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Felici Events Featured in CASA Magazine

Felici Events Featured in CASA Magazine

Article from CASA Magazine

Article from CASA Magazine

Felici Events Makes News for Planning Santa Barbara's Largest Philanthropic Event

Special thanks to CASA magazine for their article, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” published in August 2009. The article, written by Jacqueline Dyson, provides a detailed description of the event and includes information about Michael Towbes. This birthday celebration also served as a benefit for the Granada Restoration Capital Campaign and raised approximately $1.2M.

As the evening drew to a close, the party was just getting started! Dancing under the stars to Lois Mahalia & The Georgetown Band, exuberant guests rocked the house. Michael enjoyed dancing to his favorite song ‘YMCA’ with wife Anne, granddaughter Allison, and the family. Michael and Anne savored a special moment with the favorite, At Last, and shut is down with a rousing last dance Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough. When all was said and diner, the party’s theme summed it up well: “It’s a Wonderful Life!” – CASA Magazine

Casa Magazine celebrates life in Santa Barbara. This award-winning weekly magazine focuses on cultural institutions and non-profits that support basic human rights and stewardship of the earth. Jacqueline Dyson has written other articles on local fundraising events, including:

Felici Events is a first-class event design and production company based in Santa Barbara, California that produces events like this 80th birthday celebration. Contact us if you are planning an upcoming birthday celebration and looking for a company that listens to and expertly translates its clients’ visions into reality.

#FeliciFied, Fantabulous, Bravo + YAY!

Today I am overwhelmed with absolute emotion!  I have been chosen by MY PEERS and received TWO awards from Borrowed and Blue's Best of B&B.  My heart is so full!! AWARD 1) Felici Events received the silver medal for Best Wedding Planner in Santa Barbara, alongside two amazing fellow planners. It is a true honor to be mentioned + runner up with talent. What a thrill!

Best Planner Silver Borrowed and Blue Felici Events Award

Best Planner Silver Borrowed and Blue Felici Events Award

AWARD 2) The BEST news and heartwarming feeling of all, is that Santa Barbara fellow vendors named me Most Valuable Vendor. "An ambassador for the local event community."  They see me, Zohe Felici, as a leader, role model and vendor having a collaborative spirit and a  nurturing passion for Santa Barbara.

Most Valuable Vendor Borrowed + Blue Felici Events

Most Valuable Vendor Borrowed + Blue Felici Events

I am so humbled, and have worked to so hard to foster relationships with such a wonderful event community, and I am honored that this indeed is the case.  Grazie Mille Santa Barbara!  I am proud to call you my home and to impact friendors in my #FeliciWorld which I celebrate daily and adore so much. I have been #FeliciFied


Zohe Felici

Indian Summer Ceremony Featured in Santa Barbara Magazine


Thanks to Santa Barbara Magazine for spotlighting the wedding of Megan McRoskey and Geno St. John III. The magazine celebrates Santa Barbara’s rich and colorful lifestyle with award-winning editorial content on Santa Barbara’s people, homes and gardens, architecture, food and wine, history, arts, escape destinations, and more.

MEGAN WAS THE girl next door before becoming Geno’s high school sweetheart and then—ten years later—his fiancée after a winter proposal in Mammoth. WEARING A MONIQUE LHUILLIER GOWN, the bride exchanged vows with the groom in an Indian summer ceremony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church before a Felici Events-designed reception at Birnam Wood Golf Club. THE NEWLYWEDS HONEYMOONED in Moore’s Island and Bora Bora, where they kayaked, paddle-boarded, and did scuba diving.


The Reception Venue

Birnam Wood Golf Club is a private golf club in Montecito, California. Membership is by invitation only. It is located on East Valley Road.


Event Planner Information

Felici Events offers full top-tier services. Packages include wedding design and coordination. Felici Events is committed to providing the utmost in service to its clients. Expect expert advice, harmonious design, and the opportunity to discuss all aspects of wedding planning.

Event Planner’s "Good Fortune" makes local news

We have the best clients ever! Thank you cards never go out of style.

We have the best clients ever! Thank you cards never go out of style.

Thank you to society writer Lorraine D. Wilson for the article, “Good Fortune” rich in history. Lorraine’s article was published in her Sunday On the Town section in the Santa Barbara News Press, which covers the non-profit sector and who’s who of Santa Barbara.

Thank you to Kerry Methner for the article, Good Fortune Fundraiser Celebrates Santa Barbara's Asian American Heritage. Kerry's article was published on page 34 in the June 27th issue of CASA Magazine.

The “Good Fortune” fundraiser, by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, recognized the important role Chinese and Japanese communities played in Santa Barbara’s history.

