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Community Memorial with 2000+ Attendees for Mr. Santa Barbara

Community Memorial with 2000+ Attendees for Mr. Santa Barbara

 

It was an incredible honor to create an event commemorating the late Michale Towbes, Santa Barbara’s most influential and respected entrepreneur and philanthropist. The community event consisted of an afternoon at the Granada Theatre. Over 2000 spectators and community members gathered as Michael Towbes’ closest friends, family, work confidants and even Governor Jerry Brown took the stage to individually honor and shared in songs, stories, photo collages and favorite memories of the beloved guest of honor. The touching tribute ended with Mr. Towbes friends and family on stage to sing the guest of honor’s favorite song and getting every single spectator of the filled theater on their feet to .

The afternoon memoriam was followed by a champagne toast and mini cupcake reception at the iconic Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. A quartet performed Mr. Towbes favorite songs while guests mingled and celebrated the life of our community’s beloved philanthropist, and all-around mensch. The garden party included orchids, his favorite flowers as well as personalized cocktail napkins printed with his favorite quotes or “Towbe-isms including:

“Onward and upward…”
“Some of the best deals I ever made were  the ones I didn’t make”
”The only thing I like better than a ground breaking is a ribbon cutting”
”I always try to do my best, even when no one is watching”

We had the absolute pleasure of working with Mr. Towbes on several party planner projects, including his 80th Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser for the Granada Theatre Capital Campaign, his 85th birthday brunch and a show at Bacara Resort and Spa, as well as one of his company’s 60th Anniversary Celebration and Roast of MT. Each event was carefully planned to exemplify things Mr. Towbes loved and supported, the arts, fundraising and success in business. Creating this garden party to reflect and combine the personality, passion and entrepreneurial psyche of our local tycoon was the hardest story to tell, and the most rewarding to produce.

Undoubtedly, Mr. Towbes has been a huge influence on our community and the people in it. Everybody wanted to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man, Michael Towbes.

Santa Barbara will not be the same without him.

GRAZIE MILLE to the Event Production Team who made this all happen!

Photography: Kelsey Crews Photo

Music at the Granada: Scott Hiltzik, Aurora Ensemble

Garden Party Venue: The Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Memorial Venue: The Granada Theatre

Rentals: Elan Event Rentals and The Tent Merchant

Audio at the Sunken Gardens: SPARK Creative Events

Quartet Music at the Sunken Gardens: Idiomatiques

Mini Cupcakes: Léle Patisserie

Flowers: Louloudi Boutique Floral Design

Bartenders: Liquid Cult

Servers: Top Shelf

Transportation: SB Trolley

Valet: BlueStar Parking

Also, a special thanks to MarBorg Industries and Triumph Protection Group

 

Lavender & Purple Wedding at Alice Keck Park & El Paseo Restaurant

Lavender & Purple Wedding at Alice Keck Park & El Paseo Restaurant

Featured on Santa Barbara Wedding Style Blog, this bride and groom are very special to Zohe because the groom is one of Zohe's best friends, and Zohe was honored when they asked her to plan their Santa Barbara wedding.

The couple chose to hold their ceremony at the beautiful Alice Keck Park in Santa Barbara, since that is where they had part of their first date. 

The bride knew her colors from the start of the wedding planning, that is why the bridesmaids wore purple, knee length gowns and carried varied shades of purple floral bouquets crafted by the ever talented Margaret Joan Florals.  

The couple hung different shades of purple ribbons behind them at the existing lush ceremony altar, creating a fun backdrop as Rich Tobin led the couple through their vows. Guitar Witt duo softly played Spanish style music throughout the ceremony which incorporated the bride's Cuban background and added romance to the park’s ambiance. 

Felici Events worked with this couple to plan a wonderful day for them as they moved from the ceremony to the iconic El Paseo Restaurant for their reception.

Kelsey Crews Photo captured the day so perfectly and that she even got a few shots in of the couple’s beloved pooch, Kirby, who made his appearance at the ceremony. The day ended on a sweet note with a full dance floor of dancers, and nonstop dancing to music provided by Gavin Roy Presents as well as a delicious cake by Christine Dahl Pastries.

Cake - Christine Dahl Pastries

Ceremony Venue - Alice Keck Park

Flowers - Margaret Jordan Floral

Lighting - SPARK Creative Events

Music ~ Ceremony & Cocktails - Guitar Witt

Music ~ Reception - DJ Gavin Roy

Officiate - Rich Tobin

Photography - Kelsey Crews Photo

Planner - Felici Events

Reception Venue - El Paseo Restaurant

Rentals - Just 4 Fun Party Rentals

Private Estate Silver + Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Private Estate Silver + Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Villa Verano February Santa Barbara Wedding

This very special private estate wedding was full of delight, elegance and a class act couple to go along with it!  When Jill + Jason sought me out, they did not have a location picked out yet, but knew they wanted to get married 2.15.15 because of Jason's work schedule (Hight School teacher in NYC).  They were really leaning toward a luxury hotel wedding, but wedding planning is my thing and reading people my talent.

