Kyler and Corinna met at UCLA in 2012, they were both in the earth sciences/geology department; he was a geophysics major, she was paleobiology. They met on a field trip for the class. She thought he was cute but could tell he was shy and she knew she’d be the one to make the first move. As she introduced herself and they spent the whole ride talking. They eventually started dating, graduated together, and have moved to San Diego.
Fast forward to the day when I was able to photograph they’re gorgeous wedding at the historic Santa Barbara Woman’s Club. Planned by Shawna of Dulce Dia events, the day went without a hitch. Prior to the first look you could tell that both Tyler and Carina we’re very nervous, they wanted the day to go off as planned and for all of their guests to have a wonderful time. When they saw each other for the first look you could instantly to tell that a weight was lifted off of them as they fell into each other’s arms. We proceeded to take portrait photos, bridal party photos, and family portraits prior to the sunset ceremony at the historic Santa Barbara Woman’s Club.
Earlier in the day Corinna had told me how special the women’s club was to her and her family because her great grandfather was one of the three original architects. As somebody who studied architecture I found this to be immensely I love that architecture can sometimes take us full circle through all stages of life and truly can connect us just like photography. The night ended with quite the celebration of love family and lots and lots of dancing.
From the Bride Herself
We became engaged right at midnight January 1st, 2018. We had a beautiful dinner at the Loews Coronado Bay resort on Coronado in San Diego and attended a new years Eve party at the hotel and around midnight and were out on a balcony near the party overlooking the water. There were about 5 other people out there as well and as the countdown started(10, 9, 8) they ran inside to catch the lobby balloon drop. I was watching them run inside and turned back to see Kyler on his knee with a gorgeous ring he had picked out himself. He asked me to marry him and I said “Yes, yes, yes.”
It was so much fun planning my wedding. I’ve always loved everything botanical/floral. Since our favorite food and drinks are tacos, margaritas and mojitos, we definitely wanted to work that in to our event. Our vision included succulents, lots of florals and a love of everything Mexico.
I loved my wedding dress from BHLDN, a bridal store connected with Anthropologie. I visited the location in Carlsbad with my mom, such a special time. We drank champagne and I found the one. I chose a fitted satin Cami top called the Elianne and a big poofy fun skirt called the Delphi. I truly felt like a princess, especially with Julie Morgan’s stunning hair and makeup skills. Kyler loved his black suit with a light green tie from Men’s Wearhouse, mostly he just loved being with all his best friends as his groomsmen. His absolute favorite piece from the day was his beautifully crafted titanium wedding ring with amboyna burl and sodalite. The makers, Minter Richter Designs of Boston, MA inlayed it with olivine sand from a hawaiian beach we visited back during our first year together.
I always knew I wanted to be married in Santa Barbara, it’s home(and gorgeous!) After researching several places, we decided on Santa Barbara Women’s Club and never looked back. The architecture is stunning and we loved that my great grandfather, William Edwards of Edwards, Plunkett and Howell designed the building where we were married.
The ceremony was so special. Walking down the aisle with my mom was one of my favorite moments of the wedding. Kyler and I chose Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley as our walking down the aisle song. Scott Lisea, pastor of Westmont College did such an amazing job as our officiant, he gave us such a beautiful ceremony. Couldn’t have asked for anything better, he was funny and sweet and we’ll remember it forever.
For the table centerpieces, a couple days before the wedding my mom, aunt, cousin and I filled 12 inch round tins we spray painted white with a variety of succulents and candytuft. It was so much fun making them together, exactly how we wanted, each one unique and pretty. My bridesmaids and I each crafted our bouquets and all other floral arrangements around the club together the afternoon before the rehearsal dinner. Friday morning before the wedding I picked up several bouquets of white and light pink roses, dahlia’s, carnations, baby’s breath, queen anne’s lace from a nursery in Carpinteria, CA called Florabundance. What special memories I’ll always have of this time with family and friends creating all the florals.
One of my absolute favorite botanically inspired elements was the cake. I couldn’t talk more highly of our beautiful pressed flower cake from the local Room for Cake. Laurie Petrolino was able to capture my vision so perfectly and it was yummy!
We ordered ‘love grows wild’ wildflower seed packets from Peony and Lace and filled them with seeds ourselves.
Most memorable Moment.
Our most memorable moment was our First Look. I treasure those moments with just the 2 of us before everything became a whirlwind crazy beautiful day. Walking down the aisle with my mom, trying not to cry during the ceremony. All of our family and friends cheering us on and supporting us. Dancing with all our best friends to our favorite songs.
3 words to sum up the wedding day:
Lovely, Sweet, Exciting.
Corinna’s advice to brides:
It passes by so quickly, don’t worry about anything. Listen to all of Lindsey’s reassurances and advice. Remember to eat! Delegate, delegate, delegate. Ask for help. Treasure each moment. Kiss your groom!!!