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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!

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!

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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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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

The Savvy Planner Workshop

This week we wanted to spotlight the incredible people who donated their time and energy into helping us with The Savvy Planner Workshop which we held on October 12th! The morning started at Town & Country Even Rentals in Santa Barbara with coffee and some fresh pastries from our local favorite Jeannine’s Bakery! We had a nice time meeting and getting to know our attendees before we sat down to begin the first part of our speaking session in this cozy lounge furniture grouping we set up with Town and Country!

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We wanted our attendees to go home with something a little different than the typical gift bag! So we shopped for some sweet gifts and assembled them on these small wooden trays along with these insanely gorgeous name tags which were laser printed by De Lovely Details! (If you haven’t heard about this company you HAVE to check them out!!)

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Then we moved to a new area within the T&C  showroom to have a delicious two course catered lunch by Omni Catering! We designed this lunch setting with Town & Country, La Tavola Linens and Louloudi Floral Designs to feel like we were outside on a sunny fall afternoon!

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First we served a Grilled Panzanella Salad with heirloom tomatoes, grilled Italian bread, feta cheese, kalamata olives, cucumber, and marinated red onions with fresh basil and a balsamic vinaigrette! It was spectacular!!

The second course from Omni Catering was a Fresh Basil Pesto Glazed Wild Salmon served over warm quinoa and fresh vegetables!

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After lunch we moved over to the next stop to have a fantastic cake tasting and Champagne with Lele Patisserie. Lele so graciously brought in some of her artificial cakes for us to display as well as what felt like a million different cake & frosting flavors for all of us to mix and match to our hearts desire!! (This may have been my favorite part!)

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Once our stomachs were completely satisfied, we moved over to our table design session. Louloudi Designs created a stunning fall centerpiece for our table with bright fuchsia, deep purple, and creamy mocha colored flowers as the focal point! On one side of the table we used dark black accents and mixed china to create a look that was contemporary and modern.

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And on the opposite side of the table we used soft gold and champagne tones to create a romantic candlelit dinner with cut crystal glassware! Louloudi Designs even painted both sides of the flower container to mix up the designs! During this time we taught each of the ladies some of our favorite napkin folds, how we go about our design process with our clients, and allowed them to design their own place settings by using all of the products at T&C!

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We ended the evening with wine and cheese (two of our favorite things!) and took the time to chat with each of our attendees to get to know them personally & discuss what unanswered questions they might still have! Overall it was a hugely successful day, and we really valued our time spent with each one of the incredible ladies who attended!

Cheers to our very first Savvy Planner Workshop!

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Once again we couldn’t have done this without the help of our incredible team of vendors and friends who each made The Savvy Planner Workshop a possibility:

Town & Country Event Rentals

Louloudi Designs

Omni Catering

Lele Patisserie

Ambient Event Design 

La Tavola Linens

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Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves Wedding on July 4th!

We are over-the-moon excited to finally share some of the gorgeous photos that we just got back from JKoe Photography of Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves Wedding! As many of you know Tim Lopez is Colette’s son and Kaitlin’s brother so this was a very special time for our family and we were honored to help plan and design their special day.

The Plain White T’s Tim Lopez tied the knot with his fiancé Jenna Reeves in front of  an intimate gathering of family and friends at the Historical Museum in Santa Barbara on July 4th, 2015. The pair met on NBC’s reality dating show Ready For Love, where Tim knew Jenna was “the one” from the very beginning! Planning their wedding began with only one trip to Santa Barbara to tour the venue and pick out the specialty rentals from Town and Country Event Rentals. The rest of the planning was done with visuals, diagrams and phone calls with Colette & Kaitlin of La Fete Weddings!

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Tim shared in an interview with People Magazine that “Jenna was no bridezilla while planning the wedding, and that extended to her dress selection. “I actually got my dress at Lunss,” she says. “I looked at a few boutique shops and found nothing that felt right. When I tried this one on, I had that moment where I looked in the mirror and saw a bride. The dress was relatively inexpensive as far as wedding dresses go but I wasn’t concerned with brand names, I just wanted to feel comfortable and beautiful when walking down the aisle toward him.” Tim also mentioned “Jenna and I didn’t want to abandon who we are when it came to the style and attire for our wedding — hence I wasn’t going to be caught dead in a tuxedo!”

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The ceremony was designed to fit the old Spanish style of the Historical Museum which already has a little bit of a Texas flair. We decorated the aisle with a combination of large blue agave plants & oversized rustic star lanterns. Then the existing arbor was embellished with a natural linen fabric and then adorned with fresh green garlands and white flowers by Cody Floral Designs– The look was simple and made an absolutely stunning backdrop for the two of the them!

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The couple decided to keep their special day low-key by bringing a little bit of Austin, Texas home to our native Santa Barbara. We brought in the Rasta Taco Cart along with Georgia’s Smokehouse (a local food truck)  to add a “hipster element” to the “Tex meets West” theme. The evening consisted of a free-floating party with lounge vignettes, dining tables, and who could forget- an enormous teepee. Guests were invited into the space and able to eat when they felt hungry, visit the bar when they were thirsty, and dance to the fantastic music of Stew in the Crew when they wanted. This created a relaxed atmosphere that didn’t feel to “structured or scheduled.” The overall design wasn’t all about the flowers but more about the overall feeling that Tim & Jenna wanted to create within the courtyard at the Historical Museum.

