Showing posts tagged with: Elegant Santa Barbara weddings

Amy & Dan | A San Ysidro Guest Ranch Elopement at The Wine Cellar

Blog, Real Weddings / 11.20.20130 comments

East Coast couple Amy and Dan ended up booking me a year after our first conversation.  In fact, I thought perhaps they had chosen another planner or perhaps chosen to get married outside the Santa Barbara area because I hadn’t heard from them for so long.  Turns out, they were just carefully making sure that those closest to them would be able to make the long trip out first before securing my services.

When we first spoke and they described their ideal wedding elopement to me, they said it would be for them and 8 of their closest family and friends.  They wanted something warm, cozy and romantic that would be an incredibly elegant destination Santa Barbara wedding experience and one that provided some of the best cuisine and wine in the country.  For me, the choice was clear:  San Ysidro Guest Ranch.  Not just because of my love affair with the property and staff , nor because my vintagely romantic heart loves that Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh said “I do” at midnight in these very same gardens, but because this gorgeous and sensational Santa Barbara wedding location met every single one of their criteria.  And more than anything: I just saw Amy and Dan there.

San Ysidro Guest Ranch Event and Catering Manager Sarah Zwisler and her team provided


Santa Barbara Wedding Locations Feature: The University Club

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice / 01.31.20100 comments

Photo by Sun-Dance Photography

And we’re off!  As I mentioned on my last BLOG entry, we are featuring several Guest Bloggers of Santa Barbara’s leading wedding locations.  I have hand chosen the Creme de La Creme of Santa Barbara’s elite wedding professionals to present to you in the coming months. Rather than just create a list of Santa Barbara wedding locations, which anyone can do without much thought by simply looking at a Visitor’s Bureau Website (and is ulitmately of no true use in the long run since it is not customized), I decided to go deeper and give you the inside scoop from the venue’s perspective itself. I am proud to introduce my first Guest Blogger, Ms. Chrissy Deferville, Events Director for the historical and lovely University Club.  Welcome, Ms. Deferville.

For those who have not been to the University Club, you must go visit it.  It is a quintessential private estate experience without the price tag of many of Santa Barbara’s private wedding sites.  It is truly a hidden gem.  From the incredible bridal suite upstairs equipped with powder room and shower to a wonderful area for the groom and his friends to pass time pre-ceremony.  The photos here and on their Website do not do this elegant and historic venue justice.  I encourage you to go visit the Unversity Club for your Santa Barbara private estate-style wedding , brunch or rehearsal dinner.


Due to the unique layout of the estate, with multiple large and small adjoining rooms, the Club can easily accommodate groups in size from 30 to 300 people and has hosted many famous guests over its history.Located in the downtown, historic estate district, the University Club is surrounded by beautiful historic homes, and overlooks the “prettiest park in Santa Barbra” – Alice Keck Park.  The venue is also within walking distance of many restaurants, shops and hotels on and around State Street.

The most unique aspect of having a University Club event or wedding, is that you get a private estate feel, that functions like a resort.  The Club is fully staffed, providing all food, beverage, staffing, set up, break down, and includes all needed “rentals.”



Sun Dance Photography

My favorite feature of our Club, is that every guest is able to experience the grandeur of a by-gone era.  Club service, cuisine, and general hospitality is rarely felt on such a level as what the Club offers.

Kerry Lee asked me what I love most about what I do in producing weddings and events at the University Club.  It is really quite simple. I absolutely love to see the creative elements of each wedding client come together to make their individual day such a fun and unique experience for myself and Club Staff.


To inquire to the University Club for your Santa Barbara wedding or special celebration, please contact Ms. Deferville at:  805-966-0853 ext.13  or email at:  You may also visit their Website by simply clicking on their name above.

Kristen Grinnel Photography


Santa Barbara Wedding Locations

Blog, Event Planning Advice / 01.10.20102 comments

Two thousand ten.  Twenty ten.  However you say it, it’s a new year and the start of a new decade.  The economy is showing signs of recovering and it’s a good year to get married!

Firestone Crossroads Estate

Firestone Crossroads Estate

But then again, anytime is a good time to get married in Santa Barbara.  A Santa Barbara wedding means that there is a wide variety of wedding locations for every taste.   From rustic country elegance for a Santa Barbara wine country wedding at a vineyard , quaint inn, ranch or private estate to the

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