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Nikki and Brian were married July 1, 2006 at the Sunken Gardens at Santa Barbara Courthouse. For their reception they celebrated with lunch at the Opal Restaurant off State Street in downtown Santa Barbara - walking distance from the courthouse.
Nikki made some very simple yet personal touches that also allowed them to stay within their budget of $1,500. Yes, you heard me right...and see how lovely it was! Nikki made her own invitations. To keep it personal and meaningful, Pastor Jeff of Hope Chapel
officiated. Nikki said that Pastor Jeff was a very close friend of her family and that he knew her for her entire life.
To keep the budget reigned in, as well as to keep the affair intimate, they limited the guests to 20 close friends and family members. For her bouquet and the reception flowers, Nikki's friends made a trip to Trader Joes and the farmers market the day before. Potted flowers lined the aisle and guests took them home afterward...and the bride and groom still have one today on their patio!
The thing I really love about Brian and Nikki's wedding was that they had everything close to their heart. They decided to not be intimidated by their budget but to focus on the celebration. In the next post we'll go over Nikki's breakdown so you can see how she creativly budgeted her wedding, and we'll also have some tips from her as well!