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Posted online: April 2010


We all know her for her coveted wedding dresses—a favorite among noteworthy celebrities—but Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.com, does more than design gorgeous gowns. She appears to have every bridal need covered these days, including a line of bridesmaid’s dresses (from $295)—halter, strapless, A-line, and more—a Fine Paper Collection of elegant invitations (from $275), and the classic Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton collection of dinnerware, flatware, stemware, and giftware (from $8). –Mallory Price


What could be more romantic than toasting your wedding proposal with a perfect glass of Pinot Noir handmade by the one you love? This is the case for Arcadian Winery owners Joe and Jill Davis. Winegrower Joe met Jill in 1995 when he was working for Morgan Winery in Monterey and she lived in Old Jills CuveeOrange County. After driving six hours to see each other for two years, they finally decided to move to a spot in the middle, where Joe could grow the best Pinot Noir grapes—the Santa Ynez Valley. They started Arcadian in 1996, and, professing his love for all the world to see for vintages to come, he proposed to Jill in 1998 on the back label of his first bottling of 1997 Pinot Noir, appropriately named Jill’s Cuvée. “People all over the world have proposed to their loved one with this wine,” says Joe, “and many have confessed to me that they etched their name over mine.” Order a bottle ($65) for your sweetheart online, or pick one up locally at the Cheese Shop, 811 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-884-9463, thecheeseshopinc.com. That’s amore! –Carol Ann Kelley-Elwell

ARCADIAN WINERY 805-688-8799, arcadianwinery.com.



From velvet curtains to wrought iron staircases, the historic Granada theater offers an elegant space for weddings (from $2,500). “The Granada is located downtown, and you can personalize the space,” says marketing associate Kate Kurlas. “It’s a luxurious, beautiful venue for your special day.” Choose anything from a spotlight to a backdrop of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains while saying your vows. Two lobbies can be outfitted with lounge furniture and dance floors, and you can announce your nuptials on the original 1920s marquee. –Taylor Ross

THE GRANADA 1330 State St., Santa
Barbara, 805-899-3000, granadasb.org.


alg_katy_perry_russell_brandSanta Barbara native Katy Perry and fiancé Russell Brand recently got engaged in a rustic tent while vacationing in India. They are rumored to be planning their nuptials on her old stomping ground.… Award-winning British singer Robbie Williams married longtime girlfriend Ayda Field on Valentine’s Day in Montecito…. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted scouting multiple wedding venues in town…. Renowned event planner Mindy Weiss, mindyweiss.com, considers Santa Barbara “a jewel that every guest loves to experience,” while local coordinator Alexandra Kolendrianos, alexandrak.com, affirms that “not only does Santa Barbara have a small-town appeal with extraordinary scenic views, it’s also home to the most talented group of vendors—from florists to photographers to, of course, wedding planners!”…. Heidi Klum and Seal are calling Montecito home while he records his latest album. Will this be the setting for their annual renewel of vows in May? –Alissa Koller


For sweet musings and exquisite photos all about love, life, and kisses, visit photographer Elizabeth Messina’s blog, kissthegroom.com.


One Comment

  1. Valerie Keener

    This is a wonderful fairy-tale wedding story about the love of a couple who met at SYR and the generosity of a wonderful benefactor with a terrific wedding venue: San Ysidro Ranch. They just opened their new event garden at the top of the property — complete with ocean views. Local photographer Jeff Shipley shares:


    May 13th, 2010 at 10:29 pm (Reply)

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