Santa Barbara Weddings 2013

Posted online: April 2013


Heavenly Hellenic

photographs by KIRSTEN ELLIS,

Newlyweds Evie and Nate share a special moment before heading to the Canary Hotel and greeting their guests at the rooftop

The couple taking their vows at the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.

“Our love for wine has always been a part of our relationship, and when we took a trip to Los Angeles in February 2011, we drove up to visit Santa Barbara wine country,” says Evangelina Nikolaou about her and Nathan Nelson falling in love with our town—and sparking a move from Chicago to California. “The sunshine, sea air, beautiful coastline, wonderful food, and wines—it’s all the wonders of California packaged into one town,” says Evie. As soon as they got engaged, they felt that Santa Barbara was the perfect place for their ceremony.

“I always knew I was going to get married in a Greek Orthodox Church—just like my parents and grandparents,” Evie says about the easy decision for their ceremony to take place at the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. The night before the nuptials, family members and the wedding party feted the couple at a festive New England-style lobster feast at Arch Rock Fish. But traditional Greek touches topped off the wedding reception, held atop the Canary Hotel downtown. Santa Barbara floral designer Kelly Oshiro created a Hellenic vibe of an olive grove in an old garden, with olive greens, lavender, and shades of whites and creams among the sweeping panorama of downtown Santa Barbara.

Left to right: Kelly Oshiro designed the rustic rosemary boutonnieres; Evie wore a Monique Lhuillier creation with a custom-made
veil for her big day; the bride and groom’s wedding bands.


Delicate Details

GOWN? CHECK. SHOES? CHECK. JEWELRY? CHECK. But placing the final touch of an ethereal veil or an intricate headpiece is the moment you truly feel like a bride. The question is, a blusher or a sweep? A halo headpiece or a Juliet cap? Here are some go-to resources for the accoutrements.

A Santa Barbara staple for more than 30 years, Mercedes Trump of
Beautiful Atelier, 805-687-7433, crafts custom creations to reflect each bride’s personal style. “Modern vintage is in,” she says of the latest trends. “Girls are into silk organdy flowers with jeweled centers and headbands made with lace chiffon and crystals.” • Hair adornments by Catherine Masi,, offer a little something old and new with her modern take on vintage-inspired designs. • Handstitched tulle, delicate petals, and soft silk and lace create a sense of whimsy in the organic and artful headpieces by designer Myra Callan of Twigs & Honey, • Kathy Banner, the Santa Barbara designer behind Veiled Beauty,, handcrafts custom pieces—from simple veils that perfectly catch the breeze to crystal-encrusted combs, caps, and other subtle touches. –Katrin McCabe

Veiled Beauty lace bridal cap, $165

Prewedding pampering at Carlyle Salon and Style Bar.

All Dolled Up

The team at Carlyle Salon and Style Bar believes your wedding experience should start before you walk down the aisle. The salon’s Engaged menu offers a wide selection of beauty packages—and a champagne toast while you and your bridal party are pampered by the pros. “Soft natural curls and loose up styles combined with braids are the look of this season,” says owner Lisa Gaede. “Flower accessories and headbands add the final touch.” Noelle Glotfelty of Chateau Belle—the Anacapa Street beauty gallery and wedding destination salon—shares her expertise for romantic hair and makeup: “It’s important to wear styles that naturally enhance your facial structure.”

CARLYLE SALON AND STYLE BAR 350 Chapala St., Ste. 101, Santa Barbara, 805-963-8787,

CHATEAU BELLE 618 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 805-965-2444,

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