Wrap It Up Pretty + Winners!
December 16, 2011

Fridays are always a little bittersweet, don't you think?  We're excited for the weekend (and the holiday festivities it brings), but we just hate saying goodbye to you lovelies... and to all of the pretty, pretty inspiration we've been seeing this week.  Which is why we have one more bundle of wedding goodness up our sleeves, all thanks to the oh-so-talented Michael + Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. and one very glamorous Santa Barbara photo shoot designed by Ariel Yve Design, LLC..  With its fabulous polo club setting, beautiful florals by Juniper Designs and gorgeous cakes by Cakes by Vreeke, this elegant shoot will fill your entire weekend with pretty... and leave you happily swooning until next week.  Click here for all of the lovely!





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From Ariel Yve Design, LLC.... For this photo shoot, I wanted to blend a bit of the East Coast Glam with the California Casual look that Santa Barbara is known for.  I was incredibly inspired by Ralph Lauren for this piece.  I adore polo, and polo ponies, but didn't want to create a literal interpretation of a "Polo Theme."  I love designing environments that convey a lifestyle rather than a "theme," and Ralph is the master of life-styling.

For the first look, I brought in heirloom blue and white English china, 1930's crystal stemware and sterling silver.  All from my own families collection.  The linens were a dichotomy of textures, mixing the raw earthiness of burlap with the refinement of La Tavola's delicate Alencon lace table and chair caps.

Ever since I was young, I've associated the color navy, with Casablanca lilies.  I knew I wanted to feature the lily by making it the focal point of a massive floral grouping of all white blooms arranged in vintage silver champagne buckets and urns.

The cake in this feature was designed to mimic the textures of the table linens and set atop an antique Chippendale dresser.  To enhance our decadent cake, I filled the dresser drawers with masses of full blown white roses, riding bits and show ribbons.

For the second look, I wanted to create a luxurious yet effortless picnic.  Any bride-to-be will tell you that she's fantasized about eloping at one point or another.  I really wanted to tap into that dream, by creating this chic, intimate setting.

For the picnic blanket, I used an ultra glam linen from La Tavola called "Monique"... on which I piled a plush mountain of taffeta and organza rosette pillows in cream, gold, aqua and chocolate. Bringing these scene together were details such as, old cloth bound books, over-sized lanterns and wicker picnic basket overflowing with fresh flowers and a mixture of equine goodies.

For a final bit of whimsy, I created a wooden tree swing using a piece of 2" thick reclaimed lumber and dozens of ribbons, which acted as the stand for our cream and champagne 4 tiered cake.  The perfect touch for this simply sweet setting.

Art Direction and Set Design: Ariel Yve of Ariel Yve Design, LLC. / Photography: Michael Costa of Michael + Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. / Location: Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club / Accessories: Stella & Dot / Attire, Female Model: Lovella Bridal by Ines Di Santo / Attire, Male Model: Mission Tuxedos / Cakes: Cakes by Vreeke / Cupcakes: Sugar Cat Studios / Hair and Makeup: Brianna Stewart / Flowers: Juniper Designs / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens / Model, Male: Wesley Wilson (Wesley Wilson Fitness Model & Trainer) / Model, Female: Juliette Glennon / Printed Materials: Zenadia Design / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

If you missed any, here are all of our pretty posts from the week:

a glamorous Charlottesvile soiree
a whimsical Los Altos affair
a swoon-worthy San Diego soiree
a fun-filled Austin wedding
a stunning Seattle soiree
a beyond beautiful Los Angeles affair
a super sweet proposal video
a day filled with eight gorgeous weddings
a gorgeous New Haven affair
a breathtaking Carmel Valley soiree
an elegant New York City affair
a charming Traverse City engagement session + DIYan awesome Dodgers Stadium wedding

Some fabulous links from around the web:

a yummy gingersnap shake via Camille Styles
fabulous flower market favors
via {frolic!}
fun holiday photobooth props
via Oh Happy Day

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events
Mark Schneider Design
Brea McDonald Photography
Four Seasons Hotel St Louis
Sails Restaurant Noosa
EastCoast Entertainment
Stella Harper Events
Conner Catering, Inc.
BlueShore Productions
Event Source
Dreamlove Photography
Capella Pedregal
Lindsey Shea Photography
Leo Timoshuk
First Day Films
Donna Romani Events
Krista Mason Photography
A Dream Wedding   

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here.  We’d love to hear from you!

And last, but certainly not least… we have some winners to announce!

Linda Arredondo Photography selected one lucky SMP California winner to receive a complimentary engagement session.  Congratulations to Jill!

Dogwood Floral Design selected one lucky winner to receive a free bridal bouquet. Congratulations to Natalie!

The lucky winner of the twobirds Bridesmaid chiffon mini in the color of their choice is Patty!  Congratulations!

Have a pretty, pretty weekend!  See you back here Monday morning. xoxo