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A Wedding that Gives Rustic a Fresh, Modern Twist

We all know the saying April showers bring May flowers. Well this wedding is incorporating all of that into one crazy pretty celebration. With a stunning Bride made picture perfect by TEAM Hair and Makeup and the design of TOAST Santa Barbara, those gray, drizzly skies were met with a springtime infusion of florals and a sea of candlelight. It’s all moody elegance and cozy charm captured by Lacie Hansen, plus even more in the vault.

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From TOAST… They say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day, so when you live in California where there’s a never-ending drought, it must mean something extra special to get that day full of drizzle! Stephanie and Kevin wanted a day that would feel unique to them and their style as a couple and to create a warm and fun atmosphere for their guests. They decided the incredibly beautiful Villa Sevillano would be the perfect place to host their friends and family. With its lush gardens and Italian architecture, it set the tone for an elegant and intimate weekend.

After attending so many of their friends’ weddings in the previous year, Stephanie and Kevin were looking for ways to make their wedding feel special. They knew they preferred the subtleness of neutral colors, grays and greens, they loved modern touches to accent rustic décor, and they loved the idea of creating a beautiful party for their guests. When we first met with them, we knew that we would have fun designing their celebration!

Stephanie wanted dark pops of color to come across in the design while still embodying the springtime lightness of an April wedding. We used shades of grey in her print material, beautifully designed and crafted by JayAdores, tied together with hand-dyed silk ribbon from Hanah Silk and a small black tag with the couple’s initials in gold. The same ribbon and tag were tied around each guests’ napkin at the reception to mirror the x-back rustic chairs and wooden farm tables. Black linen runners lined the tables, topped with a marble plank to tie in place cards calligraphed in gold on marble tiles! A tent was always part of the design since we knew the April months have colder evenings, so we dressed it up with string lights and chandeliers covered in greenery. The clear tent walls allowed everyone to take in the outside drizzle as they sat cozily inside the tent for their dinner prepared by DUO Events.

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Photography: Lacie Hansen | Videography: Ellay Films | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: Villa Sevillano | Reception Venue: Villa Sevillano | Brides shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: South Coast Jewelers- Custom Ring | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Duo Catering & Events | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | DJ: Michelle Pesce | Grooms Suit: Custom | Transportation: Limo Link | Ceremony Musicians: Santa Barbara String Quartet | Event Planing, Design and Floral: TOAST Santa Barbara | Grooms Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Printed Material : Jay Adores | Reception Musician : Michelle Pesce | Rental Companies: The Ark Event Rentals | Rental Companies: Classic Party Rentals | Rental Companies: Otis & Pearl | Valet: Blue Star Parking

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Roaring 20’s Inspired 30th Birthday Party

I now have major birthday party goals. Major might not actually be a strong enough word to describe this celebration crafted by Toast Santa Barbara. Insane, beyond words beautiful, best party of the century gets us a little closer. It’s a roaring 20’s inspired birthday to celebrate thirty years of fab and let me just say, the chandeliers hanging from the trees are pure magic. And so is the cake. And so too are all the pretty images from Elizabeth Messina. And the film from Lola Video. So without further ado, meet the end all be all of 30th’s...

We were approached by Montana just over a month before her 30th birthday was to take place to help bring to life a vision she had for her celebration. A seemingly daunting task in such a short amount of time, we fully embraced her wishes for an elegant 1920’s party that exuded style and sophistication while still being incredibly fun.

The team of vendors that were quickly assembled were some of the best in the industry which made for an epic experience. The weekend-long celebration culminated in the party of all parties. The birthday girl sparkled in a sequin Monique Lhuillier gown and Coady Culha jewelry. Guests in period-attire gathered in front of 1920’s cars for photos by Elizabeth Messina during cocktails and then were invited to Villa Sevillano’s lower lawn for dinner.

Large-scale vintage chandeliers were hung in trees on the property, over the vintage bars from Barn Relic and of course, over the dining table on which was served an incredible dinner from Heirloom LA. Candles and flowers from Flowerwild graced all surfaces, a custom covered dance floor brought in from Bella Vista Designs echoed the time period and welcomed guests to dance to the sounds of West Coast Music’s custom created band. For those not dancing, lounge furniture from Found, was the perfect escape.

Champagne and cocktails flowed late into the evening thanks to the skilled bar tenders at Simply Cocktails SB and guests, exploring the paths around the Villa, found themselves in a speakeasy that kept the party going until the early hours of the morning. Overall, quite a success and I’m sure the guests are still talking about this one! Make sure you take a peek at the film from Lola Video! It will make you wish you had had an invite! Happy Birthday Montana! Cheers!

Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Catering: Heirloom LA | Lighting : Bella Vista Designs, Inc | DJ: DJ Amara | Band: West Coast Music | Bartending: Simply Cocktails | Birthday Girl's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Chandeliers: Omega Cinema Props | Cigarette Girls: Tribute Productions | Design, Production, Coordination: TOAST Santa Barbara | Estate: Villa Sevillano | Floral: Flowerwild | Guests' Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Pop Rock Photo Booth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Table Top Rentals: Flowerwild | Valet: Blue Star Parking | Video : | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Barn Relic

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Coastal California Wedding in Shades of Blue

When your wedding is 100% al fresco, killer shades are a must. Well this couple took that sunglass necessity one step further and gifted each one of their guests a pair of blue sunnies. Those sunnies fit right in with this seaside celebration laced with the prettiest blue details and a whole lot of happy imagery captured by b. schwartz photography. Have a look right here for even more.

