Romantic Malibu Forest Wedding: Kate + Ryan

Malibu forest wedding

As lovers of the great outdoors, woodland weddings will forever have our hearts. So, we were pretty excited when we saw this stunning celebration, shared with us by Heather of LVL ​Weddings and ​Events. Kate + Ryan’s romantic Malibu forest wedding really was the stuff of dreams…ours at least! From the beautifully earthy palette of gray, clover, ivory + fawn to the cozy, rustic design elements (like moss, pinecones + evergreen), we have a feeling those of you planning a fall or winter wedding just might find yourselves inspired by this one!

From Kate, The inspiration for our day came from our favorite trip together, which is when we went to Big Sur, Ca for our two year anniversary. It is by far one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to and is a place we hold close to our hearts. So, we wanted to incorporate that natural beauty into our special day. We searched high and low for a venue within a reasonable distance to our home that somewhat resembled Big Sur and found nothing until a friend of Kate’s told us about Calamigos Ranch. It was the first venue we visited and was also our last. It was love at first site with the huge trees with dangling lights and a big reception hall that had a cozy log cabin feel to it. Given the natural beauty of the venue, we wanted to make sure that the color scheme and décor enhanced the beauty and not detract from it. So, instead of choosing one or two main colors, we stuck with a spectrum of natural forest hues and elements like evergreen sprigs, pinecones, moss, and white flowers.

Thanks so much to Aaron Young for the gorgeous photography + big congrats to Kate + Ryan!

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Malibu forest bouquet


There’s just something special about woodsy, winter bouquets! These beauties were crafted by Honey & Poppies.

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winter forest florals

winter forest florals

malibu ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party: A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys; Bride: Canon in D – Pachbel

Recessional: Love Story / Viva La Vida – The Piano Guys

First Dance: Compilation of: Free – Zach Brown Band, Some Kind of Wonderful – Michael Buble + Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

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bride and groom


Perfect escort cards for a rustic wedding!

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wooden slice table numbers

wooden slice table numbers

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winter centerpieces

winter centerpieces


The table centerpieces were comprised of logs (which were cut by Ryan’s dad) and mini mushrooms dusted with shimmer on a bed of moss. Love, love, love!

winter centerpieces

pine cone

pine cone

winter dessert bar

white winter cake

Kate: My most memorable moment was our first dance. Having a dance background, long before I even knew Ryan I knew I wanted to do a choreographed dance at my wedding. Lucky for me, Ryan was quite intrigued by the idea and fully supported signing up for private lessons, which ended up being once a week for 4+ months. On the day of the wedding, in the few short minutes we had between taking photos and being introduced onto the dance floor, we nervously practiced our dance, panicking because we had never practiced it with my wedding dress, which was a very constricting floor-length mermaid gown. We walked onto the dance floor with forced smiles trying to mask our anxiety. Our song started, and I finally calmed down about 1/3 of way through it but could tell that Ryan was still freaking, so in an effort to calm his nerves, I started singing along with the song. Pretty soon he was singing right along with me and we were all smiles for the rest of the dance and finished without making a single mistake. After striking the final pose, we stood up with the biggest smiles on our faces out of relief that it was over and pride in how hard we both worked for that moment as a couple. That dance is something that we will cherish forever.

Ryan: The most memorable moment from my wedding day was when I saw Kate for the first time, walking down the aisle. Having not seen here since the day prior, the anticipation of seeing my bride for the first time was tremendous. Standing under the canopy, in front of all of our close friends and family and seeing her being escorted to me by her father was a moment I will never forget.

first dance

first dance


And their super sweet wedding film by 618 Studios is definite must-see!

