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Megan Barnett (left) and Grant Hermes, who met as undergrads at UCSB, were married at El Presidio Chapel in August 2013. Megan wore a dress from Panache Bridal, and the couple chose the University Club of Santa Barbara for their reception.

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Megan Barnett (left) and Grant Hermes, who met as undergrads at UCSB, were married at El Presidio Chapel in August 2013. Megan wore a dress from Panache Bridal, and the couple chose the University Club of Santa Barbara for their reception.


Wedding Guide 2014

A Resource Guide for Brides and Grooms to Pull Off their Perfect Wedding


A wise woman gave a young bride these words of advice: Don’t let the wedding become more important than the marriage. In this age of reality television and weddings that take as much effort as producing a movie, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the day. Best advice: Follow your own heart and sensibility, do what feels right to both of you, and forget keeping up with celebrity couples.

This year’s wedding guide is designed to make planning a wedding easier, to take some of the anxiety and stress out of it by bringing a host of resources together in one place ​— ​from venues to cakes to flowers to photographers. Also included in this issue are the stories of a couple betrothed for 71 years, a reverend who was finally able to marry his long-term partner after the repeal of Proposition 8, and a bride’s metamorphosis into Bridezilla and back.

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Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.

Santa Barbara County to Consider App-Driven Rental Two-Wheelers

A meeting is scheduled November 6 for ordinance regulations.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Established in Santa Barbara County

Supervisors unanimously approved the second Monday in October.