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Glamorous Wedding At Historic Estate

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.

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From TOAST Event and Design StudioFrom 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 | Floral Design: TOAST Event And Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Crushcakes | Catering: Seasons Catering | Hair & Makeup: Carlyle Salon | Coordination: TOAST Event And Design Studio | Tiles: Tierra Y Fuego | Venue: El Fureidis

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Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Affair

When both the Bride and the Groom are sporting glittering Jimmy Choos, it’s pretty safe to say the resulting wedding is going to be phenomenal. Captured by The Great Romance Photo with all white blooms by Cody Floral Design  and perfectly planned details by Samantha Scott Events, this impossibly gorgeous affair has even more to pore over in the full gallery. Have a look!

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From the Bride… Encircled by wind blown white lace and surrounded by the natural beauty of San Ysidro Ranch, Kelly & Adam stood on a lush pool of white rose petals in front of their dearest family and friends, while Adam’s nephew, an officiant, married them in a personal and heartfelt ceremony.

Ever since their first romantic vacation as a couple to the property three years earlier, Kelly & Adam knew that San Ysidro Ranch in beautiful Montecito Ca. was the perfect place to host their intimate, elegant and meaningful wedding day. Focusing on simple yet beautiful details, they flawlessly created an atmosphere where every guest was made to feel as if they were at an elegant dinner party in Kelly and Adams home.

After the couple said their I do’s the wedding party recessed to a string arrangement of Pharrell’s ‘Get Lucky’. Guest’s followed suit and were offered tray passed glasses of lavender sprigged Prosecco on their way to the wine and hors d’oeuvre paired cocktail reception.

Kelly & Adam made their entrance by surprising guests with a choreographed waltz to Andrea Bochelli’s ‘Con te Partiro’ – a saying and theme that they used throughout the wedding weekend. Guests found their seats at long rustic wood tables with personalized menus accented by hand made rosemary & lavender bundles. Kelly & Adam then welcomed everyone by toasting each guest personally, further enhancing the intimacy of the evening. In true La Buona Vita fashion, guests were then treated to a delicious Italian meal at beautifully adorned tables filled with lush flowers and abundant candlelight. After the cake cutting, Kelly & Adam signed their marriage license in front of their guests, once again bringing in the the ‘Con te Partiro’ which literally translates to ‘I’ll go with you’. The night ended with dancing on the terrace under a starry night mirrored by star lanterns hanging from the tree above. A treat of biscotti capped off Kelly & Adam’s perfectly personal and intimate wedding celebration.

Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Planner: Samantha Scott Events | Florist: Cody Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Groom's Suit: Pierre Balmain | Bride & Groom Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Anthony Ybarra | Hair : John-Francis Maseda | Paper Goods: Copper Willow | Rentals: Town And Country Event Rentals | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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Pink and Gold Romance at San Ysidro Ranch

I do a little happy dance in my desk chair every time a San Ysidro Ranch wedding crosses my path. A) Because that little California spot is gorgeous each and every time and made even more so at the hands of vendors like La Fete WeddingsCamilla Svensson Burns and Jessica Lewis Photography and B) please refer to reason A. For even more of this blushing beauty have a look here.

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This was a beautiful summer wedding August 3, 2013 at San Ysidro Ranch. The ceremony was performed on the lower lawn, cocktails were on the upper lawn, and the reception was in held in the Hydrangea Cottage. The rehearsal dinner, welcome reception and farewell brunch all took place in the wine cellar and garden patio areas.

Photography: Jessica Lewis Photography | Flowers: Camilla Svensson Burns | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo Purchased From Renee Strauss | Invitations: Lazaro Press & Design | Make Up: Luna Bella Make Up | Hair: Mishay Salon & Spa | Officiant: Barbra Mousouris | Choreographer: Val Cunningham | Coordinators: La Fete Weddings, Kaitlin And Colette | Music And DJ: Dwight Kennedy Band | Tuxedo: Tom Ford | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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