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Intimate Santa Barbara Wedding

Every detail of this gorgeous Santa Barbara wedding was planned to perfection with the help of design company Toast & of course, a gorgeous couple to boot. Captured by Jonathan Connolly Photography, it doesn’t hurt to have a stunning backdrop like Bacara Resort & Spa. To watch even more loveliness, be sure to watch the video from Cloudless Weddings and check out all the details here!

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From Magnolia Event DesignMegan and Doug were married in Santa Barbara, California at Bacara Resort and Spa on a sunny September day. They were surrounded by their nearest and dearest family and friends.

Megan and Doug live in Ohio, but feel in love with Santa Barbara on one of their many visits to Doug’s family’s vacation home.

Megan and Doug hired Magnolia Event Design 10 months before their wedding day to be their full service event design and planners. In our initial meetings Megan expressed her love of navy, coral and fresh white. We set out to design an event that would give their friends in attendance from all over the USA a taste of Santa Barbara’s Beach Chic lifestyle.

We worked with Birch and Main on designing the perfect invitations that would give guests a hint as to what was to come when the arrived in Santa Barbara. The invitations were open navy folders with coral stitching/thread holding the white letter pressed invitation in place. We used a loose type writer font to complete the invitation suite. Megan and Doug love their golden retriever, who sadly couldn’t make the wedding, so we created custom stamps to have Wilson (their dog) somehow involved in the wedding.

When guests arrived at Bacara Resort and Spa they were greeted with an oversized jute gift bag with the Santa Barbara coordinates printed in navy- the bags were filled with maps of Santa Barbara, and other items to help keep guests comfortable during their stay.

Wedding party and family members were greeted to a private wine tasting the day before the wedding at Megan and Doug’s favorite vineyard in the Santa Ynez valley- Demetria. There everyone listened to live music, picnicked and tasted all the delicious wines that the vineyard had to offer.

After wine tasting guests were brought back to Bacara to freshen up and then whisked off down the 101 coast to the San Ysidro Ranch for an intimate dinner under the stars and loquat trees. Here, in terms of design we wanted to create an event that enhanced but didn’t compete with the beauty of the San Ysidro Ranch- lots of potted herbs, tall taper candles in vintage brass holders and place cards that were herb seed packets wrapped with kraft paper belly bands with each guests name hand calligrahied in white. Guests were greeted with a blood orange margarita on arrival (the bride’s favorite drink at the San Ysidro Ranch) and encouraged to enjoy the gardens, grounds and sunset prior to dinner. Everyone seemed to enjoy walking through the chef’s vegetable garden and posing for photos at the lily pond.

On the big day Megan and Doug woke early- Megan to begin hair and makeup with Lunabella Makeup Art and Doug and his father and our officiant for the ceremony set out for a round of golf at Sandpiper. Each enjoyed their quality time getting ready before the wedding.

Megan and Doug opted to have a first look in hopes of getting the large group and family portraits shot before the wedding ceremony and so they could have some time alone after the ceremony to take in everything that just took place.

Megan walked down the aisle in a stunning Vera Wang wedding gown and Doug in a tbd suit.

Megan’s bridesmaids wore navy dresses by JCrew and carried bouquets of coral calla lilies designed by Toast (one of Megan’s favorite flowers). The aisle was lined with drift wood, glass lanterns and had tucks of greens, lilies and dahlias.

For the reception the wood feating tables featured driftwood, lanterns and mercury vases with dahlias, eucalyptus pods and coastal grasses.

Guests danced the night away to Elite Disc Jockey’s dj Bennett.

Photography: Jonathan Connolly Photography | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Floral Design: Toast | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Invitations: Birch & Main | Reception Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Entertainment: Elite Disc Jockeys | Entertainment: Ybarra Music | Transportation: Gold Coast Limos | Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Event Producers: Magnolia Event Design | Hair & Makeup Styling: Luna Bella Make Up | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Wine Tasting: Demetria

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Summer Garden Wedding at a Santa Barbara Beach Resort

This garden wedding with breathtaking beach views at Bacara Resort & Spa is a dream come true. Made flawless in the hands of Felici Events and talents like TEAM Hair And Makeup, there is so much loveliness to look at, from the Bride’s stunning Monique L’huillier dress to the blush pink and green blooms from Hidden Garden Floral. Dive into the details captured by Mi Belle Photography right here.

From Felici EventsI was so honored to work with Jennifer and Marshall on their BIG day. Jennifer had attended a friend’s wedding in 2009, which I had been the planner on, and had sought me out from this encounter. This tickles me pink, even more than the plethora of peonies and soft toned flora visible among the wedding flowers. There was a lightheartedness and formality about the design, and one that truly captured the Jennifer and Marshall’s personalities; as bright and sweet as the couple.

