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Rustic Romance at Calamigos Ranch

We’re big fans of tradition ’round these parts. Especially when couples infuse their own new traditions into their Big Day, like these two lovebirds. From passing their rings around to guests at the ceremony for blessings and well wishes, to giving their mothers arrangements of lush blooms that they symbolically combined into one, they injected a deep meaning and powerful love into every moment. Head to the full gallery from Heidi Ryder Photography for more.

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From Heidi Ryder PhotographyCandice and Perry’s day was full of so much emotion and love and incorporated all kinds of beautiful elements that added meaning to every part of the day. Even details such as the table numbers held tons of meaning, as they were empty bottles that guests were asked to fill with notes of advice, wisdom and encouragement for the couple to read on the anniversary that corresponded with the number on the bottle. Such a sweet and simple idea that will keep on giving!

The ceremony was one of the most beautiful and emotional that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Candice and Perry’s rings were placed into a small hollowed out book and passed from guest to guest while readings and vows were read. Having the couple’s family and friends warm their rings and bless them with well wishes and prayers heightened the meaning of a wedding ceremony and got everyone involved.

In addition to bridesmaids, Candice had “flower maids” whom walked down the aisle with two small flower arrangements and handed one each to both Candice and Perry’s mothers sitting at the end of the aisle. During the ceremony, Candice and Perry collected these flowers from their mothers and created one large and beautiful flower arrangement together. This took the place of a traditional candle lighting or sand ceremony and was a beautiful metaphor for the combining of two families.

This lovely pair met on match.com and custom match books were placed at each table setting where guests were reminded that Canidce and Perry “met their match.” During the reception wine and tears of joy continued to flow before the dance floor filled up until the end of the night.

Photography: Heidi Ryder Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Violet Designs | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch - Ranch House | Balloons: Geronimo Balloons | Coordination: Meadows Events | Linens: La Tavola

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Summer Malibu Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

From the bride’s Ines Di Santo gown to the ‘maids’ sparkly frocks, this wedding is a day centered on style. Bright Blue Events designed the gorgeous details, and I, for one, can’t get enough. It may be blistering cold in our part of New England, but I’m feeling pretty good about settling in for the night with Gina & Ryan’s photos and soaking up every last inch.

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From Gina & Ryan PhotographyWe’ve been in love with Calamigos Ranch ever since we first stumbled upon it while planning our own wedding. The grounds of this Malibu ranch are gorgeous. Twinkle lights, large oak trees, pretty signage, and subtle quirks of a vintage carnival theme are sprinkled throughout the property, making this place truly unique. Even the architectural design is of it’s own. It’s a dream. And although we weren’t able to have a Calamigos Ranch wedding ourselves (tip, book your date way in advance!), we were able to relive the romance through Megan & Stanley’s breathtaking wedding.

Megan & Stanley’s vision was aimed towards simplicity, clean graphic design, and a whole lot of pretty; upscale rustic chic. The two put together an elite team of wedding specialists who brought their vision to life. Every little detail was executed to a “T”, making for an absolutely unforgettable day. Megan & Stanley’s Calamigos Ranch wedding took place at The Cottage Pavilion. They tied the knot under a large twinkle-lit oak tree, beneath the warm ambiance of the chandelier above. It couldn’t have been any more romantic! And the reception? Whoa, yeah, that pretty! Large dark wood tables were canvased with pretty white hydrangeas along with an eclectic mix of glass and crystal dinnerware, silver candle holders, and baby succulent wedding favors jarred in glass pots.

The wedding day unfolded with ease. Megan was absolutely stunning, calm and collected. And Stanley was as handsome and as excited as ever. The two (without a doubt) are a couple of the most rad people we’ve worked with. They radiate happiness, kindness, and a whole lot of fun. Genuinely happy, the type you can hang out all day with and still want more.

