Stauffer Chapel at Pepperdine University is the ideal backdrop for Jordan and Simon's beautiful wedding vows. With Jordan's impeccable sense of style and Simon's ability to keep everyone laughing, this wedding was a treat to document and participate in.
As beautiful as the blue stained glass window of the chapel is, those moments pale in comparison to the gorgeous post-ceremony couple photos we snapped on the cliffs overlooking Point Dume State Beach. Hands down one of my favorite wedding photography moments of my career.
Getting ready @ Airbnb in Malibu
Ceremony: Stauffer Chapel
Post-ceremony photos: Point Dume State Beach
Reception: Duke's Malibu
Photographer: Cecily Breeding (that's me!)
Officiant: Landry Smith (best friend of groom)
Food/Catering: Duke’s Malibu
Flowers: Wildfire Florist
Dress: Chantilly Couture
Hair/Make up: Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Caitlin and Josh are college sweethearts who planned their wedding from out of town while doing long-distance and they still got married and had a blast on their wedding day. So basically they should get a medal (but instead they got rings and an unforgettable party in the mountains, which is just as good).
Thank you Caitlin and Josh for being so dang fun AND willing to traipse through the wild orchard underbrush for your photos (it helped that you were wearing cowboy boots). Thank you also for introducing me to my new favorite venue, The Homestead at Oak Glen. This venue was the perfect choice for your celebration because they did everything (right down to the flowers and the photo booth) for you but they are also so creative and helpful in every way. Bride's dream, but also a photographer's dream.
Photography: Cecily Breeding (that's me!)
Wedding coordinator: Paula Christante
Venue: The Homestead at Wilshire Ranch (Owner Paula Christante), (909) 790-8010, email@example.com, 11951 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
Food/Catering: Haverland Catering, (909) 446-0557, firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ/Music: DJ Milo (booked through The Homestead)
Flowers: Nadine (through The Homestead)
Cake: ??? (provided by The Homestead.... didn't I say this place is awesome?)
Dress: David’s Bridal
Alicia and Reilly got married at the church where Alicia grew up and where her father is a minister AND he officiated their wedding ceremony. And to add another level to the beautiful family symbolism, Alicia wore her mother’s wedding dress, which was customized and re-imagined by her mother-in-law. Crying yet? Oh, also she got ready at home, with her dog, and crossed the street to get married. The day couldn't have been more perfect, and with such incredible families, this marriage is destined for greatness.
After the ceremony in the church, the guests drove over the hill to Malibu where the reception was held on campus at Pepperdine University, where Alicia is an alum. With so many church and Pepperdine people in attendance, the whole day felt like a big family reunion (which is exactly how weddings should feel)!
Ceremony venue: Conejo Valley Church of Christ
Ceremony start time: 1:00pm
Reception venue: Villa Graziadio at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Wedding coordinator: Avesta Carrara
DJ/Music: Vox DJ (Daniel Cabral)
Flowers: LA Flower Market
Cake: The Pie Hole
Dress: Mom’s dress, reimagined by future mother-in-law
Amanda and Brent's wedding at Stonewall Ranch in Malibu had just the right combination of everything: a fine layer of mid-summer clouds to keep the outdoor ceremony cool (and to make photos SO much easier), a touch of sweet sentimentality in the tear-jerker of a first look between father and bride, before walking her down the aisle, a generous helping of family and friends who love this happy couple to the bone, and unlimited Pacific views.
Photography: Cecily Breeding (that's me!)
Hair and makeup location: Four Seasons Westlake Village
Getting ready groom: family home
Getting ready bride: Air BnB
Venue: Stonewall Ranch, Malibu, CA
Ceremony start time: 12:30pm
Wedding coordinator: Jessica Swann (email@example.com,
Food/Catering: Paulina’s Food Catering
Coffee Cart: Bon Cafetit
DJ/Music: Todd Mayo, Ian Lamont
Flowers: Greenwich Floral (bouquets), Mayesh Flowers (everything else)
Dress: Stella York, from Pebble’s Bridal
Does something look a little different about Ilse and Louis' gorgeous elopement photos at El Matador Beach? That's because we did the shoot at sunrise! That's right, this awesome couple got ready and met me at the beach at 6:45 am for sunrise (which turned out to be perfectly cloudy and all pastels all morning long) and it was totally worth it to have the WHOOLLE beach to ourselves! If you've been to El Matador, you know that it can be challenging to have a clean background due to other people enjoying the beach (who can blame them? It's stunning.) But a sunrise session at El Matador meant we were alone with the beautiful light, freshly smoothed sand, and expanse of rocks to climb all over. It was a dream come true!
