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Elegant Santa Barbara Resort Wedding

When you’ve got a team of talented vendors like Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo and Grass Roots behind your Big Day you’re pretty much guaranteed un-stoppable style. Add in some California sunshine and the unequaled scenery that is Santa Barbara, and you get a gallery that’s as good as it gets. See it all in The Vault!

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From the beautiful Bride… Tim and I met in graduate school while studying journalism, and quickly bonded over our mutual loves for traveling, long-distance running and the beach (we both ran track in college and worked as lifeguards in our earlier days). Tim grew up in Connecticut, and I grew up in California, and it shocked me to find out he’d never visited my great state. So early in our relationship, I whisked him out for an epic road trip down Highway One from San Francisco to San Diego. Along the way, we met up with my parents for a couple of days in Santa Barbara. While there, we went on a bike ride along the coast, pedaling our way to The Biltmore, Four Seasons. We parked our bikes and took a long stroll around the hotel’s beautiful grounds.

Three-and-a-half years later, Tim proposed—in New York City, where we both live—and we began searching high and low for a wedding venue from afar. We remembered that lovely afternoon at the Four Seasons, and it seemed like the perfect spot. For me, it was doubly sweet, because I grew up taking weekend trips to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles and have some of my favorite childhood memories there. As for Tim, it seemed like the ideal place to bring in his out-of-town guests for the celebratory weekend.

We especially loved the Biltmore’s Spanish architecture (we’d vacationed in Spain a few years back), its lush gardens and its proximity to the Pacific. That sparked our theme of “California coast meets travels abroad.” I had fun picking out beachy touches like sea urchin place-card holders, and we definitely worked in some Euro accents. Before we met, Tim had lived in Germany, so it just seemed right to adorn our wedding dinner table with a cursive script of the German words for Mister and Misses—”Herr” and “Frau.”

Our specialty drink—Coganc, ginger ale, and a spiral of orange—was inspired by a family boat trip down the Charente river, in the Cognac region of France. We called it the “Jarnac,” after the town where we started and finished our trip.

The best part was watching our family and friends from around the country (and world—my sister and her husband flew in from Australia), laugh, talk, and dance amid the wonderful setting—that, and the whales that just so happened to swim up the coast during our cocktail hour. Our families joke that we hired them for the evening.

Photography: Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Event Design: Bijoux Events | Floral Design: Grass Roots | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Hair And Makeup: Shine Blow Dry Bar | Calligraphy: Sophia Uretz | Lighting: AMS Entertainment | DJ: AMS Entertainment (DJ Brad) | Groom's Attire: Jos A. Banks Traveler's Collection | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Transportation: Darin & Sierra Fiechter | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Cake Topper: LHCalligraphy | Guitarist: AMS Entertainment (Jon Francis) | Invitations & Menus: Paper Source | Place Card Holders: Beachy Chic Decor

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Golden Girl Glam

Whether it’s from the sunshine, the laid-back attitude, or perfectly applied makeup, California girls seem to have a glow about them. And today, Meagan Brown from Juna Beauty is here to teach you all the tricks to keep your summer glow well into the fall using the gorgeous look below as inspiration. When you’re done, you’ll be looking as pretty as the Sally Pinera inspiration session that started it all!

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Skin

This look started with fresh, clean skin.  One of the most important steps you can take before applying your makeup is moisturizing the skin—this allows the makeup to blend with your skin and look as realistic as possible. When applying foundation, wait no longer then 10 minutes after you apply your moisturizer. For long lasting results, always start with your liquid makeup first in the following order: concealer, liquid foundation, liquid bronzer, liquid blush, then liquid illuminator. Use a concealer first to conceal any discoloration or blemishes, remembering to always conceal blemishes last. Apply the concealer with your fingertips to help blend into the skin for a natural look. Use a foundation one shade lighter then your skin tone for highlighting, only applying to the areas of skin that are still bare. Avoid foundations with non-flash-friendly ingredients, like titanium dioxide, zinc, paba and zinc oxide.

Cheeks

Use a liquid bronzer to contour under your cheekbones, and keep in mind, less is more. Contouring should be subtle, it’s all about an illusion. Then, apply a cream blush on top of the cheekbones and build up color for long-lasting results. Reapply powder blush on top of cream blush, powder illuminator on top of the cheekbones and powder bronzer below the cheekbones. Finally set your face with loose, matte powder, being sure to cover the top of your eyelids as well.

