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Colorful Citrus Inspired Southern California Wedding

Citrus is one of those themes I don’t think I’ll ever tire of; it’s always refreshing and the colors guaranteed vibrant and fun. With that as their inspiration, Mark Padgett Wedding Design went to work on this southern California celebration and the results, via Jake and Necia Photography’s pics, are absolutely fantastic… and sure to inspire some smiles. Join in the fun right this way!


From Mark Padgett Wedding DesignWhen Lauren and Matt first came to me…

Lauren and Matt’s first words to me were the following: “Hi! First off, I adore your aesthetic. My fiancé and I want to get married in Southern California in the spring or summer of 2014. We really are pretty open to any venue, but we think we want it outside of L.A., where we live, so we have an excuse to keep it small. We really want it to be intimate, laid-back, and fun! I am really open about virtually all of the details, like colors, flowers and food, but I’m nervous that we’ll lose the relaxed vibe we want if we don’t have a designer to help us. Help!”

In the meetings that followed, it was clear to us that both bride and groom were trying to find a balance. Something really special and fun which would wow her parents, be elegant enough for the groom’s parents, and still be laid back enough to make them happy.

We started out by sending the bride a few images and see what she is attracted to. Lauren loved a vintage handkerchief that featured citrus, leaves, and the word California, written on it in a font right out of the 40′s. The design was sparked. California Citrus is fun, has a history steeped in tradition, and could be dressed up or down. Perfect!

We showed them several venues in Santa Barbara and we chose the Butterfly Lane Estate because it was stunning and lush but felt like you were having a wedding in a friend’s backyard. (A fairly wealthy friend, we joked, but still welcoming)!

Lauren loved the citrus palette when we sent her the first design page, but wanted pink to be incorporated as well. She asked if that was OK (bless her!), we said, “pink grapefruit!” Of course! We knew the palette was bold so we chose a very neutral farm-style table (totally helped with the laid back attitude), then a neutral runner, but added a patterned napkin that had all the colors of the flowers and fruit to bump up the fun.

A ceremony chuppah for a Jewish wedding is typically either super plain or very lush with mountains of flowers. We wanted to keep it simple but also have something about it that subtly popped if you really looked at it. That’s when the “floating” chuppah idea came into Mark’s head. We constructed a 10-foot square out of metal piping and attached it into the canopy of a tree on the property. I used lemon leaf garlands suspended from the structure and attached a few flowers as well as the citrus. When you first approached it looked simple enough, but as guests were sitting down you could see them smile and tilt their heads in wonder. We also attached the groom’s family tallit at the top. It was a beautiful tallit owned and used by Matt’s great grandfather. Matt’s parents were very pleased. Lauren and Matt adored the Chuppah!

The centerpieces combined tradition and fun as well. Each guest table had six to seven vintage milk glass pieces including compotes, wine glasses, fruit bowls and cake stands. The colorful flower arrangements featured “sunset” and “prospero” dahlia and “juliet” and “pink piano” garden roses. The look was completed with limes, key limes, meyer lemons, grapefruit, tangerines and kumquats.

While Lauren and Matt wanted a DJ, “to keep it laid back,” Lauren’s parents wanted “a big ‘ol party band.” We had both! PartyPosh and Malik Miko worked seamlessly together offering both experiences in equal measure. Honestly, I want to do that with all my weddings now.

To design the wedding cuisine, we started by having the bride and groom send us a list of ALL their favorite foods, from what they would order in a romantic restaurant to what they grab to sit down in front of the TV. We discussed favorite appetizers, snacks, desserts, salads, veggies, as well as their best loved beverages including wines, beers, and preferred mixed drinks of theirs, their parents and close friends. I send all that information to the caterer and that was how the menu was created. Pure Joy did an outrageous job with all of it. Buttermilk Fried Chicken was the main entree and guests could not get enough of it. The dessert bar, featuring the bride and groom’s favorite sweets, and Matt’s Whiskey Tasting bar were big hits as well.

On the Butterfly Lane property, as soon as you walk in, there is a professional sized tennis court. It was in good shape but we felt the painted cement and net were not inviting. We transformed it by covering it all with a wood dance floor. In the first section (as guests arrived) we set up a lounge area with vintage furniture, cocktail tables and a welcome bar. On the other half we set up a stage for the band and a lovely space to dance the night away. String lights were zigzagged across the whole space for a soft glow after the sun set.

We were confident at the end of the night that we had given everyone what they wanted. It was confirmed by the bride and groom in a lovely thank you note a few weeks later:

Thank you for the spectacular job you did with our wedding. You managed to take our vague and contradictory ideas and execute them into something so beautiful, coherent, sweet and personalized to us as a couple. There is no way anyone else could have done such a fantastic job. It was just perfect!
Honestly, this note cannot convey our gratitude.
Lauren & Matt

Any wedding designer and planner will tell you, a note like that makes it all so, so sweet.

