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Understated Elegance at Malibu’s Saddlerock Ranch

Combining the rustic backdrop of Saddlerock Ranch with the elegance of chandeliers, pastel florals by Krista Jon and open air details planned by A Stunning Affair, this wedding is putting its own style stamp on traditional California vows. And what a beautiful stamp it is captured by Nancy Neil Photography. From bouquets to the most gorgeous black and white portraits, have a look here for so much more.

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From Nancy Neil PhotographyThe Great Gatsby meets Jennifer and Brian’s Understated Rustic Elegance.

Jennifer had her favorite movie, The Great Gatsby (1974 version)with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford in mind, when she decided to recreate her own understated rustic elegant wedding in Malibu, California’s, Saddlerock Ranch. Surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop of mountain tops and livestock, Jennifer and Brian celebrated their nuptials in the company of 130 of their closest family and friends. Guests were treated to the festive feel of an elegant outdoor party complete with black tie attire, dance floor lighting, furniture vignettes, and a big band.

Arriving guests were greeted by either bubbling champagne, or refreshing lemonade served in mini mason jars complete with striped straws. Proceeding to the spacious grassy ceremony area decorated with 2 white urns overflowing with floral arrangements, guests took their rustic soft wood seats. The groom and groomsmen looked dashing in classic black tuxedos. The lovely bridesmaids were escorted down the aisle dressed in beautiful blush colored dresses. The beautiful bride, accompanied by her father, was adorned in an exquisite one shoulder gown. Guests watched the bride and groom recite their vows while framed in a mirror outlined in greenery and florals.

Following the ceremony, guests gathered for the cocktail hour listening to a Jazz Band, sipping on signature cocktails and dining on delicious oysters on the half shell. Shortly thereafter, all made their way down the path to the Main House for the reception which was decorated with wooden rectangular tables complete with burlap runners and silver charger plates. Soft candlelight surrounded a variety of antique urns filled with gorgeous pastel garden roses, dahlia’s and olive sprigs gracing the center of each table.

Guests danced the night away to the 12 piece big band under a canopy of twinkling custom lights. Not only did they enjoy a delicious vanilla wedding cake covered with fresh flowers, but they also dined on a gorgeous dessert display featuring macaroons, fruit tarts and freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Jennifer and Brian truly accomplished their wish: to have their friends and family feel comfortable and have lots and lots of fun at their wedding. No doubt, everyone had an amazing time, a day that they will never forget!

We were all honored to be part of such a beautiful wedding. Congratulations to Jennifer and Brian!

Photography: Nancy Neil Photography | Wedding Planner: A Stunning Affair | Stationary: Peony And Plum Paper | Hair: Bliss Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Amber Event Production | Cake And Desserts: Fantasy Frosting | Caterer And Bar: Huntington Catering | Ceremony, Cocktail And Dinner Band: Warren Priske | Florals: Krista Jon | Makeup: Jennifer Nam | Reception Band: West Coast Music | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Venue: Saddlerock Oak Grove Setting

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Shabby Chic Calamigos Ranch Wedding

As a self-proclaimed perfectionist that thrives off of stress-induced work, this Bride was inevitably meant to plan a beyond beautiful soiree. And that she did. Calamigos Ranch set the stage for every lovely moment captured by Koman Photography, including the Bride’s not one, but TWO gorgeous dresses from Beautiful Day Wedding, the prettiest twinkling bloom-covered ceremony ever, a fun taco truck and so much more.

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From Koman PhotographyWe cannot say enough great things about Brooke and Andrew! Spending time with them is like enjoying great moments with old friends. These two are always smiling and enjoying life, it is truly a joy to see them interacting with each other. We are truly happy to have been given the chance to get to know them during their Engagement journey and now through their marriage. Their engagement session was one we will never forget and their Wedding Day at the Calamigos Ranch was perfect!

From the beautiful Bride… For anyone that knows me personally, they will know that I am a perfectionist that thrives off of stress-induced work so planning a wedding was right up my aisle. Andrew and I had been dating for 9 years when we got engaged on a beach while on vacation in Maui. He planned the proposal perfectly by asking me as the sun was setting on a beautiful cliff by the beach and even hired a photographer to capture the entire proposal. It was truly a magical day that I will never forget. Shortly after the proposal, Andrew and I were on the hunt for the perfect venue and found ourselves at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA where we chose the Fourth of July as the date to tie the knot. It was the perfect date because we envisioned a night of celebration, happiness, and fireworks!

