Real Wedding: Wildflower Elegance at Ojai Valley Inn

June 18

Today I’m in love with this eclectic and relaxed wedding that took place at the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I love the flowers in the bride’s hair and her shoes, well, I’ll take a pair!

The ceremony was held in the herb garden at the Inn. Holly Flora complimented the location with flowers arranged in a loose and wildflower manner.

Couple and family photos were taken after ceremony during Ojai’s famous pink moment (as the sun sets in Ojai, all the mountains turn pink).

For the reception, flowers and decor were again kept loose and natural in a color palette of pinks, purples and whites. I particularly love the raspberry gophrena!

Real Wedding: Classic Elegance with Pops of Color

April 23

Guys, are you ready for an absolute stunning wedding? First up, the bride and groom. How sharp is the pinstripe suit? I wish more grooms would wear pinstripe, I’m obsessed with this classic look. The clean lines contrasts nicely with the bride’s ruffle-y, feminine dress by Pattis (style Gianni).

The bride carried a stunning soft orange and white bouquet by Modern Day Designs. Sparkly Jimmy Choos completed her look (I have the same shoes!).

The couple’s ceremony was held at Montecito Covenant Church. The reception was held at the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. To get from the the church the couple rented this classic car from Classy Chassis. How utterly timeless are these photos by Megan Sorel?

As guests entered the reception, hutches with flowers held picture frames with the seating cards pinned to them. Inside the reception, white served as a neutral base and then pops of turquoise, pink and orange were layered in. White chameleon chairs added some glamour and the napkins were tied with turquoise silk.  Vessels in a mix of glass and silver held flowers such as dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangea, hyacinth, and garden roses. Pomegrante and crab apples also added pops of color to the table.

The cake was covered in white sugar roses and set on an elegant silver cake stand. A lounge with chandeliers was set up next to the dance floor for guests to hang out in between dancing.

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!

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.

Real Wedding: Santa Barbara Style at San Ysidro Ranch

March 26

This small and intimate wedding held at San Ysidro Ranch is the epitome of Santa Barbara elegance.

The relaxed groom, wears a suit without a tie, but with a thoughtful detail embroidered in his suit — the couples’ initials and their wedding location.

The ceremony was held in front of the outdoor fireplace at the ranch and decorated simply with candles.

Petite wrought iron chandeliers were hung in the trees to add a bit of sparkle.

Afterwards, the couple took photos on the spectacular grounds of San Ysidro… The field of lavender, fuschia bougainvillea, all make for a stunning backdrop for the photographers, Michael & Anna Costa.

Delicious bites, champagne for toasting, and stunning flowers, by Camilla Svensson Burns complete the affair, all planned by the always lovely, Jill LaFleur.

Real Wedding: Heirloom Garden, Part One

February 27

Today’s stunning wedding was designed by the bride, Tamara, and photographed by Beaux Arts Photographie.

The beautiful flowers by Camille at Modern Day Design incorporated cafe au lait dahlias, pink veronica, succulents and silvery brunia.

The accessories for the wedding day are too die for! Lace from the mother of the bride’s wedding dress was used to make Tamara’s garter, such a sweet way to incorporate her family’s heirlooms.

Tamara’s present to her groom, Roland. A beautiful watch…

The simple ceremony was held at Butterfly Beach under an arbor the groom made. Bird seed packets were set out for guests to toss…

I love Tamara’s Enzoani wedding dress, the lace is to die for and the simple fingertip veil is the perfect accent… Stay tuned for part two, the reception!

Real Wedding: Aqua & Pink Whimsy

February 13

I’m so in love with this adorable pink and aqua wedding photographed by Beaux Arts Photographie.

For the ceremony, the bride made a backdrop of floaty pink and aqua fabric, that swayed in the breeze…

The bride’s bouquet was made up of garden roses, peonies and hydranga. For a keepsake of the day, a clock engraved with the couple’s wedding day was carried by the groom.

Brass bells were hung on aqua board for guests to ring after the couple’s kiss.

Pink and gold tea cups make a pretty vignette and aqua striped wine bottles are given as bridesmaid’s gifts…

The bridesmaids wore flowly pink chiffon dresses with greek sandals, hitting the perfect relaxed garden vibe…

Seating cards on lines of twine and elegant calligraphy is used for signs…

Pink dahlias, delicious flatbread, champagne, and a gorgeous pink cake all make for a relaxed and beautiful wedding reception…