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This Santa Barbara wedding is the reason that we live and breathe weddings. It’s perfectly put together, while having a relaxed vibe, and everything works together so beautifully it takes our breath away a little. Every wedding that we get from Willa Kveta Photography is stunning, but this one is really something special. The bride, Devon, just radiates beauty and joy, and we can tell that Lance feels the same way. Devon + Lance have the kind of love story that we all dream about; met at the age of 14, started dating after college, and have been together ever since. I don’t think there is anything sweeter than that. We could watch these two lovebirds frolic around the gorgeous grounds of this private estate all afternoon….just perfect.
From the bride….
Our wedding inspiration was ‘rustic elegance’. It was on our family ranch so we wanted to use as much of the outdoors and what the local plants and food of Santa Barbara had to offer.
Our Love Story
We met at the ripe age of 14. We went to the same high school and were around the same friends. We were always friends and then started dating 2 years after college. We have been together ever since.
We plan on staying local in Southern california. We would like to reside in San Clemente and have 4 kids. God willing, 3 of our own and one adopted.
Venue for This Wedding
VenuePrivate Lavender Estate
Vendors for This Wedding
Whenever Simply Bloom Photography, LLC steps behind the camera, a whole slue of loveliness is sure to follow. Dreamy, light-filled images are the Simply Bloom signature and we are giving their latest and quite possibly our favorite a major stamp of approval. It’s a killer combo of classic garden details by La Fleur Weddings mixed with bright, fresh-picked-esque blooms by Camilla Svensson Burns and that field of lavender that gets us each and every time we spot a wedding at San Ysidro Ranch. It’s la la la laaaaaaa lovely and there’s so much more to devour right here!
From Vania + Christine of Simply Bloom Photography, LLC… Welcome to Holly and Charles wedding in Santa Barbara, California. This overflows with countless glorious details! Our beloved Jill La Fleur styled this magical event, and as always, she did a divine job. Holly and Charles obviously have incredible taste — and it was reflected in every little thing throughout their special day. The venue, San Ysidro Ranch is known to be one of the best in the area, and for all the right reasons. The elegant ranch sits at the bottom of quintessential Californian hills and overflows with countless lavender blooms.
Photography: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Wedding Venue + Catering: San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California / Styling + Design: Jill La Fleur of La Fleur Weddings / Florist: Camilla Svensson Burns / Wedding Cake: Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections / Music: Ybarra Music / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting Design: Ambient Event Design / Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup
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
Entertaining in the Santa Ynez Valley
Event and wedding planner Jill La Fleur, Chef Leonardo Curti and a talented team of professionals create a smashing engagement dinner on a gentleman’s ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, with photography by Jose Villa.
WHEN CREATIVE SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER AND LOCAL, JILL LA FLEUR, came up with the idea of creating an intimate & romantic engagement celebration, she knew just what to do. Often working with her equally talented teammate,photographer Jose Villa, Jill and Jose are two of the most sought-after wedding professionals in their fields. But their work often begins long before a bride walks down the aisle.
Case in point: a country-inspired celebratory engagement dinner party set on a gentleman’s ranch located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s world-famous wine country.
The dynamic duo often draws inspiration for the creation and documentation of a special event from their home base: Santa Barbara wine country’s rolling, oak-studded hills dotted with vineyards and wildflowers. For this setting, Jill wanted to take advantage of the amazing location and the incredible Mediterranean-style hacienda.
“The olive trees framed a perfect setting for a dinner party and I immediately visualized a long, rustic, wooden hand-carved table and seating with comfy pillows,” said Jill. To get in the mood, Jill “channeled” Ralph Lauren’s casual, yet elegant, style that fits right in with the Santa Ynez Valley lifestyle.
Popular chef, and restaurant owner, Leonardo Curti created the menu. His restaurant, Trattoria Grappolo is a favorite of Santa Ynez Valley residents and visitors alike. He is also a top-notch caterer who prepares delicious, artfully presented cuisine, utilizing fresh, locally grown produce.
Each course of the meal was paired with a different Santa Ynez area produced wine, and the selections included Brander Sauvignon Blanc, Arthur Earl Nebbioli II Re, and Epiphany Grenaches Blanc. “I encourage couples to select local wines when planning a wedding or having an event in wine country. For guests coming from other locales, this is an ideal way to introduce them to the wine tasting experience,” notes the party planner.
The menu crafted by Leonardo Curti started with Antipasti e Insalate Caprese (sliced local organic beefsteak tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella julienne basil seasoned with estate grown extra virgin olive oil, dried oregano, sea salt and freshly ground pepper) and Insalata di Mare (calamari and scampi tossed with roasted sweet bell peppers, kalmata olives, capers, parsley and finished with estate grown extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper).
Leonardo choose Pappardelle con Carciofi Scampi e Ricotta Salata (homemade wide flat pasta with artichokes, scampi finished with grated ricotta salata and white truffle oil) for the pasta followed by Pesce Spada alla Puttanesca (swordfish sautéed with tomatoes, capers, kalamata olives and sweet onions) and Tagliata (grilled New York steak thinly sliced and seasoned with estate grown estate virgin olive oil and sea salt, served with baby arugula and shaved parmesan cheese).
The Mediterranean inspired family-style dining created a intimate, relaxed vibe for the occasion, with small olive trees planted in rustic urns, candlelit lanterns, burlap mixed bread baskets, vintage woven wine jugs, and a three-tiered wooden dessert tray.
Invitations are created to fit each occasion and the invitation “suite” tells a story. It is an important element that pulls the entire look of a wedding or party together. For the engagement party, the menu was backed and tied with leather.
A custom “brand” was created to provide the perfect touch that tied-in all of the printed elements together. Ceci Johnson, one of the top invitation designers in the country, created the suite of printed materials.
Minimal, natural looking, handpicked flower arrangements utilized bits of wheat, heather, olive branches and white flowers. “I like to work with my surroundings as well as the couple’s personal style. Cues for the tabletop design were taken from the ranch’s hand-crafted architectural elements. For a Mediterranean feel, Jill selected colors to complement the cuisine, including place settings in natural tones of whites, browns, stone grays with hints of blue-grey, sage and orange.
Camilla Svensson Burns of Camilla Flowers helped find the perfect combination of flowers and greenery to add to the setting.
Leaving no detail unturned: Jill La Fleur turned her designing eye to help the future bride with her engagement party wardrobe for the event. They settled on a Vera Wang dress in a soft, flowing and delicate fabric that would stand out amidst the natural setting. Jill added a thick leather belt and boots to kick up the ranch feel.
The bride-to-be’s necklace was custom made by Baldazzi & Iacobellis, an Italian jewelry designer. Hair and makeup by Mar Romero.
“The process of planning a party or a wedding is so rewarding, but what I love most is getting to know the couple or hosts, their friends and families, and working with an amazing team of talented vendors. They are truly what makes my job so wonderful and makes me successful in what I do,” Jill comments.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSE VILLA www.josevillaphoto.com
Catering: Leonardo Curti www.trattoriagrappolo.com
Floral Design: Camilla Svensson Burns www.camillaflowers.com
Event Menu and Invitation: www.Cecinewyork.com
LA FLEUR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Jill La Fleur was featured in the fall/winter,2011 issue of Dining and Destinations Magazine.