Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics- Health Care Heroes #2

"The mission of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is to provide high quality, affordable, comprehensive healthcare to all people regardless of their ability to pay, especially those uninsured and otherwise underserved, while maintaining a welcoming environment and treating patients with compassion, dignity, and respect. We strive to achieve excellence and to maximize the potential of each employee, volunteer, and board member through a respectful and supportive organization

Over the past year, SBNC was responsible for over 70,000 total patient and health education visits.  Our average cost to deliver a patient’s visit is $154, but the average payment/reimbursement is only $65; we rely on grants and donations to fill this considerable funding gap. Our medical services prioritize preventative strategies and health education, even as we continue to serve 400 new patients each month."

Last year we were able to help this wonderful charity out by donating the flower arrangements, some of our decor ideas, and providing gorgeous linens and napkins for the guests tables. The event is held again this year at the luxurious La Pacifica Ballroom at Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.  This year we were given full control of the design and budget! It has been such a joy to work with such caring and giving people throughout the planning process and we can not wait to see this event come together! Please enjoy this inspiration board that we put together for this event, and we look forward to sharing more photos afterwards.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oceanfront Bliss at the DoubleTree

I love it when couples trust us and go with some of the ideas we come up with from the design and colors to the intimate details.  JJ and Joe were so fun to work with~
On this wedding we started with wanting to bring the color of the Pacific Ocean into the plaza at the Fess Parkers Doubletree.  We chose a beautiful teal blue colored linen with two different elegant textures and iridescence. The mocha fabric overhead added the soft romantic feeling and provided some shade for the guests from the Summer sun. After dark the rod iron candle chandeliers were the perfect touch.
JJ and Joe met at a club downtown, and so we decided how fun it would be to put the whole wedding party and their dates/spouses at a bar height table with stools.  The flowers were to be romantic and fluffy with gardenia's one of JJ's favorite flowers.  The Church Our Lady of  Mt. Carmel was the perfect setting for their intimate ceremony. 
The McCleod tartan is yellow, black with a touch of red~ so with JJ being a school teacher we decided how fun it would be to do escort/favors with the double stick tape, which had exactly their McCleod tartan pattern on it, This design was used on their programs and grooms and groomsmen's ties and pocket squares.  We also hired a bagpiper to play at the end of the recessional for them.

They danced and had the best night ever on the perfect Summer night in the Plaza in Santa Barbara.

All photography by bb-photography  Thank you Brian and Brady for capturing another beautiful day for our clients~

Congratulations JJ and Joe~ 

Monday, September 5, 2011

San Ysidro Ranch-Romantic Elegance-

 I met Michelle and her Mother one afternoon last March, and we instantly connected.  They hired me on the spot, and within 5 months we planned this wedding with gorgeous details from start to finish.  What I loved about working with this client is her excitement and trust throughout the process of her planning her big day with us.  Once I saw her gorgeous wedding gown the inspiration began.
We wanted a soft palate that would match the elegance and sophistication of her dress, yet  go with the casual elegance of the San Ysidro Ranch and style of their upper garden. We had 218 guests attend and the weather couldn't have been more perfect.  I think the images which Boyd Harris captured for us will give you and idea of why this bride said "It's Stunning, it's more than I ever imagined it's just like a Fairy Tale".  The upper garden at the San Ysidro Ranch has gorgeous mountain and  beautiful ocean views which were the perfect back drop for this celebration.

 Michelle carried a delicate hankercheif  that was also worn by her as a baby bonnet.  This hanky her mother had saved until her wedding day.  In Memory of  her Grandmother she used her cameo pin.

The programs each opened up to reveal the order of the ceremony and the wedding party and family.  On the back was a velum envelope filled with petals for each guest to toss after the ceremony.

The upper garden at the Ranch~ We embellished the trellis' with fabric and lighting to add elegance to the garden and to compliment the head table canopy.

The escort/boxes were filled with lavender buds...they smelled wonderful!

I rented a golf cart and driving them to the upper garden was such a highlight of my day.  Michelle and Michael were so excited!

The pastry chef at the San Ysidro Ranch did such an amazing job decorating the cake to match the monique linens.  Congratulations' Michelle and Michael!  xoxo