Category Archives: REHEARSAL DINNERS

Jenna Reeves + Tim Lopez’s Rehearsal Dinner

 When we are working with our clients on the overall design of their weddings, we are often limited to the color schemes and vision of our brides & grooms.  So when we were given the opportunity to plan something for our own family wedding- we opted for COLOR! Jenna Reeves + Tim Lopez’s Rehearsal Dinner was held at the space that runs along the side of Duo’s catering kitchen- also known as “The Alley.” They chose Duo Catering to create their fantastic dinner menu and they both fell in love with the idea of a long table running down the alley with nothing but the raw concrete walls as a backdrop! We started our design process after meeting Gretchen of Otis & Pearl– an exquisite vintage tableware rental company- and we knew we needed to use her cut crystal stemware and white & gold collection of mismatched vintage plates! From there, we decided to use deep wedgwood blue linens & napkins from La Tavola, and to top it all off with super bright sunset toned flower arrangements from Louloudi Designs. We were also thrilled that we would be able to use taper candles since that is a luxury we typically do not have in Santa Barbara. We teamed up with Town and Country Rentals to section off The Alley with their Edison Slatted Wood Walls and finished the look with their Edison rusty steel chairs! Our dear friend Melissa Musgrove dedicated her Friday evening to taking these stunning photos of the design for us as well as capturing some really beautiful memories of the emotional toasts and overwhelming joy that filled that space!

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The Happy Couple!

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Duo’s food was nothing short of amazing (as usual)- Pictured above is their Seared California Halibut, with a summer gazpacho vinaigrette, with fennel seeds & almonds over brown rice & baby spinach.

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Rustic Barn Rehearsal Dinner

When we began planning the wedding for our clients Alex and Alyssa, we started by touring their property and listening to their vision. Then we ventured down into the barn… It was truly love at first site, and we knew we needed to throw Alex and Alyssa a rustic barn themed rehearsal dinner. Some spaces just speak to you, and this was one of them. Complete with 3 giant wrought iron chandeliers running down the center of the barn and stunning corrals & fixtures- we were dying to dress this place up! We introduced the clients to these darling distressed farm tables at Town & Country then chose a fun “bandana” patterned table runner from La Tavola. And to top it all off- Mindy Rice added so much cheer to the tables with her eclectic mix of sunflowers & rusty lanterns.

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Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding

Each place setting was finished with a mini cowbell tied around the napkin (which the guests could ring throughout the evening) and these fabulous copper handled flatware from Town & Country Event Rentals!

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Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding
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Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding
Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding
Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding
Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding

This rustic barn rehearsal dinner was filled with toasts, laughter & tears and once the party had ended we shuttled these lucky guests down to The Wine Cask for a delightful welcome party with the rest of the invited wedding guests! A special thank your to our incredible team who made this night possible: Duo Catering, Images by Lighting, Town & Country Event Rentals, Mindy Rice, La Tavola Fine Linens, and photos by the talented Yvette Roman Photography.

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Santa Barbara Gifting Lounge

Welcome to the very first Santa Barbara Gifting Lounge!   This spectacular event took place last Friday night at the Four Seasons Biltmore here in Santa Barbara, and we are so excited to share this idea with you! This concept was born at Engage13 where Colette developed the idea of eliminating gift bag delivery, and allowing guests to come into an inviting space and fill their own gift bags! We provided gifts tailored to the guest count with abundant displays specifically geared towards men, women and children; along with a surplus of fabulous local Santa Barbara food vendors! As the guests arrived they were greeted with trays of delicious lavender champagne & specialty cocktails and as they walked in they saw the colorful arrangement of “farmers market” styled fruit, shown below- because we always love to have a quick and healthy option.

The guests began by choosing between a navy or green gift bag and then were free to wander through the room. Some of the fabulous local vendors we included were: Santa Barbara Popcorn Company, The Olive Oil Source, a Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara Winery, Lane Farms, The Montecito Nut, Jessica Foster Truffles, Sweet Lady Cook, and Santa Barbara Pistachios.

The Bride special requested these stunning hand-painted Santa Barbara Mission Tile trivets- which were incredibly beautiful in person. We offered the guests the choice between pink and regular sparkling lemonade, along with bottled water for refreshments in their room. The “Luxuries for the Ladies” station included a combination of 4 different fragrances of  Dossage candles for the guests to choose their favorite.

I had the pleasure of hosting the Olive Oil & Balamic Vinegar Tasting Station which was so much fun. Guests could help themselves to taste a variety of 6 different flavors, and take home their favorites. Such a unique experience for the guests!

