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Safari Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings

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!

Fun Foods for the Fourth of July! 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Fun Foods for the Fourth of July!

Right around this time it feels like everyone is scrambling to throw their fourth of July plans together, so we thought we would share a little inspiration! Pinterest has made holiday decorating completely overwhelming with TONS of ideas, so I have done you the favor of filtering through and leaving you with all of the fun foods for the fourth of July! Follow the links provided for recipes.

Red, White and Blue Parfaits Recipe

Firecracker Ice Pops Recipe

Vanilla & Raspberry Sundaes with Spoon Shaped Cookies Recipe

Photo Source: Berry Cones! 

Berry Spritzer Recipe

Licorice Wraps! (So cute and easy)

Oreo Pops Recipe

Stephanie and Andre’s Wedding at the Four Seasons Biltmore 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Stephanie and Andre’s Wedding at the Four Seasons Biltmore

The wedding that was held in honor of Stephanie and Andre was such a wonderfully personal and unique occasion. We started the day with a Hindu ceremony to incorporate Andre’s family traditions, and it was spectacular! Seriously, how amazing does she look in her Sari?! Everyone in Andre’s family played a role in this intimate ceremony whether it was playing an instrument, helping to get the bride ready, or setting up the different ceremony elements under the mandap.

Right after the Hindu ceremony ended, we brought in a full hair and make up team to switch her into her traditional bridal attire. It was so special to see her all dressed up in two completely different ways. Her personality and joy shows so beautifully throughout these photos by BB Photography.

The Bride hand painted a stunning orchid design which was her fathers favorite flower, which we incorporated in all of her invitation suite. Above you will see  the stunning programs that we had waiting for the guests attending the second ceremony. Further down you will see the same orchid design on her menu cards.

Tricia Fountaine designed all of the flower arrangements, and each piece was spectacular and unique. We loved working with her on this event!


The bride wanted a modern and contemporary design for her reception and loved the color red. We introduced the turquoise and she fell in love with color combination. The evening could not have been more breathtaking along the coastline of the Four Seasons Biltmore, such a wonderful location for a wedding and reception.