11 02, 2013

Bacara Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2013-02-11T17:11:06-07:00February 11th, 2013|Featured|

Santa Barbara Resort Wedding from Joy de Vivre & Michael + Anna Costa

When a wedding this pretty comes across our desk, it’s not just a happy day. It’s like this big sigh of “this is why I am never allowed to complain about my job” happy day. Because in life, beauty this rich and layered is decidedly rare and it easily reminds you that even on your cloudiest day, when it comes to weddings, all is good in the world. Designed by the lovely Joy de Vivre with flowers by Modern Day Design and imagery by our friends Michael & Anna Costa, I could live and die in this celebration alone. Click here to see so much more.

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From the Bride… Steve and I met my last year of college.  We had tons of mutual friends but didn’t get around to being friends until he had already graduated.  We went on our first date soon after meeting, and from then on, we were pretty inseparable.  When Steve asked me to marry him in July 2011, there was no question of where we’d get married – Santa Barbara.  Being the planner that I am, I started reading Style Me Pretty religiously and putting together inspiration boards for our future wedding.

I am from Northern California, Steve is from Washington, and we live in LA, but Santa Barbara holds a special place in our heart.  Living in LA, it’s a place we like to visit at least once a year for so many reasons – the palm trees and Spanish architecture, the intimate feeling of a small city, the fact that you can go wine tasting and walk on the beach in the same day…oh and the perfect weather!  Since all guests but two had to travel into town, we wanted them to be able to make a vacation out of the trip.  Bacara is an amazing resort with multiple pools, ocean views, and tons of activities.  We were able to use the whole resort from the Rehearsal Dinner in the Spa Cafe, Welcome Reception on Ocean Terrance, and Newlywed Brunch on the Miro Lawn.  Our one goal for the weekend was to make sure our guests had an amazing time the whole weekend, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to get married at Bacara.

I always had a vision of what I wanted our wedding to look like – soft, pretty, and intimate.  We put this look together with TONS of chandeliers, candles, muted colors, mercury glass, and wood.  I think my favorite details of the day were the handmade wooden signage and 21 chandeliers that filled the beautiful tent we put up on the Ocean Lawn.  Tracy Lazaro also did a beautiful job with all the paper products and calligraphy. I think my favorite moments of the wedding were seeing our friends and family dance together…and the late night cigar bar and pizza were a nice touch!  It was a day full of love, friendship, and family, and it was better than we could have ever imagined.

Swirl1Wedding Photography: Michael & Anna Costa / Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California / Wedding Planning + Design: Joy de Vivre Wedding Coordination / Floral Design: Modern Day Design / Officiant: Judge Thomas Adams / Wedding Cinematography: Rising Moon Films / Wedding Stationery + Calligraphy: Lazaro Press / Band: Stew & the Crew / DJ: Gavin Roy Presents, DJ Gavin Roy / Wedding Signage: Julie Song Ink / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus / Cigars: Anthony Fiset of Wedding Cigar Rollers / Wedding Dress + Belt: Christos via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Shoes + Clutch: Jimmy Choo / Veil: BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup / Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Tuxes: J.Crew

Bella Vista Designs, Inc, Julie Song Ink, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Lazaro Press & Design, Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd., Rising Moon Films and TEAM Hair and Makeup are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Amsale, BHLDN and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.

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.

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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.

13 05, 2011

Ashley & Michael Real Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty Part 1!

By |2011-05-13T11:18:56-06:00May 13th, 2011|Featured|

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

May 12th. 2011 by Abby Larson | 10 comments

You guys know what tends to happen to me when I get my hands on a Jose Villa wedding. I turn into a five year old who just took her first steps inside a candy store. Giddy, flustered, squealing here and there for no particular reason. Well, that’s exactly what I did when I opened my email to see this gem of a wedding sitting there all perfect and pretty. Then I saw the vendor list…Jill La FleurJoel SerratoModern Day DesignTeam Hair & Makeup and that five year old inside of me? Well, let’s just say that I had to put her in timeout to calm her down. We’ve got a full day of gorgeousness for you from Jose and crew and we’re topping off everything with an incredible buying guide. Because let’s face it, not everyone can have Jill La Fleur and Modern Day Designs craft your wedding! So without further blabbing, let’s get started. Oh and you can click here to see even more.
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