Romantic Sunstone Wedding in Spring

Romantic Sunstone Wedding in Spring 150 150 La Fete Weddings

With Spring right around the corner, we can’t help but dream about the magical & romantic Sunstone wedding that took place almost  year ago in Santa Ynez. The memorable day began with a full schedule of hair and make up at the Sunstone Villa lead by TEAM. What could possibly be better than to start the day feeling pampered & then each bridesmaid was given a gorgeous blush toned Tory Burch handbag!  The ceremony took place in front of an abundantly decorated arbor dripping in greenery & soft blush toned florals surrounded by 5 crystal chandeliers suspended over the ceremony from the oak trees.

After the emotional vows the guests wandered through the grapevines to arrive in the front courtyard of the Sunstone Villa for cocktails hour. Town & Country provided four custom built cabanas with plush lounge furniture which created a warm & intimate space for the guests to enjoy the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails from Duo Catering. The guests were invited to through  the front door of the Villa to receive their escort card/favors which were miniature glass bottles filled with Sunstone’s signature Olive Oil.

The guests passed through the Sunstone Villa and entered the reception, where soft blue runners ran down the wood pedestal tables which were topped with lush arrangements of lush pastel spring flowers. Each place-setting featured mixed stacks of Casa De Perrin’s signature collection china & cut crystal stemware.  Heidi of Zenadia Designs created custom menus with the guests names calligraphed on the exterior and then folded open to reveal the dinner menu for the evening. Town & Country custom built wood cabanas which were draped in ivory chiffon & then Camille added vines and flowers to look as if they were organically growing on the structures over the dining tables with crystal chandeliers.

Every moment of this romantic sunstone wedding day was filled with love, laughter, toasts, emotion, tons of dancing and spectacular food & wine. This was a wedding that we both walked away feeling so incredibly overjoyed to do be able to do what we love- To plan & create memories that will last a lifetime for our clients & that is what warms our hearts the most. 

 

Photography: Terri Smith Photo  || Wedding Planners: Colette Lopez & Kaitlin Kolvet of La Fete Weddings|| Caterer: Duo Catering ||Cake: Lele Patisserie || Dress Designer:  Ines di Santo || Event Rentals: Town & Country Rentals || Florist: Camellia Floral Design || Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair & Make up || Invitations: Zenadia Designs || Music:  11H Entertainment || Cocktail Hour Furniture Rentals:  The Tent Merchant || Reception Furniture Rentals: Barn Relic || Videographer: AndHer Visuals ||Dinnerware Rentals:  Casa De Perrin || Lighting:  Images by Lighting || Ceremony Arbor Rental: SPARK || Venue: Sunstone Villa || Tree Rentals: Gazebo Plant Rentals

Ringing in the New Year with a Stunning Beach Engagement Session at Bacara Resort

Ringing in the New Year with a Stunning Beach Engagement Session at Bacara Resort 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Happy New Year!! We are starting 2017 out right… with two adorable puppies & a bottle of Dom Perignon! We can’t wait to share this gorgeous couple’s wedding day with you- which will soon be featured on Style Me Pretty! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this stunning beach engagement session at Bacara that Michelle Beller captured for our clients Amy & Rick.

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Sending a special thank you to Michelle Beller Photography for capturing their love so beautifully!

Blush Wedding at The Bacara Resort

Blush Wedding at The Bacara Resort 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Michelle & George wanted their oceanfront wedding with 300 guests to feel fun, loving & memorable! They envisioned a light blush pink, champagne, and beige color palette with lots of candles, mood lighting & romance!

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The fantastic team at The Tent Merchant custom built this ceremony arbor for Michelle & George’s wedding day & then Michael from Louloudi added his stunning florals & greenery draped along the top!

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The interior of the ballroom was filled with romantic draping & uplighting and then tall maple trees added freshness & brought life into the space. We used tall gold bar backs from Revelry Event Design to mark the two main bars in the space. Then we mixed in a combination of round, square and rectangular tables into the ballroom which held varieties of tall and low blush floral centerpieces and tons of candles! Michelle also loved the mixture of chairs that Tent Merchant provided. We used tall upholstered chairs for the head table which really set it apart!

