Romantic Destination Garden Wedding with 1,001 Paper Cranes in Downtown Santa Barbara


This wedding was such a fun one to kick-off our 2019 season! Erin and Cory wanted to incorporate their Hawaiian and Japanese heritages in their timeless, classic, elegant wedding design.  They wanted to have abundant florals and make their wedding feel like a lush garden. 

​The focal of our reception design was an installation featuring 1,001 paper cranes, hand-folded by the bride and groom.  We hung them from the string lights, greenery, and in all of the trees surrounding the reception.  This design element added a touch of “whimsy” to the design and made it unique.  

I wanted this wedding to feel like a lush garden with abundant flowers and greenery at every turn.  From romantic vines to 1,001 paper cranes, the ombre floral aisle to the deconstructed arch, me and my team had so much fun bringing this design to life!

Pro Tip:  It’s so important to work closely with your planner and designer to ensure your wedding day feels like YOUR wedding day.  I love how Erin + Cory incorporated so many fun nods to their family heritage in the design of their wedding.  From the seafood appetizers to the flowers, paper cranes to the Hawaiian blessings at dinner – it was truly an event to remember!

The ceremony was at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.  The bride and groom chose this location because it is central to downtown Santa Barbara and the unique architecture captures the quintessence of the Santa Barbara style and culture.  From the beautiful stone work to the Spanish tile roof, it is a beautiful location to host a wedding ceremony! For the ceremony, we created a full “floral aisle” with flowers growing down the length of the chairs, up to the beautiful ombre arch.  I love how the darker pinks faded into the blush tones and finally into the white tones – such a fun design element! 
The reception was at Villa and Vine in downtown Santa Barbara.  This mediterranean-inspired venue has a beautiful open-air courtyard that can be easily transformed into a reception of warmth and elegance, without needing to travel outside of downtown.
The bride and groom dined at a sweetheart table surrounded by flowers.  We created an arch to mimic the ceremony arch behind them, and then surrounded their table with lush blooms and greenery to make it feel like they were dining in a romantic garden. The centerpieces were created with dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses, and textured greenery.  The table numbers and menus provided a modern contrast to the elegant design. The fireplace lounge was adorned with vines and florals so guests could rest and enjoy between dancing and mingling. 


I love how David Mendoza captured all of the details of this amazing day!  As the sun set, guests enjoyed dancing, dessert, and the open bar until late into the night.  The twinkle lights, uplighting, hundreds of candles, fireplace, and floating cranes made end of the night so magical! 

The Team Who Made it All Happen: 
Planning, Design, and Floristry: Tyler Speier
Reception Venue/Catering: Villa and Vine 
Ceremony Venue: Sunken Gardens (Santa Barbara Courthouse)
Rentals: The Tent Merchant
Velvet Linens:  La Tavola Fine Linen
Musician/DJ: DJ Gavin Roy (DJ and String Trio)
Photographer:David Mendoza
Videographer: Yours Truly Media
Officiant: Friend of Bride and Groom
Hair/Makeup: Style Me Kristi
Transportation: Santa Barbara Trolley
Graphic Design: Lotus & Ash
Bride Fashion: Watters/Wtoo (Dress 1) and Lurelly (Dress 2)


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Meet Tyler


Me and my team intentionally create bespoke celebrations for life milestones that inspire resounding joy, awe-inspiring beauty, and a deep sense of belonging and connection

I firmly believe in the beauty of carefully executed restraint, allowing the natural beauty of the venue, flowers, design details, and clients speak for themselves. 

I believe love is love - all are welcome here.

- tyler 

I look forward to creating something beautiful with you.

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From hanging installations above dinner tables in a tent to small details and candlelight in a powder room, our floral production allows us to bring to life exactly what we’ve dreamt up together through the design process, leaving you with peace of mind before the big day and that feeling of awe come wedding day. 

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