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Natural + Sophisticated Seaside Malibu Wedding Inspiration

Beach weddings are inherently beautiful and this wedding inspiration session on Malibu’s coast is no exception. Romantic white florals, a Grecian-draped backless wedding dress and gorgeous calligraphy paper goods lend this photo shoot from Melanie Gabrielle an understated elegance and a sophisticated organic vibe. One peek into the gallery, and I promise you’ll be swooning.

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From Melanie GabrielleThe rocky cliffsides in California are some of those places that just take your breath away. El Matador Beach in Malibu is no exception. From the moment I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for an intimate wedding or elopement. It’s like a secret destination, completely hidden from the world around you. The rock formations are pieces of artwork, formed by the wind and the waves. It’s the perfect location for a nature loving bride looking for a spot to host an intimate wedding.

Lauren Emerson Events and I hiked down the cliffside and found the perfect spot to set up a small table, shaded from direct sun and had the most incredible views of the ocean. Our bride wore the most beautiful, soft gown from Gossamer and the most perfect, delicate crown from Carlee Sizemore. Barefoot on the beach, she and her love explored the caves and dipped their toes in the water. With a table adorned with treasures from the ocean, tableware from Anthropologie, and beautiful plant-dyed table runner from Silk and Willow, the two of them enjoyed each others company. Lauren’s floral designs were absolutely gorgeous, and the plant-dyed ribbon from Silk and Willow flowed perfectly in the ocean breeze. Brush and Petal created the most incredible invitation suite with illustrations of ocean treasures and beautiful calligraphy. Our bride and groom nuzzled in each others arms as they watched the evening’s breathtaking California sunset.

Photography : Melanie Gabrielle | Event Design: Lauren Emerson Events | Event Styling: Melanie Gabrielle | Floral Design: Lauren Emerson Events | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Venue: El Matador Beach | Bride's Crown: Carlee Sizemore | Desserts: Earth And Sugar | Invitations And Calligraphy: Brush And Petal | Table Runner, Napkins, and Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Tableware: Anthropologie

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Rustic Chic Malibu Wedding

A perfect palette of rustic chic and classically sophisticated, this darling day is just the kind of awesomeness we’ve come to expect from the brilliant team at Platinum Weddings By Kerrie.  Think a day overflowing with beautiful, anemone-filled florals from Holly Flora, stunning bridesmaid frocks from Little Borrowed Dress and a gallery of pretty captured by Jana Williams Photography.  Yes, please.

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From The Bride… We met in New York in 2009 and quickly became close friends. Being in our early/mid 30’s in Big Apple, we had lots of fun, mostly with our large group of mutual friends in the city. But we also spent more time alone as our friendship grew stronger and we eventually got to know each other at a deeper level.

We took a trip to Seattle over the Labor Day weekend in 2014. We were both very much looking forward to Seattle; it was the first time visiting the great northwest for me and Seattle is a special place where Min’s mom last lived before passing away in 2005. Leading up to the weekend, a few of our friends were predicting that Min would propose in Seattle and, even though I didn’t want to get my hopes up, I could not help but think about the possibility. I asked peculiar questions as soon as we arrived (“Did you bring anything really valuable?”) and even tried to secretly search his bag. When Min did not panic, I was disappointed and did not think this was the weekend my friends were predicting.

On the second day of the trip, we drove to two places where Min’s mom’s ashes were scattered. First was at the top of a beautiful hill near Whidbey Island and the second was at Meadowdale Beach Park in Mukilteo WA, which has an awesome hiking trail that leads to a beach by the Puget Sound. It was at the latter, when we were taking a rest on the beach, Min spoke of his mom, but also how special I had become in his life. Then he knelt down, to my shock, and proposed! I screamed several times and said yes. I was so shocked, Min’s words at the time are still a bit fuzzy in my head.

Our engagement story is very special for us in so many ways. Seattle will always be special to us and we are planning to visit every year from now on.

We both love nature from growing up in California, so we loved the idea of a rustic chic wedding. It was important to us that our wedding represents us and we our goal was to create a fun and relaxing experience for our guests. Our color scheme was encompassed a range of spring neutrals; shades of white/ivory, blush pink, pale sky gray, champagne gold, peach, and grounded them with accents of inky midnight navy. We wanted our wedding to feel like the first day of spring, especially for our East Coast guests, a nice break from their relentless winter.

Calamigos Ranch is a really beautiful venue with scenic greenery, waterfalls, and fairy lights. It has a casual vibe to it that I love and even the drive to the Malibu Canyons via PCH is breathtaking. It doesn’t get old even for a LA native like me.

The ceremony was really special which our friend, John, led. He is an older brother figure to me, so it really meant a lot having him officiate our ceremony.

Our reception was fun!!! Everyone commented on how happy and relaxed we looked and we truly felt that way the whole night. Looking out into the room and seeing all our awesome family and friends celebrating with us, it felt so warm, we were so touched and that moment was worth all the work of wedding planning.

