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Santa Barbara Event Business Curates Custom Weddings and Events, Uniquely Inspired By Each Client

By Kelly Church

Inspired by each client, Rani Hoover-Inspired Wedding & Events serves Santa Barbara with wedding planning expertise. The three women in charge include Rani Hoover, who owns the business, Camden Gustason and Melinda Wilson, two wedding and event coordinators, and the trio takes care of the business needs. Hoover said that after years of managing hotels and resorts she dreamed of owning her own business in Santa Barbara became a reality 11 years ago. She said Santa Barbara is a place that draws people from in and outside of California to have beautiful events with great weather and a gorgeous backdrop, making it a great area for her event business to call home.

"[While] there are many planning companies available for events, my company specializes in local and destination events in Santa Barbara, Montecito and the Santa Ynez Valley," Hoover said. "Our goal is to curate each event to the celebration and the client while maintaining budget and design preferences."

Hoover said she pulls her design inspiration for each event from the individual client to cater each event to their personality. This includes incorporating elements of the time of year, religious practices, traditions and more. Hoover also uses her family background in music, sculpture and architecture to curate balanced and fun environments for each event.

"We love working with all ages, cultures, religions and have a 'bring it on' attitude when it comes to challenges," Hoover said. "When it comes to selecting your planner, experience and chemistry are of the utmost importance. Planning your celebration should be easy and fun."

Hoover offers multiple packages to suit each client's needs. The full wedding and event package takes clients from an initial consultation all the way to coordinating the day of the event, and everything in between. The team takes care of contract negotiations, vendor scouting, booking and building a timeline.

They also offer their "lite" wedding package for those couples that require less assistance and need fewer vendors. Additionally, the team offers month-of coordination, venue scouting and hourly consultation services.

Photos taken by Brian Leahy Photography.

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