The couple wanted their event to be elegant while entertaining an understated and effortless manner. They were able to maintain a relaxed feel using the outdoor grounds of Bacara Resort and Spa while incorporating formality with special touches and design elements. Hidden Garden Floral expertly transformed soft pale pinks, greens and white blooms with the outdoor and dark-wood elements. These traces are visible in the bride’s bouquet, ceremony floral of large urns and chuppah, as well as the tender mismatched centerpieces consisting of silver antique trays, pedestals and candles. Even the mini bouquets presented to each guest at their place setting boasted simplicity and elegance.

Jen’s off white open back dress created a beautiful silhouette of her, and the stunning long veil allowed a sneak peek at the bare back. Marshall wore a tuxedo and proclaimed formality to the nine.

Their guest count of 200 guests allowed for a ceremony in the round, where nobody has a bad view. There was no wedding party, other than the flower girl, and family who all sat in the front row. The ocean lawn’s breathtaking views and broadness allowed for both the nuptials under a floral dripping chuppah and cocktail reception to take place here.

For dinner, guests moved to an intimate garden dinner setting surrounded by hedging and privacy at the Oval Lawn. A mix of wood feasting tables and beautiful lace linen rounds gave an interesting dimension to the space. The wooden blocks used as table lettering were made with love by the bride’s family bringing in a personal touch of Jen’s dedication in working with children. Attendees were greeted by the Fifth Avenue 10 piece band’s live music. They festively orchestrated the three course dinner, hora and dancing under string lights and a starlit clear sky. Pashminas with personalized “J + M” initials in green, as well as flip-flops for tired feet were available for guests during the night.

At the conclusion of dinner, guests made their way to the Rotunda and Terrace for a treat of an after-hours party complete with DJ and dancing or lounging under the stars until the wee hours of the night. Sweet and Saucy provided a small cake for the couple to cut as well as adorable bite-size desserts; and the resort butler-passed mini chicken and garden burgers with sides of french fries. At the conclusion of the evening, after the grand exit, I accompanied the bride and groom to their golf cart and they started their happily ever after…

Photography: Mi Belle Photography | Event Planning: Felici Events | Floral Design: Hidden Garden Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Make-Up: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Band: Fifth Avenue Orchestra and Entertainment | DJ Afterparty: Red Shoe Productions | Dessert Station: Sweet and Saucy

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Romantic Pastel Santa Barbara Wedding

Our ultimate weakness here at SMP? Flowers. Bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony arrangements – you name it. So what happens when the incredible talents of Camelllia Floral Design and Joy Proctor Design join forces? We swoon. BIG time. Add in vendors like The Butter End Cakery and Melanie Duerkopp behind the camera, and you’ve got a gallery we’d happily never leave.

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From the Bride… I grew up in an extremely small town in Wyoming, where the views were breathtaking, and life was simple. Yet, I craved so much more. The only thing I was sure of when I was young was that the man I would one day marry was nowhere near me. I believed him to be somewhere distant, and that his day-to-day life was very dissimilar to mine. I imagined he loved being where he was, and that things like diversity, energy, and modernisms surrounded him. With my added anticipation of living elsewhere, I immediately left my home state after high school and pushed forward. I knew that I couldn’t go out into the world simply searching for love, but that didn’t stop me from traveling to cities I never thought I would end up in, meeting great people who would influence my life, and entertaining new and exciting experiences. I ended up gaining residency in five different states within ten years. I would truly just go wherever life took me, and I had no problem with it. To me, change was was sensational and I welcomed it.

My last move before meeting my husband, Scott, took me from the city of Atlanta to San Francisco. I had been living there for a few months when I met him through a mutual acquaintance right outside his apartment. A few weeks later we found ourselves at a friendly dinner together, where we talked all night while each of our comfort levels skyrocketed. Scott was from New York, and also had a six-month stay in Chicago before ending up in California for work. I found him equal parts genuine and interesting. A few weeks later we went out on our first real date. He took me to dinner at sunset at the most stunning place outside the city that was nestled along the ocean, and afterwards, we walked along the beach with no one in sight. This was the moment when I first realized that Scott was what life had in store for me all along. It was the night that each of us would fall in love for the last time.

I ended up moving in with Scott after only ten weeks of dating, and our love for each other continued to blossom. A year and a half later, he proposed to me in Healdsburg, CA in the company of our parents while in a small meadow surrounded by beautiful rolling hills of grapevines. What a romantic! In the end, I guess you could say that we traveled the country from one end to the other (and sometimes back!) to find one another at just the right moment.

