Sparkly Santa Barbara Wedding: Melissa + Jeff

sparkly Santa Barbara wedding

When we heard today’s bride, Melissa, works for La Tavola Linen, we knew her + Jeff’s wedding was going to be good! This charming duo wanted their day to be relaxed, chic, and filled with lots of personal touches that would show off their fun-loving relationship. By taking inspiration from the very linens Melissa is surrounded by daily, the design process began to take shape. They both love black + white details, and are fans of mixing metal tones, so a sparkly affair – bold, but infused with timeless touches – was the only way to go. Here’s a bit more about it all from Melissa:

We knew that we wanted our wedding to be glamorous yet relaxed, all while encompassing our fun-loving approach to our relationship. With Jeff being a firefighter for the United States Forest Service and me working in the event industry, our tastes are often at opposite ends of the spectrum; and so we wanted to include some nature and greenery into the glitter and glamour.

Thanks so much to Beaux Arts Photographie for the super lovely images and big congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful, sparkly day! Be sure to check back in just a bit, too, because we’re sharing the recipes for some DELISH signature cocktails, all crafted by the lovely Melissa! :)

sparkly wedding invitation




bride 22

sparkly Santa Barbara wedding

Bold lips and a rad, textured hair adornment for the win!

sparkly Santa Barbara wedding

sparkly Santa Barbara wedding


confetti aisle



Processional: By Your Side – Sade, Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers (performed live on saxophone by Justin Ward)

Recessional: All You Need is Love – The Beatles (performed live on saxophone by Justin Ward)

First Dance: Angel Baby – Rosie + the Originals


wedding party


sparkly bridesmaids

I told my bridesmaids to find solid sequined dresses in mixed metal tones — which ended up working beyond perfectly because they all chose very different sparkly hues that looked fantastic together….they are definitely one of my favorite design details of the entire wedding. 

sparkly bridesmaids






chevron pillow

seating chart

dark reception tablecloths

The star of the show at Melissa + Jeff’s reception were the gorgeous, sequin La Tavola tabledrapes. They lent such a fun + festive feel to the setting!

chevron tablecloths

sparkly tablecloths

anemone centerpiece

chevron sequin tablecloths

chevron sequin tablecloths

beer coozie favor


My favorite moment of the day was when everything hit me right after our grand entrance into the reception. When our DJ introduced us as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time, we charged into the room and were greeted by our friends and family cheering for us. As we began our first dance, I saw my new husband laughing and smiling from ear to ear and literally collapsed into his arms. To this day it still cracks me up because I completely became a pile of mush during one of the most fun and light-hearted moments of the entire day. It was where I realized just how incredibly perfect everything was…


My best advice for those planning now is to avoid making decisions based on what you think you should do for your wedding and make every decision based on what you actually want to do. If you don’t want to have a bouquet toss…don’t! If you want to wear a black wedding dress…go for it! As long as you are 100% authentic with your decisions based on your wants and needs, you will have absolutely no regrets.

photographer: Beaux Arts Photographie // venue: Rockwood Woman’s Club Santa Barbara, California // florals: Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic // planning + design: Melissa of La Tavola Linen, Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic // day-of coordination: Cynthia Beard of CHRONICLE foodie // linens: La Tavola Linen // hair + make-up: Chateau Belle // catering: Duo Events // desserts: Jongewaards Bake n’ Broil // rentals: Town & Country // lighting + draping: Bella Vista Designs // paper goods: Lilly & Louise // dj: JAS Productions // saxophonist: Justin Christopher Ward // wedding dress: Justin Alexander via Mon Amie Bridal Salon // headpiece: Lola M Designs // belts: Melissa Piña (bride) // koozies: Rook Design Company // puzzle guestbook: The Missing Puzzle Piece Company

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  1. The reception styling is just fabulous! Amazing work!

  2. This wedding is AMAZING!! Great use of the sequin tablecloths :)


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