Hire a wedding planner or at the very least a coordinator, especially one who has done weddings at your venue. It is worth every penny. I have no idea how anyone who works full time can plan a wedding without one. Also, it is never too soon for anything. I can’t tell you how many times I would tell people how I am stressing over getting something wedding-related done and they would respond with, “Don’t worry, you have so much time.” Do not listen to those people. So many things that you would never expect pop up in the last few months before the wedding that will eat up any free time you have left. So, get as far ahead of schedule as possible so that the weeks before the wedding you can maintain your sanity if you haven’t lost it yet.

photography: Aaron Young Photography // videography: 618 Studios // venue, catering + rentals: Calamigos Ranch Malibu, California // event coordinator: Heather Hoesch from LVL ​Weddings and ​Events // florals: Honey & Poppies // wedding dress: Panache Bridal – Pronovias // veil + bridesmaid dresses: Panache Bridal – Amsale bridesmaids dresses // hair + makeup: Kelly Zhang // groom’s suit: Tommy Hilfiger // paper goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio // cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // music + lighting: Elevated Pulse // transportation: Road Runner, American Limos // rehearsal lunch + getting ready venue: Westlake Village Inn

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Galleryaaron young photography and Elevated Pulse Productions are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Marry Or Honeymoon In Portofino At The Belmond Hotel Splendido

Hotel Spendido

Imagine your wedding taking place against a backdrop of beautiful Italian countryside and the shimmering Mediterranean. Not too hard to picture, right? Well, let’s take things one step further. The destination wedding you’ve been dreaming of can indeed become a reality when you plan your big day with the event experts at The Belmond Hotel Splendido! Nestled in a little corner of paradise, this romantic setting, paired with the hotel’s unique cuisine and impeccable service, will allow for an unforgettable Italian Riviera wedding.

The Belmond Hotel group has many amazing hotels, trains and cruises throughout the world. And since they have a several absolutely stunning properties in Italy (which is one of our absolute favorite destinations!), we’ve been loving sharing them with you through our fun Belmond Hotel series! Hopefully this series will help those of you dreaming of a wedding or honeymoon in Italy! Or if you’re already married, consider one of the Belmond properties for an anniversary trip.

Today, we get to chat with Carlo Lazzeri, the events manager at The Belmond Hotel Splendido, who has organized over 300 weddings at the hotel:

GWS: Do you have a favorite wedding that was held at your property? If so, what made the wedding so special and memorable? 

After organizing hundreds of weddings, it’s difficult to say for definite which one was my favorite wedding, each one leaves a sparkle in my soul. They call me “the man who makes everything possible”, as I say yes to any request, however extravagant. That’s what I love about my job and that what I always end up with when the music has stopped playing. What it makes it so special is trying to make their ‘dream’ become a reality and always give extra touch of something special to their desires. It is important for me to be close to them throughout the day, but also to be invisible at the same time. I’m ready for any last minute request which might arise, and believe me there are many!

Hotel Splendido Wedding Ceremony

Hotel Spendido Favorite Eats

GWS: What is your must have dish at a restaurant on property?

For couples looking for a true taste of la dolce vita, our chef suggests a pasta dish created for the legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor- spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, basil and sun dried tomatoes, aptly named ‘Spaghetti alla Elizabeth Taylor’. A traditional local dish potato gnocchi with local Taggiasche olives, finished with fresh tomatoes and basil. We also have wonderful fresh fish from the Gulf which can be cooked however diners desire.

GWS: What is your favorite drink on property and where is your favorite place to enjoy it?

My favorite drink is the sweet and fruity Bellini cocktail, made fresh peaches with Prosecco. For those in search of a bitter aperitif we suggest the very Italian Campari Spritz – Campari, Prosecco and soda water. There’s only one place to enjoy these, sitting back on one of our elegant summer chairs, surrounded by blooming flowers whilst taking in the view of the Gulf below as piano music wafts through the air.

Hotel Splendido Guest Raves


GWS: What activities offered by your property or locally do you recommend to your guests?

Our couples love learning how to taste the difference between Italy’s liquid gold in our traditional olive oil tasting experience at La Terrazza restaurant. It’s a fun way to find out how different regions produce totally different tasting oils. We also hold a fun pesto class at the Chuflay Bar restaurant, guests always remember the great personalities who conduct these two classes, we have some really characters!

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GWS: How do you make a visit special for a couple on their honeymoon?

I like to surprise them with a nice and romantic table in a garden area (just the two of them) together with a romantic violinist and lush flowers scattered on the table. What could be more romantic then gazing at your new husband or wife as the sun sets?

