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  • When Colette Lopez founded La Fete Weddings, it seemed the natural evolution of the things she truly loved: design, entertaining and love. Years later, her daughter has joined her and their chemistry sings of a match made in heaven. The mother-daughter team laugh together, shop together, work together and seem so closely connected that they finish each other's sentences- jumping in excitedly when talk turns to design and inspiration. It is, after all, their specialty.

    Their blog is to inspire and show you what they have created for their clients, and also what they can do for you. La Fete believes that each wedding should be as unique as the people getting married. They desire to create events that reflect each couples personalities and taste. La Fete has access to some amazing venues available in Southern California. Please check out the location section of the blog... Enjoy!

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 |

Lavender Wedding at Crossroads

Lauren and Kasey attended a wedding that we had designed for their good friends Missy & Josh (view their wedding here!) and once we got to know them, we knew they were going to be a lot of fun to work with! With spring in the air and fresh wildflowers all around us- we are looking back at this beautiful lavender wedding at Crossroads estate.

Lauren chose a stunning lace embellished gown with a striking low cut back and carried a fresh loose bouquet of garden roses, wispy greenery, and accents of lavender. Her bridesmaids donned long flowing lavender chiffon dresses and carried smaller versions of the brides bouquet!

When designing the ceremony space for their wedding, we did not want to take attention away from the enormous oak tree that stands tall in the background. Laura of Cody Floral Design brought in eight large ferns which we used to line down the aisle, then mixed in some of our large vintage lanterns to add height & variety. Later, we repurposed the ferns & lanterns along the band’s stage to soften the space!

Inside the barn at Crossroads we brought in a combination of round and long dining tables; some with exposed wood which were more Edison Style. Then we introduced a gorgeous embellished white linen overlay which we used for the cake & head table. Each of the wood tables featured lush arrangements of garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and wild greenery which spilled out of the arrangements and over the table’s edges.

We layered stacks of ornate white china at each place setting & finished the look with lovely cut crystal glassware from Town & Country!  We hope you enjoyed this post about Lauren & Kasey’s lavender wedding at Crossroads. We are excited to be working at Crossroads again this September and bringing even more beauty into that space!

Wedding Location: Crossroads Estate // Photographer: Mary Jane Photography // Wedding Planner: La Fete // Caterer: Omni Catering // Floral Design: Cody Floral Design // Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals // Lighting: Ambient Event Design // Ceremony Music: Anthony Ybarra // Transportation: SB Airbus // Hair: Mishay Salon // Makeup: Pretty Please Beauty // Band: Stew and the Crew // Cake: Lele Patisserie // Videographer: Peter Uvalle // Officiant: Barbara Mousouris

Romantic Sunstone Wedding in Spring

With Spring right around the corner, we can’t help but dream about the magical & romantic Sunstone wedding that took place almost  year ago in Santa Ynez. The memorable day began with a full schedule of hair and make up at the Sunstone Villa lead by TEAM. What could possibly be better than to start the day feeling pampered & then each bridesmaid was given a gorgeous blush toned Tory Burch handbag!  The ceremony took place in front of an abundantly decorated arbor dripping in greenery & soft blush toned florals surrounded by 5 crystal chandeliers suspended over the ceremony from the oak trees.

After the emotional vows the guests wandered through the grapevines to arrive in the front courtyard of the Sunstone Villa for cocktails hour. Town & Country provided four custom built cabanas with plush lounge furniture which created a warm & intimate space for the guests to enjoy the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails from Duo Catering. The guests were invited to through  the front door of the Villa to receive their escort card/favors which were miniature glass bottles filled with Sunstone’s signature Olive Oil.

The guests passed through the Sunstone Villa and entered the reception, where soft blue runners ran down the wood pedestal tables which were topped with lush arrangements of lush pastel spring flowers. Each place-setting featured mixed stacks of Casa De Perrin’s signature collection china & cut crystal stemware.  Heidi of Zenadia Designs created custom menus with the guests names calligraphed on the exterior and then folded open to reveal the dinner menu for the evening. Town & Country custom built wood cabanas which were draped in ivory chiffon & then Camille added vines and flowers to look as if they were organically growing on the structures over the dining tables with crystal chandeliers.

Every moment of this romantic sunstone wedding day was filled with love, laughter, toasts, emotion, tons of dancing and spectacular food & wine. This was a wedding that we both walked away feeling so incredibly overjoyed to do be able to do what we love- To plan & create memories that will last a lifetime for our clients & that is what warms our hearts the most. 

 

Photography: Terri Smith Photo  || Wedding Planners: Colette Lopez & Kaitlin Kolvet of La Fete Weddings|| Caterer: Duo Catering ||Cake: Lele Patisserie || Dress Designer:  Ines di Santo || Event Rentals: Town & Country Rentals || Florist: Camellia Floral Design || Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair & Make up || Invitations: Zenadia Designs || Music:  11H Entertainment || Cocktail Hour Furniture Rentals:  The Tent Merchant || Reception Furniture Rentals: Barn Relic || Videographer: AndHer Visuals ||Dinnerware Rentals:  Casa De Perrin || Lighting:  Images by Lighting || Ceremony Arbor Rental: SPARK || Venue: Sunstone Villa || Tree Rentals: Gazebo Plant Rentals

The Dessert Display of Your Dreams

With Valentines Day right around the corner, we thought we would share the dessert display of your dreams! And what could possibly be better than a whole room full of fresh flowers, cake and towers of sweets!?!  The inspiration for this dessert house began at the first initial walk through we did with our clients at this stunning estate in Montecito. We fell in love with this glass atrium on the estate that reminded us of a french pastry room & we began dreaming of the fabulous dessert display we could create inside! Then we began brainstorming with  Camellia Floral Design, Vanilla Bake Shop, Images By Lighting & Good Gracious Catering and this fabulous team brought the vision to life!

