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Understated Elegance at Malibu’s Saddlerock Ranch

Combining the rustic backdrop of Saddlerock Ranch with the elegance of chandeliers, pastel florals by Krista Jon and open air details planned by A Stunning Affair, this wedding is putting its own style stamp on traditional California vows. And what a beautiful stamp it is captured by Nancy Neil Photography. From bouquets to the most gorgeous black and white portraits, have a look here for so much more.

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From Nancy Neil PhotographyThe Great Gatsby meets Jennifer and Brian’s Understated Rustic Elegance.

Jennifer had her favorite movie, The Great Gatsby (1974 version)with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford in mind, when she decided to recreate her own understated rustic elegant wedding in Malibu, California’s, Saddlerock Ranch. Surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop of mountain tops and livestock, Jennifer and Brian celebrated their nuptials in the company of 130 of their closest family and friends. Guests were treated to the festive feel of an elegant outdoor party complete with black tie attire, dance floor lighting, furniture vignettes, and a big band.

Arriving guests were greeted by either bubbling champagne, or refreshing lemonade served in mini mason jars complete with striped straws. Proceeding to the spacious grassy ceremony area decorated with 2 white urns overflowing with floral arrangements, guests took their rustic soft wood seats. The groom and groomsmen looked dashing in classic black tuxedos. The lovely bridesmaids were escorted down the aisle dressed in beautiful blush colored dresses. The beautiful bride, accompanied by her father, was adorned in an exquisite one shoulder gown. Guests watched the bride and groom recite their vows while framed in a mirror outlined in greenery and florals.

Following the ceremony, guests gathered for the cocktail hour listening to a Jazz Band, sipping on signature cocktails and dining on delicious oysters on the half shell. Shortly thereafter, all made their way down the path to the Main House for the reception which was decorated with wooden rectangular tables complete with burlap runners and silver charger plates. Soft candlelight surrounded a variety of antique urns filled with gorgeous pastel garden roses, dahlia’s and olive sprigs gracing the center of each table.

Guests danced the night away to the 12 piece big band under a canopy of twinkling custom lights. Not only did they enjoy a delicious vanilla wedding cake covered with fresh flowers, but they also dined on a gorgeous dessert display featuring macaroons, fruit tarts and freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Jennifer and Brian truly accomplished their wish: to have their friends and family feel comfortable and have lots and lots of fun at their wedding. No doubt, everyone had an amazing time, a day that they will never forget!

We were all honored to be part of such a beautiful wedding. Congratulations to Jennifer and Brian!

Photography: Nancy Neil Photography | Wedding Planner: A Stunning Affair | Stationary: Peony And Plum Paper | Hair: Bliss Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Amber Event Production | Cake And Desserts: Fantasy Frosting | Caterer And Bar: Huntington Catering | Ceremony, Cocktail And Dinner Band: Warren Priske | Florals: Krista Jon | Makeup: Jennifer Nam | Reception Band: West Coast Music | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Venue: Saddlerock Oak Grove Setting

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Destination Vow Renewal on the Shores of Hawaii

A 10 year celebration of love, marriage and 4 beautiful babies is such a good reason to pack up and head to Hawaii. This couple, who started their relationship on the pretty beaches of Hawaii returned for a vow renewal that could double for a wildly gorgeous vacation. It’s a two-for-one captured by Ifloyd Photography. From pineapple signage by Maggie Allen Calligraphy to pretty beach dining and a stunning ocean view, there’s so much more in the gallery to pore through

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From the beautiful Mrs… Celebrating 10 years is a pretty special feat for any couple. Keeping the romance and adventure in every marriage is important to keeping a lasting one. For the both of us, living in Hawaii years ago was definitely an amazing start to our lives together. But, when we planned our wedding 10 years ago, we had decided to keep it close to home and brought hawaii to all of our family and friends, but promising each other we would make it back. Ten years later, after living in 5 different cities, the births of our four sweet daughters, starting careers, just life, and saving tons of pennies, we returned to hawaii and in front of the ocean, the Hawaiian mountains, and a few friends, we renewed the vows we shared ten years ago.

We had so much fun planning this! We chose Kualoa because it is a beautiful secluded part of this hawaiian island. Most visitors get to oahu and get stuck in honolulu, which is so fun and busy and a full on amazing city. But, the other side of the island is where you get a true taste of hawaiian life and culture. We were so thankful to our three sweet friends who made the trek across the country to join us, and loved getting to share with them our favorite place on earth.

A friend and talented calligrapher made for us custom designed welcome letters, place cards, and menus. Custom “He’s my pineapple and She’s my pineapple” cards for our freshly picked from dole plantation pineapples and a pineapple for each of our guests. Decorated our table with driftwood, freshly picked flowers, and tableware.

We had a piece made that included the words to our favorite song (Jason Mraz, I won’t give up) that we felt spoke to our marriage. A conk shell with written calligraphy. Alea created the watercolor pineapple headers, because really who doest just love a pineapple. Flowers came from the island, and alea watched a few DIY’s to make her bouquet and floral crown.

Going to Hawaii was certainly a trip of a lifetime, and with helicopter tours, sailing with the dolphins off the coast of the napali, jumping off cliffs, eating spam and eggs, paddle boarding with sea turtles, it made celebrating ten years epic. The best part was telling each other how much we loved waking up to each other these last 3,650 mornings. That even in knowing the different seasons a marriage can take you, that we are in this forever and we commit to making sure love wins!

Photography: Ifloyd Photography | Dress: Donna Morgan | Calligraphy: Maggie Allen Calligraphy | Mens Attire: Banana Republic | Beach: Kualoa, HI | Dinnerware/pillow Seating: Pier One | He's My Pineapple, She's My Pineapple: Maggie Allen Calligraphy | Menu And Welcome Paperie: Alea Moore

10 Unique Wedding Dresses to Swoon

I love a classic strapless dress. Believe me, I do. But with SO many gorgeous styles being embraced by fashion-forward brides, it’s my wedding blogger duty to make sure we swoon each and every one. From short to scalloped, vintage to lace, we’ve got the style round-up thanks to our contributors that’ll make your Friday even more beautiful.

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