Tania And Oscar’s Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

Tania & Oscar knew from the get-go that they didn’t want a massive wedding. An intimate wedding with only their dearest pals and household suited their personalities to a tee.

The couple chose the venue exactly where they shared their 1st date – the Santa Barbara Courthouse, as their ceremony location. After the heartfelt ceremony, the couple – along with their 40 guests, celebrated at a private residence rented by way of Airbnb.

“We wanted it to be easy and casual and that’s precisely what it was,” explains Tania.

Thanks to Ryanne Bee Photography for sending over this beautiful small wedding so that we could share it with you nowadays!

Tania & Oscar

Location: Santa Barbara Courthouse

Wedding Date: September 24, 2016

Quantity of Guests: 40

Wedding Expense: ~ $10,000

Wedding Ceremony Place: Santa Barbara Courthouse

Wedding Reception Place: Private Residence through Airbnb

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted our nearest and dearest friends and family members there for one of our most special day and didn’t want something too huge.

What are some the challenges that you faced arranging an intimate wedding?

Our biggest challenge was trying to determine how small of a wedding we wanted.  We struggled with doing something as small as possessing only 10 men and women to having a wedding as large as 60 folks. We changed locations a couple instances and ultimately settled on Santa Barbara since that was exactly where we had our initial date.

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Definitely. We wished we could have had the many close close friends in our life there, but we invited our childhood buddies and our families, those who helped shaped who we are right now.

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the tiny guest list from close friends and loved ones? If so, how did you address them?

No issues that came up.

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

My two year old asking to nurse as I began to stroll down the aisle and then proceeded to strip down to her underwear at the altar.  And then possessing our 4 year old daughter hold our hands throughout the whole ceremony. It was just so ‘us’ and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

What have been the highlights of the reception? 

It was so laid back and that was what Oscar and I wanted. We wanted it to be effortless and casual and that is exactly what it was.

What was the very best issue about possessing an intimate wedding? 

For us, it was getting able to make it our personal. Oscar and I planned the entire thing by ourselves.

What tips do you have for couples who are contemplating an intimate wedding? 

It’s a lot of operate and it’s critical to go step by step and be organized. And be patient with oneself and be open to unexpected mishaps. Two days just before our wedding we found out our caterer had our date incorrect by 4 months and we practically did not have catered food at our wedding. Fortunately we have been open to moving the reception up by two hours and that very same caterer was able to make our wedding reception come about.


Photographer: Ryanne Bee Photography

Florals: Petals and Pop in Seal Beach

Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse

Reception Venue: Private Residence via Airbnb

Dress: The Stone Cold Fox

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Menswear: Banana Republic and J Crew