The guests were able to take home a bottle of either red or white wine from Santa Barbara Winery, and that was certainly a hit! The Montecito Nut is a new local company that creates the most delicious flavors of cashews, pecans, and almonds you will EVER try and she ran out before we were even half way done! Jessica Foster provided 4 varieties of truffles and allowed guests to taste samples before boxing up their favorite two!

Sweet Lady Cook allowed the guests to taste the different and unique flavors of fresh local fruit preserves that she hand-makes on a small piece of toast and select their favorite variety! We also created an adorable station JUST for the kids attending the wedding. With a large selection of candy, bath products, bracelets and other accessories for the girls and toys, wallets, and sunglasses for the boys the kids were totally blown away!

Needless to say, the event was a HUGE success and the guests had never experienced anything like it and could not stop talking about how much fun they had all weekend!! We couldn’t have done this with out the help of all of the incredible women shown above and an enormous thank you to the talented Stephanie Hogue for providing us with all of these gorgeous images!

 

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Top 5 Best Locations for a Rehearsal Dinner in Santa Barbara

Around this time each year our clients start to ask us “What are the best locations for a rehearsal dinner in Santa Barbara?” So, we thought we would share some of our favorite spaces & places for the day before you say ‘I do’! Whether you are looking for an intimate dinner party with 25 of your closest friends and family, or you plan on inviting all 150 of your out-of-town guests, each of these venues offer a unique & different experience.

1) The Wine Cask Restaurant-

This charming space located in the heart of Santa Barbara, features a delicious menu with the freshest local ingredients and the best wine list in town, not to mention signature cocktails that change regularly.  Their passion is great food, the highest caliber of service and bringing back the comfort and nostalgia of one of Santa Barbara’s favorite restaurants. This gorgeous space can comfortably fit up to 130 guests for cocktails in the courtyard and a seated dinner in the main restaurant.

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2) The Endless Options at the Four Seasons Biltmore-

Located directly across the street from the beautiful Pacific Ocean- the Four Seasons Biltmore offers a number spaces to hold the perfect rehearsal dinner, welcome party or post-wedding brunch. One of our favorite locations is the El Mar & La Marina Ballrooms which feature breathtaking views of the ocean and classic Santa Barbara features, such as the large wrought iron chandeliers and antique wood beams throughout the ceilings.

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3) The Historic San Ysidro Ranch-

Nestled amongst the majestic mountains of Montecito, the San Ysidro Ranch is a place we feel all visitors must see. If you envision and intimate Rehearsal Dinner or Brunch- this is the spot. Between the quaint Wine Cellar, the picture perfect hydrangea cottage, and the abundant gardens we guarantee you will fall in love with this venue.

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4) The Rooftop Perch at The Canary Hotel

This gorgeous rooftop offers sweeping 360 degree views of Santa Barbara’s mountains, red tile rooftops and the Pacific coastline. The Canary hotel is centrally located one block off State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Set up a few round dining tables with linens & flowers and some of the delicious food from the Canary, and you have a party your guests will never forget!

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5) Stella Mare’s Restaurant-

We are huge fans of the Greenhouse Room at Stella Mare’s Restaurant, located right across the street from the scenic bird refuge. With a french country flair to the menu and the atmosphere, this is a great all-inclusive location that hardly needs any additional decor. Consider this restaurant for parties up to 50 guests- great for an intimate rehearsal dinner or brunch!

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The Ideal Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Weekend!

When planning a destination wedding in Santa Barbara, we encourage hosting multiple events in order for your guests to really develop new friendships and to fully experience this beautiful city. This past weekend we were able to plan a series of three events for our Bride and Groom.

 In February of this year Kayla and I met only the weekend she came into town.  She and her fiance David live in Barcelona Spain.  She told me she loved great food, wine and color~she then informed me that she would not be back in Santa Barbara until five days before her wedding.  We picked out her linens together, and the rest we planned via the internet.  They were thrilled with the weekend of events we planned for them. 

 On Friday, we held a barefoot rehearsal on the beach, then transported all the guests up through wine country to Sunstone Winery for a wine tasting, and rehearsal dinner soiree.
On Saturday the guests gathered on the beach for an intimate wedding ceremony right on the water. Then walked across Cabrillo Blvd to the reception which was held at the DoubleTree. 
Then on Sunday we held a farewell brunch for the happy couple in the Plaza of Chase Palm Park. The guests gathered between 10 and 11 am and were welcomed to an omelet station, pancake station, and fruit and yogurt along with a large selection of home made danishes. 
 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s were served and they relaxed in the beautiful setting.
We cannot wait to see the images of the wedding that Brian from BB Photography captured. 
We will share more then! 
Congratulations to Kayla and David!  
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