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Santa Barbara Museum Wedding: Cassandra & Danielle

kiel rucker photography

July 18, 2015

Cassandra and Danielle met through mutual friends eight years ago, but it wasn’t until a year and a half ago that they were both single and ready for a true relationship. They met up for breakfast and shared their interest in running. They spent three hours chatting and soon were on their first official date at an art museum. Their proposal took place at the finish line of a race overlooking the ocean – perfect!

That their museum wedding day was unique is something of an understatement. California was experiencing the worst drought in history, yet it rained on their wedding day! As they walked down the aisle, they were serenaded by thunder and touched by a light mist as the soft sounds of an acoustic guitar and conga drum welcomed them into their ceremony.

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As soon as Cassandra and Danielle reached the altar, a huge oak tree split into two trunks, the mist stopped and the loudest clap of thunder sounded above the canopy of trees. Immediately, their wedding party broke out in laughter and tears, bringing everyone together and relaxing the brides.
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kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography

Danielle explained one of the most special parts of their ceremony: “Throughout our relationship, in moments of sheer gratitude for what we have, we scream ‘Thank You’ to the universe, so as part of our ceremony, we had our officiant explain this to our guests.  He invited the entire wedding party to scream ‘Thank You’ with us.”

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kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
After the ceremony, the couple took family photos and “bride-selfies” before being introduced into their reception as Mrs. and Mrs. Perez-St. Antoine. They shared their first dance, during which they grabbed their dads from their tables and finished dancing in their fathers’ arms. The night ended with silly speeches and two grateful brides looking at a room filled with loving, supportive family members who had traveled great distances to be there.
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
kiel rucker photography
Cassandra and Danielle recommend that other couples be true to themselves and incorporate who they are as a couple into their wedding. Also, if you really want a small wedding, don’t let anyone talk you out of it because the intimacy is unparalleled. The newlyweds are expecting their first child this summer and plan to continue their adventures at home and abroad!

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Photographer: kiel rucker photography // Equipment Rentals:  Avenue Twelve Rentals // Floral Designer: La Fleur Du Jour // Equipment Rentals:  Mint Vintage Rentals // Event Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History // Caterer: Stella Mare’s

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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