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In honor of the first day of Old Spanish Days, Fiesta this week in Santa Barbara, I would like to celebrate an element of Santa Barbara Wedding Style that is not only timeless and romantic, but was also recently chosen by Kate Middleton for her own Royal Wedding, and years before by another iconic bride, Grace Kelly, the Mantilla, or Spanish Veil.

I have had seen so many incredible custom variations on this style veil over the years in Santa Barbara.  As dress styles have changed and trends have come and gone–tiaras, flowers, feathers, and whatnot have made and appearances, but this stunning veil has always remained a Santa Barbara favorite.

The History of the Mantilla:

The lightweight ornamental mantilla came into use in the warmer regions of Spain towards the end of the sixteenth century, and ones made of lace became popular with women in the 17th and 18th centuries being depicted most notably in the portraits of Diego Velázquez and Goya. In the nineteenth century, Queen Isabel II (1833–1868) actively encouraged its use.

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Pure Joy Catering answers the call, when Brides magazine wants to know what “the Next Big Thing” in wedding catering is . . .

By: Lynette La Mere, Owner of Pure Joy Catering

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This was exciting! Brides magazine called from New York. They are asking 6 wedding caterers across the country just what we thought the Next Big Thing in wedding catering was. That was an easy question for me! Here’s the details if you haven’t seen the issue yet (it’s the fall/winter issue of Bride’s Magazine Southern California)

  • Next “it” cuisine? Pure Joy Answer: Local, sustainable produce and seafood.
  • What is the new “poached salmon”? Pure Joy Answer: Grilled local vegetables stacked with polenta and halibut. The presentation provides an impressive ‘wow’ factor.
  • What is the next “It” hors d’eouvre? Pure Joy Answer: “Naughty” comfort foods! Sinfully delicious ‘junk food’ dishes served in small portions, like our New ‘Southern Belles’—juicy slow-roasted barbecue pork on freshly-baked mini corn muffins.
  • Now upstaging cupcakes…Pure Joy Answer: (What could upstage Cupcakes?!, the Pure Joy Cupcakes are legendary, especially the German Chocolate!) But if something could it would be our Demi Mugs of Turkish Coffee Crème Brûlée served with a Chocolate-Dipped demi spoon.
  • Guests are loving?…Pure Joy Answer: S’mores stations! The classic S’mores are the most requested but add yummy cookies and a variety of marshmallow flavors for a twist.
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