At Santa Barbara’s scenic polo grounds, Greg Reed and Royce Wadsworth throw a wedding to remember.
Pet pugs as flower girls, a surprise performance from friend and British singer Bryn Christopher, and an oversized typographic sculpture—there was no shortage of wow factor at the wedding of Royce Wadsworth and Greg Reed. “We wanted more of a fun, casual celebration than a traditional, formal affair,” says Royce, a former wardrobe stylist and now chief of staff for Los Angeles-based podcast network Wondery.
When he first met Greg, now vice president of technology partnerships for Universal Pictures, three years ago at a bar for a mutual friend’s birthday, he thought, “I have to pursue this guy,” recalls Royce. The pair spontaneously broke off from the party to grab a late-night dinner at nearby Kitchen24 in West Hollywood. After three months of dating, Greg proposed: “I chuckled and said, ‘No,’” laughs Royce of his original hesitation. But one year later, he turned to Greg on the couch at home in L.A. and said, “OK, yup, I’m ready to get engaged now.”
On a cloudless day in June, guests gathered amid the bleachers of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (a site the couple visited on their first weekend getaway) to witness the couple exchange vows on the open field. A large-scale “R + G” sculpture that Royce and his father built set the backdrop for the ceremony, which was officiated by Greg’s cousin and conducted partially in Welsh (Greg was born in Wales). After the “I do’s,” the best men popped bottles of Champagne as the newlyweds walked off, pugs in tow, to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” “I know it seems odd for a wedding, but it’s such a good song!” says Royce. “That’s when I knew it was going to be a good evening,” he adds.
Open-air lounges and games set the scene for cocktail hour, followed by a tented dinner on the field. Personal details were in abundance thanks to family and friends—from cotton ball-dotted centerpieces (a nod to Royce’s parents’ cotton farming background) to wooden tabletop elements crafted by Royce’s father. “It was like everybody helped to put on a show,” he says.
VENUE Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club FLORIST Florie Nunes ENTERTAINMENT Michael Ober Music RENTALS The Tent Merchant, La Tavola Fine Linen MENU Lorraine Lim Catering SUITS The Black Tux RINGS Custom Fabrie Jewelers STATIONERY Minted
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Benjamin Patch.
WRITTEN BY Danielle DiMeglio.