Acacia Mansion – Not just for Hallow’s Eve

“Fun and formal” is the motto of the owner, Kristina Knapic who bought and refurbished the sprawling Acacia Mansion in 2004. Nestled in the center of the Ojai Valley on what used to be hundreds of acres of orange groves is now a walled Estate close to Downtown Ojai.


Enjoy this photo shoot showcasing Acacia Mansion put together by a team of Modele vendors:

Amber Hiatt – Model

Attasalina Photography – Photographer

Felici Events – Visionary; Producer

La Tavola Linen – Linen

Sarah Jackson – Hair and Make up

Shell’s Petals – Floral Designer

Sugarcube Press – Invitation / Paper Design

goth photo shoot

During the town’s earliest days, many came to learn the teachings of Krishnamurti of the Krotona Institute and one wealthy follower, a widow named Madeleine Baird, built her dream home.  Madeleine brought many artisans from Europe to create a jaw dropping two-story entryway with alabaster floors and stained glass windows. Many of the ceilings are hand painted and the sweeping iron staircase is a beautiful backdrop for photos.  Here is a taste of the mansion with images featured in our first issue.


French Country – Wedding Dress Wednesday

If you are looking for a unique style resembling Maria Antoinette French Countryside,

Claire Pettibone‘s Louisa has Strapless lace bodice with tiered cotton skirt with antique jeweled belt. Lace bolero with cotton handkerchief sleeves. So stylish and makes a statement!

It Ain’t Nothing But a Love (Seat) Thing!

Wedding Reception Decor Ideas


Lounge furnishings have become a popular decor item in creating an intimate and comfortable space for your guests to gather around and chat at wedding receptions.


Adding personalization and style is easy with these love seats available from Designer 8 Furniture Rental


Wedding Decor Personalized Lounge Areas

Modele’s New Magazine Cover – Elizabeth Messina

The new issue of Modele Weddings will be on newsstands nation-wide February 7th 2012.

Enjoy a special sneak preview of our cover, with the elegant cover captured by the oober talented Elizabeth Messina.


Saying “I Do” to the ‘Do!

You have the dress, the shoes, something borrowed something blue. Now what about the ‘Do?  Up, down or something in between?


First consider the feel of your wedding day. Is It relaxed, rustic, elegant formal, or charming and whimsical? What suits your personal style and complements your overall look?


Relaxed, more rustic, or beach weddings; a soft look, loose romantic waves, low messy bun or pulled away from the face. You want soft touchable hair that moves with the Santa Barbara breeze.


For an elegant affair– polished and classic, think Audrey Hepburn updo or elegant Veronica Lake “Old Hollywood” glamour. For more whimsical outdoor venues, vineyards or creative settings, go out of the box.  Try a low chignon, soft unconstructed curls, or go more bohemian with creative braids!

The texture, condition and length of your hair will all be factors on finding that perfect style.  Be sure to keep your hair shaped up with regular trims. Use the right products for your particular hair type to get the best results. Go to a professional color specialist for creating the perfect color combination to brighten you up and complement your skin tone and pop your eye color.

Do your research. Look through magazines for ideas. There is a multitude of wedding websites with hairstyles as a featured section.  Be sure to hire a professional who specializes in wedding hairstyling. It is an art form, and stylists usually have a love/hate relationship with regard to doing hair for weddings.

I always recommend a trial run. This gives the stylist a chance to work with your hair and try out a few different styles to see what looks best on you and works with your particular hair type. Make the investment of hiring the right stylist, after all you’ve put into creating the perfect day. The way you look should be at the top of the list of priorities. All eyes will be on you. Make sure you take their breath away  with the perfect look!

When all is said and done, your photos will be what you look back on for years to come.


Page Berse

Wedding Hair and Makeup Specialist

Serving the Greater Santa Barbara Area

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