Soigné Productions offers full-service event coordination and planning in Santa Barbara County. Our planners, led by owner Tonya Szele, live and breathe exquisite weddings while also crafting memorable corporate events, private parties, and fundraisers.
Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera”, offers a breathtakingly diverse number of venues to fit any vision – from beachside private estates, to rustic ranch-style weddings, to intimate parties surrounded by botanical gardens, or wine country getaway weekends.
Tonya has over fifteen years of event experience and is well known among local venue managers and vendors. Her obsessive attention to detail translates into flawlessly timed weddings and happy couples. Her list of trusted vendors are the best in the business and just as committed to providing excellent service.
Her work has been featured both locally and nationally in Santa Barbara Magazine, The Knot, Magnolia Rouge, Us Weekly, Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink, Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, Junebug Weddings, Santa Barbara Chic, Green Wedding Shoes, and many others.
Able to fill a Pinterest inspiration board with lightning speed, Tonya and her team are with you every step of the way to planning the perfect event – whether it’s finding the ideal venue, managing your budget, negotiating contracts, or flawlessly coordinating the timing of your big day. We’ll ensure you spend your time enjoying the event instead of managing it!
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 eighteen years ago to Santa Barbara, which has become her home. Tonya found her true calling as an event planner and has crafted hundreds of high-end 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 timelines 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!
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