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Traditional + Elegant Malibu Rocky Oaks Vineyard Wedding

Thanks to the lens of Michael Segal Photography, we’re about to whisk you away to the rocky shores of Malibu to witness one very special day. Cue the perfectly planned wedding of Sarah and Phil. For their special day proves to not only be crazy elegant, but seriously sentimental too. ByDesign Films captured every happy tear below and we invite you to watch it all unfold in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride and Groom…Sarah and Phil first met three years ago while watching mutual friends in a band play at a local venue over a few cocktails. He got her number, and actually called instead of texting. She then knew he wasn’t like most other guys, he was a gentleman. A couple years later, Philip proposed to Sarah on the iconic Santa Monica Pier, which is the city where they first met and lived together. 

It was a tough decision for them on where to get married, Philip being from Northern California, and Sarah from Ohio. But they decided to get married in Santa Monica, so they could show all of their family and friends the life they were creating together in Southern California. Neither of them had ever thought about what their wedding day would look like. At first thought, wedding planning would be easy for them as they are both fairly simple and easy-going people and ultimately just wanted to celebrate with family and friends. But as the venue search started, they both learned they were a lot more particular than they thought, as they started to build their “dream wedding” together.

They had the ceremony at St Monica’s Catholic Church, which is where the bride and groom are members. It was important for them that they get married in the church and there was no better place than St. Monica, as it has such a welcoming atmosphere, amazing cantors and musicians, and is breathtakingly beautiful.

The moment the doors opened, the bride was just a silhouette, as the light flowed into the church behind her, and she slowly walked down the aisle with her father Frank by her side and Jacobs song reverberating off the arching church ceilings. The bride was absolutely stunning, and the groom said that it felt like someone snuck up and punched him directly in the stomach taking his breath away. They exchanged vows as Philip put his grandmother’s ring on Sarah’s finger.

After the ceremony, they transported their guests from Santa Monica into the gorgeous mountains of Malibu via the Pacific Coast Highway. With a nice ocean view, they popped mini bottles of Korbel champagne, and started celebrating on the way to the venue. As the guests arrived, the gates opened and they continued up the scenic windy road to approach Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards.

Malibu Rocky Oaks is a privately owned Tuscan inspired villa, sitting atop the highest point around, surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and a view of the ocean off in the distance. Besides the amazing view, they wanted to avoid the banquet hall patterned carpets and drapes, and Malibu Rocky Oaks was exactly that. They searched all of LA and couldn’t find a place that had more of an amazing view.

When it came to the catering they both are admitted foodies, especially living in LA, so they wanted the food to be incredible. They wanted the freedom to choose their own chef and meal, as they are not particularly fond of “wedding food”. So this venue allowed them to create exactly the type of celebration they wanted, rather than having just a cookie cutter wedding. It was definitely a lot more work for them, and their coordinator, but at the end of the day, they made it exactly what they wanted.

Cocktails and appetizers were served on the side balcony with a seamless view across all of Malibu, while a contemporary violinist played in the background. An old farm dinner bell was rung and everyone took their seat along two long rustic wooden tables and a “farm to table” family-style dinner was served.

At the tail end of dinner the bride and groom quickly snuck away to capture a few extra photos during the golden hour. They are somewhat an adventurous couple so they climbed up a cliff just to get a killer shot. They stood up there looking like they were on top of the world. The first dance, by request of the groom, was to have the first dance on the helipad during sunset which had never been done before, and so they added an additional dance floor. They prepared for several weeks searching for the right song and learned their special choreographed dance.

As the sun started to set behind the hills of Malibu and into the ocean, they walked out onto the dance floor hand in hand as their their shadows reflected onto the wooden dance floor. Once the music started, she circled him caressing his shoulders then spinning out and pulling her back in, then they began the elegant movements of the foxtrot, gliding around the dance floor to Temper Trap’s powerful song Sweet Disposition.

After the father-and-bride and mother-and-groom dance, their guests then joined them out on the helipad and rocked out to few songs to initiate the party as the night began. All of this was perfectly created by their wedding coordinator Letizia Silvestri, and perfectly captured by Michael Segal.

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Photography: Michael Segal Photography | Cinematography: ByDesign Films | Event Planning: Letizia Silvestri | Floral Design: Tick Tock Florist | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Raffi's Pastry | Ceremony Venue: St. Monica Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: LA Roots Catering | DJ: Jeff With Vox DJ | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Ceremony Music: Chris Woods | Groom's Shoes: To Boot New York | Photo Booth: Lumee Studios | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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Rustic Triunfo Creek Vineyards Wedding

Jose, oh Jose. Not only do we adore his work more than words, but he just so happens to shoot the coolest clients In. The. World. Case in point? This handsome duo who managed to bring a true sense of their Southern home states to California with elegance and style like you wouldn’t believe. Tack on the talents of Yasmine Floral Design, Aaron Hartselle and Joel Serrato , and you’ve got a gallery we might never leave.

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From The Groom…We live in Los Angeles but both of us have southern roots. Jon, supervising producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, is originally from the Florida panhandle. Jason, an interior designer who owns the design showroom Martin & Brockett, is from Texas. We were originally connected through friends and after a lot of emailing back and forth finally met for what was going to be a quick afternoon coffee but turned into a marathon five hour date and only ended because Jon had to get home in time for the season finale of The Sopranos.

