For those of you who live in the Santa Barbara area, you may remember September 3, 2017 as “microburst day.” Labor Day weekend demonstrated record high temperatures (the day prior, we photographed nearly adjacent to the Pasadena fire, brushing ashes off family members during portrait time. It was craziness).
Anyway. About an hour before Jaclyn and Nick’s ceremony was scheduled to begin (right after the couple shared their “first look”), clouds rolled in and slammed Santa Barbara with 60-mph winds and a downpour we are NOT used to experiencing in Southern California. Everyone scrambled to grab the Bible at ceremony, guestbook and family photos at the welcome table, and our camera equipment at various locations around the venue. Our amazing assistant Michael was soaked to the bone running through the rain to save as much as he could!
And after ten minutes, it was over. The clouds parted and the sun came right back out to party. We all gaped at each other; it was such an unexpected moment! Vanessa’s team ran to the 99 cent store to buy as many towels as they could carry to dry off the ceremony chairs for arriving guests.
And by the time the ceremony began, it’s like nothing had happened. We were especially impressed with how great Jac and Nick were at keeping their cool; Jaclyn had taken shelter indoors with her bridesmaids, singing Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” (“it’s like rain on your wedding day…”). The smiles on Jaclyn and Nick’s faces were evidence of their focus on the day’s primary purpose: committing their lives to each other in front of loved ones, enjoying good food and drink (provided by the incredible Haute Catering), and partying into the night. A little rain (and high-speed winds) weren’t going to get in the way.
For Jac and Nick’s wedding, they made their love of Mexican food a priority; chips and salsa greeted guests at their dinner tables, and passed appetizers during cocktail hour included mini tacos with shots of tequila. A mariachi band played while guests mingled, and the bride and groom kicked off their reception with their first dance to “Fools Rush In” (which is not applicable to this couple of 11 years, but it’s their song nonetheless!). Because of rain damage to some of the sound equipment, the song cut out at the very last verse, so we started to sing the words, and guests quickly joined us.
It was truly the most beautiful day. Microburst and all. And how good a story do these two have to tell about the crazy weather at their wedding?!
coordination // vanessa noel events
floral design // topa flora
photographer // rhianna for anna delores
second shooter // emily reiter
venue // santa barbara historical museum
wedding dress // willowby by watters (inez)
dj // gavin roy presents
catering // haute catering
videography // erin mary griffin