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A Day in Santa Barbara

I’m baaaackkkk! Did you miss me? It has been ashamedly long since I’ve posted. I’ve wanted to post a few times since last, but once you fall off the wagon, it’s hard pulling yourself back up. I’ve missed the creative outlet, however, so that will help inspire some more content on here.

In the meantime, this is going to be a picture-heavy post (as far as blog posts go; nothing compared to facebook albums and, um, my entire iPhoto collection). Two weekends ago, my bf S and I took a day-trip to Santa Barbara. It was a nice little escape for the day. {The pictures are much more lovely if you click for gallery form!}

We mostly just ate, drank, and walked. If you’re ever in the neighborhood and need to grab a bite (or WANT to, hello), I’d definitely suggest The Shop Cafe for a great selection of fresh takes on brunch and lunch favorites. We grabbed a salad and sandwich there and ate at a picnic table on their patio. It had a great, laid-back vibe and was a perfect way to start our day in S.B. Oh, and make sure you try their iced chai latte!! SO good. Vanilla beans and everything.

I also highly recommend the Santa Barbara Courthouse. There is beauty in every detail, inside and out (and so many photo opportunities—would be an amazing engagement shoot location). The view from the clock tower is a can’t-miss! The courthouse is one of the best free attractions I’ve ever been to.

After some beach walking/pier sitting/leg dangling, we stopped by Apéro for some creative and delicious cocktails. One of S’ had pieces of honey comb in it; they tasted like freeze-dried caramel. Really fun! We also sampled one of their tapas plates (brie goo and apricot and fancy greens on artisan bread. . .mmm), which was also tasty.  It was a nice stop.

That was pretty much our day, with a little more walking and a little more eating and drinking. We concluded with him buying curtains, me buying a dress, and In N Out on our way south. We’re so lucky to live within a few hours of some great cities. I’m already itching to go again!

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Country Vintage Wedding

A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the beautiful wedding of two friends. It was held at the bride’s parents’ home just off California’s Central Coast. It was an amazing gathering of friends and family, where the emphasis was on celebrating with the couple and having a great time. There was good food, ample drink (alongside margaritas, the brother of the bride made six varieties of beer especially for the occasion),  and a live band to ensure dancing ’til the wee hours.

Before the wedding, I had fun with helping with some of the last minute DIY projects (signs, photo sets). My friends are so creative!

Lis designed these simple wedding signs that were perfect for the theme. (Thumbtacks, wood, and stain. Genius!!)

I went crazy with the flower photos because they were irresistible. (Arranged by Panacea Flowers) This is one of the bridesmaid bouquets — I love the feathers!

They had high boys set up for pre-ceremony cocktails and ceremony overflow. I love the dual-purpose blue bottled water that served as refreshments, while adding a pop of color to the space.

Here’s the fun photo set put together by some of the wedding party and friends. It was definitely a hit with the guests!

Another photo opportunity, this one slightly more interactive!

The beautiful flowers were arranged in assorted vintage vases and containers.

More flowers . . .

Keeping the bride and groom hydrated, using their gorgeous flutes.

Pie! There was lots and lots of pie.

The selection stayed stocked throughout the night.

This huge protea blossom was enhanced by the pink glow of the sunset — stunning!

The clear tent made for a great view of the sunset.

The spectacular sunset, with festivities below.

I had a wonderful time with great people, and I especially loved reconnecting with one of my BFFs! (Her husband’s cowboy hat made the rounds that night. . .)

One of the most fun weddings I’ve been to, and with pretty details to match. The newlyweds are off to a fabulous start!

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