Because their friends, families and selves were coming to California from the East Coast, I suggested they look at private venues.  This would allow them to enjoy the weather and stunning views Santa Barbara offers for longer than a 2 hour stint (with daylight savings, they would have most of the reception in the dark).   Soooo, off to see venues we went, and Villa Verano is what they fell in love with.  It allowed for their close family to stay w/ them (just as if they were in a hotel) and enjoy the property and privacy for their entire stay.

I The colors the client chose were silver and blue for this February affair.  Below the gorgeous invitations created by the über talented Lazaro Press and Designs.

Jill and Jason Invitation Wedding Blue and Silver Felici Events
Jill and Jason Invitation Wedding Blue and Silver Felici Events

The wedding ceremony took place at the quaint and intimate setting of the lower garden on the property. Their officiate, a close friend, did a phenomenal job with the ceremony.  I would hire her for all of my nuptials if she lived closer, not New York City.

Jill and Jason Wedding Ceremony Villa Verano Felici Events
Jill and Jason Wedding Ceremony Villa Verano Felici Events

The colors worked so well with the venue, flirty flowers, elegant linens and silver rimmed glassware

Jill and Jason Table Set Up Felici Events Villa Verano
Jill and Jason Table Set Up Felici Events Villa Verano
Jill and Jason Excort Card display on hydrangea Felici Events
Jill and Jason Excort Card display on hydrangea Felici Events

The escort cards are displayed on a bed of hydrangeas which eventually became a focal point.  

The couple's sweetheart table full of lush white floral with the themed colors.

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sweetheart table felici events villa verano
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villa verano view

Here is a full view of the gorgeous reception terrace, with string lights and heaters provided by the venue. 

Felici Events Blue and Silver table top birds eye view
Felici Events Blue and Silver table top birds eye view

And a birds eye view of the gorge white floral with lily's hydrangeas, paler roses, white roses and more.

We don't know what was prettier, the backdrop of the American Riviera or the simple and delicious wedding cake.

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room for cake felici events blue and silver
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sweetheart table felici events chandelier

Listening to the toasts, the chandelier above the sweetheart table brought romance to the decor.

First Dance Jill and Jason
First Dance Jill and Jason

And their first dance!

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thank you bride and groom felici events

We love this moment captured by the photographer of the bride laughing at her new hubby.  He is a funny guy, and she has a great laugh, so we are partial to this image.  Thank YOU Jill + Jason for hiring Felici Events as your planner for your perfect winter Southern California Wedding!

Grazie Mille to the Team of Vendors who made this magical week-end happen!

Cake - Room For Cake

Catering - Omni Catering & Events

Flowers - Coco Rose Design

Hair/Make Up - Chateau Belle

Invitation - Lazaro Press & Design

Lighting - Bella Vista Designs

Music ~ Ceremony & Cocktails - The Aurora Ensemble

Music ~ Reception - DJScott Topper Productions

Photography - Andrejka Photography

Planner - Felici Events

Rentals - The Tent Merchant

The Godfather Themed Birthday Party

The Godfather Themed Birthday Party

Zohe's Plans and Celebrates the Godfather of Birthdays

As an event planner and designer, the WORST event to ever plan is YOUR OWN!  

Zohe looked to her Felici Events team and event professionals to help produced her BIG celebration for her birthday.  Inspiration came easy for Zohe:

  1. It had to be Italian, simple and relevant
  2. It was to take place at the Santa Barbara Club

Naturally, we created a The Godfather theme celebration to accommodate both requirements above, and also because the movie turned 40 years old as well!  

The Santa Barbara Club was were AMAZING to work with, and Zohe's favorite place on earth!  From the planning to the execution, it was a first class experience. They created menu, keeping with the Italian theme and Zohe's desire to have a cocktail style reception for her and her guests.

Going back and forth on what to do, what not to do, who to invite, how much to spend, etc. Zohe finally decided to listen to her own event planning advice.  "Be True To YOURSELF!" Don't try to please other people.  It is something we naturally do as humans, and not what you should be doing for OUR day.

La Bella Musica, titilated the theme with sound of his accordion playing, setting the tone for this Italian Godfather Themed Felici Event.

