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Stylish Montecito Country Club Wedding

When it comes to fashionably bold brides, this next slice of lovely takes the cake. One look at her gorgeous couture, high-low gown and you’ll see just what I mean. Staying true to their stylish personalities, these beach-loving sweeties threw an intimate affair overflowing with pretty. From their Printerette Press paper goods to every snap from the lens of Mi Belle, the gallery is the only place to be!

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From The Bride…When Ben and I began planning our wedding, our number one priority was to make it as true to US as possible. We set out to have every detail reflect who we are as individuals, and as a couple. That meant doing it our way from the get-go, regardless of what our families had to say about it (don’t worry! It’s a happy ending- the mothers adored every detail :) ).

Although I am from La Jolla, and my parents would have loved us to have a local wedding, Ben and I ended up finding our dream venue in Santa Barbara, at the Montecito Country Club. We both love the beach- Ben is an avid surfer, and I moved back to the west coast from NYC a few years ago to be by the water. So, the ocean view, big grassy field, and sunny skies were the first selling points for the MCC. Then, we loved having our reception inside (I get cold easily!!), but in a space that we could make our own, without distracting textured wallpapers and icky carpet prints (I know y’all feel me).

Our incredible wedding planner, Donna, helped bring our vision to life. I loved the open field on which we had our ceremony, but I wanted an intimate vibe- to feel like we were in a small, special space together. So, we framed the seating area with faux hedges, and found aged white barn doors to welcome guests into the setting. A heart-shaped floral wreathe hung on the door, made by our incredible florist, Nico, with greens and florals cascading from the doorway. At the end of the aisle, where Ben’s dad performed our ceremony, Nico built a distressed wood arch, and had asymmetrical florals draping all around it.

For colors, we kept it predominantly shades of white, with hints of soft pinks. Because Ben, after all, was equally important part of the wedding and aesthetic, we balanced the girlie-ness of the palate with natural wood throughout. My long-time friend Catherine, of Printerette Press, silk screened her hand-drawn flowers and lettering onto wood veneer for the invitations. This really helped set the outdoorsy but beautiful feel for the day, and the wood, white, and baby pink theme carried over into the ceremony space, place-card table display, dinner menu, event signage and beyond.

As a stylist with a background in design, my dress was of course of utmost importance!! (What bride’s isn’t?) I did research, and spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what I wanted in my dress. I decided to ask my former boss, Zaldy, under whom I worked for Gaga and Britney, to make the dress for me. I sent him sketches and tears of the various design elements I wanted to include in my dress, and he got to work. As he is based in NYC and I am in LA, it was a complex process- including a last-minute 36-hour journey to NYC to get it just right! My completed dress arrived the day before we left for Santa Barbara!! #heartattack. But once it finally did, it was absolutely perfect. I paired it with a vintage pearl necklace, two bracelets previously handed down from each of my grandmother’s, and a rose-gold-and-diamond earring that I also gave to each of my bridesmaids to wear alongside me. For hair and make up, my good friend Vittorio, with whom I work on Kesha (he on glam, myself on styling) agreed to doll me up for the day- and he made me feel like a million bucks and then some. It couldn’t have been a more personal ensemble, and I felt the love all over me :)

Ben opted for a slim-fit baby blue suit by Moods of Norway, with exposed ankles and casual but sharp loafers. To keep everything light, his groomsmen wore faintly striped cream-and-khaki J. Crew suits, and my bridesmaid chose their own dresses in shades of baby pink. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and like themselves!

For food and music, Ben and I wanted to serve and play the kind of stuff we would want to eat and dance to at a party. So, to our parent’s dismay, we forewent steaks served to the table, and opted for a buffet that included custom salads, pizza, mac n’ cheese, elote corn, and mnm chocolate chip cookies. It was DE- licious!! Oh, and instead of a champagne toast, we passed around (optional!) tequila shots and limes, for a more hearty cheers to the bride and groom :)

We had a live band play during our ceremony, but chose to use a DJ to get the dance floor hoping. I think we’d both heard one too many mature adult singers do their best Will.I.Am voice in “Tonight’s gonna be a good night” – so we decided to stick with the originals (still,…no Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night.)

We couldn’t have been happier with how the wedding turned out from an aesthetic standpoint. But, the best part about making such a personal wedding was that everyone saw and felt “Shelby and Ben” throughout the day. The best compliment we received over and over, was that everyone seemed to FEEL the love between us, and as a result the energy and spirit of the day was incredibly happy and love-filled. It was truly the most magical and special day of our lives.