Eyes

Start by applying a cream shadow or eyeshadow pencil along the base of the lid, smudging in an upward motion until blended. Then, layer starting with lightest tone powder shadows to darkest; gradually applying less of the darkest color along the base of the lid. Finish with a tight, thin liner at the base of the lid with waterproof mascara and a set of lashes.

Brows

Always fill the brows lightly with a pencil or gel first, then brush through with a wand to even out any inconsistencies. Then brush into the brow hair a powder brow shadow, back and fourth through the brow to give a natural look. Finish with another brush through with a wand.

Lips

Be sure to hydrate your lips with a good lip balm 10 minutes prior to applying lip products. Start with a pencil lipliner and fill in your lips completely. Blot and reapply. Blot once more, and add lipstick on top to finish your long-lasting lip.

Golden Girl Glam Product Recommendations
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Golden Girl Glam Product Recommendations
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Makeup + Tips: Meagan Brown with Juna Beauty | Photography: Sally Pinera

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The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

Let’s talk about wedding planning for a moment, shall we?  Or, more specifically, let’s talk about wedding planning with The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, the fabulous catering and event planning company that is about to take your wedding to the next level.  Think yummy food meets top-notch service meets that Southern California vibe you know and love.  THE perfect wedding?  You know it.

With The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, putting together your dream day has never been easier… or more amazing.  That’s because The Kitchen for Exploring Foods is 100% committed to delivering you the day you’ve always envisioned, from start to finish.  I’m talking everything from customized menus to impeccable service a one-of-a-kind look that will leave all of your guests talking.  Not to mention that you’ll be working with a team of experts that is as dedicated as they are talented, which means a no-stress planning process for you – from that initial meeting to the handwritten thank you note.

Whether you envision a wedding that is classically simple or a day that is seriously complex (it’s your big day, after all), The Kitchen for Exploring Foods’ team of top chefs, designers and food stylists will happily make each and every one of your dreams come true… and all with that extra dash of quality they are known for.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Start your journey towards a magical wedding day by contacting The Kitchen for Exploring Foods today.  You’ll be working with some of the friendliest and most amazing people in the biz… AND an Event Manager who will work with you step by step throughout the entire process.  We love that.

Photographer: Braedon Flynn | Event Planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Florals: Mark's Garden | Catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods | Decor: Revelry Event Designers

Romantic Oceanview Bacara Resort Wedding

After meeting in Santa Barbara in college, this darling duo knew there was no place they’d rather say “I Do” than the stunning Bacara Resort & Spa.  Their elegant, organic affair had family included in every possible way (the Bride’s uncle officiated!), in addition to a day-after pool party that kept the celebration going all weekend long! See all the pretty in the Michael Costa-captured gallery right here!

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From The Bride…Santa Barbara has always been a special place to Alec and I. We met there 10 years ago in College so when it came time to plan our wedding we knew exactly where we wanted it. We chose the Bacara Resort & Spa because it represented Santa Barbara so dreamily. We knew we wouldn’t have to add much to the venue since it was already so beautiful. Our overall vision for the wedding was simple yet elegant and romantic. Organic yet refined. Our coordinator and flower designer captured our vision perfectly.

Our ceremony took place on the Miro Lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We kept it simple – with rose petals flowing down the aisle and a white ceremony structure draped in chiffon with a single chandelier hanging to add a touch of elegance – so not to take away from the fabulous ocean views we used as our backdrop. My dad and I walked down the aisle as a guitar and violin duo played Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”. We tried to include our family as much as possible. We had all our nieces and nephews serve as ring bearers and flower girls and my uncle served as our officiant which made it that much more personal.

Since Bacara is dog friendly, we also included our dog in the ceremony! The cocktail hour was hosted on the ocean terrace which we timed perfectly with the extraordinary sunset. A table with champagne flutes served as escort cards for the guests to sip as they found their seat. We then moved into the Rotunda Room for dinner and dancing. The night concluded with tray passed grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup – a favorite of both of ours!

Since most people were coming from out of town we wanted to make a weekend out of it for everyone. The following day we hosted a pool party in the cabanas down by pool. It was a weekend that we will always remember!

