5 Tips From California Wedding Planned in Just Four Months

Real Weddings
Bride and groom at a formal wedding in Montecito, California.

Photo: Aaron Delesie

By the time Brooke, 30, and Keith, 38, said "I Do," they'd been engaged for nearly four years! But once the couple decided their time had come, they pulled off a black-tie wedding–infused with the laid-back vibe of Montecito, CA–for 40 guests in only four months. Here are five tips that got them down the aisle and to their intimate celebration in record time.

Mix and match
The couple chose the concrete and steel of the Monastery for their wedding, which Brooke softened with pastel florals, lace linens and vintage glassware, crystal, and silverware.

Bring the church outdoors
Instead of having a traditional ceremony in a church, Brooke and Keith went for what the bride calls a "kind of Catholic" ceremony in the sunshine. They rented vintage church pews and covered the aisle with a thick carpet of rose petals to bring it all together.

Shrink the list
Keith loved that their 40-person guest list allowed him to mention each guest by name during his toast.

Plan your photo ops
Brooke scheduled the cake cutting for 7:58 p.m. (and not a minute later!) to take advantage of the gorgeous light at sunset.

It never hurts to ask
Brooke was surprised by how willing everyone at the Monique Lhuillier salon was to help make her dress her own, which she did by adding sleeves and deepening the V in the back.

Check out Brooke and Keith's wedding in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of BRIDES (on newsstands now!), then check back here in mid-December for even more details from this formal-meets-industrial California wedding.

—Jaimie Schoen

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