Elegant Santa Barbara Gold-Infused Wedding
An all-white wedding sprinkled with touches of gold in each and every detail. Joy Proctor designed the Bacara Resort and Spa celebration, and Clary Pfeiffer photographed.
I think it's safe to say this day is a little slice of wedding heaven. With the creative genius of Joy Proctor Design behind each gorgeous moment, the bride's vision of an elegant, completely timeless celebration covered in gold proved to be spot-on perfection. Of course, the dreamy setting at Bacara Resort and Spa didn't hurt one bit, and the photos by Clary Pfeiffer? Let's just say we've found our new happy place.
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From The Bride... Nick & I met in a snowy blizzard during the Sundance Film Festival almost three years ago. Like a true gentleman he had given me his gloves since I had forgot mine and and held me close to warm me up while we were waiting outside. There were instant sparks and after a couple of dates we both knew that our relationship was truly special. After a year of dating, Nick purposed to me in a candlelit room filled with rose petals and of course I said yes!

Our wedding day was like a dream come true. We had an intimate wedding with 85 of our close friends and family in Santa Barbara, California. We wanted to keep it small so that way we could share this once in a lifetime moment with the people who we are closest to. We wanted to make our wedding very personalized to our relationship and it’s past, present and future. That’s why we had to get married in Santa Barbara, since it was where Nick first told me he loved me. Since we are Catholic we wanted to get married in the church. I had never really been the girl who had been planning out my wedding day since a young age but one thing that I knew I always wanted was to be married at a beautiful small historic church. We found that perfect church and were married at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was so special to get married in a church that I knew people had been married in for hundreds of years, I thought that was so sweet, romantic and a beautiful symbol of our life-long commitment to each other. I can’t tell you how it felt to have my late great grandmothers gold rosary wrapped around my bouquet as my dad walked me down the aisle to my husband in this stunning vintage church. It was perfect and a moment I’ll cherish forever.

Since I am originally from New Mexico I wanted elements of my culture included in our big day to make it feel like home. So we incorporated hispanic influences with some of the decor by using beautiful chocolate wood Spanish style tables for the dinner, mariachis serenading us right as we walked out of the church and a Spanish guitar player during the outdoor dinner. Our reception was at sunset on the Miro Lawn overlooking the ocean at the Bacara Resort and Spa. Gold was really our main inspiration for the whole aesthetic of the wedding. I wanted a timeless and elegant feel for the reception. I set out to have our wedding planner, Joy Proctor really capture just how much I loved gold and she completely nailed it beautifully without it coming off tacky, (which was a major concern for both of us). Instead of table numbers we also chose to do table names. We chose names like Bunny (my nickname for Nick) and Sundance (the place we met) to make the day more personalized and so that way our guests could possibly learn something new about us.

My best friend of sixteen years, Noelle Cruz who is a fashion designer in LA designed the custom bridesmaid gowns as a wedding gift to us, and she even had the fabric handmade in the perfect dreamy soft gold. Since I work in Hollywood my idea was really to have the bridesmaids look like they were going to the Oscars and not a wedding. I wanted them to sparkle and shine on our wedding day. Noelle’s vision and design was dead-on and she truly turned my dream into a reality.

All in all our wedding was a golden heaven and the best day of our lives yet!