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 attent

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.

Jill Chadroff Hepburn Engagement Ring
The brides wore differently colored rustic boots with their causal ivory dresses on their wedding day.
“To complement our dresses and décor, we carried stunning matching bouquets of red Gerber daisies, yellow sunflowers, and white roses, later to be dried and on display in our home as a reminder of our special day,” says the couple.
Casual Halter Ivory Wedding Dress
Ivory Halter Dress and Colorful Bouquet
Casual Ivory Wedding Dress and Bouquet
DIY Wood Wedding Sign with Flowers
“Our wedding was held at a charming, cottage-style residence in Montecito, California near the beach,” says the couple. “Its lushly landscaped outdoors on one and a half acres provided us with complete privacy where we could host every part of our wedding on site.”
Yellow Sunflower Officiant and Father Boutonnieres
Red Gerbera Daisy and Yellow Sunflower Aisle Decoration
Jewish Tradition at Same Sex Ceremony
“As we did not have bridesmaids or groomsmen, the young children who participated in our ceremony wore matching outfits in colors complementing our attire,” says the couple. “The boys wore ivory pants, white t-shirts and red suspenders with matching red Chuck Taylor sneakers. The girls wore simple yet stylish red dresses as they walked down the aisle carrying vintage wooden boxes filled with customized miniature bubble bottles.”
“With the desire of having only a small group of friends and relatives in attendance, we opted for an intimate dinner at two long tables,” says the couple. “Guests were seated underneath a beautiful canopy of market lighting.”
Red Gerbera Daisy and Yellow Sunflower Arrangement
“Investing in unique DIY projects brought our passion for the wine barrel, the beauty of the outdoors and the romance of the color red together as a reflection of the two of us,” says the couple. “Using wine barrel staves, wine corks, and vintage doors, we designed and crafted all of the décor. From the beverage bar and photo display to the custom made center pieces and S’mores bar, our vision came to life through the creation of each piece, and it was simply perfect.”
The couple created their photo booth area and props, which consisted of wood frames painted white. The photos were then hung up on a white rustic wooden door for all to see.
“Sunflowers are symbolic of adventure, laughter, and bonding with friends and relatives, so a perfectly filled customized packet of sunflower seeds was offered to our guests from inside a bright red wheelbarrow atop a half wine barrel. The message on each packet read: May they grow wild and deep like our love.”
Sunflower Seed Wedding Favor with Description
“The inspiration for our dessert came to be after many S’mores roasting parties in our own backyard fire pit,” says the couple. “One of the most exciting moments of the evening was gathering at the handcrafted S’mores bar underneath a beautifully lit garden ball made from the metal of a wine barrel. Marshmallows, white and milk chocolate and graham crackers were neatly tiered, surrounding the customized cake that resembled a perfectly prepared S’mores.