Carly Otness

2016 Wedding Guide

New Trends, DIY Tips, and What Matters Most

Here comes the bride all dressed in farm-to-table ​— ​no, wait; that’s the food theme. Radiant and lovely she shines with ornamental lanterns. Well, that can’t be … I think that’s décor. Gently she glides graceful as a barn. Hold up … that’s the venue. Meeting her bridegroom, her eyes full of driftwood …what? That must have to do with the nuptial’s ocean motif. Wading through wedding details can make your head spin, and, if you’re like me, you could use a little guidance planning this very extraordinary day — which is exactly what you will find in our wedding issue.

In the following pages, Maggie Yates explains the ever-changing wedding trends; Ginny Chung tells how it is possible to pull off a DIY event with the help of family and friends; Kendra Summers answers questions about the magical El Capitan Canyon Resort; Matt Kettmann tries to sort out the question of whether to bring your children to the wedding; Alana Tillim shares her thoughts on the passing of her friend, the former owner of Santa Barbara Wedding Dance; and Reverend Miriam Lindbeck reminds us what is really at the heart of a wedding; Ginny Chung tells how it is possible to pull off a DIY event with the help of family and friends and also give examples of how S.B. as a destination wedding offers much to do for wedding guests.

In addition to the stories, this year’s endeavor includes a Complete Wedding Resource Guide pullout, created for your convenience. We hope to inspire, enlighten, and assist you as you plan your wedding day in Santa Barbara County.

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