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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!

Savvy Planner Workshop

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We are thrilled to announce our first ‘Savvy Planner Workshop’ which will be taking place on Monday, October 12th at the Town & Country Event Rentals showroom in Santa Barbara, CA.

 Colette & Kaitlin of La Fete Weddings will share their 30 years of combined event planning knowledge, as well as some of the hard-learned lessons of being a wedding planner. Whether you are looking to start your own company, or simply needing to refresh your business, this one-day intensive workshop will cover branding, start-to-finish event design, sales, social media, submissions/ publications, as well as many take away tools, templates, and other content that we have personally developed.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!

Schedule for the Day:

9:30- Welcome Meet & Greet + Continental Breakfast
10:00-12:30- Morning Session
12:30-1:30- Break for a Catered Lunch
1:30-4:30- Afternoon Session
4:30-6:00- Wine & Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Image by: Shay Cochrane

Inside Weddings Feature

We are so incredibly honored to have a jaw-dropping 6-page spread in the newest issue of Inside Weddings! Each page is laid out so beautifully and really shows off Yvette Roman’s fantastic photography! The current issue of this magazine is available at newsstands nationwide, and also available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play app stores! Make sure you grab a copy to see all of the lovely wedding inspiration that they have put together!

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Here is a sneak peak of our Inside Weddings feature-  which doesn’t even begin to do it justice! The glossy magazine pages are big and burst with color and detail!

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AND… on top of that, Inside Weddings shared a beautiful post on their blog yesterday featuring some of the photos from this wedding! Here are a few of our favorites images from that post, as well as a link to the full feature on their blog- HERE!

 

Spanish Inspired Wedding at the Bacara Resort

When we began planning Erica & Dan’s wedding at the Bacara Resort, we knew we wanted to create an atmosphere that not only matched the Spanish architecture of the environment, but also appealed the Bride & Groom’s personal style. We were thrilled when Erica mentioned that not only did she love flowers, she loves color! We immediately directed her to our friend Michael from Louloudi Designs who is extremely talented at bringing a brides floral visions to reality!

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Mi Belle Photography expertly captured all the beautiful little details from this Spanish Inspired wedding at the Bacara Resort, and we just love these incredibly intimate moments she captured of our Bride & Groom as they walked  along the romantic pathways of the property!

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This was our first opportunity to work with Lele Patisserie– a new specialty wedding cake baker in Santa Barbara- and I have to say that this wedding cake was the most delicious tres leches cake I have ever tasted! It even had fresh strawberries inside!

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Sending a special thank you out to our incredible team of professionals who helped this wedding run so smoothly: Mi Belle Photography, Louloudi Designs, BBJ Chargers, Ian at Red Shoe DJ, The Bacara Resort, Artisan Productions, SPARK, Lele Patisserie, Limousine Link, and TEAM Hair & Make up!

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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Inside Weddings Features Missy + Josh’s Wedding

To see the full post & more images from Michael Segal Photography CLICK HERE!

Missy Roney was taken by surprise when she learned how involved wedding planning can be, as she began the process of organizing her nuptials to beau Josh Mele. “I didn’t realize how difficult and involved it is!” she laughs now of the memory. Over an eight-month span, the bride worked side by side with her event designer and her mother to create a brilliant celebration that included 120 of the couple’s loved ones.

Missy wanted to place an emphasis on flowers and the décor of the reception in an effort to not only create a beautiful space, but also to leave a lasting impression on guests. When scouting venues, the trio considered the climate of the area, the distance from the couple’s California home, and the site’s autumn availability. Finally deciding on a gorgeous estate within the Palm Springs vicinity, the location offered picturesque views of the desert and ideal balmy weather in October.

The aisleway was covered in vanilla flower petals, and a ring bearer duo – Josh’s nephews – stole the spotlight as they proceeded down the middle row holding a sign that read, “Uncle Josh, Here Comes Your Bride.” Missy appeared, escorted by her parents, wearing an opulent strapless gown with a cascading skirt and holding a fluffy bunch of cream blooms wrapped in satin. The bride and groom opted for a ceremony that incorporated a blend of religious traditions and ethnic customs, including a lovely chuppah made of breezy fabric and monochromatic white florals with pops of pale pink, and a unity candle lighting to symbolize the joining of two becoming one. At the conclusion of the service, Josh performed the breaking of the glass – a time-honored Jewish practice – to congratulatory applause and made his way up the aisle with his bride in tow.

Missy and Josh were able to take a peek of the reception area before their guests were ushered in. A large tented space was swagged with sheer white fabric and boasted numerous dazzling crystal chandeliers suspended overhead. To create an open-air feeling, additional diaphanous fabric had been meticulously wrapped around the structure’s poles and intricacies so they were hidden from public view. “The lighting and the tent were breathtaking,” Missy confirms of the dreamy décor.

Lounge sections and differently shaped dinner tables were decorated with an assortment of candles in golden holders and florals in all white with blush accents for a touch of slight color. Glass charger plates edged in gold were topped with menus tucked into linen napkins in a crème brûlée hue. Family and friends enjoyed a sumptuous supper, slices of cake iced in white-chocolate buttercream or sweet selections from the Italian dessert bar, and danced into the late evening hours. “The dance floor was full all night, our friends were up and moving, and it was great [being] all together the entire time,” remembers the groom.

Though the bride realizes – and frankly admits – “You can’t please everyone,” she is also left with feeling that perhaps they could have done one thing a little differently. “Our guest list was very tight and there are a couple of people that we wish we would have included,” Missy says of the challenge that many engaged couples are met with.

Because of the bride’s demanding job and sparse time to concentrate on planning, Missy is grateful she had the support of her fiancé and parents, and was thoroughly appreciative for the guidance of her experienced wedding consultants, as the festivities truly culminated into the day of her dreams.