NLC Productions and Bellavista Designs created a dramatic design to the already impressive Santa Barbara Club, each entity incorporating red. NLC using mercury glass and red roses of floral; and Bellavista Designs providing dramatic red uplights both inside the club and on the patio.  Even the venue's moose head got a glam up, coining the name "Moose-olina"

Instead of a guest book Zohe created a madlibs for guests to fill out throughout the night, and turn in. The memories do continue, every once in a while Zohe takes out the madlibs to LOL at her guests' responses.

Gavin Roy threw down some tunes for guest to boogie down, integerating Italian songs from Zohe's childhood, Adriano Celentano.

The Godfather Birthday Theme stayed thru to the sweet ending, with a horse head cake - let's say, it was one of the talks of the night....

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NLC Production Godfather table decor

A HUGE thank you to the talented team to help Zohe along her way and on her special day!

Bellavista Designs - lighting and design expert enhancing the club into the theme with cohesion and detail

Bella Musica! Dick Prato - live accordion player, ambience creator and music maker

Gavin Roy Presents, Gavin Roy - DJ and music guru extraordinaire!  He even played Blurred Lines more than once per guest request

Kiel Rucker Photography - capturing moments in time, unobtrusive, fun and knows what he's doing behind the camera

La Tavola Linen  - gorgeousness and glamour delivered with a smile

NLC Production - floral and design, mindreader, and therapist to Zohe

The Santa Barbara Club - venue and celebration location as well as deliciousness food and drink and five star service

Your Cake Baker, Wayne Kjar horse head cake maker and everyone still raves about how delicious it was!

Felici Events, the team that helped Zohe produce her vision into a reality, relax on her big day and ensure a flawless experience for all

And a GINORMOUS Mille Grazie to all who came and made Zohe feel special!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL ALBUM by Kiel Rucker Photography

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.

Glamping Bar Mitzvah Five Star Style

Glamping Bar Mitzvah Five Star Style

Dov's Bar Mitzvah at the Four Seasons Biltmore

Felici Events had so much fun producing this Glamping Themed Bar Mitzvah for our amazing clients.  We turned the El Mar Room at the Four Seasons Biltmore into an outdoor space complete with trees, tent, seating, lanterns, nighttime lighting and a campfire.

The ceremony space at the Mariposa Garden allowed the service to remain intimate and maintain the ocean view and well manicured gardens the Four Seasons offers.  By adding wooden benches and pillows, blanket and saplings, we brought the campy feel into the beach-like setting of the hotel.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Outdoor Ceremony Camping Themed Bench Pillow Blanket Wood Green Tree

The string lights were perfect for the sunset ceremony.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Outdoor Ceremony Lighting View

Mariachi played the hora and other Jewish songs for the guests immediately following the ceremony.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Mariachi Band Outdoor Ceremony

Down to the details, event the kids activities incorporated wood and camping crafts.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Craft Table Creative

The family tree was a grand welcome for the guest post ceremony, as they made their way to cocktails on the patio.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Family Tree Hanging Pictures Lights

The El Mar Room transformed beautifully by adding trees, uplighting and creating a u-shaped family table for the 60 guests.  Flowers were placed on wooden pieces and the candles tied in the glamping theme into the very elegantly set table

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Seating Camping Themed Indoor Nature Flowers Green Orange Yellow Trees Lighting Candles

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Camping Themed Grey Plates Golden Silverware Colorful Linen Flowers Green Candles

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Camping Themed Grey Plate Golden Silverware Glassware Personalized Menu Print Napkin Flowers Candels

Transforming El Mar into the campground area complete with Teepee was a huge hit for the kids!

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Camping Themed Indoor Tent Marquee Lighting Campfire

The dessert station in the campground was a huge hit for kids and adults alike.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Camping Themed Dessert Station Marshmallow Chocolate Fruits Cookies

Camping would not be complete without S'Mores prepared on these cute cast-iron skillet by the hotel's culinary team.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Dessert Camping Themed Marshmallow

Berries and cookies were also a dessert option for guests, the cookie pan a rental item to continue the theme of the event.  It is all in the details.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Dessert Table Cookies Fruits Camping Themed

The Singalong was the client's number one priority.  A musical family, this was the vision that created the theme, and joyously brought all the guests together.

