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#DestinationWedding: Santa Barbara Elopement

By: Tim Halberg

You cannot get any more #SantaBarbaraWeddingStyle than this elopement which took place at two iconic Santa Barbara wedding locations.

Monique and Uriah tied the knot in the historic Mural Room of the Santa Barbara Courthouse.  The couple was surrounded by their close family and friends during the intimate wedding ceremony.

Following the nuptials, after some family and couple photos at the stunning Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. To celebrate their elopement and unity, the couple planned to have their wedding reception at the San Ysidro Ranch, an upscale boutique hotel which dates to 1893 nestled in Montecito and showcasing breathtaking grounds and flora.

The bride and groom planned on having an intimate and fun evening.  “The Ranch” showcased the perfect outdoor cocktail hour for Monique and Uriah’s closest friends and family to wind down before heading inside.  Both the Stonehouse and Plow and Angel are decadent restaurants known for their five star food and service. Ideal for elopements and intimate wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners, San Ysidro Ranch, shined for this couple’s BIG day!

Enjoy this slideshow photographed and created by Tim Halberg, Photographer.

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The Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room

The MWC32 Tasting Room is located within the historical center of El Paseo in downtown Santa Barbara. While sipping on a refreshing glass of their M5 Rhone blend, surrounded by citrus trees and red tile roofs, it will make you feel like you are in Grenada, Spain for a night. The picturesque space welcomes all special events for any occasion such as engagement parties, corporate gatherings, or birthday parties.  MWC32 has two areas to choose from (or both!), the elegant tasting room and adjacent patio in the courtyard.

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The inside of the tasting room relishes you with Spanish style. The wine casks topped with industrial metal give the room that extra spark! MWC32 tasting room attendants are friendly and willing to teach you all about Margerum’s history and wine making process. Share a glass of wine with them and indulge yourself.   

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As a bonus to any event is the delicious food. Approved catering from the Wine Cask, C’est Cheese, or Rincon Catering will fill the air with complementary aromatic smells. MWC32 is versatile and accommodates a plated dinner party for up to 20 guests on the patio or in the tasting room; and/or a casual cocktail reception for up to 50 guests using both areas. MWC32 is welcoming to all requests and is ready to make any event a one-of-a-kind. 

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 The catch: There is no catch! MWC32 has no wine minimum and has many options for your event so that it is tailored perfectly to suit your needs. Since 2001, Margerum Wine has provided an array of unique reds and whites to meet everyone’s tastes. Preselect a list from the variety of wines and create a fun “tasting flight” or pour by the glass. Each bottle is specially prepared so there is no going wrong with any of MWC32′s selections.

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For your next event, check out MWC32 and let them take care of the rest.

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Pricing: $

Area 1:

Tasting Room & Patio (after Hours, 5-9 PM)
Limited to 50 people
two hour period
$250 Sunday-Wednesday
$350 Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Area 2: 

Patio Rental (during business hours, 12PM-5:30 PM)
Limited to 20 people seated or 30 people standing
two hour period
$150 rental fee


50% deposit is required at reservation. An additional rental fee of $150 per part or whole house in addition will apply. Food can only be catered through their approved sources: Wine Cask, C’est Cheese, and Rincon Catering.

Cancellation Policy: 

You may cancel up to 30 days prior to the event. Cancellations within the 30-day policy will result in the loss of your deposit. Full payment is due on the day of the event.


Not required

Alcohol Policy:

There is no minimum wine purchase, however only Margerum wines are permitted. There are no case discounts with the exception of wine club members.


MWC32 offers floral arrangements at an extra charge. All other decorations are permitted with approval.


There is Sonos piped in music, but clients are welcome to bring in live music as well.


On-site restrooms


There is valet parking next door, street as well as parking garages nearby.

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Location Spotlight: La Playa Azul

By: Felici Events

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Description of venue

La Playa Azul is a charming Mexican restaurant located in downtown Santa Barbara.  Perfect for rehearsal dinners and private receptions. The mood is festive, with cozy seating, Mexican decor, and a charming outdoor patio.  Established in 1976, the restaurant has three dining areas: the lovely sunny patio, a small dining room and a large dining room. The restaurant owes its enduring appeal to the exceptional Mexican cuisine, specializing in delicious seafood and Mexican dishes served in family-friendly, Santa Barabara (historic district) -style surroundings.

