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Black Tie Calamigos Ranch Wedding

This duo’s goal? …to have elegant but outrageously fun party for our friends and family. I’d say they accomplished that and sooo much more. I mean, can you even stand this utterly romantic, twinkling ceremony space? Dreamy beyond words. Diana McGregor stood behind each moment with her lens and we’ve got the sparkling results here in THE VAULT, plus, a gorgeous film from Amari Productions!

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From Diana McGregorChelsea and Ryan grew up, graduated college and began their adult lives both on opposite sides of the country. A few years into adult life, their paths crossed very briefly one weekend when Chelsea was visiting New York. Ryan was invited into a summer share house with Chelsea’s best friend that summer. It just so happened Ryan was out there the weekend that Chelsea came to visit her best friend. Though it was only a brief introduction on the beach that Saturday, Ryan kept it in the back of his mind that she was moving to NYC that following November. Chelsea and Ryan crossed paths again at a birthday party for Ryan’s college friend in New York City, and they immediately had a connection. Sharing the same humor and interests, Ryan and Chelsea not only fell in love, but they became best friends.

From the Bride and Groom… For the wedding we wanted a romantic and magical summer wedding. I have always wanted to get married outside and given how naturally beautiful the venue was on its own, we did not want to overwhelm or take away from the natural beauty. When romantic comes to my mind, I immediately am drawn to candle light, chandeliers and soft tones. To set the romantic theme we chose a color scheme of pastel pinks, whites and garden greens. Décor, I envisioned a rustic shabby chic, lots of pastel tones and soft lighting. We had 175 guests. Since the ceremony and reception were in the same location, we were able to keep the same romantic and magical theme throughout.

One of the reasons we chose this venue was the natural beauty of Calamigos Ranch. We decided it would be magical and ohhh so romantic to have our ceremony take place while the sun was setting. As you walk up the slight incline to the ceremony you are immediately struck by the beauty of the large overhanging tree centered by a beautiful chandelier and strands of lights cascading from branches. The aisle was lined with clusters of white hurricane candles. Beautiful hand tied bouquets lined the aisle to give a intimate romantic feel. In addition, Ryan’s aunt became ordained so she could marry us. Having a close family member marry us created such a meaningful, personal, and heartfelt ceremony. Ryan and I wrote our own vows. Our vows were such honest expressions of our life dreams, commitment and love for each other. We spoke with friends afterward and they said they loved how personal the ceremony was and how she made people both laugh and cry during it. At the end of the ceremony Ryan dipped me for a kiss and we walked down the aisle as a married couple to our friends and family tossing rose petals. Truly a magical feeling and best moment of our lives!

A big focus of our wedding was to have elegant but outrageously fun party for our friends and family. As guests arrived from the ceremony they were greeted with a gigantic Ferris wheel dressed with twinkling lights. Wedding guests played lawn games and sipped champagne in front of this magical backdrop. A very special part of cocktail hour was having my younger brother and talented friend serenade friends and family. We had worked a lot in pre-planning with our fantastic DJ to keep fluid fun throughout the reception. The reception tent was a magical romantic image. White linen, chandeliers and twinkling lights draped from above as candle light emanated below from each table. Eucalyptus vines with clusters of peonies and garden roses draped the main table as hurricane candles and Voltaire candles created the perfect romantic feel for our guests. As guests sat down for dinner, the wedding party entertained the room with vibrant dancing entrance. Ryan and I were presented to our friends and family where we then danced to our first song. Our first dance was such a highlight as we got to truly embrace our love for each other. We wanted to create a fun environment for dinner so immediately following our first dance we invited all our guests to get up and start out the night with dancing. This was particularly important to us, and I think unique to our wedding, as it kept everyone involved and entertained. I find that if you leave people sitting for too long during the ceremony their focus can fade, they can get tired, and then will want to be on first bus out of there by the time the dancing begins. A high energy crowd set up the night full of laughs, love and best of times. From the youngest guests to the grandparents, the photo booth was a hit. Love filled the room as we danced the night away with our nearest and dearest.

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Photography: Diana McGregor | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordination: Sage Event Planning | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Make Up: Helen Hening | Hair: Marley The Barber | DJ: NYC DJ's | Groom's Attire: Windsor Custom | Cake/Dessert Bar: SusieCakes | Photobooth: Drunken Pixel | Photography Assistance: Lauren Guilford | Rentals: TMMPRO INC

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Sparkling Calamigos Ranch Wedding

When your meet cute is at a friends wedding, there’s no doubting you’re starting off on the right foot. Prepped with an armor of romance for their very own Big Day, these two lovebirds had a soiree full of sparkling trees, a Jim Hjelm dress, charming bits like this and a romantic design by Everly Events. Our friends at Koman Photography snapped it all up beautifully here in THE VAULT!

