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Courtney + John

SANTA BARBARA ROOFTOP REVELRY

Chance encounters + a forever kind of love

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Although the pair shared a mutual friend, their first (fleeting) meeting didn’t happen until a 2008 party where they exchanged a brief “hello” and “thank you” (after John changed Courtney’s tire). The following November, Courtney headed to Santa Ynez with “girl-time and wine” in mind, yet much to her (and his!) surprise, she found John at the ranch, too. After a few flirtatious exchanges and a long evening chat by the river, the two were smitten and have been inseparable ever since. They both adore Santa Barbara; when it came to choosing a wedding venue, they happily chose Kimpton Canary Hotel.


The couple had a large wedding party—10 on each side—surrounding them with so much love while getting ready. Courtney reserved a room for the girls in the mezzanine/ground level for hair and makeup, while the guys prepped in a suite. (Finch and Fork provided delicious snacks for both sides!) They chose not to see each other before the ceremony, and Canary’s abundance of spaces meant they didn’t have to sneak around.

Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John

“The number of compliments we received from our guests speaks volumes about how remarkable the Canary is.”

Courtney and John
Courtney and John

“We felt an immediate connection with Liza, and she made everything so simple and streamlined.”

Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John

Both the ceremony and reception took place on the rooftop, where the couple chose to not overwhelm the space with flowers, instead letting the stunning vista shine. Due to their large number of guests, the combination of mixed seating and a buffet-style dinner proved ideal. After the sun set, stunning string lights illuminated the dance floor, where joyful guests boogied the night away (to both a DJ and a band), which made this wedding memorable for everyone.

Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John

“We made the absolute perfect decision—and want to do it all over again!”

Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John
Courtney and John