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I had never pictured what my “perfect proposal” might look like. I knew I didn’t want the blankets, candles, and flowers. I just wanted our proposal to be sweet and intimate.
Zion National Park has always been a special place for John & I. Every year, we camp by the river and enjoy time exploring the park & shooting film. Privately, I wished for the proposal to be in Zion, but I didn’t mention it.
In March of 2022, John and I took our annual trip to Zion. On the third morning of our trip, we drove out to the trail that overlooks all of Zion canyon. It’s one of the most stunning views in the whole park. Once we made it to the peak, John set up a tripod for us to take photos. He started to get a little particular about where I should stand & kept telling me off for moving out of frame. Finally, I stood still enough for John to “take the photo,” though in reality he hit record and dropped a knee. And let me tell you…that view didn’t need any blankets, candles, or flowers.
The beauty of hosting a wedding in Santa Barbara is that the city already comes with so much character. The design and vision for the wedding came so naturally; we just wanted to highlight and enhance the space with simple florals, soft lighting, and minimal decor. Our venue was bright and open with a greenhouse-like feel and a full ocean view.
Beyond the visuals, our vision for the wedding was to celebrate our marriage in the city we love with all the people we love.
The wedding dress was an absolute dream to wear. I wore Jenny Yoo’s “Marnie” wedding gown, a stunning satin and ivory dress. I wanted a dress that was timeless and simple (and comfortable). The moment I tried it on, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the one.
I’ve always loved the look of varied fabrics, shades, and styles for bridesmaid dresses. I had my ladies choose their own dresses, and I was stunned by how perfectly it all came together.
Food & Drink
If there’s one wedding food that John and I appreciate above all others, it’s tacos. Second, is pizza. John and I discovered “Pizza by Austin” at our friends’ wedding. We watched Austin sling fresh pizza dough and bake the most delicious appetizer pizzas. Truthfully, it was hard for us to stop eating and save our appetites for dinner. After that wedding, we immediately knew who we wanted for our appetizer vendor. Austin brought his pizza setup & baked incredible pizzas for our wedding guests! Thank you, Austin, for taking care of us & our guests!
Florals & Decor
One of my favorite memories from the wedding weekend was driving to the Los Angeles Flower Market early Saturday morning. I gave myself a budget and chose all of my favorite florals for the bridal bouquets. In retrospect, it was a little unconventional, but I had a great time strolling through the flower market & enjoying a peaceful morning to myself before the wedding weekend rush.
On Sunday morning, my bridesmaids and I got together with our shears and ribbons and designed our own bouquets.
The day before my wedding, two close friends and I went romping into an eucalyptus grove in Santa Barbara with our shears to collect some greenery for the wedding. We had a blast climbing trees and fences gathering eucalyptus branches for the reception tables. Brides, this is a great hack for DIY greeneries! It also makes for some fun, wedding weekend memories.
From the Coordinator – Tiffany Wiere of Wiere Weddings
Hannah & Jon’s wedding day was a beautiful homage to their family, friends, and their community. They had help on every corner, whether it was the help of their local church to set the tables and chairs, their friends who provided all the sound equipment, or their friends who decorated all the tables with flowers. You could tell that this was a true labor of love.
The day itself was overcast, with a chance of showers. Of course, we had a plan in place to move the ceremony indoors depending on how the weather progressed. I was checking the forecast religiously, and made the call for the ceremony to stay outdoors early in the afternoon. We were lucky enough to only get a sprinkle of rain shortly before the ceremony, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed with the help of the groomsmen to dry the chairs. The weather was beautiful as the ceremony began, and remained so for the rest of the evening.
Overall, Hannah & Jon’s wedding day was a gorgeous display of how people can come together to make one day special for another person. I felt true gratitude from coordinating their wedding day.
Culinary: Pizzas by Austin//Lighting: SPARK Creative Events//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Suit Supply//Dress Designer:Jenny Yoo//Caterer: Tacos Al Gusto//Cake Designer:Nothing Bundt Cake//DJ: Noah James//Event Planner: Wiere Weddings//Reception Venue: Carousel House//Ceremony Location: Carousel House//Photographer: Che Bella Photography//