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Planning A Tuscan-Themed Oceanfront Dinner

Planning A Tuscan-Themed Oceanfront Dinner

Felici Worldwide Brings Tuscany to Santa Barbara

After traveling to Italy in July, Zohe was so inspired by her mother land.  The colors, food and vibrant settings motivated Felici Events owner to produce a Tuscan-style rehearsal dinner for her wedding clients.  Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the views were stunning and something to compete with, but Felici Events found no challenge in producing an event just as breathtaking.

A Huge Thank you to our Vendors:

NLC Productions - Flowers + Decor

Town and Country Event Rentals - Tableware + Rentals

Catering Connection - Catering

Kiel Rucker Photography - Photography

Felici Events - Planning + Coordination

Felici Events Table Design at the Luxe Linen Showcase

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Felici Events displayed our wedding and event design skills recently, at Sherwood Country Club. Luxe Linens invited us to produce a table-top design of our choice, to showcase the 2015 line of new linens and napkins. Here is a video clip showing you the finished product as well as the wonderful team who helped us fulfill a little creative magic!

https://youtu.be/4_mxxRxN1Rg

We were tickled pink to be invited, which carried into our theme of a pink table top inspired by the 2011 movie 

Marie Antoinette

 (directed by Sofia Coppola, a fellow Italian-ite and Felici-favorite).

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We chose to showcase our table of eight using Luxe Linens' Sherbert Vogue.

Once we decided on the linens, Felici Events called on the the talents of a newer vintage rental company Otis and Pearl, to supply the silverware, china and glassware.

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Nina of Coco Rose Designs and the Felici Events Team could have spent hours in her storage unit looking at all the fun table top pieces.  In face, we may have.  Low and behold, it was easy for us to fall in love with the pink glassware you see at each table. Perfectly fitting for such a girly table top setting.

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Next, we asked for help from our friend and fellow

ISES-VSB 

member, Joost Bongaerts, owner of Florabundance, if he would like to contribute, and graciously he supplied all the floral.

The final touches, envisioned by Nina of Coco Rose Designs included the sweet fresh berries and delectable

macarons

 embellishing the table top.

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Finally, we chose the

Florence dining chairs

(both with arms and without) to complete the look of the dining table.  They were definitely the talk of our table amongst attendees and fellow showcasing peers.

It was absolute perfection.  The location, setting, details, event and evening.  Thank you Luxe Linens for including us in this project!

Grazie Mille to our contributors:

DESIGNER and VISIONARY: Felici Events

FLORIST: Coco Rose Design 

VINTAGE RENTALS: Otis and Pearl

CHAIR RENTAL: Revelry Event Designers

FLORAL PURVEYOR: Florabundance

Picturesque Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding

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Sarah and Scott Church

It's Wedding Wednesday and the Felici Events team wants to celebrate this beautiful picturesque Santa Barbara Wedding! This #Felicified couple got married in the summer and were a wonder to work with! If you want to have a true Santa Barbara Wedding, follow these tips from a previous Felici Events wedding in honor of Scott and Sarah.

First off, this couple used not 1, not 2, but 3 different venues the day of! Talk about really using Santa Barbara to its fullest. The wedding party got ready at the Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara which worked out perfectly since the rehearsal dinner the night before took place on the rooftop of the Canary Hotel. It is a really a unique and elegant venue; I mean, just look at this staircase!

Sarah and Scott Canary Staircase

Sarah and Scott Canary Staircase

Sarah and Scott Canary Fountain

Sarah and Scott Canary Fountain

The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel which is a grandiose church at the foot of some of Santa Barbara's impressive mountains. The reception took place at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum which is filled of Old-Spanish decor and ambiance. Of course when you have more than one venue, the transportation plays a big role on this special day. The Felici Events team decided to work with EOS shuttles for guests and Santa Barbara Trolley for the wedding party. It is really important that if your wedding takes place in multiple locations you provide transportation, if possible. Your guests will truly be thankful and overall will allow more guests to be on time since they are all together. It saves you and your wedding coordinator headaches later on! Besides, having transportation can allow all your guests to get to know each other a little better. Not to mention, it provides another source of fun for your wedding party!

