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Santa Barbara Wedding with an Understated Elegance

If I weren’t planning on eloping, the only place I’d consider getting married is Santa Barbara because every wedding there is absolutely beautiful. And after seeing this elegant day, the only vendors I’d hire would be this dream team: Whitney Darling PhotographyCurtis ColeTEAM Hair And MakeupJenny YooLa Tavola LinenAmbient Event Design and Belmond El Encanto. See all the pretty from this day in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Our wedding day was an absolute dream come true. I grew up in Southern California and my husband in Chicago. We met in undergrad in colorful Colorado! Naturally, the first time I could drag him back home to the West Coast, I did. One of the first places I took him to was Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara has always had a very special place in my heart, having family there and loving the style and culture of the town. Patrick fell in love with Santa Barbara and we had fallen in love with each other. So of course, it was the only place we considered for our wedding!

My husband and I are both lovers of delicious local food, wine and craft beer. We also love the Pacific Ocean and its ability to bring us together, give us peace, and remind us how incredibly lucky we are to have such beautiful places at our fingertips. Knowing this, we knew we wanted our wedding reception to have incredible views and to feature exceptional local food and drinks. Patrick was researching places in Santa Barbara and stumbled across a wedding at the Belmond El Encanto, which happened to have been planned by Venus Event Design. It was like the perfect combination of venue and wedding planner smacked us in the face. We spoke with Hana from Venus Event Design and away we went!

From day one, Hana spent countless hours researching and vetting vendors, ultimately pulling together the most incredible team of people, all who seemed to share our love for Santa Barbara and for the understated elegance that we wanted on our wedding day. My husband and I are not extravagant people, but we do love attention to detail and we always appreciate quality when we see it. We wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of our personalities, and it could not have been more of exactly that.

Hana sourced incredible lace linens from La Tavola that were the perfect expression of romance and elegance, and truly laid the scene for a simple and thoughtful setting at every table. She also brought Cody Floral Design to us, who did an incredible job with soft, natural, and subtly colorful florals that were different at each table. The florals really brought together the colors of Santa Barbara, the El Encanto, and our wedding day all into one place. Some of our favorite details were the individually hand water colored escort cards, table numbers, and menus, all with the most romantic calligraphy. The combination of water color and dreamy calligraphy was a detail that popped at each and every setting. We tied in the fresh herbs that are found naturally all over Santa Barbara, like rosemary, lavender, and thyme, throughout the escort cards, menus, and table numbers. Not to mention our floral arrangements had fresh herbs incorporated into them as well!

The El Encanto really delivered when it came to food and beverages. We still have guests telling us that the food at our wedding was the best they’ve ever had! Quite the compliment when food was one of our deciding factors for our venue selection. The event staff at El Encanto also worked with us to select and order our favorite local wines and beers for our bar selections, so that our guests could truly enjoy all of the aspects we love about Santa Barbara in one weekend. Everything about our wedding day screamed local, fresh, Santa Barbara!

To top it all off, we had the most incredible photographer, Whitney Darling Photography, and videographer, Curtis Cole, who both captured the entire day and all of the perfect details that came with it. We wish we could relive our wedding day over and over again, and re-feel the love and excitement of our family and friends. It truly was the best day of our lives, and we feel so blessed and so fortunate to call it our wedding day.

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Photography: Whitney Darling Photography | Cinematography: Curtis Cole | Event Design: Venus Event Design | Floral Design: Cody Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Antonio Gual | Invitations: Carta Bella | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Sorrows Church | Reception Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Rockstar Transportation | Bride's Sash: Anne Barge | Bridesmaids Shortie Sets: Plum Pretty Sugar | Escort Cards: Perfect Fete Designs | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Menus + Table Numbers: Fanciful Designs | Robe: Flora Nikrooz | Veil: Renee Pawele

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Black Tie Secret Garden Wedding

Just in case you needed any more reason to love Jose Villa, let me introduce you to this next real wedding. It’s the love story of two high-school sweethearts who celebrated their forever with a formal garden party brought to life by Pacific Event Production and Classic Weddings & Events. Of course, there were no shortage of shut-the-front-door floral moments with Kathy Wright & Co behind the stems, and you can see even more tucked inside The Vault.

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From the Bride… High school sweethearts Sydney Maren Weinger and Chase Griffin Overlie tied the knot on June 7, 2014 in an evening black-tie ceremony in Rancho Santa Fe. From the moment they were engaged, Sydney and Chase knew they wanted their wedding to feel as intimate and warm as possible so they couldn’t imagine a more perfect setting than Sydney’s parent’s home. The lush greenery surrounding the home and antique feel of the property led Sydney and Chase to their wedding concept- an Edwardian Secret Garden Soiree; a concept that was carried out through the bountiful white florals and greenery, pewter accents and romantic candlelight. Pops of dusty jade hues were intertwined with the metal and cream palette giving each décor element a soft and dreamy feel. Every detail of the day was a reflection of the couple and their families. Many of the flower vessels were actually horse racing trophies her grandparents had won throughout their lifetime.

