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A Sophisticated Wedding in Santa Barbara, CA

  • ELIZABETH MESSINA
    Sharon Sacks, Sacks Productions & Riverworks Inc.
    San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, CA
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Katherine & Ben in Santa Barbara,CA
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An abundance of all-white garden roses covered the huppah for an incredibly romantic focal point that still felt natural in the outdoor setting.
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Georgetown Cupcake
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A mix of script and block fonts framed by an ornate twirling design gave the classic invitation suite a fresh feel.
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“The best way to wow guests is to let the beauty of nature take over,” says Sacks. “Plus, it costs nothing.” To create the feeling of dining under the stars, she draped the ceiling with white chiffon that opened up to the sky.
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Letting Mother Nature do most of the decorating, planner Sharon Sacks chose low centerpieces and a clear tent that treated guests to unobstructed views of the rolling hills.
San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara
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Candles of varying heights interspersed with all-white monobotanical arrangements of peonies (one of the bride’s favorite flowers), hydrangeas and calla lilies added visual depth to the tablescapes. “Smaller, varied arrangements evoke a quiet, understated elegance,” Sacks explains. “If everything in front of you is the same level, it falls flat.”
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Playing off the array of candles lining the tables, several crystal chandeliers overhead warmed up the room and helped build 
a more intimate look. “Whether it’s 3 or 50, if placed right, the romance and style that’s given from chandeliers is unparalleled,” Sacks says. “And the light given off from tons of flickering candles can be mesmerizing.”
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Katherine & Ben in Santa Barbara,CA

Clean, pared-down décor and an all-white palette juxtaposed against lots of flowers and candles created a romantic ambience without distracting from the scenic surroundings. Exposed dark-wood tables and greenery gave an elegant nod to nature and kept wow factors—like the explosion of blooms at the ceremony and the six-foot cupcake tower (a surprise from Katherine’s sister; the siblings own Georgetown Cupcake in DC)—from feeling out of place.
The Bride Katherine The Groom Ben
Their Ingredients
  • ELIZABETH MESSINA
  • Sharon Sacks, Sacks Productions & Riverworks Inc.
  • San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Mark’s Garden
  • Georgetown Cupcake
  • Lehr & Black
  • Images by Lighting
  • San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara
  • Sharon Sacks, Sacks Productions & River Works Inc.

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