A Chic Rustic Wedding at Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California

From the striking seaside venue with undeniable Spanish Revival flair to the cascading centerpieces and muted white and slate blue palette, Ivette Martinez (32 and an accountant) and Alberto Alquicira’s (32 and works in IT) wedding exuded rustic-chic appeal. Clean lines, modern finishings and traditional details fused to create an unforgettable celebration laced with timeless elegance and contemporary charm. “Having grown up in Los Angeles, we knew we wanted to highlight the West Coast’s splendor,” Ivette says. Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California, was the perfect place to start, with its dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, luxe amenities and beautifully appointed event spaces. The day began with an outdoor ceremony on an oceanside bluff, where Ivette and Alberto exchanged heartfelt vows, framed by romantic, garden-inspired arrangements of hydrangeas and roses displayed atop pillars of stone. “We let the view speak for itself and kept things simple, with small arrangements of lanterns and florals,” Ivette says. The newlyweds and their guests then made their way to the Rotunda Terrace, where they enjoyed a decadent alfresco dinner complete with ocean views and twinkling stars. Rustic wooden farm tables gave the space a touch of old-world charm and let the bountiful bouquets of eucalyptus, dusty miller, garden roses, dahlias and anemones stand out. Mercury-glass accents, vintage brass vases and silver-rimmed china added a hint of understated glamour. “We aimed for a modern contrast with the rustic elements of our venue, which was stylistically Spanish,” Ivette says. A tip from Ivette and Alberto: “Have fun with the process. Start early, and don’t be afraid to incorporate elements that may seem like they don’t mix.” —Libby MacCarthy