As the sun set behind the Santa Ynez Mountains, Stephanie Thomas and Sean Kirkhuff were wed in effortless style at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.
Classic Wedding at an Elegant Private Estate
Surrounded by the natural beauty and sweeping views of groom Ryan's family home, Heather and Ryan tied the knot in a timeless ceremony. Being surrounded by gorgeous ocean views on a stunning hilltop was perfect for the outdoorsy couple, who both love to surf. The duo initially met on Tinder, and after connecting with each other their relationship naturally unfolded. At the time of the proposal, Heather and Ryan were living in Philadelphia while Heather completed graduate school. The big question took place on a romantic evening, as chef Ryan took Heather to the restaurant where he worked and popped the question. After postponing their event twice, the duo finally got to have their wedding accompanied by family and friends. The couple opted for a classic neutral palette for their event, and from florals to decor the ambiance of the event was classic. Florist Velvet Blooms said that one of the highlights of the event was unique florals based on the timeless color palette, like the dill used in the floral arch that gave the effect of "little fireworks." What originally began as a palette of white and pale pink was expanded to add peach and yellow accents for subtle pops of color to add to the summer ambiance after the initial wedding had to be postponed. Chef Ryan wanted to bring his love for cooking to his wedding day, and he included homemade chocolates for each guest in their party favors. Prominently featured on their welcome table, Heather and Ryan used a chic gold-painted mailbox to hold cards from guests. In a fun twist, the duo featured their beloved dog Jax into their wedding, as he was walked down the aisle by the mother-of-the-bride. Bride Heather paid homage to her late father with a locket featuring his picture on her bouquet, and was escorted down the aisle by her twin brother, a meaningful addition to the ceremony.