Soft Pastel Wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch

Soft Pastel Wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We could not imagine a more beautiful color palette for a summertime wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch. Super soft shades of blue, pink, lavender, green and ivory absolutely shine at this lush garden venue. Jessie & Juan celebrated their wedding day amongst 50 of their closest friends & family members. The couple exchanged their vows in the ceremony garden and then dined alfresco on the Hydrangea Patio and danced the night away to their favorite songs.

Each place-setting was carefully curated with layers of mixed white china from Pretty Vintage Rentals and topped with a menu that had each guests name written at the top with soft blue calligraphy. CocoRose Florals finished the look by tying delicate stems of lavender & sweet peas to each of the fresh white napkins with a raw silk ribbon.

This spectacular wedding was held on a warm day in October, and as the sun began to set the San Ysidro Ranch warmed up the guests with bowls of their signature Tortilla Soup. The candlelit dinner continued, followed by an organic baby greens salad & then the choice of Filet of Beef or Pan Roasted King Salmon. Toasts were shared throughout the evening as guests celebrated the newlyweds under the twinkle lights and stars.

One of our favorite moments of the evening is when Jessie surprised her parents by playing their wedding song right after the cake cutting. Her parents were so touched and as the two of them danced together, reminiscing about their own wedding day! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room & each guest could truly feel the love shared within this family.

Weddings like these don’t just magically happen! We could not do our job without the help of an incredible team of professionals. Here is the list of vendors who made this dreamy wedding day come to life:

Wedding Planning & Design: La Fete Weddings  |  Photography: Ashleigh & Erik Photography  |  Videography: Fig & Thread  |  Venue: San Ysidro Ranch  |  Floral Design: CocoRose Florals  |  Rentals: The Tent Merchant  |  Dinnerware & Vintage Glassware Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals  |  Menu + Escort Card Design & Calligraphy: Sophia Loves Letters  |  Ceremony Music: Brandt Jacobus  |  Lighting Design: Ambient Event Design  |  Hair & Makeup: Tomiko Taft & Lucy Salgado  |  Reception DJ: Ian Gotler of RedShoe


Dreamy Sunstone Villa Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Dreamy Sunstone Villa Wedding on Style Me Pretty 150 150 La Fete Weddings
Sweet Words from Style Me Pretty: “When my husband and I renew our vows one day, we’ll be calling La Fete Weddings, because this right here is all my wedding dreams come to life. I honestly thought I was looking at a dreamy, Italian destination wedding the first time I scrolled through the beautiful gallery of images by Brumley and Wells and was completely blown away when I realized this gorgeous event took place much closer to home – Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in California! This European-esque celebration came together through the work of some of the industry’s finest vendors – Archive RentalsTEAM Hair and Makeup, and Ambient Event Design just to name a few – and is one of those weddings you won’t be able to stop thinking about for days.”

From Style Me Pretty: “Charmed with old world elegance, masterfully considered design, and the classic romance of stone, hand-hewn beams from Queen Elizabeth’s rose garden, and brooding tones of natural light pouring in to every room, Sunstone Winery provides the perfect setting for a timeless wedding. Brett and Sarah’s day was no exception. The ceremony took place under the live oak, surrounded by the property’s vineyard, and followed by the reception in the back grounds of the estate.”


Photography: Brumley & Wells  |  Planning & Design: La Fete Weddings |  Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design  | Lighting: Ambient Event Design |  Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals  |  Vintage Furniture Rentals: Archive Rentals |  Vintage Dinnereware: Otis & Pearl Vintage Rentals |  Menus & Escort Cards: Sophia Loves Letters  |  Hair & Make up: TEAM Hair & Make up |  Videography: Like a Letter  |  Venue: Sunstone Villa  |  DJ: Red Shoe LA  |  Catering: Omni Catering


La Fete Weddings has been Featured on Style Me Pretty

La Fete Weddings has been Featured on Style Me Pretty 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We are thrilled to share that La Fete Weddings has been featured on Style Me Pretty. While it is always an honor to have a website, blog or magazine choose to feature your work, it really feels special when one of our events lands on the home page of Style Me Pretty. Not only are the details from this wedding drop dead gorgeous; Luna De Mare captured each moment with absolute precision and we could not have been more impressed by her work when we received the photos from this event! Here is link to the full press feature! 

