Lindsey and Johnny's Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding

I am starting to think that I have a thing for brides named Lindsey …

Lindsey and Johnny hired Magnolia Event Design to design, plan and create a wedding weekend that would wow their out of town family and friends. They had only a few requests, but allowed us to choose and hire a vendor team that would share their same vision- fun, unique, memorable and overall just a really good time.

For us, Lindsey and Johnny were dream clients. We always ask all of our clients to fill out a client detail sheet and it was here that they shared likes, dislikes and key inspiration pieces (for Johnny a navy suit which happened to be the same one Macklemore wore to the Grammy's that year was a must have) and for Lindsey it was a clean and crisp design, but overall they let us design and plan their event in such a way that there were a lot of surprise elements for them to see… wait for it… for the first time on their wedding day!

As designers and planners it allowed us to pick a team, share a vision and put our same trust into them to create, what they felt was the perfect fit. It is amazing the outcome when you hire vendors and really trust them to do their job- they tend to want to do more and give more because they have artistic freedom.

The ceremony and reception venue Johnny had picked out by himself, because at that time Lindsey was based in New York and couldn't make it out for the location scouting meeting. We loved the foundation of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, but they wanted it to feel less historic and more modern and chic. The color palate grew over time- whites, gold’s, blush and navy, but done in such a way that it was neither girly nor too stark and sterile. We used texture to achieve a feeling of warmth. Overhead in the reception space we had white chiffon billowing, but in straight lines instead of the common zigzag pattern. We had a very large custom made gold disco ball placed over the high gloss white dance floor to make sure that guest knew to expect a great late night dance party was to follow dinner.

Ceremony- guests arrived and were greeted by a beverage table filled with refreshing drinks on this hot summer day. They sat under the shade of the SBHM pepper trees and listened to soft sounds of a string quartet playing in the background. Lindsey wore a Jim Helm dress and was surrounded by her closest friends who wore a variety of dresses from beaded Adriana Papel to chiffon Donna Morgan gowns from Nordstrom. We were so excited to see that Lindsey's dress featured a beaded and sequin top, which without her knowing would pay homage to the cocktail hour and reception linenI

Johnny walked down the aisle to Juicy by Notorious BIG played by the string quartet followed by the wedding party to In My Life and then Lindsey and her mom entered to At Last- Etta James a surprise to the groom. Just as they were pronounced husband and wife the string quartet started into Crazy in Love- it was fun and unexpected.

Cocktail hour featured a long tall feasting cocktail table for guests to enjoy their beverages and appetizers while chatting and signing one of two of the coffee table guest books (one of Santa Barbara and the other of New York). The color palette for cocktails was white on white.  We used white New York and Brooklyn La Tavola linens to dress the oversized feasting table and small cocktail tables. Guests listened to an all string quartet play contemporary songs. This group was created by The Entertainment Design Agency.

When the white curtains were pulled to reveal the reception space the guests gasped…  Guests dined at tables draped in La Tavola New York Nude linens and were escorted to their seats by mini gold disco balls. The escort cards were placed on a gold mirror covered in faux jewels so they would really POP!

Welcome box- Prior to the wedding guests were greeted in their hotel rooms with vodka soda kits, beef jerky from the bride's hometown and chocolate covered caramels from the groom's hometown. Inside the welcome box was a coaster invitation to welcome drinks at a fun local bar called The Pickle Room in downtown Santa Barbara. Lindsey and Johnny loved the vibe of this bar, which was introduced to them by Magnolia Event Design during one of our first meetings. The bar was the perfect place to welcome all of their guests to Santa Barbara and toast a weekend of love, marriage and fun!


Event Designer & Coordinator: Lindsey Hartsough of Magnolia Event Design

Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Caterer: SBB Gourmet Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August

Photography: Linda Chaja

Stationery: Lazaro Press

Flowers: Tenley Erin Young

Cake: Enjoy Cup Cakes

Hair & Makeup: TEAM

Dress Designer: Jim Helm

Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon

Shoe Designer: Creative Reaction from Barney's & Jimmy Choo

Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply

Prop/Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Dj: Pat Swayzak

Lighting: Bella Vista Design