Sarah and Scott Trolley

Sarah and Scott Trolley

Sarah and Scott Wedding Party Trolley

Sarah and Scott Wedding Party Trolley

When it comes to Santa Barbara, old-Spanish and adobe architecture is all around! It really gives it that picturesque feel. As for the reception decor, the Felici Events team and the bride and groom worked together to choose the color palette that really compliments that, specifically the Historical Museum adobe tile and wooden structure. Great job and a special thanks to Stems Floral for making it happen! Just look at the beautiful centerpieces and bouquet with the hints of peach and pink that really compliments the Historical Museum (and even the church as well)!

Sarah and Scott Church Outside

Sarah and Scott Church Outside

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Sarah and Scott Musuem

Sarah and Scott Centerpiece Floral

Sarah and Scott Centerpiece Floral

And of course to keep that theme going, the Felici Events team designed the rest of the decor to match! The Felici Events team believes that wedding signage is really important, but more so it adds special touches that help tie the theme together! In this case, the reception sign was made from an old piece of wood that the bride and groom got. If you don't have a crafty friend or the resources or even time to make it there are ways to get signs like this made on Etsy or other companies. We recently got Dana Decals to make a few decals for some signs at a different wedding and they came out spectacular!

Sarah and Scott Mr and Mrs

Sarah and Scott Mr and Mrs

Sarah and Scott Reception Sign

Sarah and Scott Reception Sign

Now, although this picturesque Santa Barbara Wedding looks amazing as is, you can always incorporate your own personal touches! For example, this Felici bride and groom had a big thing for cognac, so a cognac and cigar bar was made at the reception and it was a big hit! Something like this makes your wedding more personalized and is made for all guests to enjoy and share with you! (P.S. Notice the orange and peach accents continue onto the pillows!)

Sarah and Scott Cognac Bar

Sarah and Scott Cognac Bar

To make this wedding possible we needed all the help we could get so the Felici Events team wants to thank everyone involved and especially Chris Schmitt Photography for these amazing pictures!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

What is LOVE?

As a wedding planner, I get to experience first-hand what love is.

Whether it be between the engaged couple, a bride and her parents, the groom and his parents or the extended family and friends:

Love is an expected guest attending every wedding ceremony and reception.

Love does not get an invite, does not RSVP and does not receive a Thank You Card.

Zohe Felici wedding planner loves her job

Zohe Felici wedding planner loves her job

For me:

I love my parents, friends and family.

I love my dog.

I love my profession (the pic above speaks for itself, a candid taken during a Felici Event).

I love my work friends.

I love where I live.

I have so much to be overwhelmed with love about, I am extremely fortunate.

Sharing the Felici-Love on this very special day, thank you for partaking in my journey (of life) with me.

XOXO!

Zohe Felici

Christmas Party Decor, Food + Beverage Felici Events Style

Impromptu Felici-Hour Holiday Party

Last night marked the 8th year that Zohe Felici - Event Party Planner Extraordinaire - hosted a pre #paradeoflights gathering at Casa Felici.  The only difference, is that this year she had been traveling, and decided at the last minute to continue and host this ongoing tradition.  With only a few hours to put the "Felici-Hour" together, before she and her friends would head to see the boat parade and fireworks, Zohe dug into her impromptu skills to make this Felici Event effortless for her and a success for guests.

Decor:

There were four decor elements Zohe focused on to put together a holiday table-scape on her dining table.  She chose items (from storage) that accented height and interest to the table without overkill:

  • 1.5 foot tall Pier One Imports wooden snowman she fell in love with a few years back
  • wooden 3 tier Swedish Christmas Candle Carousel from Ikea - Zohe grew up with one and was always mesmerized by how they work using only candle heat to spin around….
  • mini Christmas tree gifted to her by the amazing and talented floral designer Kellye Clifford of Precious and Blooming at a recent coffee meeting.  This became a double-use item (Zohe loves two-fers, see more below).
  • red table runner from Cost Plus World Market
Felici Events Christmas Table Set Up

Felici Events Christmas Table Set Up

Favors and Entertainment:

As mentioned, the tree became a two-fer.  See it plain and simple on the image below and to the left.  At the foot of the tree are mini ornaments (from Ikea).  Zohe had no time to do this task, therefore she created this very fun activity for the kids (adults got involved too).  Zohe believes that interactive projects at parties are a great form of entertainment, so this was a no-brainer.  Voila, on the right is the finished product created by Zohe's almost-niece Malia.  Malia was so proud of her creation and keepsake!

