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Occasionally it’s so nice to see a wedding stripped down to the bare basics — this Malibu wedding consisted of only the bride and groom, the officiant, and the wonderful Adam George of Embrace Life Photography to document the day’s events. Before heading off to their honeymoon in French Polynesia, Taylor and Chris tied the knot on a private beach, free to celebrate the day however they wished. There are more adorable photos to be seen in the gallery!

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From the bride, Taylor: We wanted an easy and fun day that really felt like us! No pressure, no stress, no drama which eventually lead us to having no guests – not even our own parents! Despite hundreds of loving friends and family members who were thrilled to celebrate with us, Chris and I decided to get married just the two of us and go on the honeymoon of a lifetime! We planned the honeymoon first – 3 weeks in French Polynesia; Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea! Once we had those details nailed down – we planned our wedding. From Boston, our flight path had us stopping in LA on our way to Tahiti. Since we wanted to get married in the US we figured we’d spend the night in Santa Monica, get married on the beach in Malibu, grab a tasty dinner and leave the next afternoon for our trip. So we did just that!

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The looks for our wedding kind of walk on the beach meets cocktail party. Casual, but not carefree. Chic, but not too dressy.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t take it too seriously – it’s supposed to be fun not something that feels like work! If you ever find yourself not having fun, stop and re-evaluate and don’t be afraid to make a change.

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Wedding vendors (Malibu, CA):

Wedding venue: El Matador State Beach / Photographer: Embrace Life Photography / Wedding flowers: Fleurs du Jour / Wedding dress: Helmut Lang / Wedding shoes: Michael Kors / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Stylist: Amanda Lyn of THe Harolt Salon / Transportation: Crown Limousine LA / Wedding Officiant: Officiant Guy

  • So pretty! Can’t get enough of elopements! :)

  • jillian

    such a sweet and simple ceremony. just lovely! xoxo jillian::

  • sweet sweet elopement. love her asymetrical dress too!

  • i’ve seen some gorgeous elopement pictures recently, so gorgeous and intimate

  • The groom’s outfit is brill. Fave shot is the two of them hugging with the ‘priest’ looking on :) Lovely capture.

  • Cassie

    We are also getting married on El Matador. It is beautiful, and these photos are gorgeous.

  • I love this. I completely agree- it is so nice to see weddings stripped down to the essentials- a bride, groom, and love.

  • Gorgeous!

  • Bridget

    Beautiful shots! Can someone tell me where the grooms vest is from? My fiance is obsessed. :)

  • Erika

    How do you find an officiant who will come to where you want?