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Here’s a beautiful same-day edit of Michelle & George’s Blush Wedding at the Bacara Resort that Lin & Jirsa put together for them which played during the wedding reception:

THE WEDDING TEAM:

|Planning & Design: La Fete WeddingsTEAM Hair & Make up | Lin & Jirsa Photography | Bacara Resort & Spa | Louloudi Floral Design | The Tent Merchant Event Rentals | La Tavola Linens | Modmix Studio Runners |Gazebo Plant Rentals | Bar/DJ Booth- Revelry Event DesignRed Shoe DJ |Ambient Event Design | Open Air Photobooth |

Blush Wedding at Sunstone Villa

Blush Wedding at Sunstone Villa 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We are thrilled to share this beautiful feature from The Wedding Chicks on our blog today!! For more inspiration and stunning images from Elizabeth Messina, check out the full wedding feature by CLICKING HERE!

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Annette and Julian’s beautiful Spring Sunstone Villa wedding full of peonies and a puppy began on a beautiful day in Santa Ynez. Classic and elegant romance is inspired by every element of the day, flawlessly styled by La Fete Weddings. A refreshing color palette of blush and white kept things utterly stunning and easy on the eyes.

They also opted to include their precious puppy and we can’t get over how adorable he is, he even joined in on the father daughter dance! You won’t want to miss a single detail from this wedding, and there’s so much to see in the full gallery, photographed by Elizabeth Messina.

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As the bride was finishing her final touches with TEAM Hair & Make Up and the girls finished stepping into their gowns the bride was given her beautiful bouquet. Annette carried a lush hand-tied bouquet comprised of her favorite flower – fresh peony blooms in shades of blush and white. The bouquet was designed in a classic, romantic and elegant style and coordinated perfectly with her Monique Lhuillier gown.

If you can’t get enough of this brides gorgeous gown, we recommend you take a peek at the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2016 Bridal Collection.

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The guests were shuttled into the estate and greeted with trays of infused water and trays of champagne, before taking their seats under the large oak trees for the ceremony. A large wooden structure draped in romantic cream chiffon fabric, fresh flowers and olive branches framed Annette and Julian as they exchanged their emotion-filled vows in front of 200 of their closest friends and family members.   The party began at cocktail hour in the front of the Sunstone Villa, where guests gathered to enjoy a few Armenian inspired passed hors d’oeuvres such as crisp shishbarak with yogurt dipping sauce and Mediterranean spiced chicken satay skewers.

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Then, the guests were invited through the Villa entryway to the backyard where long and round wooden feasting tables awaited. The tables were draped in ivory embroidered linen runners and topped with luxurious floral arrangements in shades of cream, soft blush pink and wispy vines of clematis, fresh mint and olive foliage.  Annette wanted the evening to be full of candlelight and romance and each table featured clusters of pillar and votive candles adding a soft glow around the garden. As the guests found their seats, Duo served Sunstone’s local wines and passed around cheese and charcuterie platters. Annette and Julian were welcomed into the reception and opened the dance floor with their first dance together, then invited all of their guests to join them for a high-energy dance set!

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As the sun began to set and the overhead string lighting began to illuminate the evening,  the guests dined and danced the night away until 10pm. But the evening was far from over!  We invited the guest to re-board the shuttles down to the Sunstone Winery Caves for the After Party where Duo served late night snacks including: flatbread pizzas, sliders, doughnuts, and mini chicken chow mein in tiny take-out boxes. Guests departed saying that it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and we can clearly see why!

