Social media is becoming the newest wedding crasher. You know -- that fun, quirky phrase that guests add to pictures on social media. Using hashtags are especially great because you can see “behind the scenes” moments of the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and of course the wedding day. It’s an awesome way for guests (who double as iPhone photographers) to share your wedding photos across social media.
Recently we styled a dreamy elopement for two at Les Marchands and we got to thinking, why don’t more people have us do elaborate tables for two inside this cozy little wine collective where they bring their loved one and open a bottle of their favorite bubbly, talk about their favorite times and then get on bended knee or say i do?
We work hard to exemplify the true meaning of #communityovercompetition and I think on this day we continued to grow and lead by example and show others in our community that it is a lot more fun to have friends you can refer then enemies and competition.
Fourth of July was just around the corner, we jumped at the chance to dust off all of our red, white and blue décor! We used our Ralph Lauren plaid plates, our red cut glassware from Pottery Barn and vintage lace plates we collected over the years. We also styled an invitation suite designed by the talented Tracy of Lazaro Press and got to use some of the stamps from our vintage stamp collection.
We are fortunate to be asked for certain images when the wedding blogs are looking for something specific for their column and we always get right back to them, that day if possible with everything they need. I think if anything, that is the key to submissions- respond quickly and read what they are asking for.
A couple weeks ago our contact at BridalGuide.com reached out and told me that she was doing a feature on couples that wrote their own vows and asked if we had any couples that had written their own vows that we would like to feature? "I promise to love you my hardest..." reverberated over and over in my head.
We were featured on Southern California Bride Blog!!! We always love when we get to see one of our weddings shared with the world. Lindsey and Woody's wedding is one that is near and dear to us. You can see it here and here too.
Just before sunset all the guests were scooped up from the Four Seasons and taken to the Belmond El Encanto to enjoy the sunset and get ready to party the night away. Guests entered through a long hallway draped with copper colored organza and happened upon moss and bark covered pillars that held individual lanterns for each guest as place cards.
Event planners and designers are adaptable … when faced with a challenge we figure it out. When we unexpectedly had to change our morning ceremony location we went back to figuring out what our client’s “most important” things were - grass and garden. When we couldn’t find an ocean view garden that felt just right we created one.
I first met Sharon and Howard in the backyard of their Santa Barbara home. Relaxed, both in jeans and white tee shirts and their two pups, Cocoa and Bella happily running around the yard. In typical Lindsey fashion I am over dressed, it is a million degrees and I am feeling like I am going to melt through my silk dress - who wears silk when it is that hot out?
Lindsey and Johnny hired Magnolia Event Design to design, plan and create a wedding weekend that would wow their out of town family and friends. They had only a few requests, but allowed us to choose and hire a vendor team that would share their same vision- fun, unique, memorable and overall just a really good time.
Ellie and Ivor were married in a springtime wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch. They wanted a wedding that was sophisticated and understated and to Ellie the San Ysidro Ranch in the heart of Montecito embodied both those things.
We love planning weddings at the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara. It feels like home to us. I guess if your home was a Spanish style mansion with well manicured gardens… okay, so we are really good dreamers.
Amy and Raegen landed in Santa Barbara, just 3 days before their wedding. They had just flown 26 hours from Singapore (8,700 miles). They have never seen their wedding location and they have never met the company they hired to plan and design their dream wedding, in person before.
We love creating experiences that run the entire length of the weekend. When given the opportunity to plan the welcome party, rehearsal dinner or a unique local event, such as a private wine tasting and jam session for our couple and their guests we relish in the chance to show them the fun side of our client’s personality, show them a good time, show them an experience that allows them to enjoy the location that they are in or try something they have never done before.
Since we were celebrating Don's 80th Birthday, the 40's seemed fitting- it was an era that he loved and looked back on fondly. Don is a history buff to say the least, so it was important to him that we have details down to the Military Police valets, just so. I must say I was given a history lesson each time I researched anything for the event and I was thankful that Alia is such a bookworm!
Everyone asks what I would plan for my own wedding and to be honest I have no clue. I feel like, in so many ways each event I design has a little bit of me in it. It is designed for my client and with their tastes and desires first and foremost, but each time I get to play with their favorites, it’s like they are my current favorites.