Intimate Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding: Danni & Ben

Danni and Ben’s first romantic weekend trip was to Santa Barbara, where they stayed at the iconic Belmond El Encanto. It quickly became their favorite hotel to escape to, and throughout the time they were dating, they enjoyed many relaxing weekends in Santa Barbara.

Given its sentimental value, a proposal at Belmond El Encanto seemed perfect. During a weekend trip, Ben popped the question in their rose-petal decorated room, while a fire crackled in the fireplace.

Family and friends traveled largely from the east coast, and guests enjoyed a weekend full of celebrations! Danni and Ben’s intimate Santa Barbara Courthouse wedding ceremony was followed by a reception dinner at Smithy Kitchen + Bar the following evening.

bacara wedding photography

Their letterpress wedding invitations from Sugar Paper were elegant and classic, and simple gold trim added an extra pop of sophistication.

elegant sugar paper wedding invitations for intimate santa barbara wedding
elegant sugar paper wedding invitations for intimate santa barbara wedding
elegant sugar paper wedding invitations for intimate santa barbara wedding
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On Friday, Danni, Ben, and their immediate families gathered at the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse for the wedding ceremony. Danni looked gorgeous in her soft pink strapless gown — custom designed by L’ezu.

santa barbara courthouse exterior photographed before intimate wedding ceremony
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intimate santa barbara courthouse wedding photography
intimate santa barbara courthouse wedding photography

The Santa Barbara Courthouse wedding ceremony took place outdoors, where the historic building and sunken garden made a perfect backdrop.

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intimate santa barbara wedding with ceremony at the santa barbara courthouse
santa barbara courthouse wedding photography
wedding ceremony on lawn of santa barbara courthouse
friends and family enjoy intimate ceremony at the santa barbara courthouse
family celebrates newlyweds at the santa barbara courthouse
romantic wedding photos at the santa barbara courthouse
bride and groom portraits at the santa barbara courthouse
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santa barbara courthouse wedding photos

After the wedding ceremony, we took family photos at the nearby Alice Keck Memorial Gardens.

wedding family photos at alice keck memorial gardens
wedding family photos at alice keck memorial gardens
wedding photos at alice keck memorial gardens
groom walks through alice keck memorial garden in santa barbara
romantic wedding photos at alice keck memorial gardens in santa barbara
romantic wedding photos at alice keck memorial gardens in santa barbara

The next evening, Danni and Ben held an intimate reception for close family and friends at Smithy Kitchen + Bar. A delicate color palette set the mood for their winter California wedding.

smithy santa barbara wedding decor

Bud vases and candles lined long farmhouse tables, while a fire crackled in the fireplace. What a romantic Santa Barbara wedding reception!

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intimate santa barbara wedding photos with candle lit dinner at smithy kitchen + bar

Cakes by Colin created this masterpiece of a cake, which featured a contemporary wave pattern and rose gold trim. It looked beautiful against the Spanish-inspired architecture that is quintessential to Santa Barbara.

cakes by colin wedding cake at intimate santa barbara wedding
modern cakes by colin wedding cake at intimate santa barbara wedding
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cocktail hour at smithy santa barbara wedding
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guest holds martini at smithy kitchen + bar wedding reception
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santa barbara restaurant wedding venue smithy kitchen + bar
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maid of honor gives toast at intimate santa barbara courthouse wedding with reception at santa barbara restaurant wedding venue
santa barbara restaurant wedding venue smithy kitchen + bar
bride and groom cut cake at intimate santa barbara wedding reception
santa barbara restaurant wedding venue smithy kitchen + bar
first dance at intimate santa barbara courthouse wedding with reception at local restaurant
group photo at smithy kitchen + bar wedding in santa barbara

Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse | Reception Venue: Smithy Kitchen + Bar | Planning: Event of the Season | Florist: Casa Blanca Event Design | Hair: Andi Scarbrough | Makeup: 805 Makeup | Cake: Cakes by Colin | Ice Cream Station: McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams | DJ: Good Mood | Custom Wedding Gowns: L’ezu Bridal Atelier | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss & Ted Baker | Rings: JK & Co. Jewelers | Invitations: Sugar Paper | Calligraphy: Lisa Holtzman Calligraphy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen

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