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Romantic Santa Barbara Wedding Film at The Bacara Resort

I get emotional with every wedding film I have the pleasure of viewing but when it has an absolutely beautiful story and not one, but two, gorgeous brides, it falls under my tear-jerker category pretty quickly. Hoo Films captured this California wedding, led by XOXO Bride at the stunning Bacara Resort, and with TEAM Hair & Makeup behind the scenes, both of these Brides shined their brightest. With these two ladies and views that took my breath away, this is a wonderful reminder that love always wins.

From Hoo FilmsIt was day they might have never imagined would come. The beautiful California sunshine greeted Jessica and Ana’s family and friends who traveled to Santa Barbara to celebrate this day. The Bacara Resort was filled with elegant details that combined elements of Uruguay, details with Argentinian flavor, along with some US traditions. The men wore tuxedo tails, the formal dances included the waltz, and most importantly, Jessica and Ana exchanged meaningful words that promised each other forever love. Love wins.

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Photography: Miki And Sonja | Cinematography: Hoo Films | Coordination: XOXO Bride | Florals: Rock Rose Floral | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Venue: The Bacara Resort | Rentals: Town And Country

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The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

Southern California is just made for marrying… and behind some of our all-time favorite weddings?  The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, a fab catering + event planning company that knows all there is to know about throwing an ah-mazing event.  Think scrumptious food, exceptional service and a team of professionals that will transform your day into the best celebration that ever happened. We love them.

With the The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, your dream wedding is right at your fingertips with a talented team of professionals completely committed to you and your vision, from that very first meeting to your perfectly executed going away brunch.  Which means that you can rest assured that every.last.moment will run seamlessly and completely stress-free… that’s just how they do it.  Not to mention those perfectly executed (+ totally customizable) menus and seriously stunning set-ups that are beyond picturesque.

Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate soiree or a 250-person sit-down dinner for the ages, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods will handle every last detail with that five-star service they are known for. They’ll even use your venue as inspiration for their breathtaking designs and customizable menus. Which means that southwest-inspired rehearsal dinner under the trees?  It will be just as amazing as you imagined with fresh, organic goodies curated with your natural setting in mind.  Think Avocado Pico de Gallo, Shrimp Tostado and Short Rib Tacos… just to name a few.  So creative and so yummy.

Contact The Kitchen for Exploring Foods today to begin planning your fabulous wedding… or wedding weekend.  Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Photography: Willa Kveta Photography | Catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods


Edgy Black Lace Wedding Inspiration

With All Hallows Eve this weekend, there’s no better time for a bit of moody beauty, and this alluring shoot from Luna de Mare is elegant-edgy at it’s best. It’s a world where black and blue pair perfectly, where tapered candlelight is a must and where a black lace Elizabeth Mackenzie Designs dress rebels against a traditional white number. See more in THE VAULT!


From Luna de MareBella Noir was an inspiration shoot created to showcase a beautiful bespoke gown with Black lace detailing and a romantic tulle skirt, for the girl with a little flair.

Light was juxtaposed against dark as we drew from the forrest and along little streams to bring in an air of organic romance, while setting the tone for a perfect intimate Wedding in the woods.

Toss in a sweetheart table complete with candles and silver goblets, a cake on a swing with vines & draping florals, and it was like the vision of fairytale meets modern romance. We added a final touch of French romance with a quote around our cake that simply read “La Vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel” (Translation: Life is a flower of which love is the honey).

Photography: Luna de Mare | Floral Design: Emblem Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Mackenzie Designs | Cake: Sweet and Saucy | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair And Makeup: Chiali Meng Artistry | Venue: Santa Barbara | Agency: Osbrink Models | Calligraphy + Artwork: Foil & Ink | Concept + Creative Direction: Luna De Mare | Design + Engraving: Paper Birch Designs | English Slate + Spoons: A Beautiful Mess Home | Event Design + Rentals: My Lovely Events | Model: Lacey Hannan | Ring Box: The Mrs Box