DIY Santa Barbara wedding: Jaymee + Reis

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Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Rancho Dos Pueblos in Santa Barbara is absolutely breathtaking. Between the bluffs, beach, woods, and the rustic barn, there is so much beauty in one place! Reis + Jaymee only saw their venue once before they got married – and that was 2 months before the wedding! They knew right when they walked up to the bluffs that the ceremony had to take place up there, with its spectacular view overlooking the ocean. Just look at that view! Perfection. You can skip on over to see full gallery of images right here! And all captured beautifully by Annie McElwain Photography.

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Fringe reception decor | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Newspaper wedding program | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Newspaper wedding program | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

In planning the decor/aesthetic, my main goal was to “brand our wedding.” In designing our logo, invitations, weekend itinerary, menus, welcome boxes, newspaper programs, custom pencils, coffee bag favors, table numbers, & stamped coffee to-go cups, it was really important for all of the little details to be cohesive as they set the tone for the whole day. We also had a lot of fun sending out our save the dates – a letterpressed jewel case housing a short video of us we made in hawaii – seen here and here!

Popcorn wedding favors | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Since the exterior of the barn was rustic in nature, I wanted the interior to be classy and modern, with a vintage twist. The back of the barn needed something BIG that would be a major focal point, as well as create a certain ambience for the night. It was also the first thing people would see upon entering the reception site. I told my parents the idea and they made them from scratch…and I am forever grateful for their precision and perfectionist ways because the letters came out exactly how I had envisioned! 

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Coffee wedding favors | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Cocktail signage | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Festive drink stirs | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Festive drink stirs | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Fringe sweets table | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Sweets table | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Sweets table | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Coffee wedding signage | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Coffee wedding favors | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Santa Barbara wedding | photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cake

Planning our California wedding while living in Hawaii was quite challenging (and at times, very stressful!). Thanks to our amazing family and friends, everything came together, as a result of hundreds of phone calls + e-mails with my mom, hours of internet research, a heavy dose of late nights, lots of crafting, and several 36-hour weekend trips to LA, jam-packed with dress-fittings, hair/make-up trials, vendor meetings, invitation assembly, and a bridal shower! I would design mock-ups of certain DIY projects I wanted to do, e-mail them to my parents, and they made them come to life. My dad handcrafted the Edison light bulb chandeliers and my mom spent endless hours making my dress until it fit me to perfection. She also created the marquee lighting, fringe tassles, lace table runners, the barn entrance curtains, and the list goes on… We feel so blessed to have such willing (and talented!) family members & friends who undoubtedly made our dream wedding a reality.

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Photographer: Annie McElwain Photography / Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara, CA / Videographer: Ryan McDuff Productions / Event Designer: Bride  / Makeup: Jaimee Roark from Oasis Salon / Hair: Taryn Bazzell from Mira Bella Salon & Spa, Santa Barbara, CA / Cake + Desserts: Sweet Arleen’s / Caterer: DJ’s California Catering / Coffee Bar: Espresso One / Florist: Diane Carvotta, Thousand Oaks, CA / Officiant: Friend of the couple, Christian Pereirra / Ceremony Musician: Jonathan May (Pianist) / DJ/Band: DJFX Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Designed by the bride and handmade by mother of the bride / Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS, Zara, Urban Outfitters, Bebe / Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman / Groomsmen’ suits: H&M / Stationery/Paper Goods Design: JayAdores Design Co. / Calligrapher: Molly Jacques

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@100LayerCake on Apr 2, 2013

Wow, look at the view this couple & their guests had during the ceremony: http://t.co/KhwllmtQzX

meg on Apr 2, 2013

Love the shot of the bridal party overlooking the water and the birds overhead. Awesome shot! http://happinessiscreating.com/my-wedding/

@TheStyleEater on Apr 2, 2013

AHHH my bff @jayadores and her beautiful wedding are on 100 Layer Cake today! So excited!! @100layercake http://t.co/djLMKWcyID

chandra ~ oh lovely day on Apr 2, 2013

this wedding is so jaw-droppingly gorg in every way. obsessed with the details and super impressed the bride designed & styled it herself. fab job. (11/11 is my son's birthday too!)

@jayAdores on Apr 2, 2013

eee! our wedding is featured on @100LayerCake today with our amazing photos by the lovely @anniemcelwain! http://t.co/YfyBBzLA53

Nathan @ Artemis Stationery on Apr 2, 2013

I saw their stationery on Oh So Beautiful Paper, that looked great there. Seeing this gorgeous looking wedding from California has brought a little warmth to what is a very chilly day in the UK. Love the big words with lights in, I think they look great.

Ann-Marie on Apr 2, 2013

The most beautiful wedding I've ever seen! The bride's vision is so apparent in all of the little details and she looks absolutely gorgeous!

Tiffany on Apr 2, 2013

I'm obsessed with these shoes!! I've been looking for weeks and can't find anything. Who's the designer?

Inspired by This Blog on Apr 2, 2013

What a gorgeous wedding! :] Loving all of the details and the beautiful atmosphere they created.

Sarah on Apr 2, 2013

What a beautiful day with a beautiful couple! My fav part was the brand shining on the barn at night!

Caribbean Wedding Events on Apr 3, 2013

Lots of love and beauty going on in this wedding. Love the newspaper announcement...so creative.

Debbie on Apr 3, 2013

Aboslutely lovely.. And I love those shoes! Designer, please!

jaymee on Apr 3, 2013

hi debbie and tiffany, i got my shoes online at aldo. i don't think they carry those anymore but these are similar. hope this helps! http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/women/shoes/platform-pumps/95087208-marilee/34&flagid=s13occasion

Quintin Mills on Apr 4, 2013

Love the details - well done on the photography :-)

Milynn on Apr 4, 2013

Wow this is a stunning stunning wedding and beautifully decorated! Very well done! I can't believe those letters were handmade they are perfect! I'd love to learn how to make that myself ;)

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Apr 6, 2013

WOW! Love this beautiful wedding!

Jade on Apr 9, 2013

Hi, I'm wondering where those J&R light signs came from? Did you make them?

Amber on Feb 15, 2014

How did you mom make the marquee lighting! I'd love to make those!!!!

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Sara Faletti on Apr 20, 2015

Beautiful wedding! I was wondering how you hung your marquee signs? Each letter looks perfectly in line with all the others. Did you attach it to the wall? Or, hang from the ceiling? Thank you!

Sarah on Jun 17, 2015

I absolutely love everything about this wedding! My fiance and I have been thinking about sending a newspaper as our wedding invitation but haven't found a designer we like. Does anyone know who designed their newspaper programs? I absolutely love them!! -Sarah

Mikayla on Mar 1, 2016

I love your programs and can't find anything like them out there! Did you make them yourself or did you order them from someone? Any tips for a newspaper program? Thank you :)

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