A Rustic Backyard Wedding at a Private Cottage Residence in Montecito, California
Jill Chadroff (40 and a teacher/dancer) and Sami Hepburn (48 and a registered nurse) met on OKCupid.com when Sami’s unique hairdo caught Jill’s attention. A simple comment was sent, some back and forth was exchanged, and before they knew it they went on their first date! The mental and physical attraction was there, and what began as a friendship turned in a serious commitment by the end of the year when they moved in together. When they were exchanging presents on Christmas day, Jill gave Sami an empty wine bottle with a cork on it. Once Sami opened the bottle and read the message that was inside, Jill proposed to her with an engagement ring that matched the one she made for herself. Their intimate wedding was held at a cottage residency near the beach in Montecito, California with only their closest family and friends. Jill and Sami both picked out ivory wedding dresses with different styles that were revealed on the day of their wedding. In addition to both wearing embroidered cowboy boots, they also carried matching bouquets down the aisle made of white roses, red gerbera daisies and yellow sunflowers. The couple would dry these out after to decorate their home as a reminder of their special day. The rustic outdoor wedding had DIY throughout the venue, from the vintage doors to the beverage bar to the custom-made centerpieces. At the end of the day, the couple truly created their beautiful wedding surrounded by loved ones.