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Real Wedding: Rustic Elegance at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse

Today I’m showing one of the last weddings I did as an event designer. The couple chose the stunning (though logistically difficult) Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. The bride was very feminine, and the groom a contractor and was a “guy’s guy” so our goal with the wedding design was to play off and combine the two, all the while keeping the design in a rustic elegant sphere.

For the bride’s bouquet I used a mix of cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa and dusty miller. The groomsmen wore succulents wrapped with torn linen and leather cord.

For the ceremony, the groom built the arbor and Town & Country installed a custom walkway that I stained to match the wood columns. We offset the strong wood with feminine flowers, blue hydranga being the bride’s favorite.

The invitations by Copper Willow featured letterpress and fine twine.

For dinner we did 5 different tabletop looks. For table numbers my assistant Molly and I made upolsetry tack numbers. For the napkin treatment, leather cord was tied in a feminine bow. Rustic wood tables were set with a custom runner of soft blue silk. Wood stumps added to the country vibe and made the silver mercury glass containers seem all the more elegant.

For the lounge I used so many awesome pieces from Found Vintage Rentals and I paired it with Town & Country’s candle wall to make it feel more intimate while not losing the beautiful view. A literal cheese cake served as dessert. To see more of this wedding hop on over to Style Me Pretty.

Inspiration Board: Saturated Mustards & Reds

Hot colors + hot illustrations = hot. Loving the 70’s vibes of these hues…

Via, from upper left, clockwise: Faraday Bikes, Red Cheeks Factory, Julia Rothman, Designlovefest

Shoesday + Featured on Oncewed

I’m so excited to finally show off these gorgeous Louboutins one of my adorable brides wore last year. Hello nude Louboutins with the sweetest little bow!

And you can check out the rest of this wedding on Oncewed (and in the current issue of Santa Barbara Magazine) and I will be posting my own little write up on Monday. Happy Tuesday Shoesday m’dears!

You can pick up this pair and similar shoes right here:

Real Wedding: Santa Barbara Secret Garden Estate Wedding by Tricia Fountaine

Today I’m excited to share this absolutely stunning garden wedding designed by Tricia Fountaine and held at one of my favorite garden estates in Montecito. As guests entered the wedding they were greeted by flower filled fountains. How pretty are the shades of yellow, peach and pink?

Reflecting the tones of the flowers, the bridesmaids wore a range of soft pinks, taupes and peaches for their dresses.

The bride carried a peach toned bouquet with peach garden roses, patience garden roses and geranium.

The estate’s statues were adorned with ivy to add to the secret garden feel.

For the ceremony, tin containers were filled with flowers and lined the aisle. At the front, an arbor of branches with trailing flowers created a garden backdrop. On either side, large floral arrangements in weather garden urns were mixed with coppery patina lanterns.

The couple, said “I do” in dappled light while guests looked on.

Old garden keys served as escort cards and guided guests to their seat.

Distressed farm house tables from Town & Country were paired with shabby chic white chivari chairs. Tricia’s collection of vintage lace linens added a feminine touch.

Dahlias, roses, snapdragons, dusty miller and lamb’s ear made up the floral arrangements.

Old tin tiles were placed under some of the floral vignettes.

Table numbers were pieces of birch cut on a angle with the number written in.

A buttercream cake was decorated with pink lisanthus, dahlias, queen anne’s lace, wax flower and spray roses.

And the couple’s grand exit was made extra special with a sparkler send off! Thank you Soigne Productions, for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

Flower Chic: Making a Merry & Bright Floral Crown

I’m so excited to share this merry floral crown idea that is featured in the current issue of Flutter Magazine. You can check out the feature here and here’s how to re-create the look yourself.

First up, lets assemble the materials. You will need:

straight wire

floral wire

– pretty ribbon

floral tape

floral shears

– flowers, I’m using red dahlias, orange ranunuclus and dusty miller

Begin by making mini bunches of flowers and tie them together with floral tape.

Take the straight wire and cut to about 9″. Attach ribbon with a glue gun on either end so you can tie the floral headdress around your head.

Then, working in one direction, attach you flower bundles until you’ve completely covered the wire.

And ta da! You’re done, now you can sport flowers in your hair whenever you feel like. Enjoy! To purchase flowers go to Fabulous Florals.

 

Flower Chic: Fall Wedding Ceremony Ideas

I love a good fall wedding, and for this week’s Flower Chic I thought it be fun to dress up a traditional lattice structure for a fall wedding. I used a palette of orange with touch of black, via some insane black dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and black scabiosa all from Florabundance.

To make the arrangement, I started by wiring maple branches to the trellis to create a nice base shape. Then I wired a piece of caged floral foam to the left side of the arbor. Then I layered in bittersweet and orange berry branches. I placed my 3 types of dahlias, poppies, tulips, and then onto to the smaller flowers, the scabiosa and cosmo into the floral foam.

