INTIMATE WEDDINGS

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Soft Pastel Wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch

We could not imagine a more beautiful color palette for a summertime wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch. Super soft shades of blue, pink, lavender, green and ivory absolutely shine at this lush garden venue. Jessie & Juan celebrated their wedding day amongst 50 of their closest friends & family members. The couple exchanged their vows in the ceremony garden and then dined alfresco on the Hydrangea Patio and danced the night away to their favorite songs.

Each place-setting was carefully curated with layers of mixed white china from Pretty Vintage Rentals and topped with a menu that had each guests name written at the top with soft blue calligraphy. CocoRose Florals finished the look by tying delicate stems of lavender & sweet peas to each of the fresh white napkins with a raw silk ribbon.

This spectacular wedding was held on a warm day in October, and as the sun began to set the San Ysidro Ranch warmed up the guests with bowls of their signature Tortilla Soup. The candlelit dinner continued, followed by an organic baby greens salad & then the choice of Filet of Beef or Pan Roasted King Salmon. Toasts were shared throughout the evening as guests celebrated the newlyweds under the twinkle lights and stars.

One of our favorite moments of the evening is when Jessie surprised her parents by playing their wedding song right after the cake cutting. Her parents were so touched and as the two of them danced together, reminiscing about their own wedding day! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room & each guest could truly feel the love shared within this family.

Weddings like these don’t just magically happen! We could not do our job without the help of an incredible team of professionals. Here is the list of vendors who made this dreamy wedding day come to life:

Wedding Planning & Design: La Fete Weddings  |  Photography: Ashleigh & Erik Photography  |  Videography: Fig & Thread  |  Venue: San Ysidro Ranch  |  Floral Design: CocoRose Florals  |  Rentals: The Tent Merchant  |  Dinnerware & Vintage Glassware Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals  |  Menu + Escort Card Design & Calligraphy: Sophia Loves Letters  |  Ceremony Music: Brandt Jacobus  |  Lighting Design: Ambient Event Design  |  Hair & Makeup: Tomiko Taft & Lucy Salgado  |  Reception DJ: Ian Gotler of RedShoe

 

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A Cheery + Colorful Wedding Celebration at the San Ysidro Ranch

There is nothing like a  colorful wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch to help get you through your Wednesday! We were beyond thrilled to help the FABULOUS Laura of Cody Floral Design plan her own stunning and intimate wedding celebration. As  a local wedding professional, Laura arranges some of the most glamorous floral arrangements that Santa Barbara offers- but we all get a little tired of the traditional wedding colors of whites and soft pinks. That is exactly why her own wedding featured tons of vibrant blooms and touches of color!

Laura & Michael exchanged vows in front of the insanely romantic Stonehouse Terrace fireplace which was dressed in wild greenery and two abundant displays of her flowers! The backdrop was complete once all of the candles were lit & tiny twinkle lights lit up the fireplace & surrounding trees. Throughout the grounds of San Ysidro Ranch you will find tons of petite vintage benches- which we utilized as the seating for their guests during the ceremony.

At dusk, the guests found their way into the Old Adobe where they each took their seats at this deep blue velvet draped table. Each place setting held a perfect magenta peony which held together a silk napkin. And lets just say that the bride knew what she was doing when she put together these centerpieces!

These abundant arrangements featured a stunning color palette of deep fuchsia peonies, garden roses, cafe au let dahlias & dripping clusters of grapes. The table also featured an impressive display of hurricanes and votives which made the space feel warm & inviting!

 

Needless to say it was an incredible honor to be included in helping our dear friend Laura plan her special day! She has gone above and beyond to help design all of the flower arrangements for each of my kid’s weddings & it was about time we were able to return the favor! This magical day would not have been possible without the support of the wonderful professional team that came along side Laura & Michael that day:

| Melissa Musgrove Photography | The San Ysidro Ranch | Dwight Kennedy Music | La Tavola Linens | 805 Make up | Barbra Mousouris | And of Course the Fabulous Team at Cody Floral Design |

 

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Intimate Blush Pink Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

There is something so wonderful & charming about being able to host a romantic wedding for 13 of your family members, and that is exactly what Amy & Rick wanted for their intimate blush pink wedding at San Ysidro Ranch. We left no detail unfinished for this event and it all shows so beautifully through Michelle Beller’s Photography. We are thrilled to share that this wedding was recently posted on Style Me Pretty– To view their full gallery of images CLICK HERE!