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Amber Weir | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Solvang Bakery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Make-up: Santa Barbara Makeup | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Bride's Hair: Jolene Morrison Of The Loft Salon | Bride’s Robe: Stone Cold Fox Bride | Grooms Tux’s: Black By Vera Wang | Lighting/Draping: Bella Vista Designs | Live Music: Jason Sulkin

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Mattely in Love

Sometimes I catch myself thinking about how much easier it would be to be a boy, but then I remember how much fun it is to be a girl, especially when I see something like the stunning photo below. The look, photographed by Jose Villa for Aria’s wedding dress collection, is quite simply makeup perfection, and your beauty fairy godmother, Mar from TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions, is breaking it down step-by-step and product-by-product for you below!

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Skin

This look is all about clean skin with a matte effect! But, it’s so important to use the right right moisturizer and primer first! If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer in a lotion or cream form; if you have oily skin, use a gel moisturizer first. After moisturizing, layer with a specialty matte primer, like Perfect Matt by Kryolan. Using the right products under the makeup will make for a smoother finish in the foundation and you won’t have to use as much product either.

Concealer + Foundation

This look was created with a secret airbrush formula to create a natural, matte appearance, but don’t worry, you can get the same look at home. Start with concealer, covering up any blemishes, unevenness and dark spots. Then, apply an airbrush foundation (Temptu is widely considered the gold standard in airbrush makeup, but if you want an easier application, try Diorskin Airflash by Dior) by spraying a light layer across your face in a zig-zag motion, after vigorously shaking the bottle first. After you’ve applied a layer, take a foundation brush and blend into your skin until you’ve achieved the desired coverage. Your photos will last a lifetime, so make sure you have the right foundation for your skin color with a quick swipe of the cheek with the foundation. If the color disappears in the skin then its the right hue, but if it looks light or too dark then your entire face will too.

Cheeks + Highlighting

This gorgeous look features a combination of two blushes to create depth—Nars Orgasm with Mac Mineralize Blush in Dainty. Give your cheeks a natural-looking flush by applying the color starting at the apple and blending in a downwards motion while moving the brush up towards your temple. Then, highlight your skin with Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, which creates magic on all skin tones. Using your finger (a pro should be using a brush) dab on the ocular bone under your eye and gently tap in until blended. This will create a soft glow, which will pop in photos and look amazing in soft light or a candle-lit reception. Finally, swipe a translucent powder across the whole face to buff away any harsh lines.

Brows

Powders are your best friend when it comes to brows—they give off a more natural and soft appearance—and using an eyebrow brush keeps the brow looking full without looking like fuzzy caterpillars! The stiff bristles grab the color and adhere it to the brow when you fill in your natural shape. To keep your brows looking natural and full, always go a shade lighter than your first choice. And, apply the color lighter on the inner corner of the brow, and intensify your color as you sculpt the brow towards the tail end—this will give your brows the look of dimension and fullness.

Eyes

Swipe a touch of creme shimmer  across the eyelid that will brighten the eyes and look flawless all day. Then, apply a color like Bobbi Brown’s Rich Brown in a subtle cut crease to give the eyes a more earthy, natural feel. Finish the look with eyeliner, using an angled eyeliner brush to apply gel liner along your tightline and waterline and fill in. This technique allows for definition without the drama. Apply layers of volumizing mascara (waterproof, of course!) to make your eyes really sparkle.

Lips

Keep your lips looking pretty and totally kissable with a long-lasting lipstick like L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro Last Lip Color. Tap the color onto your lips and blend for a pouty, natural look. Finish with a little bit of gloss to ensure the color stays put.

Hair

The secret behind this model’s gorgeous, lush locks? Hair extensions! In fact, most brides and actresses you see are wearing some sort of hair extension—they allow you to have any hairstyle if you have a creative stylist and the right tools. This look features the TEAM Bridal Extensions in Felicia. Start with a simple wrap around the curling iron’s barrel going away from the face, let it cool, then added in an all-in-one hair extension. For product, less is always more! Set the hair with Big Sexy hair Whether Proof Hair spray and a little salt spray added in for texture. Tousle the hair and voilà—you’ve got beachy, romantic beautiful hair!

Mattely in Love Product Recommendations
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Mattely in Love Product Recommendations
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Tips: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions | Photography: Jose Villa | Wedding Dress: Aria

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