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A Wedding Every Floral Lover Needs to See

Chloe and Mike didn’t begin planning their wedding with a particular theme, per se, but they knew a few things for certain. They wanted a day that was romantic, non-traditional, and they wanted the floral design to make a statement…big time. Add that all up and you get a spring celebration overflowing with whimsical blooms and eye candy galore. Annie McElwain and Raya Carlisle photographed the gallery ready to be pinned!

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From the Bride… I didn’t really have a theme for my wedding, but I knew I wanted it to be romantic and non-traditional. I also wanted to make sure to tie in elements from New York, since that is where we live. I chose grays and whites for my neutrals to serve as the backdrop for some really bold and fashion-forward flowers. I really wanted the flowers to be different.

For the ceremony, the focus was on the lily pond; part of the reason we chose El Encanto, and we kept it all white with a lush chuppah and overflowing bouquets. Spring is a really great time for flowers and Brown Paper Design did such a beautiful job with the season’s best blooms in gorgeous, saturated colors in custom boxes made from reclaimed wood. The details are definitely what made the wedding unique. The Ketubah was hand painted by one of my best friends. The welcome drink was a mini bottle of Rosé from the Wolffer Estate Vineyard where I had my bachelorette party in East Hampton.

As favors, we gave out Momofuku cookies packaged with our logo. And we even had custom cornhole made to match the lounge vignettes from Found Vintage Rentals. I was a bit nervous throughout the day since the weather was not in our favor. It started to sprinkle as we approached the invite time. However, as soon as we started walking, the rain stopped and it was a really incredible moment. Once we entered the reception I was really able to take everything in. Our band, Ground Control, from Elan Artists was amazing and I loved being on stage with Mike. My favorite moment was when my family surprised me by singing L’Chaim and acting out a little performance!

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Photography: Raya Carlisle Photography | Photography: Annie McElwain Photography | Event Planning + Design: Nicole Arena Of Green Ribbon Parties | Florist : Brown Paper Design | Wedding Dress : Monique Lhuillier | Shoes : Tabitha Simmons | Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Beauty : TEAM Hair and Makeup | Invite and Paper Goods: La Happy | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music : Elan Artists | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Tabletop: Casa de Perrin | Vintage Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Wine Provided By: Wolffer Estate Vineyard

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When Your Wedding Feels More Like a Great Party…

Whitney and Julian’s wedding wish list went a something like this – a beautiful venue, great food, and a killer party. They didn’t want their classic Santa Barbara wedding to feel stuffy in the least, so they enlisted the help of Sitting in a Tree to make each and every one of their 160 guests feel a part of the day. Michelle Beller worked her usual magic behind the camera and the whole day is waiting right here.

From the Bride…. When Julian and I first sat down to plan our wedding, we went over what we each wanted and luckily agreed on the same things. We also knew we wanted to marry in Santa Barbara, a location that had become incredibly special to us over the years.

Julian’s family has a home in Montecito, and within the first few months of dating, we were going up almost once a month to get away. It was in Santa Barbara that we created a foundation with one another.

When it came time to picking a venue, the choice was easy. Over the years, we both had fallen in love with the feel and character of The Four Seasons Biltmore. Everything from the beautiful Spanish décor, the California laid-back feel, to the impeccable service blew us away. We knew that our hopes of an elegant and rustic affair were going to be easy to achieve.

One of the most important aspects of the day was having a room that felt hospitable and welcoming before you even entered. The ceremony venue achieved it effortlessly, with views of the ocean and an almost secluded private area surrounded by tall palm trees.

We will never forget the feeling of walking into the room for the first time as a married couple. Having just come from the ceremony and our photos, taken as the sun set across the ocean, we were met with a feeling of love, heightened only by the stunning architecture and gardens that surrounded us.

The room, as somewhat of a blank slate, required a bit more thought. The gold accents on the vases caught the light perfectly and created a glowing atmosphere. It was classy and elegant without being stuffy or too over the top. The table arrangements, a mixture of rectangular for the wedding party and circles for the guests, allowed everyone to feel included and a part of the events (tough to do with 160 people).

Luckily, we found a team that shared our exact sentiments. It’s a strange but amazing, feeling when the people you work with don’t seem like people you’ve hired, but, instead, are people you’ve known all along and who think the same the way you do. For us, that was our A+ wedding team who created a day filled with so much love, happiness, relaxation, and cocktails!

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Photography: Michelle Beller | Videography: Sharkpig | Event Design: Sitting In A Tree Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Reception Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Makeup: Carley Ansell | DJ: Dart DJ | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Avenue | Hotel Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Courthouse Elopement Inspiration Packed With Color

Styled elopements are one trend I hope never, ever leaves the wedding scene. It’s an opportunity to whisk away with the one you love, without sacrificing even an ounce of pretty found in a traditional wedding. *Enter* this inspiration shoot from A-list vendors like Bluebird Productions, Bare Root Flora, TEAM Hair and Makeup, Casa de Perrin, Little White Dress and more. See every Lacie Hansen capture waiting right this way.

From Bluebird ProductionsInspired by the colors of the American Riviera and the desire to have a perfectly intimate elopement that could then be shared, a fabulous group of vendors crafted the ideal elopement. The elopement consists of experiences at the Santa Barbara courthouse followed by a tour around town, dinner and cake in a romantic courtyard and a sunset toast on the beach. The stationery to document the day uses natural materials from an etched terra cotta menu to an “announcement” that includes rough wood, natural fibers and vows to make those that were not there feel included. Bright and cheerful flowers decorate the intentionally set table to compliment colors of the areas surroundings and add a bit of “pop” to punctuate the celebration.

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Photography: Lacie Hansen | Event Planning: Bluebird Productions | Floral Design: Bare Root Flora | Wedding Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Stationery: Paper Birch Designs | Stationery: Lavender & Mint | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Rentals: Casa de Perrin

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