When it came to planning our wedding, I was clueless. I had only been to one wedding in my adult life! Yikes! Initially, we had to decide on a venue. We have friends and family scattered all over the U.S., and San Francisco didn’t seem to represent us well as a couple. Sure we lived there, but we had always desired to live near San Diego when it comes to having a family of our own one day. It did not take much thought until we formed the idea to get married somewhere between the life we shared together in San Francisco, and the future that life would bring us in San Diego. I immediately thought of Santa Barbara because it is absolutely gorgeous! Saying our vows near the peaceful ocean would best represent that first date we had, along with so many other wonderful memories we’ve shared as a couple. We once stayed at Bacara Resort on one of our many trips together, and we were blown away! Their scenery is absolutely beautiful! We both adored the mission-style architecture and the overall grandness of the resort, and we had such a wonderful experience staying there in the past. We couldn’t think of anywhere better to have the small, relaxed, outdoor wedding, with the ocean views that we desired.

My gown was very romantic and had an overall simplicity to it. I chose a Rosa Clará design in order to represent the Spanish elegance of Bacara. I knew the stucco exterior of the resort would be the perfect framework to this ivory embroidered gown. The gown was soft, and serene, encompassing a sweetheart neckline and the perfect amount of train I had hoped for. What I most admired, however, were the touches of light, whimsical lace, which trimmed the entire gown. This really made it unique and effortless.

I knew we required assistance orchestrating this event, especially living 300 miles away. It took little thought to select Joy Proctor as our wedding coordinator. Everything this woman gets her hands on turns to absolute beauty! I enjoyed that she had such a prominent reputation and overall presence online. Joy was on point from the day we got in touch until the cake was cut.

With Joy’s lead, our hard-working team of vendors constructed our day just as we’d envisioned. Our florist, Camille Panzarello, exceeded expectations by incorporating garden roses, peonies, anemones, and so much more. Combining hues of blush and creams, she nailed the soft, romantic feel that I desired, with just the right amount of organic brilliance. Her flowers were so stunning they even made some women in my bridal suite actually sob! True story! Stone urn arrangements stood at the beginning and end of the aisle, while cream rose petals lightly lay along the sides. Her flowers also existed between the layers of our elegant blush cake, which was designed by Kimberly from The Butter End. If you haven’t tried their amazing creations, you don’t know what you are missing!

The cocktail hour decor was kept minimal as we let the ocean view and surrounding palm trees on the Ocean Terrace speak for themselves. The reception was held upstairs in the Rotunda, where fascinating drapes defined the doorways, and most astonishingly – the round, dome, wooden ceiling. These drapes truly set the scene for romance and highlighted the massive chandelier in the center of the room.

All of this, and more, made for a captivating night to remember. The wedding was beautifully captured by our photographer, Melanie Duerkopp, who we met in San Francisco for our engagement photos. She had graciously accepted to visit the location for our big day, and we couldn’t have been happier to have her there.

Truth be told, if we had this day to live again, we’d do it exactly the same way! It was a seamless rendition of the love that we share: A love that will continue to grow for as long as we both shall live.

Photography: Melanie Duerkopp | Design & Planning: Joy Proctor Design | Florals: Camelllia Floral Design | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Lighting & Drapery: LBPS Events | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

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Romantic, Sun-Filled Wedding At Dos Pueblos Ranch

We feature a fair share of weddings at Dos Pueblos Ranch, each one just as stunning as the last. But this one, folks, is a family affair. The bride’s family owns the property, and together with the help of Lauren Kendle Events and lots and DIY details, they put on one show stopper of a wedding. So even if you can’t feel the California sun, Whitney Turner Photography captured a whole gallery to bask in. Enjoy!


