29 10, 2012

Beautiful Bacara Shoot By Elizabeth Messina & Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-10-29T12:16:23+00:00October 29th, 2012|Featured|

Elizabeth Messina. Honestly, the intro could end there. It’s all you really need to hear to know that this feature is going to be be-yond. That the images are going to be breathtaking works of art worthy of the most prestigious of art galleries. Am I gushing? Perhaps, but she’s worthy of every word. And this shoot at the gorgeous Bacara Resort & Spa would be worthy of paragraph after paragraph of such gushing. With Elizabeth Messina behind the lens and a team of talents including TEAM Hair & Makeup, Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & EventsBella Vista Designs and Kristajon Floral Design – this level of style is to be expected I suppose, but it doesn’t make it any less magical. See so much more here.

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From Elizabeth Messina PhotographySanta Barbara is truly one of the most beautiful destination locations in the world, and Bacara Resort & Spa encapsulates everything that I love about Santa Barbara. Nestled along the cliffs, overlooking the ocean, the bluff is the perfect spot for a wedding. This editorial shoot was a lovely mix of casual elegance and vintage, California-inspired design, from the classic chrome airstream to the colorful florals and the gentle ocean breeze. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world making photographs, but as they say, there is truly no place like home…

For those who do not know Bacara, the bluff has been recently re-opened. It is on top of a hill surrounding by trees, overlooking the ocean. Although it is just a stone’s throw away from the luxurious indulgences of Bacara’s comfort (fabulous food and a truly wonderful spa), it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. It is magical.

Photography: Elizabeth Messina Photography / Photo Shoot Venue + Food: Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California / Design: Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Kristajon Floral Design / Cake + Macaroons: The Solvang Bakery / Paper Goods + Signage: Paper Melange / Furniture + Airstream: Archive Vintage Rentals / Tabletop: Coast 2 Coast Collections / Lighting + Ceremony Sail: Bella Vista Designs / Surfboard: Channel Islands Surfboards / Favors: Get Back Designs / Wedding Dresses: JLM Couture + Claire Pettibone / Jewelry: Bryant & Sons / Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup / Female Models: Ashlyn Pearce + Kayln Hemphill / Male Model: Jace Foster

Bella Vista Designs, Inc and TEAM Hair and Makeup are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Claire Pettibone is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
29 10, 2012

Ourdoor Santa Ynez Wedding Featured on Borrowed & Blue!

By |2012-10-29T11:00:52+00:00October 29th, 2012|Featured|

Santa Barbara is just about one of the prettiest places we have ever laid our eyes upon, and this wedding is just ties it up in one pretty little package. EPlove Photography has stolen our heart big time with this one. These images are creative, full of gorgeous light, and all around stunning.

This California soiree has beautiful white florals, with just the sweetest touches of yellow, that are perfect with the glamorous feel of the day. Andrea is SO gorgeous, I mean really, can you be any more lovely on your wedding day? We haven’t even touched on the adorable pooch that is popping his head out every so often. oh.my goodness.

This is the perfect send-off to the weekend, hope it’s fabulous for everyone!

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25 10, 2012

Fal, Rustic Barn Wedding Featured on Wedding Chicks!

By |2012-10-25T10:48:11+00:00October 25th, 2012|Featured|

Fall Themed Wedding Ideas

There are a ton of reasons to love fall; hot chocolate, crisp weather, the changing of the leaves and of course fall weddings. Since the season is in full swing, we thought it was only appropriate to share all of Carolyn and Ryan’s fantastic fall themed wedding ideas. Held at the one and only barn wedding venue in Orange County, Strawberry Farm, the couple added a touch of western style to complete the look.

Wheat bouquets and boutonnieres, Cinderella pumpkin escort cards and an over the top fall themed dessert table are just a few of the fall themed wedding ideas you will find. You can see way more fun details in the full gallery here. All photographed by Orange County wedding photographer  Ashleigh Taylor Photography.

From The Bride
Hi Y’all! My name is Carolyn and I am the quintessential DIY bride.We got married at Strawberry Farms and Golf Course– it was the best of both worlds, the golf course for him and the big red barn for me. Our menu was southern food turned up a notch… we had wood smoked BBQ chicken, collard greens with fried pancetta and lobster mac ‘n cheese with truffle oil!

Half The Fat Dessert Table:
As for dessert, well you guessed it, I did it myself, with the help of my amazing culinary team. I just so happen to own my own bakery,
Half Baked Co. where we bake everything with half the fat, calories and sugar, but all the great taste. The dessert bar featured a variety of Fall themed goodies for the dessert bar from chai tea cupcakes to chocolate dipped pears to pumpkin spice cupcakes in mason jars and festive caramel apples. We also did a variety of cake pops, oreo pops and smore’s marshmallow pops that were displayed on moss covered tree stumps for a rustic feel, as well as hot cocoa mason jars with monogrammed stickers.

We displayed all the cupcakes on one of our disposable cupcake towers, which we ribboned with chocolate colored satin for a touch of elegance, as a more cost effective and trendier option to a big tiered cake. Then for the top tier of the tower we had a small old fashioned frosted 6” cake with a birds nest and 2 wooden loved birds that we found on Etsy and etched “Love” on one and “Birds” on the other as our cake toppers.

More About Half Baked Co.
Where we bake with half the fat, calories and sugar but all the same great taste!  We use only the finest ingredients in our deceptively healthy baked goods, such as whole wheat unbleached flour, applesauce in place of half the oil, almond milk instead of cream and lots of other healthy baking alternatives to give you the healthiest and yet best tasting product possible.  We carry a wide variety of vegan, gluten-free and reduced sugar options to cater to your every dietary need.