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From the Bride… “We envisioned our wedding to be modern, traditional and elegant. We chose the San Ysidro Ranch for it’s storied history, privacy, romantic, intimate and scenic location. Because only our immediate families were in attendance, we opted for a formal and elegant affair serenaded by an acoustic duo under the stars. We enjoyed a caviar and champagne cocktail hour, followed by a fine wine pairing and a five course dinner with accompaniment of amuse bouche and an intermezzo.”collage40009300104002460025400247003120023900313collage500225collage6005070047600460

It was truly an affair to remember from the exchanging of our vows on the lower lawn, to the decadent sit-down dinner, chandeliers hanging from the branches above us creating a whimsical setting. The enchanting glow of the candles, lavish table settings, aromatic fragrance from the lush floral arraignments complimenting the aroma of the fine cuisine.”

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“Laughter coupled with the cheers and speeches and background music creating a magical evening to remember. We are exceedingly happy and pleased that our dreams were executed so flawlessly.”

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THE WEDDING TEAM:

Photography: Michelle Beller | Event Design: La Fete | Floral Design: Cody Floral Design | Invitations: East Six | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | Ceremony Music: Dwight Kennedy | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Town And Country | Tabletop: Casa de Perrin

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Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves Wedding on July 4th!

We are over-the-moon excited to finally share some of the gorgeous photos that we just got back from JKoe Photography of Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves Wedding! As many of you know Tim Lopez is Colette’s son and Kaitlin’s brother so this was a very special time for our family and we were honored to help plan and design their special day.

The Plain White T’s Tim Lopez tied the knot with his fiancé Jenna Reeves in front of  an intimate gathering of family and friends at the Historical Museum in Santa Barbara on July 4th, 2015. The pair met on NBC’s reality dating show Ready For Love, where Tim knew Jenna was “the one” from the very beginning! Planning their wedding began with only one trip to Santa Barbara to tour the venue and pick out the specialty rentals from Town and Country Event Rentals. The rest of the planning was done with visuals, diagrams and phone calls with Colette & Kaitlin of La Fete Weddings!

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Tim shared in an interview with People Magazine that “Jenna was no bridezilla while planning the wedding, and that extended to her dress selection. “I actually got my dress at Lunss,” 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.” Tim also mentioned “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!”

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The ceremony was designed to fit the old Spanish style of the Historical Museum which already has a little bit of a Texas flair. We decorated the aisle with a combination of large blue agave plants & oversized rustic star lanterns. Then the existing arbor was embellished with a natural linen fabric and then adorned with fresh green garlands and white flowers by Cody Floral Designs– The look was simple and made an absolutely stunning backdrop for the two of the them!

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The couple decided to keep their special day low-key by bringing a little bit of Austin, Texas home to our native Santa Barbara. We brought in the Rasta Taco Cart along with Georgia’s Smokehouse (a local food truck)  to add a “hipster element” to the “Tex meets West” theme. The evening consisted of a free-floating party with lounge vignettes, dining tables, and who could forget- an enormous teepee. Guests were invited into the space and able to eat when they felt hungry, visit the bar when they were thirsty, and dance to the fantastic music of Stew in the Crew when they wanted. This created a relaxed atmosphere that didn’t feel to “structured or scheduled.” The overall design wasn’t all about the flowers but more about the overall feeling that Tim & Jenna wanted to create within the courtyard at the Historical Museum.

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The lounge vignettes and tables were adorned with garlands of greenery and a more “hand-picked” organic looking flowers were placed on the tables with a touch of blue thisle- which Jenna loved!

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The only elements that incorporated the Fourth of July were the large rustic star lanterns that lined both sides of the aisle and a large vintage American flag that Tim brought from their home in Texas which was used in some of their wedding portraits! The little flower girl, Keilani also carried around a small American flag that day for her photos but during the ceremony she dropped petals out of a small flower basket!

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As the newlyweds entered the courtyard they were announced as “Mr. & Mrs. Tim and Jenna Lopez” and they worked their way to the center of the dance floor to share their first dance together to “Baby I’m Yours” by The Arctic Monkeys.

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We surprised Jenna by having our dear friend Calligraphy Katrina decorate the top of the cake table by re-creating the wedding invitations that Jenna had designed herself. The table turned out so gorgeous and really carried the theme throughout the event! As you can see, Jenna was thrilled and the cake from Christine Dahl tasted just as amazing as it looked!

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When we were headed over to watch Tim & Jenna cut the cake when we were all happily surprised that we could see the fireworks from the wedding venue!! Jason from Jkoe Photography captured some of the most gorgeous images of the two of them with the fireworks going off in the distance!

