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High School Sweethearts Host A Pastel Summer Wedding at Villa Del Cielo

Dreamy blooms, gourmet food and a fairy-tale setting
Karena Phan
Dreamy blooms, gourmet food and a fairy-tale setting

High school sweethearts Daphne Ho and Christopher Shen made their love official on their 15th anniversary at the Villa Del Cielo in Santa Barbara. The longtime loves said their vows nestled between oak trees with stunning views of the surrounding Santa Barbara Mountains. A unique floating arch, adorned with organic greens and studded with white and pink floral accents, melted into the lush surroundings. To create a soft and feminine look, a palette of white, pink and sage set a romantic tone to the evening. Because food is important to the couple, they opted for open, family-style seating at the reception, which encouraged the guests to mix, mingle and eat. Master Plans Events facilitated this mood by arranging a casual blend of seating that included cozy lounge areas, wooden dining tables and high-top cocktail tables. The foodie duo wanted a tapas-style dinner modeled after José Andrés’ Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, so guests grazed on fresh seafood at the raw bar, assorted cheeses and more, with plenty of wine.  A decadent dessert bar capped off the night along with plenty of dancing under the starry night sky.

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