Tag Archives: Nico Designs

Photography: Tim Halberg

Design: Joy de Vivre Weddings and Nico Designs

Floral Design: Nico Designs

Invitations: Lazaro Press

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Drapery constructionLBPS Events

Location: Santa Barbara Beach Club

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From: Joy Proctor, Joy de Vivre Weddings

Nico, owner of Nico Designs and I wanted to put together a table that really highlighted the beauty of Santa Barbara.  We were inspired by the beautiful coastline and the incredible views the area offers.  Our color palate developed around our decision to use drift wood as the foundation for our centerpiece.  Nico added succulents and moss to the driftwood, making it feel organic and natural.  To keep the look clean and beachy, Nico used an all white floral palate with dried poppy pods.  We added abalone shells, big pieces of white coral and blue sea glass in between the floral arrangements to glam it up.

We chose a light blue taffeta linen to mimic the ocean, paired with a steel blue silk napkin to capture the oceans darker tones.  For glassware, we chose a set of complementary steel blue goblets, using a smaller wine glass for water to keep things pretty and fun.  We used a mixture of gold glass and ornate silver chargers, over which we placed neat bubble glass plates that looked like water, and a gold banded bread plate.  We sat the escort cards in a scallop shell bed of coral and sea glass, topping it all off with oversized orchids that Nico hand glued petal by petal!

We chose an ornate silver flatware to help keep the look sweet and romantic.  We hung strings of white orchids and succulents from each corner of the natural wood chiavari chairs which we chose to mimic the driftwood.  Our fabulous stationary designer, Tracy Lazaro of Lazaro Press made the cutest favors, complete with urchin shell and pearl decorated boxes.  The invitations, escort cards, and table numbers were all printed on blue paper that matched our table linen.  To keep them elegant, yet beachy, Tracy used a ornate font and added beach shells and pearls by hand.

During the process of the shoot, we decided to try out two looks: one with a fabric canopy over the table and one without.  Lani from LBPS Events created an amazing sheer fabric canopy over the table from which he hung an amazing sea shell chandelier that Nico handmade!  Our awesome photographer Tim Halberg literally worked until the sun went down to get all these amazing shots. KariAnn, the owner of the Santa Barbara Beach Club was kind enough to allow us to shoot on her breathtaking property, which she frequently rents out as a vacation rental for weddings.

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This beautiful event design was also featured on Wedding Chicks

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Contemporary Arts Forum

By Felici Events

Decor By NLC Productions

Photography by Shannon Jayne Miller


A few months ago, Felici Events blogged about Santa Barbara’s new overnight accommodations, Hotel Indigo. This boutique and unique hotel houses a satellite branch location for the Contemporary Arts Forum, a unique and boutique location to host a reception, cocktail party, rehearsal dinner or engagement fete.

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Located in the beautiful downtown Santa Barbara area, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum is an alluring, prestigious, classy venue for a wide array of special events. The gallery provides an exceptional space that combines world-class art exhibitions, an unparalleled atmosphere, and a convenient downtown location.


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The building’s inviting modern interior and prestigious location, along with its state-of-the-art facilities make the Contemporary Arts forum conducive for celebrations and events in a cocktail style reception.  They do let you know in advance what type of artwork they expect to displayed, in order for the client to plan their layout appropriately.

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This is a Reception Venue.
For more information on pricing and availability contact Nicole at 805.966.5373 x102.

Pricing: $

Site fee:
Daily weekday meeting/events: $100 per hour
Evening & weekend events: $1,5000Capacity:
The building can accommodate up to 200 people.Areas:
There is approximately 3,000 square feet of meeting/event space within the four galleries.Restrooms:
There are restrooms in the building.Requirements:
All space rentals require appropriate permits and the employment of a CAF appointed gallery attendant. A 50% deposit is required two weeks prior to the event.Time Allotments:
CAF rents out space either by the hour or by an entire evening.Catering:
If serving food, a valid Health Permit must be obtained from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (if applicable).Parking:
Parking is available in a convenient parking structure adjacent to CAF.Music:
The gallery provides state-of-the-art audio equipment.Alcohol Policy:
A signed and stamped temporary ABC Daily License is required if wine, beer, or liquor will be served. Red wine is not permitted in the gallery.What is Provided:
The gallery provides state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Renting parties may utilize CAF installers for assistance with lighting, audio/visual, and/or event set-up for a rate of $30/hour.Decoration:
The gallery consists of world-class art exhibitions. OWN DECOR?

