Modern Elegant Santa Barbara Wedding

One of my favorite things about our June wedding month has been looking through photos of amazing weddings that truly reflect the personality of the couple getting married. This wedding comes to us from one of our favorite wedding photographers, Tec Petaja (We actually did a sneak peek with Tec and his wife Chelsea) This couple, Kelsey Adams and Nelson Harmon, got engaged while living in Amsterdam so they had a bit of time (a year and half) to plan the wedding, which gave them time to think about what they really wanted. Once they found the location – a beautiful old home in Santa Barbara – everything else just fell into place. They felt that the location was so lovely that they didn’t want to over complicate things so they tried to just let the beauty of the surroundings stand out. The ceremony was held in a dilapidated greenhouse on the property, which at one time grew the first orchids to ever be grown in California. I love how modern and elegant the whole event feels – without being overdone. Congratulations, Kelsey and Nelson! –Amy

Catering – We used Heirloom LA for all of our catering and bar stuff and they seriously killed it, just the best food. Florist – Riley Messina (of Erba Floral Studio),
Photography – Tec Petaja
Bride’s Dress –  Ann Demeulemeester
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Rowena Sartin (sold at Iko Iko)
Groom’s Suit – Dior

Image above: Riley Messina (of Erba Floral Studio), from Portland, was our florist and we just came across her work through the internet.  She came down to LA and met us over a weekend and helped pick out a really natural aesthetic that fit us.  Basically, we just really wanted everything to feel not so fussy and very easy.

See more photos of this beautiful Santa Barbara wedding after the jump!

  1. Her dress is amazing, I think the most beautiful modern dress I’ve ever seen.

  2. K says:

    I love the simplicity of the eucalyptus branches gently placed on the table – really shows off the round shape of the leaves. I am also GAGA for those bridesmaids dresses. Any details??

  3. K says:

    Oops, never mind — just saw them listed at the top!

  4. What a beautiful dress!! I love the crostini station.

  5. Rachel P says:

    Love the simplicity and honesty. Beautiful.

  6. Jo says:

    Beautiful dress, beautiful location, beautiful photos in fact just beautiful x

  7. Christina says:

    Fabulous dress! So elegant.

  8. Michelle W says:

    What an elegant but simple dress!! There is something so appealing about an outdoor setting.

  9. Emilia says:

    What a lovely wedding and love the bride’s dress – understated but so elegant. We are also dedicating this week to weddings although not because it’s prime wedding season (we live in Australia so it’s winter here right now!!). We are chatting about just what sentimental, fun or edgy pieces of art wedding photos can inspire. Hope you dont mind if we share with you our blog we just did on the topic.

  10. marie says:

    I will just die if i don’t find out where i can buy this dress!

  11. Chix says:

    Dying to know where to get that dress! An amazingly elegant wedding!

  12. Analu says:

    this venue is amazing, anyone know where it is?

  13. Melissa says:

    I believe it’s the Ravenscroft Estate in Montecito.

  14. Hailey says:

    I’m having a hard time contacting Ravenscroft… does anyone have the contact information?? So appreciated!

  15. wmarie says:

    The flowers are understated perfection! …and, ohhhh! the dress!

  16. Gennea says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and only realized just now that this profile is about my cousin’s wedding!

    It was indeed a very lovely wedding. The best part of the wedding was the food! For those that asked about the dress, if I remember correctly, I believe it is from a designer in the Netherlands.

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      What a small world! :)


  17. Allie says:

    Do you know what home this was? I’m currently looking for wedding reception locations and love the feel of this!


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