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Elegant Fall San Ysidro Wedding

San Ysidro Ranch will forever be on my favorite venues list and when you combine that magical setting with the creative vision of LVL Weddings & Events the wedding that follows is straight from the storybooks. Intimate, elegant and sprinkled with all-white florals from Sweet Marie Designs, it’s a proof that a quiet Monday affair can be anything but ordinary.

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From The Bride…It was not love at first sight! Our falling in love was nothing like a fairytale. My world, before I met Michael, was already completed, secure and certain. I did not see him as the missing pieces to my universe, but against all the odds he made a place for himself by expanding my world into a warmer and brighter place. Now, I cannot imagine my life without him. I’m thankful that I’m married to my best friend.

From The Groom…Joob was profoundly intriguing to me, she represented an understanding of the world that I could have never comprehended. Her attention to detail and focused approach to life was the perfect balance to my unbridled ambition and excitement. She is a concise, no-nonsense type of person who is unabashedly honest and unapologetically sagacious. I love that about her! Her genius is what hooked me and I’m more than happy to give up half my stuff and the whole of my heart to spend the rest of my life with her.

From The Bride…It took us quite sometime to decide that we were going to have a wedding (we liked the idea of running to Las Vegas and getting married there). After we made the decision that we were going to have a wedding, we had to decide where. My parents live in Thailand and they said they could be here by September. That left us 5 months to plan everything. I looked for a venue that fit my idea of my wedding for almost a week and found San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. I suddenly fell in love with this place. We called them immediately to make sure they had our desired date available. All the weekends were all taken, but we were lucky because all of our guests had flexible work/life schedule, so we ended up with a Monday wedding. I always wanted a small intimate wedding.

We wanted the day to be about our friends and family gathering, and not so centered on the actual wedding. It is a rarity to be able to have all our love ones gathered in the same place at the same time to celebrate our life’s important moments with us. My parents and best friend flew across the globe to be there. We had one long dinner table and it reminded me of a secret garden wedding. We had a harpist playing during the ceremony and dinner reception. The sound of the harp encompasses what it feels like to be in love! I am in love with the white, simple, classic look of a traditional wedding and that is what sums up the style of our wedding. I do not think it could be any better than this. Our wedding was memorable and beautiful. We really had the time of our life. Lastly, we cannot be thankful enough for our fantastic vendors making all this happen.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Brides Dress: Rosa Clara | Grooms Tux: J. Crew

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Happy Holidays + An Intimate Christmas Wedding!

We hope you’re cozied up on this Christmas morning, surrounded by the ones you love most. But in between the present frenzy and feasts ahead, we’re sitting down to share a holiday wedding worth celebrating. It’s a day planned in just 12 weeks (you read right!), and Josh Elliott captured this festive beauty to perfection. From all of us at SMP, wishing you a day of love, joy and bottomless cups of cocoa.

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From The Groom…My favorite moment of our wedding was our first look and seeing Katie for the first time. After everything she had been through the previous 6 weeks leading up the wedding, all I wanted was for her to feel beautiful and special like any girl would on her wedding day. When I turned around and saw her for the first time, I could not believe how beautiful she looked. To see her glowing like she was and how beautiful she looked exceeded all of my expectations and anything that I could have dreamt of. Knowing everything that she had been through to get to that point made it that much more special and beyond compare.

From The Bride…I have 2 favorite moments! My first favorite moment was the first dance with my husband. The love in the room from our immediate family and close friends was palpable as we slowly danced our first dance together to Brad Paisley’s “Then”. I could barely dance and slowly stepped back and forth as Stephen held me, but it was truly one of the happiest moments that I will never forget. The next moment I will never forget is getting ready for my wedding day with my 3 younger sisters/bridesmaids. I purchased Equipment silk pajama sets for us all to wear as we relaxed and got ready for the wedding day. As my sisters helped button up my wedding dress, I realized that this was one of the most special moments that I will always remember. I can’t imagine this day without each one of them by my side.

Vintage silver chargers were used under each setting to add a festive touch to the tables. On top of each napkin were homemade menus that my mother printed and glued to thick dark green cardstock. We finished off each menu with a gold F initial wax seal. I loved this touch beautiful rustic touch. Truffle boxes tied with a white satin ribbon and small pinecones held the place cards for each guest. These were also printed and glued onto dark green cardstock to match the Christmas greenery from the centerpieces.

