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A Spanish Tile Malibu Wedding

I so wish I could always see the world through Glass Jar Photography‘s lens. Because their weddings always seem to capture the most lovely, light-filled, heart exploding images I could possibly imagine, and this beauty below is the perfect example. With its effortless elegance and darling details, this gallery is overflowing with pretty. See it all here.

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From Glass Jar PhotographyA total California founded love over the course of a few years and multiple cities on the state.
Married at the historic Adamson House in Malibu, and focused on the huge tree by the beach and the Spanish tile area for the reception. Pretty over the moon with how the wedding film came together, given that I scored (wrote & recorded the music) for the Ceremony into Reception music for this project.

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Videography: Glass Jar Photography | Event Planning: Renee Lee - Table 8 | Florist: Ixora Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Shin Bu Bridal | Cake: Porto's Bakery | Catering: Henri's Exquisite Catering | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Bride Shoes: Vera Wang | Groom Shoes: Ted Baker | Icecream Bar: Fossilman's | Wedding Venue: adamson house

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Elegant Rock n’ Roll Wedding at Saddlerock Ranch

Rock n’roll and total unabashed beauty don’t usually go hand in hand. But then again, you haven’t laid your eyes on this wedding. An elegant, al fresco affair tucked into Saddlerock Ranch with details that are fit for the most classic of days yet fully embrace that Rock n’roll side. It’s yin and yang designed and floraled by Sweet Emilia Jane with imagery by  Bonnie Tsang, See even more right here.

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From the Bride… I’m getting emotional just thinking back to our wedding day – as I have every day since September 22, 2012. Jade and I got married in Malibu, California at Saddlerock Ranch atop the bluff overlooking the vineyards. The day was full of personal details that came together to create quite the multi-hyphenated vibe: part rock and roll (Jade is a guitarist/songwriter), part bohemian, part classic. And overall, undoubtedly romantic.

The ceremony was magical. My cousin who came all the way from Israel did us the honor of reading a traditional Jewish marriage blessing in both Hebrew and English. We asked the singer of Jade’s band to read the poem “Air and Angels: One Night Only” by Kenneth Rexroth, which really reflected the power of that moment we were sharing with everyone. My favorite part, though, was the exchange of vows. After the traditional “I do’s”, Jade and I then whispered our own private vows into each others ears, to keep just between us two.

One snafu: Our officiant called in sick two hours before, but thankfully – her husband was also ordained, so he came to the rescue. He did call me “Melissa” during the ceremony, but a chorus of 80 people quickly corrected him!

I certainly learned a lot of DIY skills throughout the planning process: from dyeing the fringe that hung on the ceremony structure, to painstakingly applying letters to the mirrors (and affixing hooks to then actually hang them) to learning Adobe Illustrator to have custom laser-cut signs made. Designing, printing and assembling the invitations was a grueling learning experience that I should have probably left to the professionals in retrospect!

My wedding dress shopping was unconventional. One morning, I was doing my usual online browsing on Shopbop.com and there it was: the one. With free shipping and free returns, I had to try it. It arrived three days later, and fit perfectly. I had every intention of wearing my gown the whole night, but we were having so much fun dancing (especially with my new niece, who is quite an impressive breakdancer!), that I did an impromptu wardrobe change into the beaded “departure” cocktail dress so I could really get down.

All of our vendors all did a wonderful job (with our coordinator, Emilia, even taking on our gorgeous florals!) in helping us create the perfect day that would really reflect our story as a couple. Our music ranged from Screeching Weasel’s “Totally” (recessional) to Otis Redding’s “For Your Precious Love” (first dance); the vintage postcard guestbook was a nod to Jade touring on the road; and we added custom guitar picks in the succulent favors. Whoa! Nelly created a cheese station (our favorite food) in addition to the delicious courses, and our signature watermelon mojito – “Munch Punch” – was named after our Chihuahua.

Bonnie Tsang’s images really captured the unbelievable beauty and romance of the day. I have no doubt that all of our guests felt the palpable current of love between Jade and me, and how blissful we were to share it with them in return.

