LISA LAN­CASTER & JA­SON NESS

LISA LAN­CASTER & JA­SON NESS

Inside Weddings - - Inside - Septem­ber 10, 2016 Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Willa Kveta Pho­tog­ra­phy

Septem­ber 10, 2016 Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Willa Kveta Pho­tog­ra­phy

Lisa works as a photographer, and Ja­son knew that hav­ing pho­tos doc­u­ment­ing the pro­posal would be im­por­tant to her. While on va­ca­tion in Key Largo, Florida, Lisa ad­justed her cam­era to the best set­ting for the light, and then asked a woman nearby to take their pic­ture. Sud­denly, Ja­son was down on one knee and Lisa was say­ing yes. “My mother and her hus­band were trav­el­ing with us on that trip, and my mom said she heard my happy scream from her bal­cony at the ho­tel 100 yards away!” laughs the bride.

The cou­ple re­sides in Seat­tle but knew they did not want a typ­i­cal city cel­e­bra­tion. Ini­tially, they looked at venues around nearby Lake Che­lan, but a friend’s nup­tials in Mykonos sparked an epiphany. “I re­al­ized that the over­all vibe of the wed­ding week­end was more im­por­tant than any of the lit­tle de­tails,” con­fides Lisa. A des­ti­na­tion would bring the party am­bi­ence that the fun-lov­ing pair hoped for, and they soon set­tled on Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia. After they found an ocean­side re­sort that would al­low the re­cep­tion to go un­til 2AM, Ja­son de­cided to sur­prise his bride. He called the venue to ask who they would rec­om­mend as the best plan­ner. When they said Alex Alexan­der of Alex Events Inc., he im­me­di­ately booked her.

Lisa knew she wanted the big day to be full of white flow­ers, but she didn’t have a pref­er­ence for the spe­cific type of blooms. Alex was able to ex­e­cute the vi­sion, bring­ing in trees with snowy blos­soms to line the aisle, in ad­di­tion to an abun­dance of alabaster flo­rals seen in the cer­e­mony arch and through­out the out­door space. The nup­tials were largely tra­di­tional, with the ex­cep­tion be­ing that the cou­ple wrote their own vows. “I think it made the cer­e­mony so much more per­sonal and heart­felt,” the bride smiles. Once they were pro­nounced hus­band and wife, “there was time to pause and see Lisa’s face and all of our guests re­act­ing,” Ja­son re­flects. “Ev­ery­thing seemed sim­ply per­fect in that mo­ment.”

Due to her pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy, Lisa was care­ful to make sure the light­ing was ideal for every as­pect of the day. The cer­e­mony was held right be­fore sun­set dur­ing golden hour, which is known for be­ing the best time for out­door pic­tures. Bistro lights lit up the cock­tail hour, and the sheer silk drap­ery of the re­cep­tion cov­ered cas­cad­ing string lights to cre­ate a warm, even glow in the space filled with dra­matic, tall cen­ter­pieces.

The new Mr. and Mrs. made quite the en­trance to the re­cep­tion. Con­fetti can­nons went off and fog swirled around the floor as the new­ly­weds be­gan to dance to “Can’t Fight This Feel­ing” by REO Speed­wagon while their loved ones sur­rounded them and sang along. The lively at­mos­phere con­tin­ued when the bride par­took in the bou­quet toss. “It got stuck on one of the chan­de­liers!” Lisa re­veals. “One of the grooms­men quickly threw me a brides­maid bou­quet from a nearby ta­ble and I tossed that over my shoul­der as a do-over.” Thanks to both a live band and a DJ, the evening was filled with danc­ing. The bride even changed into sneak­ers, and late-night snacks in­clud­ing slid­ers and French fries were served to keep guests en­er­gized. Lisa af­firms, “Our fam­ily and friends like to party!”

With the as­sis­tance of their wed­ding team, the bride and groom were able to cel­e­brate ex­actly as they wanted. To help fu­ture cou­ples plan­ning their nup­tials, Ja­son ad­vises: “Make sure you have a shared vi­sion and com­mu­ni­cate in a way with love that en­sures your wed­ding day is a part­ner­ship.”

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