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So you're "goin' to the chapel” and you're "gonna get ma-a-arried?" Before you book the venue, just know that barns are out. What’s “in” are beaches, mountains, and historical buildings, or regal settings (think fancy hotel) for more of a refined atmosphere.

In the following pages, discover some of the other hot trends that may inspire you, find out how to become an officiant for your friend’s wedding, get the particulars of obtaining a marriage license, and read about a Santa Barbara family’s connection to the first wedding performed at El Presidio Chapel 200 years ago.

This year's issue also includes a complete Wedding Resource Guide featuring names and information of all the area vendors needed — including cake bakeries, photographers, florists, and more. With countless magazines to pore over and hundreds of web articles to fall asleep to, we hope our annual wedding guide will help execute the most unique and perfect wedding in beautiful Santa Barbara County. —Terry Ortega

Espousing Espousal

Every wedding is as individual as the two it pairs, with the best generating fond memories and happy tears, theorized Terry Ortega, the mastermind behind this year's Wedding Resource Guide. She remarked that this, her third year putting the guide together — ably supported by Savanna Mesch, Caitlin Fitch, Diane Mooshoolzadeh, and Marianne Kuga — reminded her of how happy she was that she was married in simpler times. Our copy chief, Jackson Friedman, the glowing groom on our cover, agreed, recalling that his charming wedding was "just perfect. I wouldn't change a thing."

In Print

Oil and the Fight for the Environment

How the Trump Administration Could Allow Oil Drilling and More

The Trump administration could ruin Santa Barbara Coast with oil drilling. Read story.

Planned Parenthood Faces Congressional Defunding

National Public Health Crisis May Result If Planned Parenthood Is Forced to Close

A national public health crisis may result if Planned Parenthood is forced to close. Read story.

What Killing the Affordable Care Act Means for Santa Barbara

100,000 People in 24th Congressional District Soon to Be Without Health Care

The Republican congress moves to kill the Affordable Care Act, leaving 22 million Americans without health care, including 100,000 in the 24th Congressional District. Read story.

Santa Barbara's Pre-Trump Immigration Policy

How ICE Operates, Conducts Deportations

How ICE operates and conducts deportations. Read story.

Santa Barbara in the Time of Trump

Where D.C. Could Strike S.B. First

How will the new president's policies and people affect our county? Read story.

Keep Santa Barbara Great Again!

A Practical Guide to Protecting the Things We Hold Dear

A practical guide to protecting the things we hold dear. Read story.

The Farmworker Fear

Increased ICE Raids Loom Over Undocumented Field Hands

Increased ICE raids loom over undocumented field hands and their employers. Read story.

For Immigrants, Knowledge Is Power, Protection

Attorneys Hosting ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshops for Undocumented Residents

Attorneys hosting ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops for Santa Barbara's undocumented residents. Read story.

On Immigration and Sanctuary, S.B. Looks the Other Way

Law Enforcement Doesn't Ask, and City Doesn't Want to Tell

Law enforcement doesn't ask, and the city doesn't want to tell. Read story.

Undocumented Students on Tenterhooks

Their Futures and the DACA Program Hang in the Balance

Their futures and the DACA program hang in the balance. Read story.

Schools Expanding 'Safe Zones'

S.B. Unified, UCSB, SBCC All Taking Steps to Protect Students

S.B. Unified, UCSB, and SBCC are all taking steps to protect students. Read story.

Santa Barbarans Stoked for Trump

A Chat with Some of the County's 56,000 Who Voted for the Donald

A chat with some of the county's 56,000 who voted for the Donald. Read story.

Women’s Water Polo Power

Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions Brings Olympic Dreams to the Pool

Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions brings Olympic dreams to the pool. Read story.

Dr. Curtis Roads Wins 2016 Giga-Hertz Award

UCSB Composer and Researcher Praised for Electronic Music Innovations

The UCSB composer and researcher wins praise for his electronic music innovations. Read story.

Music Academy Announces 2017 Season

Community Concert with N.Y. Phil Planned for La Playa Stadium

A community concert with the N.Y. Philharmonic is planned for La Playa Stadium. Read story.

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