Felici Events Kids Activity for a Holiday or Christmas Party

Felici Events Kids Activity for a Holiday or Christmas Party

Food and Beverage:

Once the table was set, Zohe, being the Italian that she is, moved on to feeding her guests.  With a time limit, she incorporated both home-made and store-bought items for nibbles.  From clockwise we have:

  • pizzette and arancini (placed in a 350 degree oven for about 14 minutes) from Trader Joe's
  • gorgonzola cheese dip with crostini (easy as 1-2-3 recipe, ready in less than 5 minutes)*
  • brussels sprouts with a spicy sweet glaze (easy as 1-2-3 recipe, ready in less than 5 minutes)*
  • mulled wine (easy as 1-2-3 recipe, ready in less than 5 minutes) for adults*
  • hot apple cider (from Trader Joe's) for kids or add Rum for an adult beverage
Felici Events Easy Food and Beverage for a Christmas or Holiday Party

Felici Events Easy Food and Beverage for a Christmas or Holiday Party

 Gorgonzola Cheese Dip w/ Crostini

  • 1 x 8 oz. container Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 1/3 c. whole milk
  • 1/8 c. half & half
    • microwave for 2 minutes
    • stir
    • microwave another 2 minutes
    • stir
    • serve with home-made or pre-made buttered bread crostini

Brussels Sprouts in a Spicy Sweet Glaze

  • 1 x 10 oz. package shaved fresh brussels sprouts (produce section)
  • 2 T. butter, salted
  • 1.5 T. agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 - 2 t. crushed red pepper
    • in large pan melt butter on medium
    • once melted increase temperature to high / medium high
    • add brussels sprouts and caramelize
    • stir occasionally so it does not burn, but let it brown
    • turn off burner
    • add agave nectar (feel free to add more to taste)
    • add crushed red pepper  (feel free to add more to taste)

Mulled Wine

  • 2 btls. red wine (preferably Merlot or something with hints of cherry)
  • 1 btl. white wine (preferably Chardonnay)
  • 1.5 c. sweet vermouth
  • 1.5 c. brandy
  • 1 fresh squeezed orange
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1/4 T. cardamom
  • 1/4 T. fresh graded nutmeg
  • 5-6 whole cloves
    • put all ingredients in a large pot bring to a simmer
    • lower temperature to medium / low for 30 minutes
    • keep on warm until guests arrive or it is all sucked down!
    • pour into festive holiday mugs

Finally, she set her Spotify to the Michael Bublé Christmas Music Station, and there you have it.  How to prepare for and host a holiday happy-hour party for 8 in less than 1 hour.  The most time-consuming part of the preparation was the trip to Trader Joe's to purchase the food…..HA!

Happy Holidays Everyone!  We hope you celebrate safely with friends and loved ones in 2014 with these unique, #felicified and festive Christmas decor and food ideas inspired by #anotherfelicievent

Tented Birthday Celebration Dinner Party

Felici Events Presents: Event & Wedding Planning 101:

Weather: Plan A, B and C

Today we are relishing a bit of (very welcome) rain at Felici Headquarters.  A wet and rainy day like today reminds me of a Felici Event we produced, exactly nine months ago (plus one day), where an uninvited guest showed up - DOWNPOUR!

Last March, I had the honor of working with a Felici Client on her 50th birthday celebration.  The guest of honor wanted to host thirty close friends to a special (not your traditional Saturday night potluck) dinner party at her home.  The lovely clients' home is amidst Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara.  The first time I drove up to her home, I found myself in a gorgeous cul-de-sac type driveway that led to her front door.  There is lush landscaping and a working fountain encompassing it.  "What a magical spot!" I thought to myself.

The client's vision of design was a blend of romance and Mediterranean.  Hanging candle votives, fruits, herbs and vegetables inclusive in the centerpieces, candlelight and an elegantly neutral palate of linens, chairs and table top set up.

Felici Events Wedding Planner place setting

Felici Events Wedding Planner place setting

During our meeting, and walk thru of the potential spaces for dinner, I shared with the client that the house was not conducive to accommodate all guests seated together for a plated dinner.  I reminded the client that she hired me to make this night special, and it needed to set other (informal) dinner parties apart.  I suggested the use of the driveway as the dinner space.  Once I proposed to her the vision and schematics of a 'reveal' to the tented dinner area, the client fell in love with the idea!

