Sigh, Stephanie and Scott’s timeless Santa Barbara Wedding weekend was one of our all time favorites. Inspired by the olive trees lining the gardens of the villa, we created exaggerated tablescapes surrounded by candlelight and organic touches where guests enjoyed a 7 course tasting menu. Cocktail hour included fun touches like an olive oil tasting and a fromager teaching guests everything they could ever want to know and more about cheese and charcuterie and the couple danced their first dance surrounded by gold sparklers. The images from Tec Petaja show many of our favorite details below.
Following Cassidy & Sam’s timeless celebration, we had a Lousiana style farewell brunch complete with mint juleps, shrimp & grits and beignets. Tables were covered with ribbons, lace and the prettiest market umbrellas while the band played tunes like “The Saints Go Marching In” in the background. It was the perfect end to the weekend and Steve Steinhardt captured it all…
I get a lot of questions from newbies in the wedding world or people who are considering making the leap into this industry, which I love. Being a part of someone’s wedding is a huge responsibility, one I think many people take a little lightly. Forget about the extreme emotions and expectations that come along with this day and consider that this is likely to be one of the most significant investments a couple will make in their lifetime. You will be a part of lifelong memories and if you’re like most people drawn to this world, you want those to be happy ones…better than happy…ones that make them well up for years and ideally think of you when that happens. I know the best compliment I can get is when I get a letter from my couples on their anniversaries thanking me for creating such an amazing day with them. That’s when I know I’ve made an impact. But, I digress. These occasional postings will be for all of you who have been thinking about or have recently made the commitment to the wedding industry. I can’t promise I will post regularly, but as questions hit my inbox, I learn a new lesson or am reminded of an old one, I will share any relevant insight here for all of you. So, if anything’s on your mind simply email me at email@example.com or leave a comment below. I’m an open book.
Taking a little moment to toot our own horns and share our current press on the news stands…First up, Wes & Jaime’s Bali Wedding at the Amanusa Resort graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, which obviously we are beyond thrilled about. Pick this issue up…it’s their biggest issue ever and is chock full of inspiration.
C Weddings did a feature on one of our favorite weddings that took place at Villa Sevillano. M&C’s wedding was one of a whole other level with a custom structure that took days to install and just overall a beautiful residential, refined and relaxed vibe.
Style Me Pretty released their Best of issue from 2012 which includes reader’s favorites from the year and we were in it! Well, us and the gorgeous wedding of Jacey & Grant…We are always honored to be included in anything SMP touches!
And, Weddings in Houston Magazine features a bit of our planning advice on why everyone should work with professionals only on their wedding day. This magazine is gorgeous and full of amazing planning tips. Just in case you want to take a peek at our last wedding we designed for a Houston Bride, click here and here to see Tara & Kurt’s big day on the Big Island at the Four Seasons Hualalai!
As mentioned yesterday, Eve & Anthony had an amazing Halloween wedding weekend in Santa Barbara. Not wanting to go overtly Halloween with the design, but also not wanted to completely ignore the holiday, the aesthetic had old world touches that one might see in a beautiful yet slightly creepy mansion from another time. The ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum in downtown Santa Barbara completely with Spanish lanterns from the 1800’s, loosely gathered blooms and herbs and a bride in the most gorgeous vintage gown one would ever see. The celebration took place at the Four Seasons Biltmore and was decked out with dusty old books, wrought iron candelabras with dripping candles everywhere, vintage lace linens and even a tarot card reader gave a nod to the day while still remaining timeless and appropriate for a wedding and celebration . Take a peek at the images from Amy and Stuart and hop on over to Style Me Pretty if you’re dying to see more.