17 07, 2013

Ojai Valley Inn Indian Wedding by Lacie Hansen Photography Featured!

By |2013-07-17T12:29:20-06:00July 17th, 2013|Featured|

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Bollywood lässt grüßen und das auf besonders schöne Art und Weise! Heute freue ich mich, euch eine indische Hochzeit mit wunderschönen Saris (übrigens das tradionelle indische Hochzeitsgewand), Mehndi Verzierungen und ganz vielen kräftigen Farben zu zeigen. Ich wollte schon immer mal eine indische Hochzeit auf dem Blog veröffentlichen, aber bislang war keine dabei, die mir ein Wow entlockt hat. Bei dieser Hochzeit, aufgenommen von Lacie Hansen ist das anders. Ich mag die satten Rottöne, die wunderschönen Mehndi Bemalungen und den ansonsten eher “schlichten” Stil dieser Hochzeit. Das liegt vielleicht aber auch daran, dass diese Hochzeit in Kalifornien stattfand… Im Vergleich zu anderen indischen Hochzeiten ist diese hier nicht so überladen. Es gibt drei kräftige Hauptfarben, die mit elegantem Weiß kombiniert werden. Der Hingucker ist aber mit Abstand der atemberaubende Goldschmuck und das zweite Brautkleid mit DIY-Ombre Effekten. Ein absoluter Traum in Weiß und Pink, den man nicht alle Tage sieht. Aber auch die Deko ist vielleicht für den ein oder anderen sehr inspirierend… Wusstet ihr, dass die aufwändigen Mehndi Tattoos bereits mehrere Tage vor der Hochzeit gemeinsam mit den Freundinnen aufgetragen wird? Alle Frauen tragen diese Verzierung, wobei die Braut natürlich die aufwändigste bekommt. Solltet ihr jetzt auf der Suche nach orientalischer Deko sein, dann empfehle ich euch unser Selection Mitglied Happyconfetti.

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Ojai Valley Inn and SpaPhotography: Lacie Hansen | Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Creative Direction + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild | Wedding Planner: La Fleur Weddings & Events | Cinematography: Love Spun Films| Invitation Suite + Wedding Day Paper + Production: Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies | Wedding Day Calligraphy + Poem Artwork: Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer | Invitation and Envelope Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of DesignsGirl | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Decor+ Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flash Dance | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Men’s Suit: Bar III | Men’s Shirt: Calvin Klein | Men’s Shoes: Bruno Magli

16 11, 2011

Featured on Style Unveiled!

By |2011-11-16T16:34:37-07:00November 16th, 2011|Featured|

BHLDN Wedding

There is not a single word I adore more than COZY 🙂 I love being cozy, dressing cozy, and decorating my home in a cozy fashion. So, when I saw this cozy, wintery wedding styled shoot, I was super excited about featuring it on Style Unveiled. We’re talking gorgeous BHLDN shrugs, yarn details, spools of thread, cozy winter colors like grey, winter white, and lavender … each and every detail is planned with great thought and attention (when Jill La Fleur is leading the planning, you know it’s gonna be good!). And the fact that it was shot (by the master Jose Villa and his students) at a cozy mountain farmhouse? Makes it a complete success in my book. Love it all below!

XO ~ Heather

PS. Be sure to check out the awesome feature on Green Wedding Shoes, too … She always does such a brilliant job with her posts!! 🙂

Wedding vendors involved include: Photography: Jose Villa Coordination and Design: Jill La Fleur Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals Flowers: Flowerwild Dresses: BHLDN Hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade Invitation Suite: Ceci New York Beauty: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup Linens: La Tavola Linens Calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj

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7 11, 2011

Fall Inspiration Shoot Featured on: Green Wedding Shoes!

