Destination weddings come in all facets from seaside chic to all out glamour and this Malibu wedding falls in a pretty place in between. It has a gorgeous, classic styling paired beautifully with ocean views and a fun, lighthearted spirit captured by Kortnee Kate Photography. Not to mention one really good looking cake courtesy of Vanilla Bakeshop. We always love a great cake shot around these parts. Head over to the gallery for the full affair!
From the bride... I loved every design aspect of wedding planning, and spent more hours than I care to admit researching color schemes, themes, venues, photographers, etc. We also had a tricky situation in that we were melding a West Coast bride and a Midwest groom's families, and we agonized over how to accommodate everyone in between. We decided on a wedding location in Los Angeles, the place where we both met. I stumbled on Stone Manor Estate in Malibu on a popular wedding planning website and booked the venue site unseen. This would be the heart and soul of the overall vision of our wedding. The Estate sits in the Malibu hills, overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Stone Manor's stone facade is reminiscent of an English Manor. The landscaping is picturesque and emits a feeling of subtle grandeur and simple elegance. These are the same adjectives I would use to describe our wedding celebration. In keeping with the feeling of the venue, I selected classic black and ivory as the color scheme for our wedding. We included pops of pink in some florals and on the the stationery to add some character. I also worked with the stationery designer to invert the black and white in non-traditional ways to add a level of modernity. I loved the modern twist of the "love bird" motif — the designer was able to capture my vision of incorporating the teardrop-shaped love bird into a cascade of teardrops on the stationary, mimicking a floral and wavelike pattern.
We were physically limited by the capacity of the venue, which created a robust but quaint feeling with approximately 125 guests. We used standard white linens and chairs and decorated each table with three simple square vases, each filled with one type of seasonal white flower. We had simple white votive candles on each table, and Stone Manor boasts exquisite lighting design throughout the venue. There is something so magical about understated beauty. The venue was also limited on parking and vehicle access, so we provided shuttle buses to drive guests to and from the hotel and venue. Our friend and vintner, Mark Proden of Bodhichitta Winery, provided red, white and sparkling wine for our wedding, along with individual party favor bottles. The cake we selected was made by Vanilla Bakeshop of Santa Monica and included multiple tiers of various flavors and cascading white orchids, tying in the design from our stationery items. The owners of Stone Manor graciously provided referrals for our caterer, day-of event planner, string quartet and DJ. Due to the restrictions of the surrounding neighbors of Stone Manor, no amplified music was allowed during the outdoor wedding ceremony, so we had Supernova string quartet play several classical selections before and during the ceremony, but then opened it up to a full-on jam session of classic and current hits during the Cocktail Hour. Who knew "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson could sound so awesome when performed by a string quartet!? Robert Anderson of Supernova helped to blend two of my favorite pieces, Pachelbel's "Canon in D" and Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" to create "Viva la Pachelbel" as our processional song. He also scored his own version of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" as our Recessional song choice, where he strummed his instrument like a ukelele.
Our fabulous photographers, Kortnee and Ted of Kortnee Kate Photography captured all the details of the entire weekend beautifully! And of course, I have to acknowledge Kevin's participation in the logistical coordination during the weeks leading up to our big day! Lastly, we found out several weeks after the wedding that all the planning and money was well-spent as we conceived our first child over our wedding weekend! We couldn't feel more blessed to be able to cherish these wonderful memories!
Wedding Photography: Kortnee Kate Photography / Venue: Stone Manor in Malibu, California / Florist: Michelle Brue of Flora by Fauna / Cinematography: Elysium Productions / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop / Catering: Truly Yours Catering / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet "Lia" via Gabrielle's Bridal Atelier / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy via Pearl's Place / Makeup: Berit Digerud of Makeup by Berit / Hair: Tiffany Monday / Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse / Stationery Design + Printing: North Shores Printery (858-488-4871) / Officiant: Father Mike Javor of Good Shepherd Church / String Quartet: Supernova / DJ: Aaron Massey of VOX DJs / Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: Stafford Jewelers / Shuttle Bus: Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service / Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Delfina / Vintner: Mark Proden of Bodhichitta Winery