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Veils and vines

Santa Ynez Inn adds wedding director Kerry Lee Dickey to design wine country weddings


Spring and early summer are often the preferred times for brides-to-be to hold their weddings. Flowers bloom, and warm weather and an overall theme of newness and beginnings fill the air.

Luxury in the country:
Santa Ynez Inn provides a serene backdrop that makes the perfect setting for weddings, but its Santa Ynez location offers proximity to the best of wine country.

Of course, there are also the brides who know the fiery beauty that comes forth in an autumnal wedding—especially if it’s in wine country.

As fall starts to shine its golden light on the wine-covered hills, the Santa Ynez Inn is thinking weddings. And with that thought, they’ve partnered with certified wedding professional Kerry Lee Dickey of Wine Country Weddings, who will act as wedding director for the Santa Ynez Inn to assist brides in the ultimate wine country wedding, no matter the season.

Rick Segovia, general manager of the Santa Ynez Inn, said the inn is already a popular place for wine country weddings because of its luxury rooms and manicured grounds.

“We are thrilled to be bringing on the expert talent of Kerry Lee Dickey to join our family at the Inn as our wedding director,” he said. “Our grounds make the perfect backdrop for a serene, picturesque wedding, and now we are able to offer brides Kerry’s keen eye and beautiful vision for a memorable wedding.”

Dickey is known in Santa Barbara County for her wedding services through her company Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings and Events. She’s been the event planner for the original “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts and does professional events management and speaking engagements. She also trains and certifies wedding professionals worldwide and helped create and write with national wedding brand name Beverly Clark Enterprises, LLC.

She said joining the Santa Ynez Inn is a natural alliance for her and her company and associates, because of a shared approach to providing services.

“The Santa Ynez Inn’s attention to luxury service in the intimate setting of a boutique wine country inn is our specialty. The staff at the Santa Ynez Inn is down to earth and committed to personalized service, a rare thing to find today,” she said.

The Santa Ynez Inn is a four-star luxury boutique inn that specializes in weddings for up to 80 guests. When brides book a wedding there, Dickey will oversee and run their wedding ceremony rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. She’ll also provide brides with guidance on etiquette, their timeline, managing their vendors, and helping them come up with a plan for their “day of” timeline for their ceremony and rehearsal.

Dickey said wine country weddings by themselves are spectacular because of the romance of the vineyard and because nature provides a perfect backdrop without a lot of artificial décor. But a wedding in Santa Barbara County’s wine country is especially fantastic simply because, as locals already know, guests can be close to all of the activities of Santa Barbara while enjoying the world class wines of Santa Ynez Valley.

Wine country weddings can be sophisticated and modern, rustic and ranch-style, or something in between, but such diversity leads to a wedding day that any bride can love.

“And a wedding in autumn in the Santa Ynez Valley is when nature explodes with color, so again, very little (if any) artificial décor or ‘forcing’ of backdrops is needed,” she said. “It is an uncluttered approach to design, which is what I love most in any kind of design work.”

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