Wedding Invitations Set The Stage For A Malibu Wedding
September 15, 2009
By: eddye
United States

When Tifany at Gourmet Invitations sent us today's wedding feature, she was SO excited. Not only was the couple a dream to design for ... but the finished invitation suite was just so darn clever! 

Jennifer and Aamer's Malibu wedding took place at the Adamson House this past May.

Malibu Wedding Gourmet Invitations Stephanie Lairson

from Jennifer ...

The inspiration for our wedding style was modern, fresh, and FUN! My fiancé and I didn’t want anything to feel too formal, and we wanted a wedding that really reflected us. Growing up in Southern California, my one requirement was that we HAD to get married by the beach.

Gourmet Invitations Stephanie Lairson Malibu

Stephanie Lairson Malibu

Aamer and I are huge music fans, and we wanted to find a way to incorporate our love for music into our wedding. It all started with our invitations that were designed by Tifany at Gourmet Invitations. She came up with the fabulous idea of our invite actually being a CD! She also incorporated a sound wave design, which we carried over into other aspects of our wedding.

Gourmet Invitations CD Wedding Invitation Suite

invitation suite photography courtesy of The Shooting Gallery


We were very fortunate in finding the Adamson House in Malibu!  It is a beautiful historical house right on the beach, with a gorgeous sycamore tree and garden. 
Our pre-ceremony music was songs that we loved by bands like Radiohead, Coldplay, and The Smiths ~ performed by a string quartet.  I chose to walk down the isle to Teardrop by Massive Attack, which had personal meaning to my groom and me. 

The wedding ceremony was performed by a dear friend of ours under the beautiful sycamore tree.  He did an excellent job of keeping it light and entertaining, while not detracting from the intimate and meaningful moments.  We wrote our own vows, which really personalized the ceremony.  At the end, we released doves in honor of my mother, who had recently passed away.  It was a very touching moment that we will never forget.

Malibu Wedding Stephanie Lairson Gourmet Invitations

Dove Release Mark Brooke Photography Malibu


Our main color was burgundy, which we highlighted with a light pink.  Burgundy has always been my favorite color, and even though we had a spring wedding, I insisted that we still use a dark color.  It turned out that the burgundy really popped against the greenery at the Adamson House, which was an unexpected bonus!


Our flowers were designed by Floral Art.  I carried a burgundy bouquet made from maroon cymbidium orchids, black calla lilies, baccara roses, and burgundy peonies.  I love the way the flowers looked with my white wedding dress.  The bridesmaids carried pink bouquets made from pink lisianthus, roses, and pink cymbidium orchids.  Aamer wore a miniature black calla lily, and the groomsmen wore miniature pink cymbidium orchids to match the bridesmaids bouquets.

Gourmet Invitations Stephanie Lairson Vanilla Bake Shop

Our cake was designed by Vanilla Bake Shop and was actually tiers of baby cupcakes, with a small cake on top.  To keep things fun, we used Batman and Wonder Woman to top it off!

Stephanie Lairson Gourmet Invitations Malibu

My dress was designed by Rivini and available exclusively at Lili’s Bridal in Tarzana.  When the sales person showed it to me, I didn’t even want to try it on.  I had a completely different idea of the kind of dress that I wanted to wear.  However, once I reluctantly put it on, I never wanted to take it off!

Malibu Gourmet Invitatioins Stephanie Lairson

We wanted a very clean and simple look to our centerpieces.  It took some time, but with the help of our fabulous wedding coordinator, Stephanie Lairson, we came up with the idea of submerging flowers in water.  The centerpieces consisted of 3 cylindrical glass hurricane vases in varying heights filled with submerged flowers, that alternated between black calla lilies pink cymbidium orchids, and burgundy cymbidium orchids.  They were all placed on a round dark wood tray and surrounded by votive candles

Our table numbers were actually names of our favorite bands.  One side had the band name written out with the sound wave design and the other side had a CD cover from that band.  The menus were done in our color palette with a burgundy back plate to help them pop against the white table linens.

Wedding Centerpiece Stephanie Lairson

We absolutely LOVED all of our vendors, but one key person in pulling everything together was Stephanie, our wedding consultant.  Our wedding day was flawless because of her help, ideas, and support.  We can not thank her enough for keeping things running so smoothly!

In addition, our photographers, Mark and Candice from Mark Brooke Photography, were absolutely fabulous!  They take fun and funky images, and are incredibly easy to work with. They did an amazing job making us and our day look flawless.

Gourmet Invitations Custom CD

invitation suite photography courtesy of The Shooting Gallery


Our music was of course a key factor.  We had a fantastic DJ,
Richard Blade, who also served as our MC.  Together, we made sure the dance floor was full throughout the evening!

Stephanie Lairson Malibu Gourmet Invitations


The one piece of advise that I have to give to brides planning their wedding, is to find ways to incorporate little things that reflect you as a couple.  Personalizing your wedding is what will make you and your guests really remember your special day.  Don’t feel like you have to follow any particular set of rules.  Just do what feels right to you, and remember to have fun!

Malibu Bride Groom Mark Brooke Photography

Congratulations Jennifer and Aamer! We thank you so much for sharing your lovely day with us!!

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For more fantastic weddings from today's featured Little Black Book members, here are some links to their websites and blogs ...

Gourmet Invitations ... Blog and Website 

Stephanie Lairson ... Website and Gallery

Vanilla Bake Shop ... Website and Cake Gallery