When Plain White T’s guitarist Tim Lopez wed Jenna Reeves in a sweet Santa Barbara ceremony, it was a forgone conclusion that the wedding would contain lots of sentimental personal touches. After all, they fell for each other on a show called Ready for Love, and he’s responsible for such wedding-friendly songs as “Rhythm of Love.” And now that they’re sharing the photos exclusively with PEOPLE, we can say our predictions came true.
The July 4 ceremony, held at the Santa Barbara Historical museum, was planned by La Fête Weddings, an event-planning company owned by his mom Colette and sister Kaitlin. Reeves, who ended up choosing a neutral palette with blue accents, says of working with her future in-laws, “It was such a blessing because I didn’t even know where to start.”
The couple also included a few patriotic touches for the Independence Day ceremony, including a large American flag for photos, but some of the most meaningful elements of the whole day were the couple’s rings, which all had special significance.
The engagement ring was crafted by a friend of Lopez’s with a little help from Reeves’s Pinterest page. “I went and started making really bad, crude drawings of what I wanted her engagement ring to look like. We sent them back and forth and he took my drawings and put them into some 3D computer program. We just kept altering it until it looked the way I wanted,” he says, ending up with a 1.22-carat pear-shape diamond with 97 round diamonds set around it.
Her wedding band was also created by Bryant & Sons and set eternity-style with 53 round diamonds, while Lopez’s band was made by his father out of rings gifted to him by Reeves’s family, then crafted to include a brushed-gold finish and rough edge.
Lopez, 34, told PEOPLE that Reeves, 26, was no bridezilla while planning the wedding, and that extended to her dress selection. “I actually got my dress at David’s Bridal,” she says. “I looked at a few boutique shops and found nothing that felt right. When I tried this one on, I had that moment where I looked in the mirror and saw a bride. The dress was relatively inexpensive as far as wedding dresses go but I wasn’t concerned with brand names, I just wanted to feel comfortable and beautiful when walking down the aisle toward him.”
To go with her “elegant, vintage and classic” dress, Reeves selected jewelry by Austin-based designer Kendra Scott, including her Alexa earrings and a bracelet to go with. “They were stunning and complimented the dress beautifully,” Reeves says.
Comfort was key for the bride — she selected her dress because “I wanted it to be lightweight so that I could move around comfortably and dance the night away, which we did!” — so her accessories had to fit the bill as well. In addition to her tan sandals with mesh inserts (which, like her dress, were “just the right amount of sexy”) she also loved her handbag. “A favorite piece of mine was the Taxidermy clutch. I absolutely fell in love with it. It’s so elegant and unique, definitely an eye-catcher,” she says.
And of course, Lopez’s look had plenty of thought put into it as well.
“Jenna and I didn’t want to abandon who we are when it came to the style and attire for our wedding — hence I wasn’t going to be caught dead in a tuxedo!” Lopez says. “I chose a French blue suit by David Donahue, Brennan boots by To Boot New York and a custom embroidered pocket square by my beautiful wife.”
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— Alex Apatoff, with reporting by Christina Dugan and Sarah Michaud