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Bar Mitzvah Felici Events Camping Themed Sing Along at Campfire Indoor Guitar Instruments Tent

Catering and Venue - Four Seasons Resort

Floral and Decor - NLC Productions by Nico Cervantes

Guitarist Campfire Singalong - John Lyle

Lighting - Spark Creative Events

Linens - La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Mariachi - Gavin Roy Presents

Photo Booth - SB Photobooths

Photography - Natalie Thomson Photography

Planner + Designer - Felici Events

Rentals Table Settings- Classic Party Rentals

Rentals Ceremony - Elan Event Rentals

Rentals Glamping Details - Archive Rentals

Tree Rental - Gazebo Plants and Flowers

Family Tree Rental on Patio - Jackson Shrub Supply Inc

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

Blue, Purple + Teal = Bat Mitzvah Garden Party Appeal

Peacock Colors + a Garden in the Heart of Santa Barbara

It is no secret that the Santa Barbara Club is one of our favorite venue to produce weddings and special events in Santa Barbara.  So much so that Zohe held her 40th Birthday Celebration - Godfather Theme - at this location.  In fact, this client attended that event and also fell in love with the venue, thus booking it and having it be a perfect fit for her daughter's Garden Party themed Bat Mitzvah.

We were thrilled to be here working at the Santa Barbara Club, and the theme and colors - so much fun!

We love when guests leave notes and words of wisdom (rather than just a guest book). Leaving it out for guests to share at their leisure throughout the reception or event allows time for all to think about what to say and share a lovely note with the guest(s) of honor.  In this occasion we purchased leaves and flowers to keep in theme w/ the event for guests to write on and hang on a manzanita branch.

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Wishing Cards Write A Wish

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Wishing Cards Write A Wish

A great entertainment for any age, is getting temporary tattoos, flash tattoos or in this case Henna.  Here the guest of honor is getting some henna work done by the lovely Dee.  When you have a lot of guests, keep the designs simple so that each guest takes up a 10 minute window.

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Henna

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Henna

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Drinks Beverage Garden

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Drinks Beverage Garden

A "mockail' bar is a great element to include for the kids.  Here we have specialty drinks of Lily's Lemonade and Watermelon Crush.  Fun straws add to the festivities.

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Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Purple Nibbles

A scrumptious appetizer station for the adults include a charcuterie, cheeses and veggies, with the bread sticks doubling up as decor.

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Floral Arrangement Table Decor

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Floral Arrangement Table Decor

The adult tables, indoors, had an elegant feel with the gorgeous white, green and dark purple color palate to compliment the aesthetics of the teal and purple linens, and bring the garden theme indoors.

We chose 3 different colors of Dupionique linens within the palate which worked out nicely inside the main dining room.

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Purple Blue Flowers Table

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Purple Blue Flowers Table

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Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Garden Purple Seating

Outdoors, the kids tables consisted of seated tables with window box centerpieces of greenery and pinwheels and low to the ground wooden tables with cups of Tulips and Lillys (for our guest of honor, Lily). The iridescent dupionique La Tavola pillows matched the linen and tied the design together.

Another fun element was the outdoor furniture (to the left) where both adults and kids were able to lounge on.  The seating arrangement by Elan Rentals was perfect for this setting.

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Garden Purple Lights Balloon

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Garden Purple Lights Balloon

How and why are the kids all seated and attentive?

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Balloon Purple Pink Green Blue Table Seating Garden

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Balloon Purple Pink Green Blue Table Seating Garden

…..Desserts, of course!  These mini bundt cakes were a huge hit!  We purchased paper decor shaped toppers tied in the garden party theme. We love incorporating the food and beverage into the theme.  Most caterers can do this without a problem, rather than having the same ol' same ol' menu, and it does not cost much to bring in touches or a menu that tie in with the theme.

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Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Cupcakes Purple Pink Colorful

One of our favorite design elements is how the 'wishing tree' (manzanita tree + floral stems + string lights) turned magical at night, and became a focal point as the sun set and it became dark.

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Purple Pink Blue Lights Garden Seating

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Purple Pink Blue Lights Garden Seating

We thanked guests as they left and favors were there ready for them to pick up.  Keeping with Lily's Garden Party theme, we had seed bombs (3 per pack) with a lovely thank you card to match the stationary as a moment for guests to remember this magical night.  What a great Bat Mitzvah!

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Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Favors Thank You Organza Bags Lilac Purple Mint Sign

 Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Thank You Favor Organza Bags Seed Bombs

Felici Events Bat Mitzvah Thank You Favor Organza Bags Seed Bombs

Entertainment Brings Adults + Kids Together at Parties!

SMILE + SNAP! It's a Felici Events Bat Mitzvah

For any celebration, entertainment is a MUST have.  Personally, we like interactive entertainment to help bring the guests together and add a fun and exciting element to any event.  The integration of an Open Air Photobooth® provided an exciting activity for guests and subsequent receipt of professional quality keepsake photographs that will last a lifetime.

