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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thumbtack Review

Thank you for the 5 star review KS! "After the wedding, so many of our friends asked us how we found our officiant. They were all so impressed with the way she captured our love. One friend mentioned that she goes to so many weddings and Barbra was the best she's ever seen. There were moments of laughter and moments of tears. It was truly a beautiful ceremony." It is my honor thank you!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuscany in California

Yay, I got to officiate another glorious wedding at Sunstone Villa. The flowers were once again over the top, super romantic setting by La Fete weddings with arbors filled with chandeliers and candles in the vineyard, and a very romantic groom's vows! More pix to come by Terri Smith! ...and this sweet message from the photographer! "I just wanted to say...You are not an officiant! You are a talented storyteller who painted their journey in finding each other and the huge love they share. You made it SO much more than two people getting married. Bravo! Applause, applause, Standing Ovation!" ...awww... it is my pleasure!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Firestone Crossroads Estate + Wonderful Couple = I love my "job"!

Kasey & Lauren were the sweetest couple with a heartfelt story...it was such an honour to be a part of writing and performing their wedding at pretty much my favorite venue.  The former home of dear friends of mine, the estate includes a gorgeous rustic elegant barn for reception, lovely old oaks and sophisticated valley charm.  Here is their sweet note to me after their wonderful wedding:

" Barbra was an absolute joy to work with. From our very first meeting, it was clear that Barbra was intent on getting to know my husband & me on a very personal level in order to make our ceremony as authentically "us" as possible. She created a beautiful, emotional and moving ceremony that suited our family just perfectly. We wanted my husband's two children to serve an integral role in the ceremony, as it was extremely important the day signified all of us becoming a family. Barbra worked with us to find the perfect reading for the children to participate in and helped us to devise a beautiful "family tree" ceremony. Her pre-wedding questionnaire was extremely thought-provoking and helped us both write our own personal vows to each other. She helped us keep our non-religious ceremony short and sweet, but full of rich words, love and strong, spiritual content. Barbra took all the stress and worry out of planning our ceremony and helped us to channel our focus in the right places. We are forever grateful to Barbra for her contribution in making our wedding day the most lovely & joyous occasion filled with memories that will make us smile for all the years ahead!
Warmly,
Kasey & Lauren "


The appreciation is mine...








Thursday, February 25, 2016

San Ysidro Ranch Private Wedding


Just the two of you?  You can still have a romantic, glamorous wedding on a private suite garden with beautiful flowers, no stress.  Lovely!! 

Photo by Melissa Musgrove

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lovely Lincourt Wedding



"Barbra recently officiated our wedding and was wonderful. She was clear and concise, worked seamlessly with the photographers, and received many compliments from our guests.
Initially we had a skype session with her and really liked her easy demeanor and professionalism. We were asked to email her a bit about ourselves individually, which she ultimately worked into the ceremony, giving it a very personal touch.
We gave her a very broad vision of what we wanted the ceremony to encompass (we are not religious) and when the day came, it was spot on. She offered to let us read it before, but mentioned that it was sometimes fun and more spontaneous to let it be a surprise. We would recommend letting her surprise you."

Thank YOU Nic & Nate!  Such a fun wedding! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sexiest Wedding Dress Ever!

It was a cold and very windy day at the Four Seasons Biltmore resort, but Melissa Musgrove still was able to capture the fun and romance of this beautiful couple I had the privilege of marrying.  Oh Christine...that is the sexiest vintage dress I have ever seen!  But she pulled it off with style! 










Sweet Courthouse Couple






If it's unprofessional for me to be moved and a bit misty performing a wedding, that was me at the wedding of this beautiful couple.  This is what love looks like... they were so sweet!

Lovely photography by Melissa Musgrove 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy Anniversary~!

