Real Weddings
Perfectly Unexpected
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Photographer, Sundai Johnson

§  Wildfires may have changed their plans, but this surprise wedding made up for it all.

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There is a saying that reads, "Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone."

The team at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara knows a thing or two about lending a listening ear and a generous helping hand. After learning that a couple staying at the hotel had checked in for their would-be honeymoon when their wedding plans were canceled due to California wildfires, they decided to plan a wedding ceremony extravaganza to mark the couple's vow to lifelong love.

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On the bluffs overlooking the Pacific, the Director of Banquets — who also just so happens to be an ordained minister — officiated a picturesque wedding and even gave a Best Man toast for the bride and groom. The hotel filled the guest chairs ensuring that the photos reflected a full house for this seaside matrimony. 

Not only was this story of romance covered by a local newspaper, but the couple also expressed that the experience was like "having a fairy godmother."

The hotel listened to their guests and helped make their wedding dreams come true.

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