Kimmi + Nick had plans for a large celebration in 2020, but like most couples in 2020, chose to postpone their celebration to 2021. They did choose to have an intimate wedding with only their immediate families in 2020, so for their celebration in 2021, they decided to treat it more like a vow renewal with a fun party and all the details they skipped in 2020.
Kimmi wore a custom long sleeve Galia Lahav gown and carried a bouquet of vibrant blooms, including David Austen Juliet Roses, Ranunculus, Astilbe, Scabiosa, and Tweedia. Nick wore the suit he wore in their 2020 elopement, paired with playful Nike sneakers. His boutonniere was created with Ranunculus, Gomphrena, Waxflower, and Butterfly Ranunculus Buds.
The vow renewal ceremony took place on the front steps of the Italian-inspired Villa (a private estate). Guests were greeted with champagne and mingled near the steps. We only had a few chairs for the immediate family, as the ceremony was designed to be more informal and playful. Kimmi and Nick came down the aisle together as a married couple, and then renewed their vows in front of an ombre half-circle of flowers created on the front steps. We decided to skip a traditional wedding arch and go with a more lush, whimsical, colorful floral design to surround the couple.
Guests then found their seats for dinner on a custom-painted wall by K Designs, with painted wildflowers, dried flowers, and clear acrylic hexagon escort cards - reminiscent of honeycomb. Dinner was served under bistro lights covered in greenery, and guests set at mismatched wood and round tables with navy linens and gold-rimmed china. The floral centerpieces were vibrant and colorful, and the menus were hand-painted by K Designs and designed to showcase flowers in the centerpieces and design. The table numbers were on terra cotta and had wildflowers sketched on them as well. At the bar, an ombre circle of flowers (reminiscent of the ceremony florals) created a focal point.
After dinner, guests entered another space around the pool, where chandeliers were suspended over the water and covered in greenery. The fireplace was adorned with ombre flowers, and a 20’ long ombre arrangement was created on one side of the pool to make the dance floor space feel more intimate. The final result: a fun, vibrant, whimsical celebration of their marriage!
Planning, Design, and Flowers: Tyler Speier
Venue: Private Estate
Photographer: Amber Jean Photography
Bartending: Simply Cocktails
Rentals: The Tent Merchant
Transportation: Santa Barbara Air Bus
Lighting: Bella Vista Designs
Bridesmaid Hair/ Makeup: Unveiled
Photo Booth: Amazebooth
Ceremony Musician: AMS Entertainment
DJ: DJ Hecktik
Bakery/Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes
Bride’s Fashion: Galia Lahov
2021 was a huge year for our team - we planned, designed, and produced over 50 events, which is double the number of events we usually do. With all the replanning, re-envisioning, and constantly-changing rules and regulations in regards to gathering, 2021 was our most challenging event season to-date. At the end of the year, I wanted to celebrate our team and create a special celebratory dinner to appreciate them and their incredible work.
The dinner was a complete surprise - we invited our team and their spouses to have drinks at Pearl Social and then we would have dinner from The Lark. After drinks at Pearl Social, the waiter came and said our table at the restaurant was ready, and we brought the team into the Pullman Room at the Lark, where I had designed and produced a complete transformation. Everyone was surprised!
I wanted to design a unique space that represented our year. I started with a base of dark colors, representing the beginning of 2021 when we were unable to work. Then, I layered in florals and details on the table, representing the beginning of the year when we were able to produce small events. Then, overhead and on the bar, I designed wild vines growing on the chandeliers covered in tiny butterflies, representing a burst of “new life” that we experienced this summer. The butterfly is a universal symbol of new life, and it felt like the perfect way to represent this year. I know that 2021 will always mark a year of significant transformation for me and my business, and we will look back to this point in time and remember how much things shifted.
I designed the room to have a long feasting table down the center, covered with onyx velvet linens from La Tavola. We had black chiavari chairs as well, giving the base of the event design a clean, monochromatic, modern look. On the table, we used detailed chargers from Theoni, gold-lace-trimmed napkins, and branch-inspired napkin rings from Theoni. The table was lined with jewel-tone blooms and dozens of candles, including emerald taper candles. At each place setting, we had candle favors with our company branding and also local chocolates wrapped in hand-made butterfly paper.