Five years ago I got to marry a lovely couple on the cliffs at the Douglas Preserve, and this was their reception for two... so romantic~! Now baby makes three and they are going strong :-) I love what I do!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GORGEOUS BUTTERFLY BEACH ESTATE WEDDING

Absolutely magical wedding at a family estate near the Four Seasons, Santa Barbara.  I so appreciate these sweet words from the grooms:

"We had the best weekend ever! It was so magical in every way possible.  So many people came up to us afterwards and said how much they loved the ceremony... it was perfect!  Everyone was amazed at how touching your speech was...you really are a celebrity among our friends now, they won't stop talking about you!!
It means so much to us you were able to marry us; you will always be in our hearts.  Thank you, and I'm sure our paths will cross again in beautiful Santa Barbara!  Much Love,  Brad  "

"As Brad said, we haven't stopped hearing our family and friends rave about the ceremony.  So many people have told us how touched they were by it.  It meant so much to Brad and me, and I can't thank you enough for making our wedding so special.  I didn't think it was possible to make an experience that's shared with 150 other people so personal, but your ceremony made it feel so intimate.  The entire day felt like a dream--so surreal and magical.  Thank you again for making it so special for us, I know we will never forget it!    All our love,  Michael  "





 
La Fete Weddings did a spectacular job coordinating all the gorgeousness!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunstone Villa Romance for Two

Over the top Romantic florals by Laura of Cody Design just made the amazing Sunstone Villa so beautiful, captured by Dmitry Rogozhin.  Lovely guitar by Chris Fossek created the romantic ambiance.  Enjoy!

http://www.dmitryrogozhin.com/sunstone-villa-wedding-santa-ynez-california/

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fancy Flower Girl!


Elegant El Encanto Wedding

This bride & groom were over the top in the classy design department.  With a lot of help from La Fete Weddings, Nico floral designs incorporating their rich colors and koi theme, and the beautiful photography by Ashleigh Taylor, I was honored to write and perform their heartfelt ceremony.  The lovely lily pond at the El Encanto was a perfect place for this elegant wedding.  What a privilege! 
Congratulations Kimberly & Paul!












Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HEARTFELT, GORGEOUS WEDDING at SB CHILD's ESTATE

Jess & Mike created the most enchanting, romantic wedding ever at the S.B. Zoo, with Soigne Productions and Nico Flower Design creating a dream team.  Here are a couple of photos:




And such a kind note from the lovely couple:

" Choosing who is going to marry you is extremely stressful.  My family is Jewish and my husband is Greek Orthodox, so after much debate, we made the decision not to get married in either religious venue.  My mom suggested we contact our friend Barbra who is a professional and also a friend, and specializes in interfaith marriages.  After our first meeting, it was clear she was the perfect person to marry us! Over the course of 9 months, she worked with us to craft the perfect ceremony that incorporated Jewish traditions such as smashing the glass, and Greek traditions such as the Stefana Crown Ceremony.  Barbra combined traditional vows with fun personal stores about our lives.  So many people came up to us afterwards to say how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how it truly felt like us.  My top priority throughout the wedding planning process was to create a weekend that truly felt like my husband and me--I wanted everyone to come to Santa Barbara for a wonderful and fun event that truly incorporated all of our favorite things, and Barbra did just that.  She is patient, kind, insightful and truly guided us through the process.  I was so thrilled by the ceremony, and we are so grateful to Barbra for creating such a fantastic memory for us and our guests.  I wish I could do it all over again! We couldn't begin to thank you enough for making our wedding ceremony so incredibly special and personal.  As you know, it wasn't an easy process for us to agree on how we envisioned our ceremony, but you made it so perfect and captured all of our ideas and thoughts and traditions, and turned it into the most memorable day, that we will cherish and love for the rest of our lives.  It was also so special to have you play such a big part, as one of our oldest and first friends in Santa Barbara.  Thank you again for being such a huge part of our day!  With love, Jess  and Mike "


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I Adore What I Do! Happy Happy :-)

Sweet Note from Recent MOB:
"To my dear friend of many years Barbra, who married my daughter and son-i-law recently...I send you my love, my thanks and my blessing.  The ceremony was beautiful, moving and humorous, and my guests have not stopped talking about it!  If anyone is looking for a minister in the Santa Barbara area, this fabulous lady is the best!  Now I can't wait to see the video so I can enjoy it all over again!!"  -AT

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lovely Day at Glen Annie Golf Club

"Hi Barbra, I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing ceremony!  It was fun, sincere, and reached all of our hearts!  I had so many people ask me about you and your services!  You helped to create a moment we will always remember.  Big Hugs, C&E  C.   "