When the guests first entered the room, they were greeted by the enormous and very intricate cake designed by Vanilla Bake Shop which almost appeared to be floating on top of a sea of fresh flowers! On each side of the cake we placed 8 foot tables covered in lace and topped with a large variety of  mini desserts carefully crafted by Good Gracious Catering.

From pink & white macaron towers, chocolate covered pretzels, miniature fruit pies, heart shaped sugar cookies, and yes… that is a donut wall… This really is the dessert display of your dreams!

Each section of the room was thoughtfully decorated with vibrant & colorful flowers from Camellia Floral Design, including the staircase that led up to the room. Camille decorated the banisters with fresh garlands of flowers and foliage and finished the look with tons of candles to add romance and drama.

Yep, this sweet little girl’s face pretty much sums up how we all felt when we entered the room too!

We would like to send a very special thank you to Allyson Magda Photography for capturing all the details from this beautiful wedding!

The 14 Best Groomsmen Gifts

There are many websites that claim they have the best groomsmen gifts… But I can promise you that we have actually found THE BEST website for all of your groomsmen gift needs! To prove it, we’ve pulled a selection of what we feel are the 14 Best Groomsmen gifts out there and they are all from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts! Not only is this website well organized, they offer high quality gifts at low prices and almost everything on the site is customizable – which will add that perfect “personal touch”!

FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER: 

(1) The Travel Marvel- Personalized Travel Bag – Lets face it, if your groomsmen are old enough to be standing next to you in your wedding, than they are old enough to outgrow that large Ziplock bag they’re using to transport their personal items with when they travel. Upgrade their travel game with these monogrammed sturdy leather travel bags that look both masculine & organized.

(2) The Combat Duffel– In a world filled with standard suitcases, break the mold with this heavyweight & water-repellant canvas travel bag that is sure to make each groomsmen feel more confident on their weekend trips. This bag also comes in three colors black, brown & green shown below.

FOR THE SPORTS FANATIC:

 (3) Whether you have a group of guys who all love the same team or this may be the opportunity to be original with each guy, it’s a fun way to bond your groomsmen or get their competitive juices flowing with these Personalized NFL Flasks:

FOR THE SCOTCH ENTHUSIAST: 

(4) This Custom Engraved Decanter will add just the right touch to any stylish man bar and will make the perfect gift for those classic groomsman in your wedding party.

(5) These Personalized Whisky Cubes are a great gift for the groomsmen who have everything. And in today’s world of fine scotches + whiskeys on the rocks, these are the perfect solution to prevent you from diluting that great scotch you plan on sipping before & after the vows.

(6) Alright, so if you cannot make up your mind between those two… Why not opt for both?! This personalized wooden set comes with a whiskey glass, an etched glass decanter and 6 stainless steel ice-cubes. Check out all of the great reviews on this Moonshine Medly Groomsmen Set: 

FOR THE SYLE ICON:

(7) The Hand Stamped Money Clip is made of lightweight aluminum and hand-stamped with each groomsmen’s initials. This simple/streamlined approach to everyday essentials steps up each groomsmen’s style with one simple gift they’re guaranteed to love. 

(8) Hand Stamped Tie Bar:  This simple, yet stand out tie bar is lightweight & measures approximately 2.5″ once formed and comes in 3 different colors: Silver, Gold, and Copper. Your groomsmen will appreciate the personalized touch & will add that finished look to their wedding day attire. It will arrive in custom gift packaging ready for giving.

(9) Now, if you want to take it up a notch, check out the To The 9’s Tri Pack. This groomsmen gift set comes with custom cufflinks, a money clip and a tie clip and it is  all perfectly packaged in personalized wooden box (eliminating the need to gift wrap each one!)

FOR THE MIXOLOGIST:

(10) Sir Mixalot– More than just a great name, these sleek & clean cocktail shakers will impress each of your groomsmen and will add a the perfect touch to each well-stocked home bar.

(11) The Shake it Up Kit – With this great gift, you have one comprehensive bar kit to provide any man the needed arsenal to mix, stir and shake any cocktail his heart desires! This 5 piece stainless steel cocktail set comes with a wood storage box. All pieces, including the wood box, are able to be monogrammed/engraved with anything you want.

FOR THE GUY WHO HAS EVERYTHING:

(12) The Bottle Bullet   allows you to make each groomsmen feel like a tough guy, all while supporting your country- as this gift is 100% hand made in the USA. You can order this bottle opener in Black, Polished Brass, or Olive Drab.  (The prices are slightly different depending on which color you buy) The coolest part… Each Bottle Breaker is made from a once fired .50 caliber bullet. Boom.

(13) The Sommelier Suitcase  is a 5-piece wine set that includes a top notch corkscrew, a wine bottle stopper, a wine poorer, and drip ring all in a beautifully engraved wooden box. All accessories are made of stainless steel and for only $34.99- I’d say this gift is the deal of a lifetime!

(14) Get your groomsmen organized with The Dock & Roll, a night stand that will keep all of their daily essentials stationed & easily accessible. This well designed docking station will keep it all in one place while also making it visually appealing- Pretty sure my husband could use one of these!

We hope you enjoyed our selections of The Top 14 Best Groomsmen Gifts-

Which can all be found on GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com!