Lazaro Press and Design recently created this retro, American Riviera save-the-date with a custom illustration. The couple asked for a touch of an old Hollywood movie poster feel. This fun and playful design was created to be mailed in an envelope but would work equally well as a postcard save-the-date. What a fabulous way to welcome your guests to the glamorous land of sun, sand, and red-tile roofs.
I’m pretty sure if you’re online reading a wedding blog, you’re already familiar with the crafter-vintage-shopping mecca called Etsy. It’s a great resource for wedding accessories, dresses, etc. (which we will re-visit in another post soon) but today I wanted to explore the vintage side of Etsy. With so many destination weddings in Santa Barbara every weekend I thought it might be fun to explore some of the fun and funkier Santa Barbara “Souvenirs” that are available. Enjoy and happy shopping!
Who knew that there was a Santa Barbara tablecloth out there?!
Oh yes, and napkins too. . .
Maybe a bedazzed pillow with a vintage image of the Coral Casino?
Perhaps you’re more of a vintage t-shirt fan. How about a Joe’s Cafe shirt?
Of course there is always paper, perhaps for that first anniversary? Vintage postcards and wonderful vibrant old crate labels are great to frame for artwork as unique keepsakes of a special place. . .
This isn’t necessarily vintage but I thought it was a unique Santa Barbara souvenir . . .
I could go on and on but you get the idea . . . there are a ton of fun and interesting items available with a simple “Santa Barbara” search on Etsy.
Photography and Styling by: Lavender & Twine
A note from the bride-to-be:
On Christmas Eve, Luke asked me to marry him. He gave me a big, wrapped present that opened to reveal another wrapped gift inside. I opened box after box until I eventually got to the last one, which was a small Tiffany’s bag. Inside I found a gold heart locket. To my surprise when I opened the locket it read “Marry Me.” I looked to Luke and he was down on one knee with the ring.
We decided on a vintage Valentine’s inspired engagement shoot to go along with the ‘heart’ theme. We conveyed the idea to our photographers, Lavender & Twine, and let them arrange and design the shoot. They choose a perfect location at a lush and rustic park. On the day of shoot, Luke and I were blown away by their creativity as our vision came to life. What we loved most about our Valentine’s engagement shoot was the playfulness, love, & passion that was brought out in us and illustrated in our pictures.
Photography: Lavender & Twine
Event Design: Lavender & Twine
Hair & Make up: Brittney McWethy of Salon Elite
Pastries: Kate Dunbar of Petite Reve Chocolates
Location: Ojai, California
Paper Hearts: Funky Junky Art
First let me say that I really don’t have anything against the classic chiavari chair. I think they are beautiful, versatile, and have certainly graced some pretty spectacular Santa Barbara wedding receptions. That said, it’s always fun to explore other options.
I happened to be ordering chairs for an event last week and discovered that Town & Country Event Rentals has these fabulous vintage 1942 folding chairs. Yes, they are called 1942 folding chairs because they are exactly that – vintage chairs from 1942. The best part is that they are incredibly affordable (under $4 each) and comfortable. I think these treasures would make such a lovely compliment to any Santa Barbara Wedding.
I couldn’t find any photos of these charming chairs used in an actual Santa Barbara Wedding, but I did find this great photo by Amy Carroll which provides some fun inspiration . . . You may also picture them at the Historical Museum, vineyard property, rustic barn, estate garden . . . well, you get the picture.
While I was on the topic, I thought I might hunt around for some other Santa Barbara Style seating inspiration . . . Enjoy!
Photo: Jose Villa; Event Design: Mindy Rice; Location: San Ysidro Ranch
Photo(s): Elizabeth Messina (OK, so this may not actually be from Santa Barbara but benches are a great idea for a beach wedding)
Furniture/Photo: Town & Country Event Rentals, Amalfi Furniture
Furniture/Photo: Town & Country Event Rentals, The Slipper Chair
So this last photo may seem like a relatively ordinary chair – but if you’re looking for something comfortable for your guests, you can’t go wrong with this one. I can’t tell you how many times I have had guests checking in at events that ask what type of chairs will be at the reception. So many people have back problems and issues with wobbly chivari chairs or the lack of support that folding chairs have. I actually had one of those guests with back issues, call me over to hug me after being seated in her chair. They are not inexpensive to rent, but if your budget allows, certainly a thoughtful investment in the comfort of your guests.
This vintage coral motif is fun, bold, stylish and of course, perfectly Santa Barbara. It can also be easily carried over from the Save-the-date, to invitations, envelopes and even the place cards. Another beautiful bit of Santa Barbara wedding style from Lazaro Press.