Monday, March 9, 2015

Romantic Garden Wedding at Gainey Vineyards

This feminine peach and soft blush garden wedding was the held at a the stunning winery wedding location in Santa Ynez, Gainey Vineyards. For the ceremony, Toast created two oversized arrangements in large terra cotta pots with of fluffy garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias, ranunculus, trailing honeysuckle vine, scented geranium, and placed them on either side of the ceremony aisle. At the back of the ceremony, a large lemon leaf garland added a further garden touch. 

As guests entered the dining area a garden gate held seating cards. Long farmhouse tables were set with classic taupe damask runners and decorated with garden florals held in elegant mercury glass vases. Loose peaches and candles were scattered down the table and each place setting held a sprig of rosemary. For the bride and groom's chairs, two calligraphed signs were paired with a bundle of roses and dahlias. An elegant lounge featuring custom pillows with the couple's monogram was a relaxing space for guests to enjoy after dinner. Enjoy Cupcakes setup an elaborate dessert station with vintage cake stands and plates for guests to enjoy. 

Location: Gainey Vineyard // Photography: Beaux Arts Photography 

Check out the couple's sweet video by Like a Letter:

Full Wedding Planning: Soigne Productions // Photography: Beaux Arts Photography // Location: Gainey Vineyard // Floral Design: Toast // Catering: New West // Rentals: The Tent Merchant //  Lighting: Ambient Event Design // Linens: La Tavola // Cake & Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes // Hair & Makeup: TEAM // Music: Rembrandt // Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus // Videography: Like a Letter // Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid's Dress: J.Crew // Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud

Friday, March 6, 2015

Santa Barbara Backyard Garden Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Santa Barbara Backyard Garden Wedding

Santa Barbara is home to some of the prettiest weddings on the planet, so it’s no wonder these two college sweethearts chose it as the setting for their summertime “I do.” They set out to create an intimate garden party with carefully placed pops of color, and brought on vendors like Jenna BlazevichSeasons CateringCody Floral Design plus many more to bring it all to life. More wedding eye candy from Lane Dittoe sitting in the gallery right here.

