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Malibu Engagement Session at Saddlerock Ranch

This adorable duo wasn’t afraid to share the spotlight in their multi-location engagement shoot, that included a visit from some llamas and zebras! (A sweet cupcake and champagne picnic also made an appearance!) Koman Photography snapped all the sweetness in the gallery here, so take a peek and get wild!

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From Koman PhotographyWe knew from the very first consultation at our home studio in Redondo Beach that we would have the very best time working with this sweet couple! We could’ve photographed for hours upon hours, but the Southern California sun only lasted for so long:) It’s fun to watch Lauren and David because they just fit together; he makes her laugh and her beautiful smile shows how much they enjoy each other’s company.

From the Bride-to-Be… David and I met back in High School when we both worked at a sub shop called Jersey Mike’s. There was an immediate connection between us and I had always wanted a boyfriend with blonde hair and blue eyes, so once I saw him I was immediately head over heels for him. Not to mention he had the best personality and sense of humor out of any guy I’d ever met. We would constantly flirt, tease each other and laugh uncontrollably but there was nothing more to our fling outside of work. Then, at the end of David’s senior year he invited me to Disneyland and that was our first official date. We had a blast together and even had our first kiss, but unfortunately we had to part ways since we were both going to college and moving in opposite directions. We briefly stayed in touch throughout college but had our own relationships. David came home for summer break 4 years later and asked me out to get a drink. I insisted on getting dinner and a drink and we mutually agreed! We talked and laughed for hours then decided to go out to a local bar to hang out more since we had many years of catching up to do! As we were leaving, David got in front of my car door and said, “I’m not letting you get into this car without giving me a kiss first.” I was SO ecstatic but nervous at the same time. Well, it turned out that our second kiss was actually much better than the first and I drove home screaming the whole way with complete excitement! I knew he was “the one” after that kiss and sharing such a perfect night together. We dated for 2 years, traveled to Europe, Hawaii and all over CA before he proposed on the beach in Ventura at sunset and even had arranged for my best friends to be there, secretly hiding in order to capture the big moment with their cameras. it was the most romantic setting with all of my favorite things, including dinner from Lemonade, Sprinkles cupcakes, flowers, music and wine. I will remember that special day for the rest of my life and can’t wait to say “I do” to my best friend and soulmate!”

For our engagement session, we really wanted a beautiful, unique, fun and romantic setting that would capture who we are as a couple, which is why we chose both Saddlerock Ranch & Vineyards and El Matador State Beach. We love being outdoors, animals and wine so Saddlerock being a 1,000 acre ranch and vineyard was a perfect fit with endless photo opportunities! Also, we got engaged at the beach during sunset, so El Matador was the perfect spot to reminisce that special moment. We enjoyed cupcakes from one of our favorite shops, Sprinkles, while overlooking a beautiful lake surrounded by a meadow. Then we stopped at Camp Cabernet, a vintage trailer park that has an old taxi cab and the VW van from Little Miss Sunshine, which was a lot of fun! Finally, we had to take some pictures with the zebra family, Pumba, Rafiki and Timon, who are the sweetest and most beautiful animals, not to mention photogenic! We quickly rushed to the beach just before sunset and had an absolute blast! The lighting was amazing and John and Marlene were able to capture the most special, romantic and playful moments between us, all while making us laugh, feel comfortable and never wanting it to end! The entire day together was so incredible and we cannot thank Koman Photography enough for encouraging us to be ourselves in front of the camera, being so easy and fun to work with and most importantly for their very talented and beautiful work!

Photography: Koman Photography | Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Hair And Makeup: All Tressed Up Blowdry & Beauty Bar | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Her Wardrobe: Guess | Her Wardrobe: Blush Boutique | His Wardrobe: J.Crew | His Wardrobe: Ralph Lauren | Props: Home Goods | Props: Etsy | Wine: Malibu Family Wines

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Elegant California Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the endless sea and blue skies of the Southern California coast, this seaside shoot by Carolly Photography is pure romance! Flowing dresses, a vintage glass tablescape and a watercolor cake—no detail was overlooked by Chloe+Mint Design & Events, Indigo & Plum Florals , La Tavola Linen and more. See it all in the full gallery right here!

From Carolly PhotographyHow can you not fall in love with the beautiful coast of Southern California? Malibu was the perfect location for us and our inspiration came from the natural colors of the sand and beautiful, grandiose rocks, engulfed by the color of the endless sea and blue skies. The color palette we chose was soft silver tones with cool blue hues brought out with whites and silver.

The floral inspiration from Indigo & Plum was an organic creation, a little understated, yet full of light greenery and white blooms for a clean look. The tablescape gave some glamour to the coast shoot. Vintage pieces were from Borrowed Blu, Chloe+Mint, Mint Vintage and La Tavola. Our bar setting blended fluidly against our beach canvas. S’More Sweets’ beautiful cake echoed the ocean waves with blues and silvers, and mussels to represent life under the sea.

We dressed our bride in relaxed yet elegant and ethereal gowns from BHLDN and Alexandra Grecco, adorned with bridal cap veil from Veiled Beauty. The bride’s hair and makeup were soft and natural, and impeccably done by Theresa Huang’s artists. Invitations from Smitten on Paper were inspired by the mossy rocks and ocean blues. We hope that this styled inspiration shoot will give couples lots of ideas to jump off of for their own wedding on the beach.

