Sara and Kevin were married at Serra Retreat in Malibu, Calif. on September 1. ‘The venue had beautiful tile and landscaping throughout the property,” Sara said. “The 180-degree ocean view as a backdrop was spectacular too.” The bride loved her lace trumpet wedding gown and Steve Madden sparkling platform peep-toe pumps as well as all the florals, which incorporated her favorite color pink, succulents, and dahlias. Prior to the ceremony, the couple opted to have a first look, but as they were exchanging vows, they opted for a sand ceremony to symbolize their unity. Guests were escorted to reception tables that were named after beaches and asked to sign Kevin’s first surfboard as a kid in lieu of a traditional guest book. The night ended in candlelight with rose petals floating in the fountain, and everyone dancing to the beat of the music.
Cameron and Christopher were married at Coto Valley Country Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. on July 20. “Coto Valley Country Club was the 11th venue we toured, and we just had a surge of energy as we explored the club,” Cameron said. “Once our tour ended, we stood outside amongst the trees and just inhaled the serenity. Christopher and I looked at each other, and I confidently assured him that this club far exceeded all of my expectations, which was relieving to him, because he was feeling the same reaction!” For almost an entire year, the couple handcrafted most of their wedding details. From the map pinwheels that lined the aisle to the “a cord of three strands is not easily broken” unity signage, it brought greater appreciation to the entire day knowing it was something they had created together. The moment they can’t stop thinking about? Their vows! “We each wrote our own vows, but didn’t read them to each other until that moment,” she said. “Hearing the vows for the first time during the ceremony allowed the reactions to be genuine.” During the reception, Cameron and Christopher chose to have their entire wedding party sit with them as well as their dates. “It allowed us to truly be immersed in the festivities of the evening while looking out at all our favorite people,” Cameron said.
Nina and Sergery were engaged on Valentine’s Day and married six months later at Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in a secluded redwood grove. The bride’s favorite detail from the day? “I loved my dress,” she said. “I wanted to have something simple but unique, and that dress was it.” During the ceremony, they was surprised with a speech from their officiant about them being secret agents from other planets. “It was hilarious,” she said. In order to make their day personal and a reflection of them as a couple, they also wrote each other letters and sealed them in a box along with a bottle of wine to open on their 10th anniversary. Guests enjoyed a semi-vegetarian meal and went home with a “tie the knot” kit, since Nina and Sergery are both into backpacking and hiking.
Elva and Bobby were married on July 20 at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula, Calif. “My husband and I knew we wanted an outdoor, rustic venue that would capture our vision of having a whimsical, festive Mexican and Persian multicultural wedding,” Elva said. “Everything about the site was picture-perfect: its rich history, the lemon orchards, the bocce ball courts, the old buildings, the green hills, the windmills, the views, the list is endless! Being able to have a hot air balloon on site for our guests didn’t hurt either.” The traditional Persian ceremony was, for many of their guests, a first introduction to the other family’s customs, since it consisted of items that symbolized a happy marriage to them — sweets, pastries, mirrors, flowers, honey and Holy Quran. The Mexican reception decor was “bright, bold, and full of fun colors,” she said. “We incorporated papel picado, maracas, Mexican sweet bread, mini pinatas, and of course, lots of tequila in our signature drinks.”
Shannon and Steve were married at Tivoli Tool! in Laguna Beach, Calif on September 15. The couple opted to have a first look prior to the ceremony with the sand between their toes along the Pacific Ocean. Shannon wore a sweetheart ruched wedding gown accented with a beaded embellishment and carried a eco-friendly bouquet of succulents, roses, dahlias, berries, and scabiosa pods. To make her maid of honor stand out, she wore a coral chiffon dress whereas her bridesmaids wore aqua chiffon dresses. Steve said “I do” to his bride in the garden courtyard next to a waterfall backdrop. Guests were escorted to their seats with ombre tags attached to vintage keys. As the sun set, twinkling lights and heart-shaped paper decor hung overhead as the newlyweds performed their first dance and cut the three-tiered wedding cake topped with glittery signage.