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Elegant Spring Malibu Wedding

When two music editors get married, you know you’re guaranteed a pretty fabulous fete. Toss in a gorgeous Malibu location, Events Of Distinction leading the way and Vantage Point Productions catching every second and you’re in for a real treat. Catherine Hall captured every picture perfect moment and I’m kicking off the week with some solid time in this fabulous gallery.

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Spring
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From Events Of Distinction… A native New Englander, Melissa studied Music Production & Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then headed to LA in search of a career in the music business. After a few difficult months trying to find work, she landed an internship with the composer for the film “Black Hawk Down.” Her talents became immediately evident, and Melissa went on to become a music editor for a number of high-profile films, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

Her life took another exciting turn when a co-worker (and soon-to-be matchmaker) told Melissa that a fellow music editor had a huge crush on her. Ryan had first encountered Melissa while briefly visiting her cutting room to help her assistant with a small task. He recalls, “I was immediately taken by this beautiful woman.” But in the days that followed, whenever he saw Melissa in the hallway, Ryan was too nervous to say anything more than a passing “hello”. Fortunately, the co-worker stepped in and took it upon herself to invite both Melissa and Ryan out for cocktails one evening after work. They ended up talking for hours, and thus their Hollywood love story began.

After Melissa & Ryan hired Events of Distinction to produce their wedding, we first set out to find the perfect seaside site for their celebration. After seeing several coastal locations, Melissa & Ryan selected the spectacular Stone Manor estate in Malibu. An elegant, gilt-edged letterpress invitation from Bella Figura set the stage for the stylish celebration.

Four darling dachshunds, which had been “adopted” by Melissa from animal shelters, were escorted to their front-row seats by Ryan and Melissa’s mom. As Ryan waited adoringly at the altar, Melissa glided down the aisle in a magnificent Vera Wang gown, while the string quartet played the Beatles’ classic Across the Universe.

After witnessing wedded bliss, guests were graciously directed down a flagstone pathway to the cocktail area and more breathtaking ocean views. Wrought iron cocktail tables were painted antique white and topped with centerpieces of café au lait dahlias and ivory accents. A stylish bar served up two specialty drinks: Jalapeño Margaritas and Cucumber Martinis, while a festive food station enticed guests with Thai Basil Rolls, Belgian Endive Leaves and Ahi Tuna Trumpets.

To direct guests to their dining destination, escort cards were displayed on a rococo mirror with a custom fabric panel insert. The tablescapes were complemented with a collection of candles and a baby glass orb filled with moss, platinum ribbon and blush flower blooms completed the napkin treatment. 

To help guests burn off some calories, the DJ got them revved up on the dance floor. But diets could wait another day – there were more calories to come… Inspired by Melissa’s love of vintage charm a dessert station featured vanilla bean, banana bittersweet, spicy carrot and key lime cupcake babies; Southern banana pudding, dirt cake, Meyer lemon raspberry and peanut butter crunch icebox dessert shots; butterscotch and vanilla macaroons and chocolate truffle and red velvet cake lollipops.

In celebration of Melissa and Ryan’s joyous day and their love of animals, a sterling silver wand and crystal bubble jar was given to each couple to help support LA shelter animals. Melissa and Ryan’s wedding celebrated their love for each other with family, friends and their furry children – Huckleberry, Bowie, Penelope and Zero.

Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Event Planning: Events Of Distinction | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Bands: Philip Press | Catering: Along Came Mary | Make Up: The Studio Agency | Ceremony Music: Calder Quaret | Bride's Necklace: Philip Press | Bride's Shoe Designer: Isabel Marant | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stone Manor In Malibu | Desserts: Vanilla Bakeshop | Dog Apparel: My Formal Dog | Dog Apparel: Bitch New York | Florist & Decor: Mille Fiore | Groom's Wardrobe And Shoe Designer: Paul Smith | Invitations And Wedding Paper Goods: Bella Figura | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Reception Music: Leonard Neil Productions | Rentals: Rrivre Works | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Exquisite Transportation | Wedding Cinematography: Vantage Point Productions

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Seaside Malibu Wedding at Cypress Sea Cove

This wedding had me at Malibu, but then totally ran away with my heart when I laid eyes on all the gorgeous images from B&G Photography. That’s when I knew I was going to fall head over heels in love with this fête. And let me just say, I enjoyed every second of that fall. With Amber Events planning every perfect moment and Peony And Plum making sure pretty blooms covered every nook and cranny – this gallery is officially my dream come true.

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Summer
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Beach Resort
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Rustic

From The Bride…Planning our Malibu wedding was no easy feat! For 8 months of our year long engagement, Leah was living in New York, starting a new job and studying for the CFA, while Brandon was in Texas starting his new Job for the Houston Astros and taking care of our lovable new puppy. Luckily we had awesome support from our families, and our wedding planner Amber (Amber Events) was fantastic through the whole process.

We always knew we would get married somewhere in California, as Leah grew up in Huntington Beach and her (very large) family still remains in the LA/OC area. However, as Brandon’s family and most of their collective friends live on the East Coast, we were determined to find a venue that would make the long trip worth while. Cypress Sea cove was a truly hidden gem, we couldn’t believe our luck when we stumbled upon it!

The venue provided a beautiful landscape, perfect for letting us use our creativity and allowing us to implement whatever our hearts (and our wallets) desired. Our rock-star team of Amber, Jen (from B&G Photography), Donna (from Monrose Catering) and Susan (from Peony and Plum), all went above and beyond with every step, we couldn’t be happier with how the whole event turned out. The food was spectacular (we ate every bite), the flowers were the perfect balance of rustic yet elegant, the dance floor never died out, and to top it all off we now have tons of photos capturing every moment.

We still get constant calls from our friends and family saying how lovely the event was, how amazing the food tasted, and how much fun they had. Now we look back though the pictures daily and remember just how amazing the whole experience was, we can’t wait for the video!

Photography: B&G Photography | Videographer: Twin Palms Media | Event Planning: Amber Events | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Wedding Dress: Davenport By Enzoani | Shoes: J Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: We Got These From The White Dress In Corona Del Mar, And Each Bridesmaid Picked Out Their Own Dress. The Designers We Used Were | Catering: Monrose Catering | DJ: Isaiah Dacio | Harpist: Something Blue | Getting Ready Venue: Viceroy Santa Monica | Hair & Make Up: Design Visage | Photo Booth: Platinum Photobooth | Rentals: Smart Party Rentals | Transportaion/Party Bus: Platinum Limo & Sedan | Wedding Venue: Cypress Sea Cove

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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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Fall
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Rustic

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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