With the current social media trend, especially around mitzvah aged kids, having  Social Media Integration - Instant Email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds incorporated are a plus.

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And here is the token Felici Event Team "Quality Control" image.  FeliciTazioni Julia!

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Planner - Felici Events

Photobooth - Open Air Photo Booth

Colors + Candy + Creativity = #FeliciTimes Bat Mitzvah Celebration!

Dylan's Candy Inspired Bat Mitzvah

We were thrilled to have produced a 2nd celebration for our clients' youngest daughter's Bat Mitzvah this year (Ava celebrated her Graffiti Grunge Celebration in 2012) at Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, the Reagan Room.  The thing about producing kids events, is….well, I get to be a child again!  The vision, creativity and audience allows for more creativity, color and out of the box ideas.

My theory is that the theme starts the minute (BEFORE) you step into the room.  For this reason we had adult height decor greeting guests prior to entering the party room, in order to create anticipation and fluidity.

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balloon decor ideas candy bar theme kid party

Once inside  the room, we set up an open air photo booth, a perfect occasion for the host(s) to stand and greet guests and step in for a photo op...

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open air booth entertainment candy theme balloon decor

Cocktail hour on the patio was an adult-only zone with bar and lounge for those guests who wanted to step away from the activities. Magnificent Pacific Ocean view included.

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Candy Bar Theme Bat Mitzvah pink decor

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kids table candy decor theme Felici Events

To decorate the kids tables in a playful and tasteful way, we purchased floral sheeting which we found at our January conference in Anaheim.  The elegant La Tavola napkins were made into silverware rolls and held together by candy bracelets.

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kid part entertainment idea slomo booth Felici Events

A slo-mo photo booth entertained both guests and adults alike. In fact, it was so much fun we have another blog post dedicated to it!

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candy bar theme Felici Events Bat Mitzvah pink

A view of the room in its completion below.  The lounge areas gave a little separation between the adult and kids tables.  The topiaries you see on the kids tables were a crafting project made by mom + daughters and friends.  I always think personalizing your event somehow is a great idea!

The adult tables were elegantly presented using Dupionique La Tavola Linen and napkins wrapped in dots for a playful twist.

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dots decor idea candy theme Felici Events

 Family of the Bat Mitzvah Client

Family of the Bat Mitzvah Client

The floral sheeting was a great backdrop for the room, which created a WOW factor and added joviality to the hotel's banquet room.  Here is the whole client family together striking a pose.

The vibrant kids buffet turned into a dessert buffet to be enjoyed by all.

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decor ideas dylan's candy bar Felici Events

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Felici Events candy bar kid party

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Candy Bar for Kids Party Candy Theme Felici Events

 Bat Mitzvah guest of honor dancing for her event

Bat Mitzvah guest of honor dancing for her event

How else to burn off the calories taken in at this delectable affair?  Why dancing of course!  Here is the guest of honor  starting a dance set with her BFF.

A HUGE Grazie Mille to our team of vendors who helped turned our clients' dream into a reality!

Photography - All Images by Kelsey Crews Photography

Flowers - Juniper Designs

Decor - Cathy Olson - Balloon Artist

Lighting - SPARK Creative Events

DJ - H2H The Perfect Element

Rentals - Town and Country Event Rentals

Linen - La Tavola Linens

Photobooth - Open Air Photo Booth

Slow Motion Booth - The Slow Motion Booth

Venue - Fess Parker Doubletree Resort 

Planning and Design - Zohe Felici, Felici Events

Venues for a Destination Wedding in Italy

Tuscany is an ideal location for the perfect destination wedding.

Choosing a unique and stunning location for your wedding is not an easy task.  There are so many options that it’s very easy to get confused. Tuscany offers an abundance of history, which is why there are numerable villas, monasteries and castles, all beautiful and each with it’s unique design and elegance!

Asking a Tuscany-based wedding planner for suggestions, will help find the perfect venue for you.  Below are our tips to find the ideal location to make your dreams to come true!

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Venue Felici Events and Super Tuscan Wedding Planners Wedding-in-Tuscany

The typical Tuscan "casale",an old Tuscan home, is a familiar place where you and your family can feel at home during your stay.  A casale is usually small and intimate, ideal to accommodate your bridal party and share with a few select members that will take part in the wedding preparations!

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05Wedding-in-Tuscany

Farmhouses are similar to the typical tuscan casale. As wedding venues, farmhouses not only will host your bridal party, but are an amazing starting point for a one-of-a-kind walk among vineyards as the wind gently caresses you, or to savor a taste of the local wines and products. It doesn’t get more authentic than a farmhouse to experience Tuscany to the fullest.