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This is a Reception Only Venue / restaurant

For more information on pricing and availability contact:

NAME La Playa Azul Cafe

PHONE 805-966-2860

Pricing: $ – $$

Site fee: N/A

Capacity: Three areas;  small room – 20, main room – 35, patio 50 seated:


Certified Event Planner: N/A

Contract: N/A call to make a reservation

Event Insurance: none required

Deposit: based upon event / guest count / buy out

Restrooms: on site

Time Allotments:
Tues – Sun from 11am to close
Lunch Specials served from 11am to 4pm
Happy Hour from 3:00 – 6:00

Parking: street parking available, nearby city lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

Music: own music can be provided if you buy out the entire restaurant, if not, music is piped in thru existing sound system.

Alcohol Policy: full bar and wine menu available by the restaurant

What is Provided: Tables, Chairs, Decor, China, glass, silver

Decorations: nothing can be stapled, nailed or attached permanently to the building.

Location Address:

914 Santa Barbara St.

Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Phone: (805) 966-2860



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Location Spotlight: The Villa at Sunstone Winery

by: Felici Events

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We blogged about the beautiful French-countryside style Sunstone Winery a while back. Well, one of our favorite private venues,  the adjacent Sunstone Villa is spectacular for events, and allows for some of
your guests to stay on the property during the weekend..

Fred and Linda Rice designed and built a house from which to watch the four seasons that will become even more beautiful with age, a living piece of history.

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The Villa has five suites, each with private entrances and a view of the Santa Ynez mountains and Sunstone vineyards. A bit of moss is beginning to grow on the stone at the foot of the front door. Nature is putting its own mark on the Villa, as was intended.

Reclaimed materials, such as French limestone, hand-formed roof tiles, a fireplace from the Bordeaux region of France, enormous hand-hewn pine beams from Queen Victoria’s lavender factory, a prison cell door from Normandy constructed during Napoleon’s reign, and a thousand-year old limestone kitchen sink were all incorporated into their dream building. Walking through the Villa is an opportunity to see and touch pieces of history. Available to rent partially or in its entirety, the Villa is a stunning location to stay the week-end while enjoying a week-end of events.

This is a Ceremony and Reception or Reception Only Venue with guest rooms.

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For more information on pricing and availability contact:

Annamarie Kostura at (800) 313-9463 ext. 244

Pricing: $$$$$

Site fee: Winery $20,000 for wedding and 2 night stay

Capacity: 250

Areas: courtyard, back lawn and back patio, vineyard

Restrooms: Additional restroom must be ordered for more than 80 guests

Bridal Dressing Room: yes

Requirements: must have certified planner.  Contract must be singed to book a date, and 50% deposit

Time Allotments: events can start at any time, and music must end by 10:30 p.m.

Catering: full kitchen available for an intimate soiree, rental kitchen must be brought in for more guests.

Parking: Guests must be shuttled in.  Parking for bridal party and house guests only

Music: Amplified music outside off at: 10:30PM

Alcohol Policy: Sunstone wine (20% discount), beer, champagne and hard alcohol allowed.

What is Provided: All needs to be bought in.

Decoration: no decoration can be nailed, stapled, or leaning on walls of the house. Nothing permanent

Insurance: $1,000,000.00 event insurance required.

Cancellation Policy: Deposit are nonrefundable


125 Refugio Road

Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Phone: 805-688-9463



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Location Spotlight: Figueroa Brewing Company

By: Felici Events

The Figueroa Mountain beer tasting room, located at 137 Anacapa Street, in the Funk Zone is a great place to host a welcome reception to kick off a wedding week-end of events, bachelor party, bachelorette party, or farewell hair of the dog reception.

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It is the second location for the Buelton (Santa Barbara Wine Country) based brewery.  It’s funk-like ambiance includes red brick, cement floors, raw wood,  vintage-inspired filament light bulbs, and horseshoe adornments.

The patio, which overlooks Anacapa Street, is a great location to soak up some sun, or sit in the shade and observe passer by’s and pedestrians partaking in the Urban Wine Trail, which we blogged about in previous posts.  This large venue is a perfect location to sip on a brew (they have wine too) with a group of friends and family as part of a bachelor / bachelorette party, wedding week-end, or post-rehearsal dinner gathering.

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$ (minimal rental fee)

Location: 137 Anacapa Street in the Funk Zone

Phone: (805) 694-2255


Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am – 11 pm 
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