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From Everly EventsJennifer and Colin are as perfect in person as they are in these photos. These two lovebirds, who met at a wedding of one of their close friends in Los Angeles 2 years ago, have such a beautiful relationship and it was the most amazing year spent with them helping them plan their perfect wedding! The two started off in a long distance relationship but it didn’t take long until Colin realized he was in love with Jen and the two finally crossed paths when Jen got a new job and was able to move from Dallas to Los Angeles! Not much after, the two were engaged when Colin proposed to her in Jen’s hometown of Portola Valley, where the two of them were attending a wedding, and so then their own wedding planning began!

The inspiration behind the day came from the desire to have a rustic, yet whimsical and romantic feel for the day. Given the natural beauty of Calamigos Ranch and our simple taste we wanted to keep things simple. We also wanted our character to really be evident so we included scripture, pictures throughout our relationship and monogrammed pieces. Jen’s beautiful dress was by the talented designer Jim Hjelm – she found this beauty at the JLM Couture Bridal Gown Boutique in Beverly Hills. Her bridesmaid’s dresses were from Bill Levkoff, where she chose a beautiful blush color but let the girls select from a variety of different styles.

Some of my personal favorite details that Jen incorporated into her wedding included the custom monogrammed sunglasses that allowed everybody to feel like there was an element of costume and dress up for the dance floor party, and also the adorable cocktail napkins that read “all you need is love.” One very memorable and unforgettable aspect of the wedding was how much it ended up raining that day…in the middle of July and in a very serious drought here in Southern California!

Jen recalls, “There was no contingency plan for rain on our wedding day because it was the middle of July in Southern California and we were in a terrible drought! Nonetheless, we woke up on our wedding day to rain and very ominous looking clouds. As a bride who envisioned this day for 10 months, it was challenging at first to not feel upset that we had to change course and move our ceremony inside. Everyone kept telling us that rain was good luck and it was actually a blessing and I truly believe that it was. The rain created an intimate and unforgettable feeling for all of our guests. The love in the room was tangible and electric. The electricity manifested itself on the dance floor. Seeing all of the people whom we love the most gathered on the dance floor celebrating our love was unlike anything we have ever felt before.”

Colin and Jen live currently in Los Angeles in the quaint neighborhood of Brentwood. Colin works for an online expense reporting software company as a Business Analyst. Colin is also currently starting his second year of Business School at UCLA. Jen is a Management Consultant and works in a range of industries.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Noteworthy Weddings | Floral Design: Butterfly Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Nina New York | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Navarro | DJ: Gold Dust Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Bridal Boutique: JLM Couture Bridal Gown Boutique | Coordination + Design: Everly Events | Invitations + Guest Book: Rifle Paper Co.

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Romantic + Magical Rancho Del Cielo Wedding

Remember that viral wedding video that proved to be totally magical (pun intended) and took the internet by storm? Well, today is your lucky day because we’ve got the whole picture to share starting with the beautiful Bride and Groom. It’s a day graced with knockout designs and spell-worthy moments that truly rise to the occasion. See every moment from Frances Iacuzzi Photography in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride…Surrounded by my bridesmaids, my mom, her best friend Cheryl and our pitbull Betty (the flower girl, obviously), the shuttle bus wove us up the Malibu mountain. The bohemian-chic aesthetic was was still being assembled as we arrived. I was surrounded by my oldest and dearest friends and had to have about ten cups of coffee to convince myself I wasn’t dreaming.

The ring I gave Justin was the same ring his grandmother gave his grandfather in December of 1943. The ring Justin gave me was not an heirloom because neither of my grandmothers were willing to give theirs up just yet.

The flowers were a romantic mix of burnt coral peonies and succulents that made for a soft but colorful tone. This is one of many examples where we gave our vendors our preferences but let them take control of the final product. We made sure not to micro-manage them, but instead trust their expertise and artistry after relaying our vision.

I was incredibly nervous about reading my own vows. Thankfully, Justin came up with a brilliant idea to help quell my nerves: we would write our own vows on paper and swap them under the arch. I read what he wrote and he read what I wrote for the first time in front of our all friends and family. Literally exchanging vows made it feel all the more meaningful to us.

Our first dance was tricky, literally. When you’re marrying a magician there’s a subtle pressure to do something magical at your wedding. Naturally, I wanted to duck the cliche of making a dove appear or being sawed in half…Justin isn’t that kind of magician anyway. We were able to pull off a pretty great magic trick to wrap up our first dance, and I can’t describe how surreal it was to see it celebrated online ever since.

While Justin floating in mid air was “kinda” memorable, many people who saw the video were more curious to know who made my dress. Thank you to Watters for the two piece, rose gold, lace and toile dress that made me feel like a princess bride.

Photography: Frances Iacuzzi Photography | Wedding Planner: Red25 Events, Heidi Mayne | Floral Design: Twig And Twine | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Catering: Whoa Nelly | Makeup: Maureen Callahan | Hair : Sheila Stone | DJ: DJ Lee Dyson | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Wedding Venue: Rancho Del Cielo | Bar: Pharmacie, Tal Lowe | Ice Cream Sandwiches: Coolhaus | Party Supplies: Smart Party | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Stylist: Maradee Wahl | Wedding Music: “The Makes” Finian And Ciaran Makepeace