Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings.
For Frank and Marbella, their stunning, coral and gold wedding was like a dream come true. We’ll say, for us too! We’re sooo in love with their album. It’s easy to tell that every detail was perfectly planned and executed by Liz at Central Coast Memory Makers…from the vibrant palette to the cocktail reception overlooking the ocean. Many thanks to the talented Michelle Warren for sharing these amazing photos with us! The day started with pampered beauty in the bridal suite by TEAM Hair & Makeup. Marbella’s best gals helped her into the exquisite Amalia Carrara gown, which was fit for a princess. The bridal party lit up the photos in coral colored statement dresses with pleated ruffle hemlines.It was an unforgettable ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, followed by a cocktail reception overlooking the beach on the terrace of La Pacifica Ballroom at The Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara. The reception was the picture of luxury and elegance, indoors at The Four Seasons. Camilla Svensson Burns designed the most incredible florals- the room was decked out in pale pink and gold tones. Read the bride’s story just below and catch the full feature in our Real Weddings Gallery!
Photos by Michelle Warren Photography
Event Design by Central Coast Memory Makers
Bridal Beauty by TEAM Hair & Makeup
Bridal Gown by Amalia Carrara
Florals by Camilla Svensson Burns
Paper Goods & Favor Boxes by Letter Perfect & Paper, Ink.
Ceremony Site: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Reception Venue: The Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore
From the Bride: They say if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan. We were introduced by mutual friends. A month prior on Frank’s 39th Birthday celebration, he announced that he would never get married, it simply wasn’t for him. I was too busy trying to finish my MBA degree and wasn’t interested in finding love just yet. Upon introduction, Frank claims he fell in love instantly and swore to himself that if he didn’t marry me, he would never marry anyone. I inevitably fell in love with Frank’s romantic style, AMAZING personality, and wonderful sense of humor – anyone who knows Frank knows there is never a dull moment!
One week before our Wedding, the weather in Montecito was gloomy and cloudy. However the day of our wedding, we couldn’t have been blessed with better weather, it was beautiful, and sunny! The day started off with the hair and make-up team arriving to do all the ladies hair in the Bridal Suite. I didn’t worry about a single thing; Liz (our wedding coordinator) took care of absolutely everything!
The ceremony took place at the most beautiful little church in Montecito. I was walked down the aisle by my 94 year old grandfather, with a small picture of my Father in the bouquet. The Mariachi Band played the traditional Mexican wedding music. It was a beautiful ceremony by Father Edward Jalbert. When it was time for us to kiss, Frank took my face in his hands and our foreheads met for what ended up being a brief, yet unforgettable moment full of emotion. The day was truly a dream come true for us both.
The reception was absolutely stunning. The cocktail reception was held overlooking the ocean on the terrace of La Pacifica Ballroom at The Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore. It is months later and we are still overwhelmed with comments of that beautiful cocktail reception. Traditional music was played by the Mariachi, a Trio, and then to get the party started, the wonderful “Impulse” Band played. The dance floor was never empty! We danced our first dance to “At Last.” Frank forgot everything we had rehearsed for our first dance, except for the beginning and the end, so we just improvised! It turned out to be a beautiful dance.
The best man’s speech was so well presented by Frank’s brother, Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado. The maid of honor’s speech by my twin sister made everyone laugh and then cry right after, starting off with “Hey, that’s not fair, he does this for a living” and ending with the following words addressed to Frank: “Frank, I can’t ask you to treat her well because that’s all you’ve ever done. I can’t ask you to take care of her because I know that you will. I can’t ask you to love her any more because I’m pretty sure that’s impossible. The one thing I ask is for all of that to never change.”
After that heartfelt speech, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The rest of the night was full of fun with the photobooth and all the dancing, starting with the song “Tonight’s gonna be a good night”- the song people would catch Frank singing whenever he was going to take me out in the months we were dating.