After small hors d’oeuvre were passed during cocktail hour, we dined on San Ysidro Ranch’s fabulous cuisine of seven spiced dusted Ahi Tuna for the appetizer course, spinach salad with dried cranberries, hearts of palm, almond and a sherry vinaigrette for the salad course, and an entrée choice between a parmesan crusted halibut with a sweet pea risotto, sautéed wild mushrooms or a pan seared prime filet of beef with yukon gold potatoes and pear onion hash with a cabernet reduction, perfect for a winter evening dinner.

Stephen and I met on St. Patrick’s Day many years ago and have been together ever since! We got engaged on August 29, 2013, after dating for 3 and a half years, the night before our big trip to Europe. While traveling through Europe (newly engaged!), we decided that we really wanted to get married in December and have a small winter themed wedding. My parents got married in December and ever since I was a little girl I had always wanted to follow in their footsteps with a seasonal winter wedding. After returning home from Europe my mother had mentioned San Ysidro Ranch to me and after seeing the pictures online, I instantly fell in love. I normally gravitate towards a “California-rustic vibe” anyways, so I couldn’t wait to see this venue. After visiting San Ysidro with Stephen and my family, we were in love with how truly stunning and breathtaking the San Ysidro grounds were. The gardens of lavender, magenta bougainvillea, vibrant orange trees, and quaint wooden cottages created the most perfect picturesque scenery. We instantly knew this would be the place where we were to get married and start our lives together. San Ysidro felt peaceful, cozy and relaxed; three adjectives that we wanted our dream wedding day to be. After choosing December 14, 2013 (yes, 3 months after getting engaged!) we got straight to planning. We couldn’t wait to be married over the holiday season with our family and closest friends.

Two months before the wedding, in the midst of quickly planning, I had a tragic accident with a personal trainer that resulted in spinal surgery 6 weeks before the wedding. After the surgery, I was hardly able to walk and needed assistance from my walker, fiancé and father for two weeks post-op. How would I be able to walk down the aisle in 4 weeks? Would the wedding still go on? How would Stephen and I do our first dance? I was determined to walk down the aisle with my father to my future husband, but knew the next 4 weeks would be a long, rough road. Stephen stood by my side proving to be my true soul mate, always positive and attentive with me through this incredibly difficult recovery. I was bedridden for the rest of the planning process, but luckily, my sweet mother stepped in and finished up all the planning, down to the smallest detail. Even though not fully recovered, I made it up to Montecito and had to lie down every hour throughout my wedding day and wedding weekend to rest my back.

Stephen and I proceeded to get married in front of 80 of our immediate family and closest friends on December 14, 2013 on the beautiful lawns of San Ysidro Ranch. Our reception followed at San Ysidro’s Restaurant, The Stonehouse. It was truly a magical day, filled with emotion, love, and holiday spirit. Our bridal party and groomsmen/ groomswoman consisted of my 3 younger sisters on the bride’s side and Stephen’s 3 older siblings on his side. We really loved using both of our siblings as our bridal party; it added that intimate sense of family and love to our ceremony. The bridal party walked down the aisle to a Spanish guitarist playing the “First Noel” and flawlessly transitioned into “Canon in D” as I carefully and tearfully walked down the aisle, thinking about how challenging these last few weeks have been, but yet how happy that I was to be here in this moment about to marry Stephen.

The warming of the fireplace in the Stonehouse restaurant on a chilly winter night added to the charm and holiday spirit throughout the night. All of our centerpiece flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres were made of an array of white flowers, accents of pine, and various other Christmas greenery; all sticking to my “simple winter white” wedding theme. All of the flowers were put into different sized vases down the center of each rectangular table. Some of the vases were covered in wood bark and some of the vases were sprayed with gold to give that mercury glass look. The mixture of the vases with mercury glass candles gave for a sparkling and festive evening.

In lieu of cake, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful charm of San Ysidro and enjoy their classic Meyer Lemon tart for dessert. Stephen and I aren’t much into cake, so the lemon tart was a perfect dessert for us. The bittersweet taste of the lemon tart signified both the bitterness of my spinal injury and the sweetness of our beautiful wedding day.

Our welcome baskets were filled with homemade cranberry orange jam made by my mother, homemade pretzels dipped in chocolate and cookies made by my sisters, and placed in custom designed bags with our names on it. Small Pellegrino waters, a map of Santa Barbara and traditional candy canes also filled the rustic looking baskets. Homemade tags were printed and tied with a raffia bow to complete the touch. We loved welcoming our guests with a few homemade goodies and Christmas spirit as they arrived to celebrate our wedding.

