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.


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: Susie Chhour | Calligraphy + Stationery: Sealed Shop | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Furniture Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon

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Think Your Bridesmaids Can’t Wear White? Think Again.

When it comes to bridesmaids’ style, there’s nothing I find chicer than a little white dress. And with her bridesmaids in white complementing her own lace gown, this gorgeous Bride’s wedding style is on point. From the fashion to the loose, romantic flowers to the rustic-meets-boho reception, this Malibu wedding is a California dream. See it all from Mariel Hannah in The Vault!


From The Bride…It was important that our wedding day embodied an intimate, down to earth reflection of our personalities and interests. We stumbled upon the Malibu Phoenix wedding location online. After one short visit, we knew right away that this setting, lush in green and complete with a sense of utter calm was exactly where we needed to be! It was our first and only site visit! In planning, we focused on embracing the natural beauty of the Latigo Canyon surroundings with a romantic, rustic touch.

There were so many special moments that day. One of my favorites included our pre-ceremony bride and groom first look and portrait session. We enjoy spending our free time exploring nature, therefore the Sycamore Tree forest seemed to be a perfect back drop for this intimate shoot.

Our garden ceremony included an acoustic Beatles cover of “Here Comes The Sun,” Native American sage blessing and vows that involved our guests promising to support us through our new journey. It was an incredibly special moment!

For cocktail hour our guests sipped homemade craft brew while Flamenco guitarist, El Javi’s melodies rang through the canyon’s naturally acoustic garden setting. The reception was extremely beautiful with wooden farm tables, green garland, succulents and florals, twinkly lights, candles and delicious food!

As the evening was winding down and dancing coming to a close, our DJ requested that we form a circle with our guests. We held hands, sang and danced to our last song of the evening. It was lovely to look around our circle of friends and family and to share that moment together. It was truly a night that we will never forget!

The entire day was much more beautiful than we could have ever hoped. We were extremely fortunate to have found our group of incredibly talented individuals that turned our dreams and visions in to a stunningly beautiful and super fun reality and with only three months of planning!

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Photography: Mariel Hannah | Floral Design: Mint Design | Wedding Dress: Dreamers & Lovers | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Ring: Blue Nile | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People (and other similar stores) | Catering: The Latigo Kid | Makeup: Genuine Beauty Artistry | Hair: Nicoel Johnson | DJ: Creative Bliss Events | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Malibu Phoneix | Desserts: Bake U Happy | Guitarist: El Javi, Flamenco | Musician: Ben McCart | Rentals: Amigo Party Rentals