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Tuscany Wedding Location Felici Events and Super Tuscan Wedding Planners

Another luxury-medieval alternative you can easily find in Tuscany, are castles! With their magic charm, castles will let your guests feel like they’re living a part of history but with a modern look.

If you are planning on having a large number of guests, and you want them all by your side during the days before and after the wedding, the best solution is an ancient medieval burg transformed into a cozy lodging. Besides the traditional aspect of the outside areas, they are indeed very cozy and you will have all comforts at your fingertips. Nearby you will find day spas and elegant restaurants that the burg put at its guests’ disposal.

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Castle Wedding Location Felici Events and Super Tuscan Wedding Planners

Elegance is not unusual in Tuscany! Other than its rustic side and infinite fields around these houses, Tuscany offers plenty of elegant Italian styled villas. The luxury interiors will amaze your guests and the beautiful Italian gardens are ideal to host elegant outdoor receptions. Your guests will appreciate such a sophisticated choice!

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Tuscany, however, is not only countryside and vineyards…right around the bend the stunning Tuscan sea is waiting for you!

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That’s just a short list of the possibilities, but don’t worry… other stunning venues are over the next hilltop as you make your way throughout the Tuscan countryside. Now that you know a bit about Tuscany...what will you choose?

Ask Felici Events and Super Tuscan Wedding planners for more suggestions!

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!

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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!

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Sarah and Scott Canary Staircase

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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!

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Sarah and Scott Trolley

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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)!

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Sarah and Scott Church Outside

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Sarah and Scott Musuem

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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!

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Sarah and Scott Mr and Mrs

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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!)

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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!

Dreaming of your wedding in Tuscany

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Engaged couples dream of having an unforgettable wedding, and a wedding worth-the-name must be, well, one you have always imagined.  Tuscany, an ideal location for a dream wedding, is a postcard come to life which carries sentiments to be shared with your other half.....of course your family and friends are also invited!

Those who think that the love at first sight is all encompassing are right! One cannot help but fall in love with the picturesque Tuscan backdrops, where rolling hills of blue and pink blend to create the most romantic moments of ones lives.

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This region of Italy will add magic and induce a careless spirit that allows couples to live each moment of their wedding as the perfect one... a promise from both Felici Events & Super Tuscan Wedding Planners! 

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Felici Events and Super tuscan Wedding Planners

Once you fall in love with it, there is no other option than to plan your Tuscan wedding!Tuscany, guaranteed with stunning panoramas, is at your fingertips. We want to dream it (and plan it!) alongside you, so that you may enjoy yourselves and book your first flight to Italy.  This will be the first of many visit, guaranteed!

Whether you are envisioning a traditional Tuscan religious ceremony in an ancient church, romantic personalized nuptials in a medieval castle, or a civil ceremonyin Tuscany in a a historic palace, or even a Tuscan symbolic wedding in front of a stunning panorama, we will facilitate and guide you to discover enchanted places and find the right fit for you.

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Felici Events and Weddings by Super tuscan Wedding Planners

Once we have found the perfect location for your once-in-a-lifetime occasion, we will produce every detail.  Imagine a rose petal aisle, a glamorous wedding gown and a colourful and blossoming wedding altar, ready to bless your union on your wedding day!!

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08Real Weddings by Super Tuscan Wedding Planners civil ceremony

Have we woken you up yet?? Ask us to lead you thru Florence, Siena, Cortona or amidst the vineyards of Montepulciano and Montalcino! Immerse yourselves in order to create a personalized and unique experience.

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23Real Weddings by Super tuscan Wedding Planners

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Felici Events and Super Tuscan Wedding Planners

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19Real Weddings by Super tuscan Wedding Planners

A wedding in Tuscany..it’s not only about dreams.. Dream, and ask! Tell us about yourselves and how we can create your dream into a reality.

With love, Zohe Felici for Felici Events and Elia Moretti for Super Tuscan Wedding Planners

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Super Tuscan Weddings Felici Events

Photography Credit:

Amy Turner: 

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com/

Lisa Poggi (foto town hall Cortona): 

http://www.lisapoggi.com/

Andrea Bartolozzi: 

http://www.

weddingmovie.it

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.

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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

Colorful Gainey Vineyard Wedding

Santa Barbara Wine Country

Rustic and Fuchsia  Romance

How cute is this #FeliciFied couple?  

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events first dance

The minute Santa Barbara based destination wedding planner, Zohe Felici of Felici Events, met the lovebirds, she knew that the wedding (and planning) would be fun. She was right!