From The Bride…Lucas and I were best friends before we were anything else, which is how any great romance should start! We met at Williams College in the Berkshires and moved to Los Angeles together after graduation, and then Chicago. He proposed in our living room in downtown Chicago by playing a video he had recorded for me set to Michael Buble’s “Everything,” with his entire proposal written out over 30 cue cards that he flipped through as I struggled to read through my tears! The final card said “turn around” and when I did, he was next to the couch on one knee with a gorgeous custom family heirloom ring.
Lucas’ parents moved to Santa Barbara six years ago and it has become a magical getaway spot for us. Whenever we visit, we eat some of the best food and drink some of the best wine we’ve ever tasted while enjoying the gorgeous sunshine. When we got engaged in January 2014, we knew right away we wanted to create the same experience for our wedding and our guests. We set our wedding date for July 2014, just six months later! Since we were planning from afar in Chicago, his parents became invaluable in having initial meetings with local Santa Barbara vendors so that we and my parents in New Hampshire could narrow our list. We had so much fun traveling to Santa Barbara to taste Seasons’ amazing food, see our vision for colorful and romantic peonies, dahlias, and garden roses brought to life by Laura from Cody Floral Design, meet our INCREDIBLY hard-working coordinators, Nitana and Tonya from Soigne Productions, and pick out chairs, china, and everything else at Classic Party Rentals. I had seen Lane Dittoe’s work featured on Style Me Pretty many times and have always loved his soft, pretty, timeless style. I was elated we were able to work with him on the day and he really captured the unfiltered joy and love we felt!
Lucas and I wanted our wedding to be an intimate garden party where we could spend significant time with everyone in attendance, and we didn’t want something that anyone else had done. That kept our guest count to 96 and our venue, which was the first decision we made, set the tone for the whole day. Family friends generously offered to let us have the wedding at their home in Montecito, which gave us complete control over everything we brought into the space and meant our end result was 100% one-of-a-kind. We loved how many different spaces we had to work with, from the giant oak tree we hung with dripping twinkle lights for our ceremony to the secret hedged-in flower garden where we served cocktails. Our vision was described by our vendors as casual elegance, which I thought was an oxymoron but is really so fitting!
Rather than pick a specific theme, we let the beautiful gardens and the natural colors of Santa Barbara be our guide, choosing a color palette of creamy blush, pops of coral, champagne, apricot, papaya and sage green. We also tied in rose gold in the decor and in my jewelry and shoes for sparkle. My dress was from Jenny Yoo in Chicago and was the second one I ever tried on; it was the only one that made my maid of honor Caroline tear up. Caroline and I also bought the same exact rose gold Seychelles sandals to wear without the other knowing it, so we knew we were on the same page! I wrapped a penny my mom gave me from the 1800s that her grandmother had given her around the stem of my bouquet as my “something old.” My mother-in-law gave me her beautiful family heirloom diamond bracelet to wear as my “something borrowed.” Lucas wore his beloved late grandfather’s watch.
Once we settled on the floral Rifle Paper Co. paper used in many of the DIY projects, that helped us tie everything together. My DIY projects included my magnum opus, the escort card display, which I handmade by cutting out all the table numbers from our floral theme paper with an x-acto knife and adhering them to kraft paper tags. I did the calligraphy on the decor, while our envelopes were done by the talented Jenna Blazevich out of Chicago. I also made our reserved signs and other signage, lined all our envelopes with the floral motif paper using Paper Source’s envelope liner kit (highly recommend!), hand-stamped our “wish cards,” which we used in lieu of a guestbook, and made our decopauged M & L letters. Our favors were chocolates with a custom wrapper handmade by Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate in Santa Barbara. We also tried not to choose decor just because we thought it was pretty, but rather select items with special meaning, which was reflected in pieces like the vintage test tube rack that displayed single garden roses on our sign-in table—a nod to Lucas’ medical career.
We wrote our entire ceremony ourselves, including readings that reflected my background as an English Literature major and book editor and a song that Lucas’ college a cappella group would sing at every concert. Our officiant, Andrew, is a mutual best friend and brought the crowd to tears with his funny, heartfelt, wonderfully-delivered ceremony. Seeing Lucas smile at me through his tears while speaking the words we had written together filled my heart to the brim. The other moment that will always make my heart swell was the surprise my groom had planned for me at the reception. An incredible singer, Lucas arranged with our amazing DJ, Tony of RedShoe LA, to serenade me at the wedding with “Everything,” a nod to his proposal. I wasn’t the only one crying! One of our irrational fears leading up to the reception was that no one would dance; Tony’s playlist was so amazing that people jumped up to dance before they had finished their dinner!
I think one of the best decisions we made was electing to have an incredibly small wedding party. My best friend Caroline was my maid of honor, and Lucas’ cousin Tai was his best man, while Tai’s children, Ethan and Leyla, were our ringbearer and flower girl. It made the day so intimate and eliminated so much stress from the planning process. We would definitely advise anyone going through the planning process to throw any preconceived notions of “rules” you might have out the window and do what feels right for YOU. Also, take a few moments and eat the dinner you spent so long planning! We did! In fact, I ate our dessert – ice cream sandwiches with fresh-baked cookies – on the dance floor!
The best part of the day we never could have planned was the complete love and warmth that our friends and family members surrounded us with. We had two events leading up to the day, so it felt like everyone was old friends by the wedding and we can truly say we got to spend time with everyone who came. The family-style dinner from Seasons catering we served of fresh California produce, tri-tip, and sea bass was symbolic of the extended family we all became that night. Everyone says they wish we could all do it again annually! But even though the day is over, marriage has been the most amazing new start to our lives. We started this as best friends—which made our first dance song choice of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat an easy one!—and that’s where we’ll end up, too.
Photography: Lane Dittoe | Coordination: NitaƱa of Soigne Productions | Floral Design: Cody Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Seasons Catering | Hair & Makeup: Mishay Salon & Spa | Calligraphy: Jenna Blazevich | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: RedShoe | Favors: Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Best Man's Suit: J.Crew | Copper Table Numbers: Etsy | Flower Girl Dress: Little Dreamers Tutus | Invitations & Paper: Paper Source | Linens: La Tavola | Maid Of Honor's Dress: J.Crew | Menus: Etsy | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Transportation: SB Airbus | Venue: Private Residence

