Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

May 13

Evie & Nate were seriously a dream couple to work with; super nice, easy going, with amazing taste to boot, and the booked my girl Kirsten for the photos. The inspiration for the wedding design, was Evie’s Greek heritage. When we first spoke, she said she wanted it to feel like her grandmother’s garden in Greece. So we talked about using fresh herbs like bay and lavender, of course olive branches, and then mixing in fluffy garden roses.

In Evie’s bouquet I used a mix of Patience garden roses, bay leaves, lavender, olive branch, and queen anne’s lace and wrapped it up, with a strip of torn linen.

In keeping with the herb theme, I made petite boutonnières of lavender and rosemary and wrapped them with copper velvet ribbon. The bridesmaids carried simple dried lavender poseys finished with a tidy bow.

The ceremony was held at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church and decor was kept simple with olive garlands attached to the church pews.

After the ceremony, guests made there way to the rooftop of the Canary. I designed a “potting bench” seating card table using Town & Country’s potting bench bar. At the center of the table, guests’ names and seating assignments were spelled out on wood plant markers and tucked into moss. To finish the vignette, I used a collection of vintage watering cans, potted lavender, and stacks of rustic garden containers.

On the tables I used a mix of stone, and iron, garden containers and filled them with annabelle hydranga, Patience and Caramel Antique garden roses, bay and olive leaves, sweet peas, and dahlias. A soft green linen was draped over the tables and La Tavola’s cut lace linen layered over. A mix of gold and silver mercury glass candle holders added a hint of metallic glow.

A big congratulaions to Evie & Nate and a big thank you to all the vendors who made this day happen! To see more of this wedding hop over to Once Wed and Santa Barbara Magazine.

Flowers & Decor: Kelly Oshiro
Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin
Reception Venue: The Canary Hotel
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Amber Weir
Lighting: Bella Vista
Garden Prop Rental: Vintage Vignettes
Dessert Table: Enjoy Cupcakes
Calligraphy: A Charming Occasion
Linens: La Tavola

Real Wedding: Santa Barbara Secret Garden Estate Wedding by Tricia Fountaine

January 07

Today I’m excited to share this absolutely stunning garden wedding designed by Tricia Fountaine and held at one of my favorite garden estates in Montecito. As guests entered the wedding they were greeted by flower filled fountains. How pretty are the shades of yellow, peach and pink?

Reflecting the tones of the flowers, the bridesmaids wore a range of soft pinks, taupes and peaches for their dresses.

The bride carried a peach toned bouquet with peach garden roses, patience garden roses and geranium.

The estate’s statues were adorned with ivy to add to the secret garden feel.

For the ceremony, tin containers were filled with flowers and lined the aisle. At the front, an arbor of branches with trailing flowers created a garden backdrop. On either side, large floral arrangements in weather garden urns were mixed with coppery patina lanterns.

The couple, said “I do” in dappled light while guests looked on.

Old garden keys served as escort cards and guided guests to their seat.

Distressed farm house tables from Town & Country were paired with shabby chic white chivari chairs. Tricia’s collection of vintage lace linens added a feminine touch.

Dahlias, roses, snapdragons, dusty miller and lamb’s ear made up the floral arrangements.

Old tin tiles were placed under some of the floral vignettes.

Table numbers were pieces of birch cut on a angle with the number written in.

A buttercream cake was decorated with pink lisanthus, dahlias, queen anne’s lace, wax flower and spray roses.

And the couple’s grand exit was made extra special with a sparkler send off! Thank you Soigne Productions, for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

Photographer: Vis Photography
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Soigne Productions
Flowers & Decor: Tricia Fountaine
Reception Venue: La Bella Vita
Cake Baker: Christine Dahl
Hairstylist: Chateau Belle
Makeup Artist: Kelly Shew

Real Wedding: Peonies & Love at San Ysidro Ranch

September 10

Are you ready for one seriously gorgeous and intimate wedding? Held at the always stunning San Ysidro Ranch, this wedding’s design was inspired by the beautiful gardens that make up the grounds of the property.

The bride carried a stunning bouquet of pink peonies, dahlias and garden roses (all my favorites!) by Florette Designs and wore a stunning dress by Vera Wang.

Paper goods were kept simple and elegant and are from Etsy. Escort cards designed by Lazaro Press were little tags that were tied to a vintage ladder.

For the reception, the outdoors were brought inside with more gorgeous blooms (I can’t get over the size of these peonies) tucked into mercury glass containers. A big thank you to Joy for sharing this gorgeous affair with us and to Jose Villa for the beautiful photos!

Photographer: Jose Villa
Event Planning + Design: Joy de Vivre
Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang
Flowers & Decor: Florette Floral Designs
Hair & Makeup: TEAM
Linens: La Tavola
Escort Cards: Lazaro Press
Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films

Real Wedding: Elegance in Montecito

July 16

I love me a good timeless wedding and this one has got that classic vibe in spades. First off, can we talk about the bride’s insane Amsale dress? The texture, the full skirt and sweetheart neckline paired with a long veil is perfection.

Paired with a loose and natural bouquet by A Beautiful Day with eucalyptus, garden roses and astrania, the texture compliments the dress perfectly.

Of course, the bridesmaids are looking perfectly classic too and are wearing long taupe dresses by Monique Lhuillier.

