Natasha and Drew wanted to treat their guests to the ultimate California celebration. For them that meant sweeping ocean views, great food, and a day designed around Natasha’s favorite color – light blue. That calming, airy hue served as the overarching inspiration for their planner, Tessa Lyn Events and Jillian Rose Photography brought all the details to our pages.
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From the couple… Our first date was on the Manhattan Beach Pier on May 1st, 2014 after two months of ‘dating’ on FaceTime. Drew had pursued me for literally years. For him, it surely was love at first meeting. We had met about 2 years before at a group dinner with mutual friends. But once the timing in our lives was perfect, we started to talk online and immediately knew that each of us were ready for this relationship. With Drew living and working in Atlanta and me living in Los Angeles, this distance only strengthened our growing love for each other. After a few months, we moved in together in Marina Del Rey and started living bi-coastal for over a year. During this time, we traveled extensively throughout the US and the Caribbean, growing together while visiting many places on our bucket lists. From hiking the Grand Canyon and enjoying the beaches of Jamaica, the Bahamas, Catalina Island, and Tulum Mexico we explored many amazing places while learning and loving each other. Yet one of our most memorable trips was to my birthplace of Haiti. During this trip, we explored this amazing island, met with family, friends and most importantly, my father.
Because Drew knew he one day soon would propose, he knew meeting my father was one of the most important journeys he would ever take. Our travels eventually took us to Nice, France for an early summer vacation. This is the trip when Drew planned to ask for my hand in marriage. And while we sailed around the islands near Saint Tropez, we stopped off at a secluded beach where he proposed and I said yes! We were married at a private home overlooking the ocean in Malibu. For our family, friends, and us, this day was the culmination of years of loving each other and becoming best friends. This day was the most amazing representation of the love we have for each other and all those who know us. We plan more journeys for years to come and will be honeymooning soon in Asia and the Polynesian Islands.
Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Videography : Buckley Videography | Wedding Planner: Tessa Lyn Events | Florals: Wisteria Lane Flowers | Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Alligator Pear Catering | Calligraphy: Ivory Plum Lettering | Entertainment: Jordan Music Entertainment | Favors: Pure Necessities | Officiant : Reverend Barbara Laughray | Limo: LA VIP | Transportation: Pacific Platinum | Venue: Villa Mara | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Stationery + Invitations: Too Chic & Little Shab Design Studio, Inc. | Valet: Quality Parking Service
First things first – can you even handle this reception design? It’s the thing of wedding dreams and (no surprise) the vendors behind it, including So Happi Together, Found Vintage Rentals, Casa de Perrin and Heavenly Blooms, are a few of our industry faves. The Butter End Cakery made sure the celebration included a truly sweet ending and those gorgeous, light-filled images? They’re all by our girl, Sally Pinera.
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From Sally Pinera.. Marissa and Paul got married at the gorgeous Malibu Rocky Oaks. Planner, Nancy from So Happi Together perfectly designed the wedding with sophisticated and elegant concepts pairing rentals from Premiere Party Rental, Found Vintage Rental and Casa De Perrin. Heavenly Blooms dripped the ceremony and reception in beautiful neutral toned florals that were lush and fresh in design. The Malibu mountains surrounding the venue was awe inspiring for the guests as they enjoyed an amazing meal by Wolfgang Puck. Ending the night with slow jazz dances, cigar stations, merry cocktails and the beautifully setting sunset against the magnificent view and mountains… Was an absolute dream wedding!
Photography: Sally Pinera | Videographer: Trevor Dauten At Oskar Strawberry | Event Design and Planning: So Happi Together | Florist: Heavenly Blooms | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Stationery: Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Calligraphy: Red Letter Day | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Catering/Bar: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Place Setting Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Shuttle: Exquisite Transportation | Valet: So Cal Valet | Winery and Villa: Malibu Rocky Oaks
When celebrity wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, is the creative force behind your wedding day…it’s bound to be perfection. And not only is Mindy giving us a peek into one such Malibu lovefest photographed by Simone And Martin, but she’s giving away two copies of her brand, spankin’ new book. AKA, a bride’s best friend. Scroll below for your chance to win!
From Mindy Weiss Party Consultants… What could be better than a Malibu wedding with 360-degree views, florals designed by Jeff Leatham, custom invitations by Lehr and Black and then, throw a little of Mindy Weiss Design and Planning … Ummm nothing! Gulls Way owned by Dick Clark’s family is truly one of the most unique locations for a wedding. The bride wore a custom blush wedding gown designed by Mark Zunino and the cake designed by Joan and Leigh’s Cakes was not only delicious but was a hit with all its colorful sprinkles. It was a total dream come true for Kellie and Matt!
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Photography: Simone And Martin Photography | Event Design: Revelry Event Designers | Event Planning: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Floral Design: Jeff Leatham | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Joanie & Leigh's Cakes | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Venue: Gulls Way | Linens: Resource One | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals