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Elegant Mediterranean Style Backyard Wedding

Wedding portraits on the beach

Talk about one elegant backyard wedding! We were completely surprised to find out that this resort like-location was, in fact, the backyard of the bride’s family home in Santa Fe, California. The rustic Mediterranean style looked gorgeous with deep shades of burgundy, slate grey, and shades of blue.

This west coast wedding has lots of great ideas you can incorporate into your special day, so keep scrolling for all the highlights. Plus, grab a closer look in the gallery captured by the talented Garrett Richardson.

Blue bridesmaid dresses

Strapless wedding dress Soft smokey bridal makeup

Elegant laid-back wedding

Matching groomsmen in grey

West Coast wedding

From Garrett Richardson Photography: The inspiration behind the wedding design came from Sam's love of deep, bold autumn-inspired colors and the dramatic Mediterranean style architecture of her parent's home in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

wood welcome wedding sign

Ocean view ceremony

Whiskey barrel ceremony decor

Just married Ocean view ceremony

Beach wedding

beach wedding portrait Veil kiss

a few Rustic details

The bold burgundy and slate grey hues created a stark contrast to the more neutral tones of the house and the backyard. The outdoor reception featured stunning farm tables lined with dramatic greenery and eclectic slate grey lanterns. Sam and Matt are both from the midwest, so we incorporated a few rustic touches in including the farm tables and wooden cross back chairs.

Seating chart

Chic outdoor reception

Natural table decor Eucalyptus centerpiece

Courtyard reception

creating a romantic reception

The dinner tables encircled the distinctive aqua blue pool and Mediterranean style courtyard. The pool was accentuated with floating arrangements of rustic grey lanterns and bold garlands of greenery and burgundy florals. The sweetheart table served as a dramatic statement piece underneath an intricate gazebo adorned with lush natural greenery and twinkling lights. Delicate glass orbs hung above the sweetheart table added a romantic touch.

Natural outdoor reception Pool wedding decor

Rustic centerpiece with wood

Natural sweetheart table

Vintage getaway car Elegant private venue

White wedding cake with cascading roses

the brides favorite moment

From the bride: One of my favorite moments includes the few minutes before I went down the aisle while still hidden from view. Seeing the ceremony décor and set up alongside the ocean and all of our family and friends was a surreal feeling—that all of these people were in one gorgeous place all together at the same time—a once in a lifetime moment.

Private estate wedding

Reception lighting

Check out the wedding film from Side by Side Cinema below to get a closer look at this elegant Mediterranean style wedding!


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