This Couple Honored Their Favorite Musicians in the Coolest Way at Their Coastal Santa Barbara Affair
Becca and Joey met in a class at Stanford during their freshman year of college—soon enough, the pair became fast friends. Two years later, they both ended up on the same study abroad trip to Spain, where their friendship transitioned into something more romantic. "Sparks flew over a pitcher of sangria in Barcelona," Becca says of the early days of their courtship.
Seven years into their relationship, in April of 2018, Joey surprised Becca with an elaborate proposal. He decorated their apartment with photos and handwritten notes that outlined the timeline of their relationship together; flower petals, strewn on the floor, led to the balcony, where Joey was waiting with an engagement ring and Champagne.
Becca went to high school in the Carpinteria, California, area in Santa Barbara County, so the couple knew they wanted to look for venues there. Klentner Ranch offered breathtaking views and served as a convenient location—it's the midway point between the Los Angeles area, where Joey is from, and San Francisco, where the newlyweds live now. The duo teamed up with Tory Smith of Smith + James to pull off a coastal chic-themed wedding with a natural color palette of green, gray, white, and tan.
They invited 188 guests to watch them tie the knot on a hillside and dine al fresco on October 19, 2019. Although Becca admits it was difficult to reign in her Pinterest ideas at first, she says, she knew the celebration had to be a reflection of their life together. "The most important thing to us was to make our wedding unique, but true to us as a couple, which required us to ignore the many distractions and opinions along the way," says the bride.
The main invitation featured gray letterpress on white cotton paper, while the rehearsal dinner invitation and envelopes were a deeper iteration of the shade. The suite also included a map of Santa Barbara and the area surrounding the venue.
Becca and Joey chose Klentner Ranch as the venue for their outdoor wedding because of its location and beautiful surroundings. "We loved that it was all outdoors, but in the hills overlooking the ocean instead of on the beach!" Becca says.
Becca went to Wildbride, a boutique in Hayes Valley, with her sister and stepmom to find her dream wedding dress. She tried on a number of different of ensembles before finding a V-neck sheath style with pearl button details by Laure de Sagazan. "It made me feel beautiful and confident. Timeless, while also feeling on-brand to the venue and wedding we wanted to have—vintage-inspired with a modern feel," she says. "It was also incredibly comfortable!"
The bride held a medium-sized loosely arranged bouquet that incorporated flannel flower, hyacinth, butterfly ranunculus, garden roses, lisianthus, nerine, tulips, delphinium, clematis seed pods, and grasses.
A Stylish Group
Joey wore a light suit from Bonobos paired with a white Hugo Boss button-down shirt, burgundy tie, and pocket square. Brown leather shoes from Mezlan were the final touch. He also carried his late grandfather's lapel pins in his pocket throughout the celebration.
Becca wanted her bridesmaids to don unique dresses. "I've always loved DÔEN, a Santa Barbara- and Los Angeles-based brand that's inspired by vintage designs and the California of past decades," Becca says. She chose a black paisley print and asked her three attendants to choose their preferred style within the pattern.
The goal for the groomsmen's looks? Complement the bridesmaids' ensembles—so they considered asking them to wear green, burgundy, or brown suits to speak to the print. "After some serious mood boarding, we ultimately landed on a sand suit from Bonobos with burgundy ties that looked great next to the black DÔEN dresses and greens of Klentner," the bride says.
"We chose to have adult friends as our flower girl and ring bearer—two of our best friends from college," Becca says. The "flower girl" (who was, in fact, a man) wore a lush crown all night, and the ring bearer held a sequined pillow with his name on it. "The crowd of guests erupted in laughter as they walked down the long stairway and aisle at Klentner," the bride says.
Calm and Collected
After an anxious morning getting ready for the big day, the couple shared a first look in a shaded spot above the ceremony space. "It was very calming to see each other and to get to have a private moment to exchange cards and joke around a bit," the bride says. "After this special moment it felt like it was our day from here on out."
A Ceremony with a View
The ceremony took place on the venue's manicured lawn, which boasted views of the Pacific Ocean. Rows of cushioned wooden benches were set up on either side of the aisle; organic arrangements of seasonal flowers were placed asymmetrically down the walkway.
Under the Arch
The ceremony arch was adorned with greenery and mostly white flowers in various textures.
Here Comes the Bride
As the couple's two best friends played "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver on the violin and guitar, the bride and her father made her way down the venue's dramatic stone steps towards the aisle.
A Ceremony with a Plot
The couple's mutual friend, Nick, officiated the ceremony, and incorporated anecdotes from interviews with their friends and family to make the ceremony extra special. Becca and Joey exchanged deeply personal vows chronicling their relationship's journey and shared passion for music, sports, and their favorite show, MTV's The Challenge. "There were tears and laughs in the crowd, and many friends remarked afterward how our personal ceremony and vows made them feel like part of our story," Becca says.
A Photo Break
After the ceremony, the couple stepped away with their photographer to take advantage of golden hour. Luckily, they planned for their cocktail hour to span an hour-and-a-half, so they caught the last 45 minutes of it.
On the Lawn
Guests mingled on the venue's lawn and enjoyed passed appetizers like chicken empanadas and grilled fish tacos during the interlude.
The couple served three signature cocktails: 'The Queen B," a spicy margarita, "Your Pal Joe," an Aperol spritz, and "The Honey Deuce," a vodka cocktail with melon balls that was a nod to the couple's shared interest in tennis.
Find Your Seat
Attendees found their seating assignments at a wooden display adorned with an asymmetrical flower vine.
The escort cards featured images of the couple's favorite albums; each album corresponded with a different table.
On the Hillside
The reception took place against the hills, where a mix of long wooden rectangular and round tables with honey colored linens were set up. Bistro lights were draped above the area, illuminating the dance floor and stage for the rest of the night.
A Modern Stage
A large truss was erected above the stage and adorned with octagonal lanterns for a modern touch. The structure was embellished with greenery; flower arrangements were placed between the stage and dance floor.
The centerpiece florals had a neutral color palette with ivory garden roses and dark privet berry with a few pops of green and yellow to bring in the fall feeling.
Tables were set with black ceramic plates and silver Old World-inspired flatware, with tons of candles placed throughout. Menus were printed on ivory linens with each guest's name at the top.
Name That Band
The couple created table numbers with black and white photos of their favorite bands.
An Up-Tempo First Dance
Guests cheered the couple on and created a tunnel that led to the dance floor as the newlyweds made their grand entrance—and went right into their performance. They created a choreographed number to "Always Alright" by Alabama Shakes. "This song has enough of a tempo that allowed us to get down, so we choreographed a fun dance with the help of The Dance Loft in San Francisco that featured everything from spins to dips to freestyle," the bride says.
The couple's wedding cake was composed of four round tiers and was embellished with florals. The top and bottom layers of the cake featured vanilla and mocha mousse while the middle layers had chocolate ganache and white raspberry.
Photography, Kurt Boomer Photo
Event Planning and Design, Smith + James
Venue, Klentner Ranch
Flowers, Kelly Lenard
Invitations and Paper, Lotus & Ash
Bride's Gown, Laure de Sagazan
Shoes, Bryr Studio
Hair and Makeup, TEAM Hair and Makeup
Bridesmaids' Dresses, DÔEN
Groom's and Groomsmen's Suits, Bonobos
Groom's Accessories, Hugo Boss; Mezlan
Catering, Pure Joy Catering
Rentals, Bright Rentals; Party Pleasers
Transportation, Blue Star Parking; Santa Barbara Airbus
Lighting, SPARK Creative Events
Cake, Christine Dahl