During the late-nineteenth and twentieth-centuries the area in and around the Santa Barbara Presidio was a unique and culturally rich neighborhood. Chinese and Japanese communities coexisted side by side, offering thriving businesses within buildings that are now historic landmarks. The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation honors and preserves this history in El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. In 2009 “Sharing Our Common Ground” explored Santa Barbara’s Asian Americans history. - Santa Barbara Independent

To see photos by Clint Weisman and Dr. Paul Mori, click the link and view the album, “Good Fortune” from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s Flickr account.

Felici Events is a first-class event design and production company based in Santa Barbara, California that produces events like the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Good Fortune” gala. Contact us if you are planning an upcoming fundraising event and looking for a company that listens to and expertly translates its client’s visions into reality.

Themed Bat Mitzvah Event Plan Featured in Mazelmoments

Themed Bat Mitzvah Event Plan Featured in Mazelmoments

We are pleased to share with you the recent article by Lyndi Halpern published on the event-planning site, Mazelmoments. The article, “Neon Graffiti Grunge Bat Mitzvah Party,” is a detailed account of the Bat Mitzvah Felici Events planned for Ava. Special thanks are in order to all the vendors who participated in the Graffiti Grunge theme.


Neon Graffiti Grunge Bat Mitzvah Party” is one of 70 Bar and Bat Mitzvah party themes featured on the Mazelmoments website. The top 15 themes include: Alice in Wonderland, Baking, Baseball, Candy, Carnival, Chocolate, Diamonds & Bling, Fashion, Hollywood, iPhone / iPad iParty, Music, Morocco / Middle East, New York, Sports Cars, and Winter Wonderland.

Mazelmoments is the leading online resource for planning Jewish events. The website makes it easier than ever to access resources for Jewish cultural traditions. Mazelmoments makes it fun and easy to plan meaningful events - whether it be a wedding, bat or bar mitzvah, bris, baby naming, personal celebration, or corporate event.

Lyndi Halpern is a Mazelmoments contributing writer and has written many articles, such as:

  • Fun Sports & Activity Venues | Bar & Bat Mitzvah Party Locations
  • 6 Ideas for Your Outdoor Wedding, Mitzvah or Party
  • A Summer Jewish Wedding in Chi-Town
  • 10 Ideas for a Beach Theme Mitzvah, Wedding or Party

Felici Events is a first-class event design and production company based in Santa Barbara, California and produces events internationally. Contact us if you are looking for a company that listens to its clients and expertly translates their visions into reality. For more information on Jewish cultural events planned by Felici Events, see:

Zohe Felici on Party Time with Scott Topper

Zohe Felici on Party Time with Scott Topper

International Event Planner Zohe Felici shares what three things she would bring if stranded on a deserted island with a party to plan.

Here is entertainment guru Scott Topper, hosting his show "Party Time with Scott Topper".

Zohe, is owner and founder of Felici Events and co-masterminder (with Scott) of Southern California Mitzvahs. She is also a longtime friend of his and his beautiful wife Angelina. (Felici Events produced their wedding in 2011),  Zohe is honored to be his very first guest (on the début) of the very first show.

There is a three person panel (the talented Kristine, charming Michelle, and myself) whom Scott interviews in order to provide the public with a glimpse inside la creme de la creme of Southern California's vendors' wild world of events.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

PS - What a great group of gals to have on the panel with!  This is the AAA team!

Among the Monarchs – Wedding of Jessica and Brandt Welborn





When Jessica Welborn was in her late teens, her parents purchased property in the exclusive and beautiful Hollister Ranch area. She quickly fell in love with Rancho San Augustine's rustic charm and its picturesque view of the ocean, and she began dreaming about getting married there. When she met Brandt it wasn't long before those dreams started to become a lot more real. Brandt proposed to Jessica while the couple was vacationing in Costa Rica with all of Jessica's immediate family and a few friends. One morning, Brandt and Jessica had planned a stand-up paddle boarding session; while Jessica was still sleeping, Brandt woke up the rest of the family to tell them of his plan to propose, and they managed to capture it on video from the shore while Brandt attempted a proposal in some pretty hectic surf conditions. – By Joshua Brayer

Un Paseo en Oro – CASA Magazine



Felici Event for The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Un Paseo en Oro, was featured in CASA Magazine.

