Saturday, July 29, 2006

Crossroads Estate: Tonya + Mike

It's the off-season and I will not begin my wedding season until mid April this year, so I thought it would be fun to share the details of my own wedding.  It took place at one of my all-time favorite venues, The Crossroads Estate at Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos, on Saturday July 29, 2006.   

All of the photographs were taken by the awesomely fabulous, Brian & Brady Charette of BB Photography and of course, the flowers and decor were designed by the one and only Tricia Fountaine

Guests arrived from Santa Barbara on shuttle busses provided by Santa Barbara Airbus...  They were greeted by parasols,  pre-ceremony beverages of pink lemonade and spa water, a polaroid guest book from Adesso, and an engagement photo with an over-sized mat for guests to sign...  My bouquet included garden roses, tea roses and white calla lilies...  I wore a raw silk wedding gown designed by Waters and Waters purchased at Anna Maria Bridal Boutique in Santa Barbara.
The ceremony took place under the 100 year old oak, slightly off-center so the backdrop was a view of the vineyards...  My bridesmaids carried colorful bouquets of roses and plum calla lilies... Sierra, our flower girl wore a head wreath of tea roses and wax flowers and carried a basket filled with pink rose petals...  My husband Mike wore a boutonnière to match my bouquet.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, provided by Rincon Catering, under the two oaks...  Tricia assembled several comfy lounge and seating areas made up of sofas, papazon chairs, benches, rugs, pillows and ottomans...  Our wedding cake was a gift from The Solvang Bakery and included 3 tiers decorated with hand colored fondant to match our wedding colors...  Flavors included strawberry shortcake and chocolate mousse... My bridesmaids wore dresses designed by Vera Wang.
We alternated round and square tables for guest seating and named each table after a different comic book (Mike, my husband is a huge fan!)... Our head table was in the center of the pole barn and seated our entire wedding party and their dates... Tricia hung roses and candles over the center with fishing wire, so it appeared as if the lights and flowers were floating... The effect was magical... Apple green satin linen, chocolate brown satin napkins and flowers in various shades of pink, green and orange, to include roses, tulips, calla lilies, stock etc. decorated the room...We also splurged for chivari chairs with brown cushions from Classic Party Rentals...The round tables had low centerpieces with votives and pillar candles and the square tables had "faux" cherry blossom branches (created by Tricia- she had wired pink wax flowers to the branches since they were not in season)... The branches were also used on the buffet, candy bar, stage & escort card table.
Our favors included an old fashioned candy bar where guests could help themselves to some of their favorite treats (all candy in different shades of pink, red & chocolate)... We had bought clear bags designed with our monogram.
Additional lighting to include up-lighting on chocolate brown fabric panels, a gobo (light projector w/ our monogram) on the dance area along with a pink color wash & assorted sized Japanese paper lanterns in the oak closest to the pole barn...  All provided as a weddig gift from Trevor of Bella Vista Designs... Our caterer Rincon also lit the buffet, the bar and the cake table... We did not use the existing string lights in the pole barn, but we did use the chandeliers... Music was provided by Patrick Butler of Santa Barbara DJs...  Fire Pits and benches were in place so guests could roast S'mores after dinner... Our wedding cake was set-up in the meadow under Tricia's wooden arbor w/ fabric and candles provided by our florist and when it was time to cut the cake, the guests lit sparklers and Mike gave a toast. 

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