Photography: Mi Belle | Videographer: Viken Productions | Flowers: NLC Productions | Invitations: Printerette Press | Venue: Montecito Country Club | Bride: Shelby Scudder | Bride: Shelby Scudder | Hair & Make Up: Vittorio Masecchia | Wedding Planner & Design: Donna Romani Events

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This, loves, is exactly how we like to spend our weekends: with an entire portfolio of pretty courtesy of the seriously talented Sergey Green.  Think one breathtaking image after another filled with the sweetest moments you will ever lay your eyes upon and you are sooo on the right track.  It’s SoCal beauty meets a photog that knows a thing or two about capturing every amazing moment… and we can’t get enough.

From Sergey GreenThere is nothing that can keep me away from shooting photos. It’s in my nature. I have been a wedding photographer for over eight years now and have worked on over 350 weddings. It’s not easy to keep the passion going for many people, but with every year I love doing what I do more and more.

Every single event or shoot I do carries the unique style and unique people involved in it. That’s why I like photographing in a photojournalistic style and capturing true people and true emotions in the most beautiful way possible. When you hire someone to capture the best day of your life, it really has to be that feeling: “He’s the perfect photographer for our wedding!”

Welcome to the family, Sergey!  We are so happy to have you! xo

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Elegant Santa Barbara Wine Country Elopement

What could be more perfect than an elopement in wine country? This stunning “purple and lace” affair is even more proof. Dreamed up by the talents at Alegria By Design, with help from pros like Anna Le Pley Taylor and La Tavola, this elopement is rustic, romantic and could be no less described as pure magic. Anna J Photography captured all the lovely details in the full gallery right here!

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From Alegria By DesignStephanie and Paul contacted us from Calgary, Canada with plans to elope in Santa Barbara. They immediately decided on Sunstone Villa and we started the planning process.

Their adventure began a week before their wedding day with a road trip from Canada down the West Coast, ending in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Stephanie’s only requests were “purple and lace”. Our florist provided a vintage lace tablecloth and we made custom place cards of french baguettes tied together with doilies, twine and olive branches to match the venue.

They were joined by their parents and enjoyed a beautifully catered five course meal in the villa’s courtyard followed by dessert and wine by the fireplace.

Photography: Anna Jockisch Of Anna J Photography | Videography: Like A Letter | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Brianna Stewart | Event Planning and Design: Alegria By Design | Linen: La Tavola | Location: Sunstone Villa | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Modern Santa Barbara Ranch Engagement Shoot

Being from Santa Barbara myself, I was so thrilled to see this gorgeous couple taking advantage of all the beauty that this city has to offer. From a hillside villa overlooking the Summerland polo fields (where their reception will be held next August!) to the beachfront below, Lane Dittoe captured all the special moments of this couple’s stunning engagement here!

From Lane DittoeThis Santa Barbara ranch estate engagement was in the hills of Summerland overlooking a polo field. The couple will wed here as well in August 2015. This estate is very private and has only had one other wedding. I wanted the session to have more of a lifestyle look, not your typical engagement session, and wanted their attire to say as much too. We walked around the grounds and stable over a two hour period taking our time with the shoot and was very pleased with the look and overall images.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Film Processing : Goodman Film Lab

Elegant Coastal Wedding Inspiration in Santa Barbara

I don’t even know where to begin with this gorgeous piece of inspiration from the lovely Peony and Plum and photographs from Natalie Franke. The color palette? That is so beautiful I want to live inside of it. The models? Who are so pretty in their gowns and gorgeous makeup from Lindsey Jones? I just don’t know. What I do know is that I have been completely swept away with all of the pretty. And there is more right here!

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From Natalie FrankeThere are few things in this world more beautiful than the soft white sands of the Pacific Coast at sunset! Adorned with three stunning Enaura Bridal gowns and a bountiful bouquet from LA’s talented floral studio, Peony and Plum, this Airy Beach Editorial Shoot took my breath away!

Light, soft, floral hues of cream and peach from the beach mixed with the navy blue waters of the Pacific were our color inspiration for this shoot! We wanted to create something ethereal, achievable, and genuine. Our amazingly sweet models are three best friends and dancers from Los Angeles who had us laughing and twirling our way around the spectacular coastline! Add in a stunning invitation suite from Annapolis calligrapher, Poppy and Scooter, and this shoot was a bi-coastal collaboration that left my heart dizzy with excitement.

Photography: Natalie Franke | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Wedding Dress: Enaura Bridal | Invitations: Poppy And Scooter | Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup | Models: Megan Kinney, Jocelyn Cruz, Brooke Burgstahler | Models: Megan Kinney, Jocelyn Cruz, Brooke Burgstahler

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