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Kat + PJ’s Montecito Country Club Wedding

Kat + PJ’s Montecito Country Club Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings

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Photography: Michelle Beller Photography       Ceremony Church: Trinity Episcopal                Reception Venue: Montecito Country Club Wedding      Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals       Florals: Camellia Floral Design      Gold Flatware: Ventura Party Rentals                                             Vintage Car: Tours a la Carte              Reception Band: Stew & The Crew                                          Lighting & Draping: Ambient Event Design    Cake: Lele Patisserie 

Blush and Grey Estate Wedding in Santa Barbara

Blush and Grey Estate Wedding in Santa Barbara 150 150 La Fete Weddings

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Sending a very special THANK YOU to all of the incredible professionals that helped to make this day the most beautiful and memorable day of our lives!! We are forever grateful for the hard work and love that went into making this wedding so insanely gorgeous! Also, thank you to Inspired By This Blog for putting together such a lovely post!

2nd Photographer: JKoe Weddings
Location: Villa Sevillano
Event Planner/Designer: La Fete Weddings
Floral Designer: Cody Floral Design
Reception Linens: La Tavola
Cocktail Hour Linens: Creative Coverings
Stationary: Lazaro Press
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina
Wedding Gown: Lazaro- Purchased at JLM Couture
 To see more images from this wedding you can visit our We Did section of our Website HERE!

Winter White Wedding featured on Inspired by This

Winter White Wedding featured on Inspired by This 150 150 La Fete Weddings

In case you missed our winter white wedding featured on Inspired by This last week, we posted all the pretty pictures + even more on our blog today! To see the full post on Inspired by This Click Here! 

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After completing their first day of orientation at USC a large group of classmates decided to go out to happy hour and this is when Brian had the pleasure of sitting across from Courtney. The two quickly became good friends, and after a year of Brian trying to win Courtney over, the perfect opportunity fell into his lap! Their group of friends had all planned to go to a John Butler Trio concert, although someone had mistakenly purchased two tickets to the wrong night. As fate would have it, both Courtney & Brian ended up sacrificing their tickets for the other friends to go to the concert. That led to their pseudo first date and then two days later their official first date- and the rest is history!

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When we began planning the wedding with Courtney & her mother we started by searching for wedding venues. They knew we had found the right place when we walked onto the grounds of the spectacular Villa Sevillano. With magnificently manicured grounds and formal terraced gardens, this impressive 6-bedroom Italian Villa was the perfect place to transform into their dream wedding.

The wedding ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in the heart of Montecito at 2:00 in the afternoon. After the full Catholic mass the guests arrived at the Villa for an intentionally “long-cocktail-hour!” We created a plush environment around the pool with charcoal grey lounge furniture groupings, tall communal dining tables & multiple bars and food stations! Good Gracious! catered a “Meat Lovers” station for the groom and a “New Orleans” food station for the bride- complete with frozen hurricanes and gumbo!  Guests mingled and enjoyed the music of the New Orleans style Dixie band.

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We designed a tailored fabric draped tent with ivory petal covered panels in the center of the ceiling. We filled in the tent withRevelry Event Designer’s stunning mirror & chandelier glass top tables, which were accented with their linen upholstered chairs.Eddie Zaratsian added a decadent mix of all white modern flowers in mirrored vessels along with a selection of rosebud-embellished votive candles.

The Band from West Coast Music blew the guests away with their incredible talents and at the end of the night we surprised the guests by passing out LED sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets & other fun props to keep their party on the dance floor all night long!

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Coordinator: La Fete Weddings

Venue: Villa Sevillano
Caterer: Good Gracious!
Videographer: Taylor Films
Photographer: Melissa Musgrove
Florist: Eddie Zaratsian/ TicTock Florals
Rentals: Town & Country
Rentals & Fabric Draping: Revelry Event Design
Cocktail Hour Band: Dwight Kennedy
Reception Band: West Coast Music
Lighting: Images by Lighting
Cake: The Butter End
Officiant: Mt. Carmel Church
Classic Car: Tom Reed
Transportation: Blue Star Parking
Invitations, Menu’s, Leather Place Cards: Bliss & Bone

 

Rancho Mirage Wedding (Sneak Peak!)

