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A Stunning Mountaintop Wedding With a Meaningful Details

After the tragic loss of the bride’s father just months before the wedding, it was this couple’s number one priority to honor his memory on the big day.  They included beautiful moments like a candle lighting at the welcome table and a locket tied around the bridal bouquet. Peony & Plum and CCL Weddings helped make it a day to remember and The Great Romance and FonD Productions captured every bit.

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From The Bride…Roy and I met in college and started dating 5 years ago, and it has been a whirlwind of an adventure since! Upon beginning our careers, our professional endeavors took us all over the East Coast – starting in Boston, then to Philadelphia, and now New York City. But when it came time to decide on the location for the wedding, we knew right away that we wanted to get married where our roots were planted and where our hearts collided: California. With general geography out of the way, we began the venue hunt. Roy and I are fortunate to have very similar preferences in style, but with it came the almost-unattainable specificity in the vision of what we wanted. After months of a seemingly endless search, we came to the realization that to materialize that vision and truly reflect us as a couple, we needed a blank-slate where we could customize and build our wedding from the ground-up.

We found that perfect blank slate in Malibu Rocky Oaks. From the moment we stepped onto the venue, we fell in love with its Tuscan architecture and design that exuded elegance. The private estate provided the right amount of intimacy, while the sweeping vineyard landscape painted the perfect romantic atmosphere. The raw setting was all that we could ask for, and enabled us to put in our personal touches to bring everything together.

In keeping with the Tuscan theme, we incorporated olive branches and Italian-inspired greenery throughout our floral décor. We opted for a fairly neutral color scheme consisting of ivory, nude, blush, peach, and pops of gold to tie in all of the details. Our aim was to produce a timeless, romantic, and elegant affair. Luxurious, but in an understated way. In addition to having a private space to celebrate, we also felt strongly about having an outdoor dining area. Building upon the breathtaking views of the mountains and vineyards, the use of bistro lights, crystal chandeliers, and gold candelabras came together to create the perfect al fresco dining experience that we dreamed. The overall theme for the wedding was “Let Everything Be Done in Love” – the phrase by which we choose to live for one another. And we infused these phrases into various elements of the wedding.

One of our key focuses was on catering to our guests and their experience from beginning to the end. Starting with a chauffeured ride into the venue, we welcomed them with tasty refreshment drinks, and surprised them following the ceremony with cold eucalyptus towels and popsicle-infused champagne to cool them on a warm Malibu day. We certainly wanted to account for the diverse sweets palates of our guests, so multiple dessert stations were a must, although the macaron ice cream sandwiches were the biggest hit.

I recall a moment during the reception as Roy and I marveled at the sight of our loved ones enjoying their meals, and we gazed at one another with pure joy in our eyes, the biggest smiles, and overflowing hearts, truly thankful that everything, and most especially that everyone, had come together for our special day…it was a perfect celebration to honor our love and union. The only thing that would have made this day even more perfect was having my father by my side. The wedding was already a roller coaster of emotions for obvious reasons, but it was an especially emotional day for me as I had lost my father just months before the big day. To overcome the anxiety and heartache on the day-of, we found small ways to honor and remember him throughout the wedding. On the welcome table, we laid out rows of candles that our guests could light in his memory. At the ceremony, we reserved a seat with his name and picture, and had an acoustic guitarist to commemorate his love for the guitar. And as I walked down the aisle alongside my brother, I carried a gold locket of his picture around my bouquet.

Losing my father was the single most tragic event of my life, and to marry Roy was the single happiest moment of my life. I consider having these two juxtapose one another as a symbolic representation of life and our matrimony. It is in the toughest times that we vowed to lean on each other, and to breathe new hope and bring laughter when life seems devoid of either. It shows us what we can overcome and endure, as long as we have each other by our side. And it highlights the fragility and ethereal nature of life, but the beauty that can always be found within it. Our wedding was remarkable to us for so many reasons, but it is the discovery of a true ‘soul mate’ within each other that really makes this love extraordinary.

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Photography: The Great Romance Photo | Cinematography: FonD Productions | Event Planning: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Merely Sweets | Catering: Hungry Bear | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: All The Above Events | Officiant: Deidra Gray-Breijo | Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Beverage Services: Cocktail Academy | Desserts: Snow Monster | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Supply Co | Rentals: Town And Country | Specialty Rentals: Etablir Shop

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Want a Dreamy Engagement Session? Take Cues from This Couple!

We’re suckers for a dreamy, light-filled photo sessions and Sally Pinera always delivers. She took to the golden hills of Malibu with the sweetest soon-to-be’s and every last image is sitting in The Vault. Go treat yourself to a little pre-weekend eye candy treat…we won’t tell.

From The Bride…Michael and I met through a modern-day dating app where we both laid eyes on each other before swiping “yes.” Several text messages later, we had our first date at a unique Japanese restaurant in Santa Monica. The date was full of conversation that was comfortable and lighthearted, it was like seeing a friend we’ve known for years. Our connection was instant and from day one, we couldn’t wait to make memories and grow in love together.

Since the first day I met him, Michael has been such a romantic. Throughout our dating he would quietly write notes in his phone anytime I would mention things I loved (food, wine, travel, etc) and surprised me with adventures along the way. After a year of dating, Michael surprised me with a vacation to Jamaica, where I wondered if this is where he would plan to pop the question. Little did I know that the weekend before our vacation, when Michael took me to Santa Ynez, CA for a weekend wine tour, he had secret plans to pop the question. After taking me to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Ynez, we drove along the valley where Michael turned off the road to show me a beautiful lake nearby. As the sun was setting, Michael surprised me with a proposal full of tears and laughter where I couldn’t wait to say, “yes” to him again.

When we were engaged, we knew there was no better place to have our intimate wedding and engagements than in southern California. We immediately fell in love with Malibu, CA with its rolling golden hills, vibrant beaches, and lush vineyards. I can hardly believe it’s a month away till we become husband and wife, and couldn’t be more excited for our wedding at Saddlerock Ranch.

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Photography: Sally Pinera | Location: Malibu Beach

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Gorgeous Gowns + Rolling Waves Are Making Our Monday Magical

Let’s spend today at the beach, surrounded by bouquets and dresses that make our hearts beat faster by the minute. Ok, so maybe we all can’t do that literally, but with Koman Photography’s pics and Love & You Video’s clip, we can escape to our best abilities. Peony and Plum supplied the petals, Simply Sera Events coordinated it all and our Vault has the goods. Cheers to starting the week off so stylishly right.

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From Simply Sera Events… We were inspired by the lush waves, grand cliffs, and the natural beauty of the beach and even more so by the custom Musat Bridal Couture gown designed for our shoot. The tulle skirt emulates the waves when they kiss the shores and the beaded lace bodice resembles the intricate design of seashells and pearls. We wanted to keep things simple yet rustic and elegant so we used metal chairs as our statement pieces and kept the rest of the table clean and included things you’d imagine to find at a beach such as coral, starfish, and a message in a bottle.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Love & You Video | Coordination: Simply Sera Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Wedding Dresses: Musat Bridal | Cake: Elise Cakes | Hair + Makeup: S Studios | Calligraphy + Stationery: Sealed Shop | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Furniture Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon

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