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We are so grateful to our incredible team of professionals who helped make Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves wedding so spectacular. Celebrating with these two was a major highlight of our wedding season this summer and we were truly blown away by the help and generosity of the following people:

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Blush Pink Wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch


Working with Tina and Jonathan was so much fun for us!  They were filled with ideas and their love for each other was so apparent.  When we first met they shared their story of  securing a heart shaped lock onto the famous chain link fence of the Pont des Arts on Lover’s Bridge in Paris. We began deigning their event with the heart shape wax seal on their invitations, and carried the design through to the petal design on the aisle of their ceremony.  We also used gorgeous heart shaped handmade soaps, which were boxed and doubled as an escort and favor.  Jonathan bought Tina a beautiful heart shaped locket as a gift for her to wear on their wedding day.  We loved their adorable sense of humor and their love for each other  really shows in the images.   We wish Tina and Jonathan a lifetime of happiness and we were so honored to be a part of such a special day.

Tina & Jonathan’s blush pink and gold wedding was held at the San Ysidro Ranch.  The stunning images were captured by  Jessica Lewis Photography.  It was so wonderful to re-live this day through your gorgeous photos!   Camilla Svensson Burns created the lovely flower arrangements and ceremony decor. Lazaro Press designed the most beautiful invitation suite with tea-stained doilies and gold wax seals with their heart design, and Ambient Event Design set the mood with their lighting. Thank you to everyone involved, including Dwight Kennedy, Barbra Mousouris, and Classic Party Rentals,  you  helped make this wedding so spectacular and each one of you was a dream to work with.

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Tammy and Paul’s Wedding at Four Seasons Biltmore

Tammy and Paul were a delight for us to work with and they enjoyed a wonderful wedding weekend at the Four Seasons Biltmore in April. They entertained their guests Friday through Sunday and the Four Seasons was the perfect fit for the festivities. A special thank you to  Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing all the lovely details from their wedding day!

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Ring Warming: Creating an Intimate Ceremony

On May 12th we were introduced to a new ceremony tradition called Ring Warming, that we fell in love with. At the beginning of Samantha and Brooks wedding ceremony the officiant explained that the wedding rings would be passed around to each of the guests including the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen on a small ring bearer pillow. As the rings passed through the hands of each person they gave a quick blessing to the couple and their marriage to each other. Such a beautiful thing to see and a wonderful way to incorporate each person you have invited to feel like a part of your ceremony.

 

Gorgeous Photography by: Ashley Taylor Photography

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La Fete Weddings featured on Style Me Pretty

 
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Classic Elegance at the San Ysidro Ranch~

The San Ysidro Ranch is the perfect place to have an intimate wedding in a garden setting.  Each space is filled with lovely trees, flowers and sprawling green lawns.  We so enjoyed helping Caroline and John on this wedding filled with love, family and friends.
Caroline’s dress gave us the inspiration for all the lace details incorporated into this classic elegant affair.  I loved the lace inlay on her train!  The bouquet wrap, pretty little bags for the flower girls, petal cones, boutonnieres all had the lace details, created by Mindy Rice. I loved the lush flower arrangements she designed for the cocktail hour and the the Hydrangea Cottage all accented with the tiny elegant green vines.  The room looked so lovely with the tall candelabras.
For the second time this year we have had the wonderful treat of using Aurora Ensembles for our ceremony musicians.  I have asked them to play their beautiful music while processing either up the aisle or around the guests before the ceremony is to begin.  It is such an awesome moment, and the guests love it.
The whole event is beautifully captured by Stephanie Hogue Photography!

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A Chic Contemporary Affair at the Bacara Resort

A beautiful intimate ceremony was held on the Miro Lawn, our weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this very special couple.  Steve and Christine celebrated the whole weekend at the luxurious  Barcara Resort and Spa.  Christine in her gorgeous Monique Lhullier was simply stunning!  Camilla Svensson Burns provided the beautiful ceremony table and dressed out the chuppa with a silver grey dupioni fabric.  Her arrangements for our table top were perfect with our color palate.  Christine loved anything Channel.  We chose a tufted white banqettes for 1/2 the guest seating and also designed her cake with that in mind too. She loved the idea of fabric draping which was covered in hanging crystals all the way down the walls.  The custom round silver dance floor was the perfect touch for our design.  Both were provided by Barker Design. For the invitation designed suite we loved working with Lazaro Press,  Our first time working with the fabulous Yvette Roman she was not only a delight, she blew us away with how she captured this event.  The party rocked out with 11H Entertainment.  We had such a fun team on this one!  Thank you all~
Christine sent us the sweetest note after the event that we will keep forever~
“We and all of our guests had a fabulous time.  Our family and friends tell us the ceremony was the most beautiful and intimate wedding they have ever experienced, and the reception was one of the best parties they’ve attended.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Thank you for your patience, dedication, and guidance.  You carried us throughout the entire process, from decor decisions to sensitive family members, and everything in between.  Your talent, expertise, and words of wisdom made our wedding the most joyful and loving experiences of our lives.”
Congratulations Christine and Steve, We adore you both!!!