Category Archives: California Weddings

A Gatsby inspired wedding in Napa? Yes please. Katya & Colin’s wedding was definitely unique, definitely fun, and definitely gorgeous. And to top it all off were lucky enough to work with a fantastic team: Lovely Little Details, Tec Petaja, and Paula LeDuc fine catering at one of our favorite Napa venues, Beaulieu Garden. More from the bride:

“Our vision for the wedding is Art Deco Garden. We were influenced by the recent release of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”. We loved the extraordinary party scenes and all the glitz and glamour but, more so, we loved the unwavering love and devotion Jay Gatsby had for Daisy. We tried to show this romantic feel through the white elegance of flowers and feminine lace of the reception tables while saving the more bold gold Art Deco roaring 20’s vibe for the party and cocktails!”

There were so many fantastic moments from this wedding that it was so hard to pack everything into this highlights film! Enjoy!

The Team:

Venue:  Beaulieu Garden
Planner/Designer:  Lovely Little Details
Photographer: Tec Petaja
Cuisine: Paula LeDuc
Cinematography:  Elysium Productions

This wedding almost didn’t happen because Lizzie (and several other guests) got incredibly ill the night before the wedding (food poisoning I believe!!)  All I can say is if this was me, I would have called it all off and stayed in bed but she powered through the day.  Just goes to show you that love conquers all!   More about the couple and their day from the bride:

“We met randomly in a taco place in San Francisco almost three years ago. Keith had the guts to strike up a conversation with me as I was sitting with my best friend having dinner after spending a Saturday watching football with friends. Four hours later we closed the place down and met the next night for a real date. Turns out we had multiple friends in common but we were both happy to have met on our own terms. Keith had just moved into the city from Grad School and I had lived here for a couple of years. Being from the area, one of the fun things about when we first started dating was getting to explore the city and show Keith why I loved living here so much. We explored most of Northern California together, going to West Marin for oysters, Healdsburg for wine tasting and Lake Tahoe for skiing in the winter and hiking, biking and lake activities in the summer. I think a big moment for us was a trip we took together last summer to Europe. After spending several days with my family in Italy, the two of us spent a week in Paris together. We rented a little apartment and settled right into Parisian life. I think everyone can attest that traveling with someone tells you a lot about who they are. It might have while we were sitting at a café enjoying our pain au chocolats and espressos or while we were strolling on the Pont des Arts bridge but I think we both realized on that trip that we were in it for the long haul. Keith proposed last December on a weekend trip to Carmel and I can’t believe I got to marry him.

When deciding on where to get married, it was hard for us to pass on the opportunity to have it at my parent’s house in Tahoe. It has become a place where we spend almost all of our holiday weekends and birthdays and any other time we can get out of the city and it has become very special to us both. The thought of getting to share this place with Keith’s family and friends from the East Coast got us very excited and thinking about how it was going to become even more of a special place to us if we could get married right in the backyard convinced us that this was our spot. Since this was going to be somewhat of a destination wedding we knew we were going to need some help. After doing some diligence and meeting with a few wedding planners, we chose Melissa Panico from MAP Events to help. She has a ton of experience pulling off some great wine country weddings and knew exactly what vendors we could use locally and what we should bring in. From there, we really relied on Melissa’s recommendations for the majority of our vendors. Tracy Radeff from Radeff Design Studios was one of the only vendors that we were set on having be a part of our wedding. Tracy assisted with my sister’s wine country wedding nine years ago and we knew she had impeccable taste and was fantastic to work with. Additionally, Tracy and Melissa had worked on several events in the past so we knew we really had the dream team. Tracy and Melissa were essential in our wedding planning process and made it such a joy to plan that I’m almost getting sad that it’s almost over! We are beyond excited that our wedding day is almost here and can’t wait to see all the hard work in action. We really had the best team helping with our wedding and we wouldn’t have asked for it any other way.”

The Team:

Wedding Planner:  Melissa from MAP Events
Photographer:  Catherine Hall
Venue:  Private Residence
Floral Designer:  Radeff Design Studio
Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Hair & Makeup

Couldn’t be more thrilled to share this Highlights film from a super sweet wedding we filmed at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara! Joy & Steven were a dream to work with and their love is infectious! From the bride:

