A Vintage Music Wedding Filled with Romance: Mary + Mike

I love sharing the wedding of couple’s engagements we’ve shared here on Green Wedding Shoes. Do you remember Mary + Mike’s sweet music + butterflies inspired engagement photos? Well, today I’m sharing their gorgeous wedding photographed by the talented Joy of Wildflowers Photography. Their wedding took place at one of my favorite venues, Calamigos Ranch in Malibu and I think you’ll soon see after looking at the photos why the venue is so amazing (a carousal? a ferris wheel? a ceremony under a huge tree with lights cascading down?? so perfect). Their wedding is full of music + love, what could make for a more amazing day! Thanks so much to Mary + Mike for sharing some of their details with us today also.

calamigos ranch wedding carousal

From Mary + Mike, “We tried to incorporate everything that is meaningful and significant in our lives as well as have everyone involved be those we are close to….including Mary’s brother who officiated our wedding. Being that Mike is a musician and we both love music, we were blessed enough to have many of our friends perform songs that we chose throughout the ceremony and reception. And right after our dear friend Nikki Olivia sang during our first dance, we even surprised our guests by singing “Jackson” by Johnny Cash & June Carter. Also, Mary loves and appreciates photography so it wasn’t even a question that we would work with Joy and include various other photo options for our guests. We thought, the more memories the better. Rosemary Olsen, a dear friend, brought to life every idea we had for decorations which created the vintage romantic vibe that we envisioned.

butterfly wedding shoes

She even had butterflies on her shoes! If you are wondering why butterflies, they both said they felt butterflies the first time they met, so they used them in their engagement photos + wedding – so sweet!!

butterfly wedding

groomsmen black and white photography


bride in wedding dress

here comes the bride sign

What song did you walk down the aisle to? Vampire’s Kiss by John Gold

calamigos ranch wedding

calamigos ranch wedding

group singing at wedding ceremony

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Mike: The exchange of vows was certainly the most memorable for me. The words were beautiful and the Silver Lake Chorus sang as we exchanged vows. Mary: The first time I saw Mike while walking down the aisle, the exchanging of our vows, and our first kiss as husband and wife…some of the best moments of my life! Oh, and having Joy photograph us…it was like the whole world went quiet and we were able to lavish in the splendor of this new adventure.


wedding at an amusement park

wedding at an amusement park

wedding at an amusement park

wedding at an amusement park

calamigos-ranch-wedding carousal bride and groom



butterfly sign in guest book

butterfly wedding table cards

wedding painting tree

How cute is this hand painted canvas of the two of them singing to each other as children!!

love is sweet dessert table

Mary’s wonderful father built a music sheet wall which displayed all of the songs Mike had ever written for Mary – wow, how super sweet!

love is sweet dessert table cupcakes wedding

bride and groom singing at wedding

bride and groom singing at wedding


They gave Biscotti’s as parting gifts – their last name! :)

biscotti wedding favors

Any advice for those planning now? Start as early as possible. Make sure you don’t lose focus on what’s important, that this is a time to continue growing together and create a special celebration of your love. Put every ounce of yourself as individuals and as a couple into the entire event and let it be about the two of you.

Mike: Don’t forget that this is your day. Don’t stress about anyone else or get into the results of what their experience is going to be like at your wedding. If you don’t want someone there, don’t invite them, even if it creates conflict later. If you know someone or something might spoil the day, keep them away!

Mary: Remember that you can make this experience what you want it to be. Enjoy every minute of the engagement and planning and have fun with it. I was grateful to have Mike so involved that it felt like we were two kids playing….except everything we were imagining came true!!! And as my of my dearest friends said, there is no need to worry or be nervous because no matter what happens, you have the right guy!

Thanks so much Mary + Mike and we wish you a life of happiness together!

venue: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu // photography: Wildflowers Photography by Joy Harmon Prouty (see even more from their wedding here on her blog) // cinematography: Nathan Pickett Films // wedding dress: La Sposa – name, Denia // hair + makeup: Nicole Finnegan // shoes: Bruno Magli (Groom), Aruna Seth (Bride) // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie & Urban Outfitters // hairpieces: Aruna Seth (Bride), JCrew (Bridesmaids) // groom suit: Dolce & Gabbana // event design: Rosemary Olsen // event planner: Nancy Rex // floral design: Unique Floral Designs by Laurie Comeaux // invitations: Hello!Lucky // cupcakes: Cupcakery // music: Live performances by The Silver Lake Chorus, John Gold, and a band comprised of our friends (Mike Wendland, Brian Song, Chris Bang, Mike Schadel) // catering: Calamigos Ranch

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  1. Oh my gosh I just love every detail about this wedding. They are so freakin adorable!! We just had a bride who used the ‘here comes the bride’ sign too! Such a cute idea! These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. wow – what an amazing venue!!! I wish there was something like this in Seattle!! Loved their advice also and the first photo – i die!!!

  3. I loved their engagement photos!! So fun to see their wedding – they are adorable. Love the photo of them singing together! The photographer did a great job!!!!

  4. Breathtakingly stunning! I just adore how each themed piece of the wedding meant something to them. The butterflies, the songs he wrote. And they left a bit of whimsy in there. Congratulations!!!

  5. so beautiful! i just love al the special personal elements they inicluded in their day!! the sheet music wall is my favorite!!

  6. how magical! i especially love the wall of the love songs he wrote for her :)

  7. this is just the PERFECT mix of stunning & charming!!! love it!

  8. swooning over this wedding! so many gorgeous details! and that carousel is so unbelievable! love it!

  9. WOW this wedding is AMAZING!!!!!!! I cant believe all the incredible sites here. I would love to be there some day

  10. Now that is amazingly awesome. That venue is already amazing enough just as it is by itself. Adding those carnival theme elements…WOW factor!!

  11. A lot of wedding ceremonies look identical, but that photograph of them kissing with the lights in the tree might be the most incredible, unique moment I’ve ever seen! Honestly. Beautiful wedding!

  12. What a venue! This is out of control amazing.

  13. NICE ONE!!!!!!!! :)

  14. Those lights in the trees…is it heaven?

  15. Absolutely amazing wedding! I want to replicate every bit for my own. Seemed like a true celebration of love! And what beautiful people, inside & out.

  16. These photos are honestly the single most fabulous photos I have ever layed my eyes upon!!! What an amazing, whimsy, romantic, vintage, absolutely BEAUTIFUL wedding!! Everything about it that is shown in these photos makes me want to go back to my wedding day so I could try to create the day that they had <3 It is as if you can leterally read their love story through these photos. I have been COMPLETELY awe struck and inspired, as I am a new photographer myself, and I can only hope to capture such images somewhere along my journey. Thanks for sharing these amazing photographs.

  17. Oh wow love this wedding, such greatly executed theming and styling! Everyone looks gorgeous, im so blogging about this wedding on wed in my ‘weddings of the week’ post!

  18. …………Mind blowingly beautiful. I’m completely speechless….Wow, wow, wow!!!!!

  19. those programs are so awesome!! DIY?

  20. Does anyone know where the bridesmaids dresses are from (or similar ones they are fabulous, so unique)? I looked on Anthropolgie’s wedding site and couldn’t find them!

  21. Calamigos Ranch is such a great venue!

  22. How wonderful. I wish we’d had room for a ferris wheel at OUR wedding!

  23. Amazing shoot. All black and white photos are so elegance. Thanks for sharing.


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