Photography: Gina & Ryan Photography | Cinematography: Wade At Shark Pig | Event Design: Bright Blue Events | Event Planning: Bright Blue Events | Floral Design: Lotus And Lily | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Sweet & Saucy | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch - The Cottage Pavilion | Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch - The Cottage Pavilion | Brides Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Caterer: Calamigos Ranch | DJ: DJ Orbit | Officiant: Gary Gaulton | Audio Visual Rentals: Avista Rentals | Ceremony Musicians: Clover String Quartet | Coordination: Bright Blue Events | Decor & Rentals: Town And Country | Hotel (Getting Ready): Westlake Village Inn | Ice Cream Truck: Recess Truck | Invitation Suite, Letter Press, & Paper Goods: The Paper Mint Press | Linens: La Tavola | Lounge Furniture: Archive Rentals | Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist: Kelly Zhang Studio | Photo Booth: My Flippin' Party | Sheet Cake: Hawaiian Bakery | Viewfinders: Image 3D

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Hint of Whimsy Saddlerock Ranch Wedding

Last month, we sat down with the charming and talented David of David Pressman Events and we got a little glimpse into how he dreams up all the pretty. And today m’dears, we’ve got the proof in the pictures by Next Exit Photography. This fun-loving couple is just the duo we envisioned David gravitating toward and vice versa. Their eclectically styled, full-of-color soiree set at Saddlerock Ranch is emitting the happiest vibes—see it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride…Justin and I met at summer camp in Northern Ontario, Canada when we were teenagers. It was puppy love! We dated for a summer and it was very special. But, after that summer was over, he went back to California and we went on with our lives in separate countries (I grew up in Canada). Over the years, we stayed in touch and we both had a strong feeling that we would somehow end up together, eventually!

The proposal was very romantic. On a visit back to Canada, we took a day trip up to the town near our old summer camp. Justin took a detour and surprised my by bringing me to our old summer camp. When we got to the basketball courts, where we first met as teenagers, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him!

We both knew absolutely that we wanted to get married outdoors. When we pulled up to the Chateau Dome at Saddlerock Ranch, the view took our breath away and we just knew that it was our spot. For our wedding, my family was visiting from Canada, and it was such a treat to be totally surrounded by the California landscape with 360 views of a vineyard, a whimsical little farm with some zebras, and the gorgeous Malibu mountains.

The inspiration was a rustic, colorful, warm and intimate California celebration. We love color and couldn’t decide on just a couple colors as a theme, so we decided to make the wedding as colorful as possible – the colored vintage glass vases and multicolored flowers set a romantic tone. We wanted the banquet tables to be overflowing with lush flowers, to show off all the gorgeous blooms available in springtime in California, so we let our wedding designer/planner, David Pressman and the incredible florist he introduced us to, Krista Jon, run wild with colorful blooms to create a flower paradise! It was heaven!

When we were signing our Ketubah, our Rabbi spontaneously starting to sing “Going to the chuppah and we’re gonna get married” (to the tune of Going to the Chapel of Love). It was such a happy moment; we all joined in and sang together. I will always think of our wedding when I hear that song!

Our kiss at the ceremony is a vivid memory – it was a fantastic, electrifying kiss! When I looked at Justin, he had my red lipstick on his teeth, a funny and cute moment I will never forget. Also, our first dance to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” During the first dance, it was the first time that I had the chance to slow down at the wedding and feel all the emotions. Justin and I were so connected and I felt overwhelmed with happiness.

No wedding favors but we did have a photo booth, because who doesn’t love photo booths!

Photography: Next Exit Photography | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Wedding Dress: Prabal Gurung | Cake: Charm City Cakes West | Catering: Arli's Exclusive Catering | Entertainment: Dash Entertainment | Rabbi: Rabbi Arthur Rosenburg | Ceremony Music: Andromeda String Quartet | Decor: Archive Vintage Rentals | Hair & Make-Up: LouLou | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Chateau Le Dome At Saddlerock Ranch | Rentals: Town And Country | Transportation: Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service | Wedding Design/Planning: David Pressman Events

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