Moody Vintage Malibu Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

July 29, 2017 | Junebug Weddings

No matter how many times we see it, our hearts skip a beat when moody fall color palettes and vintage décor come together as perfectly as in this Calamigos Ranch wedding! Desiree and Alex stayed true to their respective personalities — a Fall lover and an old soul — and the combination was prettier than we could have ever dreamt up! The couple chose the venue’s Oak Room, which featured an outdoor ceremony space with a natural stone waterfall backdrop and a rustic reception pavilion draped with white linens and twinkle lights. Every inch of this venue was decorated like a work of art with custom signage, rich linens, and lush florals. As if it couldn’t get any better, the bride floored us with a sexy-yet-classy lace Berta Bridal gown and glamorous makeup. Krista Ashley Photography went above and beyond capturing every gorgeous detail, as well as the couple’s romantic portraits throughout the grounds.

The Couple:

Desiree and Alex

The Wedding:

Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, California





We chose Calamigos Ranch because that’s where we went on our first date. Calamigos was the only venue that we looked at and, after touring it, it just felt right. After we chose our venue, we picked our theme by integrating all of our favorite things. My husband is an old soul and loves anything vintage. My favorite time of year is fall, and I love anything that is dark and moody.

For the place settings, I purchased thick velvet ribbons, iron stamped each of our guests’ initials at the top of the ribbon, and placed them under everyone’s plates. The color of these ribbons indicated what each person was going to be eating: forest green for vegetarian, gold for chicken, and burgundy for beef. 



Our wedding favors were hand-poured clove and cinnamon candles in gold tins. One of my dear friends made them from scratch for us.

My sister-in-law and I also made all of our wooden signs. We had so much fun staining the wood ourselves! Hilary is an artist so she did all of the hand lettering herself. 

Processional (Groom) – “La Vie En Rose” by Daniela Andrade
Processional (Wedding Party) – “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
Processional (Bride) – Bag Piper
First Dance – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Krista Ashley Photography
Day-Of Coordinator – XOXO Weddings
Venue – Calamigos Ranch
Floral Design – The Little Branch
Cake – Frost It Cakery
Officiant – Deidra Gray-Breijo
DJ – Prism DJs
Videography – Ryan McDuff
Invitations – Minted
Makeup Artist – Kiss The Bride Makeup
Wedding Dress – Berta Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – John Varvatos
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Ben Bridge
Rentals – Otis + Pearl
Favors – Ground Water Apothecary


Congratulations to Desiree and Alex, and a special thanks to Krista Ashley Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding with Junebug! Looking for more moody fall wedding inspiration? This vibrant fall wedding inspiration gives us all the warm fuzzies and has a ton of fabulous style inspiration!

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One Comment

  1. What a gorgeous wedding dress and bouquet! Amazing details and wonderful bride!

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