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Wedding Planner: Platinum Weddings By Kerrie | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Bakery: Cake Creamery | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Jewelry: Mirlo New York | Jewelry: Jacquie Aiche | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Lighting: 3J Events | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J. Lindeberg | Transportation: VIP Limousine | Beauty: Jessica Lee | Bridal Gown: Anna Maier-Ulla Maija | Bridal Salon: Saks Fifth Avenue | Ceremony And Reception: Calamigos Ranch | Veil: Etsy

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Romantic Saddlerock Ranch Wedding

I spend my days surrounded by beautiful details… and this wedding is no exception.  From the stunning captures from B&G Photography to the beauty stylings of Mariah Nicole to the breathtaking cake from The Butter End Cakery.  But peel back the layers of pretty and you’ll see that this day is really all about love.  The love shared between two cuties meant-to-be… and the love they were able to experience with their families.  See it all in The Vault right here, and in the description below.

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From The Bride… My husband Steve and I met through Match.com. I was in my third year of Internal Medicine residency, and he was completing his MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business while working full-time for a major Hollywood studio. I was fed up with the online dating process, and decided to send out one more email before letting my membership expire for good. Little did I know that Steve didn’t even have an active account, despite having an up-to-date profile page. When he was notified of an “anonymous” message in his inbox, Steve paid the fee to reactivate his membership so he could see my profile and read the email. He still tells me all the time it was the best $40 he ever spent. After a year of dating, he proposed to me at my 30th birthday party in front of our parents and many of our friends. It was the best surprise of my life!

A couple months later, we started the wedding planning process. We knew we had found our venue from the moment we set foot on the Garden Setting at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. We both fell instantly in love with this magical location, hidden amongst lush vineyards and rolling hills – no other venue could compare as far as we were concerned. Steve and I both wanted an intimate wedding with just our family and closest friends in attendance. I really wanted our guests to feel like they stepped into the pages of a fairy tale. I guess the best word to describe Saddlerock is “ethereal”…and the wide assortment of adorable animals at our location was a definite bonus! After all, how many people can say they had Stanley the giraffe nuzzling their wedding guests during cocktail hour?

As a busy physician, I knew that planning this wedding would be a challenge. Fortunately, with the help of my mom and a collection of truly exceptional vendors, we were able to make our vision a reality. Sadly, my mom passed away unexpectedly 6 weeks after our wedding. She had been struggling with chronic health problems for many years, but she worked tirelessly to give us the most perfect wedding we could ask for. She was a woman of incredible grace, selflessness, tenacity, and beauty. I miss her every single day, but I am so grateful that she was able to witness this amazing day and share in the magic she helped create.

Photography: B&G Photography | Coordination: Laurel & Party Events | Florist: Brad Austin Imaginative Florals | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Food | Lighting: Impulse Event Lighting | DJ: DJ Avi | Rabbi: Rabbi David Baron | Wedding Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Accomodations: Westlake Village Inn | Accomodations: Four Seasons Westlake | Hair & Make Up: Mariah Nicole | Rentals: Glow Concepts | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents

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Golden Hour Engagement Session Under a California Oak Tree

Oh, Golden Hour, how I love you so. And just when I thought it wasn’t possible to love you more, these photos from Clary Pfeiffer Photography came my way, and let me tell you, I’m madly in love. Not just with the glowing warmth of light in every frame-worthy photo, but with the California landscape and the stunning bride- and groom-to-be, too. See all the pretty here.


From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyToday I’m submitting one of my favorite engagement sessions. A simple walk under a huge oak tree. This is where we started putting the vision together for Gina and TJ’s engagement session. The couple found the most gorgeous location with tall golden grass and hills in the far off distance to show how much they love the California landscape and where they fell in love. We worked with the prettiest light of the day and kept everything simple, enjoying the splendor of walking in the warm sun hand in hand with your love.

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Dress: Lulus

Rustic Bohemian Romance at Saddlerock Ranch Winery

Lady Liberty Events describes this sweet duo’s love as “fun, hilarious, exciting and best friend forever kind of love.” And their wedding? Well, it’s a perfect extension of that energetic love that they share. From moments like this that will make you grin to giant balloons to adorable kisses with pup in tow, there’s so much to love about this day captured by Braedon Photography. See it all here!

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From Liberty Woodman of Lady Liberty EventsCandace and Mike, These two…. The love they have for each is other is that fun, hilarious, exciting and best friend forever kind of love. They weren’t frou frou fancy, traditional by any means, and frowned at the thought of anything that was cookie cutter. Simply put, they wanted a day that reflected both of their personalities that would be laid back with the perfect touch of elegance and would result in a kick-ass celebration that their friends and family would never forget.

We came to an overall event vibe that we called “rustic bohemian romance”… that ultimately would end up as a rave! With our style in place it was time to start nailing the details.

