25 02, 2012

Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine!

By |2012-02-25T14:29:27-07:00February 25th, 2012|Featured|

Elizabeth and Matthew

For Elizabeth and Matthew the good things in life — oranges, avocados, and true love — can be found in Ojai. As a tribute to their SoCal alma mater, where they met, they designed their wedding around the school’s colors, orange and green.

On the big day, guests were greeted with citrus cocktails, and Elizabeth walked down an aisle lined with foliage and oranges. The theme continued to the reception, where tables were decorated with arrangements of fiery flowers and even more oranges.

The Invitation

Invitations, designed by Lisa “Ceci” Johnson at Ceci New York, featured fancy flourishes and a custom crest that includes “things important to us,” says the bride. “Like horses, an orange tree, an anchor for Matt’s love of sailing, and a toad — our high school mascot.”

Save the Date

Booklets with letterpressed wood-grain paper covers were mailed to loved ones to spread the news.

Bridal Party

The bride is flanked by her pals (in Vera Wang frocks), two of whom accessorized with cowboy boots.

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Each of Elizabeth’s nine bridesmaids carried a bouquet of tulips, gardenia foliage, rosemary, ranunculus, freesia, and oregano tied in orange ribbon


Groomsmen, in J. Crew Suits, Hermes ties, and Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew loafers, kick back with cold beverages.

The Boutonnieres

Rose hips, rose buds, Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields,’ and oregano added a bright pop to the men’s lapels.

The Location

The couple returned to the idyllic orange groves surrounding Thacher, their alma mater in Ojai, to exchange vows. They wanted to be reminded of the time they spent riding horses and snacking on fresh fruit in this very location.

To create “Thacher” the horse, florist and event designer Mindy Rice filled a life-size topiary frame with hay. The party animal “made his debut at the rehearsal dinner wearing New Mexican riding blankets,” says Mindy, then showed up at the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, each time sporting new attire.

Ceremony Programs

The wedding program, held here by Elizabeth’s brother, outlines the ceremony, gave a shout-out to the couple’s parents and grandparents, and thanked the Thacher School.

Ceremony Decor

A bustling arrangement in shades of tangerine, pink, and green adds a bright pop of color to the stone bridge leading to the ceremony site.

Vows with a View

With its spectacular vista of the Ojai Valley, Thacher’s Outdoor Chapel requires scant adornment. Simple touches, like a garland of fresh oranges and foliage draping from the podium, feel organic and natural.

Just Married

The couple share a private moment. “We knew we had to get married at Thacher to bring everything full circle,” says the bride.

The Reception

Guests headed to Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for the wedding reception. Foliage, fruit, and leafy wreaths on the chandeliers transform the inn’s ballroom into a lovely orchard.

Cocktail Hour

Chilled melon-mint soup provided refreshment for friends and family

Table Settings

Earthy linens and iridescent taupe charger plates offered a sleek, muted balance to vibrant flowers.

Reception Decor

Slatted wood boxes filled with fruit and orange blossoms brought fragrance and color to the cocktail tables.

Custom Headpiece

The bride’s custom headpiece used the same hand-painted fabric as one of the layers in her silk-and-tulle Vera Wang gown.


LocationsThe Thacher School(ceremony); Ojai Valley Inn & Spa(reception and catering)

Photography: Jose Villa Photo

Event PlanningLa Fleur Weddings & Events

Event Design and FlowersMindy Rice Floral and Event Design

StationeryCeci New York

CalligraphyLaura Hooper Calligraphy

DessertsLaStarr Cakes� and Enjoy Cupcakes

Music: Ceremony: Aurora Ensemble; cocktail hour: Anthony Ybarra; reception: James Gang

RentalsClassic Party Rentals

LinensLa Tavola

LightingBellavista Designs

Wedding FilmographyJoel Serrato Films

Hair and Makeup: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup

14 02, 2012

Montecito Real Wedding Featured on Bridal Bar Blog!

