Satomi and Joshua’s wedding ceremony was at the Santa Barbara Buddhist Church and their reception at the Greek Orthodox Church. I met with them for the first time over Skype only a couple weeks before their wedding day. Their first photographer cancelled on them unexpectedly and they were running out of time to find another photographer. Fortunately one of my brides from a wedding earlier this year works with Joshua and gave him my number. I’m happy I was still available that day so I could be apart of their uniquely amazing wedding!
The day started with Satomi getting ready at a private estate in the hills of Santa Barbara. She first got dressed with the help of her mother into her vibrantly colored, traditional Japanese Kimono. All of her bridesmaids wore a traditional obi for the ceremony and changed into a simple gold sash for the reception. She also had a gorgeous wedding gown to wear after the ceremony for the reception and some more portraits. It was such an interesting wedding, mixing Satomi and Joshua’s two different family traditions seemed effortless. One of my absolute favorite parts of the day was immediately following the ceremony. All of the guests gathered around the couple and showered them in rose petals! It looked so beautiful! We were greeted with an amazing sunset after we finished taking all of the group and family portraits and right before we went inside! Everything at the reception was perfectly complete with speeches, dancing, and cake. Want to see some of their wedding photos? Here’s some of my favorites from Joshua and Satomi’s wedding day!
Wedding Coordinator | Ann Johnson Events
Ceremony Venue | Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara
Reception Venue | Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Catering | Martino’s Catering
DJ | KM Productions
Bride’s Gown | Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes | Jimmy Choo Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Tuxedo | Mission Tuxedo
Wedding Rings | Premier Fine Jewelers