Photography: Jake and Necia Photography | Event Design: Mark Padgett Wedding Design | Floral Design: Mark Padgett Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Wayne Kjar Cakes | Invitations: Umbrella Tree Design | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Trina Turk | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Hair and Makeup: The Queens Bees | DJ: Malik Miko | Band: PartyPosh | Groom's Attire: FitWel Custom Clothes | Groomsmen's Attire: FitWel Custom Clothes | Ceremony Music: Justin Martinez, Guitarist | Wedding Venue: The Butterfly Lane Estate | Guest Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus | Linen: LaTavola Linen | Paper Details & Whiskey Sign: Umbrella Tree Design | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Vintage Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals

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SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Giveaway!

Summer weekends — is there anything better?! To start this one off right, we’re introducing you all to a fabulous new advertiser to join to SMP family: La Jolla Cove Suites. Named a Top 5 Wedding Venue in San Diego for three years in a row, this stunning hotel offers incredible ocean views that will have your guests swooning.

Overlooking famous La Jolla Cove, this beachfront hotel’s rooftop terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 225 guests! Offering couples incredible catering by The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, guest rooms, suites and vacation rentals for guests, top-notch customer service and breathtaking views, La Jolla Cove Suites is a must-see locale. For more information and tons of inspiration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


The Prize: One lucky couple will win a 1-night stay in a deluxe ocean view suite at the La Jolla Cove Suites featuring a private balcony with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the southern California coastline. ($399 value!) Stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and a one hour bike rental for two. Advance reservations required, based on availability only, black-out dates apply.

To Enter: Comment on this post with why you want to explore the La Jolla Cove Suites. One winner, selected completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on June 26th!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

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English Countryside Wedding Inspiration

When I moved to New England, I had no idea what cozy really meant. And how beautifully you could apply that very theme to weddings. From tutus and Wellies to delicious plaid blankets and organic but elegant details, Mollie Crutcher Photography and Selena Marie Weddings & Events took a simple cozy moment and turned it into the most adorable inspiration ever. More here!

a mix of blues, golds and all out gorgeous set the tone for this cozy but chic celebration

From Selena Marie Weddings & EventsAn antique brass pheasant figurine sparked our initial interest in a cozy winter wedding that combines rich, saturated colors with touches of English country rustic glamour. From there, we decided to use a mixture of elements that put a modern twist on traditional British hunting culture: a vintage plaid blanket for the ceremony site, gorgeous flowers (by the very talented La Fleur du Jour) in jewel tones, pheasant feathers and pewter serving pieces as accents, and of course, lots of tweed.

A beautiful French lace BHLDN dress helped set the tone of the shoot: romantic, classic, but not too stuffy. We envisioned a couple that loved history, books, and a little bit of whiskey on a cold day, and then worked with a wonderful team of vendors to create a modern day hunting lodge feast in bright shades of amber, turquoise and plum, all inspired by the multicolored plumage of game birds.

We were especially enamored of the giant scroll that Carolyn Jane Designs created for us as a ceremony backdrop. Quoting Pride and Prejudice in beautiful calligraphy, the piece summed up perfectly our excitement upon seeing each new detail of this collaborative process come to life: “You have bewitched me, body and soul.”

Photography: Mollie Crutcher Photography | Event Design: Selena Marie Weddings & Events | Coordination: Selena Marie Weddings & Events | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Dress: Nearly Newlywed | Cake: Sugar Lab | Invitations: Carolyn Jane Designs | Jewelry: Coast 2 Coast Collections | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Makeup: Make-up Kreations By K | Hair Stylist: D'Infinity Salon | Calligraphy: Carolyn Jane Designs | Groom's Attire: JCrew Factory | Groom's Attire: Zara | Wedding Venue: Rancho La Patera & Stow House | Classic Car : Classic Car Motoring Co. | Linen: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Selena Marie Weddings & Events

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Elegant Tented Santa Barbara Polo Club Wedding

As a Santa Barbara native, I always get a little misty-eyed when a familiar venue or vendor comes across my desk, but this tented wedding at the Santa Barbara Polo Club really brought back all the memories. Featuring the combined talents of many local faves — award-winning Pure Joy CateringGrass Roots floral design, and Jessica Lewis Photography – this gallery is truly a must-see!


From Jessica LewisThis was such a beautiful wedding. The Bride looked stunning and was surrounded by beautiful flower girls. It was so sweet… I call this Bride my Meg Ryan Bride even though her name is Barbara because to me she looks so much like Meg Ryan. The Groom’s gift t her on the wedding day were a beautiful pair of diamond earrings, and her reactions was priceless!