The planning of the dinner event took place the months of January and February.  Santa Barbara provided beautiful weather and sunny skies every day leading up to the March 1st weekend.  Regardless of our gorgeous weather (common along the American Riviera) my experience as a seasoned event and wedding planner is to produce three plans. This time it had to do with rain:

Plan A - a tented event, in case of rain (the first week of March usually produces precipitation)

Plan B - great weather with no tent (al fresco)

Plan C - an indoor and less formal dinner in case of a torrential downpour.

Instantly I brought on the talents of Coco Rose Design and The Tent Merchant as the team to help me create Ann's dream into a reality.  The Tent Merchant's octagonal tent would fit perfectly in the driveway and easily accommodate 30 guests.  We brainstormed a couple of different layout options, and settled on having votives hanging from the center of the tent and the tables parallel to the tent walls, in an octagonal shape (single sided facing in) so all could see each other.  PERFECT!

The caterer, Chef Robin Goldstein, was a gem to work with!  She created an out of this world menu consisting of farm-to-table fresh foods, with authentic mediterranean preparation.  All the key vendors were in place and so the party begins!

Felici Events Birthday inside tent

Felici Events Birthday inside tent

Felici Events Birthday mediterranean Centerpieces

Felici Events Birthday mediterranean Centerpieces

You guessed it.  The week-end of the birthday party, there is a torrential downpour!  We experienced heavy rains all morning (there is even a YouTube video of the Santa Barbara Harbor being overcome by large waves) throughout the Southern California area.  I had not seen flash floods since my days in Dallas, Texas

The morning of the party, I drove to the house and found the tent (which was set up the day before) to have rivers running thru it!  The client, understandably stressed, expressed disappointment with the turn of events.*   I reassured her that the dinner would be perfect, and I would do everything in my power to ensure vision of the event.  I urged her to go her hair and make up appointments, and enjoy a day of pampering.  It took some time to console and comfort her, but reluctantly on her way she went escorted with a gal pal.

Mid afternoon, when the florist arrived, we looked at the weather radar which showed patterns of the rain dissipating around 4 p.m.  Guests would not be invited into the dinner tent until 6:30 p.m.  Could we pull it off?  The florist and caterer both confirmed that if by 5:45 p.m. there was no chance of holding the dinner outside, we would be able to move to plan C - placing design items and set a buffet in the living and dining areas for an indoor affair.

I was in the pouring rain for hours, successfully producing make-shift gutters (my alter ego is MacGyver) to deter rain around rain and not thru the tent.  Once complete I swept, mopped and dry vacuumed the inside of the tent.  The threatening red marks on the weather radar, eventually turned to light green specs.  The rain turned to sprinkles, and by 5:15 p.m. all was dry inside the canopy.  With all hands on deck and teamwork, we were ready to go by 6:00 p.m. The heaters in the tent warmed up the space, and combined with the candle light, gorgeous table decor and background music created the most romantic and cozy dinner setting I have produced outdoors after a downpour.

My favorite part is this unique and personalized touch of a play of MadLibs.  We called it "AnnLib" and it substituted a guest book.  The Felici Events graphics team created a cartoon of the client using her picture and added it to a customized MadLib for guests to fill out.

Felici Events creative guest book Mad Libs Cartoon

Felici Events creative guest book Mad Libs Cartoon

Felici Events unique party idea madlibs at each place setting

Felici Events unique party idea madlibs at each place setting

Felici Events wedding planning outside tent looking in

Felici Events wedding planning outside tent looking in

The birthday gal came to take a sneak peek before we invited guests to the 'grand reveal' of dinner, and tears of joy came to her eyes.  She was beyond ecstatic!  This party was not only #anotherfelicievent but one of the most rewarding moments in my career.  We really do turn dreams into a reality (thank you mother nature for keeping me on my toes).  Needles to say hostess and guests had a wonderful time and we created memories for all.  #anotherfelicievent

Felici Events decor table setting details Collage

Felici Events decor table setting details Collage

*Felici Fact: tenting will keep rain from falling on your head, but not water from coming up below.

Santa Barbara Wedding Miguel + Matt

Same Sex Elopement by Felici Events

Santa Barbara Courthouse & Sunken Gardens

When I wear my wedding planning hat, I have to say that I LOVE love…..I mean it!  Hearing stories of how couples meet, seeing their vision come to fruition, and then ogling the moments in time that the wedding photographer has captured.

