This wedding totally makes my heart happy with its carefree attitude and super pretty surroundings. I’m loving the rustic meets vintage meets whimsical elements that blended so perfectly in what can only be described as Malibu’s most coveted wedding location. Heather Kincaid snapped up all the goodness planned and designed by the lovely ladies at GATHER Events and Occasions and if you’re like me and your heart is singing a happy tune, click here for even more!

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From Robin and Sarah of GATHER Events and OccasionsThe super fun and ultra-carefree personalities of Heather and Lewie came through beautifully in their recent wedding at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. The setting was open, breezy and rustic with beautiful rolling hills in the distance and horses meandering along the property. The atmosphere was light-hearted, casual and focused on catching up with family and friends, most of whom traveled from the Midwest to be there. Rather than a structured, formal evening, Heather and Lewie opted for a cocktail reception-style reception designed to allow guests the freedom to choose their own adventure. While the games area stayed lively with horseshoes, hula-hoops and a bean bag toss, guests casually grazed at gourmet food and dessert stations, snapped spirited photos at the group photo booth and wished the couple well at the Quilting Bee guest book area.

From the bride… Having been to over 40 weddings in my life, I had a lot of time to store away ideas of what I thought I’d want on my special day. When we sat down to ultimately plan our wedding, there were a few must-haves, such as great food and a fully-stocked open bar. A laid-back feel with all of our friends and family mingling together was the premise for our entire day. I also knew I wanted fabric flowers but felt the need to carry real sunflowers down the aisle (a nod to my love of them for so many years and the small tattoo on the top of my foot). I wanted the natural elements of trees and mountains to shine through, yet craved to include a vineyard theme as grapes were growing on the hillside of our venue, a sprawling and gorgeous ranch in Malibu. How could we not include rustic elements?! Oh, and then there’s the inspiration of the airplane since we met on one and Lewie proposed to me just before we jumped out of one.

We are so thankful to be loved and supported by our friends and family that we just wanted a way to include them in our special day. Having recipes from both of our grandparents and aunts as the inspiration for our desserts, we were able to specially recognize them (and treat our guests to some of the best sweets around!) Family and friends united and took pride in constructing our fabric flowers, save-the-date cards and signage, folding paper airplane programs, and collecting vintage china pieces. We also created a very special donation table that detailed our very dear family and friends’ organizations. We had a plethora of eclectic ideas for our special day but there was no way we thought we would be able to successfully incorporate each. A colossal thank you to Robin and Sarah of GATHER Events for interpreting our countless (often tangential) ideas into one beautiful vision. We had what I would like to call a “nat-fam-vin-rus-tage” and perfect wedding. We had so much fun, and the whole day was truly “us.”

Wedding Photography: Heather Kincaid / Event Design + Planning: GATHER Events and Occasions / Wedding Venue: The Oak Grove at Saddlerock Ranch / Catering: Cat Castenada (modestcatty@hotmail.com) / Desserts: Family Recipes Re-Interpretted by Breanne Varela of Bites of Sugar / DJ: James Dunn (james@theunfamiliar.com) / Wedding Invitations, Paper Airplane Programs + Paper Goods: Maria Bella Boutique (Owned by the Bride’s Cousin) with GATHER Events and Occasions / Hair: Addie Markowitz (sweetadelae@gmail.com) / Makeup: Phoebe Ogan / Officiant: Rev. Clint Hufft / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Archive Vintage Rentals / Fabric Flowers, Mason Jar Chandelier + Guest Book Quilt: DIY / Dress: Melissa Sweet / Ties: Tux and Tulle