An Elegant Coastline Wedding at Bacara Resort and Spa in Goleta, California

Laura Andrade (28 and an attorney) and James Andrade (31 and an attorney) were both born in Houston, Texas, but didn’t meet until they were both attending Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. James was a third year student when he was assigned to be Laura’s mentor, and within a month of getting to know each other, they started to date. Four years (and one adopted dog) later, the couple booked the Bacara Resort and Spa in Goleta, California, for their classic, elegant wedding. The ceremony took place outside on the lawn ceremony, with a beautiful backdrop of the ocean and a coastline view. Laura and James shared their first kiss as a married couple at the wooden arch, decorated with white linens and ivory flowers. Reception dining tables were placed inside the ballroom space and outside on the venue patio, decorated in the color palette of white and green with accents of blush and gold. Laura had such a love for lemonade that they displayed bright yellow lemons around the flower centerpieces and cake. The couple had previously taken dance classes to perform their first dance in front of guests, and fought tears of laughter as they stumbled their way through the routine. “It was a great memory and made for some of my favorite pictures,” says Laura.