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Coastal Santa Barbara Engagement Session

There’s nothing better than an engagement session that spotlights a beautiful couple and a breathtaking setting. This engagement session, captured by O’Malley Photographers, highlights this sweet couple’s love for each other with California’s mountains and coastline as a dreamy backdrop. And that ring? We couldn’t resist. See more of this amazing engagement session in the full gallery here!

From O’Malley PhotographersWe love when our job takes us out traveling and where better than to the beautiful California coast for two wonderful people? We set out with Kevin & Lauren on a warm summer day, but wanted to incorporate a different side of California than what most people think of. We headed out from Santa Barbara for an adventure in the mountains with gorgeous views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Everything from the warm summer wind and pretty light, to Kevin and Lauren’s sweet adoration of each other was perfection. We ended the shoot in Santa Barbara, playing on the beach as the sun was setting. We can’t wait for this sweet couple’s wedding this summer being styled by Stacy Anderson Design and Floral!

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Location: Butterfly Beach

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Blissful San Diego Wedding at The Martin Johnson House

I adore this post for many reasons. First, I am the biggest fan, and I mean biggest, of wedding cinematography. There is absolutly nothing like seeing your big day play out on film. Nothing. Second, Amari Productions. They are amazing. They captured this couples’ stunning day with such heart you can feel it, and when you hit play, you’ll see just what I mean…


From Amari ProductionsIt was about eleven in the morning, and we were in a standoff. In our 4+ years as wedding videographers, we’d never been rained upon. But just 5 or so hours before Kelsey & Joel were to say “I do”, it was pouring. It was Mother Nature vs. our dry streak, and it didn’t look like she was going to blink.

Oh, and here’s one quick detail: the entire wedding and reception was to be outside.

An hour or so later we pulled up to Kelsey and Joel’s respective getting ready locations. It was still raining, albeit lightly at the moment. (Now, if at this point in the story you’re fidgeting anxiously in your chair trying to pray away the rain, know that we were feeling very much the same thing.) So I, Dave, walk into Joel’s house, whilst Mariah walks into Kelsey’s hotel room. And what do we find? The most pure, unadulterated joy. These two were about to marry the love of their life, and that was ALL. THAT. MATTERED.

Hell yes.

By the way, it turns out Mother Nature has a soft spot for true love. Because as we left for the venue not only did the rain stop, the clouds literally parted and the sun came out. It was like that scene from Land Before Time when they find the Great Valley. The soundtrack from the movie might have even been playing as it happened, or maybe that was just in my head.

Either way, the day turned out to be everything these two deserved, and we were SO STOKED to be able to be show this Same Day Premiere at the end of the night.

Photography: Yes, Dear. Studio | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordinator: A Joy Forever Events | Floral Design: Wallflower Inspirations | Make-up: Elizabeth Root | DJ: Apollo Productions LLC | Officiant: Andy Kelly | Venue: The Martin Johnson House

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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.


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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