Joc Pederson has a knack for making his dreams come true.
As a center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has the fantasy job of more than a few little. But that's just the beginning. One day inwhile he was driving to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he grew up, a detour took him through Santa Barbara. Struck by the city's beauty, he texted an old friend from home, Kelsey Williams, whom he had recently started dating : "I'm going to get married here someday.
What Joc wanted most, he says, was "to make sure Kelsey had the best day ever.
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Then soon after they were engaged, the pair popped another question, handing Kelsey's father a baseball bat engraved with the words "Dad, will you marry us? On January 6,after their grandparents; parents; 22 attendantswho included all their siblings; and pup, Blue, walked down the aisle, Kelsey followed to Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," a classic song made that much better because it was performed live by John Legendin a surprise that her father had cooked up for Joc and everyone else.
Kelsey was in on the secret. Then Dad led the ceremony, including a tree planting.
The couple's first dance, to Legend's "Surefire," kicked off a night of revelry. And Joc's, too. Welcome bags were filled with treats that were cozy blankets, Maison Louis Marie candlescelebratory sparkling wine, locally made caramelsand cute luggage tags, clipboards with an image of their dog. The bride, in a wedding dress by Marchesacuddled up to her new husband, who wore a navy-blue tuxedo by Alba and matching velvet Salvatore Ferragamo loafers.
It was wrapped in hand-dyed ivory silk ribbon from Adorn Companyand Kelsey's grandmother's locket, which was her "something old. Kelsey's bridesmaids, who included her two sisters and sister-in-law, teammates from her college volleyball team, and friends from childhood, high school, and adulthood all wore Joanna August dresses. The party was swingin'—especially for this little girl, the daughter of family friends. Guests were asked to wear "creative black-tie" attire, and several just happened to match the days neutral color scheme, which paired various shades of warm grays with the greens and whites of Villa Sevillano's gardens.
Among the gifts Joc gave each groomsman was this sweet souvenir—a bat engraved with the friend's name and the wedding date. The bags were decorated with olive branches and tags that said, "the best is yet to come," one of the couple's mottos, which also appeared on their invitations.
Gray faux fur and woven cotton blankets and pashmina throws bearing the newlyweds initials were placed on ceremony chairs to add to what Kelsey calls, "the crazy, comfortable vibe. The bride and groom included seven children in their ceremony, the children of the bride's cousin and of a close friend of the groom. The six flower girls tossed petals while wearing dresses by Dessy topped with jackets the bride found online, and the one ring bearer walked the couple's pup, Blue, down the aisle.
They exchanged vows on a wooden platform in front of a flower-adorned wooden ring, symbolizing eternal love, as it has no beginning and no end.
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Next to the main reception tent stood a smaller tent that served as a lounge area with comfy couches, a photo booth, and fun and games including cornhole and swings. Guests at the reception were encouraged to act like kids in the reception tent's lounge area, which included a cornhole game and a swing, personalized with the newlyweds' initials.
The foyer of the reception tent was lit up with love, quite literally. Shelves were filled with candles that were wrapped in vellum calligraphed with guests' names. As everyone entered, they lit their candle while making a wish for Kelsey and Joc. The reception took place on Villa Sevillano's polo fieldswhich, prior to the wedding, were just "a blank piece of grass," says Kelsey.
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Inside the tent, tables were arranged around the dance floor, with a long head table set for 46 including the newlyweds, their parents, and all 22 bridesmaids and groomsmen plus their dates. Garlands of Southern smilax hung overhead. An array of floral centerpieces deed by Toast Santa Barbara included roses, ranunculus, and various foliage. Velvet-covered tables, vine-topped plates, gold flatware, and a lush centerpiece of garden roses, peonies, astilbe, sweet peas, Liberstar tulips, burgundy ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, foxglove, scabiosa and huckleberry foliage, created a luxe, welcoming tablescape for the seated dinner at the reception.
A round menu filled guests in on the plan for dinner. The meal started with a plated first course of corn chowder with thyme and a bacon-wrapped diver scallop, then moved onto a family-style second course of butternut squash ravioli and a green salad with candied pecans, apple, feta, pomegranate and avocado.
The bride—in a second dress, by Atelier Pronovias — and groom cut a vanilla-bean butter cake from the Butter End Cakery. Guests who needed a pick-me-up before the after party could make their way to the coffee cart in the reception tent for after-dinner cappuccinos and lattes.
Guests waved sparklers at the newlyweds as they drove off into the sunset actually up to the main house for the after-party in a vintage Rolls Royce from —which, coincidentally, happens to be the year the bride's parents were born! Event de, planning, production, and flowers, Toast Santa Barbara.
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Bride's accessories, Cartier bracelet; Happy Jewelers engagement ring and wedding band; Lana Jewelry earrings and necklace for reception dress; Stuart Weitzman shoes. Bride's reception dress, Atelier Pronovias. Hair and makeup, Mar R. Groom's accessories, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes; Happy Jewelers wedding band. Lighting, Bella Vista Des Inc.
Flooring, Special Event Contractors. Pyrotechnics and petal cannons, Garden State Fireworks. Restrooms and sanitation, MarBorg Industries. Mother of the bride's dress, Carolina Herrera.
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