Madison and Christopher’s wedding at The Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch has us California dreamin’ today. Their destination wedding in Malibu hills had all the rustic and elegant vibes we love, along with one of the dreamiest ceremony settings we’ve ever seen. It actually looked like they were floating on a cloud of ivy as they exchanged vows underneath a huge oak tree strewn with twinkle lights. Their designer, Skyla Brooke, did a phenomenal job creating a swoon-worthy celebration with vintage lamps, geometric accents, ambient lighting, hand-painted wood and glass signs, and eye-catching florals and greenery from Moonchild Floral Co. But it wasn’t just the decor that hooked us. Between the champagne toast on the beach in their matching lace robes to the bride’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier ballgown and the perfectly coordinated Bella Bridesmaids dresses, Madison and her girls were the epitome of squad goals. There were so many memorable moments throughout this wedding, and we are eternally grateful that Jonnie & Garrett documented it all for everyone to enjoy!
Madison and Christopher
The Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, California
Our venue, The Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch, had every aspect of a venue we were looking for. Being in the hills of Malibu was so dreamy. From the huge trees around us to the ideal weather, we knew it was the perfect canvas for both of us to create a dream setting for our ceremony and reception. We also loved that it had an indoor/outdoor feel for the reception so guests weren’t cold. It had an amazing hotel onsite, just steps away for our guests.
The most memorable part of the day was the moment I came down the balcony when I first saw Christopher standing at the altar. I was so nervous and excited and overwhelmed with happiness. It was such a special moment to share as my dad walked me down the aisle and gave me away to my husband.
My best advice for planning would be to have all your ideas and dream plans to all be condensed into one document. I had saved photos from my phone, Instagram collections, and Pinterest. I couldn’t keep up with all the cute ideas I wanted to have at our wedding. I made one document that portrayed my exact vision for each part of the wedding, from the welcome sign adornment to the table escort cards to the furniture setup. This really helped me see the vision come together for our dream wedding.
Our processional started off with a string quartet version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Then my dad and I walked down to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. Our recessional song was a surprise for my dad, and it was “I Love L.A” by Randy Newman, which is the song they play after every Dodger game when they win! We are huge Dodger fans, so that was super cool for him and all our family and friends who are fans! For our first dance, we had a choreographed dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Jonnie & Garrett
Event Planning – Skyla Brooke
Venue – The Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch
Floral Design – Moonchild Floral Co.
Cake – Frost It Cakery
Officiant – Jon Benzinger
DJ – Amani Jae Entertainment
Videography – Cinema Life Weddings
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist – Contour Fossa
Hair Styling – Carly Walters
Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Bella Bridesmaids
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Photo Booth – The Booth & Bus Co.
A heartfelt congratulations to Madison and Christopher, and a huge thanks to Jonnie & Garrett for sharing this lovely wedding with Junebug! Are you planning a Malibu wedding and looking for more inspiration? You’ve got to see Corinne and Jon’s Coachella-inspired southern California wedding over looking the Malibu hills!