We enjoyed 8 incredible courses from the Chef at The Lark, enjoyed local wines and craft cocktails, and celebrated the end of a truly incredible event season.
Adrienne and Brett were married at Greengate Ranch and Vineyards in San Luis Obispo - one of our all-time favorite venues! We love Greengate because not only is it a stunning place to get married (with lots of indoor/outdoor site options), but they also have beautiful accommodations onsite so you and your closest family and friends can all stay together the weekend of the wedding.
The ceremony took place on the lake, with a beautiful chuppah adorned with soft blooms and a chiffon drape. Then, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the lawn. The focal point of cocktail hour was a large painting of the bride’s horse, which served as the escort card display.
A multi-course dinner was served under a canopy of bistro lights and crystal chandeliers covered in greenery. After the meal, guests entered the barn for dancing and merriment. It was an evening to remember!
Planning/Design/Florals: Tyler Speier
Venue: Greengate Ranch and Vineyard
Rentals: All About Events
Specialty Rentals: Scout Rental Co
Specialty Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Photographer: Trynh Photo
Hair/Makeup: The Queen Bees
Catering: Pure Joy Catering
Lighting: Bella Vista Designs
DJ: Epic Entertainment
Renae and Patrick were married at Hotel Californian in downtown Santa Barbara. Because their romance began in Hawaii, we wanted to create a beautiful, timeless, romantic space with subtle tropical accents. Renae carried a bouquet of mixed garden and tropical flowers, and her bridesmaids wore all-black - a timeless, elegant look.
They said their vows on a rooftop overlooking downtown Santa Barbara underneath a floating arch, created with tropical greenery and white roses. The fireplace was lined with dozens of white candles, and tropical arrangements lined the aisle. An emerald green sign welcomed the guests, as they sipped champagne and listened to acoustic guitar before Renae came down the aisle. Not one eye was dry during their ceremony - it was so personal and memorable!
Cocktails took place on the lawn outside of the Hotel Californian Ballroom, right in the heart of the Santa Barbara Funk Zone. Guests sipped on Hawaiian-inspired signature cocktails accompanied by custom cocktail napkins with a watercolor Hawaiian monogram. A tropical greenery wall that said “Let’s Party,” served as a memorable background for guests to take photos while they enjoyed tasty appetizers.
We completely transformed the ballroom for dinner, incorporating lush and tropical foliage on each table. Towering centerpieces made the room feel both abundant and intimate, with elaborate floral centerpieces softening the space. To frame the couple, we created a large installation of greenery and florals on the fireplace behind them. We even lined the dance floor with blooms! K Designs created beautiful menus that were personalized with each guest name, and the table numbers were modern acrylic. Our team will never forget the dance party - such a joyful evening!
Charlene and Rick were married at the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California. Like most couples getting married during the pandemic, our plans shifted drastically throughout the process - we originally planned a ballroom indoor wedding for them, but then decided to move everything outdoors - and I’m so glad we did!
The ceremony took place around the Lily Pond. We created a Wisteria installation with hanging delphinium, larkspur, and dendrobium orchids, while tropical blooms lined the aisle.
As the guests enjoyed cocktail hour with sunset coastal views on the Terrace, we flipped the ceremony space to create a classic, timeless, elegant all-white dinner reception around the Lily Pond. From the black and white calligraphy, to the white wax seals on the escort cards, the all-white linens and china to the all-white tropical-inspired blooms, it was a beautiful evening!
Lindsay + Matt were married at Hotel Californian in downtown Santa Barbara. Like most couples who originally planned to get married in 2020, the planning process was quite the rollercoaster. But, I will say that when we finally got to the final wedding day plan, it was absolutely perfect.
