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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Wedding Guest Accolades


One of my lovely couples had to reschedule their Paso Robles Wine Country Wedding due to covid.  They eventually decided it was important to have the wedding ceremony they had dreamed of, albeit in a different location and date, opting for the groom's father's garden in Irvine, Ca.  It was a good reminder that love is resilient, and the vows and coming together in love is what it is all about.

I appreciate these kind words from a guest of that wedding:

"I recently attended a wedding ceremony in Irvine, CA, which was officiated by Barbra Mousouris. Both Barbra’s wide experience and strong, upbeat and light presence made the ceremony a joy to behold. Barbra’s loving and easeful energy spread over the venue and over all those present, uniting everyone there in the spirit of love, truth, and commitment.  It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. 

It is plain to me that Barbra’s intention, wit and personable character make her a top choice for anyone interested in having the best wedding officiant for their unique and profound ceremony."  RB

Friday, May 15, 2020

Your Day Will Come!

I understand the disappointment my couples have faced since having to postpone their special day.  I also know that through challenges comes strength and wisdom, and that when that magical day DOES happen, it will be so appreciated, with even more joy at finally experiencing what really matters...Love. Love that has endured disappointments and uncertainties.  Love that's time has come to be celebrated in all it's imperfect brilliance!  I am holding all my brides and grooms in my heart, and know that the future dates we have changed will be perfect.  In it together, Barbra

Monday, January 6, 2020

Santa Ynez Country Elopement

Marrying Gena & Dion was such a dream! 
Surrounded by huge oak trees down a country lane in Santa Ynez Valley, these beautiful lovebirds were united in marriage.  Thank you so much for the beautiful words below; it means the world to me to be acknowledged for what, for me, is such a privilege.  Be happy!! xoxoxo 

Wedding Wire Review:

10+ Stars to Barbra
From the first call to the day of the ceremony Barbra was so wonderful to work with! We wanted something relaxed and unplanned for our elopement ceremony. I was worried about not knowing all the details and Barbra was so caring and easy going about letting the day unfold perfectly for us. I could not have asked for a better day and Barbra was a huge part of making it so PERFECT! I will be forever thankful to her for the light, loving, thoughtful energy she brought to our wedding day.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Sunstone Villa Magic!

Marrying Stephanie and Cole was...magical!  The flowers "growing" up the old oak tree at the ceremony site made me feel like faeries might be watching us.  Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, vineyard doesn't get better than this!  Lovely photos captured the moments by Shauntelle, wedding coordinated by Shauna at Alegria.  Love!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Biltmore Beautiful!

It was such a joy uniting Kaytee and Mark in marriage at the lovely garden at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Montecito.  Along with their two sons and daughters, a beautiful new family was made!  I know they will have a long life of love and laughter!  Such an honor.  Love!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sunstone Villa Vineyard Wedding

I absolutely LOVE Sunstone villa for weddings!  The immense stonework was brought over the the French countryside, but the feel is definitely Tuscany all the way!  It was a magical wedding for Stephanie and Cole in the vineyard; the flowers trellising up the big oak tree where we held the ceremony were so fairy-like and beautiful and natural!  The string quartet in the background added to the lovely ambiance on a beautiful day.  I love what I do!!

Dovecote Winery Los Alamos

It was such a gorgeous wedding for Sarah and  Hunter at Dovecote Winery, Los Alamos!  They are such a beautiful couple who met studying abroad in Germany.  Thank you both so much for the lovely all-five-star review in Wedding Wire!  I SO appreciate the kind words, and the honor is all mine!  Love!

"We absolutely loved our experience with Barbra from our initial phone call to our counseling sessions and to our ceremony on the day of.  It was such a great value and experience to do pre-marital counseling with her along the way.  For one thing, the sessions are a nice quiet pause along what ends up being a very hectic and busy planning period; and second, it gave us a chance to get to know Barbra better and for her to get to know us.  By the time our ceremony came around, it didn't feel like a stranger was marrying us, but an old friend who knew so much about us and how we got to that day.  She organized the ceremony so well and also incorporated some Filipino traditions for us.  We would recommend Barbra whole-heartedly and also suggest going to counseling with her before!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Union Hotel, Los Alamos

It was such fun to marry adorable Alyssa and  Ryan at the Union Hotel, Los Alamos this month! It was like stepping back in time, elegant dresses and suits, 20's music, gorgeous flowers adorning the gazebo and champagne! 

Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach Wedding

These two lovely brides tied the knot in front of gorgeous walls of succulents at the hip Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Both families came together to support this celebration of love, commitment and union. Such an honor!

Heartfelt Family Vows at El Encanto

Talk about an adorable wedding party! The guests at Ashleigh & Justin's simply elegant wedding at El Encanto lily pond included their 5 adorable teenage daughters. The bride and groom stopped on the pond bridge for their first dance, with approving turtles looking on. They exuded fun and love, and I was honored to be a part of creating a special union for this lovely family!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Happy Anniversary to my New Orleans Wedding Couple!

This was one of the most fantastic weddings ever! I just received additional photos on their anniversary, so sharing away! Fun fun fun!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Thank you 2018!

It was a wonderful year of lovely couples and beautiful weddings...Santa Barbara Boathouse, Buttonwood Winery, Gainey Winery, Alisal Ranch, El Encanto Hotel, Santa Barbara Zoo, Zaca Mesa Winery, Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Ynez ranches, Natural History Museum, Paso Robles wineries, Oxnard Beach, Curtis Winery, Greengate Ranch, Sandpiper Golf Club, Bacara Resort, More Ranch, Figueroa Farmhouse and private estates! I loved writing personal weddings for every couple, that truly captured their unique journeys of love. Here's to a wonderful 2019 wedding season! And thank you so much for the wonderful words!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Convivo (Santa Barbara Inn) Summer Wedding

This adorable couple had a relaxed, yet elegant beachfront wedding, with every detail beautifully handled by Zohe with Felici Events. Here are some lovely photos by By Cherry Photography. We in Santa Barbara are blessed with so many amazing places to tie the knot!