Photography: Bonnie Tsang | Cinematography: Bride's Cousin | Wedding Coordinator: Sweet Emilia Jane | Floral Design: Sweet Emilia Jane | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Cake: Bride's grandmother | Invitations: Bride | Ceremony: Saddlerock Ranch | Reception: Saddlerock Ranch | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Rebecca Minkoff | Catering: Whoa! Nelly | Hair: Fiore Beauty | DJ: DJ Heather Thompson | Groom's Suit: Dior Homme | Bride's Party Dress: Parker | Dessert: Pinkberry | Dessert: 'lette Macarons | Flatware: Casa de Perrin | Lanterns: Jamali Garden | Lanterns: World Market | Laser-cut Signs: Laser Cutting Shop | Makeup: Shelley Rucker | Paper Goods: Bride | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Rentals (Benches/pouf): Yeah! Rentals

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Wedding Al Fresco at Rancho del Cielo

We love Al Fresco weddings so much, we dedicated an entire chapter of our first book to them! There is simply an ease to an outdoor celebration – that feels more akin to a dinner party & that welcomes guests to down the champagne and kick off their heels – that we can’t get enough of. And this one, with photographs from Nate & Amanda Driver, is laidback lovely defined. More here!

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From the Bride… I am from a small town in New Jersey. When I moved to the west coast to attend Pepperdine University, I fell in love with a local boy! Eric, from Thousand Oaks, California, and I met while studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany during our sophomore year at Pepperdine. When Eric proposed to me in October of 2012, we had to decide to have the wedding in California or New Jersey. Together with our parents, we decided to marry on the west coast making our wedding a destination wedding for about half of our guests. We decided to hold our wedding ceremony at our beloved alma mater, Pepperdine University. Our reception was held nearby atop a cliff overlooking the Malibu coast which was a dream come true! My dad’s one request with the venue was to see the coast. Wish granted!

The things that are important to us are each other, our families, and our faith. To honor these things, Eric’s lifetime Pastor conducted our ceremony and my grandparents gave a prayer during the wedding. We had all of our siblings in the bridal party (I am the oldest of six- three adopted brothers and two biological sisters; Eric has a sister and a brother in law). We had our siblings stand on our respective sides during the ceremony to symbolize their importance in our lives.

This wedding was particularly unique because my mom planned the wedding with me from afar! Thanks to technology, we planned together from opposite sides of the country. The fact that she was 3,000 miles away didn’t stop us! My mom actually found the reception venue online. When we visited Rancho del Cielo Malibu, we knew it was the place for us. It matched the rustic elegance we have been dreaming of. My mom also (remotely) chose the florists, the dessert vendor, and most of the etsy vendors we used!

Desiring an intimate wedding, we had around 150 guests. After the ceremony at Pepperdine, guests were shuttled up to the remote Rancho del Cielo adding to the suspense and magic of the day. Once the guests arrived they were greeted by cocktails and wine celebrating both of our homes (“Cranford FireFly” and “Malibu Sunshine”). Dinner was served family style in order to create community at the tables. Based on what we heard, the guests enjoyed the style of dining. Morose Catering did an outstanding job!

One of our favorite personal touches from the wedding was the seating card that doubled as a favor. We had a vendor from Etsy design vintage spoons with the words of our choice (faith, hope, love , and adore) to display as both the place card and the favor. My brother and I painted the board and nailed in all of the nails just a week or so before the wedding. Other favorite touches include the dreamy dessert table from Sweet and Saucy and the floral swag draping our sweetheart table.

We had the napkins custom ordered from a napkin vendor on Etsy. We selected the colors to match the vision and add a whimsical pop of color to the tables. We also had the table runners ordered from an Etsy vendor in order to get the creamy burlap in order to create a rustic elegant feel. We wanted to make the fireplace area cozy so we hung the small lanterns and brought candle pillars from Pottery Barn. I also brought many of my own succulents in order to soften the space and add some more personal touches. The “just married” and “eat drink and be married” buntings were a custom order from Etsy’s “Have a Banner Day.” She designed them (and hand delivered!) in order to match our color palette and complete our rustic elegant look.

We had our guests sign a stone rather than a traditional guestbook. We love our “rock box” that is now proudly displayed on our coffee table. The signing of rocks allows the stones to be more present in our home than perhaps a traditional guestbook would be. My mom wrote on her stone “July 26- a day heaven and earth met.” I’ll always treasure that sweet phrase!

Our wedding was a dream! Great new husband, great family, great weather, great venue, great etsy vendors. Tami McKelvy, our wedding coordinator, made our wedding run perfectly. We feel blessed beyond belief and smile every single time we think back on that glorious day.

Photography: Nate & Amanda Driver | Videography: David Chang | Dress: Demetrios | Ceremony Venue: Pepperdine University Stauffer Chapel | Reception Venue: Rancho del Cielo Malibu | Catering: Monrose Catering | Make Up: Melissa Matthews | Hair: Karizma Hair Studio | Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Floral: The Poppy Studio | Rentals: Smart Party Rentals | Wedding Coodinator: Tami McKelvy