Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings

Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We are thrilled to see Sarah & Chase’s elegant Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding featured on Junebug Weddings this week!! We have done a quick highligh from the feature here on our blog, but CLICK HERE to see the full feature on their website!

collage2whitte-0123whitte-0396

“Sarah and Chase love any excuse to dress up, so they knew they wanted a black tie wedding from the start. When they took their super laid-back personalities and desire for tropical décor into consideration, they knew they needed a hand planning their dream wedding. Enter La Fete Weddings. The Santa Barbara wedding planning team executed Sarah and Chase’s wedding with style and grace, and even included fun reception details like an ice luge, a classic black and white palette, and tropical fronds as far as the eye can see. Johnny B Films and photographer Courtney Aaron captured every moment of Sarah and Chase’s wedding beautifully, including their regal ceremony on Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore‘s lawn – the same place Sarah’s parents were married 31 years ago!”

collage1whitte-0339whitte-0374

“Our colors were white, natural greenery, black and gold. I really wanted the greenery to be the standout feature with lots of white accents. However, I have seen so many all white weddings and didn’t just want to repeat that. Instead, we mixed in black and gold elements to make it feel slightly modern and give it a black tie feel.”

whitte-0436whitte-0450whitte-0610

“I wanted a really romantic black tie wedding with a natural/tropic feel. Which when we were first talking about it, sounded so weird. But once we started picking our decor and our amazing florist sent inspiration images, it really started coming together. It was really hard to communicate at first exactly what we wanted, mostly because we had never planned a wedding before. What was most important was that the wedding felt fresh and unique and our amazing wedding planners, Kaitlin and Colette from La Fete Weddings worked with us for months and really nailed the theme in the end.”

whitte-0473collage-3whitte-0679whitte-0835

“The pastor who married us also married my brother and is a very close family friend. It was so special to me because he has known me almost my entire life and made the ceremony so personal. We also had readings from the grooms sister and one of his childhood best friends. Finally, we chose to do traditional vows as well as write our own. And if you are on the fence about writing your own, I highly suggest doing it. It was so special and our guests loved our vows. We got compliments on them the whole night.”

whitte-0826whitte-0841whitte-0939whitte-0846whitte-0958

“I am SUPER laid back. I knew I really wanted a cool vibe to the wedding, without it feeling like another shabby chic and blush wedding. I think one of the first things I told Kaitlin and Colette was that no pink (except the champagne!) would be allowed at the wedding. My family also spends a lot of time in Maui and I wanted to bring elements of that to the wedding as well, hence the tropical greenery. We decided on a black tie wedding mostly because we love dressing up and wanted the wedding to feel like a formal Southern California party. However, we are both super laid back so we knew we wanted it to be a party and not stuffy, and I think we achieved it!”

whitte-1038whitte-1046whitte-1039whitte-1029

“I really wanted unique centerpieces, meaning, lots of greenery and mixing a natural esthetic with a black tie theme. I also knew I wanted lots of white and ethereal lighting”

whitte-1600whitte-1047whitte-1033

Be patient and trust your wedding planners. If you choose to have one (which I cannot recommend enough- the stress they save on the day of alone is worth it), do your research and pick one with elements of their previous weddings you really love. We were so lucky because Kaitlin and Colette were so communicative and kept us on a timeline so we didn’t feel like we were doing everything at once. And trusting them to be creative when you cannot communicate exactly what you want really worked out for us.”

whitte-1166whitte-1201whitte-1213whitte-1324whitte-1322

“The main dining room took my breath away when we walked in before our guests were shown in. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. The ice luge was also such a hit, the station was so elegant and the drinks were amazing.”

whitte-1240whitte-1045whitte-1341

“We had a coconut chiffon cake with passion fruit mango creme cake an a dessert bar with lemon meringue tarts, tiramisu, cookies, sables and macaroons, red velvet cupcakes and Swedish creme puffs. Our signature drinks were a grapefruit basil martini, passionfruit jalapeño martini and old fashioned’s.”

whitte-1394

“Our photographer was also a family friend (you’re probably seeing a theme here… we really had THE BEST vendors), and so we felt so comfortable with her. She also did our engagement pictures and I cannot say enough good things about her. She captured the evening perfectly and our guests LOVED her.”

whitte-1595

THE WEDDING TEAM:

Photography – Courtney Aaron, Eden Rose Photography
Event Planning & Design – La Fete Weddings
Venue, Catering, & Cake – Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore
Floral Design – Anna Le Pley Taylor
Officiant – Pastor Dan Warren
DJ – Michael Ober
Videography – Johnny B Films
Invitations – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Makeup & Hair Artist – Pretty Please Beauty, Hello Darling
Wedding Dress – Lihi Hod
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – David’s Bridal
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Lauren B, Tiffany & Co.
Rentals – The Tent Merchant
Favors – Woods Wholesale Wine

Groom’s Style by La Fete Weddings

Groom’s Style by La Fete Weddings 150 150 La Fete Weddings

This week we wanted to focus on our Grooms… What makes them excited? What do they think is stylish? What do they enjoy most about the wedding?  Each man is completely different when it comes to planning the wedding, but most groom’s get excited about these few things. When it comes to the groom’s style.

