Citrus Wedding Inspiration Gone Totally Chic

When two of our favorite vendors cross paths – looking at you, Koman Photography and Kelly Oshiro – really beautiful things happen. Case in point? This citrus blossom wedding shoot inspired by Santa Barbara in the spring. Some amazing talent like Pretty Vintage Rentals, La Tavola and Bella Belle Shoes brought together the details and as icing on the cake, we’ve got a yummy lemon kumquat cocktail recipe waiting down below.

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From Kelly Oshiro… Inspired by the annual blooming of citrus blossom that happens every spring in Santa Barbara, I designed this lemon-centric shoot for Koman Photography. For decor, I foraged lemon on the branch with citrus blossom (this had to be the best smelling shoot ever) which Coco Rose then incorporated into the floral arrangements on the table and in the bouquet. Susan Silverberg created a lemon themed invitation with a beautiful line drawing of citrus which I styled with gorgeous citrine earrings from 33 Jewels and more lemon on the branch. Finally, what better way to use lemons than to make a lemon kumquat cocktail? Featuring locally foraged meyer lemon, local vodka by Cutler’s, a homemade kumquat cordial (St. Germain makes a good substitute) and fresh tarragon.

For the bridal styling, I was inspired by the slightly Spanish feel to Musat’s wedding dresses. I chose a bold red lip and a sleek hairstyle featuring retro finger waves that gathered into a chic and modern chignon by Kohnur. For the ceremony look, the custom dress featured a full skirt, billowy sleeves and a modern take on lace that I absolutely loved. For jewelry, I chose simple yellow Citrine earrings (don’t they look like candy?) which caught and reflected the light. And for the ring, an insane flower ring made by local jeweler, 33 jewels.

For the tabletop design, it was all about color and I picked La Tavola’s new velvet runners in “Golden” as the base for the table. Simple white and clear place settings from Pretty Vintage Rentals and my brass goblets made up the place settings. And for a unique place card idea, I placed the name card underneath the clear plate with some individual citrus leaves and individual lilac blooms. Lush floral arrangements in terra cotta compotes featured featuring citrus on the branch, nasturtium, orchids, and parrot tulips. In between, I placed taper candles from Creative Candles in cafe au lait and then scattered lemon in between.

A special thanks to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum for hosting the shoot and all the vendors who contributed!


Lemon Kumquat Cocktail Recipe

.5 oz Cutler vodka
.75 oz Homemade kumquat cordial (or St. Germain)
1oz Meyer lemon juice
Large Pinch Earthtrine Farm fresh tarragon

Combine in shaker, shake vigorously, double stain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a tarragon sprig and a meyer lemon twist.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design | Wedding Dresses: Musat Bridal | Reception Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: 33 Jewels | Hair + Makeup: Kohnur | Calligraphy: Susan Silverberg | Cocktail: Shaun Belway | Groom Wardrobe: Friar Tux | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Styling + Production: Kelly Oshiro | Table + Chairs: The Tent Merchant | Tabletop: Pretty Vintage Rentals

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