Friday, January 16, 2009

Jessalyn and Michael - Paradise Cove, Malibu

Welcome to the wedding of Jessalyn and Michael who were married on 8/8/08 at the beautiful Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and there was unbelievably no traffic on Pacific Coast Highway on a Friday at rush hour! This couple truly has good fortune!

The ceremony was held up on a bluff overlooking the beach and pier.

HELPFUL TIP: Don't even think about a unity candle at a beach wedding! That flame will not stay lit. Try something more beach appropriate like a sand ceremony where your mothers/representatives of your family first pour the sand in the big urn and then the bride and groom follow to symbolize all the family coming together as one. You can do this with colored sand if you wished but we kept it natural for Jessalyn and Michael. You can keep this urn on your mantle at home afterwards too!

BORROW THIS IDEA: You're starting to see a trend I'm sure with the rice & grains from Chetna's wedding and now the sand. But yes, sand, sand everywhere! It's a great and easy way to add a twist to your escort card table. Pour sand onto the tables, either all over the table or in neat rows and stick the cards right into the sand.

HELPFUL TIP: Two great things about this, it helps to keep the escort cards from flying away when you're outside and also sand is free! Heavy to carry up from the beach but free :)

BORROW THIS IDEA: This lovely escort table arrangement cost no more than $25 and took about 10 minutes to put together! Ingredients: 1) small cake stand with lid 2) sand 3) moss 4) seashells 5) Hydrangea cluster 6) ribbon. Es todo!

Colbie Caillat, singer-songwriter of hits like "Bubbly" and "Realize" and dear friend of the bride sang the couple's favorite song "Magic." Colbie was accompanied by musician Jason Reeves.

I loved this cake. It was so 1986-chic!

Strings of globe light bulbs really added a charming touch to this outdoor reception.

The bridesmaids dresses were custom made in a teal satin. I also was in love with that guest's grey and black dress. And yes, she did catch it.

Oh, what a beautiful night to have an outdoor beach wedding!

Photos courtesy of Joanna Wilson Photography

1 comment:

shellfish said...

I love u, DOD. You make me want to throw a party, get married, everytime I see another one of your creative and well thought out events!