Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

November 30

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.

Real Wedding: Modern Citrus in Montecito

February 18

I love a simple, and modern wedding, and this one held at the Monastery in Montecito, with its citrus and succulents decor, and small guest count (just 45 guests!) is right up my alley.

The bride wore a classic strapless gown by Va Lena Valentina.

And carried a bouquet with succulents, dusty miller and ranunculus designed by Blue Magnolia.

The 3 bridesmaids wore simple purple dresses.

The groom looking dapper in a Jonathan Behr Bespoke suit.

The wedding was held in the garden of the Monastery, high above Santa Barbara and featured ocean views.

Instead of a formal sit down dinner, the couple chose to throw kind of a cocktail party, with tray passed appetizers and a buffet of goodies for guests to enjoy.  Decor was kept relatively simple with bonsai and citrus trees taking the starring role.

The cake, by Christine Dahl, was decorated simply with buttermilk frosting and fresh citrus. Thank you to Patrick Moyer for sharing this simple, but stunning wedding with Santa Barbara Chic!


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!

Real Wedding: Moody Forest Wedding

October 22

I worked on this wedding last year, and it was so much fun to do something very out of the ordinary. First up, the beautiful bride wearing an amazing J. Mendel cocktail dress with the biggest, most amazing fascinator I’ve ever seen! The bride used to own an art gallery and she gave me the concept of the “bower bird” as the inspiration for her event design. The bird builds an elaborate bower (sort of a nest cave) to its attract mates… So with that in mind, I created a moody, forest-y, slightly gothic design for this wedding…

For the bride’s bouquet,  I used a palette of hot pink and blue with touches of black all cuffed with black feathers and then wrapped with gold sequin trim. For the bridesmaid’s bouquets a palette of purples, blues, with a touch of green via forest-y leather fern.

For the ceremony, I strung a cluster of confetti system pinantas for this rock n’ roll couple.

For the head table, I made a runner out of black river rock to reference how the bower bird collects items to decorate his bower. Containers were a mix of metallics and wood. Local jewel tone dahlias were mixed with anemones, orchids, scabiosa pods, moss, and leather fern.

Guest tables were set with a cluster of arrangements surrounded by gold and silver mercury glass candles. For the table numbers, I used a piece of cut blue glass and wrote the number on it. DJ Smiles spun tunes and guests enjoyed a buffet of pie rather than wedding cake, a fitting end to very unique wedding!

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!

Real Wedding: A Gypsy Elopement

August 13

I love a beautiful, intimate, elopement and this one is stunningly beautiful with photos by none other than Elizabeth Messina.

For the ceremony the bride, Erin (an amazing hair & makeup artist by trade), wore a stunning Claire Pettibone gown with oodles and oodles of pearls around her neck.

 How pretty is the back of this dress with all those pearls?

Before the ceremony, family photos of the couple with their adorable son were taken with a surrey and mini donkeys.

A hand painted gyspy caravan was the backdrop for their casual cocktail hour before dinner.

For dinner, fine china and silver created an elegant vibe for an intimate dinner for three.

A soft lavender and pink floral arrangement by Flowerwild kept with the elegant tone of the reception.

Afterward a dessert buffet with pretty baked good was setup inside the Villa. Thank you to Merryl & Elizabeth for sharing this amazing and intimate Santa Barbara elopement!


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!