Though based inland, Ilse and Louis wanted to snap elopement photos at El Matador because they getaway to the beach any chance they have (and I can totally see why!).
I'm so thrilled they found me online (yay Google!) and we got to spend these special moments together making some truly frame-worthy images to commemorate the beginning of their life together.
Stacy and Mark's March wedding at the legendary Wayfarer's Chapel in Palos Verdes, California, was nothing short of breathtaking. Full of light and glass, the space feels like a heavenly forest, and is the perfect space to say vows that will last a lifetime.
Stacy and Mark's sweet and playful relationship is a magnet for incredible people, and I had the best time joining in the celebration. Check out Stacy and Mark's engagement photos at El Matador State Beach back in September >>
Ceremony venue: Wayfarer's Chapel
Reception venue: Los Verdes Golf Course
Wedding coordinator: Shelby Jolivet, Emily Mora (Los Verdes staff)
Officiant: Angela Robinson
Food/Catering: Los Verdes Golf Course
DJ/Music: Kevin Hogan
Flowers: Sarah Brown, @sarahcbrowndesigns
Cake: Paige Tull
Dress: Lili Bridals & Formals www.lilibridals.com
Cookie favors: Susie Bock, www.couturecookiecompany.com, @couturedcookie
All-new in 2019, I'm offering a brand new type of wedding photography package to the menu. No editing, no post-processing. Just me, my artistic eye, my work ethic, my gear and a bunch of digital, unedited RAW files for you at the end of the night. It's not for everyone, but the Shooter-Only Package might be just what you were looking for.
Ryan and Celia's December 29th wedding was, in typical Southern California form, drenched in beautiful sunlight and warm weather. This beautiful Malibu West Beach Club wedding was complete with scarlet bridesmaid dresses and roses, fresh white tuxedo jackets on the groom and his gents, and (my favorite detail) the bride wore her mother-in-law to be's wedding gown, featuring a miles-long train that was just perfect for stunning sunset portraits. What a joyful celebration of a truly incredible couple!
Food/Catering: Kaycie Fellows - Critics Choice - firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ/Music: Vox (Will provide name of DJ)
Flowers: Karen Sartori - email@example.com
Cake: Torrence Bakery (through Critics Choice)
When a boy from the mountains of Colorado marries a girl from Southern California farm country, they throw a pretty awesome party in a lemon orchard. I've known Shelby and Teller for years, first through Pepperdine, then through our church. It was so much fun to celebrate their amazing relationship (and out of this world families) together with our church community.
Limoneira Ranch was a home run for a location, because of the endless acres of orange and lemon groves. And when it's not wedding season, it's a full-fledged citrus grower. This location was a perfect representation of these two homegrown hearts of gold.
Venue: Limoneira Ranch, Santa Paula, California
Photography: Cecily Breeding (that’s me!)
DJ/Music: JMYO Entertainment
Flowers: Claire Reynolds
Cake: Bread Basket Cake Company and Krispy Kreme
Dress: Kay’s Bridal
Videographer: Grant Dillion
I love shooting weddings that are a perfect representation of the couple getting married. If Jackie and Nate were an event, they would be this one: outdoorsy, surfer-friendly, cabins, hours of barefoot dancing, majoring on the majors, minoring on the minors.
The venue, El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, made this event the truly beautiful event that it was. Rustic cabins dotted around the property, trails and footbridges winding over streams and under oaks, next to rolling hills coated in soft grass, all framing a magnificent Pacific Ocean view. The outdoor ceremony ended just in time for a 3-minute December sprinkle, giving way to a sunny rainbow in the distance. After a portrait hour with family and wedding party (and a few extra minutes with the newlywed couple), the party moved down the hill to the reception area: complete with fire pits for lounging, red wine for sipping, and a live duo of banjo, guitar, harmonica, and bongo-playing brothers to crank out foot stomping tunes long into the night. Most of the guests spent the night on site in cabins. What a brilliant idea!
Venue: El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, California
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