When guests checked into their hotels they were greeted with a welcome box carefully crafted by the incredible gifting company (and dear friends of the bride and groom), A Signature Welcome. The ceremony took place around the fountain which was filled with abundant ivory hydrangea flowers. Guests sat on wooden bistro chairs with flowers draped on each chair during the ceremony as they held paper parasols to block out the California sunshine. A string quartet played Hans Zimmer’s “Maestro,” as the bride walked down the aisle with her father and the the couple was married underneath a peony and ivy covered chuppah.

After the ceremony, guests went on to the reception through the house and onto the lawn for cocktails and h’or douvres. Each bar was embellished with garlands and the cocktail menu was calligraphed with white paint onto an oversized mirror. The reception was held on the tennis court, which had been tented and adorned with French chandeliers, lush green garlands with roses, and imported hedges and trees draping over guests as they dined. Guests sipped on chai bourbon cocktails and serrano jalepeno margaritas as they danced the night away to the James Gang. As a party favor, each guest received a box of handmade salted caramels from Sydney & Chase’s favorite restaurant, Pamplemousse Grille.

At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited their reception to all 250 guests holding oversized sparklers as they hopped into a 1929 Durant to head to the after party at Rancho Valencia. The incredible team of vendors along with the hard work and creativity of the bride’s mother and the support of the bride and groom’s family and friends led to a truly magical and unforgettable evening that the newlyweds and their loved ones will cherish forever.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Stephen Alberts Wedding Films | Event Design: Pacific Event Production | Event Planning: Classic Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Kathy Wright & Co | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Scribbles Ink | Rings: Bissell & Blaise | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Pamplemousse Grille | Makeup: Sheila Nellis & Team | Hair: Lux Beauty Bar | Calligraphy: Ink & Honey | Band: James Gang | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Rabbi Ian Adler | String Quartet: Rinaldi Strings | Venue: At Home | Bride's Accessories: Chanel | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Monogram Design: Allison R. Banks | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Welcome Boxes: A Signature Welcome

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Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding at Chateau St. Jean

I’ve developed quite a crush on this whole celebration. It started with the beautiful bride and her stop-everything-and-stare dress. And then it was the venue itself, decked out in pretty florals by Vanda Floral Design and La Tavola’s bright linens. But really, it all comes down to the gorgeous images from Koman Photography – and their gallery in our VAULT is what I like to call my new happy place – see it all here!

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From the Bride… Jason and I got married in wine country, during the harvest. The outdoor vineyard setting was not only a beautiful backdrop, but it was also meaningful to us. We went wine tasting on one of our first dates… our first trip together was to wine country… Jason proposed to me after a day of wine tasting in Malibu. Needless to say, it felt appropriate to get married at a winery. A few weeks after Jason and I got engaged, we took a trip to Sonoma from our home in Los Angeles. My parents had recently moved to Sonoma, so they took us around town to some of their favorite vineyards and wineries. As soon as we stepped foot on the grounds of Chateau St. Jean, we knew it was where we wanted to get married!

Once the venue was selected, it was easy to get an idea of the kind of wedding we wanted to have. We pictured a wedding that was equally fun, natural and romantic, like our relationship. Chateau St. Jean was the perfect venue to have a soft and sweet outdoor ceremony, as well as a lively dance-party reception! We wanted the ceremony and reception to feel sophisticated yet easy-going. We chose a light, rustic color scheme that complemented the earth tones of the autumn grapevines. The floral arrangements were neutral but eye-catching. The scenery was airy and ethereal.

Donna Sievers, at Pineapple Planet, was an attentive and caring wedding planner who really understood the idyllic-yet-elegant “feel” we wanted for our wedding. She got to know Jason and I, and incorporated personal touches into every detail. She knew how much we love our French bulldog, Dyson, so she decorated the lounge furniture with subtle, chic French bulldog pillows! I am a busy litigation attorney in Los Angeles, without much free-time for wedding planning, so it was a huge blessing to know that our out-of-town wedding was in truly amazing hands. Pineapple Planet worked closely with my mother to really bring my visions to life! John and Marlene, of Koman Photography, brilliantly captured every aspect of the event. The photos they shot gloriously depicted the charming ceremony, the delicate details and the fun crowd.

I wore a gorgeous low-back, long-sleeve wedding gown by Berta that made me feel both ladylike and sexy. Jason wore a sleek navy blue Hugo Boss suit, which was complemented by his groomsmen’s navy suspenders and bowties. My bridesmaids wore champagne colored convertible dresses; each girl was able to style the top of the dress however she wanted. I loved this idea because I had ten bridesmaids who were all able to feel pretty and comfortable wearing the same dress! Thanks to our family, friends, planners and vendors, our wedding was more exquisite than we could have dreamed of!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Imperial Video | Event Planning: Pineapple Planet | Floral Design: Vanda Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Berta | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House Black Market | Catering: Grapevine Catering | DJ: Runaway DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Chateau St. Jean | Chiavari Chairs: Especially Yours | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Menus + Place Cards: Egg Farm Lane | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | String Ensemble: Musical Heart Strings

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