By |2011-11-07T14:30:22-07:00November 7th, 2011|Featured, Photo shoot|

This afternoon we are off to the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse – in reality as Jason and I are driving there to speak at workshop – AND in this gorgeous fall inspiration shoot captured by the one and only Jose Villa and designed by the talented Jill La Fleur. The inspiration for this shoot started with big rolls of fluffy ivory yarn. With the feeling of fall in the air, Jill wanted to create an environment where you would want to sit down, relax, snuggle up, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor views of the farmhouse. Filled with soft fabrics, tons of yarn, and fall colors of soft greys, creams, and lavenders, Jill collaborated with Found Vintage Rentals and Kate of Flowerwild to build some unique spaces. The beautiful dresses and soft wraps are from BHDLN (and some of my personal faves!) and the custom-made headpieces by Mignonne Handmade.


green and white bouquet


BHLDN wedding dress

bride with flower hair piece

bride in one shoulder wedding dress

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For the ceremony, Jill tied bunches of yarn that streamed from the white washed benches where guests would sit, and asymmetrically placed some large spool tables on either side of the “altar” area.

rustic spools

groom kissing bride

bride in flower hair piece

yarn basket

sewing inspired table

needlework circle

bride in BHLDN dress

white and green bouquet

spool yarn basket

black and white chairs

rustic yarn table decor

silverware molds, blue tablescape

white and green centerpiece

bride in blue knitted shawl

bride in blue knitted shawl

blue vintage paper goods

The beautiful invitation suite by Ceci New York brought knitting and yarn elements into the pattern that appeared on the envelope, table number, and address label. And keeping with the fall feel, they printed the actual invite and RSVP card on a light wood.

white and green bouquet

big rustic spools

yarn decor

Thanks so much to all these talented vendors for sharing some lovely fall wedding ideas with us today! I’m definitely ready to snuggle up with my sweetie outdoors this fall. 🙂 And if you love this venue (who wouldn’t!) check out this real wedding we shared a few weeks ago that took place there.

photography: Jose Villa // design + planning: Jill La Fleur // venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // rentals: Vintage Found Rentals // floral design: Kate of Flowerwild // dress: BHLDN // hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade // invitations: Ceci New York // hair + makeup: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup // cake: Maggie Austin Cakes // napkins: La Tavola Linens // calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj

18 10, 2011

Entertaining in the Santa Ynez Valley Featured on: SB Diggs!

By |2011-10-18T15:05:27-06:00October 18th, 2011|Featured|

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

Fashion Resources:




Jill La Fleur was featured in the fall/winter,2011 issue of Dining and Destinations Magazine.

Pick up a copy at news stands in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland.

22 07, 2011

Featured on Style Me Pretty! La Fleur Weddings Workshop

By |2011-07-22T12:12:02-06:00July 22nd, 2011|Featured|

Wrap it up Pretty + A Jill La Fleur Workshop Announcement

July 15th. 2011 by Abby Larson | Filed Under | 27 comments

Another week of loveliness has come and gone here at SMP. We’ve seen enough pretty to last a lifetime and we are pretty sure that our heads are spinning with images perfect bouquets and first kisses swirling around in wedding heaven. And even though the weekend is here and we’re ready to kick off our heels (or in this case, our slippers and yoga pants), we couldn’t resist sharing one last bit of wedding goodness. So pretty that you just might in fact squeal out loud or spontaneously combust or something. The pics are shot by our friend and photo God, Jose Villa from the fabulous Jill La Fleur’s recent workshop in Ojai. For even more, check out the brand new issue of Pacific Wedding on newsstands TOMORROW! Click here to see the gallery.

Jill’s next workshop which is sure to top this little dose of gorgeous is scheduled for January 22nd thru the 24th in Maui, Hawaii and will feature such guests as Jose Villa, Pacific Weddings Magazine, Joel Serrato, Team Hair and Makeup and Richard Photo Lab. Oh and yours truly who will be popping in via skype for a little lesson in getting published. Spaces go CRAZY fast so if you’re an up and coming photog or a bonafide pro and want to join in on the action, click here!

