Polo Nostalgia, Santa Barbara

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Polo Nostalgia, Santa Barbara ~

One afternoon I emerged from a delightful daydream.  I simply saw color, texture and polo by the sea ~ Timeless coastal air ~ Splashing off corners of old worn mahogany ~ Vintage leather ~ Santa Barbara polo ~

With this abstraction I phoned Ariel Yve, whom I knew could realize my impression.  I must note, at the end of the day, she very much exceeded it.  The following is how she created it with an exclamation point ~

Ariel Yve ~ For this photo shoot, I wanted to blend a bit of the East Coast Glam with the California Casual look that Santa Barbara is known for.

I was incredibly inspired by Ralph Lauren for this piece.  I adore polo, and polo ponies, but didn’t want to create a literal interpretation of a “Polo Theme.”  I love designing environments that convey a lifestyle rather than a “theme,” and Ralph is the master of life-styling.

For the first look, I brought in heirloom blue and white English china, 1930’s crystal stemware and sterling silver.  All from my own families collection.  The linens were a dichotomy of textures, mixing the raw earthiness of burlap with the refinement of La Tavola’s delicate Alencon lace table and chair caps.

Ever since I was young, I’ve associated the color navy, with Casablanca lilies.  Since navy is such an influential color this year, I knew I wanted to bring the lily back by making it the focal point of a massive floral grouping of all white blooms arranged in vintage silver champagne buckets and urns.

The cake in this feature was designed to mimic the textures of the table linens and set atop an antique Chippendale dresser.  To enhance our decadent cake, I filled the dresser drawers with masses of full blown white roses, riding bits and show ribbons.

For the second look, I wanted to create a luxurious yet effortless picnic.  Any bride-to-be will tell you that she’s fantasized about eloping at one point or another.  I really wanted to tap into that dream, by creating this chic, intimate setting.

For the picnic blanket, I used an ultra glam linen from La Tavola called “Monique”… on which I piled a plush mountain of taffeta and organza rosette pillows in cream, gold, aqua and

chocolate.  Bringing these scene together were details such as, old cloth bound books, over-sized lanterns and wicker picnic basket overflowing with fresh flowers and a mixture of equine goodies.

For a final bit of whimsy, I created a wooden tree swing using a piece of 2″ thick reclaimed lumber and dozens of ribbons, which acted as the stand for our cream and champagne 4 tiered cake.  The perfect touch for this simply sweet setting ~

Art Direction and Set Design: Ariel Yve of Ariel Yve Design, LLC. / Location: Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club / Accessories: Stella & Dot / Attire, Female Model: Ines Di Santo for Jobyna’s Bridal / Attire, Male Model: Mission Tuxedos / Cakes: Cakes by Vreeke / Cupcakes: Sugar Cat Studios / Hair and Makeup: Brianna Stewart / Flowers: Juniper Designs / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens / Model, Male: Wesley Wilson (Wesley Wilson Fitness Model & Trainer) / Model, Female: Juliette Glennon / Printed Materials: Zenadia Design / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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