Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Yes, that's right, one week I was in Costa Rica and the next week in Santa Barbara...I do think I could possibly be the luckiest gal alive and yes, I am not above bragging just a smidge :). A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being a part of Angie & Brett's wedding at one of my favorite places on earth, The San Ysidro Ranch. We started planning this wedding at the beginning of February and I think it is proof positive that with the right experience and resources, a beautiful affair doesn't have to take a year of planning. In six short weeks, I worked with this couple to customize even the smallest of details from the welcome drinks to the stationery to the sweetest of flowers (Holly Flora) and the most luxurious linens (La Tavola). Nothing was overlooked even with a short planning process.
Angie and Brett choose the wine cellar at the San Ysidro Ranch as their ceremony and reception location. We used the venue's old stone fireplace as the backdrop for the ceremony and draped it in some of Angie's favorite blooms from ranunculous to hydrangea. 23 guests were greeted with lavendar lemonade and lounged on rustic, antique benches prior to the ceremony while listening to the sounds of acoustic guitarist, Christopher Wooley. After one of the most personal ceremonies I have ever heard was performed, everyone enjoyed wine from the central coast and passed appetizers that included only the freshest meats and produce. While the couple took pictures around the breathtaking gardens of the venue, guests enjoyed conversation near the outdoor fireplace surrounded by hanging lanterns and beatiful oil lamps shipped straight from France. For dinner, Angie and Brett hand selected an organic menu with their guests in mind that included Pacific Crab Cakes, Classic Caesar Salad, Filet, Salmon and they finished with a homestyle Apple Tartine and cinnamon ice cream. The couple shared a few dances, but mostly kept the evening to great conversation with all of the favorite people in their lives. Just one of the many reasons I love small weddings...every guest knows how much it means to the couple to have them there. No one leaves unnoticed and everyone truly feels a part of the celebration. At the end of the night, each guest left with a jar of homemade jam which was handmade by the mother of the bride which we displayed in rustic flower boxes. I was even able to keep a jar for myself and it is delish! I've said it before and I'll say it again, the 2009 wedding season is off to a very, very good start and I'm so excited to share every single event in the works for this year.
These beautiful images were captured my Miss Meg Perotti, who is quickly making it to the top of my favorites list. Not only is her work amazing but her demeanor is so professional and laid back on the wedding day. Exactly what every bride needs on what can be an oh so stressful day. Oh, and I know it seems like I am posting a a lot of images, but believe me, there are more to share. As soon as I get the full set of images, I'll show you even more of my favorite details from the day!