bride in illusion lace wedding dress and groom in light gray suit posing for pictures in garden

The couple took advantage of their area's great weather by hosting their wedding in the museum's courtyard patio, which turned positively magical under string lights. Thank you to Jessica Fairchild Photography for sharing this beautiful day with us!

bridal party in button up chambray shirts while getting ready
makeup artist applying mascara to bride
metallic peep toe shoes and large sash bow on wedding dress
berry and white floral boutonniere
bride in sleeveless wedding dress sneaks up on groom for first look
bride with smiling eyes hugs groom in gray suit
bride and groom under trellis arch in garden with bride's veil blowing in the breeze
bride wearing wedding dress with illusion lace neckline carrying a white and purple bridal bouquet
bridal party in strapless berry bridesmaid dresses
bridesmaids in gray and berry dresses with simple floral bouquets in whites and purples
groom with co-ed attendants in gray under garden arch
men's attire details including light gray suit vest, berry tie, and pocket watch on chain
co-ed wedding party attendants in gray and berry standing in garden with bride and groom
floral aisle decor in white and berry with roses, peonies, and eucalyptus leaves
pretty outdoor ceremony in garden with large trees and guests in wooden folding chairs
bride and groom exchange vows in front of sheer white drapes at outdoor wedding ceremony
bride and groom in front of ivy covered ceremony arch with white drapes in garden
exuberant bride and groom laugh as they leave wedding ceremony
bride with lace trimmed veil and bow on back of dress looks over shoulder
seated wedding guests at patio reception with round tables
personalized votive luminaries at table with eucalyptus leaves and floral arrangement
sweethearts' table decorated with berry and white flowers along backs of wooden folding chairs and a gold ampersand
bride and groom cut buttercream wedding cake decorated with
bride and groom dancing on patio underneath string lights at sunset
table number with photos of bride and groom at different ages
round wedding reception table with cream linens and berry colored details
patio reception venue with string lights and fountain at dusk

What was most important for you to include in your wedding – what was your biggest priority?

Incorporating family traditions and making sure that everyone had fun.

What was your favorite detail?

The family sword that we cut our cake with. My parents and my grandparents cut their wedding cake with the same sword. We had pictures displayed of them from their cake-cuttings on the cake table, along with the sword.

What was your wedding theme or style?

Simple, romantic, and magical.

A few words that describe the two of you and your wedding:

Love, laughter, gratitude, magical (we called ourselves "Team Magical" when we first started dating and that ended up being our wedding hashtag).

Your first dance song and why you chose it:

"Then" by Brad Paisley. This song was playing at a Brad Paisley concert the first time Josh said he "thought he was falling in love with me."

What is your advice to couples who are planning weddings now?

I highly recommend a day-of coordinator because it takes all the stress out so you two can just enjoy the wedding day. Soak up every second of the wedding — it goes by fast. Try not to stress too much about all the little things in the planning process, and just enjoy!

Photography: Jessica Fairchild Photography   |   Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum   |   Coordinator: Sophie Spier at Amazing Day Events   |   Flowers: Bud Botanical Banditry   |   Cake: Your Cake Baker   |   Catering: DJ's Catering   |   Paper Goods: Sable & Snow   |   Wedding Dress: Mikaella, Isis Bridal   |   Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew   |   Hair: Elyse Blevins   |   Makeup: Jenny Hopwood at Unveiled Makeup   |   Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse   |   Rentals: Ventura Rental Company   |   Officiant: Chris Rankin-Williams   |   Guitarist: Bruce Goldish   |   DJ: Zeke Monarrez