Article on Style Me Pretty:

From the Photographer… Nicole & Walker’s chic LA Destination Wedding was full of Southern Romance in the heart of Beverly Hills. The Bride, originally from LA along with the Groom, from Charleston, South Carolina, wanted an LA wedding on a warm balmy day, with family and friends from both the East and West coast in attendance to witness their beautiful day at a Private Venue. The breath taking Ceremony was nestled in between aged Pine trees with an alter created to embrace the nature it was surrounded by, including beautiful mahogany pews for guests to enjoy the intimate vow exchange. Plants were lined against pews to further embrace the natural ambience and it created the most stunning outdoor aesthetic, truly magical to capture. Once the Ceremony concluded, guests were shuttled back to the large wrap around Veranda as dusk fell and the soft glow of lights began to shimmer in the fading light. Cocktails clinked, and appetizers were passed as soft jazz hummed in the background setting the tone for the reception that followed just down the path, under a clear tent with rustic wood tables, hemstitch runners, low centerpiece arrangements and illuminated twinkle lights, all waiting for Guests to enjoy and dine. The palette was very beach inspired, incorporating light gray blue, ivory, neutrals with greenery and pops of peach. After dining, dancing & merriment, guests lined the courtyard and sent off the Newlyweds to the Vintage car awaiting them, with a grand Sparkler exit and a Champagne toast. 


  Planning & Design: La Fete Weddings  |  Photography: Luna De Mare Photography  |  Floral Design: Twig & Twine  |  Cake: Sweet Lady Jane  |  Invitations: Mac & Murphy  |  Band: West Coast Music  |  Car: Classic Limos  |  Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals  |  Videography:  Artisan Productions  |  Gown: Monique Lhuillier  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Photo Booth: Flip Booth


A Cheery + Colorful Wedding Celebration at the San Ysidro Ranch

A Cheery + Colorful Wedding Celebration at the San Ysidro Ranch 150 150 La Fete Weddings

There is nothing like a  colorful wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch to help get you through your Wednesday! We were beyond thrilled to help the FABULOUS Laura of Cody Floral Design plan her own stunning and intimate wedding celebration. As  a local wedding professional, Laura arranges some of the most glamorous floral arrangements that Santa Barbara offers- but we all get a little tired of the traditional wedding colors of whites and soft pinks. That is exactly why her own wedding featured tons of vibrant blooms and touches of color!

Laura & Michael exchanged vows in front of the insanely romantic Stonehouse Terrace fireplace which was dressed in wild greenery and two abundant displays of her flowers! The backdrop was complete once all of the candles were lit & tiny twinkle lights lit up the fireplace & surrounding trees. Throughout the grounds of San Ysidro Ranch you will find tons of petite vintage benches- which we utilized as the seating for their guests during the ceremony.

At dusk, the guests found their way into the Old Adobe where they each took their seats at this deep blue velvet draped table. Each place setting held a perfect magenta peony which held together a silk napkin. And lets just say that the bride knew what she was doing when she put together these centerpieces!

These abundant arrangements featured a stunning color palette of deep fuchsia peonies, garden roses, cafe au let dahlias & dripping clusters of grapes. The table also featured an impressive display of hurricanes and votives which made the space feel warm & inviting!


Needless to say it was an incredible honor to be included in helping our dear friend Laura plan her special day! She has gone above and beyond to help design all of the flower arrangements for each of my kid’s weddings & it was about time we were able to return the favor! This magical day would not have been possible without the support of the wonderful professional team that came along side Laura & Michael that day:

| Melissa Musgrove Photography | The San Ysidro Ranch | Dwight Kennedy Music | La Tavola Linens | 805 Make up | Barbra Mousouris | And of Course the Fabulous Team at Cody Floral Design |


Los Angeles Wedding Videographer- Artisan Productions

Los Angeles Wedding Videographer- Artisan Productions 150 150 La Fete Weddings

As a coordinator- so much thought, time and energy is put into planning & designing our weddings and the day itself goes by so quickly. We turn all of our hope & trust over to the photographers & videographers on the day of & pray that they capture the magic that transpires… and then, we wait. We wait for the day that the photographers sends us the photos and spend half a day sorting through our favorites. We also wait for the day when the videographer sends us their final edit of the wedding film and we smile & laugh as we re-live the happiest day of our clients lives. Well this wedding film was no exception & Artisan Productions NEVER disappoints!