They said their vows in front of their immediate family and closest friends on the rooftop at Hotel Californian, overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline. We only had 45 minutes to construct their entire chuppah, so it took all hands on deck to build the structure and arrange the flowers. The final design was absolutely beautiful. Not an eye was dry as Lindsay walked down the aisle with her parents. A traditional Jewish wedding ceremony was performed under the chuppah. I love how the parents stand under the chuppah with the couple - such a beautiful tradition.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, including lobster sliders - my personal favorite - as the sun set over the ocean. They were then welcomed into the ballroom, where we transformed the space with tall centerpieces, a lush fireplace installation, hundreds of candles, and acrylic details on the tables. After a four-course dinner, the guests danced the night away. Having gone through all the ups and downs of planning a wedding during a pandemic, this celebration was such a joyous occasion.
Planning/Design/Florals: Tyler Speier
Venue/Catering: Hotel Californian
Photographer: Wild Whim Design + Photography
Videography: Lace and Lapel
Rentals: The Tent Merchant
Hair/Makeup: Cheek to Cheek & Unveiled Makeup
Band: De Bois Entertainment
Officiant: Rabbi Evan Goodman
Bakery/Dessert: Hotel Californian
Live Ceremony Streaming: LoveStream
Bride Gown Designer: Rivini by Rita Vinieris
Groom Suit Designer: Armani
Samantha + Trey were married at a private Tuscan-inspired Villa in Santa Barbara, California. The joy on their wedding day was contagious - after planning and replanning their wedding multiple times, when they were finally able to celebrate, it was such a memorable occasion.
Samantha wore a bridal gown designed by Sarah Seven. The timeless, simple gown was complemented by a cathedral-length veil with pearl detailing. She carried a simple white bouquet of astilbe, garden roses, peonies, and anemones. Her bridesmaids wore light blue gowns, and her sister and maid of honor wore a light blue pant suit.
The ceremony was on a custom-built wooden platform overlooking the pacific ocean. The arch was the focal point of the ceremony design. Bright, bold, and colorful, the arch towered above the couple and was created with larkspur, delphinium, roses, curly willow, and seasonable blooms. The sisal carpet aisle runner was flanked by a floral aisle, created with hundreds of stems of delphinium, larkspur, carnations, and roses. Citrus accents lined the entrance to the aisle, which was surrounded by whimsical chairs from Theoni. Samantha entered the ceremony with both of her dads in a vintage car. Not one eye was dry!
After the heartfelt vows and beautiful ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktails by the pool. Florals adorned the fireplace, which was the focal point of the cocktail hour design. Light blue velvet linens covered the cocktail tables. The watercolor monogram of the couple was displayed on the bar, as well as a custom bar menu with a painting of the couple’s puppies. The escort cards were displayed on a wall, with a sign reading “our favorite people” at the top.
The multi-course dinner was served, accompanied by live acoustic guitar. Guests dined on mismatched rectangular and circular tables, with bone velvet linens from La Tavola and velvet and brass chairs from Theoni. Light blue china from Theoni was used, with crystal glassware. Each place setting had a watercolor menu, customized to each guest, and the table numbers were hand-painted on citrus by K Designs. The florals on the table were bright and colorful, featuring garden roses, peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, and citrus accents.
One of my favorite design elements of the reception space was the cake, by Lele Patisserie. The bright, dried florals on the cake created a whimsical welcome design element as the guests entered the space.
During the evening, Samantha changed into a jumpsuit so she could enjoy dancing and fun. It was such a memorable evening!
Planning, Design, and Flowers: Tyler Speier
Venue: Private Estate
Photographer: Lindsey Boice Photography
Catering: Omni Catering
Specialty Rentals: Theoni
Rentals: Town and Country
Transportation: Jump on the School Bus
Draping/Arch/Carpet: Bella Vista Designs
Hair+Makeup: Blush & Bangs
DJ: Kevin Miso and Better Wedding Music
Restroom: Major Event Trailers
Officiant: Friend of Bride and Groom
Bakery/Dessert: Lele Patisserie
Watercolor/Calligraphy: K Designs
When we were asked to produce a Bridgerton-inspired tea party for one of our bride’s bridal showers, we were so excited! Not only is high tea at the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara such an elegant, memorable experience, but the colors, textures, and inspiration from Netflix’s Bridgerton are so fun and inspiring.
