Coastal Chic in Santa Barbara: Natalie & Matthew

The Story: Natalie & Matthew met at a mutual friend’s wedding in New York. They hung out the following day and never left each other’s side. Like many other couples impacted by the COVID pandemic, the planning of Natalie and Matthew’s wedding proved to be challenging. Matt is from Ireland and his family live in the United Kingdom. Due to border closures, the couple had to make the difficult decision to move forward with their wedding celebration without their family being able to join them from the other side of the pond.

The Location: The Montecito Club in Santa Barbara, California. The Montecito Club is a beautiful historic venue, full of bright colours and gorgeous wood accents. It’s the perfect backdrop for a classic and timeless wedding. This venue also held nostalgic significance as Natalie’s grandparents were members there for over 40 years. 

The Vibe: Californian riviera feels with panoramic ocean views. The recently renovated Club’s stunning architecture, historic features and immaculate grounds make this a specular setting for a summer wedding.

The Details: This colour palette was all about the classics. Ivory and creams were combined with a hint of royal blue. Natalie wore an elegant backless gown styled with her long locks in a glamorous loose Hollywood wave. The floral design was elegant and refined, consisting solely of white blooms and greenery. Gold embellishments were used on the tablescape creating a luxe feel which complemented the prestigious venue. But classy doesn’t have to be boring. RCD Dance made sure that Natalie, Matt and their guests could dance the night away by installing a custom dance floor!

Tips & Highlights:

  • COVID has derailed so many wedding plans. If you have a significant number of guests that you want to attend your wedding from abroad, remember to carefully check the postponement terms of your venue. .
  • Consider taking out wedding insurance if there are unpredictable elements, such as travel, that are critical to your wedding planning. 
  • Matt’s family gathered his closest family and friends back home and put together a video together with messages from everyone. If your loved ones are not able to make your big day, a video message is a lovely way to incorporate them into your celebration.



Photography and Videography: Chris J Evans // Venue: Montecito Club // Event Planning and Floral Design: Burlap & Bordeaux // Linens: Dreams America // Makeup: Makeup By Danilo // Dance Floor: RCD Dance // Audio Visual: Gavin Roy Presents // Submitted via: Matchology