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Santa Ynez Wedding from Sitting in a Tree Events

Tori of Sitting in a Tree is the reigning Queen of Bohem. She whips up these affairs that are such a fabulous mix of unique, fun details, layers of color and boho elegance woven throughout. And we eat it up every time. For this affair, her design musings have met their match in Santa Ynez with photography by Studio Castillero. It’s a scene of love-filled “I Do’s” and feasting family style under the stars. Have a look here for so much more.

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Jesse and Mike were married in beautiful Santa Ynez, California at a dreamy venue full of all the best things- vineyards, nature, and a sprawling lawn for drinks and dancing, mountain views, bocce ball and a gorgeous tree under which they were married. With one hell of a backdrop on their side, a whole lotta love, a super fun group of family and friends, and a team of all star vendors, these two had one of my favorite weddings to date!

We took inspiration from some of Jesse’s favorite colors- aquas, greens, pinks and golds and created watercolor place cards, hand dyed fabric and ombre signage. Vintage glassware from Hostess Haven and gold flatware dressed up the farm style tables that were covered in eucalyptus garlands and flower heads for bursts of color. Wine flowed and loaves of bread were passed around family style at a giant U shaped table for 120 with a dance floor set in the center. This unique layout created an interactive and intimate dining experience for the guests. As we sat there on the lawn hearing glasses chink and watching Jesse and Mike glow with happiness, the hillside and surrounding vineyards lit up, and at that moment- there was no better place to be for a wedding. It was truly magic that night.

Jesse’s bridesmaids stunned in dove grey Amsale dresses from Nordstroms and accessorized with statement necklaces for a personal and colorful touch. We adore when bridesmaids get to have fun with their wedding wardrobe in this way! Each of their bouquets from Riley’s florals had different pops of color, while Jesse’s bouquet stood out in creamy white.

Jesse and Mike were a dream couple to work with and getting to see the wedding brought to life by Studio Castillero only makes us miss their wedding all over again! Such an amazing couple brought to life in a perfect setting.

Photography: Studio Castillero | Event Design: Sitting in a Tree | wedding dress: pronovias | cupcakes: enjoy cupcakes | shoes: Badgley Mischka | bridesmaid dresses: Amsale | dj: red shoe la | catering : santa babara catering bbq | florals: riley's flowers | linens: La Tavola | rentals: hostess haven | wine club: sogno del fiore

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Santa Ynez Engagement from KT Merry

By now this might seem like the biggest blog tease ever, but you better believe this year’s Fashion & Beauty e-mag is totally worth the wait. And in the meantime, we’ve managed to scout out one of the most stylish engagement to ever hit the pages of SMP. It what happens when LA fashion blogger Her Imajination, her handsome beau, and KT Merry team up for a shoot straight from e-sesh heaven. And wanna know a secret? We’re completely, madly, absurdly obsessed. Find every single image waiting right here.

From Annie of Her Imajination… Going into 2 years of our relationship, Tad drove me up along the coast to Carmel where he got on one knee, popped the question and I said, “yes”! During our trip, I instantly fell in love with the beautifully quaint scenery and knew right away that I wanted to come back to Northern California for our wedding. Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez were our top picks, but realized these destinations would be too far for our guests. Having to scratch the idea of getting married outside of Los Angeles, we thought our engagement shoot would be the perfect chance to capture some of our moments to cherish at one of these destinations.

We both fell in love with the romantic, rustic scenery of Santa Ynez. So, when it came to looking for a spot for our engagement photos it was a no brainer! Our photographer KT Merry was also going to be in the area, which worked out perfectly! It almost seemed as if it was all meant to be, so without hesitation we set our engagement shoot for Santa Ynez.

Having set the location, my only “to do” list before the shoot was to pick out the outfits. Even days before our engagement shoot, I wasn’t quite sure what to wear. However, I knew I wanted outfits with dimension, texture and detailing, complimented with the right accessories to add richness to the photos — something I’ve learned over the course of blogging. Keeping that in mind, I started to build out a few looks. Coming close to the day of our engagement shoot, I shared with KT the looks I was going for and she knew exactly which locations would suit the outfits in Santa Ynez — Sunstone Winery and Figueroa Mountains.

Sunstone Winery was one of the venues we were looking to get married, so it was perfect that we got the opportunity to shoot there. With the soft backgrounds of the villa and the winery, I wanted something classic, formal and bold. My mother’s vintage Oscar de la Renta skirt was exactly that, if not more! So, we worked everything from Tad’s outfit to my jewelry around that skirt. The skirt definitely was a special addition and was even more special to me that something of my mother’s belonging was able to be a part of the pictures.

