This Calamigos Ranch Wedding Positively Glows with Fairy Lights

February 23, 2020 | brooke

As soon as Jareena and Christopher stepped foot on the grounds of this magical Malibu venue, they knew a Calamigos Ranch wedding was the day they’d been dreaming about! We’re positively obsessed with the fairy lights and whimsical vibes this couple’s day is giving off. If you’re one to fall for fun details, you are going to love the couple’s Polaroid table, Shutter Bus Co, and name plate marble coasters they gave to their guests as favors! Pro tip: Choose decor that can double as favors for your guests — less waste, and they’ll love taking something home. Lauren Mihae nailed every single photo of this dreamy day, and we can’t wait for you to see them!

The Couple:

Jareena and Christopher

The Wedding:

Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, California

I wanted to find a way to make Chris feel his mom’s presence, so I had custom cufflinks made that had a tiny photo of Chris and his mom and an inscription saying , “Always with you <3”. I gave it to him as a surprise after we did the first look.

Maroon is one of my (Jareena‘s) favorite colors. I wanted a gradient from Maroon to dusty pink, but I wanted to give my bridesmaids flexibility. I know how hard it can be to find the perfect dress, so I didn’t mind what color and style of dresses they chose. I just wanted them to be happy and find something that at least blended well. I told them to choose and coordinate amongst themselves.

We were captivated by the venue from the moment we stepped foot on its property. It was like walking into an enchanted forest. We wanted our guests to experience the same magical feeling we experience every day in our relationship and we knew the trees with the hanging lights and the steady breeze would encapsulate that. To fit this notion, we went with a mix of whimsical and boho. We wanted to accentuate and play up the style by adding more natural elements–greenery and wood–while staying unique and adding touches that had ‘us’ written all over it. 

We planned our wedding fairly quickly given our circumstance, my mother-in-law was ill. She passed a month before our wedding and it was heartbreaking and traumatizing. We had sped up everything so she could make it to our wedding. We were worried this might happen, the chances were high as we saw her start to grow more ill. Chris and I had very open dialogue about what we’d do if it did happen, and I think it’s important to talk about these things. We entertained the thought of potentially canceling the wedding, but ultimately made the decision that being surrounded by family and loved ones during our hardest time is good for us. We felt so supported and loved throughout the wedding and it was even more special knowing she was there watching us. Hardships like these and how you work through it makes you stronger as a couple.

My photographer (Lauren Mihae) was easily a highlight of the wedding day. She was so fun and easy to work with. From the beginning, it felt easy. It was like a long lost friend, coming to help with the wedding and making us feel comfortable, yet on top of the world. She made us laugh, she encouraged us and made us feel at ease. It was great working with her and I only wish I had more reasons to work with her.

We had a boba bar from my favorite tea shop with all of my favorite drinks and a caricature photo of us on the boba cups. We used Polaroid photos of us in locations we’ve been as indicators of where to sit, alongside custom marble coasters, which were placed at each individual seat. We had a paper airplane making station for suggestions on where we should travel to and these were used as send offs in place of sparklers or balloons.

We customized marble coasters with people’s names. We wanted a practical gift that people would like and use. It was a huge success.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lauren Mihae
Wedding Venue – Calamigos Ranch
Floral Design – Joanna Brainard
Cake – Go Cakes
Videography – Shutter and Sound
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Kirsten Gavina via Kelly Zhang Studio
Wedding Dress – Floravere
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss
Photo Bus – Shutter Bus Co


Congratulations, Jareena and Christopher, and many thanks for sharing your Calamigos Ranch wedding with Junebug! If you’re swooning over these vibes, you’ve got to see this whimsical boho Oregon wedding at Horning’s Hideout.


