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!

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Elegant Wedding at Crossroads Estate in Los Olivos, California

Elegant Wedding at Crossroads Estate in Los Olivos, California 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Alyson & Matt chose to hold their elegant wedding at Crossroads Estate in Los Olivos. This venue is the perfect location for celebrating your wedding all weekend long. They checked into the house along with a few family members and close friends and enjoyed a full weekend of wine tastings, intimate family dinners, their wedding day & then visited nearby restaurant for Sunday Brunch.

The decorated vintage bicycle was an important detail for the two of them as it tied into their engagement story. One of Alyson & Matt’s favorite things to do in Los Angeles is take long bike rides along the beach. One day after returning from a long trip, Matt suggested they take a nice long ride- despite it being cold & cloudy. After a 12 mile ride down to Manhattan Beach where they stopped for lunch & on the way back Matt suggested they pull over to take a picture and have a little break on a bench. He pulled out his phone and begin playing a slide show that he had put together to one of their favorite songs, with all of the photos of the two of them & the adventures they had been on since they started dating. That is when he got down on one knee & pulled out a ring box from his backpack and asked Alyson to marry him! Right after that, the sun came out and they captured some gorgeous photos taken by at total stranger on the bike path.

Alyson & Matt wanted each and every one of their guests to feel like they were a special part of their wedding ceremony. In order to do this, we displayed a sweet vintage cart filled with white roses & each guest was asked to take a rose and place it at the altar to fill in the circle around the two of them. This was a reminder to Alyson & Matt that they are surrounded by the love & friendship of everyone celebrating them on their special day! We made sure that the circle of roses was “almost” entirely closed and then in the middle of the ceremony the parents of the Bride & Groom were asked to come forward with their roses & close in the circle. It was a beautiful moment & a detail we would love to repeat at future weddings!

Alyson absolutely loves succulents and was excited to incorporate them into every area of her wedding day. We were inspired by the gorgeous variety of colors succulents can range in- from soft silvery greens to faded lavenders and even deep rich purples! She also wanted to add elements that would dress up the Pole Barn, which is where we added in the fabric draping & additional lighting & eucalyptus dressed chandeliers. While also keeping some rustic elements such as the raw vineyard dining tables, wine barrels and vintage wine goblets- keeping everything in theme with the fact that we were on a working vineyard.

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LOVE NOTE FROM OUR CLIENTS: 

It was truly the most spectacular day of our entire lives, and it’s true what they say, it was over way too quickly!  We enjoyed every minute, and the best part was that our guests had an incredible time as well!  The word ‘epic’ has been used on multiple occasions to describe the day 🙂

We could not be more pleased with how everything turned out, and it was obvious that no detail was left untouched.  Everything looked more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.  I was so excited to get Grace’s preview photos, because if felt like the day went by so quickly, I wanted to be able to see everything again through the photos.

We are so lucky to have these amazing memories of our perfect wedding day, and it would not have been possible without you both.

Thank you again!

Alyson & Matt

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THE PROFESSIONAL TEAM:

|  Planning & Design Coordination: La Fete Weddings  |  Photography: Grace Kathryn  |   Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor  |   Lighting: Ambient Event Design  |   Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals  |   Vintage Purple Goblets: Otis & Pearl Vintage Rentals  |   Hair & Make up: Pretty Please Beauty  |   Catering: Duo Events  |   Videography: Like A Letter  |   Band: Stew & The Crew   |   Photo Booth: Fancy Pants Photobooth  |   Venue: Crossroads Estate |

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Soft Pastel Wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch

Soft Pastel Wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch 150 150 La Fete Weddings

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