Stylist: Jill La Fleur, La Fleur Weddings & Events / Photography: Jose Villa Photography / Film: Joel Serrato Films / Paper Goods: Ceci New York / Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / Florals: Camilla Svensson Burns / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Dress: Claire La Faye / Beauty: Team Hair & Makeup / Tabletop Items: Small Masterpiece / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Headpiece: Lo Boheme / Necklace & Ring: Waxing Poetic

13 05, 2011

Ashley & Michael Santa Ynez Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty! Part II

By |2011-05-13T11:30:54-06:00May 13th, 2011|Featured, Real Wedding|

Santa Ynez Wedding by Jose Villa + Jill La Fleur + Joel Serrato, Part II

May 12th. 2011 by Abby Larson | 4 comments
I’ve always said that one of the best decisions I ever made was hiring a cinematographer to film my wedding. I still pull it out time after time to relive the day, to see our moment in a way that is so incredibly tangible. So real that it seems like I’m right there in that pretty white dress all over again. So every time we get a video to accompany a real wedding feature, we smile. And if that film happens to be from Joel Serrato, well. That smile turns into a school girl crush kind of happiness.

ashley & michael from joel serrato on Vimeo.

See what I mean? Beyond. Beyond. Beyond gorgeous. Before we jump into our buying guide, I had to share with you one more set of images from Jose Villa. We get pretty wrapped up in the details here on SMP, as we’ll always be a blog that focuses on the design and the inspiration behind all of the perfect little touches. But these images completely reminded me that sometimes the most beautiful details are the little moments of love, of beauty, of pure art behind each and every photograph.

Click here to see the entire image gallery!

From Jill La Fleur… I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country, Santa Ynez, CA…the wine country region of Santa Barbara County. People come from all over the world to visit this area for it’s perfect climate, rolling hills studded with oak trees, incredible sunsets and of course the wine and wineries!

This wedding was at a beautiful winery in this valley, Foley Winery, and the couple chose one of the most beautiful times of the year to have their wedding here…in October. This is harvest time here when the grapes are full on the vines and the sunsets fill the sky with oranges and yellows each evening. That’s where the term Harvest Moon comes from! Ashley & Michael love this area, in fact they moved here since their wedding, and so they decided to embrace the colors of the sky and the season in their wedding, which is what I loved about planning their wedding so much! The colors in their photos and film just remind me of the beautiful sunsets of this area and we incorporated lanterns, wine barrels, rustic farm tables, vintage fruit crates and lots of colorful floral to really pull together both the location and the season. And to keep the beautiful scenery and starry sky in our sights all evening, we rented a clear tent to bring in the amazing views all night!

I think these amazing photos and this romantic film capture it all! Congats to Ashley & Mike…best wishes for a colorful, beautiful future together and welcome to paradise!

Event Planning & Design: Jill La Fleur /Wedding Photography: Jose Villa / Cinematography: Joel Serrato/ Wedding Venue: Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery / Lighting: Ambient Event Design /Floral Design: Camille Panzarello of Modern Day Design / Mar Romero of Team Hair & Makeup / Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Music: Jon Harris of JSH Music Productions / Wedding Cake: Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections / Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis / Wedding Invitations: Jessie Zinke of Zinke Design
Joel Serrato Films, Jose Villa Photography, La Fleur Weddings & Events, Ambient Event Design, Modern Day Design, Monique Lhuillier and Zinke Design are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Monique Lhuillier and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen,click here.

19 04, 2011

Featured on Style Me Pretty: Jose Villa Workshop + A Jill La Fleur Workshop

By |2011-04-19T13:45:27-06:00April 19th, 2011|Featured|

Mar R., Janeena Merricks, & Rachel Wall of TEAM had a blast doing the hair and makeup for this shoot at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Check out the full Style Me Pretty Post below!

Jose Villa Workshop + A Jill La Fleur Workshop

April 19th. 2011 by Abby Larson | Filed Under13 comments

What do you get when you put Jose VillaJill La FleurFlowerwild and Mar of TEAM Hair and Make Up in a room together? You get this. A crazy beautiful, overflowing with inspiration, pick your jaw up off the floor photoshoot where beauty and style is literally tucked into each and every corner. This is a look at Jose Villa’s latest photography workshop where he pulled in some of his favorite industry peeps to help craft one of the prettiest shoots I think I’ve ever seen. Honestly. So pretty that I couldn’t narrow down the images at all so I have like 15 cake pictures and even more bouquet shots because they were just too beautiful to end up on the cutting room floor. Click here to see even more.