Photography: Josh Elliott | Floral Design: Jill Behrle, The Happy Vase | Wedding Dress: Marisa From Panache, Costa Mesa, CA | Invitations: Robin Love Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Reception Venue: Stonehouse At San Ysidro | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Dottie Palmer | Hair: Shine Blow Dry Bar, Montecito, Ca | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Grooms Attire: Custom Made | Groom's Tie: Armani | Live Band: Soulville

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Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Holiday Wedding

Take an amazing setting like San Ysidro Ranch and mix in a stunning New Year’s Day wedding orchestrated by the talented La Fête Weddings and it’s all kinds of spectacular.  Now throw in some lush blooms from Ambient Event Design, a fireplace adjacent reception and some glittery gold hues and, well… it’s pure, unadulterated wedding gold.  Click here to see it all captured beautifully by Melissa Musgrove

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From La Fête Weddings… This lovely couple from Texas was looking for a beautifully planned and detailed wedding for 10 special guests at the San Ysidro Ranch. We know there is nothing better than a client who completely trusts you, so when Misti told us “Here are the colors I love, and I completely trust that you will make our wedding classic and beautiful,” we were thrilled! The wedding ceremony was held outdoors on New Year’s Day in the Wine Cellar Garden in front of their romantic fireplace. The guests enjoyed a few cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before entering the Wine Cellar for their seated wedding reception. Of course the weather was a concern for the day, but it could not have been a more perfect Southern California day. The Wine Cellar at the San Ysidro Ranch is such a warm and inviting space especially during that time of year.

Misti included her two daughters in the wedding as her bridesmaids. What a special moment it was to watch them walk her down the aisle to her groom Michael. We worked with Amy of Ambient Event Design to create the lush and organic mixture of red peonies, garden roses, and accents of greenery to develop Misti’s rich dream color palette. Misti loved the flower arrangements so much she decided to take all of the arrangements back to her cottage at the San Ysidro Ranch to enjoy them for rest of the week. Colette from La Fete Weddings provided the dishes and red colored glassware, which were passed down by her grandmother. This added a unique touch to the table top design. We worked with Let’s Party to create custom menus for each place setting to complete the look. Melissa Musgrove perfectly captured all of their love, joy and the beautiful details that made that day so unique and special for them.

Shortly after the wedding we received a very nice email from the groom…”I must admit I was a bit reluctant to hire a planner because the wedding was small in relation to head count. What I figured out though was what you did with our wedding is no matter how big or small there is still a lot to pulling them off problem free. You did a wonderful job and it greatly helped with Misti’s stress load.”

Photography: Melissa Musgrove Photography | Floral Design: Ambient Event Design | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Event Design/Wedding Planner: La Fete Weddings | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Products: Let's Party | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Intimate Summer Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

If there was one single wedding that summed up the heart and soul of Style Me Pretty, this San Ysidro Ranch beauty might be just that. It’s an intimate garden affair layered with timeless design by Joy Proctor, soft florals from Kelly Kaufman, and those deeply beautiful moments captured by Kurt Boomer. No matter which way you slice it, this gallery is swoon-fest just waiting to happen.

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From Joy Proctor Design… I had the pleasure of helping Corinna and Mark plan and design their intimate wedding at the historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Nestled in the Santa Barbara foothills, the stunning ranch has been home to some of the most special guests including JFK and Jackie O, who honeymooned there.

It was important to Corinna and Mark to keep their wedding small, intimate and thoughtful. Their guests were greeted with champagne served in gold rimmed flutes and bocce ball before the ceremony. The grooms brother officiated as the couple exchanged their vows amongst their closest friends and family, who tossed lavender once they were married. Beautiful linen lounge furniture and a garland draped bar created an intimate cocktail hour in the garden, before guests made their way to dinner outside the wine cellar.

Seating assignments on handmade paper hung from a garden gate, helping guests find their seats. Chandeliers dripping with ivy hung from the trees above a 24′ dinner table, set in front of a beautiful stone fireplace. The wooden table was filled with lush floral centerpieces and candle light, truly creating an intimate yet elegant al fresco environment. After dinner, guests made their way inside the wine cellar for dancing and cake.

Photography: Kurt Boomer Photo | Planning + Design: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Stationery: Carolyn Jane Design | Hair & Makeup: Luna Bella Make Up | Lighting: LBPS Events | Ceremony & Reception: San Ysidro Ranch | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: The Tent Merchant

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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 | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Jewelery: Foxy Couture

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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 | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Invitation: Bride's Friend | Place Cards: Aerialist Press

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