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The lounge vignettes and tables were adorned with garlands of greenery and a more “hand-picked” organic looking flowers were placed on the tables with a touch of blue thisle- which Jenna loved!

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The only elements that incorporated the Fourth of July were the large rustic star lanterns that lined both sides of the aisle and a large vintage American flag that Tim brought from their home in Texas which was used in some of their wedding portraits! The little flower girl, Keilani also carried around a small American flag that day for her photos but during the ceremony she dropped petals out of a small flower basket!

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As the newlyweds entered the courtyard they were announced as “Mr. & Mrs. Tim and Jenna Lopez” and they worked their way to the center of the dance floor to share their first dance together to “Baby I’m Yours” by The Arctic Monkeys.

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We surprised Jenna by having our dear friend Calligraphy Katrina decorate the top of the cake table by re-creating the wedding invitations that Jenna had designed herself. The table turned out so gorgeous and really carried the theme throughout the event! As you can see, Jenna was thrilled and the cake from Christine Dahl tasted just as amazing as it looked!

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When we were headed over to watch Tim & Jenna cut the cake when we were all happily surprised that we could see the fireworks from the wedding venue!! Jason from Jkoe Photography captured some of the most gorgeous images of the two of them with the fireworks going off in the distance!

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We are so grateful to our incredible team of professionals who helped make Tim Lopez and Jenna Reeves wedding so spectacular. Celebrating with these two was a major highlight of our wedding season this summer and we were truly blown away by the help and generosity of the following people:

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– My dear dear friend look at what you’ve crateed this year! I have loved watching you from the very beginning. And especially now to see how your style has a consistency and a Glady-ness. That photo of Amanda Rae is still my all time favorite from you. Still makes me gasp when I see it. But I HAVE to ask that photo of the girl in the leather jacket with the bright red lips and awesome gold necklace?? WHAT shoot is that from and where and when can I see more of it? It’s SO fashion. Love it.

A Lovely Tented Wedding at the Santa Barbara Polo Club

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We were so thrilled when our darling bride Memma told us she was interested in using bright colored flowers at her wedding & we knew that Louloudi Designs was the perfect florist to work with on this wedding at the Santa Barbara Polo Club!

The wedding day started with an afternoon ceremony at All Saints by the Sea, followed by an outdoor cocktail hour at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. Town & Country Rentals provided a large 4-sided bar which serviced both the cocktail hour and the main reception, then we cozied up the area with some outdoor lounge furniture + colorful throw pillows! After the cocktails and delicious tray passed hors d’oeuvres from Duo Catering had been consumed, the guests we welcomed into the garland draped canopy where each soft ivory table was dressed in different textures of linens and topped with abundant arrangements of hot pink, fuchsia, and soft yellow & orange flowers! The Bride and Groom made their way to the dance floor for their first dance together after being introduced into the space for the first time as Mr & Mrs. Later guests had the time of their lives while enjoying a perfect 2-course meal followed by TONS of dancing to the wonderful band provided by West Coast Music. We are so thankful we had Yvette Roman on our team to capture all the special moments and details from this wedding- She did such a remarkable job!!

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Real Wedding featured on The Knot

You may recognize this absolute stunner of a wedding from our website titled “A Tuscan Affair” and we are so incredibly happy to announce that it will soon be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of The Knot Southern California Magazine!! Not only have they chosen to feature this wedding in their magazine they also created a gorgeous Real Wedding feature on The Knot’s Blog to share a few sneak peeks of the wedding and all the lovely details.  The entire blog post can bee seen HERE on the Knot’s Blog!

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This private estate, surrounded by the beautiful vineyards in Santa Barbara, California, created an intimate environment for a garden-inspired wedding. “We wanted everything to feel natural, like it would have been freshly picked out of the garden,” Alyssa (25 and in marketing and public relations) says of her marriage to Alex (37 and a film producer). “It was very much a mix of the neutral and natural flowers in and matching the gardens of the estate.” The ceremony took place outside with a beautiful backdrop of the vineyards, where Alyssa and Alex stood at the chuppah draped in white lace and overflowing flower arrangements. Underneath the elegant white tent, iron chandeliers hung above dining tables decorated with even more ivory blooms, arranged inside long boxes that served as centerpieces. Alyssa’s dress inspired the classic four-tier cake accented with white sugar lace on the sides and top. Speaking of which, we absolutely loved Alyssa’s gown—a strapless Anna Meia Couture dress that embodied a classic look, thanks to the Chantilly lace overlay and romantic low back. “The first dress I tried on that day was it. [On the wedding day] Alex lost his breath and my dad got choked up,” Alyssa says. “It felt very classic with a bit of vintage, and I hadn’t seen any other dresses with lace quite like it.”

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 Just wanted to send a huge thank you to The Knot for not one, but two beautiful features, we can’t wait to see the magazine this Spring! Also, a HUGE thank you to our incredible team of professionals who made this dreamy event come to life!

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