Today's beautiful Santa Barbara real wedding will be a thrill for any of you Hollywood movie buffs out there - the Groom is Oscar-nominated movie producer Mike De Luca (heard of a little movie called The Social Network? How about Austin Powers? American History X? Pleasantville?) and he and his stunning bride Angelique, plus their darling baby girl, make just about the sweetest combination you could wish for! You can just feel the happiness exuding from these images from photographer Joan Allen. Enjoy!
The Goals: Angelique and Mike's vision was to create a sophisticated, jubilant,
fairy tale wedding for all of their loved ones to enjoy. With The Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel as the backdrop, and event
production by Swisher Productions and NAMEvents, design and decor from NAMEvents, lush floral design by Mark's Garden and chic linens from Wild Flower Linens this wedding was visually spectacular and had an atmosphere of pure joy from beginning to end.
The Design: Using an antique-inspired color palette of cream, white, pink and gold, Angelique and Mike created a warm and inviting, yet super elegant look to their event.
Their romantic and personal wedding ceremony took place outside on the stunning Monte Vista lawn, and throughout it, Angelique and Mike's baby daughter wouldn't leave their side. "Our little girl Skylar was 1 year and 5 months old, and I ended up holding her through our whole ceremony. Our guest loved it! It was so sweet to have her up there with us. It was right where she belonged."
The wedding reception moved into the hotel and took place in the beautiful Palmera Garden and Loggia Ballroom. A candy buffet and wine stoppers were offered to guests as wedding favors, and the cake was a four tier masterpiece that included two layers of strawberry and two layers of red velvet cake. Yum! At the end of the night the treats continued as warm chocolate chip cookies and shots of milk were passed around the party.
The Look: Angelique wanted a simple, elegant bridal look, and the key to it all was her incredible Monique Lhuillier wedding gown. She is such a beautiful bride all on her own, I love that she kept the rest of her look understated - swept back hair by stylist Dean Banowetz, chandelier earrings, and softy pretty makeup! To add a little fun and to feel the love from her girlfriends, Angelique asked them all to help with her "something blue" and sign the bottom of her shoes in blue ink. Love that tradition!
To continue the sleek and classic look, the bridesmaids wore beautiful antique pink long satin dresses and the groom and groomsmen wore black tuxes with black or pale gold ties.
The Moments: For Angelique, being walked down the aisle by her 90 year old "Granddaddy" meant the world to her, and throughout the whole ceremony she and Mike were on cloud nine. The most sentimental moment? Having their little girl there with them on their dream day!
During the reception Angelique loved the moment when she surprised Mike with their "entry song". "It was the Sopranos theme song "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3. He's obsessed with Sopranos, so he absolutely LOVED it! He said it was the best gift ever, and I have to say, it was pretty dang cool to walk in to, as the new Mr. & Mrs. Michael De Luca!" Pretty dang cool indeed!
The Pros: To learn about all of the wedding professionals who contributed their time and talents to this wedding day, be sure to visit Mike and Angelique's page in our Real Wedding section.
Thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us Mike and Angelique!
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