Ivy and Jeremy curated a floral-forward wedding that was classic with a twist at the Santa Barbara Club in downtown Santa Barbara. Being a floral lover and florist herself, Ivy wanted joyful, romantic and spring-toned florals to be the focal point of the wedding design. The Santa Barbara Club is a historic event venue that features a lot of beautiful dark toned woods and beaming throughout the inside design. To balance the darker features, there are large windows along every room that bring in beautiful natural light. Since this Spring wedding was on a perfectly cool day, the ceremony and reception were both held on the main lawn. The chuppah was a main feature throughout the wedding, because it was full of spring blooms like peonies and colorful anemones. The garden party theme was also brought into the table numbers that were hand watercolored with a colorful design. Ivy's classic Martina Liana gown with the staple big bow on the back truly made this an elevated garden party to remember.
Some of my favorite parts of this venue are...
+ The big tree that can frame the ceremony arch (or chuppah). It diffuses light beautifully in the Spring.
+ The string lights over the outdoor cement courtyard. These make for magical dancing photos - check out what we've done with it.
+ The historic features and architecture. Interesting built-ins, carpets, windows.
+ The location! Downtown Santa Barbara has so many beautiful photo locations like the Santa Barbara Courthouse (also pictured below)
The Santa Barbara club is truly a gem to work with. Not only can they seat up to 200 guests in their outdoor option or 110 in their indoor option, but they include the following: china, silver, glassware, linens, tables, chairs, table numbers and votive candles. Full service venues are great if you want to focus your budget on things like florals and photography, but you also don't have to use the included items. This venue does have a getting ready space with ample room for a larger bridal party. It would require you to get a secondary getting ready space if you don't want to get ready together.
Things to think about:
+ This venue is in downtown Santa Barbara. If you have a few locations to go to, parking may cause a delay. There is a day lot right across the street from the venue that you can use.
+ There is a hard stop at 10 pm for outdoor amplified music in Downtown. If you want the party to continue, you'll need to move inside or go to secondary location.
The Santa Barbara club has a wide variety of lighting situations depending on which locations you use for you day. Photographers that shoot completely natural light can easily adapt to the darker inside spaces if you like the grainy night time look. While there are darker features inside, the windows make this a very easy place to photograph. By the time your ceremony starts, the sunlight will be diffused behind the large tree in the grassy area making it quite picturesque to document.
If you have a large family and want them all in family photos, finding a private location before or after the ceremony may prove difficult if you are doing both the ceremony and reception on the main lawn. This venue has an inside dining space, a sitting room, a cement courtyard and a grass ceremony/reception space. It can be quite chaotic to organize large groups for family photos while the staff is trying to flip a space from ceremony to reception AND while cocktail hour is happening. I recommend taking your family photos before the ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. If you don't want to do a first look, you can do them after the ceremony but you should allot for a minimum 20 minute buffer for getting to and from the courthouse.