Thursday, September 17, 2015

Santa Barbara Wedding | Windy But Wonderful!

Not even a crazy storm with winds up to 65 mph could stop these two from getting married!  By far one of my most favorite weddings to see come to life.  Over a year of planning and guests from literally all over the world helped make this wedding extra special. Congratulations Marie and Francisco!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bijoux Events Santa Barbara Wedding At The Four Seasons Biltmore

Check out our Elegant Santa Barbara Resort Wedding Feature on Style Me Pretty!

When you’ve got a team of talented vendors like Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo and Grass Roots behind your Big Day you’re pretty much guaranteed un-stoppable style. Add in some California sunshine and the unequaled scenery that is Santa Barbara, and you get a gallery that’s as good as it gets. See it all in The Vault!

From the beautiful Bride… Tim and I met in graduate school while studying journalism, and quickly bonded over our mutual loves for traveling, long-distance running and the beach (we both ran track in college and worked as lifeguards in our earlier days). Tim grew up in Connecticut, and I grew up in California, and it shocked me to find out he’d never visited my great state. So early in our relationship, I whisked him out for an epic road trip down Highway One from San Francisco to San Diego. Along the way, we met up with my parents for a couple of days in Santa Barbara. While there, we went on a bike ride along the coast, pedaling our way to The Biltmore, Four Seasons. We parked our bikes and took a long stroll around the hotel’s beautiful grounds.
Three-and-a-half years later, Tim proposed—in New York City, where we both live—and we began searching high and low for a wedding venue from afar. We remembered that lovely afternoon at the Four Seasons, and it seemed like the perfect spot. For me, it was doubly sweet, because I grew up taking weekend trips to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles and have some of my favorite childhood memories there. As for Tim, it seemed like the ideal place to bring in his out-of-town guests for the celebratory weekend.
We especially loved the Biltmore’s Spanish architecture (we’d vacationed in Spain a few years back), its lush gardens and its proximity to the Pacific. That sparked our theme of “California coast meets travels abroad.” I had fun picking out beachy touches like sea urchin place-card holders, and we definitely worked in some Euro accents. Before we met, Tim had lived in Germany, so it just seemed right to adorn our wedding dinner table with a cursive script of the German words for Mister and Misses—”Herr” and “Frau.”
Our specialty drink—Coganc, ginger ale, and a spiral of orange—was inspired by a family boat trip down the Charente river, in the Cognac region of France. We called it the “Jarnac,” after the town where we started and finished our trip.
The best part was watching our family and friends from around the country (and world—my sister and her husband flew in from Australia), laugh, talk, and dance amid the wonderful setting—that, and the whales that just so happened to swim up the coast during our cocktail hour. Our families joke that we hired them for the evening.

Photography: Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Event Design: Bijoux Events | Floral Design: Grass Roots | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses:BHLDN | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Calligraphy:Sophia Uretz | Lighting: AMS Entertainment | DJ: AMS Entertainment (DJ Brad) | Groom's Attire: Jos A. Banks Traveler's Collection | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Transportation: Darin & Sierra Fiechter | Venue:Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Bride's Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake Topper:LHCalligraphy | Guitarist: AMS Entertainment (Jon Francis) | Hair & Make-Up: Shine Blow Dry Bar | Invitations & Menus: Paper Source | Place Card Holders: Beachy Chic Decor

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bijoux Events Santa Barbara Wedding Feature on Style Me Pretty!

Now this is what I call a fusion wedding! A beautiful Indian Bride and her handsome Jewish Groom worked with Pretty Vintage Rentals and La Tavola Linens to create some downright gorgeous “I Do’s” that celebrated both of their cultural heritages to a T. Take a peek at even more of this Michael Costa-captured colorful affair in the full gallery right here!

From the Bride… Our wedding had definitely been a long time coming.  Jay and I first met in college, and after years of moving around (and living on opposite sides of the country) we found our way back home and got engaged in beautiful Ojai, California.  Wedding planning began shortly thereafter.

Jay and I are both from Southern California and we wanted to get married in a place that was special not just for us but also for our families.  We both spent a lot of time in Santa Barbara when we were growing up and felt like it was the perfect place for a wedding.  On my dad’s recommendation, we decided to check out the Fess Parker resort and couldn’t have been happier – the setting was gorgeous and we loved the idea that we could get married and spend the weekend with our guests all in the same place.  We knew we could create a wedding there that was going to feel both like a celebration and a vacation for our guests.

Jay and I come from different ethnic backgrounds (his Jewish, mine Indian) and it was really important for us to have a wedding that combined the cultures and customs of both our families.  I love the energy and family participation of the Indian weddings as well as the intimacy and symbolism of Jewish weddings.  Weddings in India tend to be a community event and, in that spirit, my brother, sisters, cousins and aunts all came up onto the mandap during the wedding ceremony to offer their blessings and advice. Through the Jewish elements of our wedding ceremony, we were able to take a moment to reflect on each other, exchange vows, break a glass and look forward to the future. 

Along with the wedding ceremony, I also wanted my clothing to reflect both my Indian background as well as my American upbringing. My two wedding outfits were both designed by Rashi Iyer of Sara Design Studio. For the ceremony, I wore something more traditionally Indian. I wanted to wear my late grandmother’s necklace on my wedding day so Rashi used the design from that piece and incorporated it in the embroidery on the blouse. For my reception outfit, we fused the Eastern and Western cultures by creating a white gown embellished with crystal beads and gold embroidery.

The best thing I did during the wedding planning process was to trust in other people and allow them to help, and no one was more helpful than our incredible wedding coordinator, Jessica Kuipers, of Bijoux Events.  I told her that I wanted our wedding colors to be navy blue, coral and gold and I also showed her pictures from other weddings to give her an idea of my style. She, and the amazingly talented group of people she works with, ran with my ideas and created a wedding beyond my wildest dreams.  The flowers, lighting, and d├ęcor could not have been more beautiful. Tenley Erin Young, our florist, created a floral Ganesh that served as the most spectacular backdrop for the mandap/chuppah.  For the reception, I wanted a fun space to dance and a lounge-like space for relaxing, and Jessica made the most of the outdoor area, bringing in a beautiful sofa, colorful pillows and strings of light so that our guests could enjoy the Santa Barbara night sky.  Inside, we had a cookie dessert station, where my husband and I made sure to have our favorite and our parents’ favorite cookies represented.

The whole day was truly magical.  Our family and friends put so much time and love into helping us create our wedding, and more than anything, we wanted to make sure that they enjoyed themselves as much as we did.
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photo {Michael Costa} | Event Design: Bijoux Events | Floral Design:Tenley Erin Young | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Catering: Jay Bharat | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Wedding Venue: The Fess Parker | Desserts: Deluscious Cookies + Milk | Linens: La Tavola | Music: JAS Productions | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals