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Elegant Calamigos Ranch Wedding

Set amongst the enchanted Malibu mountains and sprinkled with glowing chandeliers, this enchanted forest fete from Sara Lucero and Amari Productions is captivating to say the least. Because when the Bride’s mother owns a lighting company, Mi Casa Lighting, drenching your Big Day in gorgeous chandeliers is a must. Coordinated beautifully by A Signature Wedding, every piece fits together like a perfectly pretty puzzle.

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Rustic

From Sara LuceroGeorge is an East Coast boy and Angelica was born and raised on the West Coast, but they fell in love in Chiacgo and now have their lives there together. The wedding day was mixed with ivy league quality details and a laid back southern California charm… and it was absolutely perfectly beautiful.

From the beautiful Bride…Walking towards my husband that day at Calamigos Ranch, I felt a deep sense of peace and ineffable bliss that will stay with me forever. The beauty of the surroundings granted me a sensory experience unlike any other; the sight of the sunshine peaking through the trees with the majestic Malibu mountains in the background, the sweet fragrance of flowers and sweet scented herbs that filled the air, the gentle sound of the Spanish guitar playing in the background, the palpable outpouring of love from our loved ones, all beautifully coalesced to amplify, and make tangible, the feeling of the abundance of life and love in our lives.

From the onset, we knew we wanted our wedding to reflect our relationship; easy, natural, simple, serene, and whimsical. An “enchanted forest” theme seemed fitting. Primary petals helped the enchanted forest come to life with lots of beautiful greens, like olive and eucalyptus, for a minimal feel. We believed that the natural surrounding was beautiful as it was and wished to only minimally enhance nature.

My mothers store Mi Casa Lighting, provided the 12 chandeliers that decorated the ceremony and reception, and that added the “enchanted” to the “enchanted forest” theme. The cloudy blue bridesmaid dresses contrasted perfectly with the abundance of green and were reminiscent of of the beautiful brightness of the sky. Following the ceremony, everyone danced the night away under a large canopy to Dashing Events tunes.

In the end, we could not have envisioned a more perfect day. Thanks to our wedding planner Monique at A Signature Wedding, and everyone else, our day was filled with much harmony, nature, love, happiness and laughter. Thanks to Sara Lucero and Amari productions for capturing our big day.

Photography: Sara Lucero | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordination: A Signature Wedding | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: A Sweet Design | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Lighting: Mi Casa Lighting | DJ: Dashing Events | Hair & Make Up: Fiore Beauty

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Sweet Malibu Engagement Session

I’m pretty sure that Marlene and John of Koman Photography are magnets for the sweetest couples ever. And these two cuties? Well, they are surely no exception. They’ve drenched this gallery with their beautiful love and threw in some fun details for good measure—from a pink beach cruiser to the heart garland, it’s adorable as ever.

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Sam and I first met in downtown Los Angeles at a mutual friend’s housewarming. Upon first meeting, I didn’t pay much notice to Sam, but after a few more chance encounters I became interested to know more about this fun-loving and easy-going guy. Through multiple chat sessions on Facebook and enough patience by Sam to endure dinner dates at 11pm due to my new job, he won my heart. After a year of dating, he proposed to me in Italy, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to able to share our life journey together.

For the engagement session, we really wanted a fun, natural, and whimsical feeling that will capture who we are as a couple. Luckily our amazing photographers, Marlene & John Koman, knew the perfect spots in the Malibu hills. We had perfect lighting for a playful picnic underneath a majestic oak tree, reminding us of our hike in Cinque Terre the morning after the proposal. We then headed down to the beach at Paradise Cove, which mimicked the night of the engagement where we walked along the sandy shores of Vernazza. The entire day together was a ton of fun, and we’re both so glad to have these photos as dear memories.

Photography: Koman Photography | Flowers: Flower Village | Hair And Make Up: Make Up By Sung | Her Attire: Abercrombie | Her Attire: Bloomingdales-Aidan Mattox | Her Beach Attire: Free People | His Attire: Hugo Boss | Props: Michaels | Props: Etsy | Props: Bikes-Motion Bicycle | Sweets: Trader Joe's

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Romantic Malibu Wedding Film by REB6studios

Wedding films are my jam. I start in and before you know it, I’m crying with vows and laughing at toasts. But then a show stopper like this one by REB6studios comes along and I’m swept off my feet. Capturing a gorgeous Malibu summer wedding, this one has it all: stunning views, emotional words and one madly in love couple. Have those tissues ready, because some happy tears are about to arrive!

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Estate
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Glamorous

From REB6studios The location of this wedding was a private estate, from the movie set of Hangover, so it might be very familiar! Our clients, Rebecca and Michael are TV producers who found us through a wedding blog that they follow. Their wedding cinematography was very important to them and felt that our style was a perfect fit for them. They said, “We thought Reb6′s films were unlike any other wedding videos out there. Not only are they cinematic, but the audio on their example films was excellent, the editing unique, and the colors vibrant. We Skyped with Sigmund and felt his company was a perfect fit for us. The day of our wedding, he pulled out all the stops. He even had an extra person there and a helicopter drone!”

Photography: Erich McVey | Flowers: Exotic Green Garden | Wedding Gown: Gordana Gehlhausen | Make Up: TC Thecla Luisi | DJ: VOX DJ | Venue: Private Estate | Coffee/beverage: Concious Bean | Wedding Videography: REB6studios

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Romantic Malibu Summer Wedding

Future brides take note: do not fear the non-white dress! This bride’s blush gown is absolutely stunning, from its color to the layers of gorgeous fabric. Add in beautiful roses from The Little Branch and the expert taste of Twine Events and we have a Malibu masterpiece, all captured by Hannah Arista Photography for us to enjoy on this dreary Monday. Grab some inspiration to get the week started right this way!

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From Twine Events… I believe the photos speak for themselves. While we love the pretty details of the wedding, you are truly swept away with this couple’s documentary style photos from Hannah Arista. You get a sense of the couple’s playful love, tender embraces, silly interactions, and gratitude toward their family all through the photos. They’ll be able to experience these timeless moments over and over for a lifetime. Such a treasure!

You definitely don’t need much when getting married at the Adamson House. This historic, outdoor venue in Malibu provides so much beauty on its own – ocean views, manicured lawns, rose gardens, historical details, and that perfect California weather. Which was even more important to the couple since they are now living in New York and had some family and friends flying in for the wedding. It was the perfect summer escape and time to celebrate! The bride decided to keep the main details neutral (gray, cream, nude) and add accents of soft pinks and yellows. This was carried throughout the day from the bride’s attire, stationery (made by the bride, Jinny, and her friend, Clarice), linens, flowers, pashminas, and table settings. After all the formal moments of the ceremony, photos, dinner, toasts, the bride changed into her second dress which allowed her to dance! And what a party it was – guests donned glow in the dark accents, visited the photo booth, cheered with tequila shots, enjoyed cake and specialty puddings, and danced the night away.

Photography: Hannah Arista Photography | Coordination: Twine Events | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Cake Creamery | Catering: Huntington Catering | Lighting: Revagio Productions | DJ: Extreme DJ | Wedding Venue: Adamson House | Hair & Make-up: Yuri Sinata | Linens: La Tavola | Photo Booth: Hashtag Photo Booth | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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Music Festival Inspired Malibu Wedding

Oh, what I would’ve given to attend this Saddlerock Ranch soiree. Combining California and carousels this outdoor music festival inspired affair (appropriately dubbed Rollypalooza) is simply incredible. With multiple live bands, food trucks, festive attire, and Seed Floral blooms - who can resist every rollicking element? Maria Lamb captured the gallery and it’s your ticket for entrance.

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From the beautiful Bride… One late summer night after we got engaged, my husband and I were star gazing on a beach in LA while lamenting about all the imminent wedding planning in our near future. Neither of us were particularly looking forward to it. So we decided to scrap our traditional idea of weddings and began dreaming up creative ideas for the most fun party of our lives. We decided we didn’t want a buttoned-up formal event with four different forks and a huge cake (not that we don’t thoroughly enjoy beautiful formal weddings; it just wasn’t for us). Many hours, crazy ideas, and laughs later (we nixed the zanier ideas that ranged from 200-person Twister to a vodka fountain), we envisioned an outdoor music festival with all its attendant rollicking elements: multiple live musical bands, food trucks, festive attire – who can resist? Our best man jokingly said we should call it Rollypalooza (Robby + Molly = Rolly; -palooza as a nod to Lollapalooza). Little did he know it would stick! Our wedding date was on the summer solstice so we decided to throw our own summer solstice music festival.

My husband is a musician on the side, so we got five different musical performers we personally know and one band through a referral to sign on as our “acts” throughout the day, including an appearance by my husband’s own band. We found an incredible, hip food truck owner (Tim Abell of Flat Iron) to cater the wedding using an outdoor fire pit and a farm-to-table menu. On one of our early dates, we shared an ice cream sandwich from the dessert truck Coolhaus so we brought them on to serve their legendary ice cream sandwiches. And it wouldn’t be a music festival without colorful wristbands, which we got custom printed and handed out to all the guests at the reception. We also had a biergarten next to the bar with several picnic tables, an outdoor movie theatre for the slideshow complete with blankets and cushions, glow sticks for the dance floor (who doesn’t feel more loose dancing with ten glow necklaces piled on?), and a late night bacon-wrapped hot dog cart (in true LA fashion).

We were fortunate to find an expansive vineyard/ranch in Malibu that had zebras, peacocks, llamas, bison, and horses. The best part – they allowed outdoor music until midnight. I fell in love with the idea of having llamas at our wedding, so we decided to make the llama our “logo” which we incorporated throughout, from the invitations to the favors. For the overall look of the wedding, I didn’t want any strong colors because the venue was outdoors with so much greenery already, so we stuck with neutrals like cream, gold, blush and grey. Seed Floral did an incredible job making my vision for loose, flowy, understated flowers and garlands come to life. For the decor, we used a lot of our own antiques and furniture, but also scoured flea markets and vintage shops and even my grandparents’ garage!

The wedding was so special because we felt it really represented us and had our unique tastes and style weaved throughout all the elements. I’m obsessed with good jam and my favorite is Stonewall Kitchen’s blueberry jam, which we gave out as favors. The venue is the vineyard that makes the wine we drank when my husband proposed. Two of the most incredible singers we know, Alex and Corey Fleeman, who sang us through the ceremony and first dance, perform at the church where we first met. My father made the signs for the stage, the table numbers, and the cornhole boards. My mother drew the illustration of us for the invitations and programs. My husband did all the chalkboard art. I DIY’ed many of the knick knacks, purchasing more gold glitter than I thought possible in the process. My husband’s band sang my favorite Taylor Swift song. We both designed our attire for the day: I designed my wedding dress, he got his suit custom made in bright blue with our inside jokes stitched to the lining of his jacket. The suit turned out to be a big hit on the dance floor when he popped his collar and guests saw “Rollypallooza” stitched under his collar!

And Maria and Jordan of Anthem Photography captured all the moments with their signature ease and flair. We really couldn’t have asked for a better team than these two!

Photography: Maria Lamb | Event Planning: Kayla Ton | Floral Design: Seed Floral | Wedding Gown: Sarah Seven | Cake: SusieCakes | Catering: Flat Iron | DJ: DJ Sosa | Band: Help The Doctor | Band: Alex And Corey Fleeman | Band: Bernie Kim & The Last Call | Band: California Feetwarmers | Groom's Suit: Klein Epstein Parker | Officiant: Pastor Rankin Wilbourne | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Bride's Ceremony Dress: ShinBu Bridal | Dessert: Coolhaus | Groom Tie + Clip: Bo Clothing | Hair (Bridesmaids): Drybar Westlake Village | MUAH: Kelly Yi | Music: Matt LaRocca | Paper Products: Hooray Creative | Rentals: Dish Wish | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: AAA Rentals | Rentals: Etablir | Security: Sandman Security | Sound: All American AV | Wine: Malibu Family Wines

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Surf and Sand Resort

I love California, that’s a given. The sun, the sand, the ocean  — it’s all swoon worthy in my book. So when it comes to booking a West Coast wedding destination? I’d look no further than Laguna Beach’s Surf & Sand Resort. Featuring stunning accommodations, gorgeous views and unique event spaces, Surf & Sand Resort is the perfect spot for a dreamy beachfront wedding.

From the creative and exceptional cuisine at the venue’s on-site restaurant, Splashes to the endless local Laguna Beach activities right out the front door, your guests will be thanking you for saying “I do” in such a fabulous locale. Surf & Sand Resort has gorgeous spaces for every wedding weekend event — from rehearsal dinner to farewell brunch. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the venue’s award-winning pool and luxe 15fiftyfive Lounge that offers up incredible sunset views! My dears, this spot’s got it all.

I don’t know about you all, but my bags are already packed! OH! There’s more — if you book your big day at Surf & Sand Resort by March 31, 2015, you’ll receive an extra night stay for the bride and groom! Offer good for wedding reception of 50 or more guests and/or minimum $6000 spent in catering food and beverage. For new bookings only. Simply mention this post when booking your wedding date. Happy planning! xo

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