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Belmond El Encanto wedding

Kelsey and Rick’s Belmond El Encanto wedding, designed and executed by Vanessa Noel Events, was the prettiest garden party in Santa Barbara!

K+R met in their home state of Illinois, but moved out to California together for Kelsey to study at USC. They enjoyed exploring Los Angeles together and cozied up in their tiny apartment, cooking together and traveling whenever they could.

Rick proposed to Kelsey back in Illinois, in his parents’ hometown, over Fourth of July weekend. He also arranged for Kelsey’s dad to be in town to help them celebrate — the perfect surprise when the couple returned to the house after getting engaged.

When it came to planning the wedding, it was important for Kelsey and Rick that their guests (almost exclusively from out of town) were able to enjoy the perfect California vacation. The weekend kicked off with an intimate rehearsal dinner at Loquita, followed by a casual welcome party at Lama Dog Tap Room in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. For the wedding itself, Vanessa, with the help of florist Sharon of Knot Just Flowers, brought K+R’s vision for a romantic garden party to life.

A colorful palette can be so special, and the painterly shades chosen by the couple were a perfect fit for both their coastal venue and the last vestiges of summer offered by a late September wedding.

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Planning + design: Vanessa Noel Events
Floral design: Knot Just Flowers
Venue: Belmond El Encanto
Rentals: Theoni Collection
Cake: Lele Patisserie
DJ + MC: Party Proper Productions
Hair + makeup: TEAM Hair + Makeup
Wedding dress: Galvan Bridal
Bridal salon: LOHO Bride
Menswear: Suit Supply + Tom Ford
Engagement ring: The Clear Cut
Stationery: Karli Strohschein