The ceremony was held at Birnam Wood Golf Club which has a stunning back drop of the Santa Barbara mountains. Two simple urns filled with soft blooms flanked the couple as they said, “I do.”

The soft and neutral palette continued at the reception with mint julep cups filled with white dahlias, roses, eucalyptus and olive branches.

A band played for the bride and groom’s first dance and continued with the elegant and timeless tone of this wedding. Thank you to Patrick Moyer for sharing these absolutely stunning photos!

Photographer: Patrick Moyer
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Robin Sonner
Bride’s Dress: Amsale
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein
Lighting: LBPS
Ceremony Officiant: Saral Burdettte
Hair & Makeup: Luna Bella
Cake Baker: Cake Monkey Bakery
Paper Goods: Bella Figura
Flowers & Decor: A Beautiful Day

Real Wedding: Bohemian Splendor at Dos Pueblos Ranch

April 16

This wedding has a special place in my heart… The bride, Elizabeth was an absolute pleasure to work with and this wedding was among the last weddings I planned… Tricia Fountaine created the amazing designs in collobration with Elizabeth who created many special touches herself. The groom, Jaime was a total sweetheart– the two had a pretty amazing choreographed first dance which was so very romantic…

Elizabeth wore a beautiful Claire Pettibone dress and Tricia created a beautiful bouquet of peonies, roses, blue thistle, millet, and jasmine.

The ceremoy was held under Rancho Dos Pueblos’ three hundred year old sycamore tree. Old barn doors were staked to create an entrance (found on the ranch) and decorated with flowers. Old church pews were used for guest seating and chandeliers were hung assymetrically at the front of the ceremony area.

The bridesmaids were dressed in different dresses in shades of blue and the groomsmen wore classy gray suits. Photos were taken all over the ranch, including under the huge alley of morton bay fig trees at the Casa and at the greenhouse.

Another found piece from the ranch, served at the table for seating cards. And old bread tin filled with acorns (a nod to the couple’s southern roots) was filled with scrolls featuring quotes from the couple’s favorite poems and songs.

For the tabletop design we used Tricia’s extensive collection of fine china. The bride made lace runners for some of the long tables and napkins were Tricia’s vintage hankies.

Vintage piano shawls graced some of the tables, and a large cotton wreath grounded the back wall of the reception.

Instead of a traditional coffee table, a large tea time table was designed. Linens from La Tavola were hitched up and tulle layered beneath.

Food was very important for this couple, cheese plates were set on each table for guests to snack on. Honey from the ranch served as favors and featured tea stained tags made by Elizabeth. Shots of Jameson were passed out right after toasts to get the dance party started. Congratulations again to Elizabeth & Jaime!

Photographer: Caroline Tran
Flowers & Decor: Tricia Fountaine Design
Reception Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kelly Oshiro Design
Catering: Bread & Wine
Cake Baker: Christine Dahl

Real Wedding: Bohemian Watercolor

April 02

I’m so excited to share this bohemian wedding photographed by the oh so talented Nancy Neil. I adore the bride’s custom dress with lace and ombre details. And those gold lace up victorian boots? Love!

The wedding was held at the bride’s parent’s ranch in Carpenteria. A huppa was suspended in mid air to mark the spot for ceremony, gorgeous candle stands set a romantic tone, and a trio of musicians played.

For the table design, the bride’s mother arranged flowers in a palatte of rich burgundies, pinks, greens and blues. A mix of eclectic containers added interest and variety to the design. Each place setting was set with a napkin made from a colorful sari and old house numbers served as table numbers.

The wedding design was inspired by a watercolor made by the bride. She worked with Aardvark Press to create invitations with a water color look. Seating cards were water colored by the bride and finished with simple hand writing.

The simple tiered white cake was decorated with succulents, garden roses, and blueperum. And to finish, the groom spins the bride in her gorgeous custom wedding gown.

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Reception Venue: Private Ranch
Bride’s Dress: Custom by Emily Harteau
Invitations & Stationery: Aardvark Letterpress
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: La Boheme Events
Groom’s Attire: InterMilan

Real Wedding: Heirloom Garden, Part Two

February 27

How simply stunning are the florals by Modern Day Design? Garden roses, ranunculus, berries, oh my… I particularly love the elegant water bottles (no ugly water pitchers here) and the chair treatment with olive branches is quite simply perfect.

I love the simple arrangement of ranunculus, mint and berries (mint is one of my favorite greens to use in flowers, it smells sooo good). And can we talk about the flatware? Obsessed. Its the bride’s grandmother’s silver, gorgeous no?

Since the couple wanted more of a dinner party feel, a record player played music, while guests feasted and ate homemade desserts (the groom’s brother made the macarons).

At the end of the night, the couple set some sky lanterns (basically a mini hot air balloon) up and away… What a stunning way to end the night…

From the bride, Tamara:

My theme for the wedding was to have an intimate family dinner reception. I loved the idea of adding vintage finds as well as using memento’s of our grandparents (who are no longer with us)! With the wedding being in late summer- we chose to use flowers and a color palette that could reflect that change in season.
Flowers & Decor: Modern Day Design
Bride’s Dress: Enzoani
Catering: Sophie Le Doré
Rental Furniture: Classic Party Rentals
Reception Venue: Private Estate