A long time passed between that first date and our wedding day. In fact, it took ten years, two days, a dramatic introduction to Jason’s family in Texas during a tornado, multiple beach trips with Jon’s family in Florida, a week in Santa Fe where both sides finally met, a lot of emotional ups and downs, the very important addition of one attention stealing Boston Terrier, many television season finales, and a Supreme Court ruling before we were actually able to legally marry. But by that time, marriage had become such a foregone conclusion that it really seemed more fitting to throw out convention and just plan a big party so that our families and friends could spend a long, celebratory weekend together in Los Angeles that just happened to end with our wedding ceremony.

We decided, with the help of an army of incredibly talented vendors, that this wedding would blend our favorite parts of California, Texas and the South. We wanted everyone to get a sense of where both of us were from and also where we had chosen to make our home. We picked Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Malibu Canyon for the venue – a rustic setting with a big rolling lawn for the ceremony and an open farmhouse for dinner. It reminded us of Ojai, a place we love going to, so the decision was almost immediate once we set foot on the property.

The food, a very important part of the day to both of us, was by Heirloom LA and inspired by our roots (for Jon, that meant fried chicken, cheese grits and for Jason, brisket and BBQ pork sliders) mixed with California fare like grilled salmon and an incredible roasted vegetable station. The tabletop, by Casa de Perrin, was perfect – a beautiful and masculine combination of Heath dinnerware and walnut chargers with laser cut leather menus by Amber Moon, who also made our wedding invitations.

One of our favorite parts of the wedding was a surprise for Jason’s parents – we recreated a mini version of his grandparent’s grocery store in Texas (after school, Jason and his sisters would go there and fill up on candy and fresh fruit – the fruit only because their mother made them). The farmhouse had a small rustic kitchen where we set up crates of retro candies and chocolates so guests could take as favors before leaving on the shuttles.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato | Event Planning: Aaron Hartselle | Floral Design: Yasmine Floral Design | Invitations: Amber Moon | Catering: Heirloom LA | Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy | DJ: DJ - Erica Olsen | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | Paper Goods: Amber Moon | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Table Top Rentals: Casa De Perrin

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Elegant 4th of July Vineyard Wedding

This weekend is for celebrating, with friends and family, summer sips and sparklers. And what better way to get the party started than with a little love from Caroline Tran and one breathtakingly beautiful bash from the 4th last year. Sterling Engagements orchestrated it all with Shawna Yamamoto’s fabulous florals spread across every inch of Triunfo Creek Vineyards. Pour yourself a glass, settle in with all these pretty pics, and don’t miss Fiske Film’s video below – some good vibes are about to begin!

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From Caroline Tran… Ellie and Rob had a romantic vineyard wedding on the 4th of July. They had an elegant wedding where they exchanged vows under a huge oak tree. They had a few subtle nods to the 4th of July, but kept everything elegant and romantic, highlighting the beautiful vineyard and cute farmhouse. 

From Sterling EngagementsAmerica and us, this was the phrase Ellie and Rob used for their wedding website to detail their 4th of July wedding. It really was the perfect definition though of what this day truly was and their love story. Ellie and Rob met because their friends for months and month insisted that they must. Two brilliant like-minded financial professionals, with a knack for life, love, family and travel. When they finally connected, the spark was undeniable and their journey together began almost instantly. I was introduced to them by a client and from our first meeting their intentions were so clear. They wanted to plan a day that was elegant, whimsical, classic yet incredibly fun. They both have an extremely modern yet eclectic style but were practical, and it was such a pleasure to design their day together and infuse their taste with the beauty of their venue.

Triunfo Creek is one of my most favorite hidden gems in Los Angeles. This charming vineyard farmhouse tucked away in the Santa Monica mountains was truly the perfect venue for Ellie and Rob. Upon visiting they knew right away this was their place and 4th of July became the best date to pair with their wishes for a summer wedding. Ellie had an assortment of ideas right from the beginning, of her desired ambiance and setting that she wanted to create for their guests. Together from the invitations, to the menu, to the décor, every last detail was deliberately thought out and developed to capture their vision.

One of my favorite details from the day was being able to incorporate these sweet butterflies Ellie had collected and wanted to infuse somehow but wasn’t quite sure where. As we designed the components for the day, I assured her we would effortlessly land them in places to become what truly was the very best of natural fits. They were the perfect accent of golden elegance, whimsy and sweetness we could ever hope for. We also of course loved being able to bring in the big tassel adorned balloons for her adorable flower girls. Walking down the aisle with them in hand – was one of my most favorite moments to watch, they were so proud, so excited and also maybe a touch of nervous, but I told them to let the balloons lead the way to Ellie and they did so well!

Ellie and Rob’s day truly was one of the most special ways to spend the 4th of July. It was stunning, memorable and so fun. The sweetest of celebrations, Ellie said on multiple occasions, the adventure is just beginning and I’m so honored we were able to be a part of it.

Photography: Caroline Tran | Videography: Fiske Films | Event Planning: Sterling Engagements | Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Stationary: Prim And Pixie | Catering: Justine's Private Cuisine | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Stage Labs | Band: Jay Sterling Music | Officiant: Dream Day Weddings | Bar Catering: Cocktail Concierge | Linens: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Wedding Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards

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