There’s just no mistaking a Saddlerock Ranch wedding. There’s so much style, so much pizazz (yes, pizazz) and so much breathtaking beauty packed into this one drop-dead gorgeous locale, you can spot them from a mile away. And when it comes to all of the aforementioned (pizazz included), this darling day from Platinum Weddings by Kerrie shines bright amongst Saddlerock’s finest with one whimsical detail after another mix and mingling with succulent-filled blooms from The Paper Arum and an entire gallery of pretty captured by Jennifer Young Photography. Join me there for every last ounce of lovely.
From the Bride… We met at our friends BBQ birthday party in May of 2005. We randomly started talking. We never went to the same school or worked together, but he was a TV editor and I just got a production assistant job at the CG Animation Studios. So we were kind of in the same industry and started talking about it. He was 25 then turning 26, and I just turned 23.
On December 31, 2011 Jon proposed to me in Venice, Italy on a gondola!! He wanted to propose to me in Rome and Florence before that, but didn’t have the chance. Gondola rides are really expensive, so I didn’t want to go on one and I just said let’s get on the water bus. Good thing he made me get on it!
The vision for our wedding was something outdoor, vintage-ish + something Japanese to it, too. And also a laid back style. Theme color was Yellow and Grey. We had 185 wedding guests and Saddlerock Ranch was one of the few places that could hold that many people (near Los Angeles). And of course, it was beautiful and we fell in love with it!
Our friend married us and my family and friends from Japan were there, as well. We also wrote our own vows and I started with Dear Jon (ha!). It was like a letter to each other– a very funny and laid-back, short ceremony, yet emotional at the same time. Also, we picked ALL of the ceremony songs and that made it even better.
At the reception, many people already knew each other. In addition to our family, we invited a lot of our close friends and almost everyone we invited came to the wedding! They all said they had so much fun! They also raved about our food. We didn’t really care about cake, so we just decided to do small deserts and one normal size cake to cut. Our wonderful catering company had great cakes and desserts so that part was an easy decision. For favors, my parents brought traditional Japanese sugar candy with them from Japan. The favors said “Arigatou” (thank you!).
Wedding Photography: Jennifer Young Photography | Wedding Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Officiant: Ademola Onaolapo | Event Coordination: Kerrie Underhill of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie | Floral Design: Sarah Zins of The Paper Arum | Catering + Bar Services: Huntington Catering | Videographer: Takao Baba, Nate Pena & Austin Hickman-Fain | Wedding Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Shoes: Nine West | Veil: Something Borrowed (from Maid of Honor) | Groom’s Attire: Indochino, Three Piece Suit | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Seychelles | Hair: Joanna Barrientos | Make-up: Ai Yokomizo | DJ: Mitchell Bitanga + Bernie Ramos, Funk Pirates | Emcee: Jared Decena | Security: Sandman Security | Valet: Premiere Valet Service, Inc | Sound: Kion | Hotel: Westlake Village Inn | Rehearsal Dinner: Duke’s Malibu