Rancho Mirage Wedding (Sneak Peak!) 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We were thrilled when Michael Segal Photography sent us a little teaser of the photos from our wedding that we planned and designed in Rancho Mirage last weekend! Here are some of our favorites, and if these are just the small sampling… we cannot wait to see the rest of images he captured!!

I mean first of all… This dress, these stairs, that lighting!!! This photo literally took our breath away when we first saw it!

Just absolutely stunning.

This Rancho Mirage Wedding took place at the Soloman Estate which is an absolutely breathtaking property! We could not have created such and incredible wedding without the help from our wonderful professional team! Sending a HUGE thank you out to:

Good Gracious!

Ambient Event Design

Cody Floral Design

Events Department

Town & Country Event Rentals

De Bois Entertainment

Cardiff Transportation

Michael Segal Photography

NR3 Videography

Exquisite Desserts

5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers

5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Let’s face it, planning a wedding is expensive… By the time all of your rentals, entertainment, food/alcohol & everything else adds up, the last thing most clients want to spend a fortune on is flowers! So we have come up with a few budget-friendly ideas that help you to get a little bit more BANG for your buck by learning how to re-use your wedding flowers! We try to do this at all of our weddings no matter how high end the event is! The reality is- every space can always use a few extra finishing touches!

Now, I should begin by saying that there is NOTHING worse than seeing large amounts of flowers being moved here and there by a bunch of hardworking vendors -This can send the wrong message to your guests… So please make sure that when you use these tips they can be done out of the view of the guests.

Tip #1) Re-use your large ceremony flowers!!! This is great for events where the cocktail hour is far away from the ceremony & reception location. The guests will be enjoying cocktail hour and will NEVER know that you have re-used those stunning flowers that were only appreciated for 30 minutes during your ceremony! Here is one example showing how we repurposed these large arrangements at the entry of the reception tent.

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 Heres another example from my own wedding. We re-used the tall ceremony floral pieces on the head table, then moved the shorter ones to the entry of the reception space. The arrangements that were at the back of the ceremony aisle moved to flank each side of the stage!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

 Tip #2) Once you are done with the ceremony & all of your photos, we always walk around and collect your bridesmaids bouquets during cocktail hour. Mostly because balancing a cocktail while eating hors d’oeuvres and trying have a conversation is practically impossible while holding your bouquet! We then use these to decorate the reception  bar or anywhere else that seems to need a little pop of color!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

Tip #3) The cocktail hour arrangements are typically the perfect size for any small end table or coffee table, but once your guests move down to the reception they are simply forgotten about! Since we always try to enjoy flowers for as long as we can, we like to re-purpose the cocktail hour centerpieces into the lounge groupings!

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 

Tip #4) A large majority of our clients are choosing to host wedding events throughout the weekend. If you are considering hosting a Sunday Brunch try to re-use your wedding flowers as your brunch centerpieces. Mindy Rice designed the stunning centerpieces for this wedding and we knew we could not let her gorgeous flowers be wasted! By switching up the location, the  linens and the chairs the flowers take on a whole different design yet still look absolutely stunning the next day!

(Sorry about the image quality- these photos were taken on our iPhones :))

Florist: Mindy Rice

Tip #5) Donate!!! This is something to discuss with your florist before the wedding day. Lots of local florists will happily donate your wedding flowers to Hospice, nursing homes, hospitals or even cemeteries.

If most of your wedding guests are local, talk to your florist about the containers she is using & ask if some of the flowers can be taken home by your guests at the end of the evening. If this is something you might like- then their is a chance your florist will design the flowers in paper mache pots that easily lift out of the florists containers for the guests to take home!

 

Santa Barbara Wedding featured in Pacific Weddings Magazine and Pacific Weddings Blog

Santa Barbara Wedding featured in Pacific Weddings Magazine and Pacific Weddings Blog 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We are thrilled to announce that this stunning Santa Barbara Wedding has not only been featured with a six page spread in the latest issue of Pacific Weddings, but it has also been featured on Pacific Weddings Blog! Here is a peak at the blog post from Pacific Weddings- Enjoy!

To see the full post CLICK HERE!

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