Best of 2019: Ventura/Santa Barbara
Planning a wedding has never been easier with this fabulous list of creatives that will make your dreams a reality. Find your perfect match from this guide to the top vendors from Ventura/Santa Barbara. We also have winners in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Luis Obispo, and our Editor's Picks.
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES & BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
Panache Bridals Santa Barbara
This warm and welcoming State Street boutique offers exquisite collections by Inbal Dror, Dany Mizrachi and Lian Rokman as well as custom creations by Matthew Christopher and Trish Peng.
ACCESSORIES FINALISTS: Nordstrom, Trace Henningsen Bridal, Untamed Petals
BOUTIQUE FINALISTS: Bella Bridal Couture, Camarillo Bridal Boutique, The Dress Bridal
HAIR & MAKEUP
Cheek to Cheek Artistry
With flawless styling of loose curls, modern updos and airbrushed makeup, these artists help clients feel oh so confident as they walk down the aisle and pose for pictures.
FINALISTS: Blushing Beauty, Fairytale Hair and Makeup, Team Hair & Makeup
WEDDING CAKES & DESSERTS
Frost It Cakery
The bakery creates delectable custom cakes and dessert bars with ingredients sourced from local farmers markets, but it’s the creative artistry we love best.
FINALISTS: Crushcakes, Delicious Artistry, Sweet Art Bake Shop
Lazy Creative Designs
This designer’s stationery suites and day-of paper products push standard invitations to new heights by incorporating unique elements, textures and materials.
FINALISTS: Kelly Patrice, Lazaro Press, Sophia Loves Letters
Sophia Loves Letters
This Santa Barbara-based calligrapher and graphic designer creates beautiful, custom invitations with hand-done artwork and calligraphy. Plus, she also puts her pointed pen to work adding a flourish to any escort card, marble slab, cookie or item you can dream up to be signed.
FINALISTS: Brown & Co. Designs, Kelly Patrice
Sophia Loves Letters, Ventura/Santa Barbara Best Calligraphy (Anna Delores Photography)
JP Reynolds brings a personal dedication to seeking out what matters most to his clients in order to create unique ceremonies.
Finalists: Reverend Clint Hufft, Great Officiants
Bouquet’s bevy of top-notch entertainers spin tunes on concert-quality equipment to ensure every note is memorable.
FINALISTS: Gavin Roy Presents, Krieger, GTZ Entertainment
Golden Coast Allstars
This is an 11-to-18-member-strong collective of cool cats, big voices and talented musicians. Each has honed their craft on tours around the world and in recording sessions with major label acts.
FINALISTS: MJ Entertainment, VIPs Entertainment, West Coast Music
LIGHTING & AUDIOVISUAL
Bella Vista Designs
Bella Vista has decades of service that goes beyond technical and lighting skills, offering couples one-stop shopping for furniture, sound and fabric staging.
FINALISTS: Ambient Event Design, Shine Lighting, Spark Creative Events
Theoni Collection, Ventura/Santa Barbara Best Tabletop Rentals (Katie Shuler)
From napkin rings to dining chairs and all the details in between, Theoni’s collection adds the perfect touch of style to enhance a ceremony or reception.
FINALISTS: Bright Event Rentals, Otis and Pearl Vintage Rentals, Party Pleasers
RENTALS (Furniture and Accessories)
Bright Event Rentals
Reliable and innovative staff will comb the inventory for the perfect accent, whether your bash calls for chairs that have fancy farmhouse flair, starburst chandeliers that shine with steampunk chic or tables fit for a king.
FINALISTS: Party Pleasers, The Tent Merchant, Ventura Rental Party & Events
Pure Joy Catering
This caterer develops custom farmers-market-certified menus of dishes made from scratch, while matching a couple’s palate, budget and style.
FINALISTS: Catering Connection, DJ’s California Catering, Seasons Catering
Hotel Californian, Ventura/Santa Barbara Best New Venue (Michael and Anna Costa Photography)
With a prime State Street location steps from the sand and adjacent to the bustling Funk Zone, this handsome hotel marries Spanish terra-cotta architecture, Moroccan accents and coastal cool. It also boasts one of the chicest, hippest ballrooms ever built.
FINALISTS: Epona Estate, Ocean View Ranch, The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn
RESORT FOR A WEDDING
San Ysidro Ranch
Built into the Montecito hillsides, this sprawling luxury property of little casitas, groomed gardens, a fireplace-warmed cottage, wood trellises and intimate patios is a flowering fairy-tale venue.
FINALISTS: Belmond El Encanto, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Hotel Californian
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
This address in the exclusive enclave of Montecito includes 22 palm-dotted acres; an authentic Art Deco beach club with an expansive terrace, a ballroom with 18.5-foot ceilings and a fireplace; and sunset views over the ocean.
FINALISTS: Newhall Mansion, The Riviera Mansion, Sherwood Country Club
Hummingbird Nest Ranch
This immaculate 126-acre oasis in the Santa Susana Mountains checks all the outdoor-venue boxes with its red-roofed Spanish mansion, lush landscapes, cobblestone courtyards, sprawling lawns and breathtaking vistas.
FINALISTS: Kestrel Park, Quail Ranch, Sunstone Winery
I Heart My Groom
Offering both photography and cinematography, the best-friend duo and owners approach each wedding with pure joy and happiness, which radiates in their work.
FINALISTS: Honey Reel, Kristin Beinke, Lucas Rossi Photography
Unique Floral Designs
This mother-and-daughter team takes a seed of an idea and grows it into a full-blown floral extravaganza, which can include single roses to make plates pop, crowns weaved into flowing locks, or wild sprays of flowers dangling from tall vases.
FINALISTS: Camellia Floral Design, Ella and Louie, XO Bloom
Jenny Quicksall, Ventura/Santa Barbara Best Photographer (Jenny Quicksall)
Jenny Quicksall Photography
Quicksall has a passion for life and a warm personality that permeate every photo she captures. From outdoor affairs with soft light to the perfectly placed pair of high heels in the bridal suite, Quicksall’s wedding-day coverage will make you swoon.
FINALISTS: Anna Delores Photography, Lucas Rossi Photography, Michelle Beller
Star Hansen Events
Dedicated, detail-oriented and driven, Hansen has a true passion for throwing parties, and her creative spark shines through as she turns visions into mood boards and itineraries into heartfelt affairs.
FINALISTS: Bella Vita Events, Wedding Kate, Wheat and Honey Events
Event of the Season
Owner Kelly Clark Leonard and her team curate weddings with an effortless and elegant sensibility, bringing with them subtle personal touches and an eye for picture-perfect details.
FINALISTS: Burlap & Bordeaux, Onyx and Redwood, Percy Sales Events
BEST OF THE BEST
Percy Sales Events
Sales’ calm and cheerful demeanor perfectly combine with his carefully curated design aesthetic and unique approach to every event.
FINALISTS: Jenny Quicksall Photography, Party Pleasers Event Rental Co., Star Hansen Events