Godrick Grove and Bluff Wedding by Mason and Megan

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Michelle and Matthew had a sim­ple and ele­gant yet whim­si­cal wed­ding. Located on the beau­ti­ful bluffs in Santa Bar­bara, CA the Godrick Grove in Elings Park was the per­fect place for these two to tie the knot. These life long love birds cel­e­brated their spe­cial day with close friends and fam­ily who made this day extra spe­cial. Mason and Megan Schroder were there to beau­ti­fully pho­to­graph all the can­did joy and love this cou­ple has for one another. Enjoy!

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Girl Meets Boy…

Matt and I lived two doors down from each other when he was four and I was three. Our fam­i­lies were best friends and we spent lots of time play­ing together as chil­dren. We went to ele­men­tary school and junior high together. We were always friends and secretly had a crush on one another. After much prayer­ful con­sid­er­a­tion we decided to date once we were in high school and from there our rela­tion­ship has flour­ished. It was amaz­ing dat­ing some­one I had known and cared for my whole life.

We con­tin­ued dat­ing through col­lege and were just wait­ing for the right time to be mar­ried. Over Christ­mas break of our last year in col­lege, Matt’s par­ents had given us an awe­some Christ­mas present. They had planned for us to take a scenic plane ride over the beau­ti­ful beaches of Ven­tura, our home­town. Lit­tle did I know, it wasn’t their plan, but Matt’s. We were up in the air and check­ing out the sights. We came above our favorite beach where we had always gone together grow­ing up. There, lay­ing in the sand, were our fam­i­lies, spelling out “MARRY ME!” I turned from the plane win­dow to look at Matt, who was down on one knee in the plane with the ring in his hand. I can’t even explain how that moment felt! After six long years of dat­ing we were thrilled to begin our lives together!

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Mem­o­rable Moments…

Matt’s most mem­o­rable moment was see­ing me walk down the aisle after wait­ing for that moment for so many years. My most mem­o­rable moment was right after we were mar­ried and had just walked back down the aisle. It felt sur­real to know that I had just mar­ried the love of my life. We were ecsta­tic and just kept gig­gling and say­ing I can’t believe it!

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Details…

I was most excited about the bluff that we were to be mar­ried on. The gor­geous bluff that over­looked a 180 degree view of the ocean and Santa Bar­bara backed up to rolling hills. I loved how empty the bluff was so the focus was only on the view. I was also excited to high­light the one spe­cial piece of decor we had– a wooden cross that Matt’s grand­mother had made for us. We loved being mar­ried under the cross sur­rounded by the beauty of the scenery.

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Wed­ding Plan­ning Inspiration…

I wanted to keep the wed­ding very sim­ple and nat­ural. I knew I wanted the wed­ding to be com­pletely out­doors (a bit of a chal­lenge, which actu­ally makes the plan­ning any­thing but sim­ple). We wanted to be com­pletely sur­rounded by the beauty of God’s cre­ation. I wanted peo­ple to feel how strong our love was by cre­at­ing a very roman­tic set­ting in nature.

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Color Palet…

I wanted the color palette to be neu­tral with­out hav­ing a “white wed­ding.” We used a lot of creme, white, and beige. I couldn’t choose bright col­ors for the wed­ding– I thought it was too bold for the soft, whim­si­cal, roman­tic look I wanted.

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RADDEST Wed­ding Vendors…

Scofield Cater­ing was incred­i­ble! Their food and ser­vice was out­stand­ing from the plan­ning phases to the Big Day! They were so easy to work with and were won­der­ful about mak­ing sure we had every­thing we needed. Megan and Mason Schroder, our pho­tog­ra­phers, cap­tured our beau­ti­ful day per­fectly and made us feel so com­fort­able. Marie Shan­non Con­fec­tions made the most fab­u­lous desserts. We had such a huge vari­ety for every­one to choose from and each thing tasted amazing!

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Advice for Other “New­bie Brides”…

Enjoy this spe­cial time with your hus­band to be, your fam­ily, and your friends. Remem­ber, the most impor­tant thing is that you get to marry the love of your life!

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Wed­ding Artists | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Mason and Megan Schroder | Videog­ra­phy: Loveshot Pro­duc­tions | Venue: Godrick Grove and Bluff/Elings Park | Caterer: Scofield Cater­ing and Man­age­ment, Inc. | Hair Styl­ist & Makeup: Kaci Wyatt: Michael Kelly Salon Ven­tura | Desserts/Cake: Marie Shan­non Con­fec­tions | Rentals: The Tent Merchant

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