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Christina McGoldrick & Greg Fulleman

June 4, 2016 | Ceremony: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Santa Barbara | Reception: The Goodland, a Kimpton Hotel, Goleta

Christina and Greg outside the Goodland Hotel, where their wedding was enhanced with vintage cars and good tunes.

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The bride’s blue BCBGeneration pumps played into the couple’s watercolor theme.

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The bride created much of the big-day decor, including hand-dip-dyed escort cards done in a variety of vibrant hues, inspired by the ocean and sunset.

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Flowers such as hot pink protea, cockscomb and eucalyptus were chosen to look as if they were underwater, floating in a coral reef.

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He wanted red velvet; she craved Funfetti. The bride’s mom baked a tier of each for the festive confection, which she then frosted with homemade vanilla buttercream. The final touch, Día de los Muertos figurines found at Pegged on Etsy, topped the whole thing off perfectly.

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Having met in college at California State University, Northridge, Christina McGoldrick and Greg Fulleman dated for nine years before saying “I do.” On their eighth anniversary, the couple drove from L.A. to Carpinteria, where Christina spent her summers growing up. They took a walk on the beach in front of her favorite spots, and it started to rain. She recalls: “He proposed, sandy knees and all, in front of the same lifeguard tower where I used to watch the sun set with my family as a kid.”

Eager to wed close to the scene of the engagement, the couple chose the Goodland Hotel. The in-house VNYL record store—where a neon sign reads “Let’s Get Physical”—was reason alone for Greg, a drummer, to feel at home. They let the vibe of the venue dictate their details: coastal hues paired with striped roses in every shade for a joyful riot of color.

“If you’re using a DJ, save the hip-hop for after the cake cutting, when some of the older guests usually depart,” says Christina. “That way you can boogie with guests without making Grandma blush!”

After a year of planning, the couple chose to put off a big trip. Instead, they took a quick post-wedding minimoon to Seattle to decompress. Having registered with Honeyfund, they are now planning a two-week excursion to Italy, while using their new pasta-maker—another wedding gift—to prepare.

On-Site Wedding Planner Olivia Inks, Kimpton Goodland Hotel
Bride’s Gown Wtoo by Watters
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Pretty Please Beauty Santa Barbara
Bride’s Shoes BCBGeneration
Bride’s Jewelry iloniti
Catering Outpost restaurant, Kimpton Goodland Hotel
Cakes Baked and decorated by bride’s mother
Cake Topper Pegged
Florist Mayesh Wholesale
Menu Cards NorthSaltStudio
Linens Linen Tablecloth; shibori-dyed table runners: Michael Levine
Invitations Wedding Paper Divas
Entertainment Danny Guevara, On the Go DJ Pro