An Intimate Rehearsal Dinner in Santa Barbara

Complete with Entertaining and Design Tips from the Ladies of Sterling Social

Photography by Yvette Roman. Event Design & Planning by Sterling Social. Venue: San Ysidro Ranch. Floral, Decor & Furnishings by R Jack Balthazar. Outdoor Entertaining. Event Seating. Rustic Outdoor Dinner. Rustic Rehearsal Dinner. Rustic Tablescape. Outdoor Fireplace. Floral Centerpiece. Herb Centerpiece.
Photo by:
Yvette Roman
07/13/2016

We must say – this soiree is al fresco at its finest! The lush greenery and beautiful grounds of San Ysidro Ranch provided the perfect backdrop for this elegant rehearsal dinner designed and planned by Angela Margolis and Erin Sprinkel of Sterling Social. Potted herbs and flowers made the perfect centerpieces, and the string lights, candles, and cozy outdoor fireplace provided an intimate ambiance for guests well into the evening.

From Angela Margolis & Erin Sprinkel:

“Bridget and Chris’ wedding weekend was a festive celebration up in beautiful Santa Barbara.  With friends and family traveling from all over the world, everyone gathered for an unforgettable getaway. The weekend began with an intimate rehearsal dinner at the most gorgeous and secluded location, San Ysidro Ranch.” 

Photo by:
Yvette Roman

“Long wood dining tables were set with a beautiful mix of potted herbs, lush white florals and greenery.”

Photo by:
Yvette Roman
Photo by:
Yvette Roman
Photo by:
Yvette Roman

“Burlap and lace runners were set on the tabletops and an eclectic variety of seating such as upholstered benches, settees, and wood chairs were placed around the dining tables.”

Photo by:
Yvette Roman

“If flowers aren’t your thing, use potted plants! Herbs and succulents can create a beautiful tablescape.” Angela Margolis & Erin Sprinkel

Photo by:
Yvette Roman
Photo by:
Yvette Roman
Photo by:
Yvette Roman

“As the sun sets, it’s all about the lighting.  Create an ambiance with candles and lanterns, or even string lights, and keep the party going into the evening!” Angela Margolis & Erin Sprinkel

Photo by:
Yvette Roman
Photo by:
Yvette Roman

“The evening truly captured the casual elegance of Santa Barbara filled with lots of love and laughter – the perfect start for their wedding weekend.”

Meet the Designers Erin Sprinkel & Angela Margolis of Sterling Social
Bio:

Event experts and co-founders, Angela Margolis and Erin Sprinkel, launched Sterling Social in 2010 and will be celebrating six years of business later this year.

Prior to starting our company, we both had a vast background producing events for high-profile luxury brands and lifestyle publications. At Sterling Social we specialize in full-service event production and design consulting. You’ll find us producing anything – from a red carpet entertainment event to an elegant wedding or intimate dinner party. Working with a range of clients and design aesthetics, we are constantly inspired and challenged to create new, one-of-a-kind experiences. Embracing our love for travel, events continue to take us to inspiring destinations beyond Southern California.

What is your entertaining philosophy?
The most important moments in life should be celebrated! Bringing a vision to life through stylish details ensures every event we create is an experience. For us, entertaining is a lifestyle in itself!
What are some important design & entertaining tips you can share with us?
It’s all about taking one foundational concept and carrying it consistently through all the details. From the design of invitations to the tabletop decor, pick a color palette and style direction to carry throughout and make an impact. Tying together these details will not go unnoticed!

Make it personal! Guests love when thought has been put into their attendance. Even with a small gathering, include personalized seating at the dining table. This doesn’t have to be traditional place cards, so have fun with writing guest’s names on decorative objects, glassware or even edible pieces.

Have fun with seating! Being outdoors allows you to mix it up with anything from distressed wood tables without linens or even a picnic-style experience with blankets and pillows.

Make the bar experience interactive! Give clever names to any signature drinks you are serving or have a mixologist attend as an activity for guests to enjoy.

Create a memorable environment. Not every guest will appreciate the small design details, but they will always remember how they felt listening to good music, eating great food and lounging in a comfortable setting.
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