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Calamigos Ranch Wedding

Garden Weddings

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When Heather of LVL Weddings & Events sent this Malibu wedding our way, we fell in love with every one of the romantic little details, right down to the gorgeous floral arrangements from Art With Nature Floral Design. Photographer Aaron Young was on hand to capture Michelle and Evan’s big day, and be sure to read on for some wise wedding planning advice from Michelle.

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From the bride, Michelle: After getting engaged, we basked in the post-engagement glow for a few months and then gave ourselves almost a year to plan our wedding. Our goals were to have an awesome party that was true to us; in our case, that meant a smaller outdoor California-elegant wedding. The first and best decision we made, besides getting married to each other of course, was to hire a really amazing wedding planner. From there, everything was so much easier because we did not have to reinvent the wheel. Instead of spending endless hours on the internet trying to figure out which vendors could do a good job, we got to focus on all the fun parts, knowing that the less fun stuff was getting taken care of too. Plus, our wedding planner kept us on track time-wise and ultimately saved us a lot of money through connections and ideas.

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I was also very lucky to have a fiance (now husband!) who enjoyed the wedding planning too, such that it was a joint project we did together. Of course, there were times it got overwhelming, and so we tried to make sure we had date nights where wedding talk was banned to preserve the sanity — I recommend that. The other thing I’m really glad we did was setting up a honeymoon registry which enabled us to splurge guilt-free on an incredible trip after the wedding.

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The wedding weekend itself was incredible. We kicked it off with a delicious food-truck rehearsal dinner party where our many out of town guests from as far as Holland got to know each other. And then the actual wedding day was a most amazing day of love and happiness; that feeling of finally being married to the one you’ve waited all those years for plus being surrounded by so many people who all love and care about you and have come to support you in your marriage — it’s truly the best.

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Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):

Wedding Planner: Heather of LVL Weddings & Events / Wedding Venue: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Aaron Young / / Wedding Flowers: Art With Nature Floral Design / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way / Hair and Makeup: Susie Chhuor / Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop / DJ: Vox DJs / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Fingerprint Tree: Bleu de Toi / Wedding Favors: Beau-Coup / Videographer: Plug Video Productions

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
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Sunrise Punta Cana Wedding

Beach Weddings

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Katya and Rob, who are photographers themselves, knew they wanted a gorgeous and relaxed wedding with amazing photographs to remember the day by. To help them achieve this, they brought on the talent of Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography who sent these gorgeous images our way. The newlyweds chose to have their ceremony at sunrise, thereby getting some incredible lighting for their on-the-beach nuptials.

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From the photographers, Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography: The couple whose wedding this was is Katya and Rob, and they are wedding photographers themselves who relocated to the Dominican from Canada last year. The wedding was simple, with the main goal for all guests to have fun and enjoy beautiful Punta Cana. However, within the simplicity it was also classy and creative, and Katya had given the planner total freedom to style the ceremony and reception with her creativity.

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What made the wedding different than other beach / destination weddings was definitely the sunrise ceremony. With the entire wedding party dressed in white, the early morning start-time allowed for some beautiful images, and considering Katya and Rob are photographers themselves, the pictures were very important to them.

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Wedding Vendors (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic):

Wedding Venue: Jellyfish Restaurant / Wedding Photography: Nordica Photography / Wedding Dress: Amy Michelson / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Veil: Tessa Kim / Wedding Jewelry: Red-I by Chelsea / Groom’s Suit: Tommy Bahama / Officiant: Tony Mazzuca / Videographer: Jakfoto Films

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Hair and Makeup by Stylisted

Stylisted is an online platform that allows women to book on-location hair styling and makeup appointments from a network of vetted beauty professionals. Brides can browse stylist profiles, sort & filter by price & star rating, and book right through the site. Services include Wedding Trials, Wedding Day hair and makeup for the bride & her bridal party, and basic services for wedding guests!

Skip the salon, select the professional for your needs, and wait for beauty to knock at your door. It’s your wedding day, hair and makeup should come to you!

Need help selecting a stylist or planning out your beauty prep? Email for a seasoned bridal concierge to help make your day as seamless as possible!

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Pinhole Press


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Nothing quite says “you” more than a photo. Pinhole Press offers the freshest photo gifts in town, now including all things wedding paper. You want to take your gorgeous engagement photos beyond the mantle destination but wanted a modern design for your stationery, now you can kiss two dilemmas goodbye:

Pinhole Press, best known as an online boutique for photo gifts, just launched its new wedding collection full of beautiful, wedding invitations, save the dates, wedding shower sets, wedding gifts and other lovely paper goods designed to bring a layer of chic sophistication to your big day. These products are beautifully simple, but the real beauty is found in the curated collections that offer complementary products for all the details along the way – from save the dates and invitations to the goodie bags, wine labels and more.

Pinhole Press is offering a 10% discount to Ruffled readers with discount code SayYesToPinholePress.

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Studio La Fleur

With our Focus on artisry, all florals are carefully choosen. Studio La Fleur’s exceptional color and texture combinations set your event apart from the rest of the cookie cutter looks that are currently flooding the wedding and event scene. We live to design and create new looks that will help your event set you apart. Let your personality come through. From Romantic soft looks, to edgy, modern and vintage inspired events. We are devoted to creating a beautiful event.

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