1) Grooms Fashion Accessories-

From Cufflinks, Bow Ties, Shoes, pocket squares to boutonnières! Check out some of our handsome grooms and their wedding day style:

cuffsAlex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Weddingshoes

Photos by: Yvette Roman Photography

0181015801590255

Photos by: Mibelle Photography

red soleWhitney Hoek & Kenny DeAngelis WeddingWhitney Hoek & Kenny DeAngelis WeddingWhitney Hoek & Kenny DeAngelis Wedding

Photos by: Yvette Roman Photography

DSC_9120jkoe0317kaitlin

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

2) The Cigar Bar & Lounge-

The Cigar Lounge is a new request among most of our grooms and we can completely understand why… We create a masculane atmosphere, comfy sofas and a fabulous selection of cigars from La Aroma de Havana, and sometimes bring in an expert to make suggestions, cut the ends of the cigars and light them for you! Now, I am not going to say that every bride loves this… because cigars are often VERY potent and the smell can be a bit overpowering. The cigar lounge can also have a separation effect. Sometimes we will see ALL of the ladies on the dance floor and the men are off enjoying their cigars. So if your goal is to keep everyone dancing to that fabulous band you paid for.. Then we suggest having your cigar bar & lounge at your after party. This way your can designate a section to the gentlemen that want to enjoy their cigars, and the ladies can have their own area as well.

579

Photo by: Mishelle Lamarand Photography

IMG_4509IMG_8343IMG_9312

Photos by: Stephanie Hogue Photography

3) The Martini Luge-

We have done a few of these over the past few years and they are ALWAYS a huge hit with the wedding guests! This year we had an adorable couple that we worked with and the groom’s one & only request was a dirty martini luge! The ice luge turned out beautifully and he was thrilled when he walked into the reception and saw it!

martini twoWhitney Hoek & Kenny DeAngelis Weddingmartini

Photos by Yvette Roman Photography & Last Photo by Docuvite

4) The Groomsmen Gift Ideas-

From flasks to surfboards the options are literally endless. Here is a sampling of some of our personal favorite ideas from some of our groom’s to their groomsmen:

0032kaitlin0031kaitlin

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

0477

4) And finally, the one thing that separates the single from the married men- The Ring. Here is a collection of some of our favorite ring selections! When searching for the Groom’s ring, keep in mind that they should “go” together. Not only does that “ring shot” photo really stand out, the two of you should coordinate the styles in some way!

ringscc-0023rings2Hillman_Bollinger_Jennifer_Eileen_Photography_JenniferEileenbolingerZ5A1122_low

Ring Photo 1, Ring Photo 2Ring Photo 3, Ring Photo 4, Ring Photo 5, Ring Photo 6

Annnddd… I  couldn’t resist including this little gem-

This adorable flower girl got all dressed up with her grandfathers top hat & cane. You’re welcome.

Alex Hoyt And Alyssa Reichental Wedding

Photo by: Yvette Roman Photography

Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding in the Loggia Ballroom

Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding in the Loggia Ballroom 150 150 La Fete Weddings

This week we are happy to share an exclusive look back at one of our previous Four Seasons Biltmore Weddings in the Loggia Ballroom! Nothing compares to their stunning oceanfront location, exquisite ballrooms and impecable service. Their wide open Monte Vista Lawn is the perfect setting for an intimate ceremony.

Mindy Rice never fails to create a stunning ceremony design, and her table top flower arrangements were out of this world. This was such a unique color palette for a wedding that looked absolutely remarkable in the Loggia Ballroom.

Ambient Event Design dressed the cieling with a soft and romantic criss-crossing fabric & transformed the space with lighting. 

This is one of my all time favorite pictures captured by BB Photography. A huge thank you to them for capturing each beautiful moment of this day.

New Years Eve Inspiration!!!

New Years Eve Inspiration!!! 150 150 La Fete Weddings

 

La Fete wishes you a Happy New Year! Hoping that 2013 brings all of our friends and family lots of love, health and happiness.

