Following 18 years together, Mark McGrath and Carin Kingsland made it official on Sept. 24, tying the knot in an intimate ceremony featuring just 70 guests at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif. “It was such an incredible day,” said the bride, who wore a gown from Renée Strauss’s bridal boutique in West Hollywood, while McGrath donned a Hugo Boss suit.
After serving as ring bearer and flower girl, the couple’s 2-year-old twins, son Lydon and daughter Hartley (who sported a bandage after receiving stitches the night before), stood proud with their parents as they recited their vows. “The kids were so good!” Kingsland said. “They stood at the altar with us and we all held hands. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
In a nod to where they met – and where McGrath proposed – a table at the reception was labeled Viper Room and decorated with flowers in deep shades of purple and pink. “The San Ysidro Ranch features a lot of beautiful indigenous flowers and plants, including lavender,” said wedding planner Jaime Kostechko, owner of True Blue Events. “They wanted to keep those and build on them.”
PLEASE BE SEATED
Each place setting came with a thank-you card for the guest, presented alongside the menu. “It was something important that they wanted to include,” said Kostechko, who added that candlelight was also requested by the couple, despite the daytime ceremony. “It had a soft effect and created an atmosphere of intimacy.”
MAKING AN ENTRANCE
“When I saw Carin walk down the aisle in her wedding dress, she took my breath away – just like she did when we first met,” McGrath gushed of his wife, with whom he was serenaded with a rendition of Bob Marley’s “One Love” performed by a steel drummer and a flamenco guitarist.