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Free-Spirited West Texas Elopement Inspiration in the Monahans Sandhills

February 22, 2020 | brooke

Give us all the dunes and adventurous vibes! Flowermouth Photography and Light as Gold dreamed up this “bohemian meets desert style” Texas elopement that’s making us feel all those free-spirited, unconventional bride feels. The photographers partnered with Epoch Co Events to emulate a modern, minimalist elopement with boho rentals from Vestige Event Rentals and lost of dried florals and pampas grass creations from Urban Rubbish Weddings. We’re obsessed with this bridal style—Rue De Seine Bridal via Unbridaled and a perfect touch of glam with the bride’s Blue Jean Revival headpiece. If you’ve been dreaming of a simple, stunning Texas elopement in the sand, this one’s for you!

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Tiny Quartz Crystal Crown ($58); Natural Gemstone Clear Crystal Headband ($79.91); Crystal Quartz Headband ($48); The Claire – Crystal Quartz Tiara Crown ($70); Raw Quartz and Gold Wedding Headpiece ($105)

The Talented Team:

Photography – Flowermouth Photography, Light as Gold
Event Planning – Epoch Co Events
Location – Monahans Sandhills, Odessa, Texas
Floral Design – Urban Rubbish Weddings
Stationery – Owl and Envelope
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – K Malynn Beauty
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine Bridal via Unbridaled
Hair Piece & Earrings – Blue Jean Revival
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Rentals – Vestige Event Rentals


Many thanks to Flowermouth Photography and Light as Gold for sharing these incredible photos with Junebug! Dreaming of your own elopement in the states?

RECOMMENDED READING: 10 Cool Cities to Consider for a U.S. Destination Wedding

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Picturesque French Countryside Wedding at Château Saulxures-les-Nancy

February 21, 2020 | brooke

We’re melting over Bertille and David’s picturesque French countryside wedding at Château Saulxures-les-Nancy. From quiet morning moments to a traditional ceremony, The French Wedding Photographer beautifully captured the elegance of this day. Bertille looked stunning in a Annais Bridal gown, which was complimented by David’s classic Club of Gents suit. If you love simple greenery and white flowers, you’re going to love how this couple chose to decorate their reception space. And make sure you scroll to the end to see their unique take on a wedding cake!

The Couple:

Bertille & David

The Wedding:

Château Saulxures-les-Nancy, Saulxures les Nancy, France



We celebrated a French-German wedding and so included different elements from the wedding traditions from both of our countries. It was important for us to show the intercultural connection between us as a couple and we wanted to introduce our origins to the family and friends of “the other side” respectively. On top of that, we tried to motivate our international guests to overcome language barriers and to get to know each other (more info on how we did that below). By creating an open-minded atmosphere where everybody feels comfortable and positive, yet excited to discover and enjoy the day with us.

The most memorable parts of the couples’ day: It was the special atmosphere that our guests created. Even though they came from different countries (mostly French, Belgian and German), we saw so many of them connecting to each other. It was a pleasure to see that our plans and preparations worked out well. Secondly, it was the personalized elements that we had organized. The music our family members played during the religious ceremony, the surprises (see below) and our opening dance choreography that we had practiced for weeks and that turned out well.


Bertille designed our bilingual invitations, church booklets, menues. We also made our own signs indicating where the reception/dinner/dance floor etc. were located. We also created a personalized game for each our guests: They had to take a photo with someone that shares a hobby/profession/other funny things with them. It was well received and thus, our guests got to know each other very well, and we had a great party. 

Nature is very important to us and we both like to spend time outside hiking, biking, camping etc. We decided for a chic-rural style with dominating green and white colours as a reference for nature and purity.


The Wedding Team:

Photography – The French Wedding Photographer
Wedding Venue & Floral Design – Château Saulxures-les-Nancy
Catering – Thomas Jacquot
Live Music – Harmonie Karlsruhe
Hair Styling – Jacques Tordjman
Wedding Dress – Annais Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Club of Gents


Congratulations, Bertille and David, and many thanks to The French Wedding Photographer for sharing their day at Château Saulxures-les-Nancy with Junebug!

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