Saturday, July 5, 2008

St. Mark's Church and Crossroads Estate: Andrew and Ivana Firestone

I am honored to have been a part of the amazing team that helped Andrew & Ivana create a fairytale wedding on July 5, 2008. The ceremony was held at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church with the reception following at the family's Crossroads Estate. Together with my close friend and former colleague, Jill Remy, we collaborated one last time to plan a flawless event. Thank you Andrew & Ivana for giving us the opportunity and thank you for being so amazing to work with.

The very talented Michelle & Josh of Mi Belle Wedding Photography and Russel Fowler of Stellar Films Wedding Cinematography captured every moment beautifully.


The groom wore a suit by Tom James...  The bride looked gorgeous in a Reem Acra gown and she wore stunning Christian Louboutin heels...  Ivana's bouquet was classic, clean and elegant with gardenias, renuculas, tiny garden roses, tulips and lily of the valley...  Andrew wore a boutinniere to match.
The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids wore dresses designed by Laundry By Shelli Segal... Their hair was styled by the hair and make-up artists of Santa Barbara’s Salon U... They carried lush bouqeuts of white hydrangeas and tulips.
Two white and green alter pieces were placed to the right and left of the steps and two white floral wreaths with Tiffany blue ribbon hung on each side of the entry doors...  Emily Larson designed invitations and stationary which incorporated the Tiffany blue, white and chocolate brown wedding colors perfectly.
Twiggy, the bride and groom’s English bulldog was of course a junior bridesmaid and Snoopy, their beagle was a junior groomsman... They look adorable! Especially Twiggy in her tutu... The escort cards were presented by the junior bridesmaids, who held custom trays filled with crushed glass wrapped in the Tiffany blue fabric, as guests entered the pole barn... Multiple lounge areas, provided by Bella Vista Designs, surrounded the dance floor.
 Mindy Rice Floral Design and Bella Vista Designs transformed the Pole Barn into an elegant ballroom filled with pin-spotted hydrangeas and complete with an entire perimeter of silk chiffon draping, custom tie backs, runner and floral chandeliers... The guest tables were decorated with alternating tall and short glass vases filled with an abundance of white hydrangeas spheres... Vanilla cream satin linen and fruitwood chivari chairs provided by Discount Party Rentals completed the look.
The wedding cake was made by Decadence - a 3 tier wedding cake with alternating layers of vanilla sponge with lemon Bavarian cream and chocolate butter with chocolate mousse (flavors selected by the groom’s youngest nephew at their cake tasting)... Mindy made a custom table skirt which held a pedestal of white hydrangeas... Possibly, my favorite decor element of the entire day!..  Pure Joy Catering provided the menu of light summer hors d’oeuvres- assorted cocktail tarts, bruschetta, seared ahi, and smoked salmon & caviar. For dinner-tossed green salad, halibut and New York bisteca Florentina... A late night snack of miniature hamburgers were served before guests departed.
The LA All Stars band rocked the "meadow" and kept everyone on the dance floor all night... They even wrote a special song for the happy couple, “Hold My Heart”... The dance floor was placed outside under the stars with a 100 year old oak tree, decorated with chandeliers, as the back drop... The same grape motif used on the invitations were reflected onto the dance floor... Andrew & Ivana made their exit in a light blue 1941 Studebaker from Classic Motoring Car Rentals while their guests once again serenaded them with "Livin on a Prayer" By Bon Jovi. The theme song of the night.

Congratulations Ivana & Andrew!

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