A lot of thought and details came together including some handy crafting by the groom.

Below are creative ideas you can incorporate into the cocktail reception, in order to meld guests who may not know each other.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroi Photo Line
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroid Photo Idea
J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Polaroid Photo Idea

TAKE TWO!

A selfie Polaroid station is creates an area where guests may ask each other to take pictures and start conversations. Bigger bonus, look at this dramatic backdrop of beautiful Wine Country.

#FeliciFrill: on our coordination team, we provide a team member to oversee cocktail hour to engage with and help direct guests, as well as ensure the guest book is signed and questions answered.  In this case they reminded guests to take two: one for the photo book (with a love note for the happy couple) and one for themselves to keep.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felic Events Guest Book

This personalized guest book, designed by the groom, allowed for guests to adhere their polaroids into and write a note to the happy couple.  The wood, a masculine element, incorporated the rustic wine country decor wedding theme.  The little floral insignia on the corner, brings out some girly touches, continuing the dahlia flower theme.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events boccee ball cocktail hour

Felici Events, specifically Zohe, is a #FeliciFied bocce ball player.  She likes to play at the beach, but really anywhere outdoor is great. This cocktail hour wedding activity is also an effective way for guests to meet and get to know each other.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Succulent Escort Cards

THREE-FER: Escort cards with succulents is what we call a triple-whammy!

1) They create a design piece on the escort card table

2) They enhance dinner table centerpieces

3) They provide a keepsake guest wedding favor

#FeliciFrill: Our wedding coordination team will assist guests to pick up their escort card and direct them to their table, as well as remind guests to grab their favors on their way out at the end of the night.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events rock table numbers

The outdoor wedding reception contained a number of masculine decor elements, such as the stone table number positioned on the wooden table.  The decor emulated a balanced mix of masculine (wood, green, rocks, succulents) with the feminine (bright fuchsia florals, bursts of dahlias, glitter and vivid colors), just like the happy couple's personalities.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events winery and purple wildflower centerpiece by Nina Kinkaid

The centerpieces, overflowing from a wooden box. added bright colors and textures including greens, purples and fuchsia, which look rich and interesting.  It welcomes wonderful, soft and feminine elements.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events centerpiece Nina Kinkaid

Mmmm, there is mint and the tuber roses, which infused the air with amazing aromas. (can you see how the succulents expand and add interest to the centerpieces?)

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Dinner Menu Fun and unique

#FeliciFrill: We believe signage and print is a MUST DO for any event (CLICK HERE for more ideas and Felici tips).

Above is a creative example of design of a smartly worded menu which helps engage dinner guests  as well as lets guests know "What's Up?" in a playful and decorative manner.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Cake Topper

The glam gold sparkly cake topper says it all!  It was the best day ever!

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SAY CHEESE!

Below are wonderful wedding party photos.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events groomsmen pastel bowtie with blue shirt and grey suit

Character, character character.  How dapper is the above groomsman in gingham material blue shirt and the pastel pink tie?

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Ring Barer blue gangam and yellow bowtie outfit

This ring barer stole the show both down the aisle and at the reception.   His dark blue gingham material and pastel yellow bowtie are adorable, his hat precious, the bride's shoes he is holding, swoon!

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events bride with veil, bouquet wildflower pink and purples

The bride was smart to collaborate with Nina Kinkaid of Coco Rose Design.  The plethora of purple and fuchsia hued flowers in her bouquet produce a unique, interesting and textured focal piece.

Her bouquet cradles a myriad of flowers, including the desert-like thistle, stems of laic, alien-esque protea and a tropical phaleo orchids, all exuding a range of vibrant violet colors.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events bridesmaids purple dresses

The Bridesmaids bouquets were lighter in color and opposing colors of both their dresses as well as the bridal bouquet.  This play on colors bring three dimensions and balance which compliment each other.

Lastly let's talk about Gainey Vineyard (click the following link to see rental information about this Wine Country wedding location venue). This vineyard is surrounded by a stunning backdrop ideal for hosting a picturesque outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events vineyard backdrop

The majestic trees and vineyard walks are romantic.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felic Events bride and groom in vineyard

#FeliciFrill: We ensure that we have time for a couple's sunset walk with their photographer.  Most of the time these end up being the best pictures.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events couple vineyard backdrop

This scene rings a true, untouched West of Santa Ynez.

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events wooden tables at vineyard

The well manicured lawn and vineyard backdrop is ideal for outdoor receptions.

The string lights are a must have!

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events venue at night string lights

You and your guests will definitely need them at night.

Ciao Aline and Brian!  They lived Felici Ever after!