For the theme, we chose a whimsical, shabby chic style so that we could highlight the beautifully rustic feel of the venue. The color scheme was light pink, cream, and gold, which complemented the natural earthy tones that the venue already provided. During the planning process, our main objective was to create an atmosphere at our wedding that accurately portrayed our own personal styles and interests. We took on many DIY projects in order to accomplish this task. To highlight Brooke’s love of sweets, we set up a candy bar and dessert bar with customized mason jars for guests to fill. For Andrew’s love of Mexican food, we set up a Mexican taco stand following dinner for guests to enjoy throughout the night. All of these things created a wedding that really felt like our own and the beautiful photos by John and Marlene captured every key moment.

Photography: Koman Photography | Videography: Digital Eye Studio | Floral Design: Forever Yours | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bride's Reception Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Bridesmaids' Hair: Jessica Yi | Bridesmaids' Make-Up: Grace Lee | Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Chalkboard Art: Joyce Chai | Coordination: Everly Events | Flower Crowns: Ester Lee | Flower Girl Dress: Beautiful Day Wedding | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Hair And Make-Up: Sherilyn Yi | Lighting/AV: Amber Event Productions | Photo Booth: Viral Booth | Ring Bearer Tuxedo: Beautiful Day Wedding | Save The Date & Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Taco Truck: El Tapatio Taqueria | Venue: Calamigos Ranch

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Cypress Sea Cove Seaside Wedding

When you’ve got an absolutely stunning Olympic gold medalist and a handsome NBA player for the Bride & Groom, and you pair them up with Marisa Nicole Events at one of the prettiest places in Malibu, Cypress Sea Cove? The results are bound to be gorgeous. Andrew Abajian captured an amazing (read: out of this world) film that had me in tears and left me with a swoon-y smile, and Iris and Light gracefully set those moments still with their imagery. See it here.

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From Marisa Nicole Events Lauren & Jrue are a match made in heaven! He is an NBA player for the New Orleans Pelicans, she is an Olympic gold medalist and professional women’s soccer player, and together they are two of the kindest people on earth.

For “the look” of Lauren & Jrue’s day, we set out to design a naturally elegant, coastal affair that felt comfortable for their friends and family. As the backdrop for these love-bird’s vows, with the ocean on one side and guests on the other, Lauren & Jrue stood at the foot of a simply adorned cross where they made their love legal in the eyes of both God and California. We utilized long wooden banquet tables, paired with wooden vineyard chairs, and a simple lace to create the base for our dining area. Lauren just loved the look of super neutral flowers featuring pops of the colors that were already on the property (pale pinks, peaches, magenta and purple). We used soft, ruffled blooms, clean orchids and candles galore on the to create a sense of ‘easy romantic elegance’ through the table-scape. Hung from trees and tucked in every nook and cranny of the venue, we utilized lanterns to give the party an enchanting feel once the sun had set. One of my favorite areas was the luxe lounge, which we housed in an open wooden cabana under a ceiling of twinkle lights. It was just gorgeous!

Lauren’s family got involved with executing the day of aesthetic details as well! Lauren’s mom and sister put together sweet treats for the guests to take home. Lauren & Jrue love lemon drops, so they filled mini mason jars with the candy, attached a tag and voilà , a fab favor that brought pops of yellow to the table-scape. Laurenâ??s brother-in-law did all the chalkboard art! Along with the overall look of the day, the cuisine was very important to these lovebirds. Lauren & Jrue love soul food and wanted to bring a touch of southern flair to their celebration. During cocktail hour, we served catfish tacos, mini crab cakes and fried chicken & biscuit bites. Dinner was served family style and all the old picnic favorites were present: barbecue short ribs, stuffed chicken, mac & cheese, cornbread, okra, sweet potato bites; yum!

Neither Lauren nor Jrue drink alcohol, so along with a full bar for the guests, we wanted to do something special for the couple. They are crazy about lemonade, so with a sweet gazebo as the backdrop, we founded a lemonade stand in their honor, featuring three specialty flavors for guests of all ages to enjoy. The couple also wasnâ??t into the idea of a traditional wedding cake; so we said, ‘forget the cake’ and brought in the best pies we could find in the whole of the state. The couple cut warm peach pie instead of cake and the guests went crazy over all the a la mode pie options!

The couple, with their friends & family, danced the night away under a ceiling of bistro lights, hanging lanterns and stars, slowing down only to pop into the photo booth for a quick selfie! A good time and good eats were had by all at Lauren & Jrue’s oceanside, southern romantically elegant fête!

Photography: Iris And Light | Cinematography: Andrew Abajian | Floral Design: Enchanted Garden Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Cypress Sea Cove | Reception Venue: Cypress Sea Cove | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Makeup Artist: Marisa Lafayette | Hair: Irene Legaspi | DJ: Zuno Productions | Day-Of Signage: Prim And Pixie | Event Planning & Design: Marisa Nicole Events | Photo Booth: Vintage Vault | Pies: Avila Valley Barn | Portable Restrooms: Andy Gump | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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