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Romantic Garden-Inspired San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

The first time I saw pictures of a wedding at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, I instantly knew it’s where I wanted to get married one day. And this wedding from Michael + Anna Costa Photo reminds me why. With a talented team of vendors including Twine EventsFound Vintage Rentals and La Tavola, the ranch becomes a magical setting for any couple to say, “I do.” See all the pretty here.

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From The Bride…It was a Friday night in September of 2013. I was helping Paul pack for one of his usual business trips. But for some reason, this was a trip he didn’t want to make. He seemed real down and upset. Mind you, Paul is not one to show too much affection but tonight was different. He kept showering me with hugs and kisses. He just kept saying over and over “I really don’t want to leave.” In my mind, I felt so bad for him but at the same time thinking…”What is wrong with him? He is never like this. He travels all the time for work.” The next morning, he was up at 5 am even though he didn’t have to get up until 6am. But nonetheless, I slept until he was ready for me to take him to the airport. At 630am, we were out the door with luggage in tow. As I was closing the trunk to my car, Paul repeated how he didn’t want to leave me. I turned around and gave him a big hug as I reassured him that he would be home in a few days. At this point, he asked “In the meantime, would you hold on to something for me?” I thought…a pair of keys? But to my surprise, he pulls out a little black box and hands it to me. While choking back tears, he says “I already think of you as my wife but I wanted to make sure you knew how much I love you. Will you marry me?” So at 630 am in the dark, in front of the house, me in sweats (I didn’t even bother to brush my hair or teeth because I was going to crawl back into bed once I dropped him off)…we were engaged! It was one of the happiest moments in my life.

The first thing I did after getting engaged was to go wedding dress shopping. I went to so many different venues and tried on so many dresses and had no luck. Finally, my best friend and maid of honor, Heather, went with me to help me out. Again, I tried on so many dresses and ehhh. Heather asked if I had seen the dress on display at the front window. Of course I hadn’t. They say you will have a moment when you try on the dress that is the “one.” It is no lie. I walked out and looked in the mirror and knew that I found my wedding dress. My veil was handmade by my dear friend and sister, Kim Anh. And to finish off the dress, I made the belt. It was a perfect addition to the dress.

When it came to the wedding venue, we didn’t really look. Paul had a business dinner at The
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch and was really impressed. We eventually went there for Sunday brunch and I absolutely fell in love with the place. It was tucked away and was so romantic and just lovely. We knew we didn’t have to look any further. And the wedding and events team is exceptional. The next vendor on my list was a photographer. I happen to find Michael and Anna Costa Photography. After much research on them, I was just awestruck by the beauty and yet simplicity of their photography. I wanted someone who could make beautiful pictures out of candid moments. Just from my engagement pictures, I knew I found the perfect photographer in Michael Costa. He also has a very calming demeanor which made a huge difference on our wedding day. Since I found my photographer, I was on to what was next on my list…a wedding planner and florist. Erica Espana from Twine Events was an exceptional planner. She is always on top of things and made sure I was as well. It helps that she is also a stylist so the setup from the ceremony to the vignette to the reception room was so stunning.

Everyone kept telling me how important it was to have a planner on your wedding day. I didn’t realize how much until on our wedding day, I did not have to make a single decision. Erica just followed the timeline we put together and I never stressed about a single thing. Now onto my floral designer, Nina Kincaid from Coco Rose Design. She did an absolutely amazing job. The floral design was exactly what I wanted, simple yet so beautiful and romantic.

There were so many special moments on our wedding day that it is difficult to pick out one thing that stands out so I will share a few. When my photographer told me about the “first look” moment, I was a little hesitant about it because I didn’t want Paul to see me before the ceremony. But once we realized how romantic it was going to be, we decided to do it. Truly, I was so happy we did the first look. The first moment we see each other as bride and groom with no one there to distract us from the emotions we were feeling. It was truly special. When Paul asked me to marry him, he proposed with his late mother’s ring. I took the original setting and melted it down to make his wedding band. When we exchanged rings, we knew that each of us would have a part of her as a symbol of our vows. That was truly special. Once we got engaged, we decided to try to conceive asap. After much heartache and tears…we were finally blessed with wonderful news. We decided to keep it a secret until the wedding. My maid of honor had this great idea to make the announcement by putting a picture of infant shoes on a card facing inward on pink glitter baby champagne bottles that would be used as wedding favors. We would make the announcement at the reception by asking everyone to turn the card around. Well….before we made our grand entrance into the reception room, a friend came to us and told us that the cat was out of the bag. So when we finally made our grand entrance, everyone was screaming and shouting with joy for the wonderful news. That was truly special. Having all of our close family and friends be a part of our wedding day…truly special beyond words.

