Shoesday

Kelly
July 08

Today’s photo comes from Susan Bordelon, a photographer based in LA. I love the intense aqua blue behind these simple and chic Jimmy Choos.


Shoesday

Kelly
July 01

The lovely Katie Moos sent me these shoes photos from a recent wedding. They’re Prada baby! I love the silk rose, its so feminine and so modern.

They even look, dare I say it— comfortable?


Shoesday

Kelly
June 24

Because I think everyone needs a regular shoe fix, every Tuesday will be Shoesday here at Santa Barbara Wedding Chic. This week our photo comes from Ryan Phillips Photography. How fabulous are these sparkly pink shoes?


Pretty!

Kelly
June 20

I thought I’d end the week with some truly delicious eye candy. I love antique engagement rings, the craftsmanship, the plethora of designs. These rings are truly portable works of art. I am biased to art deco rings, my wedding ring is vintage deco. But, I think we can all agree that these art deco engagement rings from Fay Cullen are to die for.

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Featured on the Wedding Planning Audiocast

Kelly
June 13

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of recording a show for the “Meet the Bloggers” section on The Wedding Planning Audiocast. The Audiocast is a great resource with tons of interviews with such wedding professionals as Mindy Weiss, Sylvia Weinstock, Michelle Rago and Marcy Blum. Other bloggers featured have been Abby from Style Me Pretty, Kathryn from Snippet & Ink and Janie from The Bride’s Cafe.

It is a great resource for any bride and will definitely help guide you through the planning process.

Check out my interview with Ralph and learn about what goes on behind the scenes here at Santa Barbara Wedding Chic. You can check out my interview here. Enjoy!


Spotlight: Christine Dahl Pastries

Kelly
June 06

I love showcasing the best of Santa Barbara and Christine Dahl Pastries is just that. Christine has been in business for the past thirteen years and runs a boutique company focused on fresh ingredients and great taste. And her cakes are beautiful to boot! She has also been featured in In Style, Inside Weddings, just to name a few.

I love this simple white and green cake with the tiny pipped details. Plus, I’m always a sucker for cymbidiums.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Your Budget & Catering

Kelly
May 09

Catering is probably going to be the most expensive line item in your budget. Many brides will try to save money by cutting down on the number of floor staff/bartenders they have. Having worked in catering and events since I was 19, I know this consistently spells disaster. If you cut down on labor that means your servers will work twice as hard and guests will wait twice as long. I always tell my Brides, if you got to a five star restaurant and get great food, but it takes an hour to arrive and the server never brings your glass of wine, will you go back? Probably not. Likewise, even if your tables are beautiful and the food is delicious if service is bad, that is all your guests will remember.

A wedding should make the guest feel warm and welcome, food and drink should magically appear, water glasses should be refilled without asking and wine should be graciously offered when your glass is low. When service is at this level, there is a sense of ease that permeates your event which means your guests will have a great time and the catering staff themselves will be happy. I always say, if the staff are happy, your guests are happy.