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click here to see the full shoot!

I’ve worked with Jose for years and have such respect and high-regard for what he does and have been thrilled to be asked to be a guest speaker at his previous workshops, including this one, over the years. But being invited to style the inspiration shoot for this workshop was such a huge honor and I couldn’t wait to begin the planning of a unique, beautiful design that fit both his style and that of the amazing location, the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse!

My inspiration started with the idea of combining two very different looks: a soft, romantic anthropology style mixed with a more industrial, masculine Restoration Hardware feel. And working with Kate of Flowerwild was amazing! She and I had so much fun working together to come up with unique ideas to make this juxtaposition work! For the romantic side, we incorporated floral in soft tones of peaches and blushes and silvery sage greens with cut crystal containers, delicate crystal stemware, a hand-made thick crocheted lace runner, billowy pillows and lace runners for the benches (which we tied down with lace ribbon and bells!) and beautiful vintage “found” bottles with antique keys/toppers. The brides had delicate dresses by Claire Pettibone with custom-made hair pieces by Lo Boheme that gave a romantic, vintage feel in a very rustic setting. Mar with Team Hair and Makeup did a beautiful job finishing off their look!

The invitation suite had delicate peach lace details to finish off the look. And the “ruffle” cake on the delicate vintage cake stand was perfect!

For the more industrial side, we incorporated cast concrete containers for some of the floral, gray linens, bells, heavy “reused” marine ropes mixed with the delicate lace fabrics for the Ceremony site, a rusty vintage bed spring for the escort cards (which I added lace to in order to soften it), the great heavy stone place settings and silverware. I love mixing looks and feels at my events and this combination I felt fit the stunning rustic location and the soft, romantic style of Jose’s beautiful photography. The workshop attendees were all so excited to be not only in the presence of Jose, soaking in every little bit of information he had to share, but also to be able to shoot side-by-side with him at such an amazing location and with such lovely details. Being on the guest panel afterwards with such amazing vendors as Joel SerratoTeam Hair & Makeup, Amy of Wedding ChicksRichard Photo Laband of course, Jose, ended a perfect workshop day! I can’t wait for the next one!! Photographers out there…it’s worth more than you could imagine!

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So speaking of amazing photography workshops, the fabulous Jill La Fleur is hosting one of her very own…and it’s RIGHT around the corner. Jill has pulled together an amazing collection of vendors and experts to host an overnight workshop at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, May the 3rd.

Together with some of the industries coolest (including yours truly, ahem), Jill will be conquering all of those much needed topics from Branding, Marketing and Packaging your Business to Getting Published. Jose Villa will be on hand to instruct the class on capturing the details and I’ll be Skype chatting in a live Q & A session!

Spaces are VERY limited so make sure to sign up asap! And make sure to check out Jose’s workshopon the 13th of September!

29 03, 2011

Prim & Kris Real Wedding

By |2011-03-29T07:27:32-06:00March 29th, 2011|Real Wedding|

It’s all about the skin! Prim had such beautiful skin I wanted to be sure her look was very fresh and clean looking. Her photographer was Jose Villa and being that he shoots film, I wanted Prim to look natural with touches of color on the lips, cheek and eyes. The ole’ myth “You have to wear more makeup for photos” is so 80’s! With a talented photographer who has mastered his lighting, how you look in person is how you will look in your photos. I used a creme blush in a light pink for a natural glow on her cheeks and I used a muted apricot stain on her lips for just enough color to bring out her natural pigment. With Prim’s hair she asked for a loose curl, I gave her just that and went throughout her hair with a smaller curls for a bouncy textured look. Overall Prim was a beautiful bride who screams natural beauty.

Planner: Jill La Fleur

Photographer: Jose Villa

Video: Joel Serrato

Location: Bacara Resort

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