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Villa Esperanza

By Zohe Felici, Felici Events

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Perched above the Montecito Valley is Villa Esperanza, an exquisite 5500 square foot home, perfect for hositng events.  Exuding characteristics of many five star resort in Southern California, this luxurious home exhibits breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and comfortably sleeps up to 8 overnight guests.

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The home provides characteristics ideal for entertaining.  The views from the infinity pool and entire lower and upper levels will take guests’ breath away. The front of the house, made of a wall of windows that open fully, allow for an indoor/outdoor living area, ideal for the Santa Barbara climate.

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Ceremonies and receptions accommodating between 25 and 100 guests can take place on the helicopter pad adjacent to the house.

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The built in palapa, with its lit onyx table and outdoor bar, is the perfect place to enjoy smaller romantic dinners, cocktails and sunsets.

Villa Esperanza offers a vacation of luxurious resort living, with the privacy of celebrating in a private area.

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This is a Ceremony and Reception or Reception Only Venue with overnight accommodations.

Pricing: $$-$$

Site fee: $10,500 – $12,500

Contact: Santa Barbara Exclusive Rentals www.sbexlusiverentals.com 805-895-1616

Capacity: up to 100 guests

Location: Montecito, California

Dwelling: 5500 sq.f t. home on 5 acres.

Bedrooms / Bathrooms: 4 Bedroom, 6 Bathrooms

Features: Infinity swimming pool and palapa overlooking the Pacific ocean.
Reservation Policy: Upon confirmation of reservation dates and property, a rental agreement will be furnished to guests to review and sign. Reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of signed contract and payment. A $5,000 security deposit is due at the time of booking.


  • Professional event planner required.
  • Proof of special event insurance.

The caterer must provide all staff for food service, bar service, set up of all equipment, break down of all equipment, and clean up of site area.  All trash must be removed from the premises at the end of the event.

Shuttle Services is required.

Electricity is provided for your use, however, special voltage and outlet requirements for your lighting and entertainment may need to be discussed.  Amplified music is permitted; however, the site manager reserves the right to terminate the music if complaints are received.

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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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Location Spotlight: Sky Deck Roof Lounge

By: Felici Events

The Sky Deck Roof Lounge near UCSB is located atop the award-winning LOOP Mixed-Use Building. The fifth-floor Sky Deck is one of just a few open-air rooftop venues in Santa Barbara, and located just three blocks from the beach, it makes for a spectacular event space, available for rent for wedding receptions, corporate events, holiday soirees, fundraisers, and parties of any occasion

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The Sky Deck is adorned with sleek, modern finishes, lighting and landscaping, and boasts sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Over 3,000 square feet of event space includes designer furniture if desired, a gas fire pit, restrooms, ping-pong and foosball tables, and secure entry with security detail is included in rate.

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For more information on pricing and availability contact:

Chelsea Rogers


(805) 328-5007

Pricing: $

Site fee: $1,000 – 3,000

Capacity: 270 people

Areas: Covered Terrace Area (great for dance floor), fire pit area, deck areas separate by landscaping

Restrooms: on site


  • Contract
  • Event Insurance
  • Deposit – 1,000
  • Valet- Not Provided – highly recommended

Time Allotments: Open to Suggestion. Please note amplified music must be off by midnight due to the Noise Ordinance.

Catering:  No Food Prep Space, a kitchen will need to be rented / built or use a drop-off catering system

Parking: Street parking and UCSB metered parking available. Two UCSB-owned parking lots and one Santa Barbara County-owned parking lot within one block, available for rent. Use of a valet service or shuttles are recommended.

Music: Midnight amplified music curfew

 Alcohol Policy: Alcohol is permitted as long as all parties agree and understand that the renter bears sole responsibility for abiding by all State and Local ordinances pertaining to the distribution and consumption of alcohol.

What is Provided: Black café tables (7), small black side tables (5), large picnic tables (2), yellow café chairs (14), white patio chairs (10), picnic table chairs (12), lounge chairs (12), ping pong table, foosball table. Site plan and furniture specs available upon request. Furniture can be stored upon request.

Decorations: Ambiance is sleek and modern

Event Insurance: Required

Cancellation Policy: 30-day cancellation policy, 50% refund, non-refundable if cancelled within 30 days.

