These are the most creative and inspiring works of 2019-2020 that were submitted for Best of 2020's Editor Picks.
Best Of 2020: Santa Barbara
Find your dream wedding vendor from this discerning list of creatives that are sure to transform dreams into a reality. Featuring the top vendors from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, as voted upon by California brides, vendors and our staff. And the winners are..
Best Overall Vendor
Wild Heart Events
This trendy, globally minded design team, led by Jaime Kostechko, creates utterly dreamy, bohemian wedding designs are lush, colorful and a just little quirky.”.
FINALISTS: Belmond El Encanto, Burlap & Bordeaux, Catering Connection
Best Event Designer
Event of the Season
Owner Kelly Clark Leonard and her team design luxe weddings with a sophisticated sensibility, incorporating picture-perfect details and personal touches into every aspect of the celebration.
FINALISTS: Burlap & Bordeaux, Tyler Speier Events, Wild Heart Events
Best Wedding Planner
Percy Sales Events
Sales’ cheeriness puts couples at ease as he brings his elegant aesthetic and unique approach to their wedding, translating their boldest visions into
FINALISTS: Imagine Weddings & Special Events, Jane Alexandra Events, Wedding Kate
Best Wedding Planner: Percy Sales Events (Jenny Quicksall Photography)
Ella & Louie Flowers
Owner Tracey Morris draws on 25 years of design experience to create ethereal, organic floral archways, vibrant flower crowns and memorable bouquets.
FINALISTS: Cody Floral Design, Precious and Blooming Floral Design, Tyler Speier Events
James & Jess Photography
This bubbly husband-and-wife duo gets to know each couple they work with in order to capture their unique story and memorialize the most joyful moments of the big day.
FINALISTS: Lacie Hansen Photography, Laurie Bailey Photography, Michelle Beller Photography
Best Photographer: James & Jess Photography
I Heart My Groom Photography
iheartmygroom.com Owned and operated by two best friends, this studio offers both photography and cinematography, approaching each wedding with a purity and a joyfulness that shine through in their work.
FINALISTS: B Studios, CineStory Films, Jeremy Foster Films
Best Outdoor Venue
Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm
One of the largest orchid farms in the world, Dos Pueblos also offers gorgeous ocean views and a light-filled greenhouse area that will make guests feel as though they’ve been transported to a private oasis.
FINALISTS: Belmond El Encanto, Kestrel Park, Klentner Ranch
Best Indoor Venue
Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa Barbara
This exclusive, 22-acre Spanish colonial resort is home to an authentic Art Deco beach club, a posh ballroom and gorgeous ocean views.
FINALISTS: Hotel Californian, Rancho Dos Pueblos, San Ysidro Ranch
Rosewood Miramar Beach
This stylish resort brings a feeling of the English countryside to the California coast, presenting an expansive beachside Great Lawn and an all-white ballroom dotted with Baccarat crystal chandeliers.
FINALISTS: Belmond El Encanto, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Best Resort: Rosewood Miramar Beach (Rewind Photography)
Pure Joy Catering
Using ingredients from the local farmers market, this caterer develops high-quality, custom menus made from scratch that perfectly align with each couple’s palate, budget and style.
FINALISTS: Catering Connection, Omni Catering, Seasons Catering
With an extensive inventory and a reliable, innovative staff, Bright can provide everything a wedding requires, such as farmer’s tables, elaborate candelabras or French-inspired bistro chairs.
FINALISTS: The Tent Merchant Event Rentals, Town & Country Event Rentals, Ventura Rental Party & Events
Best Cakes and Desserts
Crushcakes & Café
Locally sourced, organic and hormone-free ingredients are the stars of the show in these scrumptious cakes, cupcakes and dessert bars.
FINALISTS: Colin O’Dea Cakes, Enjoy Cupcakes, Lele Patisserie
Best Wedding Dress Shop
This welcoming State Street boutique offers exquisite couture collections in addition to custom designs for those brides seeking a truly one-of-a-kind gown.
FINALISTS: The Dress
Best Hair and Makeup
Owner Lacey Maxwell brings a decade of hair and makeup experience and a passion for artistry to her work, resulting in effortlessly beautiful bridal looks customized to each bride’s tastes.
FINALISTS: Blushing Beauty, Cheek to Cheek Artistry, Team Hair & Makeup
Best Hair and Makeup: 805 Makeup (Jillian Rose Photography)