If I had to sum up Taylor and Ryan's wedding day I would have to say that is was definitely not boring! This wedding had A LOT going on including a very brief (yet scary) microburst storm that sent tourists scattering from beaches, umbrellas flying in the air, street lights that lost power and fallen tree branches and debris in the roadways causing major traffic in downtown Santa Barbara.
Here is a quick video of some of the destruction this storm caused (which is also a good reminder why it is important to check the weather report before your wedding day and always have a backup plan)!
Thankfully the storm was brief and the sun came out shortly after. As a Wedding Coordinator it is my job to be prepared for anything! I was fully prepared to move the ceremony indoors if necessary. Luckily we did not have to do that and we were able to still have the ceremony at the beautiful Winslow Maxwell Overlook at Santa Barbara City College overlooking the breathtaking Santa Barbara Harbor with endless ocean and mountain views.
Nothing was going to take away from Taylor and Ryan's day, not even a little rain in the forecast! This young and vibrant couple were able to celebrate their love among family and friends who got to see Santa Barbara in style courtesy of Santa Barbara Trolley. Once they arrived at the ceremony site, guests enjoyed the view and music from a mariachi trio who set the tone for a beautiful and joyous occasion!
Once the bridal party arrived and guests were seated, the ceremony was quickly underway. The officiants who happen to be close friends with the bride and groom got everyone laughing and kept guests fully entertained with the couple of honor taking part in the fun themselves!
After the ceremony, the fun continued at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center where guests enjoyed a delicious dinner served from LA based food truck, Shrimp vs. Chef. Dessert came in the form of refreshing Hawaiian shave ice in a variety of flavors from ParadICE Shave Ice and Welcome Coffee Cart kept everyone fueled with caffeine and dancing all night serving up coffee to order.
The most entertaining part of the night (and gets my vote for most creative grand entrance of 2017) was when the entire bridal party entered the reception to their wrestler alter ego and was announced by the bride's uncle, in his best wrestling announcer voice! The bride and groom, who are huge wrestling fans, came up with the idea and even got their parents involved!
This wedding was full of surprises. All jokes aside, I am so happy for these two and was thrilled to be part of their special day!
Thank you to the following vendors!
Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara City College Winslow Maxwell Overlook
Reception Venue: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center
Coordinator: Gatherings for Good
Catering: Shrimp vs. Chef
Coffee Service: Welcome Coffee Cart
Bar/Event Staffing: Simply Cocktails
Photographer: Bob Faulkner Photography
Transportation: Santa Barbara Trolley
Rentals: Discount Party Rentals
Hair: Sequel Salon
Dessert: ParadICE Shave Ice
Bride & Groom's Hotel: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
Image: Kacie Jean Phototography
Brenda Cali is a professionally trained Wedding Consultant and plans a variety of social and corporate events.