & Makeup: Dana Khoury | Coordination: Jessica Kuipers

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