Location Address: 6533 Triago Road Isla Vista CA 93117

Phone: 805-328-5007

Email: chealsea@theloopiv.com

Website: http://www.theloopiv.com/

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Location Spotlight: The Maritime Museum Observation Deck

By: Felici Events

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Perched atop the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, on the fourth floor, is one of Santa Barbara’s hidden secret locations.  The observatory is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 35 people cocktail reception style.

There is a decent size deck with some lounge furniture and boasting breathtaking views of the harbor, right below, the majestic mountain backdrop, the American Riviera and Pacific Ocean.  The observation deck is a quaint and offers 360˚ views of Santa Barbara.

This intimate gathering space is perfect for a private cocktail party for up to 35 guests, or a private anniversary or elopement dinner for two.  Due to the limited space, if one considers brining in food, I suggest it be platters, as there is no kitchen or ability to prepare on-site.  The Endless Summer below could accommodate nosh needs.

There is an existing table perfect to use for a bar, and you can bring in your own alcohol.  You will / should provide minimal rentals simply to enhance the space, but logistically it works well.

While visiting this location earlier this week. four sets of local residents walked up oohing and aaaahing at the location and views and commented that “they didn’t event know this place existed”.  A true Santa Barbara secret, the Observation Deck will certainly knock your socks off.

For more information on pricing and availability contact: Events Department

Phone: 805.8404 x106

Email: events@sbmm.org

Website: www.sbmm.org

Pricing: $

Site fee: $200 / hour

Capacity: 35 cocktail style

Restrooms: on site on the 1st floor

Requirements: deposit, insurance and signed contract

Bridal Dressing Room: no

Time Allotments: call the venue

Catering: minimal space, suggest to have pre-made food brought in by caterer

Parking: ample Harbor Parking

Music: no amplification

Alcohol Policy: client provides own

What is Provided: lounge furniture on deck, desk for bar area

Cancellation Policy: non-refundable deposit

Cancellation policy and what is non refundable: deposit

Location Address: 113 Harbor Way suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA. 93109

Phone: 805.8404 x106

Email: events@sbmm.org

Website: www.sbmm.org





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Location Spotlight: The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

By: Felici Events

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The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is a hidden treasure that is nestled in the Santa Barbara harbor and provides a detailed and engaging survey of the American Riviera’s connection with the ocean. Their facility  is unlike any other banquet hall, as fascinating exhibits serve as the backdrop to rehearsal dinners, bridal/ groom parties and receptions.

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Standing capacity is 400 and seated is 200. Using the museum for any kind of reception or event offers a beautiful location on the Santa Barbara Harbor, a diverse space that can be arranged depending on each client’s needs, and a unique, truly Santa Barbran experience.

Reception only venue

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For more information on pricing and availability contact:

  • NAME Laura Wactler
  • EMAIL events@sbmm.org
  • PHONE  (805) 962-8404 x106

Pricing: $ 

Site fee: $2,750 (Fri-Sat, up to 150 guests); $1,650 (Fri-Sat, up to 75 guests) – discounted prices for weekday events

Capacity: 400 standing, 200 seated

Areas: Outside patio facing the harbor, main floor of museum, 2nd floor of museum, Munger Theater (HD theater), 4th Floor Observatory Deck overlooking the harbor

Restrooms: on site


  • Contract
  • Event Insurance
  • Deposit to secure date

Bridal Dressing Room: no

Time Allotments: anytime (extra charges for early/ late museum closure) 

Catering: licensed caterer required

Parking: There is ample parking in adjacent lots, or you can source a valet company, which is highly recommended.

Music: Time constraints and amplification- none

Alcohol Policy: alcohol allowed, license needed if party plans to sell alcohol to guests 

What is Provided:

  • Tables
  • Chairs

Decoration restrictions: no candles, no balloons

Event Insurance: Required $1,000,000 insurance certificate

Cancellation Policy: $500 deposit refundable up to 3 months before event

Location Address:

                             113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

                              Santa Barbara, Ca 93109

 Phone: 805- 962- 8404 x106 

Email: events@sbmm.org

Website: http://www.sbmm.org/facility-rental

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