With the trance of a letter from the Price of Asturias, the depth of centuries of history, and celebrating the romantic history of a cowboy artist, The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation hosted Un Paseo en Oro commemorating their 50 year journey to preserve, restore and explore Santa Barbara's cultural heritage. – By Kerry Methner, PhD / CASA

Article published on June 7th 2013, Page 3

Pink Polo Party – Santa Barbara Magazine



Felici Event for the Breast Cancer Resource Center was featured in the January issue of Santa Barbara Magazine:

The BREAST CANCER RESOURCE CENTER held its 15th annual Pink Polo Party, where guests gathered at a private estate overlooking the glistening Pacific Ocean to enjoy fruity cocktails, elegant appetizers, and a private polo exhibition. Most notably, a silent auction slap took place and items included handmade Corinna Gordon jewelry, and English countryside vacation, and a two-night getaway for two couples at Swanson Vineyard in Napa Valley. Guests then danced the night away in support of breast cancer research and recover. PHOTOS CLARISSA KOENIG – SBMAG

January 2014 Issue, Page 53

Wine Country Wedding - Hollywood Couple


When L.A.-based Taylor Latham and Andrew Major decided to tie the knot, they couldn't imagine a more beautiful place to say "I do" than Santa Barbara's wine country. "We love it there," attests 31-year-old Taylor, vice president of production at Double Feature Films. "It's only two hours away but you feel as if you're transported to a different place, somewhere south of France or Tuscany," she says. "As soon as you pass Santa Barbara," she adds, "your heart rate slows down and you start to smile."

The couple's love affair with local wines began two years before they actually became an item. "We were best friends before we started dating and we'd always go to the wine country together," explains Andrew, a screenwriter, who originally met Taylor in 2001 when she hired him as an assistant. Every few months, the two would rent a van and invite a group of mutual friends to explore the wine country for a couple of days. "It was our favorite thing to do," says Andrew, also 31.

After he proposed to Taylor in October 2006, the couple scheduled a summer wedding at Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery in the Santa Rita Hills. The couple wanted to make their special occasion a weekend event and invited all 185 guests to Friday's rehearsal dinner at Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos. The next morning, the group gathered at nearby Nojoqui Falls to play football and relax before the ceremony. "By the time the wedding started, everyone already knew each other," says Taylor, adding that neither she nor her groom were nervous before taking the plunge. "Everything worked like clockwork, so there was not a moment of stress."

The mother of the bride, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, agrees. "Taylor is the most organized person alive," she attests. "She and Andrew did everything, and I was happy to let them. It's the reason we didn't fight-I had no say!"


Following dreamy afternoon vows against a backdrop of rolling hills and oak-studded grasslands, the reception kicked off with a cheese and wine pairing in the barrel room, where guests kept cool until dinner, served in tents on the lawn. Collaborating with the caterer, the couple had designed a menu of steak, salmon, and fried green tomato salad-Taylor's favorite complemented by a selection of Foley's wines. But it was the wedding band that stole the show. The couple say that the absolute highlight was seeing Taylor's 89-year-old grandma having a great time on the dance floor.

Not surprisingly, their pals proclaimed this was the best wedding they'd ever been to. "We had spent so many weekends together in the wine country, this was a special place for all of us;' says Taylor. Including the longtime friends of her mother also added to the fun atmosphere. "The whole night, our single male friends danced with my mom's single female friends. They all loved it!"

For Leslie and her husband, Aaron, sharing the extraordinary day with their own close circle was icing on the cake. "Getting married is supposed to be something you do in the context of your 'community' it's how your extended family endorses, celebrates, accepts you as a couple," says Stahl. "Taylor's 'community' has included our friends, too, so it was important to have them there."


To thank family and friends for coming to their wedding, Taylor and Andrew wanted to share something that reminded everyone of the wine country event. When the couple couldn't find gifts they liked, they decided to create down vests for their guests. "We also designed our own stationery with a logo of a simple, stylish wine barrel, and then added the logo to the menu and our gifts for the wedding party." Andrew says. "Everyone loved them and asked where we had found the design."

Subsequently the newlyweds set out to create a whole line of vino-inspired apparel, including neckties, headbands, scarf belts, and tote bags. They aptly named their now thriving business Little Barrel. "We had so much fun planning our wedding every night after work that we knew we'd enjoy starting a business together," Taylor. Adds Andre "Little Barrel has become the best excuse to be together, travel the world visiting vineyards, and drink more wine." – Isabelle Gullo

Cassandra Seto and Jonathan Neyer @SantaBarbaraMag



Spring 2012 Issue–Page 139

UNBEKNOWNST TO THEM, the two lived across the street from each other during college–UC Berkeley–but they didn't meet until years later at a mutual friend's party. JON PROPOSED with a family ring at a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal during a trip to India. MORE THAN 150 guests feted the couple at the ceremony and reception, which took place at the Granada theater. With day-of assistance by Zohe Felicl of Felici Events, "Our wedding incorporated different elements from our cultures," says the bride.


