Katie and Shaun had a high energy, fabulous wedding and spectacular ocean view reception at Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara. When I heard they were going to have 28 people in their bridal party I knew I was in for a fun group. They did not disappoint! Both are super cute and full of personality. It was a glorious Santa Barbara day with plenty of sunshine, and warmth. Not only from the weather, but from family and friends too.Bijoux Events for her smooth timeline and Grassroots for their beautiful florals. Everything was perfection!
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My niece Kelly is having her first baby, and I was delighted, with the help of my sister Sydney, to throw her a baby shower in my home. She and her husband chose not to find out the sex of the baby, so we didn’t do a pink or blue theme. Since her family and friends are helping to “feather her nest” I thought it would be cute have a bird themed baby shower.
A special thank you to my dear friend Nico for sending over his design team with bird cages, twigs, daffodils, birds nests, faux eggs, white vases and blue mercury glass. Up for an international design award, Nico was in Chicago, but insisted on sending his talented team over to help with the decor.
Kelly with her Grammy and and Mom, Sharon. (My big brother’s wife)
My sister Sydney, made most of the food. Tuna, and ham & cheese wraps, potato salad, deviled eggs (bird theme), chilled green bean vinaigrette . I didn’t have room at my dining room table for everyone, so we wanted mostly finger foods that would be easy to eat off a plate in your lap.
I bought some unpainted wooden bird houses at Michael’s craft store , painted them white, and hot glued them to this twisty branch. (Thank you Tenley for loaning me the branch) It’s been so long since I had a glue gun in my hands. It was fun to be crafty.
I printed the table tent menu cards on my printer and hot glued these cute little nests to each of them.
Kelly and me.
I had the cupcake tree. I bought it at Pottery Barn in Santa Barbara last year. It was perfect to display our dessert. I’ve learned well from my event planner friends to use dessert as one of the key elements in your design. Give it a table of it’s own in an area where it will stand out.
I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and frosted them with cream cheese frosting and toasted some coconut to look like a nest. I used Jordan almonds as the bird eggs. Again, Michaels comes through with the grass printed cupcake liners.
Kelly didn’t want to do any shower games. But while we all sat in a circle about to open gifts I asked everyone to make a guess about the sex of the baby. My guess is it’s a boy. I’m sure it will be, because I have ESP.
After the party, on the way out the door, we had pretzels (twigs) for party favors. A little messy to make, but worth the effort. Dip pretzel rods halfway up the pretzel in melted caramel, let cool and dip into melted white chocolate. While wet, roll in chopped peanuts and almonds. You can buy the chocolate for melting and the pretzel bags at Michaels. Another great resource for crafts is Save-on-crafts.com.
I had such a great time planning and enjoying Kelly’s Santa Barbara Baby Shower. Thank you so much to our family that flew in from Philadelphia, and to our local friends that feel like family. We love you all.
Mother, daughter team, Colette and Kaitlin of LaFete Weddings host an annual Christmas Tea in their home. While we have come to know each other through our business relationships, our friendship has become much deeper. They always design a gorgeous table for all of us to enjoy. Each year all the girls share our stories of good and difficult times we’ve experienced throughout the year.
This year Colette and Kaitlin had the clever idea of using a Giving Key on each of the place cards. Each guest had a different word inscribed on her key. We sat down at our place and they asked us why we thought we were given that word on our key. My key said inspire. I was speechless. Which is saying a lot for me. The other keys had the words, fearless, grace, love, dreamer, and faith. As each of us stumbled on why we were honored with the words we were given, each gal at the table quickly joined in to say why they thought the word described the person to which it was given.
It was an emotional evening. We all left the table with full hearts, and intentions to wear our keys until the time comes to share the key with someone else that either needs to feel the word on the key, or deserves the word on the key.
The story behind the making of the keys is glorious. A great gift. www.thegivingkeys.com.
Place cards by Heidi at Zenadia Designs
Rentals by Town & Country
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It can be a real challenge planning your wedding from across the country. Luckily for Melissa, Jon and I, they chose LaFete Weddings to plan and design their wedding. LaFete clearly understood their tastes and style, and knew we would be a great match for their wedding photography.
Coming from Chicago, they had limited availability to meet in person so they booked me online. My first meeting with them was a casual photo session for the guest book they wanted to make. Colette knows her clients. Melissa, Jon and I had instant rapport. We started the session at the Courthouse and moved to the Santa Barbara Historic Museum and than finished up at sunset on the beach.
Fast forward to their wedding day on October 13th. A meaningful and traditional wedding at the Montecito Presbyterian Church. Followed by a beautifully detailed and scrumptious wedding reception at Villa Sevillano. It was an intimate and lovely evening. Several dinner courses paired with local Santa Barbara wines, with heartfelt speeches in between, made for a night to cherish.
Melissa’s email to me within minutes of viewing her wedding photos: “Melissa- I’ve just started looking at them (not even that far in yet) and I’m sitting in my office bawling and laughing at the same time and I think my makeup is running. Thank you thank you thank you so much.“
Guess that sums it up!
Sweet light. Autumn warmth.
Soft reflection from the historic buildings. Buildings that have stood the test of time.
How wonderful to be married at the Historic Museum of Santa Barbara. I’m not sure if it’s the reflected light off the warm toned buildings, or just that something so old is rejoicing in love so new. Whatever it is, I’m delighted to have been the wedding photographer to capture the magic moments of Janessa and Kevin’s October wedding.
What do you get when you have a ballerina bride and a musician groom, coupled with a secret location and Santa Barbara sunset?
Leila is a principal ballerina for the State Street Ballet and Chris is a master guitarist. Both have incredible talent and have performed nationwide. It was a joy to photograph their engagement session at this incredible private location in Santa Barbara. It felt like we were on top of the world!