A Natural, Garden-Inspired Wedding at a Private Estate in Santa Barbara, California
This private estate, surrounded by the beautiful vineyards in Santa Barbara, California, created an intimate environment for a garden-inspired wedding. "We wanted everything to feel natural, like it would have been freshly picked out of the garden," Alyssa (25 and in marketing and public relations) says of her marriage to Alex (37 and a film producer). "It was very much a mix of the neutral and natural flowers in and matching the gardens of the estate." The ceremony took place outside with a beautiful backdrop of the vineyards, where Alyssa and Alex stood at the chuppah draped in thick white sheets and overflowing flower arrangements. Underneath the elegant white tent, iron chandeliers hung above dining tables decorated with even more ivory blooms, arranged inside long boxes that served as centerpieces. Alyssa's dress inspired the classic four-tier cake accented with white sugar lace on the sides and top. Speaking of which, we absolutely loved Alyssa's gown—a strapless Anna Meia Couture dress that embodied a classic look, thanks to the Chantilly lace overlay and romantic low back. "The first dress I tried on that day was it. [On the wedding day] Alex lost his breath and my dad got choked up," Alyssa says. "It felt very classic with a bit of vintage, and I hadn’t seen any other dresses with lace quite like it."