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With the beautiful Santa Barbara coastline as the backdrop and the elegant setting of the Bacara Resort & Spa, you know you have a stage set for perfection, and Brittany and Ahdev’s wedding does not disappoint! Their gorgeous outdoor affair features the most stunning blooms from Camellia Floral Design—dahlias, fluffy roses and hydrangea, and a lovely ribbon-tied bouquet that perfectly complement Brittany’s Romona Keveza gown. We love the chic white linens from La Tavola against deep wooden estate tables, set beneath string lights for the romantic reception. Each and every image from Jasmine Star has us swooning!
Photography – Jasmine Star | Venue – Bacara Resort & Spa | Floral – Camellia Floral Design | Stationery – Paper Source | Calligraphy – DIY | Videography – Serendipity Cinema | Linens – La Tavola | Band – Anthony Ybarra | DJ – DJ Kidd Spin | Hair and Makeup – Team Hair and Makeup | Gown – Romona Keveza | Bride’s Shoes – Christian Louboutin | Groom’s Suit and Tie – Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Suits and Ties – Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant – Pastor Jon Ireland
A big rainstorm may have drowned Miranda and Matthew’s plan for a 70-degree Santa Barbara wedding day, but it certainly didn’t damper the festivities. The couple still gave guests a fabulous—albeit windy—time beachside at the Bacara Resort & Spa. The strong breeze only added to the ethereal Kenneth Pool gown Miranda wore, blowing the gauzy tulle skirt in cloud-like swirls and she and Matthew said “I do.” The elegant bouquets by Blue Magnolia Floral & Event Design are classic, especially with navy bridesmaids from J.Crew, but we really love all of the lush greenery and rose garlands strung across the aisle and scattered around the reception room as well. Bacara Resort & Spa provided a yummy dessert spread, with a two-tiered cake trimmed with silk ribbon crowning the center of the table. We can tell from these images from Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie that this was the perfect prelude to a fun life together—see all of the amazing images in the gallery!
Photography – Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie \ Venue, Catering, and Bakery – Bacara Resort & Spa \ Floral – Blue Magnolia Floral & Event Design \ Day-of Coordination – Donna Romani of Donna Romani Events \ Stationery – Lilly & Louise \ Calligraphy – Calligraphy by Hillary \ Favors – Magnolia Photo Booth Co. \ Videography – Modern 8 Films \ Linens – La Tavola Fine Linen Rental \ DJ – Gavin Roy Presents \ Lighting – Bella Vista Designs, Inc. \ Transportation – Santa Barbara Airbus \ Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist – Team Hair & Makeup \ Bridesmaids Dresses – J.Crew \ Gown – Kenneth Pool \ Bridal Salon – The White Dress Couture and Vintage Bridal Boutique \ Veil – Amsale \ Shoes – Badgley Mischka \ Groomsmen Suits – Men’s Wearhouse \ Groom Suit and Tie – Hugo Boss
When a wedding this pretty comes across our desk, it’s not just a happy day. It’s like this big sigh of “this is why I am never allowed to complain about my job” happy day. Because in life, beauty this rich and layered is decidedly rare and it easily reminds you that even on your cloudiest day, when it comes to weddings, all is good in the world. Designed by the lovely Joy de Vivre with flowers by Modern Day Design and imagery by our friends Michael & Anna Costa, I could live and die in this celebration alone. Click here to see so much more.
From the Bride… Steve and I met my last year of college. We had tons of mutual friends but didn’t get around to being friends until he had already graduated. We went on our first date soon after meeting, and from then on, we were pretty inseparable. When Steve asked me to marry him in July 2011, there was no question of where we’d get married – Santa Barbara. Being the planner that I am, I started reading Style Me Pretty religiously and putting together inspiration boards for our future wedding.
