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Real Wedding: Coleen & Bryce

Today’s featured couple—who were high school sweethearts!—tied the knot at a beautiful Mediterranean-style villa in Santa Barbara and turned the occasion, photographed by Chantal Pasag of Pasagraphy, into a weekend full of merrymaking.

Coleen and Bryce first dated in high school, but after breaking it off amicably before he left for college, they remained friends for 12 years until, lo and behold, they both found themselves single and ready to reunite. Soon after, Bryce proposed on December 24, 2012 at the start of the couple’s 10-day trek through Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia. “The Torres were hidden by fog, but a rainbow arched across the sky and Bryce took that moment get down on one knee on the rock we were standing on and propose, even though his foot had slipped into the icy glacier lake,” Coleen says.

The couple wanted to create not just a wedding, but a wedding weekend, so instead of a traditional venue, they rented an idyllic Santa Barbara house that could house their families and accommodate their 120-person wedding. Since it was a July 4th wedding, they threw a BBQ, crawfish boil, and pool party on the 4th and kept the party going through the next day for the wedding. “We wanted a laid-back, joyful, intimate family feel at our wedding,” she says. “It was wonderful having the BBQ the day before because almost all our family and friends had gotten a chance to meet each other. It made our actual wedding celebration that much more special as it felt like a true merging of both our incredible families and groups of friends.”

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Photography: Pasagraphy
Venue: Private residence
Catering: Tandoor-a-India
Flowers: Flowers from Ellwood Canyon Farms; DIY arrangements
Dress: J. Crew “Marlowe” gown
Hair: Danielle Boshoff of A Secret Place Salon and Day (
Makeup: Carissa Cassone (
Suit: J. Crew
Desserts: Crushcake (and Coleen’s father made a cake, too!)
Audio System: Luners Pro Sound and Lighting
Rentals: Affordable Linen Supply Party Rentals
Bus transportation: Jump On the School Bus

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