Friday, July 15, 2011

lauren and brian - the four seasons, santa barbara

this wedding took place at the gorgeous four seasons resort in one of my favorite southern california cities - santa barbara...the bride and i clicked from the moment we started chatting about her wedding decor and i knew right away she was going to be the kind of bride who really valued my opinions and my experience as a designer...bottom line - i loved her!!! :)

client style: pretty, feminine, soft, classic
color scheme: white, cream, gray, pale buttery yellows
elements: apothecary jars, lace, mirrored surfaces, hemstitch napkins, russian linen tablecloths, glass candlesticks, cut crystal drinking goblets

isn't the bride a dead ringer for isla fisher?!

lauren's bouquet was composed of white and cream peonies, ranunculas, spray roses, double tulips and lisianthus...all wrapped in a raw edged vanilla colored lace...

seriously this is probably one of the most gorgeous couples i have ever worked with!!

for the ceremony, instead of a traditional arch or canopy, we chose to go with a pair of mirrored console tables, each lined with a lace runner and accented with glass apothecary jars, floral arrangements and various height glass and white candlesticks...we then lined each side of the aisle with a lush border of white and cream rose petals...

how great are those hanging programs with lace?

every other row held a tray wrapped in gray fabric, lace and filled with rose petals to toss upon conclusion of the ceremony...

the stunning grounds of the four seasons...quintessential santa barbara style...

the placecards were set on top of strips of gray lace and fluffy white hydrangea lined the backside of the table...

for the dessert display, we brought in two mirrored console tables along with a lace runner and white candlesticks...for the backdrop we hung various width strands of gray, ivory and pale yellow satin ribbon, as well as white and ivory laces...

centerpieces were a composite of glass footed vases filled with monobotanical arrangements of hydrangea, lisianthus, sweet peas, garden roses, peonies and ranunculas...we also added in a couple cut crystal drinking goblets filled with a mixture of those theme flowers, as well as 2 cylinder vases wrapped in a cuff of cream lace and filled with a pillar elegant and clean but still romantic and soft...

a classic cake encircled by white hydrangea and votives...

i loved how those beautiful russian linens in the butter yellow tone offset the white chiavari chairs and white hemstitch napkins!

lauren actually created the entire photo booth design...she searched for special pieces and touches that would make it killer like the fabric backdrop, the chairs, the coat racks, clocks, cameras vintage vibe without feeling overdone or cluttered...i loved it!

for the favors, lauren had a custom canvas totes made for all her guests with a killer map of santa barbara on it...i still have mine and use it all the time actually! such a great idea!

this wedding has such a soft spot in my heart and i love that the bride will be able to look back on it for years to come and still think its timeless and beautiful without being overly trendy - i know i will!

thanks to all the awesome vendors who participated in this lovely day!

photography: aaron delesie
florals and event design: JL DESIGNS
event coordination: go get it events
linens and napkins: wildflower linens (reception) and elegant designs (cocktail hour)
furniture rental: luxe event rentals
mini desserts: sweet and saucy shop
dance floor, chiavari chairs, lighting: chiavari chair rentals
venue: the four seasons - biltmore resort, santa barbara

and special thanks to style me pretty for featuring this wedding! to see the spread, click here

a summer wedding photo shoot - the ace hotel, palm springs

this photo shoot was a brainchild of jesi haack...she wanted to do something bright and funky at the ace hotel in palm springs...when she sent me the color scheme i was so excited - fuschia, orange, navy and pale blue - yes please!! a desert vibe was incorporated with chevron patterns, tumbleweeds, denim and canvas twine...overall an awesome blend of classic palm springs with a modern, vibrant edge!

to see our shoot featured on design sponge, click here!

how amazing are these hot pink chiavari chairs?!

i alternated monochromatic orange and fuschia floral arrangements...jesi planted baby pink cacti with wood hearts to serve as the placecards AND favors...

the bridal bouquet was a mix of hot pink garden roses, orange and fuschia ranunculas, blue thistle, yellow acacia and salmon colored anthirium...

some of the vases were textured white ceramic that i wrapped in fuschia thread...

and the other vases were glass cylinders that i wrapped in denim jeans - pockets included!!

super adorable menu created by amber at pitbulls+posies...also, a close up of a "denim pocket" vase i made...

all of the awesome chevron fabric used for the custom table runner and napkins was sourced by jesi...

i wrapped the bouquet in a burnt orange rustic ribbon and a braid i made out of come canvas twine...

the boutonniere was blue thistle, yellow acacia and canvas twine...and how rad is that bolero tie that jesi asked the groom to wear?!

cactus coolers were the drink of choice...a combo of vodka, pineapple juice, mint and cucumber!

jesi brought these cute pink soda bottles and i wrapped them in some extra denim fabric and canvas twine to give it that desert feel...

ooooohhhhh....this has to be one of my favorites EVER! melody from sweet and saucy hand painted the stunning chevron pattern and topped it with an orange gloriosa lily sugar flower...amazing right?

another highlight of the shoot was the heart shaped ceremony arch that jesi created out of tumbleweeds - so creative AND cost effective!! i loved it!

all the stationary had abstract pink tumbleweeds on them to fit with the theme...and i adored the laid back font that amber chose...

super cute guest book idea from jesi, using perler beads...amber's signage for it was also genius..."i'll stop the world and melt with you"?? i mean, come on!

it was a blast working with the following talented people!!

design and coordination: jesi haack design
florals and design: JL DESIGNS
printed items: pitbulls and posies
hair/makeup: fiore beauty
brides hair accessory:
bridal gown: mary me bridal