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J Wiley Photography Gainey Vineyard Wedding Felici Events Grand Exit Idea

The Cherry-On-Top of this Felici Wedding is the A-Team of wedding vendors at a #FeliciFied event venue and wedding location.

Coordinator Felici Events

Flowers Coco Rose Designs

Lighting Ambient Event Design

Music / Cocktails & Reception DJ Patrick

Catering and Cake Lorraine Lim Catering

Rentals Ventura Party Rentals

Photography J Wiley Photography

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.

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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!

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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.

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Felici Events creative guest book Mad Libs Cartoon

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Felici Events unique party idea madlibs at each place setting

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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

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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.

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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.

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding elopement

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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

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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!

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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.

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding grooms view from the top

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding kiss on the cheek

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding ring exchange

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding showing off rings

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

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding tower top

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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!

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santa barbara courthouse gay wedding wedding rings

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

Mr. Towbes Birthday Celebration at Bacara Resort and Spa

Felici Events Produces an Entertaining Brunch Celebration

Felici Events was honored to have been part of another grand celebration for the accomplishments, love and birthday celebration of Mr. Towbes, Santa Barbara's own "It's a Wonderful Life" (Zohe produced Mr. Towbes 80th at Fess Parker Doubletree)

This time, we had a double whammy with putting this event together at Bacara Resort and Spa.  Everything is grand at Bacara, event the entrance, impressive!

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Bacara Entry

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Bacara Entry

The gracious and gorgeous Anne, Mr. Towbes wife, was instrumental in creating this event and guiding Felici Events to a personalized affair!  Here is the happy couple just minutes before guests arrived.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Anne and Michael

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Anne and Michael

We created life-size cutouts of the guest of honor and placed them around the resort for guests to take pictures with.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th standing with lifesize

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th standing with lifesize

Being Mr. Santa Barbara created a receiving line which showed exactly that!  Everyone who is everyone came to wish him a happy birthday!

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th greeting guests

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th greeting guests

The guest of honor is an avid tennis player, so the talents of Louloudi Design incorporated this hobby into the centerpieces.  They looked lovely on La Tavola Linens with linear definitions.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th table set up floral orange linen

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th table set up floral orange linen

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Rotunda Room Bacara

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Rotunda Room Bacara

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th tennis racket signage

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th tennis racket signage

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th floral centerpiece with tennis ball

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th floral centerpiece with tennis ball

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th wide lens orange table decor

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th wide lens orange table decor

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Rotunda Terrace Orange Decor

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Rotunda Terrace Orange Decor

After brunch, we moved the 275 person event to the ballroom, where we had four performances or acts celebrating Mr. Towbes and his love and support of the arts and music as well as other surprises and personalizations celebrating his interests and  accomplishments.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th ladies kissing cheeks lifesize

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th ladies kissing cheeks lifesize

The Towbes Group Inc. is an award-winning and respected construction, development and asset management company.  We had a life-size cutout of the honoree supporting the Cottage Hospital Project.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Lifesize Architect

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Lifesize Architect

The honoree is also known as the owner and Chairman of the Board of Montecito Bank and Trust.  Here we produced a 'money tree' with oversized ficus and a Towbes Bucks garland.  Did you know people have been known to try to use the Towbes Bucks in town?!

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Money Tree

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th Money Tree

We set the ballroom into dinner theatre style small tables so all guests could see the performances.  At each table were programs, popcorn bowls and a low cylinder of floating candles wrapped in blueprints of the Cottage Hospital Project.  The red pens, personalized with Mr. Towbes Still Swingin' at 85' were party favors representative of Mr. Towbes use of them for using in his editing and return correspondence.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th ballroom table set up

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th ballroom table set up

The State Street Ballet danced while guests arrived into the ballroom.  Mr. Towbes is a longtime support and passionate of this local professional ballet company.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th state street ballet

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th state street ballet

During the brunch and performances, the Felici Events Team gathered all the 'momentos of Mr. Towbes' (the invitation asked guests to bring those in lieu of gifts), and produced two scrap books.  Carrie, Mr. Towbes daughter and Anne presented this surprise gift to the man of the hour.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th presenting album

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th presenting album

Let there be cake!  We replicated the invitation cover picture of the the man of the hour playing tennis onto a sheet cake.

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th birthday cake

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th birthday cake

Hope you made a wish!  Happy Birthday Mr. Towbes.  You are truly a genuine, altruistic, generous and kind man, and Santa Barbara is lucky to have you as a leader and philanthropist in our community!

 Michael Towbes Birthday 85th blowing out candles

Michael Towbes Birthday 85th blowing out candles

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!