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!

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“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!”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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!”

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“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”

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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

Romantic Wedding Video from All Because He Asked

Romantic Wedding Video from All Because He Asked 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Lauren & Edison shared their beautiful wedding video from All Because He Asked with us and we are so thrilled with the final product! This stunning video that captures all of their love for each other and the joy that was shared that day! It is always so fun for us to be able to relive these precious days that we help to design and create with our clients through video! Hope you enjoy:

 

 

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Santa Barbara Gifting Lounge

Santa Barbara Gifting Lounge 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Welcome to the very first Santa Barbara Gifting Lounge!   This spectacular event took place last Friday night at the Four Seasons Biltmore here in Santa Barbara, and we are so excited to share this idea with you! This concept was born at Engage13 where Colette developed the idea of eliminating gift bag delivery, and allowing guests to come into an inviting space and fill their own gift bags! We provided gifts tailored to the guest count with abundant displays specifically geared towards men, women and children; along with a surplus of fabulous local Santa Barbara food vendors! As the guests arrived they were greeted with trays of delicious lavender champagne & specialty cocktails and as they walked in they saw the colorful arrangement of “farmers market” styled fruit, shown below- because we always love to have a quick and healthy option.

The guests began by choosing between a navy or green gift bag and then were free to wander through the room. Some of the fabulous local vendors we included were: Santa Barbara Popcorn Company, The Olive Oil Source, a Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara Winery, Lane Farms, The Montecito Nut, Jessica Foster Truffles, Sweet Lady Cook, and Santa Barbara Pistachios.

The Bride special requested these stunning hand-painted Santa Barbara Mission Tile trivets- which were incredibly beautiful in person. We offered the guests the choice between pink and regular sparkling lemonade, along with bottled water for refreshments in their room. The “Luxuries for the Ladies” station included a combination of 4 different fragrances of  Dossage candles for the guests to choose their favorite.

I had the pleasure of hosting the Olive Oil & Balamic Vinegar Tasting Station which was so much fun. Guests could help themselves to taste a variety of 6 different flavors, and take home their favorites. Such a unique experience for the guests!

The guests were able to take home a bottle of either red or white wine from Santa Barbara Winery, and that was certainly a hit! The Montecito Nut is a new local company that creates the most delicious flavors of cashews, pecans, and almonds you will EVER try and she ran out before we were even half way done! Jessica Foster provided 4 varieties of truffles and allowed guests to taste samples before boxing up their favorite two!

Sweet Lady Cook allowed the guests to taste the different and unique flavors of fresh local fruit preserves that she hand-makes on a small piece of toast and select their favorite variety! We also created an adorable station JUST for the kids attending the wedding. With a large selection of candy, bath products, bracelets and other accessories for the girls and toys, wallets, and sunglasses for the boys the kids were totally blown away!

Needless to say, the event was a HUGE success and the guests had never experienced anything like it and could not stop talking about how much fun they had all weekend!! We couldn’t have done this with out the help of all of the incredible women shown above and an enormous thank you to the talented Stephanie Hogue for providing us with all of these gorgeous images!

 

Lauren and Edison: The Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding

Lauren and Edison: The Four Seasons Biltmore Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Lauren and Edison were some of the sweetest clients we have ever had the privilege of working with. From the moment we began planning their Four Seasons Biltmore wedding, they trusted our every opinion and that makes our job so pleasant! Their wedding was truly sophisticated in every way. We designed the table tops with mixed textures of table linens accompanied by a variety of different flower arrangements from Cody Floral Design. Then we added a ton of candles & wrought iron candleabras and when it all came together the room was magical. A very special thank you goes to Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing all of these stunning images of their Four Seasons Biltmore wedding. For more details and images check out this weeks feature on Borrowed & Blue here! 

Blush Pink- The Most Requested Wedding Color for 2013

Blush Pink- The Most Requested Wedding Color for 2013 150 150 La Fete Weddings

 


When I first met with Michele, we immediately clicked!  She loved everything romantic- tons of candles, florals and soft blush pink.  We worked together on her design and I loved all of her ideas.  Her invitations, menus, place cards and “program fans” were to die for!  All created and letterpressed by Zenadia Designs.  She thought of just about everything and had tons of details which you will see in the images above.   She loved her daughters and so did Tim… it was beautiful to watch as they became one family that day, and you can see the tears of joy on their faces.

The La Pacifica Ballroom at the Four Seasons was transformed that day with specialty wood dining tables and lounge areas which were rented from The Tent Merchant. This made the room feel warm and intimate.  Michael from Louloudi Design created the most beautiful centerpieces and cake display.  Michele provided the candy jars and Sweet & Saucy delivered the most delicious mini desserts and together they created one of our favorite dessert stations we have ever seen!  A special thank you to MiBelle Photography for always delivering such stunning photos!

I loved Michele’s style, compassion and her desire for all things pretty!

xoxo, Colette

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.

Black, White and Coral Wedding

Black, White and Coral Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings

This stunning black, white and coral wedding took place at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. A very special thank you to BB photography for capturing such incredibly beautiful pictures! All flowers designed by the fabulous Mindy Rice!

Stephanie and Andre’s Wedding at the Four Seasons Biltmore

Stephanie and Andre’s Wedding at the Four Seasons Biltmore 150 150 La Fete Weddings

The wedding that was held in honor of Stephanie and Andre was such a wonderfully personal and unique occasion. We started the day with a Hindu ceremony to incorporate Andre’s family traditions, and it was spectacular! Seriously, how amazing does she look in her Sari?! Everyone in Andre’s family played a role in this intimate ceremony whether it was playing an instrument, helping to get the bride ready, or setting up the different ceremony elements under the mandap.

Right after the Hindu ceremony ended, we brought in a full hair and make up team to switch her into her traditional bridal attire. It was so special to see her all dressed up in two completely different ways. Her personality and joy shows so beautifully throughout these photos by BB Photography.

The Bride hand painted a stunning orchid design which was her fathers favorite flower, which we incorporated in all of her invitation suite. Above you will see  the stunning programs that we had waiting for the guests attending the second ceremony. Further down you will see the same orchid design on her menu cards.

Tricia Fountaine designed all of the flower arrangements, and each piece was spectacular and unique. We loved working with her on this event!


The bride wanted a modern and contemporary design for her reception and loved the color red. We introduced the turquoise and she fell in love with color combination. The evening could not have been more breathtaking along the coastline of the Four Seasons Biltmore, such a wonderful location for a wedding and reception.

Perfectly Purple Wedding

Perfectly Purple Wedding 150 150 La Fete Weddings
When we met with Kelsey and Sterling we felt an instant connection to their hopes, dreams  and vision for their wedding day! Purple weddings have been a big hit this year and we can completely understand why… Look how incredible these purple flower arrangements are by Cody Floral Design. When we brought Kelsey, her mother and her new husband into the room to show them the final creation of the design, they all teared up and said “This is so much better than we could have ever imagined”… and that moment right there is exactly what makes this job so incredible and rewarding! A special thank you to Melissa Musgrove Photography for always capturing every single detail so beautifully. We would also like to thank the following professionals for helping us create such a stunning wedding:

Tammy and Paul’s Wedding at Four Seasons Biltmore

Tammy and Paul’s Wedding at Four Seasons Biltmore 150 150 La Fete Weddings
Tammy and Paul were a delight for us to work with and they enjoyed a wonderful wedding weekend at the Four Seasons Biltmore in April. They entertained their guests Friday through Sunday and the Four Seasons was the perfect fit for the festivities. A special thank you to  Melissa Musgrove Photography for capturing all the lovely details from their wedding day!