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding cute grooms

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding cute grooms

Matt and Miguel are no exception.  We had about two weeks to plan their elopement without meeting the happy-couple and get all their wedding details into play.  When I met with them the night before their wedding, I fell in love with these two, and their story.

Miguel and Matt met at Miguel's place of work, a hair salon in Phoenix.  Matt had been a loyal customer for years, and Miguel had just moved to town, and recently started working at the salon.  Matt says his regular stylist was handling his appointment as usual, but he could not keep his eyes off Miguel.  It was love at first sight.  On his next appointment, Matt requested Miguel as his hair dresser. Needless to say, Matt is now loyal to his stylist and getting the best haircuts ever.

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding dog ring barer

The couple was on the fence about having their dog be in the wedding or at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and Sunken Gardens, and  I confidently told them that they should have a ring bearer, and that the pup would be fine inside the courthouse and around the grounds.  I had not event met the pooch, but I am glad they took me up on my advice, who doesn't love that cute boxer mug!  The nice thing about Santa Barbara is that it is extremely dog friendly, so that makes it perfect for dog-lovers and owners like myself.

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elopement

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elopement

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elpoement posed shots with dog

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elpoement posed shots with dog

In retrospect, I think the pup stole the show.

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding groom ceremony

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms and dog

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms and dog

In these picture I love the boutonnières and ties that oppose each other.  Matt sent me images of the ties beforehand so that I could match the ribbon with the florist.  Thank you to Kaleidoscope Flowers for doing a great job!

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms exchanging rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms exchanging rings

Seriously, the image below looks as if there is a fake backdrop, but NOPE, Santa Barbara and the American Riviera is that gorgeous! I live it every day and appreciate the beauty and backdrops this town offers.

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms view from the top

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms view from the top

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding kiss on the cheek

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding kiss on the cheek

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding ring exchange

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding ring exchange

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding showing off rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding showing off rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding steps and sunken garden dog ring barer

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding steps and sunken garden dog ring barer

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding tower top

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding tower top

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding walking down the hallway

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding walking down the hallway

In this image, I get a kick out of  the wedding bands.  I had no idea the formed a heart until I saw them take this picture.  What a great personalization and detail to come full circle about LOVING love!  Congratulations Miguel and Matt!

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding wedding rings

santa barbara courthouse gay wedding wedding rings

A huge thank you to Amy at Vita-Bella Photography for these amazing images.

Grazie Mille!

The Happy Couple look into their reception from the window on their very special day.

I do. It Differently.

Pouffed, wrapped, adorned, or tucked...veils don't always have to be what you'd expect!

There are so many different ways to wear your veil for your special day or to not wear one!

Veils-Large and Elegant

Veils-Large and Elegant

Veils-Short Elegant

Veils-Short Elegant

You can wear a traditional white veil and pouf it out to make it large and elegant or you can wear a short white one instead You can always mess around with tule and make a simple bow

Alternative Veil

Alternative Veil

Veils-Orange Flower

Veils-Orange Flower

You can also opt for the traditional white color but wear it like a headpiece instead Adorn it by using lace or add color with some flowers

Flower Crown Bright

Flower Crown Bright

Flower Crown Organic

Flower Crown Organic

Flower Crown

Flower Crown

Flower Crown Simple

Flower Crown Simple

Hair Flower Jewels

Hair Flower Jewels

Elle.com also offers an insight on veils by offering 9 Gorgeous Alternatives to the traditional veil including wearing a flower crown and scattered jewels

For more extravagant alternative bridal veils BeSpoke Brides has their top 13 list or you can check out Bridal Headpieces on Pinterest!

Flutter Wedding Magazine Features Felici Events

It is truly an honor and it warms our hearts when Felici Event work is recognized by others aside from our clients!  We just received news that Felici Events was featured in Flutter Magazine's latest issue Summer Lovin'!  

Flutter Magazine highlights our first wedding of the year located at a private venue in Hollister Ranch.  The pictures can be found on page 87 of the magazine.  The theme of the wedding was ranch chic, with colors of green, white, and neural.  Could not have captured the beauty of the wedding without Willa Kveta Photography!

Hollister Ranch Wedding

Hollister Ranch Wedding

Thank you again Flutter Magazine for displaying our talents! We so greatly appreciate it!

Classic Colors Orange and Teal at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Celebrating the anniversary of this WILD wedding of our #Felicified  Couple.

