Aaron Delesie and I go way back. He was one of the very first vendors to put faith in SMP and become one of our beloved Little Black Book members and he has always been one of my favorite SMP contributors. The weddings that he sends our way are soft and romantic, ethereal and completely timeless and yet the photographs are always infused with that Aaron Delesie style that I love so very much. And lucky for us, we have TWO Delesie weddings for you today. The first, held in Montecito with flowers and design by Mindy Rice and coordination by Sonia of XOXO Bride…is one of his best. To see the full wedding, click right here.
From Sonia of XOXO Bride, the lovely coordinator for today’s gorgeous wedding…
The bride and groom wanted a location that would give the feeling of hosting their intimate wedding in their home. They wanted class and grandeur but not to overwhelm with a smaller guest list. The Montecito Country Club was the perfect venue for their vision.
The bride wanted a soft and delicate color palette. She also wanted to pull in a Spanish inspired feeling. Mindy Rice was the ideal match to infuse romance and passion. The ceremony was held outdoors overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline. Mindy’s creation of the Chuppa for their ceremony was inspired by the brides dress. She used delicate Alencon lace to drape the iron structure softening and creating a hint of an outdoor church in Spain. Hand-made rosettes were used to gather the lace at each corner.
Directly after the ceremony the bride and groom were whisked away for a private moment. I remember the bride completely glowing and at peace as she walked arm and arm with her new husband to their secret hideaway. After a few moments I found them gazing at each other as the sweethearts that they are.
Inside, guests were greeted with the large iconic foyer window that lent as a background for their cocktail reception. Savory treats and yummy cocktails were tray passed to guests as they found their over-sized escort card. The large fireplace dripped with floral and candles which created a warm home environment.
Guests were then invited into the dining room by through the heavily sliding wood doors. Mindy created a warm and cozy dining experience for 60 guests with a long family style table down the middle of the room underneath 3 large rod iron chandeliers and intimate 6 top tables on each side. Small iron birds added to the décor on the tables which guests couldn’t stop talking about. A napkin sat at each table setting wrapped in stationery with the guests name and accessorized with a bloom.
The bride gave the groom a gift before the ceremony started which rendered him speechless for about 2 minutes. He said, “how did she know”. It was a stunning watch that he had wanted for years. The groom surprised his bride with a ’58 Rolls Royce as their get-a-way car.
Ceremony + Reception Location: Montecito Country Club / Coordinator: XOXO Bride, Sonia Hopkins / On-site Coordinator: Saralee Franchi / Bakery: Christine Dahl Pastries / Calligraphy: Renee Troy / Florist: Mindy Rice / Hair: Sami Christophe / Lighting: Ideal Lighting and Sound / Make-up: T.E.A.M. Hair & Make-up / Ceremony + Reception Music: Roger Espinosa / Officiant: Rabbi Melissa Buyer, RJE / Photographer: Aaron Delesie / Event Rentals: Fusion Event Rentals / Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linens / Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Transportation: Rockstar Limousine / Transportation #2: Classy Chassis Rentals, LLC