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Einen schönen Wochenstart wünsche ich euch! Heute gibt es wunderbare Hochzeitsimpressionen direkt aus der kalifornischen Sonne. Pink, Rosé und Weiß sind die Hauptfarben dieser Sommerhochzeit, die von der Fotografin Lacie Hansen festgehalten wurde. Das ist übrigens eines der schönsten Dinge am Bloggen, der weltweite Austausch mit den Fotoprofis… Dadurch bekommt man super Einblicke in andere Hochzeiten und wird überschüttet mit Inspirationen. So wie hier mit dem wunderschönen Altar, der mit großen Stoffbahnen zum Hingucker wird. Schlicht, einfach und dabei sehr elegant. Lacie fotografiert übrigens mit Film, was für eine wärmere Atmosphäre auf den Fotos sorgt. Auch ich bin mittlerweile der Fotografie mit Film verfallen, aber dazu bald mehr… Schaut euch auch das zauberhafte Filmchen von Joel Serrato am Ende des Beitrags an… Zum Träumen…
Fotos: Lacie Hansen Photography | Loaction, Catering: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California| Ceremony: Monte Vista Lawn + Reception: Loggia Ballroom) | After Party: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Coral Casino | Planung: Liz Brown of Central Coast Memory Makers | Film maker: Joel Serrato | Event + Blumen Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild | Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg and Reverend Gary Dickey | Ceremony, Cocktail + Reception Band: Side Effect (West Coast Music) | After Party DJ: Everett Wong | Brautkleid:”Emma” Dress by Monique Lhuillier | Schleier: Monique Lhuillier | Brautschuhe: Jimmy Choo | Brautjungfern Kleider: Amsale | Haare: Michelle Mason | Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Decken: La Tavola Linen
Santa Barbara is sort of my happy place. Though I’ve never been there. But sitting in my chilly, snowed-in Boston office, Santa Barbara just seems like warmth and happiness and everything beautiful in the world. And I’m pretty sure that if the universe is listening, it will pick up my house and move it right plop in the center of this little slice of heaven. Hmm, you’re probably right. Next best thing? Living vicariously through a Santa Barbara wedding as pretty as this one and the inspiring photography of our sweet friend Lacie Hansen. Then soaking up the incredible, is-this-real-life? film by one of our besties and cinema genius, Joel Serrato and of course, hitting up the galleries for far more lovely.
From the Bride… Brandon and I met the night of my 28th birthday through a mutual friend at a bar in West Hollywood. Just as we walked in, he happened to be standing right there, and worked with one of my best friends. There, we were introduced, however, I was out with a gaggle of girlfriends and meeting a guy was the last thing on my mind! He did manage to get my number and asked me to dinner for the following week. The hostess on our first date told us that “we were a very cute couple.” We never looked back.
Our wedding was just over a year later on June 9, 2012 at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California. Having grown up just north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley, that hotel has always been one of my favorite spots and was special to us as it was the location of our first weekend getaway together. We knew we wanted the wedding to feel very romanitic and warm with a touch of easy elegance. We also played off of the classic Spanish architecture of the hotel. The ceremony was interfaith with a Rabbi and Minister who worked perfectly together. We loved taking traditions from both Jewish and Episcopalian religions. The ceremony was held on the beautiful Monte Vista Lawn surrounded by palm trees and gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The bridesmaids wore coral, blush or champange dresses and chose their own style by the same designer. I definitely wanted them to do what they wanted and wear what they loved! During cocktail hour in the Palmera Garden, guests sipped on some of our favorite snacks and refreshments including fresh blood orange margaritas, vodka gimlets dusted with mini gold stars, and little patron bottles filled with homemade margaritas, and accompanied by bit sized tacos.
