I’m Tonya Szele, owner of Soigné Productions, a full service event planning company. I grew up on Nantucket Island but Santa Barbara has been my home for more than fifteen years. During that time I have planned more than 600 events including weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, parties, and festivals. My professional experience in catering management (at Wine Cask in Santa Barbara) and venue direction and event planning (at Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos) have enriched my knowledge of and appetite for event coordination. My travels have inspired my sense of style and design and I love exploring new venues where my imagination can run wild. I have a particular sweet spot for rustic ranch weddings (think Pottery Barn), with vintage finds (think Restoration Hardware), and color (think Anthropology). Nature is also one of my many muses. I can’t resist big soft, fluffy floral arrangements with interesting textures mixed in and beautiful lighting design, infused with candlelight. As an organization buff, I adore creating spreadsheets and event plans. I’m not just a wedding planner and business owner; I’m also a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, so I recognize that our clients also have rich lives and strong family ties. I feel so fortunate to be a wedding planner in Santa Barbara. I love every moment of planning each unique event. Nothing would satisfy me more than to bring your vision for your event to life!
I’m Jennifer Clasen, Associate Planner at Soigné Productions. I was raised on a ranch outside of Aspen, Colorado. I have a passion for adventure and I’ve worked and lived all over the world including New York, London, Sidney, New Delhi and Cape Town, but home is where my dog is – Matilda, my Boxer/Greyhound mix. At heart, I’m a daddy’s girl who loves climbing trees, dancing, and thunder storms but don’t let my playful, free-spirited nature fool you. I have extensive experience in film and event production, photography, floral design, fine wine, dining and catering. My event designs are a journey for the senses, filled with colors, cultures and flavors from far off places like Italy, India, Africa, and Morocco. I like to incorporate the simplistic elegance of natural elements, like olive branches, succulents, moss, wood, and coral. Above all, I delight in helping couples find creative and elegant ways to express their own personal style, on any budget. I also own a successful photography company, Clasen
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I’m Nitaña Sanchez, Associate Planner at Soigné Productions. I’ve traveled far and wide only to return to my hometown of Santa Barbara, realizing that there’s no place like home. I have a bachelor’s degree in World Arts & Cultures from UCLA where I studied dance from all over the world (flamenco, belly dance, salsa, etc.) and I’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with many fine artists as a professional dancer. In addition to my passion for dance, I love a good party! Before joining the Soigné Productions team, I coordinated fundraising events for nonprofit organizations, worked in hospitality at performing arts venues, and worked for catering companies and private clubs in Santa Barbara. As an event planner, I am attentive, creative, dependable, and fun-loving. My personal event style is “old world charm.” I’m drawn to all things shabby chic, with character, class and style. Having grown up in Santa Barbara, I also have an appreciation for romantic Spanish weddings. When I’m not planning events you can find me walking my dogs at the beach, taking a dance class, hula-hooping, or at home reading to our baby.
Over the years, we have established close relationships with the best vendors in the area to help you assemble your ideal team of professionals for your event. At Soigné Productions we are passionate about what we do and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the event planning process with us, from start to finish. We’ll work closely with you to create a memorable event, and in doing so, we become more than just coordinator and client; we become friends.
If you’re a couple planning your wedding day, your unique personalities should be reflected in every detail of your wedding. Let us assist you in the design and coordination of your wedding. We will partner with you to bring you the very best Santa Barbara has to offer. On your event day, our calm and professional demeanor will help you relax so you can enjoy your special day with your guests. You will remember this day for the rest of your lives – let us help you manifest the wedding of your dreams!
Please call us anytime to schedule a complimentary consultation. We look forward to making your wedding dreams come true!