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Venue: Strawberry Farms
Makeup & Hair: Team Hair + Make Up
Cake & Dessert Bar: Half Baked Co.
DJ: Ovation Entertainment
Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka

25 10, 2012

Engagement Session by Jose Villa Featured on Limn & Lovely!

By |2012-10-25T10:45:49+00:00October 25th, 2012|Engagement Session, Featured|

Hannah + Steve: A Santa Ynez Love Shoot by Jose Villa

By on October 10, 2012 in All Posts, Engagement Sessions

This morning we have the great honor of sharing some of the work of Jose Villa, one of the finest and most sought-after wedding photographers working today. Jose, who redefined the landscape of wedding photography with his fine art approach, works exclusively with the medium of film. He is known for his brilliant use of light—his images are suffused with a dreamily warm, transcendent glow—and a pastel palette inspired by the vivid blue skies and sprawling pastoral fields of his childhood, which was spent on a horse ranch in Santa Barbara. Though Jose’s ethereal images have a natural, organic, free-as-the-wind feel, there is a great deal of thoughtful artistry involved in crafting each and every photo. Yet, in our humble opinion, what truly sets Jose apart is not only his masterful technique but also the spirit that imbues his work. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” And there is plenty of spirit in Jose’s shoots, each one a small masterpiece.

Of all the breathtaking engagement sessions Jose has shot over the years, this remains one of our favorites, perhaps because of the way he captured the incandescent love between Hannah and Steve or translated the romance of the foggy Santa Ynez skies. As with all of Jose’s shoots, we could gaze at this one forever and never grow tired of it. Our words simply cannot do the beauty of these photographs justice, so we’ll let Jose’s images speak for themselves.

PHOTOS BY JOSE VILLA / HAIR AND MAKEUP BY TEAM HAIR & MAKEUP

22 10, 2012

Hawaii Wedding Ideas Featured on Wedding Chicks!

By |2012-10-22T10:08:39+00:00October 22nd, 2012|Featured|

Pretty Hawaiian Wedding Ideas

Truth be told, we talk daily about our up coming Hawaiian vacation. We do not actually have a date set, but we know we are going. So any tips or recommendations you might have, feel free to share, we always love some great travel tips.

Since we have Hawaii on the brain, we gushed over Erich McVey’s photographs that he captured at the Maui Jill La Fleur workshop. An array of inspirational wedding details and some breathtaking scenic photos of Hawaii – the perfect eye candy to remind us of our much needed break. You can see more pretty Hawaiian wedding ideas in the full gallery here.

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Photographer: Erich McVey
Event Designer & Coordinator: Jill La Fleur
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Casa De Perrin

Venue: Haiku Mill
Makeup & Hair: Mar from TEAM Hair & Makeup
Cake: Maggie Austin
Caterer: Maui Executive Catering
Cinematography: Joel Serrato
Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal
Flowers: Flower Wild
Stationery: Ceci New York
Veil or Hair Accessories: Jannie Baltzer
Other Contributors: Jose Villa & Pacific Weddings

22 10, 2012

Haiku Mill Maui Photoshoot Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2012-10-22T09:18:34+00:00October 22nd, 2012|Featured|

Jose Villa + Jill La Fleur Workshop Photos from Wendy Laurel

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When Jose Villa and Jill La Fleur hold a workshop, beautiful things happen.  Amazingly beautiful things. Like gorgeous displays of floral perfection from Flowerwild, a cake (almost) too pretty to eat from Maggie Austin Cake and these mesmerizing images from the oh-so-fabulous Wendy Laurel, who never EVER fails to steal our hearts with each and every photo she takes.  All set against a breathtaking Haiku Mill backdrop and featuring one stop-you-in-your-tracks moment after another, this, my friends, is a day chock-full of inspiration and a whole lot of pretty.  See so much more right here.

Photography By / Wendy Laurel

Photography By / Wendy Laurel
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Photography By / Wendy Laurel

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From Wendy Laurel… Jose Villa and Jill La Fleur led a workshop for photographers on Maui at Haiku Mill. It was beautiful event with tons of details. I was an attendee and these are my photographs of the workshop. Mahalo!

Photography: Wendy Laurel / Venue: Haiku Mill in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii / Coordination: La Fleur Weddings and Events / Workshop Leader: Jose Villa / Floral Design: Flowerwild / Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films / Catering: Maui Executive Catering / Wedding Cake: Maggie Austin Cake / Desserts: Dolce Bakery Boutique / Stationery: Ceci New York + Pitbulls and Posies / Musical Entertainment: The Throwdowns / Art: Karina Puente / Rentals: Island Rents / Linen Rentals: La Tavola / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Accessories: Jannie Baltzer / Jewelry: Karen Lindner Designs / Beauty: TEAM Hair and Makeup / Other Contributors: Robyn + Hali’i Iaea of Pacific Weddings, Angela Marcaccio of Richard Photo Lab, Casa de Perrin, Marty DreadGarnish EventsManutea Nui E

Harrison Hurwitz Photography, Jen Fariello Photography, Corbin Gurkin Photography, Audrey Snow Photography, KM Photography, Ceci New York, Flowerwild, Joel Serrato Films, La Fleur Weddings & Events, La Fleur Weddings & Events, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental and TEAM Hair and Makeup are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.