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Elegant Ranch Wedding in Malibu

We love a rustic wedding, but we think it’s pretty cool this couple choose a ranch venue and decided to steer away from the assumed bent. The result, as you can see in Sargeant Creative’s photos, was pretty stunning. With help from Kate Fujimoto, they went for sophisticated and earthy touches like flax linens from La Tavola and blush blooms from Moon Canyon Design strategically scattered throughout.

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Summer
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From title=”Kate Fujimoto Event Design” href=”http://www.katefujimoto.com/”>Kate Fujimoto Event DesignWorking with Misty and Tim and helping them to create a beautiful day, filled with warmth, romance, and playfulness, was a highlight of 2013 for me. We spent about ten months prepping for the wedding, and during this period, Misty and Tim were in their first year of medical residencies. They had incredibly stressful workloads and restrictive schedules, but Misty and Tim were really dedicated to making sure that their wedding was a true reflection of themselves. Despite having literally no time to sleep because of their crazy shifts, they always approached every task with an enthusiasm, energy, and sense of humor that made the business of planning a really fun experience for everyone involved. Misty told me, “We want our guests to feel loved, excited and uplifted on our special day,” and she and Tim poured their hearts into every detail to make this a reality.

Misty and Tim chose Calamigos Ranch in Malibu as their venue as it perfectly captured the earthy, but elegant, vibe that they had envisioned. They fell in love with the ceremony space, which was situated under an enormous oak tree. There were cascading twinkle lights hanging from the tree and the lush landscaping made the space feel intimate, even with 175 guests. The reception spaces, which included a large lawn, an indoor area with bar and dance floor, and a tented, draped patio for dining, allowed for a lot of activities and were ideal for providing different types of entertainment throughout the event.

Misty and I talked at length about a design that would complement all of the spaces. Misty and Tim didn’t want to go in an overly rustic direction, with more typical ranch inspired motifs. Instead, they really wanted to create an elegant backdrop, with whimsical touches and fun elements. We therefore decided on doing a fairly neutral base, natural flax linens for the ceremony and cocktail hour and a slightly stronger tone in silk dupioni for the reception, upon which we layered feminine peach and cream florals and green garlands from the amazingly talented Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon Design. Kristen and I spent time figuring out what would best highlight the ceremony space, as the oak tree was such an overwhelming presence. We both thought that a summery garland of peach and cream florals and greenery, swagged around the trunk of the tree, would be most beautiful and effective. It was simple idea, but so chic. We complemented the swag with florals in wire vessels that were hung from the branches of the tree. In the dining area, Kristen carried over the garland idea to both the center dining table, as well as to the backdrop that sat behind the sweetheart table. She actually anchored the backdrop to two huge ‘branches’ in order to maintain the earthiness that Misty and Tim liked. We transitioned from wooden vessels in the ceremony and cocktail spaces to silver urns in the dining room to create a certain flow from afternoon to evening. The dining space, wrapped in the glow of candlelight and strands of twinkle lights above, looked magical.

Although aesthetics were undoubtedly important to Misty and Tim, they really wanted their guests to have fun! Being an adventurous, free-spirited couple, they felt strongly about incorporating more whimsical touches to their wedding. The large lawn in the reception space lent itself to creating sweet picnic-type vignettes and lawn games. We bought blankets, custom-made pillows and vintage tray tables which we painted white and paired these with lawn games (including a not-so typical choice of Jenga, which the couple loves to play). Misty and Tim actually made the bean bag toss board with silhouettes, which was such a big hit with both adults and kids. Guests really did use the blankets for lounging during the cocktail hour, which was such a great alternative to the usual rental chairs and tables. We enlisted a three-piece bluegrass band to play during guest arrival and cocktail hour. Triple Chicken Foot did such an excellent job at setting a festive tone and making the party comfortable and inviting. Their music was engaging and, most importantly, fun. Probably the most playful parts of the wedding were the touches that Misty and Tim incorporated from their favorite movie, “Up.” We made “Up” themed bottle cap escort cards, which were filed into streamlined custom wooden planks – so as to mesh with the elegant tablescapes that we had prepared in all of the various areas of the wedding; we put together a cool display of “Up” memorabilia for the guestbook table; and we tossed balloons during the bride and groom send-off with a sign that read “Up, Up, and Away – A Balloon Send Off On Your Wedding Day!”

I think that one of the most special moments of the wedding was a surprise for Misty and Tim, conceived by one of Misty’s best friends and bridesmaids. Instead of a standard speech, Misty’s friend enlisted Kaba Modern, a dance group that Misty had seen on TV (and absolutely loved), to jump in and perform a set for the bride, groom and guests. It was a really special gift – the dancing was incredible and so lively – it was really the perfect way to segue into the dance portion of the evening. The night progressed so quickly, as guests made their way between a photobooth, a tasting of delicious bite sized desserts, and dancing of course. There was never a dull moment from start to finish at Misty’s and Tim’s wedding and, from that perspective, it was an exact reflection of the two.

