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When Julie first met Dan, she thought he was such a catch and immediately thought of which one of her friends she could set him up with. At the time, little did she know that they were destined to be with each other!
Photographed by Ethan Yang Photography, Julie and Dan’s wedding was picture-perfect at the Montecito Country Club in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.Dan and I first met when I was living in Washington DC. He was traveling through the city while on a road trip with his two best friends. We were introduced by one of his traveling buddies who had been a long time friend of mine. We kept in touch, but since we lived on separate coasts it became more and more infrequent. After about two years, I decided I needed a change and found myself moving to LA. After he got wind of this, he immediately volunteered to be my tour guide. After spending one day together in LA, we fell for each other and have been inseparable since.I’m very particular so as you can imagine, finding a dress was near impossible. After countless searches, I still couldn’t find “the one”. I either loved the top or bottom of a dress, but never both, so I had my dress custom-made. The result was my dream dress. I couldn’t imagine being married in anything else.
The weekend was supposed to be a quick trip to San Francisco to ring in the New Year with Dan’s friends. Dan wanted to take me on a tour of the city since it was my first time in San Francisco and casually mentioned Golden Gate Park. I was extremely reluctant; it was cold, rainy and miserable. He played it cool by suggesting that we could try something else, but he made the argument that I shouldn’t let the rain ruin my first trip to SF. I loved his enthusiasm so I agreed.
When we pulled into Golden Gate Park, I was so happy we went. Even with the drizzling rain, it was beautiful there. As soon as we got out of the cab, the skies cleared and the rain stopped. I guess God was doing Dan a favor. We started walking around taking pictures of the beautiful scenery when Dan stopped me in front of the Zen Garden, grabbed my hands, got on his knee, and proposed. It was perfect. After ten minutes, the rain started up again and we ran for cover. As soon as we walked out of the park, a taxi pulled up. Once again, the timing couldn’t have been better. After our private romantic lunch at Murray Circle, we were greeted by all of his friends with a huge bottle of champagne!The Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara offered the perfect backdrop for our wedding. One of our top priorities was for it to be a fun, scenic destination for our guests. We had friends and family flying in from all parts of the world, so we wanted to make sure they really enjoyed their stay. It is also where Dan and I spent our first weekend getaway, and it had grown to be one of our favorite towns. The interior space showcased huge wrought iron chandeliers in every room. The mix of the traditional Spanish style architecture, and the flowy white draping, pink flowers and amber lighting created a perfectly romantic, intimate feel. For details, I wanted a vintage look with modern twists. There were bundles of pink hydrangeas, garden roses and dahlias were adorned with succulents, displayed in vintage silver vessels. I’m a girly girl who loves pink, so that was a must for the flowers.The best advice I received was to schedule specific times during the day to regroup with your new husband or wife and let the moment sink in. I was warned that the day of your wedding would fly by. If you don’t stop and take mental pictures, you will not remember a thing. Now looking back, the times when Dan and I took a quiet moment to pull ourselves aside, scan the crowd, and give each other a kiss are exactly what stands out in my memory.
Thanks Julie and Dan for sharing your wedding with us!
Photography: Ethan Yang Photography / Venue: Montecito Country Club, Santa Barbara, CA / Dress: ShinBu Wedding / Hair, Makeup: Jessica Lee / Day of Coordinator: Donna Romani / Flowers, Lighting, Décor: Ambient Events / DJ: AMS Entertainment