Photography: Carolly Photography | Event Design: Chloe+Mint Design & Events | Floral Design: Indigo & Plum Florals | Cake: S'more Sweets Bakery | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Bride Model: Sydney Lee | Groom Model: Jourdan Quevedo | Hair Accessories: Handmade By Sara Kim | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Location: Malibu Beach | Makeup And Hair: Aveline And Julie For Theresa Huang Makeup And Hair Design | Persiphone Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Mint Vintage Rentals | Rentals - Tableware: Borrowed Blu | Thalia Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Veil: Veiled Beauty

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Romantic Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Overcast skies and extraordinary scenery make this next inspiration one for the books. Marrying easy elegance with stunning props a la Found Vintage Rentals, this seaside shoot is stunning to say the least. The overall results are guaranteed gorgeous with Charla Storey Photography behind the lens and the gallery is sure to send a little sunshine your way.

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Summer
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Beach
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Whimsical

From the Designer, Maxine Owens of The Southern Table… Our weather proved to be a little less sunny than we’d hoped, so we decided on a more moody color palette. We chose greys, deep blues, and pops of burgundy to pair with muted yellows, soft peaches, and pinks. The overcast skies set the backdrop for the ocean-side gathering. Taking inspiration from the natural rock formations and wood tones our team conceptualized an intimate outdoor dinner with breathtaking views of the landscape at dusk. The table scape was set with romantic candlelight and clear glass vessels to enhance the reclaimed wooden table from Found Rentals. Here, we selected delicate café au lait dahlias, hellebores, anemone, amaranthus and soft garden roses to accent the slate and ocean tones.

Charla Storey perfectly captured our sea side model nestled in the sand with her piercing blue eyes accented by makeup artist Karina Fonti and hairstylist Nicholas Cole. The Dress Theory provided this romantic and effortless Sarah Seven gown that mimics the waves rolling against the beach”

Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Event Design: The Southern Table | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Dress: The Dress Theory | Dress : Sarah Seven | Make Up: Karina Fonti | Hair: Priv | Hair : Nicholas Cole | Venue: El Matador Beach | Model: NTA Talen | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Table Top: CB2 | Table Top: West Elm

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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.

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Bohemian Beachfront Malibu Wedding

I’m not sure what I love the most about this wedding. Maybe it’s the Bride’s effortless elegance. Or the ridiculously lovely Malibu sunset. Maybe it’s the sweet but easy details, the forever gorgeous photographs by Readyluck, the fact that the couple used pink poppies in their beautiful arrangements by This Little Branch, to celebrate their adorable daughter, Poppy. I love it all, every last bit of it. And guess what? There is SO much more right here!

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Summer
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Beach Club

From Lavender Grey EventsWhen you have summer time in a Malibu at a cottage overlooking the ocean, a British groom and a beautiful bride you know you have a recipe for a gorgeous event. Lizzie and Matt put together a fun boho chic wedding that put everyone in a good mood. Lindsay from READYLUCK was there to capture it all. Lizzie and her girls carried amazing florals designed by The Little Branch. My favorite were the large king proteas that the girls carried. All of their dresses mirrored the brides lovely, relaxed lace gown. Floral crowns adorned all of their heads to complete the look. Even their little girl Poppy had a tiny floral crown on her head.

As for the event, the venue itself set a stage for so much natural beauty that we kept it simple. Cypress Sea Cove boasts gorgeous views and lush greenery all around. The color palette was full of coral, mint, peaches, pinks and gold. The Little Branch created a beautiful birch archway adorned with loose pink and blush flowers. Bronze lanterns and petals lined the aisle as the beautiful wedding party entered. For the reception, Lizzie and Matt marked each guest table with a vinyl, including Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, and Yacht. The florals on each table were an eclectic mix of vintage brass vases and bottles with a variety of florals like ranunculus, succulents and poppies. There was a 24 foot garland with mixed florals stretching the large head table. An adorable little box with one french macaron in peach was placed at each setting. Z Patisserie created the biggest tiramisu cake that we placed in the lookout overlooking the cliff for the couple to cut.

With such a fun group of folks, we knew the dancing portion was going to be great, but Matt and his mom brought down the house with a lively dance to Pharrell’s “Happy.” This got everyone dancing, and from there on, no one stopped. The DJ was their friend that flew in from London to help the couple out. He was fantastic and kept everyone on the dance floor all night long. The whole night was magical under the stars overlooking the ocean but it was this sweet loving couple that really made the night special.

From the Bride… Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. A fairy tale is what our wedding day truly felt like to me. Marrying the man of my dreams in front of all our friends and family was such a magical feeling.

Matt and I both knew that we always wanted to get married on a beach or near the ocean. Cypress Sea Cove was the first venue that we went to go see, and immediately we knew it was the perfect place for us to get married, it just felt right, kind of like our love. Once the venue was decided, we began thinking about what kind of wedding we wanted. We both agreed that we wanted our wedding to represent what we loved, which is why we decided to use album covers for our seating chart instead of table numbers. We choose 12 bands that we absolutely loved, and bands that reminded us of our time together. Flowers were an easy choice. I knew that I wanted to wear a flower crown instead of a veil since our wedding was more on the casual side. I also wanted to incorporate some unique flowers, which is why I choose to use proteas as the bridesmaid’s bouquets, and I couldn’t forget to include pink poppy’s to represent our beautiful daughter Poppy. I also wanted the tablescape to be unique and interesting with an eclectic vibe, which is why I used lots of different flowers, vases, and candles instead of just one center piece. Meg at The Little Branch turned my dreams into a reality, and the whole day was just completely magical.

Photography: Readyluck | Event Planning: Lavender Grey Events | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Z Patisserie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People | Catering: Truly Yours Catering | DJ: DJ Money Shot | Groom's Attire: Theory | Wedding Venue: Cypress Sea Cove | Groom's Tie: Barney's New York | Groomsmen's Jackets: H&M | Groomsmen's Shirts: Topshop | Lighting Design: Buster Lighting Design | Musician: Jason Sulkin Music

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