Ready for the ceremony to commence, guests were seated facing the weeping pepper tree where the existing twig canopy was accented with flowing fabric, romantic greenery, and a petite chandelier in the center. While the wedding party was just about done lining up and we were ready to cue the music, I noticed that the groom was sitting in the audience chumming it up with his friends! With a quick tap on the shoulder and a good laugh, Mike made his way up to prepare himself for what he will always remember as the most special part of their big day.

Since the ceremony lawn was vast, we used antique cottage doors flanked with bushes of wild lavender and garden roses to create a reveal. The front of the doors were accented with their initials, M & C, made with fresh antique hydrangea blooms. This provided a romantic entrance for the wedding party and bride, which also allowed us to shave more than 100ft from the aisle!

The ceremony was officiated by one the grooms childhood friends and was by far one of the most touching, personal, and funny ceremonies that I have had the privilege to witness. The bride and groom tied together the strings of two huge peach balloons (representing unity) and released them to signify the unknown adventures that they would embark on together.

During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on specialty cocktails such as spiked lavender lemonade, nibbled on tasty miniatures of Mike & Candace’s favorite guilty pleasures, and helped themselves to bottled beer casually chilling in vintage wooden tubs. The guest book area consisted of small note papers for quests to write letters to the bride and groom that they would read on their 6 month, 1 year, and/or 5 year anniversary. This table also displayed Glassy sunglasses that the groom had custom made which donned their wedding monogram. A large, old school, white boom box, was displayed for guests to “tag“. A hand painted wooden sign that read Mutual weirdness forever, sat under one of the venues gorgeous oak trees, where a trio of large hoops were hung flaunting the guests escort cards.

Candace loves dream catchers so we wanted to incorporate these in a way that would still create a timeless look without being something that would go out of style or feel dated when they looked back on their day. We hand made a plethora of multi sized dream catchers using vintage lace for the centers with hues of grey, purple, gold, and ivory incorporated into the ribbons, lace and feathers. Utilizing some super cool yarn that we found, which had hints of metallic gold and dark purple threads, these babies were going to have to be placed somewhere special to make a statement. We decided that an installation that hung only over the head table would create a unique and stunning way to highlight the bride and grooms table. With bistro lights strewn over the dinner area, accented with hanging crystal votives, the dream catchers added the ultimate boho touch to the romantic rustic dinner setting.

The dinner tables were a combination of raw and reclaimed wood square and kings tables all topped with a smoky purple runner. The bride and groom weren’t fond of having all round tables, so we integrated a just a few of them to offset the unique layout and to bring in a touch more of the purple color which was one of the grooms favorite hues. A grey linen napkin tied with a raw silk eggplant ribbon showcasing each guests’ name, and accented with fresh rosemary sprigs, were placed at each setting. Folded over brown paper bags replaced your standard breadbaskets, and purple tinted glassware added the finishing touch to the setting, keeping it simple yet charming. Gorgeous arrangements of horticulture styled blooms in hues of purple, peach, pops of raspberry, and forest style foliage created an overall lush yet naturalistic flair to each table. Silver mercury candles added a lovely glisten that helped us to create the overall rustic and romantic atmosphere that the bride and groom were wanting to exude.

After dinner, guests made their way to the dance floor, which was set within 4 lush oak trees all dripping in fairly lights. A collection of crystal chandeliers, were dispersed overhead creating a romantic and stunning glow to the entire space. As Mike and Candace stepped onto the dance floor to begin their first dance, guests circled around watching as they danced together for the first time as husband and wife. To everyone’s surprise the music stopped abruptly, and the bride and groom separated from one another only to catch the LED hula hoops that were thrown their way. The music resumed, however it was a techno tune that was worthy of the most epic and hilarious hula hoop battle between a bride and groom. Guests anxiously rushed the dance floor where everyone received large glow batons that quickly changed the romantic evening into a stellar party that one will never forget!

Surrounding the dance floor were multiple lounge vignettes with assorted vintage pieces providing unique seating areas for guests to relax their feet. As the evening was sadly coming to a close, and guests had sipped on plenty of specialty cocktails, a handsome gold bar cart strolled around the reception refueling guests with truffle popcorn displayed in petite brown bags stamped with the couples monogram, along with fresh mini donuts.

At one point, my team and I literally stepped back so that we could see the entire event in full throttle… and the view from which we were standing was exquisite. The hundreds of hanging fairly lights, the glisten from all of the chandeliers, the reflection from the bistro lights, and the blinking led lights moving around the dance floor was one of my favorite moments that I know can never be replicated. This bride and groom, who I am fortunate enough to call my friends, know what a celebration should consist of.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematographer: Brinton Film Making Co. | Florist: Moon Canyon Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Contemporary Catering | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake & Desserts : Sweet And Saucy Shop | Ceremony & Reception Music: Grant Shapiro | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Event Rentals: Town And Country Event Rentals | Event Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: Custom Lakai | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Printed Goods/Stationary : Prim And Pixie | Wedding Design/Coordination: Lady Liberty Events | Wedding Invitation : Minted

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