For our second location, knowing we would be surrounded by nature in the Figueroa Mountains, we wanted to blend with the backdrop for a softer, relaxed, romantic look and feel. To keep from looking too washed out, I chose a dress that had embroidery and beading details and added a gold pearl jeweled hairpiece as an accent piece while Tad balanced out my soft look with stripes with pops of grey. For a personal touch, we brought along my bike “Tofu,” to add a little character to our photos. The Figueroa Mountains scouted by KT was so breathtaking and magical that everything tied in so magically. The sun shined perfectly over the fields giving it a gold glitter effect while providing the perfect soft lighting.

Our amazing photographer, KT Merry, not only chose the perfect locations for our engagement session in Santa Ynez, but captured breathtakingly beautiful memories we will forever cherish. Everything that day was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better location and photographer!

Photography: KT Merry | Venue: Sunstone Winery | Bike: Linus Bike | Annie’s Winery Outfit: Top: Diane von Furstenberg, Skirt: Mother’s vintage Oscar de la Renta, Bracelet: J.Crew, Shoes: Emporio Armani | Tad’s Winery Outfit: Suit: John Varvatos, Shirt + Shoes: Hugo Boss, Tie: Theory | Annie’s Mountain Outfit: Dress: Free People, Bracelet: J.Crew, Shoes: YSL, Hairpiece: Unknown | Tad’s Mountain Outfit: Shirt: James Perse, Cardigan: Bloomingdales, Pants: James Perse, Shoes: John Varvatos

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Elegant Sunstone Villa Wedding from Patrick Moyer Photography

Champagne, sparkles and weddings are some of our favorite things. I think that might be the case for LS Designs and Oak & Owl Florist as well, who crafted this villa affair incorporating all of our favorites – bridesmaids in sparkling gowns, loads of champagne and an alfresco wedding as pretty as they come. And between the images by Patrick Moyer Photography and the film of the day by Cloudless Weddings, you’re covered in the visuals department. See even more right here.

 

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Katherine and Chad are a beautiful couple inside and out and were wonderful to work with in designing and planning their dream wedding at Sunstone Villa and Winery. Katherine and Chad were drawn to the idea of using a private home or villa for their wedding, and after looking at several venues in the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez area, they fell head over heels in love with the Villa at Sunstone Winery. And who can blame them?? The Villa and its surrounding vineyards are breathtaking and created such a romantic atmosphere and backdrop for Katherine and Chad’s celebration. Katherine wanted their wedding to be soft and romantic and to stay true to the natural beauty of the Villa, so we utilized a neutral color pallete and Nancy from Oak & The Owl created gorgeous centerpieces that included some soft pink and blush flowers as well. Nancy is outrageously talented and made Katherine’s dream of a soft, romantic wedding become a reality with her stunning floral design work.

Katherine also added some glamor to their wedding by finding beautiful beaded gowns for her bridesmaids to wear, and by changing into a stunning Badgley Mischka sequined number for the reception. It was definitely a crowd pleaser and she could not have looked more beautiful as she danced the night away!

Katherine and Chad also had a dream team for their photography and cinematography with Patrick Moyer and Ryan Davis from Cloudless Weddings. The images and film speak for themselves, but both teams were incredible to work with and made Katherine and Chad feel so comfortable and at ease.

Whoa Nelly! Catering provided the delicious family style dinner for Katherine and Chad and their guests and also provided most of the beautiful desserts for their rustic and french themed dessert table. The guests could not stop talking about how wonderful the fare was and the beautiful presentation. DJ Anthony Soike from RedShoe productions got the party started and kept all of the guests on the dance floor throughout the night.

As Katherine and Chad were staying at the Villa during their wedding weekend, they also wanted to host a late-night pizza party after the wedding ended. Whoa Nelly! created an amazing custom pizza menu for Katherine and Chad’s after party which they cooked in the wood burning pizza oven on the Villa’s back patio. Congratulations again to Katherine and Chad – it was such a pleasure working with such a wonderful couple!

Photography: Patrick Moyer Photography | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Florist: Oak & Owl Florist | Dress: Ines Di Santo | Stationery: Twin Ravens Press | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: WhoaNelly! Catering | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Anthony Soike of Red Shoe Productions | Grooms Shoes: Ferragamo | Ceremony + Reception: Sunstone Villa | Event Design + Coordination : Lauren Stewart of LS Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Town and Country | Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus

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