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Romantic Lahaina Beach Wedding

When I spot the name Wendy Laurel in our submissions inbox, I know there’s a happy, colorful soiree in store. She’s a magnet for the sweetest couples and their equally charming weddings. Destination fetes like this one, where personal touches like family readings, their adorable little gal and a custom cake topper make it one of a kind. Right this way for even more in The Vault!


From Wendy Laurel….Adam and Scott have been together a long time. They have a daughter together. And they are a family. But they weren’t able to get married where they live in Australia so they combined their wedding and honeymoon and headed to Maui for a lovely destination wedding easy for both of their families to attend (families from Australia and the mainland US). The day was filled with small personal and sentimental touches — a grandfather’s pocket watch, the rainbow shirt Scott was wearing when he first met Adam, their daughter in the wedding ceremony, readings from Scott’s Aunt and another from one of their best friends, a custom made cake topper.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Floral Design: Sunya | Cake: Merrimans | Groom's Attire: Black Label | Venue: Merrimans | Cake Topper: Your Personal Engraver (etsy) | Grooms' Accessories: Belance | Photography Assist: Jeffrey Oltman

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Make a Statement with Bold Bridal Accessories

I’m going to let you on a little secret: we love a Bride who isn’t afraid to make a stylish statement. From perfect clutches to stunning shoes, we’ve rounded up a few of our fav bold accessories to share. And whether you’re in the market for a pop of color or a unexpected touch, we’ve curated an assortment from The Vault that’ll have you aisle-ready faster than you can say “I Do”!

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Elegant Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Shoot

There are inspiration shoots, and then there are inspiration shoots designed by Nancy of So Happi Together. The latter being my absolute fave. She’s got design instincts like you wouldn’t believe, and when she’s teamed up with Sally PineraCasa De PerrinFound Vintage RentalsLa Tavola and so many industry talents, the result is inspirational imagery we’re BEYOND grateful to house in The Vault.


Words by Nancy from So Happi TogetherThe inspiration for our shoot comes from the couples that we actually work with – stylish, fun-loving, working professionals who want to throw a fabulous party to celebrate their union. They keep their guest count limited to the people who know and love them as individuals and as a couple. For this reason, they want to be sure to spoil each of their guests and keep the good food, good drinks and good times rolling well into the night and early morning. A private estate provides the perfect space for such a soiree, especially when it comes with a stunning view of the Pacific.

While our couple has a definite sense of style and taste, they hire a planner (Nancy Park of So Happi Together) to creatively design and seamlessly execute the styling and coordination of their special day. Being busy professionals, they trust their vendors to produce a day that will reflect their personalities and aesthetic. They also want to enjoy a day (or even a week!) of not feeling so busy. They want their wedding day to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, for themselves and all of their guests. With this in mind, a color palette is chosen with soft soothing lavenders, cool refreshing marble grays, and muted dusty blues that reflect the calming ocean views.

Every detail of the wedding is thoughtfully designed to provide guests with the feeling of luxurious comfort and escape. And of course, they have hired a film photographer to perfectly capture the essence and moments of the day. They appreciate the art and timeless beauty of film and trust Sally Pinera Photography with their vision.

The ceremony takes place on a helipad at The Malibu Rocky Oaks Estates and Vineyards, which provides an unobstructed view of the famous Malibu canyons. A “field” of lavender, provided by floral designer Heavenly Blooms, lines the edge of the helipad and creates a serene and natural backdrop for their wedding vows. Cross-back vineyard chairs (provided by Town and Country Rentals) are a nod to the vineyard on property and all of the other Malibu vineyards that the ceremony site overlooks. Even the pads on these chairs are custom dusty blue linens from La Tavola Linen.In contrast, the cocktail reception has clear views of the ocean and is sprinkled with inviting lounges provided by Found Vintage Rentals. Guests mingle poolside and receive their escort cards, which are boxed in beautiful glass and brass jewelry boxes. Each hand calligraphy name card is adorned with fresh blooms and acts as a work of art for guests to take home. They incorporate the crest that the couple had designed for their invitation suite by designer and calligrapher, Red Letter Day. This alludes to the fact that each individual guest is really considered family to our happy

The marble-top dining table, also provided by Found Vintage Rentals, is the perfect foundation for the gorgeous floral arrangements provided by Heavenly Blooms and vintage place settings by Casa de Perrin. The arrangements are grounded by a hand-dyed silk runner and surrounded by hand-made French gray taper candles in vintage brass holders and assorted specialty votives provided by Modest Peach.

Each place setting is adorned with a mini bouquet of the bride’s favorite flowers, tied together with hand-dyed silk ribbon, which naturally cascades across the vintage china.All paper goods incorporate some sort of hand calligraphy by Red Letter Day. The menus and main invitation have silver-foiled bevel edges. And a collection of color-coordinated, vintage stamps are used for mailing. The cake and desserts mimic the serene marble details of the tablescape and has some of their favorite desserts like French macarons and delicate mini meringues dusted with gold foil.

The bride herself has her wardrobe beautifully styled by Wilmarose Orlanes. Her Samuelle Couture gown has layers of romantic tulle that match the overall décor and color scheme. Her accessories are from Styled by Two’s Company, with shoes by Jimmy Choo and bridal clutch by Deux Lux. Hair and Makeup provided by Regina and Jazmine, respectively, for the Halycon Agency. The groom’s attire is provided by The Black Tux.

Of course, the couple has to end their evening in style, so they have a vintage Rolls Royce (provided by Classy Chassis) decorated with matching floral garlands to act as their getaway car. A perfect end to a perfect celebration.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design And Planning: So Happi Together | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Wedding Dress: Samuelle Couture | Makeup: Jazmine For The Halcyon Agency | Hair: Regina For The Halcyon Agency | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Classy Chassis Rentals | Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards | Bride’s Accessories: Style By Two’s Company | Bride’s Clutch: Deux Lux – Foxy Box | Cake And Desserts: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Candles: Creative Candles | Chair And Lighting Rentals: Town And Country | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linens | Ribbon And Runner:Silk And Willow | Speciality Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Speciality Votive Candles: Modest Peach | Specialty Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Stationery And Calligraphy: Red Letterday | Wardrobe Styling: Wilmarose Orlanes

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Malibu Beach Engagement Session

You know how photographers talk about that golden hour? Those precious moments when natural light is king and every image is so pretty you could kiss it? This right here is a little case study in that golden hour magic with Jessica Mae Photography as our guide. She took to the beach along with Hay and Honey for an engagement session you can find living happily in The Vault.

From Jessica Mae Photography… Shooting at the golden hour on a beach in Malibu= pure magic! It was the perfect day. With a gorgeous dress from Free People, a great invitation suite from Hay and Honey and a gorgeous couple in love, it couldn’t have been any better! It’s a great day when you have clients who love pictures and who are willing to do anything to have them happen – and these two weren’t any exception! Even though there were a bunch of people around, we were able to make it feel like these two were alone – and they have eyes only for each other!

Photography: Jessica Mae Photography | Floral Design: Jessica Mae Cortes | Wedding Dress: Free People | Calligraphy: Hay And Honey | Venue: El Matador State Beach | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box