Tonya Szele, owner of Soigné Productions, grew up on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts and describes it as a “hard-working little island”. She made a leap of faith journey across the country more than twenty years ago to Santa Barbara, which has become her home. Tonya found her true calling as an event planner and has crafted hundreds of events over the years.
Her professional experience in Santa Barbara began with catering management for the Wine Cask restaurant. It was later followed by venue direction and event planning for Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos. Both experiences provided her with an extensive knowledge of event planning from every angle and for any occasion, particularly weddings. She developed an appetite for beautiful events and the means to execute them flawlessly.
Inspired by her travels to Italy and France, but with a decidedly American point of view she possesses an excellent sense of style and design. She loves exploring new venues where her imagination can run wild. Her local and specific favorites are rustic ranch weddings, with unique vintage finds and varied color palettes.
Nature is also one of her many muses. She can’t resist beautiful floral arrangements with interesting textures and unexpected combinations. She is captivated by modern lighting design, but never underestimates the subtle infusion of candlelight.
Tonya’s hard-working background translates into an exhaustive attention to detail. She brings a calm efficiency to each event and routinely blows the minds of new vendors with her detailed spreadsheets and site schematics! As a wife and mother of two, she recognizes the importance of family and respects the rich lives of her clients. Every relationship is special and each event should be remembered for a lifetime. She can make your perfect day a reality!