I am from Northern California, Steve is from Washington, and we live in LA, but Santa Barbara holds a special place in our heart. Living in LA, it’s a place we like to visit at least once a year for so many reasons – the palm trees and Spanish architecture, the intimate feeling of a small city, the fact that you can go wine tasting and walk on the beach in the same day…oh and the perfect weather! Since all guests but two had to travel into town, we wanted them to be able to make a vacation out of the trip. Bacara is an amazing resort with multiple pools, ocean views, and tons of activities. We were able to use the whole resort from the Rehearsal Dinner in the Spa Cafe, Welcome Reception on Ocean Terrance, and Newlywed Brunch on the Miro Lawn. Our one goal for the weekend was to make sure our guests had an amazing time the whole weekend, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to get married at Bacara.
I always had a vision of what I wanted our wedding to look like – soft, pretty, and intimate. We put this look together with TONS of chandeliers, candles, muted colors, mercury glass, and wood. I think my favorite details of the day were the handmade wooden signage and 21 chandeliers that filled the beautiful tent we put up on the Ocean Lawn. Tracy Lazaro also did a beautiful job with all the paper products and calligraphy. I think my favorite moments of the wedding were seeing our friends and family dance together…and the late night cigar bar and pizza were a nice touch! It was a day full of love, friendship, and family, and it was better than we could have ever imagined.
Wedding Photography: Michael & Anna Costa / Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California / Wedding Planning + Design: Joy de Vivre Wedding Coordination / Floral Design: Modern Day Design / Officiant: Judge Thomas Adams / Wedding Cinematography: Rising Moon Films / Wedding Stationery + Calligraphy: Lazaro Press / Band: Stew & the Crew / DJ: Gavin Roy Presents, DJ Gavin Roy / Wedding Signage: Julie Song Ink / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus / Cigars: Anthony Fiset of Wedding Cigar Rollers / Wedding Dress + Belt: Christos via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Shoes + Clutch: Jimmy Choo / Veil: BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup / Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Tuxes: J.Crew
Bella Vista Designs, Inc, Julie Song Ink, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Lazaro Press & Design, Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd., Rising Moon Films and TEAM Hair and Makeup are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Amsale, BHLDN and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Max Wanger had us the moment he said hello. And showed us how ridiculously awesome he is with the playful but so-freaking-gorgeous engagement sesh he did with Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Joe. And from that moment on, there was no turning back. Our obsession with Max went full throttle ahead, with each of his weddings being even more beautiful, even more fun than the next. Well, this wedding just might have to take the cake. It’s Max’s art inspired photos sitting pretty next to the most beautiful, classic fete a girl could ever want (courtesy of the equally fab Beth Helmstetter) and the result…magic. Oh and don’t even get me started on those baby’s breath centerpieces. Click here to make it last just a little longer.
From the Bride…With Patrick and I both growing up and meeting in California, we knew that there was nowhere else we wanted to tie the knot. Deciding on the location was a no brainer…The Bacara truly embodies California culture: from the food and wine selections to the Spanish style architecture and its location on the Santa Barbara coast. It was stunning, and it was perfect! With the help of Beth Helmstetter Events, we were able to make all of our most indulgent dreams become a reality!
In terms of décor we wanted very neutral, earthy tones that would complement the colors of the Bacara. I also wanted a lot of textures in our wedding day – everything from my dress, to the linens, the flowers, to the cake – these all had feminine textural elements in clean, neutral colors that all tied in together.
Initially, we had planned to have an outdoor ceremony, but on the morning of our wedding we woke up to heavy mist along the coast. Of course, I started to panic….but our amazing team had a backup plan that turned out even more gorgeous than what we had originally wanted. Everything turned out for the best….the photos took on an amazing, dreamy quality to them, and until today I look back and thank my lucky stars that it drizzled!
Looking back, I would not have changed a single thing. I am so grateful that we were able to have all our friends and family together from all over the world to celebrate with us! Let’s do it again!
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Evening Gown: Rachel Gilbert / Grooms Tux + Shoes: Prada / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groomsmen Tuxes: Elite Tuxedo / Wedding Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions / Wedding Photography: Max Wanger + Margaux Wanger of Max Wanger Photography / Photo Booth: Smilebooth / Event Design: Beth Helmstetter Events / Floral Design: Holly Flora / Hair + Make-up: TEAM Hair and Makeup / Bride’s Lashes: Tussanee of Integrity / Venue: The Bacara / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Calligraphy + Invitations: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Bridesmaids Gifts: Papermade