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Safari Wedding

Zoe and Eric were married in New York City a month before this spectacular affair, and then they escaped for a 1 month African Safari. When we began designing their west coast celebration we thought “Why not bring your African Safari back to Santa Barbara?” Our minds raced with possibilities and when they agreed to bring in Stanley the Giraffe and Racer the Zebra, we couldn’t wait for this day to come! This event took place in Eric’s parent’s backyard in Montecito, a stunning Italian styled villa with the most incredible oak tree grove we have ever seen.

As the guests arrived they were greeted by Stanley, then driven in safari dressed golf carts where Racer was waiting for them at the top of the driveway. Then the guests enjoyed incredible hors d’oeuvres and cocktails created by Duo Catering. Laura Sangas of Cody Floral Design created these killer flower arrangements and she said had so much fun playing with leather and feathers on all of the little details.  Town & Country Event Rentals built a plank wood subfloor and then Ambient created the beautiful fabric draping and lighting.

The Bride and Groom spent hours hand drawing each of the table numbers. Such a creative couple and a very personal touch!

African Drummers dressed in traditional attire lead the guests from cocktail hour down the reception canopy.

This was a fantastic way to set the tone for the evening.

As soon as we had all of the guests on the dance floor we brought out the gorilla. This was a surprise to the Bride and Groom and such a fun way to end the evening! A special thank you to Melissa Musgrove Photography and Helena Kubicka De Braganca for capturing the stunning details of this safari wedding and creating last memories for this wonderful family. We were incredibly honored to be included in such a unique and festive event!

Villa Sevillano Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Villa Sevillano Wedding

Melissa and Jon chose something completely different for their wedding. They wanted a small intimate dinner party for a select few guests, and to really make it special for those people! They selected Villa Sevillano as their reception venue and also spent a few nights in the home. Because they chose and smaller guest count of about 56 people we were able to utilize the indoor space for their reception. We brought in two incredible long wood tables and dressed them in silver runners and Camilla Svensson Burns provided the stunning flowers! Melissa Musgrove captured this day so beautifully, we always love her work!

We are seriously IN LOVE with her bouquet!

After the ceremony the guests enjoyed cocktail hour around the pool outside. The couple loved the fact that Villa Sevillano had so many olive trees they decided to do an olive oil tasting during the cocktail hour. With a large selection of olive oils and  flavored balsamic vinegars for their guests to taste on display, they could then bottle their favorite flavors to take home! Such a fun and interactive idea for this venue.

 

As we welcomed the guests into the dining room for dinner, they each found a hand calligraphed envelope with their individual names on the outside. Inside was a sweet thank you note from the bride and groom thanking them specifically for being at their wedding and how much it meant to have each person there. This was an incredible touch for an intimate party, and everyone felt so loved and appreciated.
Once the guests had settled into their seats, the 7 course dinner began. Duo Catering provided the guests with a feast they could never forget. Each dish was perfectly paired with a special glass of wine. Here I have shown a sampling of a few of the courses.
After dinner the guests cozied up under the heaters on the outside terrace to enjoy coffee, cake and other mini desserts, then the party moved downstairs where they danced the night away with the DJ. The event was an incredible success and the bride and groom could not have been more thrilled with the way their wedding day unfolded. We loved working with Melissa and Jon and wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

La Fete has been featured on Junebug Weddings 150 150 La Fete Weddings

La Fete has been featured on Junebug Weddings