It’s not very often that you get to plan a wedding for one of your siblings, so I was extremely honored when my brother and future sister-in-law asked me to plan their March wedding. We had two months to put together Michael and Maria’s Tuscan inspired wedding with touches of purples, greys, silver and cream. Choosing the venue was of high priority – I couldn’t believe their dream venue, Villa Siena, was available on their desired date! Once the venue was selected the rest of the wedding details fell smoothly into place . . . Jacque at EnDearing Floral created beautiful arrangements incorporating purple and white hydrangeas, stock, calla lilies, roses and dusty miller (giving hints of silver that Maria was looking for). Guests couldn’t stop raving about the braised beef short ribs catered by Santa Barbara Catering and the flavorful and moist wedding cake made by Brian at My Goodness Cakes. From start to finish the wedding incorporated the couple’s Irish and Guatemalan cultures. Maria couldn’t have looked more beautiful walking down the aisle to a guitar version of Andrea Bocelli’s song “Time to Say Goodbye”. During the candle lighting ceremony the Bride and Groom honored each of their mothers with roses that had personalized notes attached; it was such a sweet moment. Guests kept their swing on until the very end of the night when Michael and Maria made their getaway through a tunnel of beautiful glistening sparklers . . .
Photographer: David De Dios