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May 29, 2019

Our Lady Mount Carmel Wedding: John & Sheila

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Classy, timeless, college sweethearts and the best of friends. John and Sheila met at the University of Arizona, and after they hung out they were inseparable. They share the same core values in life and they fell for each other quickly! It’s so clear they are best frineds who make each toher better people! We love what the priest said about them: “Your love for each other has made you into the people you were created to be. That is what love was meant to do.”

The wedding day started off with the boys getting ready at John’s Dad’s beautiful beach house while the girls got ready at a very cute house in Montecito. John gifted each groomsman cuff links that were personal to them. Such a great gift idea! Sheila had her gown custom made, and she even brought the original dress sketch to the wedding. Mark Zunino did a fabulous job creating a masterpiece for this bride. He made the dress so personal to Sheila and even added 18 buttons from Sheila’s grandma’s dress onto her dress for the 18th day in May. Just wait till you see how stunning she looks in this gown! Speaking of custom, John’s shoes were custom made with the Lloyd-Butler family crest and the wedding date, and Sheila’s wore a beautiful pair of floral Christian Louboutins! Needless to say, their shoe game was strong!

Sheila did a first look with her girls and they had the cutest reactions. You could tell everyone was trying so hard not to cry but a few of them couldn’t hold back their happy tears! She also did a first look with her dad and his reaction was priceless! His mouth was wide open and he put his arms up and ran toward his girl. It was absolutely adorable!

Afterward, we all got into the bus provided by Jump on the School Bus, which said “Sheila & John I Do Crew” on the side. So cute! The ceremony was at our favorite church in Santa Barbara, called Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a gorgeous church, full of ornate details inside, and it reminds us of Europe!

One of our favorite moments from the day was John’s sweet smile as he saw his bride walk down the aisle. Sheila’s Dad cried happy tears as he walked his little girl down the aisle towards John. The ceremony was stunning and such a beautiful moment to be a part of! It was followed by refreshments outside as we took family photos and then we all headed over to the Lloyd Butler Ranch. This ranch has been in the family for 130 years! The main house is actually the oldest continuously inhabited home in California. How cool is that?! The land used to be used for cattle and to farm lima beans, but now they focus on lemons, avocados, and berries. Such an amazing location full of family history!

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, John and Sheila and their immediate family went to the chapel on the property for a special blessing. The chapel is one of the oldest buildings on the ranch, dating back to the 1850s! It is shaped like an octagon and its original purpose was a game and card room until 1923 when John’s great-grandparents got married and repurposed it into a consecrated place of worship by the Roman Catholic Church. Sheila and John received a private nuptial blessing.

We loved the reception decor! It was classy, timeless and an all-neutral color palette. It started to rain as guests were seated but they didn’t even care. Their friends and family were SO excited to celebrate them! Their family members gave beautiful speeches. They talked about the value and care that John and Sheila put into their relationships and the incredible loyalty that each of them demonstrates. It was so evident how much their friends adore this couple and the impact they’ve had on so many!

The band kept the dance floor packed and brought so much energy to the dance floor! Even though it kept raining, nothing could stop the celebration, and they all danced all night long in the pouring rain!

Wedding Planner: Neda Raeen

Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment

Makeup: Lisa Bassler

Florals: Buds n Blooms LA

Event Rental: LA Best Rental

Transportation: Jump On The School Bus

Dress: Mark Zunino

Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin


Groom’s Shoes: Shipton & Heneage (custom)

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