Wedding Inspiration: Spreading Hope With Paper Cranes

A flock of 1,001 paper cranes served as a cultural touchstone for this sunny celebration held in downtown Santa Barbara, California.


"Inspired by their cultural heritage, Erin & Cory incorporated abundant florals and paper cranes to honor their Hawaiian and Japanese roots," says Tyler Speier, event planner, designer, florist at Tyler Speier Events. "Our goal: a classic garden wedding with cultural elements woven throughout. It was so inspiring to see this design come to life."

The pretty invitation suite by Minted

Invitation suite

Tyler created a flower-lined aisle leading to a striking ombré floral arch.

Outdoor wedding ceremony

A tumble of garden roses, dahlias, delphinium, peonies and more.

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Guest favors — gourmet chocolates — awaiting consumption. 

Wedding favor display

A fireplace and chandelier adorned with floral-studded vines. 

Wedding lounge

The tables were set with ivory velvet linens, patterned china, gold flatware and white paper cranes (reflecting the pink cranes above). 

Outdoor wedding reception

Outdoor wedding reception

The sweetheart table dressed in a cavalcade of blooms.

Outdoor wedding reception

Guests enjoyed a family-style dinner beneath an installation of paper cranes hand-folded by the bride and groom. 

Outdoor wedding reception

Outdoor wedding reception

Centerpieces of dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses and textured greens. 

Outdoor wedding reception

 Designer and florist Tyler Speier on the job.  

Wedding florist