“We met during our medical training at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Steven was in the middle of his surgery residency, and I was a second-year pediatrics resident. We were caring for the same patient in the Pediatric ICU, and my attraction began when Steven gave me the most thoughtful care package one evening during an arduous call shift. Steven knew I had been battling a head cold, so imagine how touched I was when I opened the bag to find a Theraflu, a honey bear, cough drops and a cozy fleece blanket. We soon had our first date, and the chemistry was undeniable. Steven’s thoughtfulness, sincerity and dry humor were what initially attracted me. He would say he appreciated my honesty – that I tended to wear my heart on my sleeve and always say whatever is on my mind. After two years, our training lead to an inevitable long-distance relationship. Steven’s adventure took him to Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN for additional training in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. I attended the University of Texas at Houston for a three year fellowship in Neonatology. Our love deepened despite three years of our relationship being “geographically challenged.” On New Years Eve 2012, I walked into Steven’s Nashville apartment to find dozens of candles and red rose petals scattered everywhere. Music played softly while my eyes fixed on a tiny blue box in the middle of the couch. Steven proposed and whisked me away to an exclusive Nashville restaurant where my parents sat at the table, waiting to share our celebration. We’re happy to be finally living in the same zip code again, and we can’t wait for our wedding celebration at The Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

Steven spent many of his formative years growing up between LA and Santa Barbara (thus the SoCA beach location).  The Four Seasons Biltmore is famous from an era in the 50s in which movie stars would travel up the coast to the Montecito enclave to escape the Hollywood scene.  The pool and decor is classic SoCA, and channels the crisp retro look of the “Mad Men” era.  My dress and Valentino Jewelery Couture Jewel-Bowed shoes are an homage to the elegance of the 50s “Mad Men” era, and the swish of the layered silk organza reminds me of the ocean.  The groomsmen’s gifts include Randolf Engineering aviator sunglasses, in keeping with the Mad Men theme.  Steven’s exquisitely tailored Tom Ford Midnight Blue tuxedo is part James Bond (the Daniel Craig trilogy, of course) mixed with the whimsical soul of Justin Timberlake (music that Steven and I both enjoy together).”

The Team:

Venue:  Four Seasons Santa Barbara
Photographers:  Gavin & Erin Wade
Officiant:  Rev. Clint Hufft
Cake:  Sweet & Saucy Shop
Floral Designer: Heavenly Blooms
DJ:  Vive Inc

This wedding was a dream.  The main message of their film is LOVE. Melissa & Bob are meant to be together and we were so honored to be part of their gorgeous wedding.  I’ve known Melissa & her family for years… ever since we filmed her sister’s wedding a few years ago and then we were able to reconnect at Meredith’s wedding back in December.  I was soooo excited when they chose Pelican Hill for their wedding – a destination wedding for these New Yorkers – and even MORE excited that they opted for an outdoor dinner.  I mean… seriously gorgeous.   White lilac basically knocked it out of the park.  I love when clients become friends and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two.  XOXO Melissa & Bob!!

The Team:

Venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill
Wedding Planner:  Alicia from Details Details
Event Design/Production:  White Lilac
Photographer:  Susan Stripling
Cinematographer:  Elysium Productions

Talk about a fun and fantastic couple!!!  Absolutely adore these two :)

From the bride:

“When we met.. I knew “love at first sight” actually existed… Our first date (a local sushi spot) was so amazing. I don’t really
remember the food.. Just my amazing date. Sitting to my right. Every time i looked at him, I had trouble not grinning, giggling
and turning bright red. I just felt so safe and happy all at once. Randy makes me feel like this all the time, it’s hard to remember
feeling any other way. He kept smiling too.. I remember thinking is it possible he understood and felt the exact same way? So
surreal and awesome! Our first date lasted 3 weeks, until I had to leave town for a family event, and then, 4 days later, our date
continued. We have so many laughs, so many inside jokes, he is my soul mate. We dance, play, drag race, “feast”, party,
workout, travel, love our rescues… All while smiling and laughing together. The perfect man for me, I couldn’t imagine it was
real – he is real!! And I’m so excited he wants to spend his life with me too- I feel so lucky! 

I wanted a fairy tale wedding -dripping in sparkles and pink. I knew it HAD to be at the Montage. But most importantly, Randy and I love to dance and we love energy — so that is what we wanted in our wedding. We wanted to feel like it was a huge party for everyone, with tons of dancing, laughter and fun. I personally am very high energy and Randy balances me out -he is calm and relaxes me, but can party with the best of them! I wanted a planner for our wedding to be kind of like Randy – calming but still really fun. I knew I would be spending a lot of time with my planner and I needed that type of energy around me. Paula was that for me – a true delight that relaxed me but still had the excitement I wanted to see. Paula introduced me to her vendors of choice, based on our discussions and I really clicked with them (I knew that if Paula liked them, I probably would too!)”

The Team:

Venue:  Montage Laguna Beach
Wedding Planner:  Paula Laskelle
Photographer  Marianne Lozano
Cinematographer:  Elysium Productions
Floral Designer:  Nisie’s Enchanted Florist
Hair & Makeup:  Design Visage
Band:  West Coast Music – James Gang

soundtrack: “minutes from somewhere” by moonlit sailor // licensed through themusicbed