Brides (or grooms who wear makeup, we are all inclusive here), can we talk? That friend who “does great makeup” who has offered to do yours for your wedding day and has a heart of gold? Give them a huge hug and thank them for their generous heart, but ask for a raincheck for some other night- like maybe date night with your partner.Read More >>
I instantly adored Amy and Jeff, who were fun-loving individuals and knew exactly what they wanted. They were a wedding planner’s dream client, always in a great mood, gave timely responses that were indicative of a clear self-knowledge, which of course, makes my job easier. Amy and Jeff chose to have their charming wine country wedding at Alisal River Terrace, a satellite location associated with the main legendary & historic Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.
Jeff and Amy exchanged their vows in front of the intimate lake at Alisal River Terrace and afterwards guests adjourned up to the terrace for a delightful cocktail hour with sweeping views of the wine country hillside and as the sun set, and the stars came out, enjoyed the glow of fire bowls, italian fire heaters, dancing under the stars and making s’mores! You can check out video highlights of their day here.Read More >>
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has been hosting memorable weddings for generations. In fact, it has been the locale of celebrity nuptials starting with Clark Gable and Lady Sylvia many years ago. Besides offering picture-perfect backdrops for the nature and woodland-inspired wedding, the main ranch offers exclusivity for wedding couples, their families and guests, with a ranch buy-out (or in some cases, a “partial” buy-out). Alisal is not a typical hotel and because it focuses on a dedicated daily “program” for guests that is part of the Alisal legendary guest experience, all weddings require a “buy-out” of some kind, so Alisal can deliver the experience and service for which it is known. There are several options for Alisal Guest Ranch weddings and receptions and one of our absolute favorites isRead More >>
The moment I met Charlotte I fell in love. And so did every event supply partner producing her Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore wedding. Her (now) husband, Kevin, dazzled us too with his sparkling eyes and love for Charlotte and the two of them truly renewed my love in why it is I am in this industry of weddings.
The main reason I am in the wedding industry may surprise you. It is not because I’m a die-hard romantic and live vicariously through creating fun and beautiful events for my clients (although that is a part of it). The leading number one reason I am in the wedding planning industry is because of my love of family. I interview my potential clients very carefully and during the interview process listen to what is important to the bride and groom. The number one thing I listen for is their love of family or wanting to make this a day to remember for themselves- and their families. Charlotte and Kevin were all about their love of their family. And they chose one of the area’s number one choices for a destination Santa Barbara wedding: The Four Seasons Biltmore.Read More >>
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 withRead More >>