New Years Eve Inspiration – Photo Credits: Top Right ClocksChampagne Flutes & DessertCake and Cake PopsLOVEGold and Black InvitationsGold Sequin Confetti DropGold Place-setting with Clock PlateSave the DateKissing Couple

 

La Fete’s Design for The Neighborhood Clinics Fundraiser

La Fete’s Design for The Neighborhood Clinics Fundraiser 150 150 La Fete Weddings
The Honored Health Care Heroes from this year Eileen Bunning and Dr. James Tamberello.
The Neighborhood Clinics hosted their 13th Annual Health Care Heroes Fundraiser this year on October 2nd, and we were honored to be asked to create the design for this wonderful cause for the second year in a row. We were thrilled to be given the creative freedom to design this room within their budget. There is no way we could have done this without the immense  help from some of our favorite professionals who volunteered their time and labor to help on this extremely successful benefit. The elegant black menus were designed by Tracy from Lazaro Press. The perfectly coordinated flower arrangements and props were provided by Michael from Louloudi Design. Ambient Event Design was able to drape out the room as well as providing us with gorgeous perimeter uplighting as well as pin-spotting our centerpieces. Stemware and black chargers we found at Town and Country Rentals. The table linens were generously provided through a combination of BBJ, Creative Coverings, La Tavola. Of course we have to thank Melissa Musgrove for capturing these stunning detail shots of our design, she is a dear friend of ours and we were so lucky to have her on board to shoot this. 

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics- Health Care Heroes #2

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics- Health Care Heroes #2 150 150 La Fete Weddings

“The mission of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is to provide high quality, affordable, comprehensive healthcare to all people regardless of their ability to pay, especially those uninsured and otherwise underserved, while maintaining a welcoming environment and treating patients with compassion, dignity, and respect. We strive to achieve excellence and to maximize the potential of each employee, volunteer, and board member through a respectful and supportive organization


Over the past year, SBNC was responsible for over 70,000 total patient and health education visits.  Our average cost to deliver a patient’s visit is $154, but the average payment/reimbursement is only $65; we rely on grants and donations to fill this considerable funding gap. Our medical services prioritize preventative strategies and health education, even as we continue to serve 400 new patients each month.”


Last year we were able to help this wonderful charity out by donating the flower arrangements, some of our decor ideas, and providing gorgeous linens and napkins for the guests tables. The event is held again this year at the luxurious La Pacifica Ballroom at Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.  This year we were given full control of the design and budget! It has been such a joy to work with such caring and giving people throughout the planning process and we can not wait to see this event come together! Please enjoy this inspiration board that we put together for this event, and we look forward to sharing more photos afterwards.

Photo Credits:

Pink, Black and White Wedding

Pink, Black and White Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings
I am so excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you today, I had the most fun planning this wedding with Jessica and her parents. She was absolutely crazy about pink and so we introduced the hot color in every way we could. The canopy created to enclose their ceremony was designed with black fabric for the first time ever and I absolutely loved it! This created a formal  and dramatic statement to set the tone for the day. I just received a thank you note from the brides parents saying “The event was magnificent and they have received many compliments on how well the event flowed. They greatly appreciated the professional job we did and extremely enjoyed working with us” It fills me with joy to know that I was able to make Jessica’s wedding day perfect and I am so pleased with the way the event all came together, Enjoy!
xoxo, Kaitlin
A very special thank you to Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing all of these beautiful images!

 

Thank You Santa Barbara Wedding Guide!

Thank You Santa Barbara Wedding Guide! 150 150 La Fete Weddings
Today The Santa Barbara Wedding Guide has featured Ryan and Trish’s Wedding we planned last year. This weekend they are celebrating their first anniversary and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have welcomed Trish into our family.
We are so happy for the two of you!
To see more great details from their wedding click here!



YWD Magazine~Features Valerie and Blaine’s Wedding

YWD Magazine~Features Valerie and Blaine’s Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings


Thank you to YWD Magazine for featuring this amazing and fun wedding we did for Valerie and Blaine. Please pick up a copy today and check out pages 91-93 for the full article. We had the pleasure of working with this couple on their engagement party, wedding and brunch.
Blaine was always part of my professional team as we did many weddings together on beautiful estates here in Santa Barbara. It is always an honor when another professional asks you to coordinate their wedding for them. I have had this pleasure many times throughout the years. But this one was extremely fun to work on. I think I used every possible rental company out there to create their look. The fabulous Four Seasons Biltmore was the perfect location to create the atmostphere and look for them. BB photography did such a great job capturing all the details. 

Our Son Ryan and his Beautiful Bride Trish!

Our Son Ryan and his Beautiful Bride Trish! 150 150 La Fete Weddings

I so enjoyed planning this fun day for Ryan and Trish. The colors just were so beautiful at the Polo Club. We had perfect weather that day! My dear friend Melissa Musgrove captured all the details at the wedding, and Tim Halberg was so kind to assist her on the day of. Our hearts were overwhelmed thanks to the amazing talents and labor of love by many of our friends in the industry. La Tavola linens, Classic Party Rentals, Cody Floral Design, and La Fond & Pampered Palate Fine Catering at the Polo Club. Tracy Lazaro did an beautiful job on all the little special touches. Ambient Event Design, draped the ceremony structure, and added all the ambiance in our reception. Everyone really out did themselves and Kaitlin and I were able to relax and enjoy this wonderful family event.

If you would like to see more please click on this link: It will take you to the beautiful photos of the wedding Melissa put together.