Santa Barbara Shabby Chic Wedding

Paul Von Rieter always shares ultra fabulous weddings with us. Like this Hollywood Stunner or this MTV star’s wedding. Both amazingly wonderful weddings.

Gianna (one of our super talented coordinators from Chic Celebrations) and Gary dish all of the details on their barn yard wedding. Read on…

“We had another venue already booked, and just out of curiosity stopped into Eucalyptus Lane one weekend. It was love at first sight. Gary and I both wanted something that was a little rustic and a little shabby chic and this was exactly what we envisioned. I wanted lots of whites to lighten the inside of the barn and greens to accent the property’s lush gardens. Jocelyn, at A Beautiful Day Production could almost read my mind, and brought to life what I spent so much time trying to explain. Aged julep cups and birds’ nests exuded the rustic romance Gary and I were looking for. March weather is always tricky so I wanted to make sure guests were covered at the ceremony either way. Fresh lemonade if it was hot and pashminas if it was cold.”

“The ceremony took place in front of the herb garden gates on the property and the reception moved over to the barn. A close friend who is also an ordained minister married us, it was so personal and hilarious. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Von Rieter rocked the photography, the candids from him are so heartwarming and show how happy we all were at that moment. It started to drizzle just as we made our grand entrance.”

Scroll down to read more details from Gianna.

“The menu complimented the venue with tri-tip, jalapeno macaroni and cheese, and warm cornbread. A guest was able to pick up the cake and cupcakes from our favorite Orange County bakery, French’s, the same bakery that did the bride’s parents wedding almost 30 years ago. The drink tables, bars and buffets were made from old barrels and reclaimed doors. Brilliant!”

“And in lieu of a gift table we used an old wheelbarrow. Nicole, who works with me at Chic Celebrations, was incredible. The wedding-planner in me never even had a chance to kick in. I felt like a guest the whole entire night, a rarity. Classic Cuts kept the party going all night, the last dance was Purple Rain by Prince (one of Gary’s favorites) and had every guest singing their heart out. The night was amazing, it truly sparkled. I still have guests tell me that it truly felt like they were in the back woods somewhere in the South. Perfect, exactly what we were going for.”

Paul Von Rieter and Chic Celebrations are both preferred vendors and proud sponsors of The Wedding Chicks.

Photographers: Paul Von Rieter
Florist: A Beautiful Day
Event Coordination/Design: Chic Celebrations
Caterer: Command Performance
Entertainment: Classic Cuts DJs
Cake/Cupcakes: French’s Bakery, Newport Beach
Venue: Eucalyptus Lane, Ventura, CA (no longer open for business)
Invitations/Stationery/Candy Buffet: Gianna of Chic Celebrations

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  1. -100. Lizzie says:

    I love the mossy initials and the lighting! This bride is stunning…

  2. -100. Natalia Simmons says:

    WOW! What a beautiful, incredible day! The photography was wonderful! Love this post!

  3. -100. leigh says:

    those bulb hanging lights are so pretty. AND THE CAKE!!!!!!!! it comfort items – pashminas, flip flops, are a nice touch.

  4. Beautiful wedding, love all the details!

  5. -100. Avelaine Scyrup says:

    Beautiful photography of a beautiful wedding!

  6. -100. lauren atwaters says:

    This entire wedding is simply picture perfect!

  7. -100. Simon says:

    This entire wedding is simply picture perfect!

  8. -100. char says:

    Oh my, the flowers and table arrangements by “A Beautiful Day” were so original and beautiful!


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