All space rentals require proof of insurance.

Cancellation Policy:
A 50% security deposit is required at least two weeks prior to the event.Address:
653 Paseo Nuevo

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805.966.5373 ext. 102



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Moroccan  style serves as a popular source of design inspiration for many Santa Barbara weddings and events.  Although we have covered Moroccan inspired invitations before, this one by Lazaro Press & Design is particularly fabulous and comes from an inspiration post that was featured by Style Unveiled and also featured amazing florals of Nico Designs, luscious linens by La Tavola, beauty by Luna Bella Make-up Art, and of course all of the photos are by the talented Melissa Musgrove.

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You might know that Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera is a unique and beautiful place to get married, with spectacular venues from the beaches to vineyards, historic adobes, grand estates and equestrian ranchos.  What you might not know, is that the BEST reason to get married in Santa Barbara is our community of phenomenally talented and passionate professionals who live and work here. Today I was reminded of this.

On Wednesday, August 10 the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission held a hearing to review a proposed ordinance that could threaten the use of private properties for events.  The details are complicated but the ordinance could have a devastating impact on the Santa Barbara wedding and event industry.

I would like to thank the inspiring, passionate, and outspoken members of our local event community for mobilizing an outpouring of support to speak out against this ordinance.  The hearing was in North County, Santa Maria therefore many vendors boarded a bus and rode the hour north to speak in person. Others gathered in Santa Barbara and joined via live feed. There were also endless letters sent to the commission in advance of the hearing.

Lynette LaMere/Pure Joy Catering, Zohe FeliciMelissa MusgroveDonna Romani, Richard Good/Classic Party Rentals, Bia Pesso and Ashley Transki/Duo Events and Catering, Colette Lopez/ La Fete Weddings, Tricia Fountaine, John Daly, Joost/Florabundance, Philippe Sautot, Miriam Lindbeck, Grass Roots, Laura Santas/Cody Floral Design, Merryl Brown, Jessica Foster, Nico Cervantes/Nico DesignsXOXO Bridal, Trevor Zellet/Bellavista Designs . . .  and more. . . Thank you all for your presence, voice, and support.

The outcome is still uncertain but due to the passionate, thoughtful, and persuasive arguments presented by many impressive individuals, the ordinance has been placed on hold for further review until October 12.

I always feel honored to be a part of the Santa Barbara event community but today was particularly special. We all hope that the Planning Commission will hear the unified voice of our outstanding professionals, and ensure that the vibrant event industry in Santa Barbara continues to thrive for years to come.

Special thanks to Zohe Felici of Felici Events for her help with this post and for speaking at the hearing!


If you would like to contact the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission regarding this Ordinance you can send a letter or email to:

Hearing Support Contact:

David Villalobos, Board Assistant Supervisor


(805) 568-2058


    C. Michael Cooney
    1st District
    c/o Planning & Development, Hearing Support
    123 East Anapamu Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 969-1182
    Cecilia Brown
    2nd District
    c/o Planning & Development, Hearing Support
    123 East Anapamu Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 967-7169
    Marell Brooks
    3rd District
    c/o Planning & Development, Hearing Support
    123 East Anapamu Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Home: (805) 733-3462
    Joe H. Valencia
    4th District
    c/o Planning & Development, Hearing Support.
    123 East Anapamu Street
    Santa Barbara CA 93101
    Home: (805) 735-2163;
    Daniel Blough
    5th District
    c/o Planning & Development, Hearing Support
    123 East Anapamu Street
    Santa Barbara CA 93101
    (805) 937-1108
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Well . . . not exactly your typical “backyard” bridal shower.  This gorgeous event is a La Fete Weddings bridal shower that Owners, Colette and Kaitlin recently hosted for a friend in their own backyard. The blue and yellow hues are fresh, crisp, and the perfect, cheerful palette for either Spring or Summer – especially
set against the vibrant greens of their stunning backyard.

Event Design and Planning: La Fete Weddings

Flowers: Nico Designs

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photographers

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