We created a sumptuous table for the bridal tea on the terrace at the Belmond El Encanto, with sweeping ocean views. To soften the space, we created two “hydrangea” bushes growing up the terrace gazebo, with textured florals and greenery. Little bees were hidden in the florals as a subtle nod to Bridgerton themes. This luxurious floral installation was the focal point of the design.
The feasting table was set with an embroidered linen from La Tavola, mismatched antique candelabras as well as glass ones from Theoni Collection. Purple florals adorned the table in mismatched vases, including vintage tea and coffee sets. Silver trays with fruit also lined the table - a fun, edible centerpiece that brought lots of color and vibrancy to the design. For favors, each guest received gourmet chocolates in a floral-patterned box.
In lieu of traditional place cards, each guest was greeted with a small frame with a picture of them with the bride. To give a subtle nod to the upcoming wedding festivities, Lele Patisserie created a “preview” wedding cake tied with a blue velvet ribbon. We love how unique and special this bridal shower design was, and were so honored to be a part of it!
Elegant Montecito Birthday Celebration in Clear Tent with Chandeliers, Tree-Inspired Installations, and Colorful Summer Blooms
When Planner Michelle Karam approached me and my team to partner with her to design a special birthday celebration in Montecito, we were so excited! This 40th birthday party was one to remember.
The celebration took place at a private estate in Montecito, California. Guests entered the space and were greeted with cocktails on the patio, where we created a large greenery installation on the fireplace and two large urns of greenery on the bar. We wanted the natural, Italian-inspired stone work on the patio to be the focal of the design, so we used white and green textured floral arrangements in this space.
As guests entered the tent, a large arrangement of greenery and hydrangeas grew over the entrance. We wanted to create the illusion of “trees” growing up the sides of the tent in and around the dinner space, so we created trees ranging twelve to eighteen feet, to surround the area inside the tent. On the “trunks” of the trees, we had moss, small blooms, and seed pods to add drama and texture. Chandeliers adorned with greenery were placed in the center of the tent to bring the ambiance together. We also added a garden of blooms growing in front of the stage to soften the structure and add color to the dance floor.
Guests dined at feasting tables with french-inspired chairs and bright, colorful blooms, including peonies, dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, poppies, and more. Each napkin ring was a different silver herb the from Theoni collection and the soft blue carter linens from La Tavola served as table runners. To make the event feel a little more modern, we incorporated smoke glassware and earth-toned china. The multi-course meal from Chef Ray Garcia was unforgettable!
This fall, I had the honor of speaking at The Hybrid Co. conference in Park City, Utah. As a part of my work at the conference, we produced a series of styled shoots for photographers to participate in at a beautiful resort, The Lodge at Blue Sky. This styled shoot is one of my all-time favorites: from the autumn foliage to the green velvet linen, the hand-painted acrylic menus to the soft Tono and Co. silks, it was such an incredible day!
Whenever I am working with clients hosting a destination wedding, I think it’s so important to incorporate local elements and inspiration into the design. From using local vendors to featuring colors and locally-grown florals and foliage, using local elements makes the event weekend that much more memorable and unique.
Park City truly showed off when we were there - the autumn leaves were stunning! To create the ceremony space, I was inspired by the natural foliage of the surrounding area and we created a meadow of blooms and autumnal foliage around the bride and groom.
The table was set with natural ceramic china, crystal glassware, and a deep emerald velvet linen. We created textured autumn floral arrangements in gold vases on the table, with wooden candlesticks and beeswax candles lining the center. Clean, modern, acrylic menus and place cards were featured at each setting.
The Lodge at Blue Sky provided the perfect landscape to bring our vision to life. From the deep autumn tones to the bright red leaves, I’ll never forget the beauty of this day!
The Team that Made it All Happen:
Planning, Design, Florals: Tyler Speier
Photography: James and Jess
Venue: The Lodge at Blue Sky Auberge Resorts Collection
Hair and Makeup: J and L Makeup
Rentals: Wild Event Studio
Calligraphy: K Designs
Linen: La Tavola
Cake: Tulie Bakery
Dress: Boda Bridal
Suit: UWM Men’s Shop
Models: Gabriella Santos Photography, Gene Morello