Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Celebrating table setting inspiration ideas...

Lovebird theme...(photos by Elizabeth Messina)
                           ...olive branches adorn the backs of the couple's chairs while the table is set with olive and sage foliage and floral arrangements of succulent plants, peonies, roses, and hydrangeas. Tables are marked by pieces of driftwood with calligraphed italian words significant to the couple.

Shipwrecked in Santa Barbara...(photos by Elizabeth Messina, Event Design & Coordination by Cortnie Purdy of Canvas & Canopy events, Floral Design by Megan of Le Partie Events)...
                              create a shipwrecked feel, the table was decorated with a myriad of "treasures" one might collect from the ocean...bottles, shells, pearls, vintage broaches and floral arrangements of unique flowers such as  green berzelia, peach spider mums, leucadendron gold strike, kale, tulips, dahlias, amaryllis, fern, ranunculus and freesia. To further add texture to the table grasses such as sorghum broom corn, curly willow, zebra grass, pampas grass and bear grass were used.  Tying fabric in colors of the palette of peach, mint green, grey. sage and mustard into braids and then draping them over the chairs created a nautical rope look further adding to the shipwrecked theme.                          
bohemian beach table design

To read more about the details involved in the lovebird theme, see the related article on
To read more and view more photos from the shipwrecked theme, visit

Check back soon for more table setting inspiration ideas as well as tips and spotlights on some of our favorite vendors!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Santa Barbara Wedding by Blue Magnolia Events & Beaux Arts Photographie...

A beautiful wedding reception October 9, 2011 at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. With colors of terra cotta, purples, and greens, design inspiration stemmed from the things about Santa Barbara, the couple's hometown, that they loved as well as their recent trip to Granada, Spain. Congratulations!

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See more photos from this lovely event on 

Floral & Event Design: Blue Magnolia Events / Event Coordinator: Pamela Galvin /
Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / Wedding Photography: Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie /
Wedding Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Sorrows Church / Wedding Reception Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Catering: Creative Services Catering / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Kyle Durrie of Power & Light Press / Calligraphy: Jennifer Redmer of Paint JAR Productions / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Band: Soul City Survivors

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Claire Pettibone Boudoir Session at the Fernald Mansion...

As featured on   
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To view more stunning photos from the shoot, click here.

Lingerie: Claire Pettibone
Photography: Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom

Special thanks to Elizabeth Messina and Claire Pettibone!
What a stunning shoot at the Fernald Mansion!

Santa Barbara Wedding by Jackie Blackwell + BB Photo

The Best Wedding Vendors - The Little Black Book As featured on Style Me Pretty, October 19, 2011...

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See more beautiful images here on the always fabulous, Style me Pretty.

Wedding Photography: BB Photo / Wedding Videography: Riley Towne Productions
Floral Design: Cody Floral Design / Caterer: Pure Joy Catering / Hair: Mishay Salon
Linens: La Tavola Linens / Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes  / DJ: SBDJ’s

Congratulations to the lovely couple! What a beautiful wedding! 

A Santa Babara Wedding: Alissa & Jason...

As featured on Santa Barbara Wedding Style...



Event Planner: Donna Romani Events
Photographer: Kristen Grinnell Photography
Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!