Rustic Venue

From the Bride… We met through a mutual friend on a Friday night out at a bar in Chicago. I had just come back from a work trip and was looking forward to a night out on the town with some friends. While we were out, a few of my coworkers met up with us and one of them brought Teddy. After a couple of group outings and exchanges of facebook messages, we went out on our first official date to watch our lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs. During our first date, we quickly realized how much we had in common (we found out that we are from the same town and went to rival high schools!) and five years later, here we are….happily married.

We dated for approximately five years before tying the knot!

Great Proposal Story. Both of us are big sports fanatics and what bigger stage for sports than the Olympics! Teddy and I went to the London Olympics last summer and took a quick three day trip during our London visit to Porto, Portugal. The city of Porto is an amazing place to explore and there is a tower, the Clerigos Tower to be exact, in the middle of the city that we climbed up to get a better look of the views. I led the way up the climb and once we reached the top of the tower, I turned around to find Teddy down on one knee smiling with a ring box in his hand. Obviously, I said yes.

We got engaged in August of 2012 and spent approximately a year planning our wedding. Just after we got engaged, we began to think of places to get married. We knew we wanted an outdoor destination wedding and so immediately we thought of California. My family moved to the Southern California area a few years ago and so, Teddy and I visited California frequently. During our visits, we traveled the central coast area and fell in love with the vibe and scene. When it came down to deciding on where to get married, it was a no brainer. Also, the fact that the weather in California is consistently amazing pretty much ALL OF THE TIME helped make the decision that much more clearer. While planning a wedding from afar may seem like a nighmare, it was actually went pretty smooth for me because all of the vendors we worked with were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. I couldn’t have asked for a better planning experience and truly enjoyed the process.

Several of our family and friends are teachers and I was also headed back to graduate school so we knew we had to choose a date wisely. We decided to pick a weekend toward the end of the summer to accommodate everyone and phrased it as an end of summer party…not that we had to twist too many arms to convince them to come to California.

We asked our friend to DJ our wedding and my cousin to officiate our wedding. When initially looking for DJs and officiants, we wanted someone who we could connect with and cater to our style. While we spoke with several great individuals, none of them felt right and so naturally we looked toward our family and friends. Both of them said yes. We felt incredibly honored and lucky to have them be a part of our big day. They did an amazing job and both of them added an element of personalization throughout the day/evening as our DJ played our favorite songs and my cousin added personal stories within the ceremony. I wouldn’t of had it any other way.

The venue itself is absolutely beautiful with the ocean backdrop in the front area and a mountain landscape in the backyard. Because the venue was so beautiful, we didn’t want to take any of that away and so we tried to keep things natural with touches of rustic yet refined elegance. We had tremendous amount of help from our caterers to help carry out our vision. For cocktail hour, they brought in some beautiful wine barrels and set-up a delicious fruit and cheese hors d’oeuvres station on them. For the dinner, we rented hardwood dining tables and designed/produced the centerpieces ourselves (see below). The food also lent to our picnic theme California casual style as we chose to serve BBQ ribs, tri-tip steaks, macaroni and cheese and grilled vegetables. For dessert, we utilized the venue’s wooden wagon and our caterer set up a variety of pies and a coffee station on it.

As our wedding was 100% outdoors, we felt sunglasses were a must! We ordered two shades of blue for all of our guests and utilized them as both seating chart guides and favors.

We made all of the centerpieces and bouquets ourselves. The day after we landed in California, Teddy went out to a local lumber yard and purchased pine and fir boards. He built the flower boxes in my father’s garage (my parents live in the LA area) the week before the wedding. A few days before the wedding, I received in the flowers I ordered from Fifty Flowers and, with the help from some amazing friends, prepared the flowers (i.e. trimmed and placed in buckets). When choosing my flowers, I knew I wanted hydrangeas as they have always been my favorite and they always look so vibrant in an outdoor setting. My order consisted of a ton of blue and white hydranges along with some green hypericum berries and white roses as accent flowers. The day before the wedding was a bit hectic, and surprisingly fun, as we arranged all of the flowers into the flower boxes. We also trimmed the roll of burlap (that we brought in our luggage all the way from Chicago!) to the dimensions of the tables. In addition, we made mine and all of the bridesmaids bouquets. I hemmed and hawed over the decision to make the bouquets ourselves because I had ZERO experience in arranging flowers but with the help from some YouTube tutorials, they all turned out beautiful and just the way I wanted. Soliciting help from friends is KEY to any DIY project, not only for the actual help but for the mental support and encouragement!

Photographer: B. Schwartz Photography | Gown: Eden Bridals | Shoes: Toms | bracelet: The Left Bank Bridal Finery | Bridesmaids Dresses: Union Station | Lighting: Wendee’s Occasions | Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus | Bouquets and Centerpieces: Fifty Flowers | Catering and Rentals: DJ's Catering | Gown Purchased: Wedding Belles | Hair/Makeup: Mishay Salon & Spa | Hairpin: So Good | Location: Bates Ranch House