There’s something so sweet about a backyard wedding, and this one from Melissa Gidney Photo, Alexandra Kolendrianos, and Mindy Rice is quite the affair. The reception was filled to the brim with hanging lanterns, making for a truly cozy effect that’s totally irresistible. Get ready to swoon!

Contemporary Montecito Wedding At Home - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

From the wedding planner and designer, Alexandra Kolendrianos: Josh & Michelle had their elegant wedding at the groom’s parents’ stunning estate in Montecito, CA. The ceremony took place in a semicircle on the beautiful stone drive at the front of the house with the focal being a chuppah draped with exquisite flowers. The space felt so intimate surrounded by the natural landscape of the house in addition to the elements that we were able to bring in. Texture and foliage adorned the ceremony site to give it a natural, organic feeling.

simple wedding stationery - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding paper goods - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

green and orange boutonnieres - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

green and white bouquets - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

bridal parties in pink - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

lush green bouquets - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

The couple wanted the wedding to feel organic, natural and contemporary with a hint of a modern edge. The entire day was warm and felt personalized with the subtle bohemian touches such as succulents, ferns, textures, pottery and a pop of color. Guests made their way to cocktail hour and enjoyed views of the ocean and Santa Barbara as they made their way through the house down a staircase to the cocktail area. A Spanish guitar played, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were flowing and guests picked up their escort cards from a beautiful custom display that matched the natural landscape of the property.

backyard wedding ceremonies - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding ceremony - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

ceremony vows - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding ceremony - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding ceremonies - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

Jewish wedding ceremonies - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

ceremony recessionals - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

bridesmaids with parasols - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

groomsmen portraits - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

seating charts with succulents - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

seating charts - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

From cocktails, guests made their way into a stunning tent. The design was clean and crisp. White fabric draped from the ceiling and complimented the linens on the table top. Mid-Century Chairs, soft textiles and woven and glass lanterns hung from above. Accents of gold on the table top added to the elegance. As the band played and the sun set, the lighting was pure magic and the dancing and party continued on!

unique wedding receptions - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

place settings - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

floral centerpieces - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

unique wedding receptions - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

modern place settings - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding receptions - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

modern wedding receptions - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

modern place settings - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

weddings with lanterns - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

hanging lanterns - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding receptions - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

gold centerpieces - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding receptions - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

wedding cakes with greenery - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

backyard weddings - photo by Melissa Gidney Photo http://ruffledblog.com/contemporary-montecito-wedding-at-home

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography: Melissa Gidney Photo
Photography Assistant: Vanessa Tierney
Planning: Alexandra Kolendrianos
Floral Design: Mindy Rice
Venue: Private residence
Bride’s Custom Pantsuit: Laura Basci
Catering: Duo
Wedding Cake: Christina Dahl Pasteries
Entertainment: West Coast Music
Lighting: Bella Vista Designs
Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin
Event Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals
Reception Chair Rentals and Pendants: Revelry Event Designers
Woven Lanterns: Mindy Rice
Wedding Invitations: Lazaro Press
Videography: Forward Motion Production

1 comments
  • La Fete Weddings

    Absolutely Stunning!!! Congratulations to the amazing team who put this beautiful wedding together!! xoxo