Category Archives: EL ENCANTO

Michael and Bradley’s El Encanto Rehearsal Dinner + Gifting Lounge

This week we wanted to highlight the exquisite events that surrounded this wonderful couple’s wedding last year. It all began with an intimate Rehearsal Dinner in the Main Dining Room of the El Encanto, where approximately 50 guests enjoyed a fantastic meal and toasted the happy couple. When we designed this event with Laura of Cody Floral Design, we wanted to punch up the color on the dining tables with deep navy blue and white containers overflowing with bright coral charm peonies. The end result was a beautiful and cheery first impression for the guests arriving in Santa Barbara for a weekend full of wedding celebrations.

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After the Rehearsal Dinner the guests walked up to Lily Pond at the El Encanto Resort to join the rest of their guests for a Welcome Party & Gifting Lounge! This is the second time we have helped put together a gifting lounge here in Santa Barbara and both times it has been a huge success. For this event the guests checked in at a table and each guest was able to fill their personalized tote with the items of their choice. We stocked the gifting lounge with local Santa Barbara Popcorn, fresh fruit, Boxed Water, Santa Barbara Pistachios, chips, bottles of red & white wine, adorable fedoras & other sun hats from Karen Kane (Michael’s mothers company) and so much more!

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Not only does the Gifting Lounge create an unforgettable first impression for your guests, it takes a lot of pressure off of the couple getting married! Ordering all of the items, unpacking it all, assembling the bags, and then delivering them all to your hotels can be very exhausting and expensive on the days JUST before your wedding. Not to mention you will never know if the guests received them or even enjoyed them! The gifting lounge is an excellent solution to this and creates a fantastic conversation started as your guests mingle at the welcome party!

At the end of the evening, our La Fete staff puts the gift bags into alphabetical order and works alongside the valet to give the guests their bags as they departed the El Encanto. This enables the guests to enjoy the welcome party without lugging a heavy gift bag around!

Sending tons of love to MiBelle Photography for capturing this event so beautifully & to Laura of Cody Floral Design for the fantastic flower arrangements she put together on this special day!

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Modern Wedding at the El Encanto on Junebug Weddings

We are so excited to share that one of our weddings has been featured on Junebug Weddings today!! This beautiful modern wedding at the El Encanto was one that we will never forget. These two had major style, and were willing to work with tons of fun color, texture and lighting which always makes our job more fun! To see more beautiful details and photos from the wedding please visit the link HERE.

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Sending Love to our wonderful team of professionals who helped us create this magical day for Kimberly & Paul!

Ashleigh Taylor Photography

El Encanto Santa Barbara

NLC Productions

Barbra Mousouris

Dwight Kennedy Band

Shine Blowdry Bar

Town & Country Event Rentals

Ambient Event Design

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Modern Wedding at The El Encanto

The El Encanto is one of the most breathtaking locations to hold a wedding. With their incredibly unique ceremony garden which surrounds the lily pond, the photo opportunities are endless, and the views of Santa Barbara are spectacular. Its no wonder our bride Kimberly fell in love with it when we first toured the property (with hard hats) before the hotel had officially re-opened!

Kimberly and Paul planned their modern wedding at the El Encanto all the way from Korea! We actually only met with Paul once & Kimberly twice. They had simple and sophisticated taste, and really wanted to incorporate  lots of water elements along with the texture of fish scales. All of the paper products and invitations were custom designed and each one was handmade by the Groom (aside from the lazer cutting which was done in Korea). The textures of the linens brought in the fish-scale patterns and textures and the unique floral arrangements from NLC Productions tied everything together perfectly. We also had a lot of fun creating the water table filled with gold fish for the escort card display! The day was beautifully captured by the talented Ashleigh Taylor Photography who never disappoints!

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He Proposed… and I said YES!

We have our own wedding to plan here at La Fete! Over Easter weekend Andrew proposed and I could not be more excited to begin planning our wedding. It is honestly strange to be picking out everything for myself. After seven years of helping other brides plan and design their events, I am overwhelmed by the amount of choices I have.  From linens to flowers, band vs. DJ, locations, caterers, guest list etc… I finally understand how a bride can feel overwhelmed! But, I am blessed to have incredible friends who are professionals in this industry, and of course a mother who is a wedding expert.

So here is where our journey began…

On Saturday March 30th, Andrew decided we were going skydiving… Yes. Skydiving. I was a little bit nervous when he brought it up about a week before, and then when he said he had booked the tickets I tried to avoid thinking about it. So when Saturday morning arrived we drove up to Lompoc and jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet… No big deal right? It was incredible! I still can’t believe we did it, but I would do a 100 more times!

When we got back to Santa Barbara Andrew suggested that we go grab drinks somewhere. He said he wanted some alone time since our families were are both in town and we would be with them for the rest of the weekend. He had been wanting to go to the new El Encanto because he had heard my mom and I talking about how beautiful it was. So we went to grab a drink and walk around the property. Then I suggested we go upstairs to my favorite spot… The Channel Islands Terrace where I was completely taken by surprise! I saw my FAVORITE linen set up on a gorgeous table and that is when Andrew got down on one knee.

We spent about 2 hours on that terrace enjoying the incredible view, sipping champagne and of course eating cheese- my favorite thing. He told me we had plans with our family for dinner around 6:30 and we we needed to meet at my parents house. When we got there I was surprised again by about 60 of our closest friends! He even flew in one of my best friends from New York to be there! I have to say this was the most incredible day of my life, to have all of our friends from LA and Santa Barbara in one room celebrating together was the perfect way to end such a spectacular day.

The photos below are some of my personal favorites taken by the extremely talented Jason Koenig of JKoe Photography. Jason is one of Andrew’s best friends who flew down from Seattle to be a part of this special day for us. Also this day would not have been possible without my mothers creative design, the help of my dear friend Chloe with Town & Country Event Rentals, and that gorgeous linen from La Tavola!

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