Anyssa and Mike's sunlight-drenched celebration in Simi Valley.
Organic Open Air Wedding in Santa Barbara
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. The family-focused affair was especially close to the couple’s hearts because it was co-planned by the mother of the groom, seasoned wedding planner Annette Kirkhuff of Wheat and Honey Events. Sean and Stephanie wanted an organic wedding so they chose to line their reception tables with potted herbs that they planted with Stephanie’s mother. Music has always played a big role in Stephanie and Sean’s relationship, with the couple initially bonding over their shared love of music. Their musical passion shone throughout their wedding as did references to Stephanie’s Greek heritage. Stephanie grew up attending the Greek Orthodox Church, and Sean was baptized in that church before their wedding, so reflecting that religion and culture on their wedding day was important to them. During their rehearsal dinner, Sean’s uncle performed a song he wrote for the couple; during the cocktail hour, acoustic guitar music was played and included a selection of Greek songs. Other Greek touches included lamb chop appetizers, locally made Greek pastries and Greek dancing. After the ceremony, friends and family gathered under a pergola to laugh and eat as the sun went down, with bistro lights and candles bathing everyone in a warm light.