Photography: Sargeant Creative | Videography: Artisan Production | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | DJ: Michelle Sinclair For Haute Mobile Disco | Band: Triple Chicken Foot | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Bride's Dress: Winnie Couture | Cake/Dessert: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Ceremony/Reception: Calamigos Ranch | Dance Group: Kaba Modern | Event Design And Coordination: Kate Fujimoto Event Design | Florals: Moon Canyon Design | Hairstyling: Julie Canales | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Materials: La Artista | Photobooth: Cheesy Photobooth | Transportation: GTS Charter

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Rustic Glamour in Malibu

When you have 5 kids all under the age of 10, it’s safe to say you’re going to have one cute wedding party. Add the help of At Your Door Events, and you’re also going to have one awesome wedding. We love the pops of burgundy in Flower Allie‘s arrangements and the textured fondant cake from Sweet and Saucy. You can also find more of Krista Mason’s equally captivating photos of the event here.

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Fall
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Ranch
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Glamorous

From At Your Door Events… The very first inspiration image Shantell shared with me was that iconic shot of Kate Moss on her wedding day. You know – the one where Kate is smiling in a lush garden setting surrounded by children dressed in all ivory with romantic floral crowns?? She said, “thats what I want.” And from there we got started! I instantly knew where her head (and her heart) were. Shantell and Rex have 5 gorgeous children all under the age of 10. For Shantell — the design of the wedding was more about who she would be surrounding her on her wedding day and the joy Rex and her children brought to her. We kept our color palate very romantic using soft tones of ivory, gold, taupe, champagne, blush and deep burgundy for contrast. The overall look had some victorian and rustic influences. The guest tables were layered with texture! Our base linen was a Sultry Beige Peau de Soie Stain layered under a Champagne pearl sequin overlay by Glow Concepts and Fine linen. Over that, we place gold beaded glass chargers that served as a base for the personalized menus which were printed to show the guest’s name and their specific menu selection. Antique gold mirrors framed the base of each centerpiece which were beautifully designed by Flower Allie. We alternated tall gold candelabras with low arrangements in pewter and mercury glass urns. The sweetheart table was positioned under (1 of 5 crystal chandeliers), which we covered in lush florals to help frame the bride and groom. To provide some contrast to the guest tables, we opted for a rich burgundy taffeta overlay, underneath — Glow Concepts created a dramatic waterfall bustle topped with several gold cymbidium brooches. Antique throne-like chairs by Found Vintage Rentals provided and extra element of grander. As a special touch and a gift for the bride and groom I provided antique china dinnerware and gold flatware by Dish Wish. With all the incredible details that Shantell and Rex created for their guests I wanted to make sure that their first meal together as husband and wife was just extra special. The stunning wedding cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop had a milk glass knobby texture over the surface and covered in dramatic sugar flowers in a cascade design. AND – it tasted ahhhmazing! Shantell and Rex are the true definition of what family is all about. Because of their love and dedication to each other – orchestrating the design and planning of their wedding was just a pleasure and an honor. Thankfully we had the incredible talent of Krista Mason Photography to capture every detail!

Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Event Design: At Your Door Events | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Invitations: Posh By Nida | DJ: Freelance Event Sound & Lighting | Officiant: Great Officiants | Linens And Coverings: Glow Concepts Fine Linens | Ceremony + Reception: Calamigos Ranch | Hair + Makeup: FUSE Hair & Beauty | Musicians: The Reel Band | Photo Booth : Perfect Pixel Photo Booth | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Luna Party Rentals

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Pop of Pink Malibu Wedding at Ranch Del Cielo

A pop of pink is something we embrace with open arms here in SMP land. From pale blush right on through to hot, hot pink  – this is a wedding that is fully on the pink bandwagon. It’s a garden party gone girly glam with florals by Ellamah, coordination by Malibu Events and oodles of great images that only onelove photography could capture so beautifully. See it all here!

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… It was very important to us to have a simple but very classic wedding. We searched all through Los Angeles and Orange County for the perfect venue, and when we got to Rancho del Cielo we knew it was the one. Once we got out of our car we both immediately let out a simultaneous gasp…so at Rancho del Cielo we were married.

It was important for our wedding to be OUR labor of love. We wanted a beautiful wedding (simple and elegant) but it was also very important for us to to wisely invest in our special day. We became the ultimate DIY couple, everything we made, we made together and everything we bought (from Etsy and the flea market ) we choose together. We planned our wedding in just 5 months so that meant a lot of long weekends on our feet at flea markets, thrift stores, discount stores, and garage sales.

The centerpieces and the aisle decorations were probably my own favorite pieces of the décor. For the centerpieces we found all the center vases/wine glasses from Ikea (yes Ikea), and for the smaller vases/punch cups encircling each main piece we went to flea markets across town to find a mix that worked just right. We found the mercury votive holders online at a discount retailer and finished off the center pieces with the table number tags, lace clothesline clips, and dyed burlap runners from Etsy. My husband and I actually made all of the aisle decor ourselves. We found simple oil bottles online and wrapped pink ribbon around the base and twine around the bottle neck to create the look that you see in the photo.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Coordinator: Avesta at Malibu Events | Gown: Wedding Time | Caterer: JJ Ayuras | Hair: Betty Kennedy | DJ: Spin Entertainment, Mark Zella | Floral: Ellamah | Rentals: Smart Party Rentals | Transportation: CCCTours, Inc. | Wedding and Reception: Malibu Rancho del Cielo

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