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From the Bride… Getting married on my family’s ranch (Dos Pueblos Ranch), where we live and my husband Teddy works, has been a dream since I grew up there as a little girl. And what made our wedding day even more special was the fact that it was such a group effort and DIY event with the help of our amazing friends, family and the coordinator Kendle, from Lauren Kendle Events. She was a true life saver! I feel so grateful that everyone was such a huge part of our day. Right from the early stages of planning, we knew we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just a wedding, but a day that really represented us as a couple, and one that celebrated the ranch that I grew up on. Truly every detail and every vendor we chose had a connection with us. Our great friend and unbelievable artist, Katie Kramer, designed our wedding invitations with hand painted details of avocados and palm trees to represent the ranch. Our photographer Whitney turner, a very talented wedding photographer, was an easy choice, not just because she is our friend but also because we knew she would make us feel comfortable. Upon a recommendation from a friend, Nico from NLC productions did our flowers, and I knew he would be great the second I met him! He really blew it out of the park and worked with me on incorporating all those little “ranch style” details I wanted. Many of the details came from things we found on the ranch, such as the hawk and owl feathers used for my bouquet and the guys’ boutonnieres, the lavender, and the abalone shells that served as place cards. My brother-in-law built an insane driftwood arch that Nico helped adorn with hanging orchids…so dreamy. A jewelry designer from Santa Barbara, Marit Rae, who is a also a friend, made incredible crystal necklaces for the bridesmaids and matching crystal bracelets for my mother, mother-in-law, and flower girl.   During the ceremony, my cousin Max played a couple of Allman Brothers songs on his acoustic guitar, which was another important detail for us because my husband is big into music. The dance floor was hopping because of music from the band,  “The Rawhides”, who were a huge hit, as well as music from our friend Josh Hartley, who DJ’ed the cocktail hour and provided dinner music. Josh was another easy choice since he understood our taste so well. Another easy choice was choosing Country Catering in Goleta. We had a menu of tri-tip, chicken, salad, and veggies, which is our food of choice when friends come over for a BBQ at our house. The whole venue was incredible, largely because of Bella Vista Lighting. They completely transformed the beach, making it look so beautiful and romantic with lighting over the ocean so the waves could be seen at night. In addition, a suspended chandelier hung between two palm trees and was beautiful. Apart from the vendors, we also did a lot of things ourselves. Teddy built a reclaimed wood bar from wood on the ranch, and an awesome tree stump cake stand. I made a giant driftwood heart that turned out to be a great photo op for guests. I strung an abalone shelled garland for the cocktail hour and hand painted signs to direct the guest traffic on the ranch from ceremony to reception. One of my favorite parts were the stamped blankets with the crest from our wedding invitation, which was an awesome idea from a friend. We feel so lucky that we were able to pull off such an incredible day. The ranch is such a special place to us, making it easy and fun to create the wedding we dreamed of, but we really couldn’t have done it without the help of our family and friends.

Photography: Whitney Turner Photography | Videographer: You're The Star Video Productions | Coordination: Lauren Kendle Events | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Cake: Your Cake Baker | Invitations: Katie Kramer | Catering: Country Catering | Make-up: Marcella Leyva Of Cosbar | Hair: Shanna Spencer Style | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: Josh Hartley | Band: The Rawhides | Officiant: Britt Merrick | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Musician: Maxton Schulte | Photography - Assistance: Ryanne Bee | Rentals: Discount Party Rentals

Rustic Elegance at Dos Pueblos Ranch

It never fails, when a wedding from Jose VillaLisa VorceMindy Rice and Joel Serrato lands in my lap, I get a tad bit nervous. And it’s all because I just know I am about to showcase a work of art worthy of the most exclusive gallery – and how can you possibly do that justice? Luckily their work speaks for itself, and boy does it have beautiful things to say about this rustic beauty (recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings). It’s overflowing with details that will make your heart sing, and you can see them all here.

All of that pretty is topped off with a film so beautiful it could only be from the super talented Joel Serrato….

See even more of this gorgeous day in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings

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From Lisa VorceEmily and David’s wedding was pure magic! It was such a joy to be a part of their beautiful wedding.The bride’s bouquet was filled with wild bay leaf, astilbe, Fair Bianca rose and scabiosa pods and she wore a stunning head wreath of cream astilbe. The ceremony included hay bale seating covered in drop cloth and the ceremony program was printed on a kraft lunch bag and filled with popcorn for the “petal toss” at the end of the ceremony.

For reception design, we crafted tablescapes filled with paper sacks of cherries, amber glass vessels, garden rose floral arrangements, Queen Anne’s lace, ticking stripes as napkin holders for servers aprons, and hand-painted beer growlers as table numbers. Tables for cocktails and cards were placed near the fire pit, and chipboard pockets with grommets secured to two framed canvases held escort cards.

Emily and David’s guests enjoyed a variety of games and activities, including vintage pin the tail on the donkey, playing cards, dominoes, a photo booth, and a silhouette artist. Guests also went home with flask favors filled with tea and lemonade, stamped with their anchor monogram. It truly was a perfect day

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Cake: The Scootabaker | Catering: Food Matters | Makeup: Dawn Broussard | Hair: Colleen Conway | Calligraphy: PenGraphics | Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Bride's Earrings: Dana Rebecca Designs | Ceremony Musicians: The Get Down Boys | Event Design/Planner: Lisa Vorce | Event Production: Lisa Vorce Event Design & Production | Filmmaker: Joel Serrato | Flowers + Event Design: Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Printing + Guest Book: Papel Paper & Press | Reception Music: Sheila Ford’s Harlem Review | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save The Dates: Scout’s Honor Co.

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