Open this video in full screen, turn the volume up & enjoy this beautiful work of art that Aaron captured of Nicole & Walker’s Wedding Day:

Jenna Reeves + Tim Lopez’s Rehearsal Dinner

Jenna Reeves + Tim Lopez’s Rehearsal Dinner 150 150 La Fete Weddings

 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!


The Happy Couple!


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.


Rustic Barn Rehearsal Dinner

Rustic Barn Rehearsal Dinner 150 150 La Fete Weddings

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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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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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.

The Perfect Post Wedding Brunch

The Perfect Post Wedding Brunch 150 150 La Fete Weddings

The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is the perfect post wedding brunch location. The majority of our clients are choosing to host multiple events for their wedding throughout the weekend. Typically we begin with a welcome party, then the rehearsal dinner, the wedding day, followed by a Sunday brunch to send off the bride and groom. When our clients decide to host a full weekend of wedding activities we encourage them to show their guests the different areas that Santa Barbara has to offer. We love doing a rehearsal dinner at a local down town restaurant near historic State Street, and a welcome party at a hotel or somewhere with an ocean view! When it comes to the post wedding brunch, we like to suggest doing something unique…  and a polo brunch is so much fun for all ages! Hosting a brunch or private party here offers a new experience for your guests and is something most people have never done before. By creating a beautiful atmosphere and bringing in some delicious catered food (for this event we used Roomforty Catering) your guests are free to relax, drink a mimosa and enjoy the polo match. A special thank you to Willa Kveta for the gorgeous images of this event and to Jackson Durham for creating the stunning flower arrangements!

La Fete Weddings’ Citrus themed bridal shower has been featured on Destination I Do Magazine’s Blog

La Fete Weddings’ Citrus themed bridal shower has been featured on Destination I Do Magazine’s Blog 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We are thrilled to announce that our work has been featured on Destination I Do Magazine’s blog today!!!  They put together a gorgeous selection of bright oranges, pinks and yellows  just in time for summer. For more citrus themed inspiration click here to see the full feature.

Citrus themed bridal showers and weddings are a fresh and fun way to add some color into your special day! Adding in pops of yellow accented by succulents and milk glass instantly makes a party feel cheerful. Adding fresh fruit into you displays or centerpieces not only looks amazing but smells great too! Try adding a lemonade station to your next wedding or event, we guarantee it will be a hit!

Stunning flowers by NLC Productions and photos by Anna Costa Photography!


La Fete’s Annual Christmas Tea 2013

La Fete’s Annual Christmas Tea 2013 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Over the past few years our annual Christmas Tea has evolved. What once began as a much larger party with around 12-15 women, has downsized into designing an elegant table top for a photo shoot, then we are able to sit down with about 6 of our dearest friends in the industry to reflect on what the year has brought us. The theme for this year’s tea was God’s goodness. We each shared how God has blessed us this past year and laughed over some of our favorite Christmas memories. The christmas tea has become an event that each of us look forward to each year. It is a place where we can share our hearts and be blessed by each others company. This year we designed our table around this fabulous blue linen by La Tavola. We fell in love with the color and thought we could really dress it up with TONS of textured candles. We also found the perfect chargers from BBJ Linens to complete the look! We added in the sleek and stylish ghost chairs from Town & Country, which accented all of the glass candlesticks and glassware and created a more modern look. Thank you so much to our dear friend Stephanie Hogue for taking these beautiful pictures for us this year!

We made homemade fresh fruit tarts for each guest, along with our signature heart shaped scones we make every year!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and successful 2014,

With love from Colette & Kaitlin at La Fete Weddings!