Santa Barbara County


The wedding season is in full swing, and that means lots of weddings. From the Southern California coastline to the mountains near Big Bear Lake, there are tons of places to get married all over the state. While there’s no shortage of venues in Santa Barbara County, one particular venue made a splash this summer with its unique look and feel.

Santa Ynez Valley

The couple’s ceremony was held outdoors at a beautiful wedding venue in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The wedding occurred on a beautiful day, and it was also summertime. The weather was perfect for an outdoor ceremony! And since it was a weekend, lots of family members were able to come and celebrate with the bride and groom.

The Bride’s Dress had an Open, Flowy Back

The bride’s dress had an open, flowy back. It was strapless, floor-length, and made of silk with lace appliques on the bodice. The skirt was made of chiffon, which gave it a lot of movement and volume. The back was open down to her waistline and showcased her slim figure.

The bride wore her hair down and half-up, and the bridesmaids all wore crowns of flowers. The bride’s dress had an open, flowy back, which showed off the gorgeous lace detail of the top portion of her gown.

The wedding took place at a beautiful outdoor venue with tall trees in the background the perfect setting for this summertime celebration.

The Wedding was Outside in a Beautiful Woodsy area

The ceremony was outdoors in a beautiful woodsy area. The guests were seated on wooden platforms, and the bride and groom stood in front of an arch made of flowers. After the ceremony, there was a cocktail hour. Guests were then invited to stay for a reception later in the day.

The Groom wore a Tan Suit

As the groom, you’ll want to be sure your suit is tailored to fit your body. Try on a few different sizes until you find one that fits well and makes you look good. It’s also important to feel comfortable in it since that will be reflected in the way you walk and stand during the ceremony.

Next, make sure your tie matches your wedding color scheme (if there is one). We chose an elegant blue for our main color theme with gold accents throughout the wedding: navy suits for us groomsmen means we wore ties in shades of blue or charcoal gray; navy dresses for our bridesmaids meant they had ties made from lace or chiffon. For our groomsmen who were not wearing vests nor bowties (they were pretty casual), we had them wear boutonnieres instead of beautiful flowers pinned onto their lapels! And while none of them were wearing hats like me (I was worried about messing up my hair), they did sport straw boaters during group photos after brunch at The Chumash Casino Resort & Spa – Spa Resort Casino where we had our post-wedding reception!”

Garlands and Centerpieces

A great way to decorate your wedding arch and other elements of the venue is by using garlands. You can use these thin, flexible vines around all of your florals, centerpieces, and more! They’re also really easy to find at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

You can use greenery that has been dyed naturally in the Santa Ynez Valley as well; it tends to be more colorful than what you’ll find at big box stores!

The Guests Enjoyed Drinks Outside before the Ceremony

Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with drinks and appetizers. The cocktail hour allowed the guests to mingle, relax and enjoy themselves before their ceremony.

Santa Barbara County

The Wedding arch was Decorated with florals

When it comes to decorating the arch, flowers are a great way to go. We got some really beautiful arrangements and bouquets from our friend Janae at The Flower Farm in Santa Barbara. If you’re looking for a local vendor, this is one of the best places to look! She also had some vases that were perfect for table centerpieces.

Shades of Pink in the Wedding Party attire and Decorations

Weddings in the Santa Ynez Valley are a popular choice for couples of all ages who want a low-key and relaxed affair.

The bride wore an off-white gown with a sweetheart neckline and lace appliques on the bodice. Her bridesmaids’ dresses were light pink with white bodices and colored sashes in shades of blue, green, orange, and yellow a whimsical combination that added to the overall summary feel of this wedding.

A Summer Wedding is Always a Good Idea!

Summer is a great time to get married. It’s warm, it’s pretty and it’s short! If you’re thinking about planning a summer wedding, here are some tips:

  • Summer weddings are usually casual and low-key. No need for long dresses or tuxedos in the summer; just wear something comfortable that you can dance in and maybe wear shoes that won’t hurt your feet by the end of the night!
  • Most summer weddings take place in the evening, so don’t forget about air conditioning or fans if it gets too hot outside! It may sound weird to think about how comfortable things will be when you’re getting ready with your bridesmaids (or groomsmen) before walking down that aisle but believe us: it’ll make all the difference on your big day!
  • Don’t worry too much about decorating; there’s plenty of time to add some personal touches later on after things settle down from being newlyweds!


We hope you enjoyed this look at a gorgeous summer wedding. This couple’s ceremony was beautiful, and we think it’s a great example of how to plan a wedding that fits your personality, style, and budget!

So, when it comes to planning the perfect wedding, there are a ton of different choices, and designers are often overwhelmed. Planning a rustic wedding like this one may seem intimidating at first, but it is doable as a DIY project and can be so beautiful with just a little bit of creativity. There are plenty of color options available to add diversity and elegance to your big day. And when you mix the right textures and patterns among classic details, you can create something truly charming and memorable.

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