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Lincourt Winery Wedding Under a Full Moon

Blog, Real Weddings / 07.22.20114 comments

Santa Barbara Wine Country. An incredible location set in the midst of lush green vineyards.  Good ol’ southern hospitality and charm gracing every turn of this wedding with a casual comfort that embraced every guest.  As if that wasn’t enough, how about a full moon?  There are few moments in life which could ever be scripted and timed as beautifully as this was.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we will let the photos below speak for the story of this gorgeous and epic evening.


Santa Barbara Wedding at Bacara Resort: Shannon & Jeff

Blog, Real Weddings / 06.15.20111 comments

Santa Barbara has so many wedding locations and choices.  And I love them all.   But one of the things I love most about producing weddings in Santa Barbara is working at the Bacara Resort and Spa.  Located on a bluff overlooking the ocean and Santa Barbara Channel Islands, this resort boasts top notch internationally-acclaimed service and features and brings weddings to a whole new level with their “Bacara Bride” program.

When Shannon and Jeff came to me for their big day, I was smitten.  Both of them were among the kindest people I had ever met.  Shannon had a clear idea of her color and theme and we carried this throughout the entire event.  Her vision was clear:  sea mist cool greens and blues, table names that were popular beach names, sand dollars for escort cards, and instead of favors for guests, they hired caricature artists to do portraits of guests during cockail hour and after dinner.  After the moving toasts by their friends and families, sweet tooths were satisfied with


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

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