Category Archives: INVITATIONS

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

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Paperless Post Designs We Love

By now I am sure that most of you are familiar with Paperless Post and have received some form of online invitation from their site before. But, did you know that they offer a huge selection of their designs in paper now?  Not only is their wide selection of wedding invitations both beautiful & sophisticated, they have also partnered with brilliant designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Co. and so many more! So, we were absolutely delighted when Paperless Post reached out to us to share some of our personal favorite wedding invitations that they offer in both online and in print form.

When we begin planning a wedding with our clients we always mention that the Save-the-Dates and the invitations are your guests FIRST impression of the wedding day. This is the beginning of your brand and your paper products should convey the overall feeling & theme of your wedding celebration. Therefore, we thought it would be fun to match up some of our favorite Paperless Post invitation suites with some of our “Real Wedding” designs from the past few years to give a little bit of life to each of these invitation suites and show how you can carry your theme from start to finish!!

We wanted to start with Paperless Post’s “Tulum Invitation” in the colors: Ivory with Apricot! The way that the ‘papel picado’ flags delicately fly over the top of the main invitation page & is then carried through to the response card reminded us of our Spanish Colonial wedding we designed in the Summer of 2013. We created a giant “U” shaped tent structure which was fabric draped in a deep ivory/maize colored silk. Then we strung bulb lighting and personalized ‘papel picado’ flags over the dance floor. The contrast of beautiful bright pops of color within the centerpieces added the perfect Spanish flair to the evening.

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Photos above by: MiBelle Photography

Coming up next we have the “Silk Brocade II” Invitation in Gold Foil designed by Oscar De La Renta. When I first saw this pattern it instantly reminded me of our bride Katharine’s wedding dress from this past August 2015. She wore the “Alchemy” gown from Clair Pettibone and the gold lace over soft ivory silk looked drop dead gorgeous on her!

Often times we will wait until our bride choses her wedding gown to get started on the design of her wedding. There is so much inspiration that can be pulled from the bride’s personal  style and this is the perfect example of how you can introduce a theme with your save the date or invitation and then watch it come to life on your wedding day when you arrive in a stunning gold lace gown. Here are a few images below of Katharine & PJ’s  gorgeous Taupe, White, and Gold wedding reception that was held at the Montecito Country Club.

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Photos above by: MiBelle Photography

We are particularly fond of the next invitation design because we were actually able to use it this year! The “Plume” Invitation in Ivory with Gold Foil was chosen by our bride Katie this year. She customized her invitations and then incorporated the same “Plume” design into her wedding menus & place cards! The end result was absolutely stunning!


Photos above by: Melissa Musgrove Photography

And last but certainly not least, we are wrapping up with the “Ikebana Invitations” in Red. We just loved the hand-painted/watercolor effect of this suite along with the mix of fonts! This design reminded me of a wedding we did at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields this past June 2015. We built a large tent over the reception and then draped the interior with lush lemon leaf garlands and large bulb string lighting. The tables were all dressed in a variety of ivory patterned table linens and then topped with rich colorful flowers that really packed a punch!

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Maryemma Sikes And Andrew Warfield Wedding

Maryemma Sikes And Andrew Warfield Wedding

Maryemma Sikes And Andrew Warfield Wedding

Photos above by: Yvette Roman Photography

We hope this feature inspires you to create beautiful events starting with the paper products and ending with a lovely wedding! xoxo, Colette & Kaitlin

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Lauren and Edison: The Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding

Lauren and Edison were some of the sweetest clients we have ever had the privilege of working with. From the moment we began planning their Four Seasons Biltmore wedding, they trusted our every opinion and that makes our job so pleasant! Their wedding was truly sophisticated in every way. We designed the table tops with mixed textures of table linens accompanied by a variety of different flower arrangements from Cody Floral Design. Then we added a ton of candles & wrought iron candleabras and when it all came together the room was magical. A very special thank you goes to Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing all of these stunning images of their Four Seasons Biltmore wedding. For more details and images check out this weeks feature on Borrowed & Blue here! 

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Fabulous Gift Idea For Wine Lovers

While wandering around through the wonderful world of Etsy I found this fabulous gift idea for wine lovers (which applies to pretty much everyone right?). I will start with the christmas ones since it is the most relevant. Here at La Fete we love to share gifts with friends in the wedding industry & other co-workers, and we think these are just perfect! 

Next is a design I wish I would have found about 6 months ago when I was researching creative ways to ask my girlfriends to be my bridesmaids! Seriously, how cute and personal are these??

I am in LOVE with the one below for your parents, what a special way to honor them with a simple thank you!

How about the perfect gift for attending an engagement party or  proposal party?

 So… as if that wasn’t enough check out these ones for announcing that you are expecting!

There is one for every occasion:

Check out the  Etsy Store Here to get your own, you will not regret it!

All photos provided by the wonderful:

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Blush Pink- The Most Requested Wedding Color for 2013


When I first met with Michele, we immediately clicked!  She loved everything romantic- tons of candles, florals and soft blush pink.  We worked together on her design and I loved all of her ideas.  Her invitations, menus, place cards and “program fans” were to die for!  All created and letterpressed by Zenadia Designs.  She thought of just about everything and had tons of details which you will see in the images above.   She loved her daughters and so did Tim… it was beautiful to watch as they became one family that day, and you can see the tears of joy on their faces.

The La Pacifica Ballroom at the Four Seasons was transformed that day with specialty wood dining tables and lounge areas which were rented from The Tent Merchant. This made the room feel warm and intimate.  Michael from Louloudi Design created the most beautiful centerpieces and cake display.  Michele provided the candy jars and Sweet & Saucy delivered the most delicious mini desserts and together they created one of our favorite dessert stations we have ever seen!  A special thank you to MiBelle Photography for always delivering such stunning photos!

I loved Michele’s style, compassion and her desire for all things pretty!

xoxo, Colette

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