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 Mar

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 

“A lot of our elements, including the invitations, menus and signs, featured clean, modern lines with rustic, more traditional elements, like letterpress and handwritten calligraphy mixed in,” Ivette says. Copper Paper Willow Studio created a custom map for the couple to include in their suite, providing guests with directions on how to find the Bacara Resort. Silver envelopes and gray and blue lettering gave the stationery a contemporary cool vibe.
Ivette’s bridal look exuded timeless romance and whimsy. To match the tone of her voluminous Lazaro gown, a cloud of beautifully layered tulle, Enchanted Garden Floral Design created a lush hand-tied arrangement of garden roses, tulips, dahlias, anemones, sweet pea and a mix of textured greenery for Ivette to carry down the aisle.
Classic was the underlying aesthetic for the wedding party’s attire, and the elegant Amsale bridesmaid gowns certainly filled the bill. Two of Ivette’s bridesmaids donned chiffon A-line styles with illusion halter necklines, while her maid of honor stepped out in a one-shoulder design with an empire waist.
Ivette was drawn to Lazaro right from the get-go, intrigued by the label’s elegantly executed balance of classic silhouettes and modern embellishments. A strapless dropped-waist gown in particular caught her eye, with its voluminous organza skirt, embellished strapless bodice and sweetheart neckline giving her look just the right amount of glitz and glamour.
The ceremony was held at Bacara Resort & Spa's oceanside bluff, which provided a sparkling blue backdrop for the occasion. “We let the view speak for itself and kept things simple with small arrangements of lanterns and florals,” Ivette says. Ivory carriage lanterns and bouquets of pink roses lined the aisle, leading to two stately arrangements of hydrangeas, roses and textured greenery piled high atop refined stone urns.
“Having grown up in Los Angeles, we knew that we wanted to highlight the West Coast’s splendor,” Ivette says. “And we wanted to be married by the ocean.” The couple gathered their families and friends at Bacara Resort & Spa’s oceanside bluff for an intimate ceremony in Goleta, California. They asked Ivette’s brother to officiate, a touch that gave the proceedings an undeniably personalized feel.
Ivette and Alberto’s vision came to life for the reception with cozy wooden farm tables giving way to metallic accents, cool shades of blue and organic details, achieving a achieved a rustic-chic-meets-modern-elegance aesthetic. “Our chargers and table settings were the perfect counterpoint to the rustic wooden farm tables,” Ivette says.
Displayed atop light gray table runners dotted with brightly lit mercury-glass candleholders stood sophisticated stone bowl vases overflowing with eucalyptus, soft pink garden roses, dahlias and anemones. “We used the stone vases and marbled table numbers to contrast the dark farm tables and chiavari chairs and tie the decor in with the lighter floral colors,” Ivette says.
After the ceremony, Ivette and Alberto gathered their guests at the Rotunda Terrace for dinner and dancing. Guests continued to enjoy views of the water, while stars and strands of brightly lit bistro lights twinkled overhead. “We aimed for a modern contrast with the rustic elements of our venue, which was stylistically Spanish,” Ivette says.
The classic-meets-modern theme carried straight through to dessert, with Superfine Bakery whipping up a contemporary three-tier confection for the traditional cake cutting. Each perfectly frosted square layer was decorated with wispy blue thistles and fresh garden roses. As a playful touch, the talented team of bakers created a petite fondant Batman, which they placed at the base of the cake.
To add a touch of playfulness to the escort card display, the couple attached each guest’s seating assignment to a pair of Wayfarer-inspired shades, which doubled as the favors. When guests headed to the dance floor after dinner, they put the stylish sunnies on show.
“We were drawn to Bacara Resort for its rich Spanish and coastal history and sense of serene elegance,” Ivette says. The site’s aesthetic served as a subtle celebration of their roots, as did their first-dance song. “Our first dance was to ‘Stand By Me’ by Prince Royce, which is a bilingual version of the original,” Ivette says. “The song was representative of our bicultural backgrounds.”