Photography: Michael Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design (Nina Kincaid) | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Harpist: Laurie Rasmussen | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Laundry By Shelli Segal | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Planning + Design: Twine Events (Erica Espana) | Flower Girl Dress: Jayne Copeland | Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen’s Ties: Brooks Brothers | Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groom’s Shirt And Bowtie: Lanvin | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearers’ Outfit: JCrew, Old Navy, Isaac Mizrahi, And Vans | Veil: Kim Anh Nguyen | Wedding Singer: April Walsh

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Dreamy + Romantic Garden-Inspired Montecito Wedding

A garden-inspired wedding is all about the flowers, and the floral details fromSweet Marie Designs at this Santa Barbara garden wedding definitely do not disappoint. The pretty continues throughout this dazzling fête thanks to a dream team of vendors like La TavolaAmbient Event Design and Diana McGregor—head to the gallery to see it all.

 

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Summer
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Ballroom
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Whimsical

From Soleil EventsFrom my first meeting with Alix and her Mom in a little coffee shop just north of Santa Barbara, I knew our partnership in planning an unforgettable event, would be equally unforgettable. The vision, at first, was more along the lines of bohemian summer romance, but as the design board and pins started to come together, a classic, elegant and romantic style began to emerge that was simply undeniable. Part of what informed the timeless look and feel of the day was the setting. The Valley Club of Montecito is nestled in one of California’s most exclusive neighborhoods where your Saturday morning cup of Joe at the local coffee shop means bumping into the likes of Oprah, Carol Burnett, or Ellen DeGeneres. The Club itself is among the most exclusive, boasting sprawling acres of green that extends from the Montecito foothills all the way to the shores of the blue Pacific. It’s breath-taking! What struck me about the location is its timeless, old world feel. One gets the feeling that every detail of its interior – from the equine themed oils on canvas, to the French antique furniture – has been preserved to perfection under the careful eye of the management and staff. Steve’s Aunt and Uncle were the member connection that secured the spot, and we were off and running!

What I loved about working with Alix is that she led first with her heart, and the priority was always to plan a beautiful but fun and inclusive celebration. She has traveled extensively around the world so her good taste met with a natural elegance, sprinkled with whimsy and humor. Since Alix and Steve already have the most ADORABLE child on the planet, Charlie, family was a theme that ran throughout our conversations.

The romantic and soft color palette of creams and peaches and greens worked well with the Club’s interior. One of the most unique rooms I’ve seen is the main dining room, which is beautifully painted with a garden motif from base-board to ceiling. Alise from Sweet Marie Designs was an incredible team member and brought in refined yet naturally striking floral design to accentuate the Club, rather than compete with its charms. Alise even went so far as to design and construct the wedding arch to our exact specifications – talk about the extra mile!

We chose ivory colored Dupionique silk linens from La Tavola, and footed mercury pedestal vases for the flowers. The element that tied the table together was the hand painted menu card from Lovely Paper Things. Carolyn created a little work of art to adorn the place setting, and it added depth, dimension, and beauty to the tables that perfectly tied into the flowers and the surroundings.

The weather on the wedding day was a Santa Barbara postcard in spades. Guest gathered for the ceremony on the driving range and enjoyed pre-ceremony beverages and a view to end all views. Vows were exchanged under the arch adorned with green vines, loose garden roses and blooming dogwood. Charlie was there clapping and breaking hearts as his parents sealed their vows. As a Grand Finale to the ceremony, Steve surprised his Bride with a flash mob of singers as they recessed up the aisle to a live chorus of The Beatles, “All You Need is Love”. Talk about romance!

