Chic Timeless Haven at Kestrel Park

The Story: This styled shoot brings old world charm and romance to Southern California. With its chic and timeless black and white theme, this celebration was inspired by old black and white photos from Lorie Lau’s (from H&L Lovely Creations) wall. Bar a few, most of these wedding photos had been lost so the team behind this shoot put on their thinking caps to recreate what this wedding might have looked like adding a modern twist.

The Location: The stunning Kestral Park. A magnificent 100 acre property encompassing a 19th century style English country house, gardens and stables in Santa Ynez, California. This gorgeous Santa Barbara property is a luxury outdoor wedding venue which offers its guests a private wedding location with unparalleled level of character and charm. 

The Vibe: A classic black and white wedding with a touch of gold and some elegant grey tones for that luxe feel. Dripping with nostalgic elegance, it included a champagne tower, luxury fashion, fine wines and vintage cars. Modern elements were added like the specialty cake from Lila Cakeshop decorated in piped anemones, bespoke coffee cocktails, modern table decor and luxe accent pieces.

The Details:  To complement and enhance the traditional black and white colour scheme, the floral design was all about white blooms. For outfits, they went with a modern take on black tie choosing a dapper white tux from Friar Tux for a little edge. Lorie’s mum competed in beauty pageants so they wanted a high-end fashionable wedding dress as a nod to this. And what could be more perfect than a Berta gown decorated with the signature sparkle. Laurie’s father was an auto-technician, so as a hat tip to his profession they hired a classic Shelby Cobra as a getaway car. 

Tips & Highlights:

  • For industry professionals looking to organise a styled shoot, consider using a real couple. This provides a more authentic feel.
  • It takes a village to create/produce any event and having the right team is critical. Having an experienced team who know how to manage a crisis or unexpected event can also save the day.
  • For a bygone touch, consider using calligraphy on stationery items. All the stationery from Handwritten by Cat used for this shoot was hand-made with specialty handwritten calligraphy. This was also reflected on the wine bottles for a consistently elegant look.




Photography: Angelina Huffman Photography // Ceremony Venue: Kestrel Park // Event Planning: H&L Lovely Creations // Floral: Solstice Bloom // Stationery: Handwritten by Cat //  Videography: Peter Ascalon // Wedding Cake: LILA CAKESHOP // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals // | Hair and Makeup: HMN VERONICA // Bar: dalton & co. // Other Services: Style Mat by Chasing Stone // Wedding Dress: Berta // Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux // Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Dress: millia london // Accessories: NEA MILANO // Clutch: The Mrs. Clutch // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Bridal Salon: Lovella Bridal // Submitted via: Matchology



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