The details and colors of the wedding incorporated all elements, the bride's personality, bright colors of classic orange and teal, the beach, tropical foliage and the giraffes at the zoo.

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The ceremony took place at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, where the Father of the Bride is a member and avid boatman.

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Yacht club Weddign Ceremony orange accents felicievents.com

The bridesmaids bouquets were simple, vivid, orange tulips wrapped in teal ribbon.

tulip bridesmaid bouquet

tulip bridesmaid bouquet

The bridal bouquet made a statement with cascading white phalaenopsis orchids and touches of yellow ones.

cascading orchid bridal bouquet felicievents.com

cascading orchid bridal bouquet felicievents.com

The programs adorned with the orange and teal ribbon made it festive on the beach.

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orange and teal wedding program felicievents.com

ADORABLE flower girl!  The bamboo basket brought texture and interest rather than a flower basket.

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flower girl beach ceremony felicievents.com

The bright gerber daisies adorned the ends of the aisle.

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orange wedding ceremony decor daisies felicievents.com

The first kiss as husband and wife under the billowing ceremony arch.

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santa barbara beach ceremony orange and teal felicievents.com

The wedding party took the electric shuttle that runs up and down Cabrillo Boulevard from the ceremony to the reception at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

wedding party on the Santa Barbara electric trolley felicievents.com

wedding party on the Santa Barbara electric trolley felicievents.com

Guests were greeted with an arch made of glass balls filled with fun orange flowers.

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orange hanging decor wedding felicievents.com

A little touch of the zoo with the giraffe print escort cards placed in a 'sand box' and incorporating the beach ceremony

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orange giraffe print escor cards in sand felicievents.com

Cocktail hour reception

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orange cocktail hour decor felicievents.com

Dinner centerpieces with orange floral on a teal linen

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orange and teal table set up santa barbara zoo felicievents.com

Reception layout at the top of the hill of the Santa Barbara Zoo.  Spectacular tropic foliage was a must have for the bride, so the location we chose, the Santa Barbara Zoo was perfect for that.

orange and teal table decor Felici Events

orange and teal table decor Felici Events

Full reception set up.  How cute are these kids tables with candy incorporated as the centerpieces.

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teal table top decor kids table felicievents.com

A visit to the giraffes.

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santa barbara zoo wedding with giraffes felicievents.com

The candy bar incorporated blue candy on a teal and orange tabletop.

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teal candy bar with orange and teal decor felicievents.com

orange and teal candy bar decor  felicievents.com

orange and teal candy bar decor felicievents.com

The wedding cake was covered with chocolate and sat under a bamboo alter with orchids and a paper lantern.

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wedding cake chocolate with orange decor felicievents.com

The couple's first dance. Notice the fun teal ribbon and seashell ornaments hanging from the string lights.

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first dance with paper lanterns felicievents.com

Fun surfboard wedding favors made everyone's night as a wedding favor and parting gift.

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surfboard cookie wedding favors felicievents.com

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Santa Barbara Sunset at the Zoo with string and uplights felicievents.com

What a wonderful evening it was, with the string lights, colors, and foliage.  

As professional event planners it is important for Felici Events to connect with the clients as well as the vendors we work with.  The team that helped Felici Events put together this event was no exception, thanks for helping create #anotherfelicievent

Floral - NLC Productions

Lighting - Bellavista Designs

Rentals  and linens Classic Party Rentals

Photography - BB Photo

Catering - Zoo Catering by Rincon

Unique Bridal Registry Ideas

This is not the Dark Ages - Millennium Couples Request Unique Registry Ideas

I am sure it is no surprise that in these progressive times,  couples move in together, live together for a few years, get engaged and then get married.  Most of my engaged clients request non-traditional, unique registries for their engagement and wedding, experiences not clutter.

Felici Events has opened up the Felici Files to share with you six  websites that offer newly engaged couples unique and non-traditional registries that do just that.  From wine lovers to those wanting to purchase their new home, to the philanthropists and small business supporters.  Below are some ideas for wedding couples to register at.

for the wine loving engaged couple Felici Events unique wedding registry ideas
  • BottleNotes (http://www.bottlenotes.com)
    • Users can sign up to create their "own unique registry full of amazing wines." Bottlenotes' experts can be contacted to provide users with insight on starting their own wine collection.
Etsy Registry unique registry ideas for wedding couples by Felici Events
I do Foundation unique registry for engaged and wedding couples by Felici Events
Knack Wedding unique engaged couple registry by Felici Events
  • Knack Registry (https://knackregistry.com/)
    • allows couples to register for items not available at retailers in addition to items that are. It also allows them to register for experiences.
      • For example: if you just moved and are looking to do some landscaping you add that as a registry item.
The honeymoon Registry unique registry for wedding and engaged couples who like to travel
Downpayment Dreams Unique bridal registry for wedding and engaged couples by Felici Events

makes it possible for guests to contribute to couples who wish to "collect down payment funds" for a house.