Guests were invited to the Club Terrace for tray-passed champagne and cocktails, and as a nod to Alix and Steve’s good humor, a magician mingled among the crowd with some slight-of-hand that had everyone laughing. My absolute favorite detail of the event was the vintage family photo escort cards. Die-cut name tags from Honey Paper were attached to old Polaroid and Kodak photos that Alix found in a vintage shop. The photos were affixed to an over-sized picture frame with little gold pins and pale pink silk ribbon. The pictures were hilarious! Several guests wondered aloud if the photos were of long lost family members, and it was the perfect ice-breaker during the cocktail hour.

We moved inside the Club for an intimate, three course dinner, champagne toasts and speeches. During dinner, the team transformed the Terrace from cocktail hour to an after-party dance lounge with couches, overhead festival lights and fun photo ops with Outrageous Booth. To end the night on a sweet note, Amber at Enjoy Cupcakes helped translate Steve and Alix’s favorite desserts into not one, but 5 wedding cakes, each more decadent and gorgeous than the last. The cakes were displayed on a wooden in-laid table, atop sparkling
vintage cake pedestals. So sweet!

When I think back on Alix and Steve’s wedding, the words ‘love affair’ come to mind. They are two people completely in love with life, each other, their son, and their family and friends. Theirs is a wedding story that is as classic and naturally beautiful as they come. To them I lift a glass -cheers to a life of romance and moments like these! xoxo

From The Bride…My vision for the wedding was a combo of country club traditional, due to the location and relaxed California vibe since we are not as formal. Outdoors, as much as possible, romantic, warm, a lot of candle light, good food and drinks and of course music – we wanted people to have fun, most of all.

Our ceremony was incredibly special since our son was there! My brother pushed him down the aisle in a radio flyer tricycle and he clapped after we said our vows and Steve carried him back down the aisle with us as people planted in the audience sang All You Need is Love, a surprise arranged by Steve! The weather was perfect, sun was setting, blue sky. Steve’s cousin, an opera singer sang Some Enchanted Evening. Our reception had great speeches, good food, music and photo booth. A lot of dancing under the stars.


Photography: Diana McGregor | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza Couture | Invitations: Stationery Collection | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Jewelry: XIV Karats Ltd | Makeup: Tomiko Taft | Hair: Brianna Stewart | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | DJ: Daisy O'Dell | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Ceremony Music: Aurora Ensemble | Venue: Valley Club Of Montecito | Cakes And Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes | Childcare: The Little Guest | Escort Cards: Honey Paper | Event Coordination: Soleil Events | Get Away Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | Groom's Tie: Thomas Pink Tie | Linens: La Tavola | Magician: Mark Collier | Photo Booth: Outrageous Booths | Photobooth: Outrageous Booths | Photography - Assistance: Michelle Boyd Photography | Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center | Wedding Day Paper: Lovely Paper Things

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Classic Fall Santa Barbara Wedding

There are gorgeous weddings, and then there are gorgeous weddings like this one captured by Raya Carlisle. It’s elegant autumn perfection designed beautifully by Green Ribbon Parties with florals from Brown Paper Design and paper from Copper Willow Paper Studio, and it’s all waiting for you here.

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Fall
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Country Club
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Elegant

From Raya CarlisleAriana & Tom chose Montecito Country Club for it’s classic charm and quintessential Santa Barbara feel. Abundant florals, garlands and wreaths in green, blush and deep burgundy played off the fall season and created a feeling of undone elegance. The menu played to Ariana’s Italian heritage, with many sentimental elements woven throughout the day including her parents’ cake topper, champagne coupes and traditional Italian wedding cookies.

While Ariana Menichini & Tom Wellington were falling in love with each other they were also falling in love with the beautiful town of Montecito, just north of their Los Angeles home. Ariana and Tom lead busy lives, she as the CEO of Stadium Chic, a fashion forward sports licensed apparel line for women, and he as a partner at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. They became engaged in Montecito and wanted to share the beauty of their favorite place with their friends and family.