Angelina & Scott @ModeleWeddings

Angelina & Scott @ModeleWeddings



APRIL / MAY 2011 From floral arrangements to full-service event production. Ariel Yve Design plans your wedding from head to toe. A distinguished Santa Barbara-based designer for more than 10 years. Yve provides services worldwide and has been featured on television shows such as WE's Platinum Weddings and Get Married on Lifetime. From full conceptualization to day-of coordination for gatherings of all sizes, Yve has done it all. One tip for lowering costs: "Trim the guest list," she says. "It's nice to keep your wedding intimate enough to feel like a fabulous dinner party."

When it comes to incorporating the latest trends to make your day spectacular, Zohe Felici of Felici Events is your go-to gal. With a meticulous eye for detail this knowledgeable wedding planner predicts darker, sultrier accents for weddings this year: "Soft colors such as pale pinks, ivory, and pearl paired with black, and nighttime ceremonies decorated with flickering candelabras, candles, ambient light and sparkle–rerminiscent of Black Swan."


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Acacia Mansion - Summer 2011



Attasalina Photography: Salina Seraphim (

Event Producer/ Wedding Coordinator / Designer: Zohe Felici - Valerie Velazquez FELICI EVENTS (

Floral Design: Michelle Hirrel Shell's Petals (

Invitation / Paper Design: Elizabeth Rittmeyer & Kelsie Zimmerman Sugarcube Press (

Linen: La Tavola Linen (

Hair / Make Up: Sarah J Hairstylist Extraordinaire (805-845-7048)

Model: Amber Hiatt

Acacia Mansion - Nestled in the center of the Ojai Valley close to Downtown Ojai, California. "Fun and formal" is the motto of the owner, Kristina Knapic. European artisans were commissioned to create a jaw dropping two-story entryway with alabaster floors and stained glass windows. Many of the ceilings are hand painted and the sweeping iron staircase is a beautiful backdrop for photos.


Born to entertain, she made it a business, 40 Under 40 2012 @pacbiztimes



 Zohe Felici's Italian blood flows through everything she does and her event-planning company is no exception. "I started the company, Italian-born, Italian-raised, born to entertain. That's the nature of being Italian," she said. I only seemed fitting to name the company after her Italian surname: Felici Events. The 38-year-old was a catering manager for Bacara Resort & Spa, where she learned she loved the special events industry. She moved into a position at another event planning company, and four years later knew it was time to start her own business.

Felici said she is a Scorpio, so naturally she wants to take on a leadership role, to drive and to take charge. Her staff consists of two part-time employees and six interns, some from UC Santa Barbara.

Felici Events mostly serves as a base for event planning and out sources the details to other companies. "I get the caterer. I'm behind the design, the decor, musicians, that sort of thing." she said.

Felici enjoys working with nonprofits, including Girls Inc. in Santa Barbara. She recently organized different events through the Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara at her other business, Southern California Mitzvahs.

Felici Events was behind developer Michael Towbes 80th birthday celebration, which benefited the Granada Theatre Capital Campaign. "We created a dinner theater experience for almost 700 people at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort," she said. The experience included seven acts and performances.

Does Felici put on her event manager hat for her friends' and family members' gatherings? A little bit, but not too much. "I like to be pampered," she said, referring to the fact that she relaxes and enjoys events centered around her friends and family. "I definitely coordinate and put the events together though."

  • What was your first job? My brother and I used to have a mango stand when we lived in Egypt . My first real job was scooping ice cream at a parlor in Plano, Texas, at Braum's Ice Cream.
  • Your worst job? I did telemarketing for a total of 3.25 hours.
  • What was the last book you read? "The Best Laid Plans" by Sidney Sheldon.

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara the Canary Hotel infuses Spanish & Moroccan cultures & colors @ModeleWeddings

Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Canary Hotel is a premier luxury boutique experience located adjacent to Santa Barbara's famous State Street. Among other amenities, visitors can indulge in shopping, walking tours, elegant dining and notable nightlife. Influenced by Spanish and Moroccan design, guests are immediately transported to the famous Canary Islands off the Northern Coast of Africa, creating the perfect exotic luxury retreat.

As the only full service hotel downtown, the Canary is the perfect Santa Barbara location for hosting wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties or bridal showers. From the Rooftop Terrace, known internally as "The Perch," guests experience unparalleled panoramic views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean within a serene outdoor environment that includes Spanish tile and an exquisite mission-style fireplace. Inside, the Canary houses over 5,000 square feet of premiere event space, including the Riviera Ballroom which can comfortably accommodate up to 130 guests for a seated dinner reception.

For your culinary delights, the catering staff of Coast Restaurant and Bar can assist you in developing a personalized menu utilizing fresh ingredients from local and regional farms and wharfs, creating exquisite new American cuisine. Complete your dinner with perfectly paired regional Santa Barbara wines, or extend your palette to include Coast's expansive International wine list.

The Canary Hotel: Your premier luxury boutique wedding experience in downtown Santa Barbara.

- Zohe Felici of


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