Engagement Pictures Slideshow Santa Barbara

Engagement Pictures Slideshow Santa Barbara

Same Sex Couple Wedding Engagement Pictures

The talents of Willa Kveta took one of our Felicified couples trotting around Santa Barbara to capture amazing engagement pictures.  We started at 9 a.m. in the Funk Zone and made our way to the Lark, a few blocks over to the Wharf and West Beach, as well as downtown on overpasses.  

We love the different backdrops and interesting three-dimensional settings captured to adorn these gorgeous guys. Santa Barbara is conducive to an array of settings within blocks from each other.

Seriously, could they be any more awesome!  It's like watching a Ben Affleck and Matt Damon photo shoot.  These guys are gorgeous, sweet and fun!

 

Congratulations Corey and Alex!  We can't wait for your BIG day!

NOTE: The Felici Events wedding planner team finds it imperative that engagement pictures happen with your photographer at some point of the wedding.  It allows for relationships to be created, a rapport both between the couple and the photographer as well as a comfort level.  IT WILL SHOW on your wedding day! We will be sure to post photos of the wedding day to prove that to you!

 

Indian Summer Ceremony Featured in Santa Barbara Magazine

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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.

“THE BEST SHORT COURSE I HAVE EVER BUILT”: —ROBERT TRENT JONES, 1968

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.

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yEHQB0FP-o0

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

Danielle and Matt - Wedding Video

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This sweet Santa Barbara Wine Country wedding video captures it all...

…watch as the wedding  day unfolds….and how Harlow steals the show!

Danielle and Matt's Fall 2013 Wedding at Fess Parker Winery was sweet and significant for Zohe.  Danielle was Zohe's very first intern back in 2006.  To watch her plan her BIG day and interact with her on a client / consultant basis was special.  Getting to know the family (Danielle's mom is the best, and dad a barrel of laughs) on an intimate level the icing on the cake.

A Special Mille Grazie to: Robert Schwieger for this www.reellifepictures.com  clip

Planner - Felici Events

Flowers - NLC Productions

Venue - Fess Parker Winery

Lighting - Bella Vista Designs

Rentals - Ventura Party Rentals

Linens - La Tavola Linens

Cake / Dessert Bar - Enjoy Cupcakes

Catering - Omni Catering

Music (ceremony and cocktails) - Chris Wooley

Music (reception and dancing) - DJ Akorn

Caricaturist - James Malia

Transportation - Jump on the Schoolbus

Intimate Santa Barbara Beach Wedding with Gold and Ocean Decor

"Goldie but Goodie".

This intimate destination wedding Felici Events produced with a team of amazing wedding vendors, was a classic, elegant, beach-flaired and bonafide celebration.

The couple met on a set in Hollywood.  Both movie buffs, their save the dates were re-creations of their favourite movies, including Sixteen Candles and The Rear Window.

The absolutely talented Jessica Lewis got to know the couple so well during their engagement shoot and planning process, that they all had fun playing with the pre ceremony photos. They got to relax and incorporate the decor and  design of the ocean front rental home, to re-create more movie scenes, and have some fun with the textures and breath-taking views.

The soft and tropical light blue, gold and ivory decor was the mastermind of Nico from NLC Productions.  The ceremony location sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean which is landscaped with sand, perfect for a 'toes in the sand nuptial experience'. The bride wanted to incorporate ocean-themed decor with gold and light blue.  Nico created a royal feasting table with gold accents, soft hydrangea centerpieces, gold shells and place card holders with orchid touches.

Location: The Santa Barbara Beach Club

Cake: Jana's Creative Cakes

Catering: Seasons's Catering

Decor: NLC Productions

Lighting: LBPS Events

Photography: Jessica Lewis

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Chairs: Town and Country Event Rentals

Linens: La Tavola Linens