Photography: Raya Carlisle | Videography: SharkPig | Event Design: Nicole Arena Of Green Ribbon Parties | Floral Design: Brown Paper Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Groom's Attire: Isaia | Groom's Attire: Salvatore Ferragamo | Ceremony Music: Santa Barbara String Quartet | Hotel: Four Seasons Biltmore | Beauty: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Cake And Cookies: Christine Dahl Pastries | Cocktail Music: Vincent And Vedant | Country Club: Montecito Country Club | Hair Accessories: Monique Lhuillier | Paper Goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio | Reception Band: West Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rings And Jewelry: XIV Karats Ltd | Rings And Jewelry: 23rd Street Jewelers | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Sweet Pink San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

Looking for the perfect recipe for success for your wedding? The answer: It’s not just one little detail that will make or break your day, it’s a team of wildly talented vendors that will make your wedding shine. Take this glowing-with-gorgeous San Ysidro Ranch soiree for instance. TOAST Santa Barbara rocked it with their planning skills and drool-worthy petals, paving the way for Steve Steinhardt to capture every beautiful moment. The proof is in the pudding my friends.

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From TOAST Santa BarbaraNatalya and Aaron were high school sweethearts whose paths led them back to each other after they finished college. They decided Santa Barbara was an ideal destination wedding location for their intimate wedding and families, who were primarily based in Tennessee and the East Coast. San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito welcomed guests for an entire weekend of celebrations!

The celebrations kicked off on Thursday with welcome cocktails under the Loquat trees at the San Ysidro Ranch Wine Cellar Patio. The next evening, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal at the Hydrangea Cottage. The wedding day saw the couple married on one of the garden lawns followed by cocktails in the garden, dinner on the Stonehouse Restaurant patio and dancing and dessert inside the Stonehouse itself.

The ceremony chairs were dressed in the cutest School Girl seat cushions from La Tavola Linen. Acknowledging the bride’s love of animals, boxwood topiary animals, embellished with floral treatments and ribbons, were placed around the cocktail reception space.

A Scottish bagpiper led guests from the cocktail reception to the dinner reception. Garden roses in all shade of blush and pinks topped the tables alongside tall taper candles in silver candlesticks. Close family friend, country music artist, Philip Claypool serenaded the couple and their guests as a special treat.

For dessert, in addition to the wedding cake covered in sugared four-leaf clovers, a grooms cake was created in the likeness of the couple’s dog. Complimenting the cake options, ice cream sandwiches from Nyes Ice Cream Sandwiches, a favorite of the couple’s, were flown in from North Carolina, much to the delight of all the guests. The evening ended with a sparkling send off as the couple departed in a vintage Mercedes convertible. Cheers to Natalya and Aaron!

Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Event Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Coordination: TOAST Santa Barbara | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: Gavin Roy | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Bagpiper: Bill Boetticher | Linens: La Tavola | Maid Of Honor Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Whimsical Pink Wedding San Ysidro Ranch

Y’all know we go weak at the knees for a San Ysidro Ranch affair, but when it happens to include a pro golfer Groom and his designer Bride? Well, let’s just say we were smitten from the get-go. Fiore Beauty ensured all eyes were on the Bride, while fuchsia floral crowns and flirty accents set the scene. With a pretty palette, and details galore – Samuel Lippke Studios captured a gallery that defines pretty.

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Fall
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Rustic Venue
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Rustic

From Samuel Lippke StudiosWe just adore Kristy & Scott’s wedding! Scott is on the PGA tour as one of the youngest professional golfers & Kristy worked as a designer for Ralph Lauren before moving to POLO, where she met the love of her life while getting him sponsored! These stunning newlyweds were a breeze for Samuel to photograph – they both looked amazing and their love for each other is effortless and beautiful. The two were so laid back that even when a power outage threatened their reception, they didn’t even mind; candlelight dinners are always more romantic anyway, right? We definitely agree.

We were blown away by how beautiful San Ysidro Ranch was & the florals by BloomBox enhanced it so well. We love the deep fuchsia flowers BloomBox used for the bridemaids’ floral crowns. As always, Samuel loved working with the planning gurus from Details Details; Chelsea Navran was an amazing coordinator. Put all of that work together with Kristy’s Oscar de la Renta dress, Scott’s Hugo Boss suit, & the bridesmaids’ colorful M Missoni dresses and you have one amazing event! 

Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: M Missoni | Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Bride's Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Floral Design & Linens: BloomBox | Planning & Coordination: Chelsea Navran Of Details Details

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