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Impromptu Wedding Planned in 3 Weeks

It’s hard for any of us to imagine planning a wedding this beautiful in just three weeks, but when you combine a talented bride with a network of incredible vendors…well, anything is possible. Oh, and if the gorgeous photos from Buena Lane Photography are any indication, their big day went off without a hitch. Treat yourself to the full gallery here.

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From the Groom… I’d been thinking about marrying Alissa as long as I’ve known her. There was something about that morning. On her birthday I woke up and said, “This will be the day.” I didn’t even have a ring. We went for a hike in Harper Canyon, a special place to us. At the top of the trail I shouted, “Will you marry me?” so loudly it echoed through the canyons. She said, “Yes.”

From the Bride… We made our guest list in 5 minutes while driving home. After sharing the big news with our families we also let them know we had a short engagement and quick wedding in mind. We considered eloping but decided that we wanted our closest family and friends to be present to support our commitment. Our idea of a dream wedding was intimate, stress free, delicious, warm, and simply beautiful. We wanted to do each detail well and not be concerned about expense.

Anthony first told me “I love you” in Santa Barbara. That is one reason why we thought it would be the perfect town to return to for our wedding. Anthony loves being near the water and I love the Spanish influences present in the town. Most of our close family and friends reside in Northern or Southern California so Santa Barbara is a perfect mid-point. San Ysidro Ranch was the dream location to host 45 of our favorite people. Anthony took the train from LA to Santa Barbara and I drove down from Monterey to visit the property. We booked our wedding for 3 weeks from that day!

With 3 weeks to plan the wedding we only had to make 5 major selections to make. Having a swift wedding prevented us from getting lost in the minutia and allowed us to focus on doing a few things quite well: 1. dress 2. flowers 3. photographer 4. location 5. suit

I am a letterpress printer and work in the wedding business. Thankfully I’ve been exposed to many talented people in the industry and it was simple for me to ask the best folks to be involved in our wedding. I trusted each one explicitly and was so excited to have their talents poured into our impromptu day.

It is important to note here that our wedding was on a Tuesday. We were really on an unconventional kick it seems. We picked that day because it worked for our families and businesses… we both work for ourselves. Plus, we wanted the day to feel like an island – away from the rest of the world. Having the wedding on a Tuesday delivered that feeling like a weekend never could.

On the day of our wedding, my best friend Cassie, my mom, and I got ready in a cottage at SYR. We did our own hair and make-up and relaxed with a bottle of champagne. Anthony spent the morning with his best friends. The wedding was at 11:00am so the ceremony really snuck up on us! I will note here that the day involved lots of happy tears. I started crying in the cottage… first when my mom prayed with Cassie, my sisters and me, then when my Grandpa came to say goodbye, and finally just when I thought I would make it out of there without crying anymore my dad pulled me aside and said a few of the kindest words to me. Thank God for fake eyelashes.

From Buena Lane PhotographyAlissa and Anthony had planned to elope or have a simple ceremony at the courthouse, but when they visited San Ysidrio Ranch in Santa Barbara, they couldn’t resist the idea of an imitate celebration on this stunning property. Their ceremony and reception were so elegant and stylish, it’s hard to believe the whole thing was planned in THREE WEEKS. Not only that, but the bride spent two of those weekends in friends’ wedding parties and the last moving her letterpress business from the Central Coast down to Los Angeles.

Alissa and Anthony knew their priority was to be married and living together in LA and Alissa knew she’d end up filling a long engagement with new tasks to fuss over and worry over decisions that hadn’t been made.

After a touching ceremony beneath the mountain, guests were invited to the hacienda lawn for lemonade followed by lunch on the wine cellar patio. Alissa and Anthony’s classic style complimented the charm of San Ysidro, which is rich with Old Hollywood lore. In the end, they created a lovely, romantic soiree reminiscent of the days when Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. holidayed in Montecito.

Photography: Buena Lane Photography | Planner: Imagine Santa Barbara | Floral Design: Burst And Bloom | Dress: Badgley Mischka | Calligraphy: Debra Ferrebouf | Favors: Bread & Butter Caramels, Monterey | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Jewelery: Foxy Couture | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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Al Fresco Bridal Shower at San Ysidro Ranch

Any gathering of girlfriends is a perfect celebration in my book, but when it comes in the form of a lush, garden bridal shower styled to a T? Well, let’s just say we couldn’t share this beauty fast enough. Designed by Twine Events with calligraphy from Curlicue Designs, it’s a feminine twist on the al fresco luncheon, and Lavender & Twine captured every last bit. Enjoy!

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From Twine EventsThe day before the wedding, the bride and her sister hosted a bridal shower luncheon. It was a time to gather all the girls, get them excited about the big day and say thank you for flying in and celebrating. San Ysidro Ranch is a magical little gem that holds pockets of spaces for you to get lost in. It is also where the wedding is going to be the next day, so it was a great idea to show off the Ranch to the gals. The wine cellar patio was perfect spot to host the shower luncheon. We played off the lush garden atmsophere with a garland runner and added pops of purple blooms (a color the bride loves).

A little indoor lounge area was created for any ladies to beat the heat. It was gorgeous, yet very sunny day but to these Texan ladies, it was perfect and not too hot at all. The food was served family style and integrated fresh vegetables and herbs from the Ranch’s personal garden. She also wanted to include pops of the unexpected and fun elements for the ladies.

While the luncheon was for the bride, the bride wanted to make sure her ladies were showered just as much. We created a flower station for the ladies to pick up a flower crown or hair clip to wear during the event. It was also a chance to make them feel girly and play dress up.To make them feel extra special, we set personalized ribbon calligraphy place cards for them to keep. The ladies even made fabulous bracelets out of them. It also helps it was one stylish group of ladies!

Photography: Lavender & Twine | Event Planning: Twine Events | Florist: Oak & The Owl Florist | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs | Invitation: Bride's Friend | Place Cards: Aerialist Press | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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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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