GWS: What is one local destination, store or restaurant you recommend our readers experience during their stay to give them a true sense of the local culture?

Guests enjoy heading down to the Chuflay Restaurant located in the main Piazzetta of Portofino at our sister property Belmond Hotel Splendido Mare. This is the real local experience with the same great service as Belmond Hotel Splendido, but you can soak up the pizzazz of the piazza. You’re seated in the heart of the town, and you can watch the couples and families taking their evening walks and watch the little fishing boats bob on the water.

Hotel Spendido Activities

GWS: What’s something unique to your property that you can offer to couples to make their wedding or honeymoon truly special? 

At the end of a relaxing day, we invite couples on an exclusive Sunset Cruise along Portofino’s Bay, followed by a romantic dinner on the rustic San Fruttuoso Beach – ideal for in search of la dolce vita following the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. We have also just unveiled a beautiful suite, named La Dolce Vita suite which has the perfect mix of elegance and privacy for honeymooners.

Incredibile, no?! This stunning property sounds pretty perfect for a memorable wedding or romantic getaway with your love! If you’re intrigued about visiting or planning an event in Italy or Mallorca, The Belmond Hotel group has created an informative online magazine you can flip through to learn more! And for more information on hosting your destination wedding or planning your honeymoon at The Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino, be sure to visit their website!

This post is part of our series, Find Your Italian Honeymoon + Wedding Destination with Belmond. Be sure to check out all the other amazing properties!

Thanks to Jacqueline Campbell Photography for the top image of  the couple outside the church in the Piaggio.

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Modern Botanical Wedding Inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

We’ve been loving the abundance of the incredible wedding inspiration, influenced by beautiful botanicals, that we’ve been seeing out there lately. And while it’s only natural to think florals + foliage when conceptualizing a styled shoot, it takes a lot of creativity + intent to get the right look. We love that today’s gorgeous session, sent to us by This Love of Yours Photography + Harvesting Love Events, applies a beautiful balance of masculine + feminine design and details to inspire an event that truly brings the outdoors in.

From Lorraine of Harvesting Love, The best way to describe this photo shoot is West Elm meets Anthropologie. If you’re in love with midcentury, botanicals, vintage, and copper, this is the styled shoot is for you. It was very important to me to create something that incorporated a masculine look but with a lot of femininity to the design. Oftentimes I find that my brides get carried away with making their wedding look very feminine that they often forget about infusing their partners taste as well. I believe it’s important to make sure an event truly reflects those that are being celebrated.

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modern botanical bride

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We totally adore the location for this one…a historical two-room schoolhouse in Northern California.

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modern botanical bride


Long-sleeved wedding dresses always get us! For look similar to this one, check out BHLDN’s Anabelle dress paired with the Amelie Topper and La Belle Sash.

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eames chairs

copper flower vases

amber stem glasses

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fern place card

fern place card

modern botanical inspiration


A fun DIY to try: Since copper is really expensive and I did not want to spend $100+ on just one vase, I ended up using copper metal sheets to cover the glass vases. Instead of paying $100, I ended up only spending $6 or less for each vase including materials. Plus, it only took me 5 minutes to do!

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

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modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical inspiration

modern botanical bride


And are you as in love with this fern “hair clip” as we are? It’s not some expensive metal adornment, but actually two real fern leaves sprayed with copper spray paint! Lorraine recalls, The fern leaf was very sturdy. All we did was used some bobby pins to pin it on. Another easy 5 minute project!

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copper vase

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botanical cake

botanical cake

botanical cake

modern botanical bride

modern botanical bride

gold leaf hair piece

modern botanical bride

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Such a sweet shoot! We love how you can take bits + pieces of this editorial and easily incorporate them into your event’s design! Big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: This Love of Yours Photography // planning + design: Harvesting Love Events // venue: Machado Heritage School Morgan Hill, California // florals: Flowerstory // makeup + hair: Makeup by Quis // invitations + escort cards: Written Word Calligraphy // eames chairs: Midcentury Monger // cake: Amanda Fu // model: Christine Ngyuen

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