Intimate Californian Elopement at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel Santa Barbara

Styled Shoot
Rich hues and soulful details are the heart of this romantic elopement.
Written by
Chelsea Gibson


California Wedding Day Spring/Summer 2022

Perched in the Santa Ynez Mountains, which frame Santa Barbara, this celebration’s setting was inspired by El Encanto's natural beauty and sweeping views. Deep wine hues enhance the already rich ambiance of the hotel’s red brick pathways and strike a contrast against the abundant greenery that fills the lush grounds.

Rust and terra-cotta tones from El Encanto's grounds are woven throughout the floral design, including an asymmetrical arch arrangement of ranunculus, garden roses and ferns. Draping lends romance and softness.

Emulating the rich color of merlot, this smart invitation suite shines with touches of deep maroon and is finished with dainty twine and an urn wax seal.

An intimate rectangular table with wishbone chairs greets guests with a warm yet modern welcome. The décor features tapered candles in hurricane glasses and low floral arrangements, encouraging conversation and sharing.

This tabletop setting was created using a mix of materials, including stone dinnerware, white inlay flatware, patterned linens and rattan glassware, to achieve a classic meets coastal place setting. Monogrammed leather coasters by Isidore and Augustine invite each guest to their seat.

A petite, free-flowing nosegay of textural burgundy blooms is tied with a soft blush bow.

A custom wood floral container introduces an interesting and inviting touch to the entry table, which also holds handwritten letters from the couple to their guests.

The bride’s and groom’s attire—a sleek, sophisticated Newhite bridal gown and a tailored tux—gives a nod to old Hollywood glamour and imparts high-fashion flair.

City State:

Santa Barbara


Bridal Gown and Accessories
Event Design, Styling, Florals and Planning
Hair and Makeup
Nicole Soper
Rentals (Furniture)
Rentals (Tabletop)
Rentals (Linens)
Silk Ribbons