Yes. I know what you’re thinking and this is the estate from Scarface. But El Fureidis has also hosted a long list of impressive guests including the likes of Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein, and now, Emily and Justin’s lovely wedding. With the help of TOAST Events and Design Studio they threw a party worth putting down in the books. To catch all of Chris Orwig‘s photos, check out the full gallery.
From TOAST Event and Design Studio… From the first time we met with Emily and Justin we knew we were going to have fun designing their wedding. With such a fun-loving couple and a unique venue to boot, we couldn’t wait to get started!
Emily’s main source of inspiration came from her venue at historic estate, El Fureidis, in Montecito, CA. The estate is known for its 10 acres of lush gardens, Mediterranean architecture designed by renowned architect Bertram Goodhue, six spectacular reflecting pools, and showcasing in the movie “Scarface”. Unique characteristics of the estate were largely influential in our designing over the next few months. Tile patterns from inside a fountain inspired place cards and table numbers made from miniature, handcrafted tiles. Hues from the reflecting pools inspired the blue color palate, spanning from the ribbon wrapping the bride’s bouquet, to groomsmen’s socks, to handmade drink flags.
The organic nature of the estate also ran through the course of the wedding. With boulders frequenting the ceremony site, a stretching lawn set in front of a tremendous Morton Bay Fig tree, guests were seated in organically placed clusters. A harpist played as the bride walked down the aisle in a stunning Vera Wang gown. Guests sipped on homemade margaritas and fresh basil mint mojitos during a relaxed cocktail hour around the pools. While the gardens surrounding the estate allowed for seamless incorporation of blush tones and greenery for the dinner tables.
Guests were guided down four flights of candlelit stairs to an intimate dinner a midst the heavily greened gardens. Placed in two of the drained reflecting pools, sat tables covered in vintage decor and organically flowing flowers. Blush colored garden roses, café au lait dahlias, lemon leaf, jasmine, and clematis vine spilled out over mercury glass vases. Miniature dishes filled with pink Himalayan sea salt, vintage silver candlesticks, and personalized menus, were just some of the touches added to the tables to further the old-world ambiance.
When the dancing began, not even cake cutting could stop this crowd. Emily and Justin climbed on stage, plates in hand, and exchanged bites while guests cheered and danced on! After a second visit from the Santa Barbara police, band, Area 51, led the reception in a lovely rendition of Bob Marley’s, “I shot the sheriff” to close out the evening. Not a smile was spared on this magnificent evening and fun was had by all, including us!
Photography: Chris Orwig | Coordination: TOAST Santa Barbara | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Cake: Crushcakes | Catering: Seasons Catering | Hair & Makeup: Kim Contreras | Venue: El Fureidis | Tiles: Tierra Y Fuego