By |2012-02-14T11:13:28-07:00February 14th, 2012|Featured|

Romantic Red and Gray Wedding

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner there couldn’t be a more perfect time to share this romantic red wedding from Frame 36 Photography and La Fleur Weddings and Events. Rachel and David wed last summer at a private family estate in beautiful Montecito, California. Their twinkle light inspired invitation set the stage for an intimate and luxurious outdoor wedding with a rich red and gray palette.

Guests picked up their textured die-cut place cards and proceeded to enjoy hors dourves and cocktails under a sea of lanterns. Meanwhile, the newlyweds took advantage of the properties matching color palette to snap a few sweet photos. It always helps to work with what your venue already has, and the pink and red blooms at the estate perfectly complemented their wedding decor!

The estate’s grounds were transformed into an elegant reception with long tables swathed in gray linens and accented with those bright pops of textural red florals. More delicate lights were strung above (recognize them from the invitation!?) so everyone could enjoy this stunning celebration long into the night.

Congratulations Rachel and David!

All Photos by Frame 36 Photography

Other Participating Vendors:

Wedding Planner: La Fleur Weddings and Events
Floral Design: Camilla Couture Flowers
Catering: New West Catering
DJ: 11H Entertainment
Guitarist: Ybarra Music
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Ambient Event Design
Beauty: Team Hair and Makeup

6 02, 2012

Classic Europe Wedding Inspiration Shoot with Jose Villa Featured on Ruffled Blog!

By |2012-02-06T12:52:43-07:00February 6th, 2012|Featured|

Classic Europe Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the ever-ending romance and classic style that the old continent reminisces, Sugar and Fluff dreamed up an equally gorgeous translation to wedding design, all captured by Jose Villa. The large flower arrangement was inspired by the painting “The Bouquet” by Jan Brueghel, and the idyllic setting in Santa Barbara was the perfect spot for a Tuscan-inspired backdrop. So without further ado, I will leave with you Aasim of Sugar and Fluff

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painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

painterly wedding ideas

painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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From Sugar and Fluff:

The shoot was inspired by classic European elements; From trips to farmer markets to Rembrandt still life paintings that captured composition and transformed common items around the kitchen or house into art. We were able to make this vision come to life by experimenting with new ideas of rustic statement pieces and centerpieces of today’s dining contour. Our inspiration for the floral was heavily inspired by the painting “The Bouquet” by Jan Brueghel.

painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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One of the most romantic colors of the season is a deep burgundy that adds the right depth to our centerpiece and focal point of the table, an asymmetrical arrangement of wildflowers cascading down our table assembled by Mai of Bunch Studio. The rhythm is kept throughout the table with organic ombré apples, misted with edible (yes, edible! look up gold spray paint for your food here) gold paint. The rich purple tones were brought back to the table through tarnished flatware, etched porcelain dinner plates and blackberries.

The invitations were designed as a preview of the event–inspired by the hygienic movement of the 1930′s. “Spatial dimensions were also determined in order to optimize the workflow” in which we framed our simple serif typeface with a floral wreath.

painterly wedding ideasJan Brueghel the bouquet wedding

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View more images here in the gallery

Taking the concept of the colorful bins of beans and lentils one would find at a farmer’s market, we used the legumes to represent each guest’s place card with a distinct array of colors. We were able to find a charming grid-iron Eiffel Tower, which we contrasted with bright cascading flowers that brought our soft pastel palette to the guest table. The shoot wouldn’t have been complete without our Hilly fields of Santa Barbara in lieu of a Tuscany setting.

Classic European fashion is all about basic colors, simplified accessories, and being sexy without showing much skin. When choosing wardrobe for this shoot, the first thing that came to the stylist’s mind was mixing black, white and pink. Those colors represent classic femininity.The wardrobe worn by the model needed to be modest but still show her body. The high waisted skirt showed her tiny waist and the cream lace top, drew attention to her neck and collar bones. The pink dress, again showed her tiny waist and the slits on the sleeves gave one a peak of her arms. The accessories needed to be elegant and bold, yet not steal the attention away from the beauty of the model; Pearls, gold, and little pops of color.

Photography: Jose Villa / Event Design: Sugar and Fluff / Flowers: Bunch Studio / Wardrobe and Styling: Ashley Taddei Styling / Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup

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