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Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings

We are thrilled to see Sarah & Chase’s elegant Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings this week!! We have done a quick highligh from the feature here on our blog, but CLICK HERE to see the full feature on their website!

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“Sarah and Chase love any excuse to dress up, so they knew they wanted a black tie wedding from the start. When they took their super laid-back personalities and desire for tropical décor into consideration, they knew they needed a hand planning their dream wedding. Enter La Fete Weddings. The Santa Barbara wedding planning team executed Sarah and Chase’s wedding with style and grace, and even included fun reception details like an ice luge, a classic black and white palette, and tropical fronds as far as the eye can see. Johnny B Films and photographer Courtney Aaron captured every moment of Sarah and Chase’s wedding beautifully, including their regal ceremony on Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore‘s lawn – the same place Sarah’s parents were married 31 years ago!”

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“Our colors were white, natural greenery, black and gold. I really wanted the greenery to be the standout feature with lots of white accents. However, I have seen so many all white weddings and didn’t just want to repeat that. Instead, we mixed in black and gold elements to make it feel slightly modern and give it a black tie feel.”

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“I wanted a really romantic black tie wedding with a natural/tropic feel. Which when we were first talking about it, sounded so weird. But once we started picking our decor and our amazing florist sent inspiration images, it really started coming together. It was really hard to communicate at first exactly what we wanted, mostly because we had never planned a wedding before. What was most important was that the wedding felt fresh and unique and our amazing wedding planners, Kaitlin and Colette from La Fete Weddings worked with us for months and really nailed the theme in the end.”

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“The pastor who married us also married my brother and is a very close family friend. It was so special to me because he has known me almost my entire life and made the ceremony so personal. We also had readings from the grooms sister and one of his childhood best friends. Finally, we chose to do traditional vows as well as write our own. And if you are on the fence about writing your own, I highly suggest doing it. It was so special and our guests loved our vows. We got compliments on them the whole night.”

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“I am SUPER laid back. I knew I really wanted a cool vibe to the wedding, without it feeling like another shabby chic and blush wedding. I think one of the first things I told Kaitlin and Colette was that no pink (except the champagne!) would be allowed at the wedding. My family also spends a lot of time in Maui and I wanted to bring elements of that to the wedding as well, hence the tropical greenery. We decided on a black tie wedding mostly because we love dressing up and wanted the wedding to feel like a formal Southern California party. However, we are both super laid back so we knew we wanted it to be a party and not stuffy, and I think we achieved it!”

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“I really wanted unique centerpieces, meaning, lots of greenery and mixing a natural esthetic with a black tie theme. I also knew I wanted lots of white and ethereal lighting”

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Be patient and trust your wedding planners. If you choose to have one (which I cannot recommend enough- the stress they save on the day of alone is worth it), do your research and pick one with elements of their previous weddings you really love. We were so lucky because Kaitlin and Colette were so communicative and kept us on a timeline so we didn’t feel like we were doing everything at once. And trusting them to be creative when you cannot communicate exactly what you want really worked out for us.”

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“The main dining room took my breath away when we walked in before our guests were shown in. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. The ice luge was also such a hit, the station was so elegant and the drinks were amazing.”

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“We had a coconut chiffon cake with passion fruit mango creme cake an a dessert bar with lemon meringue tarts, tiramisu, cookies, sables and macaroons, red velvet cupcakes and Swedish creme puffs. Our signature drinks were a grapefruit basil martini, passionfruit jalapeño martini and old fashioned’s.”

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“Our photographer was also a family friend (you’re probably seeing a theme here… we really had THE BEST vendors), and so we felt so comfortable with her. She also did our engagement pictures and I cannot say enough good things about her. She captured the evening perfectly and our guests LOVED her.”

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THE WEDDING TEAM:

Photography – Courtney Aaron, Eden Rose Photography
Event Planning & Design – La Fete Weddings
Venue, Catering, & Cake – Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore
Floral Design – Anna Le Pley Taylor
Officiant – Pastor Dan Warren
DJ – Michael Ober
Videography – Johnny B Films
Invitations – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Makeup & Hair Artist – Pretty Please Beauty, Hello Darling
Wedding Dress – Lihi Hod
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – David’s Bridal
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Lauren B, Tiffany & Co.
Rentals – The Tent Merchant
Favors – Woods Wholesale Wine

Michael and Bradley’s El Encanto Rehearsal Dinner + Gifting Lounge 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Michael and Bradley’s El Encanto Rehearsal Dinner + Gifting Lounge

This week we wanted to highlight the exquisite events that surrounded this wonderful couple’s wedding last year. It all began with an intimate Rehearsal Dinner in the Main Dining Room of the El Encanto, where approximately 50 guests enjoyed a fantastic meal and toasted the happy couple. When we designed this event with Laura of Cody Floral Design, we wanted to punch up the color on the dining tables with deep navy blue and white containers overflowing with bright coral charm peonies. The end result was a beautiful and cheery first impression for the guests arriving in Santa Barbara for a weekend full of wedding celebrations.

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After the Rehearsal Dinner the guests walked up to Lily Pond at the El Encanto Resort to join the rest of their guests for a Welcome Party & Gifting Lounge! This is the second time we have helped put together a gifting lounge here in Santa Barbara and both times it has been a huge success. For this event the guests checked in at a table and each guest was able to fill their personalized tote with the items of their choice. We stocked the gifting lounge with local Santa Barbara Popcorn, fresh fruit, Boxed Water, Santa Barbara Pistachios, chips, bottles of red & white wine, adorable fedoras & other sun hats from Karen Kane (Michael’s mothers company) and so much more!

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Not only does the Gifting Lounge create an unforgettable first impression for your guests, it takes a lot of pressure off of the couple getting married! Ordering all of the items, unpacking it all, assembling the bags, and then delivering them all to your hotels can be very exhausting and expensive on the days JUST before your wedding. Not to mention you will never know if the guests received them or even enjoyed them! The gifting lounge is an excellent solution to this and creates a fantastic conversation started as your guests mingle at the welcome party!

At the end of the evening, our La Fete staff puts the gift bags into alphabetical order and works alongside the valet to give the guests their bags as they departed the El Encanto. This enables the guests to enjoy the welcome party without lugging a heavy gift bag around!

Sending tons of love to MiBelle Photography for capturing this event so beautifully & to Laura of Cody Floral Design for the fantastic flower arrangements she put together on this special day!

Spanish Inspired Wedding at the Bacara Resort 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Spanish Inspired Wedding at the Bacara Resort

When we began planning Erica & Dan’s wedding at the Bacara Resort, we knew we wanted to create an atmosphere that not only matched the Spanish architecture of the environment, but also appealed the Bride & Groom’s personal style. We were thrilled when Erica mentioned that not only did she love flowers, she loves color! We immediately directed her to our friend Michael from Louloudi Designs who is extremely talented at bringing a brides floral visions to reality!

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Mi Belle Photography expertly captured all the beautiful little details from this Spanish Inspired wedding at the Bacara Resort, and we just love these incredibly intimate moments she captured of our Bride & Groom as they walked  along the romantic pathways of the property!

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This was our first opportunity to work with Lele Patisserie– a new specialty wedding cake baker in Santa Barbara- and I have to say that this wedding cake was the most delicious tres leches cake I have ever tasted! It even had fresh strawberries inside!

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Sending a special thank you out to our incredible team of professionals who helped this wedding run so smoothly: Mi Belle Photography, Louloudi Designs, BBJ Chargers, Ian at Red Shoe DJ, The Bacara Resort, Artisan Productions, SPARK, Lele Patisserie, Limousine Link, and TEAM Hair & Make up!