Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Tea 2011

It has been a tradition for many years to gather a few friends around the table for afternoon Christmas Tea, and this year wasn't any different.  It is a time to reflect, share our hearts together as busy women, relax and enjoy each other's company.  We laugh, cry, eat, drink champagne, and enjoy a few hours of refreshment together.   Preparing the tea, sandwiches, scones, cookies as well as setting the table has made such fond memories for Kaitlin and I.  This year we had fun finding all the flowers and putting the centerpiece together,  buying the ornaments, glassware and designing the table with the eggplant lamour linen and napkin from Creative Coverings , and the pretty topper by La Tavola called Paloma in Platinum.

 It is a special time to say thank you to a few friends that we work so closely with.  
It has become the highlight of the Christmas Season for us both.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Healthy and Happy New Year!  
See you in 2012~
Colette & Kaitlin

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sneak Peak- Intimate Romance at the San Ysidro Ranch

We wanted to share our table top design from an elaborate yet small & intimate wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch. This enchanting wedding reception took place inside the wine cellar, and the ceremony was held right outside in the garden in front of the fireplace. We designed chocolate menus for each of the 32 guests, as well as custom lace toppers for each of the 3 tables. We can't wait to share more images from this magical day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thank You Montecito Journal

We are so thankful to be supported by one of our local magazines who has chosen to feature us again in their wedding section called "Montecito Matrimony." There are some gorgeous events in the magazine and  if you live here in town please make sure you grab a copy off the stands!
Here is a sneak peak of the Michelle and Michael's wedding that took place in the gardens at the historic San Ysidro Ranch. One of the most stunning and romantic places in Santa Barbara!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Feeling So Blessed

Junebug Weddings has chosen La Fete Weddings as one of the World's Best Wedding Planners and Designers!

Friday, November 11, 2011

We Have Been Featured on Style Me Pretty Today!!!

There may not be a uniform in sight, but the Military Groom is present in this Santa Barbara fete. Soon to be sent over seas, this couple set out to plan a gorgeous wedding full of LOVE and worthy of every single last squeal heard around the office today. Bliss Photography captured all the monochromatic flower gorgeousness crafted by NLC Productions, not to mention the overall design perfection by La Fete. There’s really nothing not to love in this modern and drop dead gorgeous day.  Click here for more.
From La FeteWhen Ashley first met with me, she told me she wanted her wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. She had wonderful taste from the start and always held on to her vision from start to finish. She wanted an open-air canopy with flowing white fabric overhead, with the works! Crystal chandeliers, candlelight, a big white dance floor, along with abundant yet simple white flowers. As the designer and planner I had a fabulous time working with Ashley, she knew exactly what she wanted which made decision making and the planning process a dream. But don’t get me wrong we definitely ran into a few hiccups. Due to a high profile event, her wedding was FORCED to change locations, and as if that wasn’t enough, she found this out on the day her fiancé was being sent overseas in the military!
So it was up to me and the old location to work something out for my poor bride and that is when the sun comes out in this story. We were able to get her the most INCREDIBLE location. Honestly a dream location with a huge private polo field and an extraordinary compound off in the distance. We are talking 360 degree views of mountains, mansions, and the Pacific Ocean. I knew she would love it and the second she walked on that property she knew she had really lucked out! We went with a simple color palette of slate grey, and white but added all the glamour with the overhead fabric and chandeliers. We were working with a tight budget on this event, and I would say she really got a BANG for her buck. These images were provided by Mishelle Lamarand from Bliss Photography, and honestly she is insanely amazing. She calls herself one of the only “natural light photographer” and its really incredible to see how she works with lighting and I’m sure you can tell. I really hope you enjoy this event!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Classic Elegance at the San Ysidro Ranch~

The San Ysidro Ranch is the perfect place to have an intimate wedding in a garden setting.  Each space is filled with lovely trees, flowers and sprawling green lawns.  We so enjoyed helping Caroline and John on this wedding filled with love, family and friends.  

Caroline's dress gave us the inspiration for all the lace details incorporated into this classic elegant affair.  I loved the lace inlay on her train!  The bouquet wrap, pretty little bags for the flower girls, petal cones, boutonnieres all had the lace details, created by Mindy Rice. I loved the lush flower arrangements she designed for the cocktail hour and the the Hydrangea Cottage all accented with the tiny elegant green vines.  The room looked so lovely with the tall candelabras.

For the second time this year we have had the wonderful treat of using Aurora Ensembles for our ceremony musicians.  I have asked them to play their beautiful music while processing either up the aisle or around the guests before the ceremony is to begin.  It is such an awesome moment, and the guests love it.

The whole event is beautifully captured by Stephanie Hogue Photography!