Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding by Mi Belle Photography

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Brit and Blake had a breath­tak­ing Santa Bar­bara wed­ding. Located on the beau­ti­ful Pacific Coast, The Four Sea­sons Bilt­more was the per­fect place for this cou­ple to tie the knot. The ele­gant vibe and gor­geous views made this day one to remem­ber. With a few sur­prises, like a Mari­achi band, this day was fun and excit­ing for this lovely cou­ple. Mi Belle Pho­tog­ra­phy was there to cap­ture all the beau­ti­ful moments that this cou­ple expe­ri­enced on this fab­u­lous day. Enjoy!

Super 8mm Film | Santa Bar­bara Wed­ding | Four Sea­sons Bilt­more | Brit­tany & Blake from lolavideo.net on Vimeo.

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Girl Meets Boy…

We met at a Memo­r­ial Day BBQ in 2007. Blake was hav­ing a BBQ and I came over with a mutual friend and that’s how we met. Blake likes to think “love came knock­ing on his door”. Ha…we began dat­ing shortly after and then in Decem­ber of 2011, Blake pro­posed on the big island of Hawaii. His fam­ily has a home there and we were there for New Years. We had friends in town with us and he told me he wanted to get up early to go play some golf with me before our other friends flew in that after­noon. So I went with him and when we got to the 1st hole over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful ocean, he got down on one knee and that was it! He was really ner­vous which was cute. Ha…and it made for an all day cel­e­bra­tion since it hap­pened at like 9:30am!

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Wed­ding Plan­ning Inspiration…

We really wanted an out­door Cal­i­for­nia wed­ding, a “mini” des­ti­na­tion for us, and a beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tion for all our friends and fam­i­lies. The Bilt­more in Santa Bar­bara is one of the most beau­ti­ful places we’d ever seen. The gar­dens are amaz­ing and the recep­tion space over­looked the ocean. The feel I wanted for our wed­ding was roman­tic and charm­ing and this hotel was it for us. 🙂
Our rehearsal din­ner was at Sun­stone Win­ery. It was a beau­ti­ful venue.

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Mem­o­rable Moments…

Blake has always loved Mari­achi bands. I decided to sur­prise him and have a Mari­achi band lead us into our cock­tail hour after the cer­e­mony. My wed­ding plan­ner, Alexan­dra Kolen­dri­anos, had them hid­ing in the bushes at the Four Sea­sons. As soon as we fin­ished pic­tures on the beach, they started play­ing and led us into our cock­tail hour. It was such a great moment! Every­one loved it. Another favorite is when Blake sur­prised me and sang to me at our recep­tion. He sang Stand By Me.

Another fav: Blake’s first love of music came when he was about 4 years old. His fam­ily has a record­ing of him singing La Bamba by Richie Valens. So fol­low­ing a south­ern tra­di­tion (hav­ing a grooms cake is some­thing that we always do at south­ern wed­dings), I sur­prised him with a Grooms cake that was the orig­i­nal vinyl of the sin­gle La Bamba. It took me a while to hunt down the orig­i­nal vinyl and when I did, the cake designer at the Four Sea­sons BLEW me away with how good of a job he did! It was so real looking–he did a phe­nom­e­nal job! Dark Choco­late Chif­fon Cake with a dark choco­late cream fill­ing & a light choco­late mousse.

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Color Palet…

I chose all col­ors in the beige/taupe/brown/cream fam­ily accented by black. And green and white for the flow­ers.
I wanted a clas­sic, roman­tic, and ele­gant feel with a back­drop of beau­ti­ful south­ern Cal­i­for­nia
In the table cen­ter­pieces, there were:

Gar­de­nia Foliage
Gar­den Roses
Vibur­num
Hydrangea
Amaryl­lis
Par­rot Tulips

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RADDEST Wed­ding Vendors…

I thought every­one did a fab­u­lous job. Mindy Rice designs was amaz­ing. She was so won­der­ful to work with. And of course, our wed­ding plan­ner, Alexan­dra Kolen­dri­anos. One of a kind! Loved our pho­tog­ra­pher and video­g­ra­pher too, Mi Belle Pho­tog­ra­phy and Lola video. Really tal­ented peo­ple and it made look­ing back on our day so special.

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Advice for Other “New­bie Brides”…

I would say don’t sweat the small stuff and know what you want. It’s you and your husband’s spe­cial day so make deci­sions based off of what the two of you want. Also to have fun and take in every moment of the day because it’s gone in a flash!

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Wed­ding Artists | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Mi Belle Pho­tog­ra­phy | Videog­ra­phy: Lola Video | Venue: Four Sea­sons Bilt­more | Flow­ers: Mindy Rice Designs | Invi­ta­tions: Jonathan Wright | Plan­ner: Alexan­dra Kolen­dri­anos | Grooms Suit: Ralph Lau­ren Black Label

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