Santa Barbara Wedding Decor


4th of July weekend Drew and I attended a BEAUTIFUL wedding in Santa Barbara. The bride is an old roommate of mine so it was just as fun of a weekend as it was a stunning event. She had so many great ideas for rustic, elegant decor that is appropriate for your setting and venue.

The SB Historical Museum

Clay pots lined the entrance to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum entrance where the wedding ceremony and reception were held.


Chilled champagne and beers welcome guests, a popular touch. I loved how the seafoam table linens showed off those copper drink tubs, a color combination only nature could dream up.

Wedding Programs

Pretty programs kept company by grey- green succulents and a peachy pink garden rose.

SB Walls

The aging on this wall is so lovely. Just imagine the wedding portraits against this backdrop.

SB ceremony aisle

The ceremony was held in the courtyard where dark wood chairs flanked an aisle strewn with succulents and over ripe pink peony blooms. A canopy of grape vines on trellises framed the site. So California, so Santa Barbara.

SB wedding flower pots

Peonies were bursting out of a bed of succulents in big pots at the “alter” of the ceremony area. The feathery grass was such a fun and whimsical touch, blowing in the wind like a bridal veil.

creamy canvas panels

Floating canvas panels in various lengths were an earthy but elegant marker for the ceremony’s center.

Peonies and Succulents

This was my favorite detail of the wedding decor, open peonies and succulents “blooming” in the dirt down the aisle.

bridal bouquet

The bride dressed up the cream, pinks, greens and tans of her wedding decor with pops of black. Her bouquet of creamy white peonies, hydrangeas and pink spray roses was bound with a black ribbon.

heirloom tomato crostini

The caterer’s did a great job displaying their yummy food, heirloom tomato and mozzarella crostini appetizer looks fresh on a bed of chives.

table flowers

Native SB lavender mingles with dahlias in an aged bronze vase.

Burlap Runner on Wood Table

Dinner was served at 4 long tables that formed a square around the dance floor (an A & O wedding favorite). Dark wood tables with long burlap runners were studded with fluffy pink and white flower arrangements.

wedding centerpieces

Shades of pink and magenta in a cement vase that echos the starburst shape of the dahlias.

escort cards

Name cards were tucked under knives and matched the pretty menus (and the invitations and programs.)

bridesmaids bouquet

The bridesmaids wore a black dress of their own choosing but carried feminine flowers tied with a rich pink velvet ribbon.

Wedding outdoor lounge

An outdoor lounge area was created just behind the dinner area with white linen stools and Moroccan bronze trays turned into coffee tables.

Ceramic Lanterns

Mod ceramic lanterns and tea lights flickered as the night turned from dusk to dark.

Cupcake Buffet

Guests helped themselves to assorted cupcakes in fun flavors like oreo cookies n’ cream and birthday cake. The mini wedding cake was topped with a fuzzy succulent. Don’t you just love this decor and color palette?!

Congratulations to the happy couple, may your life together be a beautiful as the day you wed!




6 Comments on Santa Barbara Wedding Decor

  1. Laura [Novelbite]
    July 14, 2011 at 7:07 am (12 years ago)

    Those floral arrangements are amazing. Beautiful details, overall, really. Someone has very good taste!

  2. Sarah
    July 14, 2011 at 7:51 am (12 years ago)

    Dinosaur blooms! I can’t get over those flowers and the beautiful color palette. Hands down one of the chicest weddings I’ve ever seen.

  3. whitney
    July 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm (12 years ago)

    Gorgeous photos!

  4. Mary Sullivan
    July 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm (12 years ago)

    I love the flowers and decor. The pictures and descriptions are wonderful. It is so Santa Barbara.

  5. Nora Miller
    August 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm (12 years ago)

    Hi LEH,

    First off, Fantastic Pictures and a wonderful write up about the Santa Barbara Historical Museum… thank you LEH. You capture this beautiful wedding so well and so personally. Congrats to the wonderful couple! I would love to link this to the Museum’s blog if that’s OK with you.


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