Finally, I tucked in pieces of pumpkin branches for texture.

To recreate this arrangement you will need:

Supplies:

– caged floral foam, soak in water

– green floral wire

Flowers:

– 3 bunches of orange dahlia

– 2 bunches of red dahlias

– 1 bunch of black dahlias

– 1 bunch of black cosmos

– 1 bunch of black scabiosa

– 3 bunches of maple leaf

– 3 bunches of bittersweet

– 2 bunches of orange berries

Happy arranging!

Real Wedding: Pink Garden Romance

Back in June I had the honor of designing this sweet wedding for Selena & Erik. Selena wanted a wedding with a soft pink and feminine feel with a vintage touch.

She wore a stunning Vera Wang wedding gown with a etheral long pearl necklace. For her bouquet I mixed cafe au lait dahlias, peonies, sweet pea, astilbe, garden roses and a few bits of maidenhair fern. She wanted her bouquet to be slightly “jagged=y” but with soft, big, blooms mixed in.

I love how the bridesmaids wore different muted dresses in mint-y soft greens. The color worked perfectly with their pink astilbe bouquets. And how handsome are the groomsmen in their suspenders?!

The ceremony was held under a large willow tree at a private home. I made the willow tree “bloom” by attaching white dendrodium orchads to the strands of the tree.

I love how the tree moved in the wind during their ceremony.

For the reception we used Town & Country’s vineyard tables and the bride made the adorable eyelet runners. For flowers, I continues with the soft pink and white palette and placed blooms in footed old silver pieces. Congratulations Erik & Selena!

In the Kitchen: Lamb w/ Candied Olive & Orange Tapenade

I love citrus in savory dishes, and this recipe for lamb brochette is certain to get your taste buds hopping… First up, Duo picked up both the blood oranges and lamb from Santa Barbara’s farmer market and got to cooking…

To make this recipe you will need:

For the lamb:

-2 Lamb Loins

-1 Tablespoon Finely cut rosemary

-3 Garlic cloves, minced

-Zest of 1/2 Orange

For the Tapenade:

-1/2 Cup pitted olives (we often use picholine, Nicoise, and Luque Olives)

-1/4 Cup dice orange (the entire orange- do not peel).

-1 Tablespoon Sugar

-1/4 Cup Water

-1 Clove garlic, minced

-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

-2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Parsley

Procedure:

  1. Clean each lamb loin of any silver skin and split lengthwise (leaving you with 4 pieces)
  2. Rub the loins with the Rosemary, garlic, orange zest and salt and pepper- set aside.
  3. Combine water, sugar and orange in a sauté pan over high heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add olives and garlic and continue to simmer for an additional two minutes (the majority of the liquid should have evaporated – if the water evaporates too quickly add 2-3 additional tablespoons).
  5. Allow mixture to cool.
  6. Add parsley and set aside.
  7. Heat a sauté pan with 2 tbl Neutral cooking oil over meadium, high heat.
  8. sear the lamb loins on all sides, reduce heat and cook for a total time of 3-4  minutes.
  9. Remove lamb to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  10.  slice each loin into 6 pieces (for a total of 24).
  11. Top each medallion with 1 tsp of the Tapenade.

Makes 24 Brochettes. Enjoy these bites sized treats!

*Duo & Michael and Anna Costa are sponsors of Santa Barbara Chic

Editorial: Romance on the Ranch

I’m simply in love with this editorial styled by Joy de Vivre and photographed by Kurt Boomer. Shot on a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley with Pervuian horses, what could be better?

Joy draped the table in La Tavola’s aqua Tuscany linen for a slightly casual feel then ramped up the elegance by pairing Town & Country’s cane backed chairs and elegant rimmed china. Flowers by NLC Productions added a punch of hot pink and sherbet.

To finish off the design, elegant paper goods by Lazaro Press in a palette of gold and hot pink. To see more of this editorial check out the new magazine Flutter created by Tracy of Lazaro Designs and Kim of Love Mikana.

Real Wedding: Peonies & Love at San Ysidro Ranch

Are you ready for one seriously gorgeous and intimate wedding? Held at the always stunning San Ysidro Ranch, this wedding’s design was inspired by the beautiful gardens that make up the grounds of the property.

The bride carried a stunning bouquet of pink peonies, dahlias and garden roses (all my favorites!) by Florette Designs and wore a stunning dress by Vera Wang.

Paper goods were kept simple and elegant and are from Etsy. Escort cards designed by Lazaro Press were little tags that were tied to a vintage ladder.

For the reception, the outdoors were brought inside with more gorgeous blooms (I can’t get over the size of these peonies) tucked into mercury glass containers. A big thank you to Joy for sharing this gorgeous affair with us and to Jose Villa for the beautiful photos!