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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!

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!

Our Santa Barbara Polo Wedding has been featured on Junebug Weddings!

Today the brilliant team over at Junebug Weddings put together an absolutely stunning spread of images from our vibrant and colorful wedding at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and it is live on their site today!! We included a few of our favorite images below, but make sure you stop by to check out their full feature HERE for more images from the talented Yvette Roman Photography! 

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Sending tons of love to our talented group of professionals who made this Santa Barbara polo wedding as beautiful as it was:

Photography: Yvette Roman

Flowers: Louloudi

Catering: Duo Events

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

Venue: Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

Lighting: SPARK Creative Events

Cake: Christine Dahl

Band: West Coast Music

Hair & Make up: Hairbro

Victoria Christophe - March 5, 2016 - 8:21 pm

Freaking incredible and very inspiring. 

20 Wedding Stylists to Follow on Instagram

Last week we were totally floored when Harper’s Bazaar Australia named us as one of the Top 20 Wedding Stylists to Follow on Instagram! Wow, such an incredible feeling to be recognized by them and it certainly made our day/month/year! We are honored and humbled to be amongst such amazing talent in the list they put together! Check out the rest of their list HERE!

If you are not already following us feel free to check us out @lafeteweddings- Enjoy!

 

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Kids Helping Kids

For the past eight years Kids Helping Kids has put on an annual benefit concert featuring recording artists such as Sara Bareilles, Switchfoot, Andy Grammer, and Ingrid Michaelson. Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student-run, nonprofit organization run by the Advanced Placement Economics students at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. These students share one common passion – to improve the lives of disadvantaged kids both locally and globally. This year at the signature gala event on January 8th & 9th at the Granada Theatre will feature headlining artist & Grammy-nominated band NEEDTOBREATHE, with support from husband-and-wife duo JOHNNYSWIM.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE! 

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Colette Lopez from La Fete Weddings has been working with Kids Helping Kids for the past 3 years assisting with the set design and overall decorations for the event! She is looking forward to her fourth year helping this incredible organization!  Here are some photos from the past few years of fun:

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7 Must Know Dress Shopping Tips for The Mother of the Bride

This week we teamed up with Martha Stewart Weddings & Christy Baird of LOHO Bridal Salon to share some dress shopping tips for the Mother of the Bride! To see the full article CLICK HERE!

#1 Consult the bride

Ask your daughter what vision she has for her wedding so you can shop accordingly—is she going for a boho feel or a black-tie dress code? Christy Baird, founder and creative director of San Francisco bridal salon, LOHO Bride says, “Check out your daughter’s Pinterest board in advance and shop with her vision in mind.” Picking out your MOB-dress is a wedding activity you and your daughter is a fun way to bond, too. Colette Lopez, owner of Santa Barbara wedding event company, La Fete Weddings, says, “Make her a part of your shopping experience. Invite her to come along with you, or send her pictures if you’re long distance.”

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(The Bride & her mother looking photo ready in gorgeous gowns! Photo by: MiBelle Photography)

#2 Set a budget

“There are so many beautiful options out there across every price range, budget should not be a stressful part of your thought process,” Baird says. Also, take into consideration the mother of the groom’s budget. “It is important to be sensitive to not overspend on your gown, especially if the groom’s side cannot afford an elaborate or expensive dress,” Lopez says.

#3 Choose a dress early on

Traditionally, the mother of the bride picks her dress before the mother of the groom. Once you buy your dress, kindly let the MOG know—or ask the bride to tell the groom to tell his mom … It doesn’t matter how the message gets to the MOG, it just needs to get there so she can start shopping for something that’s just as special as your look.

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(The Mother of the Bride assisting on the wedding day! Photo by: Melissa Musgrove Photography)

#4 Keep the color palette in mind

If the wedding colors are pink and ivory, you should probably rule out a royal blue dress. “It is important that the photos and the overall style and color blends nicely with the bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party,” Lopez says. Just as you wouldn’t wear white to upstage the bride, straying from the bride and groom’s color palette is also an etiquette don’t.

#5 Consider the location

The mother-of-the-bride dress should complement the venue’s vibe. “Whether the wedding is in a garden at a private estate, in a ballroom at a resort, or even barefoot on the beach—this will dictate the style that the mother of the bride should wear,” Lopez says. Your dress for a 5 p.m. ceremony at a church would call for a more formal dress than a 2 p.m. ceremony at a vineyard.

#6 Don’t forget about undergarments

What goes underneath your dress is just as important as the gown itself! “They can smooth your body out, be used as a slip, and most importantly, they’ll make you feel confident as you take photos that you’ll be looking back on for the rest of your life,” Baird explains.

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(Two beautiful Mothers with effortlessly chic style! Photo by: MiBelle Photography)

#7 Make sure you’re comfortable

Comfort is key. “Continue to search until you find the right dress that you can stand in, sit in, and dance in,” Lopez says. No matter how gorgeous a dress is, the last thing you want to be doing on your daughter’s big day is fidgeting with your dress.

 

Linda - December 21, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Such pretty examples for mother-of-the-bride dresses.