A Santa Barbara Celebration for NFL Star Shane Vereen and Taylour Rutledge

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When Shane and Taylour asked us to be apart of their wedding day, we were thrilled. As New England natives, we’ve admired Shane’s professional career as a running back with the New England Patriots. The guest list was stacked high with fellow teammates and NFL players who were excited to celebrate alongside the happy couple at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, California. This spectacular affair was designed with every personal touch imaginable; including a cigar roller and even a late-night snack from In N Out!

Their outdoor ceremony was filled with laughter and heartfelt moments, as Taylour and Shane expressed their deepest love for one another overlooking the Santa Barbara coast. Guests were greeted inside the courtyard for an alfresco dinner, and then dancing in the ballroom. Taylour and Shane chose ‘Hurricane’ by The Likes of Us as their their first dance, atop a custom dance floor. Our DJ curated a series of custom mixes to reflect both the classics and more contemporary hits; from Earth, Wind and Fire to The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. Once the cake was cut, we mixed up the tempo with Top 40 hits from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and West Coast hip-hop hits.

Our photo booth was busy all night long, filled with fun, stylish props for the makings of hilarious photos to cherish for a lifetime.

The Team

Planning: Kelsey Connelly of  Kelsey Events

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Photographer:  Brett  Hickman

Videographer:  Hoo  Films

Florist:  Flowers  by  Cina

DJ and Photo Booth: Elevated Pulse Productions

Stationery: Honeycrisp Designs

Vintage Furniture Rentals: Archive Rentals

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen