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Get Married in an Authentic French Villa Without Getting on a Plane

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If you think you have to go to France to have an authentic French vineyard wedding, we have an unexpected surprise for you. You don't! Tucked away in the hills of Santa Ynez, California is Sunstone Villa. An exceptional venue offering a luxurious wedding experience in the United States. You will feel as if you were swept away to Marseille or Provence, but in actuality you are just in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country.

Tyler of Tyler Speier Events spent the day at this special California wedding venue to showcase it's architectural beauty. The villa is built from French limestone, wooden beams and roof tiles that were reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, owned by Queen Victoria. 

You must read on to learn more about this unique event space, and take in all the beauty that Tyler and his team created. James and Jess Photography photographed this event. You can view all the photographs in the full gallery.

Be sure to watch the wedding film by, Lace and Lapel You are able to see even more of this gorgeous venue.

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wedding invitations by Jessica Yee Calligraphy

Rustic, French Wedding Venue in California - Sunstone Villa

Sunstone Villa

The villa has five suites and accommodates up to 10 guests (2 guests per room)! You can also rent the rooms out individually. Let's say that you and your bestie want to stay the night before the wedding.

The suites have nothing but the best. The beds are made with the most beautiful linens, and the rooms are decorated in true rustic Parisian fashion.

There are eight fireplaces and a wood-burning oven in the center courtyard. Possibly a wood-fire pizza rehearsal dinner? The Billiards Room is the perfect getting ready spot for the groom and his men.

The villa has several  terraces for you to sip a glass of French Champagne on and have a real-life Rapunzel moment. For more information on booking your intimate wedding, visit here.

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Rustic, French Wedding Venue in California - Sunstone Villa

Hayley Paige Wedding Gown

The bride is wearing a Hayley Paige wedding gown. Her hair and makeup are styled by California, bridal makeup and hair experts,  Blushing Beauty. This Southern California beauty-team created a soft and relaxed bridal look. Her entire beauty style meshed in with the whole rustic-chic French vibe that the day had going.

Hailey Paige Bridal wedding gown at  Sunstone Villa

Hailey Paige Bridal wedding gown at  Sunstone Villa

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Did you Know Lily of the Valley is lucky

Tyler and his team decorated the indoor stairway with white hydrangeas, bright green foliage, and lily of the valley. Lily of the valley is a white flower that has has been given as a gift for centuries in France. Legend has it that the custom began on May 1, 1561, when King Charles IX received a sprig of the tiny flower as a token of good luck. 

Sunstone Villa outdoor wedding ceremony

Hailey Paige Bridal wedding gown in front of organic floral backdro[

Outdoor rustic wedding ceremony with floral archwedding makeup by Blushing Beauty

white and green wedding bouquet

Gold and white vintage wedding table  styled by Tyler Speier Events

Gold and blush Table Decor Ideas


For the dinner inspiration, a small table was perfectly set with fine china and gold accents from Santa Barbara event rental specialists, The Tent Merchant. Hand-painted menus from Jessica Yee Calligraphy were placed in a crisp white napkin.

Soft gray tapper candles were hugged by a runner of white lush hydrangeas. A blush velvet table cloth from La Tavola polished the entire look.

Gold and white vintage wedding table  styled by Tyler Speier Events

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White and green wedding cake by Crush cakes

White Wedding Cake

A wedding day is not complete without a cake. Santa Barbara wedding cake designer, Crush Cakes  made a three-tier white cake. The rustic wedding cake was beautifully decorated with hydrangea and green berry smilax.

Haley Paige wedding gown styled by Tyler Speier Events

Haley Paige wedding gown with bouquet by Tyler Speier Events

Haley Paige wedding gown with bouquet by Tyler Speier EventsPhotography by James and Jess Photography

Rustic, French Wedding Venue in California - Sunstone Villa

Rustic, French Wedding Venue in California - Sunstone Villa Rustic, French Wedding Venue in California - Sunstone Villa

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