From the beautiful Bride… Scott and I meet on St. Patricks Day, 2012. He proposed a year and a half later in Santa Barbara at the Four Seasons Biltmore. We both knew right away that we wanted to get married in Santa Barbara, as it was such a special place to both of us. We started looking at venues. When we came across the Santa Barbara Polo Fields, we feel in love with the atmosphere and the creative space. On November 22, 2014 we got married at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields. It was truly a blessed and heavenly day that we will never forget.

Photography: Jessica Lewis Photography | Videography: Ryan Pettey | Event Planning: Engaged Tobe Wed | Floral Design: Grass Roots | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Hair & Makeup : Luna Bella Artists | Lighting And Sound: Ideal Lighting And Sound, LLC | Band: The Mustaches | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Santa Barbara Polo Club | Cigar Roller: AMS Cigar Catering | Dessert: Crushcakes Carp | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Valet Service: Bluestar Parking And Valet

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Elegant Santa Barbara Mansion Wedding

This beautiful couple’s stunning wedding at the Riviera Mansion in Santa Barbara was not only gorgeous (I mean, check out that princess dress), but reading about the Bride’s touching tributes to her late Father will get you totally teary. Grab a tissue, take a peak at Allison Richter‘s entire gorgeous gallery here, and read on to see this gorgeous day in its full glory.

Allison Richter


From The Bride… Gavin and I were friends in college and I always had a crush on him, but we started dating once Gavin lived in Orange County and I lived in San Diego. We did long distance for a few months, then I moved to Orange County and never looked back! I actually had a one-way ticket booked to NYC after college, but I cancelled it after we had been dating for 2 months because I had a feeling it was going somewhere! I was right… Gavin proposed in Hawaii and we got married on August 23, 2014.

My gown was Steven Yearick, bought it at Mon Amie in Costa Mesa, CA and my shoes were from BHLDN. One of my favorite accessories was my bouquet—I had a locket with a photo of my father who passed away 5 years ago, so that he could be with me when I walked down the aisle. This was my something old, because the locket (a gift from my maid of honor) was from a vintage flea market. My something borrowed was also very special to me; I wore diamond studs with a diamond halo that were given to my mom by my dad.

I would describe the overall style of the wedding as romantic and classic. We used a lot of greys, whites, and some peach. Gavin and I were also inspired by our travels and used this to inspire a DIY project for the wedding. For the seating arrangements, we did love locks, like the ones in Paris. Gavin and I went to Paris several years ago and locked our love on the bridge, so we had guests lock their love too. Gavin also gave me a Tiffany ring with a heart lock on it, for my wedding present.

We’re big foodies, so the menu was very important to us and it was actually one of my favorite parts. We designed it with the chef at the Riviera Mansion and with his help, picked out every ingredient in the menu. I am also allergic to gluten, so the entire menu was gluten free also. We have a garden at home, so for the favors, we chose to give seed packets with seeds of the ingredients in the dinner entrees.

Some highlights of my favorite moments of the day were our first look, first dance, and also throwing the bouquet off the Mansion balcony—super fun!

The thing I loved most about our wedding though, is that Gavin was involved in every step of the process (he literally helped pick out every last detail) so the entire day really seemed like it was something that we hand picked out together, and that it was a true reflection of us.

From The Riviera Mansion Lindsey and Gavin are — simply put — a stunning couple, and their classic August wedding highlighted the mansion in such a beautiful way.

Lindsey and Gavin’s ceremony took place on the garden lawn, where they were married under a mahogany arch adorned with white and peach hydrangeas, roses, and chrysanthemums arranged by Sweet Blossom Designs.

During the cocktail hour, delicious seasonal appetizers were passed around on the front lawn while guests enjoyed lawn games and sipped signature cocktails—an Old Fashioned for the groom and a Ginger Margarita for the bride.

The couple worked closely with our chef to create a carefully curated menu whose highlights included mole eggplant crostini with current relish and Sriracha, wild arugula salad with Humboldt fog goat cheese, fresh figs, and citrus pistachio vinaigrette. Guests had the main entrée choice of grilled prawns, sea scallops served with sharp cheddar polenta and roasted Brussels sprouts or off the bone short ribs with cabernet current demi glace served with baby French greens beans and honey, sea salt & toasted walnut yam mash.

Lindsey’s passion for food shone through in our meetings with her, and we love that she actually used the menu as inspiration by having seed packets with the seeds of the ingredients included in the dinner entrees as favors.

From Lindsey’s dress, to the peach accents, to the love-lock seating arrangements, every detail came together to make the Riviera Mansion the perfect backdrop for this charming wedding. We were so honored to hold such a beautiful couple’s nuptials at our venue.

Photography: Allison Richter | Floral Design : Sweet Blossoms Designs | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Cake : Montecito Confections | Shoes : BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew | Catering : Riviera Mansion | Hair Stylist: Strands Hair Studio | DJ : Battleson Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Riviera Mansion

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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!

Country Club

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 | Table Numbers & Dinner Menus: Sweet Carolina Collective | Wedding Planner & Design: Donna Romani Events

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