We then moved into the Loggia Ballroom decorated with an abundance of peonies, cabbage roses, hydrageas, viburnum and dahlias, hundreds of twinkling candles, and a soft glowing fire in the fireplace. The tables were of various shapes and sizes and shared hues of blush and champagne, with pops of coral and hints of gold. The 12 piece band was incredible, specializing in Motown, but playing everything from Foster the People to Van Morrison to Madonna. After the dinner and dancing, Brandon and I exited under a trail of sparklers, and led the way across the street to the Mardis Gras themed after-party at the ocean-front Coral Casino. There, our guests donned boas, beads and masks, and dined on sliders, mini shakes and fries while dancing away to a DJ spinning tunes into the wee hours. Some guests even woke up in the sand to the sunrise! The day and night could not have been more perfect. By far, the most special moments were being around all of our best friends and family, spending the day getting ready with my bridesmaids and mother, walking down the aisle on the arm of my father, and most of all, marrying the most wonderful man and the love of my life.
Wedding Photography: Lacie Hansen Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering + Cakes: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California (Ceremony : Monte Vista Lawn + Reception: Loggia Ballroom) / After Party: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Coral Casino / Wedding Planning: Liz Brown of Central Coast Memory Makers / Event + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild / Wedding Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films / Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg and Reverend Gary Dickey / Wedding Stationery: Crane & Co. + Letter Perfect / Ceremony, Cocktail + Reception Band: Side Effect (West Coast Music) / After Party DJ: Everett Wong / Party Favors: Mother of the Bride’s Homemade Strawberry Preserves / Wedding Dress:”Emma” Dress by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale (Champagne, Coral + Blush – various silhouettes) / Hair: Michelle Mason / Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup / Groomsmen Suits: “Ludlow” by J.Crew / Linens: La Tavola Linen
Amsale, J.Crew and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
If you loved Sharon and Adam’s wedding, then you’ll love today’s feature – another stunning celebration at San Ysidro Ranch, this one from my dear friend Elizabeth Messina. It’s also being featured in the latest issue of Magnolia Rouge, so be sure to check that out as well!
The bride wore a lace dress by Rivini that she found just a month before the wedding: “The dress was perfect – the problem?” she says. “The wedding was in one month and there was not enough time to order a dress! The stars were aligned for me that day – the sample was in perfect condition and only needed minor alterations.”
Mindy Rice designed all of the romantic floral decor. Says Tiffany, “I knew I wanted a soft and romantic ambience for the wedding and ceremony. Mindy Rice truly helped to make that vision come true through her floral and event design.”
This bride is a girl after my own heart – her favorite details from the day? “The cake! When I close my eyes, I can still taste the fresh berries and lemon! To be honest, my husband and I couldn’t wait the full year to eat the top layer of the cake. I think we ended up only waiting one day!”
You can see so much more from Tiffany and Peter’s gorgeous garden wedding in the gallery.
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.
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
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.
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.
The bride is flanked by her pals (in Vera Wang frocks), two of whom accessorized with cowboy boots.
Each of Elizabeth’s nine bridesmaids carried a bouquet of tulips, gardenia foliage, rosemary, ranunculus, freesia, and oregano tied in orange ribbon
Rose hips, rose buds, Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields,’ and oregano added a bright pop to the men’s lapels.
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.
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.
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.
The couple share a private moment. “We knew we had to get married at Thacher to bring everything full circle,” says the bride.
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.
Chilled melon-mint soup provided refreshment for friends and family
Earthy linens and iridescent taupe charger plates offered a sleek, muted balance to vibrant flowers.
Slatted wood boxes filled with fruit and orange blossoms brought fragrance and color to the cocktail tables.
The bride’s custom headpiece used the same hand-painted fabric as one of the layers in her silk-and-tulle Vera Wang gown.
Photography: Jose Villa Photo
Event Planning: La Fleur Weddings & Events
Event Design and Flowers: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design
Stationery: Ceci New York
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: Bellavista Designs
Wedding Filmography: Joel Serrato Films
Hair and Makeup: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup
- Invitation Design: Ceci New York
- Photography: Jose Villa Wedding Photography
- Design: La Fleur Weddings & Events
- Video: Joel Serrato Films
- Location: 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
LA FLEUR WEDDINGS & EVENTS MAUI PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
May 13, 2011
8MM Wedding Film By Joel Serrato
We are unbearably excited to share with you this lovely film by Joel Serrato Films. Of course, it is breathtaking beautiful and filled with all the glamour one would expect from an 8mm wedding film. Anna and Robert loved everything vintage and had their hearts set on having a vintage-themed wedding.
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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.
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.