30 May

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding: Julia + Todd

categories Real Weddings

Let’s call this the first unofficial Pop-Up Shop wedding, kay? The Forage bow ties, Air Plants (conveniently on sale again this week!), and Bountiful cake stands we had on sale last year, all made an appearance in Julia + Todd’s oh so colorful gold, hot pink and teal wedding. How awesome is that? And how awesome is it that they own and run a coffee shop together, roast their own beans and have a baby named Castle on the way? Congrats are definitely in order for these two, especially since they pulled off one big 250 guest wedding with a whole lot of DIY. Here’s how they did it!

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

Our close friend Sarah Wilkinson, who owns a letterpress company called Tabletop Made, helped us design the invitations and printed them for us. I quickly realized that sending out invitations sets the tone of the wedding and excitement level for the guests. The colors for the whole wedding ended up being based on our invitations: gold, hot pink, teal. Once you see something printed in gold foil, you have to do it. We bought the vintage stamps from The Paper Nickel Stamp Company, which were so worth it. Everyone told us that when they got their invitations in the mail, they knew they couldn’t miss this wedding, just based on the excitement it created.

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

Vintage wedding dress

An amazing Erica Weiner gold and crystal necklace paired with a vintage dress for $250 – we’re loving this.

wedding program

air plant boutonnière

flutes for ceremony

We gave everyone a toy wind instrument with their programs, (vintage recorders, slide whistles, shell whistles, flutes), which all our guests were blowing and playing while they waited for us to walk down the aisle. This gave the air an electric feel and was so exciting! 

vintage bridesmaid dresses

pink vintage bridesmaid dresses

How cute are these bridesmaids in their pink tulle dresses from Betsy Johnson?

ceremony flutes

We’re excited to tell you that we have a variety of Air Plant Shop plants for sale in our Pop-Up Shop right now! You can place them in and around your event like Julia + Todd did for a beautiful unique addition to your decor.

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

We wanted our guests to find special little surprises throughout the day.  On the bar we had bowls of pins we made with our pictures on them.  On tables scattered about were heart shaped sunglasses.  In the bathrooms we stocked baskets of bright multicolored tights for the ladies in case they got cold (this was seriously one of the best things: around 9pm I looked around and everyone had utilized the tights, even my aunts!).  

film slide escort cards

We used Todd’s great-aunt’s vintage slide collection as the escort cards. My dad built us these custom slide holders out of antique frames, and I typed everyone’s names and table numbers on an old typewriter.  They had a major wow factor, as we were outside with the light shining through all the slides, it was beautiful.

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

Other DIY projects included taking polaroids of themselves holding numbers to use as their table numbers and hand stamping name tags for each place setting.

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

Photobooth by Mag booth

wedding guest book

In lieu of a traditional guest book they had graphic designer, Madeleine Eiche design a Wedding Declaration silk screened in black and gold, and had all their guests sign it in hot pink pen.

Vintage Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Vintage Santa Barbara wedding

The overall theme of our wedding came from our collective relationship’s history.  We called it “An Exhibition of Love and Magic”, because we have always felt so unbelievably lucky to have found each other, and to have accomplished so much in our relationship so far. Our wedding became not only a celebration of what was to come, but what has already happened.  We pulled all these things that are the lore, the tales of our lives, and displayed them and celebrated them.

So many fun details in this one! Congratulations you two!

Photography: Cara Robbins / Invitation design: Table Top Made / Flowers: La Bodega Flora / Wine: Municipal Winemakers / Rings + jewelry: Erica Weiner / Bride’s dress: Vintageous / Bowties: Forage / Groom’s suit: Paul Smith / Coffee service: The French Press / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Day of co-ordination: Joy de Vivre Design / Venue: Elings Park / Catering: Santa Barbara Barbecue Gourmet Catering and Grilling / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Guest book design: Madeleine Eiche

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  1. Nice touches of this wedding

  2. Love all the little details! What a beautiful wedding!

  3. Wow! I love that vintage theme! :)

  4. love every single detail!

  5. Cara, you did an AMAZING job! We are so in love with these photos!

  6. So much character in the decor – down to the table assignments and after-ceremony noise makers. Fantastic ideas! Congrats to the creative couple.

  7. Flutes was played, it was really thrilling.

  8. I love all the “fun” additions. The tights idea is brilliant!

  9. Quirky! We like it.

  10. The photograghy are amazing, the color of the socks are terrific. The boutonnieres that groomsmen wear are attractive. I also love the tiered ruffle skirt. Everything in this photograpghy are wonderful. Just couldn’t tell what my feeling is.

  11. The invitations are so RAD! And the details on that cake = WOW!

  12. So much inspiration for my own wedding! I love the idea of the little personal “gifts” everywhere. The colours of the invitations are amazing. I love the combination of pink, white, blue and Gold. Very fresh!

  13. I just love the pale pink cake. it’s the perfect combination of traditional and modern.

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE the slide escort cards!! Absolutely gorgeous & the polaroids of the table numbers are perfect! This whole wedding screams amazing vintage x

  15. Holy amazing wedding. This is by far my most favorite wedding I have ever seen. Everything about it is so fun but also seems so personal at the same time. PS. Your dress is killer!

  16. So many great details…love the airplant on the cake…it looks fabulous!

  17. So many adorable things about this wedding; I especially loved the kazoos and other noise makers!

  18. Such a creative wedding!! And is that a Daughters Of Simone dress I see???? Love their vintage wedding dresses :)

  19. Wow! So many details to love! Stunning

  20. Love the vintage photo booth feel! It seems like more and more brides are adding photo booths to their wedding – so fun!

  21. I would love to know where those amazing gold cake toppers came from. I love them!!! This wedding is just lovely!

  22. this was so lovely…..I felt like I was at this wedding……love you guys

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