This wedding editorial, brimming with classic elegance, is about more than just the pretty details. It’s inspired by the deaf and hard of hearing community and how we can make weddings more inclusive for them. From the ceremony seating arrangement to the dinner table design to having a sign language interpreter on hand – we made thoughtful design choices that will ensure no one misses a moment of the joy and celebration.
Just south of Santa Barbara, Klentner Ranch with its european aesthetic and expansive ocean views was the perfect setting for this al fresco chic affair. Starting with the ceremony, considerations for deaf and hard of hearing guests are woven into the event design. The officiant is also a sign language interpreter and signed the ceremony. Curved rows and an open space between each chair allows for a better view of the interpreter.
Extra seats at the front were reserved by name for hard of hearing guests in addition to the family members in the processional. A classic curved arch fully covered in greenery and ivory blooms was accented on both sides with urn arrangements and lush potted plants including two types of ferns.
The design inspiration was classic elegance meets al fresco chic and features a palette of blush, soft yellow, golden yellow, ivory and black. The invitation suite and day of stationery featured a romantic, organic leaf motif. Invitations were printed on ivory handmade paper with letterpress matte gold ink and were embellished with vellum and golden yellow silk ribbon, vintage stamps, a floral wax seal and calligraphy addressing.
The bride wore an ethereal Claire Pettibone gown featuring exquisite French embroidery layered over floral embroidered tulle and sequin and a coordinating bridal cape that added drama to her sweeping train. The groom added a relaxed, stylish twist to his classic black tuxedo by skipping the bowtie and opting for a more fitted pant.
As guests picked up their escort cards to find their seats for dinner, they were greeted with the intoxicating aroma of peonies and roses in soft tones of blush and ivory. Guests could also take a ribbon wand to wave overhead and cue the couple to kiss instead of clinking glasses.
The considerations for deaf and hard of hearing guests continued throughout the wedding with ample signage and the sign language interpreter signing toasts and the lyrics to the special dance songs.
Planner and Designer Megan Rose Events designed a dinner tablescape that prioritized intimate, inclusive conversation. No long feasting tables or oversized rounds here. We opted for individual square tables that seat 8 guests each. Floral designer Ella & Louie designed a low, floral runner of peonies and roses so guests can easily see each other’s hands and mouths for flowering dinner conversation.
The arrangements were paired with driftwood chargers, black stoneware plates and ivory flatware to bring in earthy materials for an alfresco feel. Megan selected sterling antique dyed napkins from Party Pleasers, black taper candles in crystal holders and La Tavola’s lacy custard embroidered linen to add texture and color to the table design.
Planning & Design: @meganrose_events
Live Plants: @idyll.mercantile
Bride Model: @reneerlee
Groom Model: @dante_dupreee
Ribbons for Flatlays: @amore_society