Cassandra and Jonathon had a beautiful and classic Santa Barbara wedding at El Presidio. The day was full of delightful details that embellished the already special wedding, including Santa Barbara's charm with their names illuminated upon the downtown Santa Barbara theater marquee and couple photos at the gorgeous mission. I had the pleasure of interviewing the bride about the day.

Keep scrolling to see the photos taken by San Luis Obispo wedding photographer Alexandra Wallace and hear from the bride about the moments of the day.

Their Love Story

"We met in elementary school! We grew up in the same town and went to school all the way through High School together, but never really interacted. Fast forward 15 years when we are in our 30s and both home over Christmas and we reunited at a local bar. We chatted all night and found out we were both living in East Los Angeles, so set a date to get together and the rest is history. He proposed on Butterfly Beach in Montecito where we spent a lot of time during the Pandemic."

The Inspiration

"Our wedding was inspired by the Santa Barbara Riviera. We played up the old Spanish style of the Presidio Chape, where we had our marriage ceremony with timeless elements and included lots of nods to California with vibrant native flowers and citrus on the cake. I wanted the wedding to feel like a true Santa Barbara Riviera wedding where it felt classic and elegant without feeling stuffy."

Color Palette

"The color palette was pulled from the painted chapel of El Presidio de Santa Barbara and California wildflowers. The stucco buildings where we had the ceremony and reception were very white, so I played up the colors with my bridesmaids dresses and the table settings."

The Details

"Some of my favorite details was walking through Villa & Vine where we had our reception and getting that first margarita! Seeing how beautiful everything looked and being hand-in-hand with my new husband knowing I get to spend the rest of the night surrounded by our favorite people celebrating was the best feeling. Also, our first dance which was to Lord Huron's Harvest Moon, under twinkling lights and the night sky was so special."

Memorable Moments

"Taking a shot of tequila with all my bridesmaids and the moms to calm my nerves while I waited to walk down the aisle was a memorable here we go moment that kick started the wedding. And my sisters (dual maids of honor) bringing out my Middle School diary during their speech and reading the passage where I wrote about having a crush on my now husband was hilarious and unforgettable."

Classic Santa Barbara Wedding

Classic Santa Barbara Wedding

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