I know that we see a ton of gorgeous weddings on SMP every day. Which also means that we see a ton of gorgeous venues grace our pages. But I have to say, secretly, my favorite venue of all time is the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. I think it might be the zebras that get to make their way into the wedding photos which is kind of like the coolest wedding detail EVER, but it’s also the pure beauty of the space. The graceful, unfussy, totally movie star gorgeousness of the space. And this wedding, coordinated by Krista Malinin of Amber Events and photographed beautifully by Suthi Picotte, captured the essence of Saddlerock Ranch to perfection. Oh and the flowers that Holly Flora designed…swoon freaking central. Click here to see so much more!
From Krista for Amber Events…Meet Melody & Michael. This sweet and painfully gorgeous couple was married on June 26th, 2010 at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California. M&M are adorable…in every sense of the word. To say it was a pleasure to be their wedding planner is simply an understatement. They totally rock. This is their story.
M & M were high school sweethearts. They dated for twelve years before Michael popped that big ol’ question. And although some may think of them already as an ‘old married couple,’ I see their love as young, fresh, and blossoming before our eyes. Michael is a writer in this little town called Hollywood and his humor is mad. Melody is a family psychologist, so as you can imagine, planning a wedding from start-to-finish within seven months while nurturing their successful careers was no simple feat.
Saddlerock Ranch is a rustic venue, located in the hills of Malibu. The vineyard setting, where Melody and Michael exchanged their vows, is secluded and stunning. It created a breathtaking backdrop to an emotional ceremony and fun-loving reception.
Melody was glowing her in Amy Michelson gown. After growing up in Texas, she embodied a true Southern Belle: beautiful, sweet, warm, honest… and deeply in love! During Michael’s entrance in the ceremony, escorted by his parents, a trio of string musicians played Jesu, Joy of a Man’s Desiring. As his bride walked down the aisle with her Mother and Father, Canon in D rang out through the vineyard. The tear and laughter-filled ceremony concluded with the ever-appropriate Ode to Joy.
The decor we aimed for was “French Country Vineyard.” The talented ladies at Holly Flora created a lush garden feel, pairing blush and ivory peonies, peach juliet roses, freesia, tulips, garden roses, green hydrangea, dusty miller, sweet peas, and fresh herbs with vintage blue buckets, lanterns, and tarnished silver vases. Instead of basic table numbers, Melody and Michael used their thirteen years together as inspiration for an opportunity to be creative. Each table represented a year the couple have shared together and feature a photo of them from said year, adding a personal touch throughout the table settings.
Although they had a wedding party of more than 20 people (!), the entire wedding guest count was only 83 people, keeping their closest family and friends surrounding them on their special day.
I’m all about the food so let’s chat chow: Pre-ceremony, girlfriends of the bride passed out cucumber-mint water and honeydew-melon lemonade. During cocktail hour, guests sipped on red and white sangria, while munching on Ahi Tuna Tartar, Dijon-Peppercorn Steak Skewers, Baked Brie with Dried Cherries and Macadamia Nuts, Petite Bruschetta, Apple Chicken Farinettes, Jumbo Prawns Cocktail, and a gourmet Mezze Platter. A friend of the bride is a founder of Amber Waves Farm in the Hamptons and shipped organic greens and veggies across the country for the caterer to serve with the Pear, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad. For the main course, guests dined on Wild King Salmon and Roasted Beef Tenderloin. The wedding cake featured three delectable flavors: Pink Velvet with Strawberry Buttercream, Chocolate with Coconut Pecan Buttercream, and (my personal favorite!) Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting.
In true Southern style, Melody and Michael changed out of their wedding attire and into their “getaway” outfits for their Grand Send Off. Guests formed an aisle for the couple and blew bubbles into the night sky before Melody and Michael hopped into a vintage 1950 Rolls Royce Bentley, heading off to their honeymoon in Italy.
Wedding Coordination: Krista Malinin for Amber Events / Venue: Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu / Catering: Contemporary Catering / Photographer: Picotte Photography / Flowers & Decor: Holly Flora / Rentals & Lighting: Town & Country Event Rentals / Band: No Vacancy Entertainment / Ceremony String Musicians: Alison Spieth Trio / Cake: A Sweet Design / Hair & Make-Up: John of Italy Salon / Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Gown: Amy Michelson “Sugar” / Officiant: JP Reynolds / Videographer: Super 8mm Film (shot by friend of the couple) / On-Site Security: Sandman Security / On-Site Valet: Premiere Valet Parking / Shuttle Transportation: Corporate Coach Charters / Getaway Car: A Classic Wedding Car / Hotel Accommodations: Westlake Village Inn