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A Pretty Pastel Malibu Rocky Oaks Wedding

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A Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding is always one for the books. For good reason:  the vistas on display at this property always take my breath away.  This is the reason why the venue has become so legendary here in Los Angeles – and dare I say, the world over.  There is nothing like it!

The bride and groom, Emma and Michel, lived in France for the initial part of planning, then moved to San Francisco.  Wisely, they booked me over a year in advance, and had ample time to carefully curate and construct their dream day. They had many guests flying internationally, and were able to have their wedding on a weekday, which made things even more seamless to plan.

The Wedding Vendors

The florist, Plenty of Petals, nailed the romantic, vineyard-inspired florals, Signature Party Rentals provided the chairs and tables, napkins were by La Tavola, and Bright rentals provided the rose gold silverware.  Other vendors included Vox DJs, Jacob Jurado (officiant), Tim and Co videography, Jamie Cakes, and Silver Service Catering.  The vibe was soft blush, rich organic greens, and French country furniture with rich wood texture.

The Planning Process- a Weekday Wedding!

While Emma and Michel lived abroad and then in San Francisco, we stayed in close touch.  Because many guests were flying in from outside of L.A., this was a destination wedding for many of them, and the couple chose to have the event on a weekday.  Not my first, actually – they’re a lot of fun!  Also, some vendors and venues have cost-effective pricing for weekday events.  They made sure guests knew well ahead of time when the event would take place, so they couljd request vacation days, book flights, and make overall “life” arrangements for the event.

Enjoy photos below, by Sally Pinera!


Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding floral backdrop border ceremony greenery blush

Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding floral backdrop border ceremony greenery blush

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Lush bouquet dahlias greenery blush pink burgundy

Bridesmaids Blush bridesmaid gowns greenery rustic bouquets

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French country crossback chairs rustic malibu rocky oaks signature rentals

Real Wedding: May at Malibu Rocky Oaks

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This last May, el nino threatened our chances of an outdoor wedding, but in the end, love prevailed!  This wedding, with elements of Korean customs, was full of joy, laughter, and tasteful touches of Jackie Combs of Lotus and Lily’s floral and event design. Delicious food and seamless entertainment and beautiful lighting from outstanding vendors made this a hugely successful event, at one of our all-time favorite venues.  The beautiful photos below are from Iris and Light.


Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Catering:  Amy’s Culinary Adventures

DJ, Paebeck, and some Lighting:  Valentine Entertainment
Rentals and some Lighting:  A Rental Connection

Cake:  Intricakes

Florals:  Lotus and Lily

Linens:  Luxe Linen

Videography:  Peter Yun

Photography: Iris and Light

Hair and Makeup: Yuri Sinata


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Cake by Intricakes

Cake by Intricakes

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Valentine Entertainment coordinated the Korean Paebeck ceremony.

Valentine Entertainment coordinated the Korean Paebeck ceremony.

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Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

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Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

Florals by Lotus and Lily, Linens by Luxe Linen

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Blue Skies: Malibu Wedding at Villa Mara

By | Flower Duet, Gianna and Company, Jamaica's Cakes, Jeromy Robert Photography, Malibu, Outdoor Weddings, Private Estates | No Comments

This job is personality based.  You have to be a pro at logistics, negotiation, project management – but you also have to meld your personality with your clients, their families, and vendors.  I love that about this job, actually; I love meeting new people, gaining new insights into the world from the relationships I make, so it’s a perfect fit.

What a fun group! The bridal party, family, and friends had fun at the Santa Monica Pier photoshoot two days before the wedding.

Nick and Steph called me over a year ago about my services.  They are Dallas-based and wanted a beach side, LA wedding, not just for the view, but to accommodate relatives flying from Asian and European locations (LAX is the perfect hub for such travels).  From there, the adventure began:  Searching for venues, landing the perfect spot, and constructing a day that wove in a Chinese tea ceremony, an ocean-view ceremony, and a killer after party.

A lovely Chinese tea ceremony prefaced the western Ceremony.

Jamaica's Cakes took the bride and groom's ideas and implemented them perfectly.

The architecture of a space is so important when considering event photography.

My favorite view of Villa Mara...

The party kept going into the night thanks to Chris Broulette, from California Sounds, and Michael C Events served up some delicious short ribs and a signature cocktail created by the bride and groom.

This crowd could dance!!

We keep finding excuses to keep in touch: Cleaning Steph’s dress, following up on the marriage certificate – you know, the usual!  It was a pleasure planning their big day, and thanks to Jeromy Roberts Photography, we have glorious pictures to remember it by.  Even more snaps in Galleries!

Venue: Villa Mara / Gianna and Company

Flowers:  Flower Duet

Photography:  Jeromy Robert Photography

Cake:  Jamaica’s Cakes

After-party Treats:  Cake Monkey

DJ:  California Sounds – Chris Broulette

Caterer: Michael C Events