Doug and Katie's Santa Barbara July wedding began in a park and ended up in an uproarious Italian-style party. This Alice Keck Park wedding was sunny and bright. After a post-ceremony portrait hour, the new couple and I did a photo-walk to Villa & Vine, where their friends and family awaited them to celebrate and wine down the evening together.
Ceremony venue: Alice Keck Memorial Gardens, Santa Barbara
Reception venue & catering: Villa & Vine
Cake: Santa Barbara Cakes
Pepperdine sweethearts getting married at a historic church in the Highland Park neighborhood of LA? It just doesn't get any sweeter than this.
Katrina and Sergio's wedding was so totally THEM. They met at Pepperdine, so their ceremony was officiated by a beloved professor, who delivered his message beautifully in both English and Spanish, to honor the bicultural union of the United States and Bolivia. Bolivian traditional appetizers, Southern BBQ buffet for dinner. Bilingual table decorations. Live music from their line up of ultra-talented friends. Group dancing lessons taught by the bride herself. Desserts baked by the mother of the bride. What a wonderful way to kick off the lifetime of a wonderful new couple!
Venue: York Manor
Food/Catering: It’s In the Sauce
DJ/Music: Alex and Wesley Park
Flowers: The Little Branch
Cake: Half Baked Co
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 11951 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
Food/Catering: Haverland Catering, (909) 446-0557, email@example.com
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
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
I love every shoot I do, but I give extra kudos and gold stars to a couple who will wake up on a weekend morning for a SUNRISE photo session. One dewy Sunday morning in February, Caitlin, Joshua, and I got our boots soaking wet and our hearts full with this dreamy Malibu Creek State Park engagement photo session. Can't wait for more of their giggly sweetness at their wedding this June!
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
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Kaley & Trevor's 09-09 wedding was filled with meaningful and earthy details. From barefoot bride Kaley to her goddess-dress bedecked bridesmaids to the poetically beautiful personalized vows, this ceremony left no sweet word unsaid. By the end of the night, even I was feeling all the feels.
Photographer: Cecily Breeding (that's me!)
Venue: Malibu West Beach Club
Food/Catering: Kaycie Fellows with Critics Choice Catering
DJ/Music: DJ Frawleywood with Vox DJs and photo booth package
Flowers: Maya Colclough
Cake: Torrance Bakery
Dress: The English Department in PDX
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