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pearl Inspired Wedding at Dos Pueblos Ranch

I love a wedding that's inspired by what the couple loves, and this wedding, held at Dos Pueblos Ranch, had that in spades. The couple own a pearl jewelry business called Pearl Paradise and wanted to incorporate the timeless elegance of pearls into their wedding design. 

The bride, being a jewelry designer, created pearl jewelry for her bridesmaids for their gifts and all guests were encouraged to wear their pearls. Tricia Saroya carried the soft pearl tones through with the flowers mixing classic anenomes, peonies, and lush garden roses. For the ceremony, the bride was brought up to the oceanside ceremony location by a classic car for a dramatic grand entrance and walked down a carpet of rose petals to the ceremony spot overlooking the ocean.

The reception was held in the barn at Dos Pueblos and the rustic backdrop contrasted nicely with the feminine details, like the layered, pearl studded, table runners and ruffly cake table also designed by the bride. Elegant, cane backed vineyard chairs, soft pink and cream flowers were mixed with bowls of blueberries in fine silver containers decorated long guest tables. Above, chandeliers added elegance to the barn and draped taupe linen with floral tie backs added another feminine element. At each place setting, a string of pearls were wrapped around the napkin as a favor for the guest. 

Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch // Photography: Nancy Neil

Full Wedding Planning: Soigne Productions // Photography: Nancy Neil // Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch //  Floral Design: Tricia Saroya // Catering: Duo Events // Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals // Lighting: Bella Vista Design // Custom Linens: JRA Design // Cake & Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes // Hair & Makeup: TEAM // DJ: Gavin Roy // Linens: La Tavola // Paper goods: Let's Party // Classic Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals // Videography: Riviera Productions // Restrooms: Marborg // Bride's Dress: Tara LaTour // Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Friday, January 16, 2015

Vintage Chic Rincon Beach Club Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

Vintage Chic Rincon Beach Club Wedding

It wouldn’t be a day in Cali without some time spent on the beach; add in a top notch team of vendors such as Crosby + JonArchive Rentals and Krista Jon, and this beach day just became wedding perfection. From the seaside ceremony to florals I can’t stop staring at, Charise’s photos have stolen my full attention. The day isn’t over just yet so let’s soak up some west coast love right this way.

From The Bride… We chose Rincon Beach Club in Santa Barbara, CA because we really loved the laid back, beachy feel of the venue. Both Guy and I love the beach. Also, the food was so delicious. We wanted guests to be able to get up and mingle and not be confined to their tables, and loved that Rincon had an outdoor and indoor flow to their reception space.
Personally, my favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony. The set up was so beautiful and I was excited to see Guy. I also loved the mariachi band that made all of our guests get up and dance! I have no regrets about hiring our photo booth… It really brought a whole new level of fun to the reception. It was so nice to see everyone hanging out and laughing.
Krista Jon, our florist, really inspired inspired us! We wanted a vintage but romantic setting & she really made our vision come to life. I loved that everything was sort of free flowing yet perfectly structured.
My advice to other engaged couples: plan early. Find vendors that you can trust and feel comfortable with and speak up early when something does not meet your expectation.
Photography: Photography By Charise | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Planner: Soigne Productions | Floral Design: Krista Jon For Archive | Catering: Rincon Beach Club | Hair: Natalie Paz | DJ: Sal Suarez | Officiant: Alma Rose Middleton | Makeup: Crystal Robinson | Mariachi: Alma De Mexico | Rentals:Archive Rentals | Venue: Rincon Beach Club