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300 Plus Wedding Made Intimately Cozy At Bacara Resort

Bacara Resort Wedding

When putting together a wedding guest list most couples will find that list growing much longer then they originally intended. So how do you make a large gathering of all the people you love a sincere and intimate event? Well stay tuned readers and the lovely Amber Weir of Amber Weir Weddings & Events will give you several great tips. Plus a great lighting hint for your large reception space! To see more of this gorgeous day captured by Becky Schwartz Photography and Studio Benjamin James take a gander at the full gallery here.

long pink bridesmaids dresses

pink bridesmaids dresses

soft and romantic wedding bouquet

adorable tutu style flower girl dresses

words from the vendor

From Amber Weir Weddings & Events:
Kristen and Evan’s wedding was a true celebration of their love story, their family, and their faith. Having dated as young adults, they were surprised by the gift of their son Micah. Although their love faded around that time, their commitment to raising their son did not. Through faith and patience, after seven years their love re-ignited, this time knowing it would last forever. I was privileged to plan this amazing celebration. With their son by their side, and three hundred of their closest family and friends, they proudly committed themselves to each other on a day that was about celebration!

grey suit with blue checkered shirt groom look

matching blue and grey groomsmen and ring bearer

from the bride

The most romantic part of our day was committing our lives to each other while saying our vows. We chose the traditional vows because there is just something so romantic about generations of people before us saying those same words of a forever commitment to each other.

wedding sign

wedding program with wedding party graphic on back

pink ombre rose petal aisle

dancing flower girls and saying i do

wedding kiss

words from the vendor

From Amber Weir Weddings & Events:
In working with Kristin, it was clear that family needed to be in the design elements as well. We used her grandfather’s table as the ceremony communion table and then moved it in to the reception as her sweetheart table, adorning it with her grandmother’s lace and her grandmother’s wing backed chairs. She also sprinkled family photos of those married before her throughout the reception space. Evan’s family had bottled their own red wine, which guests enjoyed during dinner.

Kristen’s other family is her charity, Chayah Children’s Home which she has devoted her time and efforts to. One of the most touching moments was when her mother surprised her with a video of all the kids wishing Evan and Kristen a happy wedding day!

outdoor cocktail hour

framed table number assignments

framed thank you

Kristen and I were tasked with the challenge of designing a space that felt intimate with 300 guests! We choose two different linens and five different napkins, to alternate at the tables. Guests sat down and had something that felt unique to the person next to them. We placed three small chandeliers over the centered dance floor to bring down the focus from the large room and then flanked the dance floor with couches and pillows to create a comfortable home like setting.

Helpful Hint:
The most effective, as well as cost-effective, way to make a large space feel more intimate is with lighting. Using only candlelight in the space is a great first step either with actual candles or a manufactured lighting design. Go for just bright enough to see your food and safely navigate the room. These gorgeous chandeliers from Ideal Lighting And Sound that were hung over Ashley and Evan’s dance floor are a stunning centerpiece for the room that add just the right amount of atmosphere.

Bacara Resort Wedding

framed table numbers

heirloom sweetheart table

toast by bride and grooms son

white tiered wedding cake with floral accents

cake cutting

wedding dance

To get a closer look at this large and cozy wedding check out the wedding film Aqua Vivus created below!

Photography: Becky Schwartz Photography & Studio Benjamin James
Cinematography: Aqua Vivus
Coordinator: Amber Weir Weddings & Events
Venue: Bacara Resort
Flowers: Carter And Cook Event Co.
Prop/furniture rentals: La Tavola Linen
Dj: Elegant Events Entertainment
Chandeliers: Ideal Lighting And Sound
Ceremony Musicians: Classic IV String Quartet
Stationery: Aubrey Rasmussen

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  1. 0. @NguyenTHThanh says:

    300 Plus Wedding Made Intimately Cozy At Bacara Resort

  2. 0. Trix & Trumpet says:

    What a lovely story and beautiful wedding. Using personal items and family heirlooms in an event design is a great way to bring more intimacy, especially for a larger event. Being mindful of creating a variety of experiences for guests, like the linen choices and relaxed seating options that Kristin used, is another way to bring people together and create a “space” within a space. Excellent tip about lighting; it can change and enhance any design. Thanks for sharing and for the insight.

  3. 0. @OldNewBorrowedB says:

    #Wedding #Bride #Reception 300 Plus Wedding Made Intimately Cozy At Bacara Resort

  4. Gorgeous! Love all the floral pattern details.

  5. So gorgeous!

  6. 0. @CarterandCook says:

    RT @weddingchicks: 2/2 Lovely, lovely ladies at this Santa Barbara dream wedding day! @CarterandCook @LaTavolaLinen @AquaVivus…

  7. This wedding is so beautiful!!! Every detail, and every photo is amazing! Well Done!

  8. 0. @ElegantEventEnt says:

    EEEDJs featured on Wedding Chicks

  9. 0. @joannaaugust says:

    Love the details of this JA wedding on @weddingchicks especially the ombre wedding aisle!

  10. 0. jessica says:

    Does anyone know where these bridesmaids dresses are from?! They’re stunning!

  11. 0. @AmbWeir says:

    Featured on Wedding Chicks Today!…a beautiful couple with a beautiful story:

  12. 0. Kristen Sponseller says:

    The bridesmaid dresses are from Joanna August :)

  13. 0. @weddingchicks says:

    How to create an intimate wedding setting no matter the guest count:

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  16. 0. Kristi says:

    Where are the flower girl dresses from? Beautiful!

  17. 0. @fatamadrinawp says:

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  18. 0. Egle says:

    wow such amazing photos :)

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  21. 0. @RingsForMen says:

    The trick to designing a wedding to feel intimate, even with a large guest list:

  22. 0. Kristen says:

    stunning wedding with such thoughtful details!

  23. 0. Love By Lynzie says:

    The frames and floral are absolute perfection!

  24. 0. Nicolle Ilcyn says:

    Love this whole look! My sister is getting married thise year and we have been looking for dresses like these bridesmaids..where did you find these???

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  26. 0. angeldress says:

    Good wedding ceremony I have ever seen

  27. 0. KaylaB says:

    This wedding is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats! I also would like to know where the flower girl dresses are from. I am looking for one for my adorable goddaughter for my blush and navy wedding in October! Thanks :)

  28. 0. Eleni Love4Wed says:

    Love the beautiful flower girl dresses! So pretty!

  29. 0. Jennifer says:

    What a beautiful wedding! I love it all, from the colors, to the bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits, to the scenery! The movie was absolutely adorable and made me cry! Love love love the background music to the video as well!

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