Whimsical Woodland Wedding: Fern + Jeff

paper pom ceremony altar

Fern + Jeff both love the outdoors and nature, so as soon as they saw all the gorgeous tall trees at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California, they knew they found their wedding venue (yep, part of Malibu is in the Santa Monica mountains, it’s not all beach!). Since Fern has a design background, she wanted lots of creative input + handmade touches incorporated into her day. With the help of her handy husband, they made bunting seating flags, honey jar favors, paper flowers, a video slideshow, chalkboard menus and invitations. They hired Sweet Emilia Jane as their wedding planner and she did an amazing job at bringing their vision to life. With photos by Brandon Kidd Photography the day is simply stunning! Congrats to Fern + Jeff!

pink peony bouquet

mismatched bridesmaids

mistmatched bridesmaids

How lovely are their bouquets by The Little Branch? Love the peonies, thistles, and king proteas mixed with wild flowers.

mistmatched bridesmaids

orange dotted bow tie

first look

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

We had so many great memories of this day that its hard to just pinpoint one. Some favorites are:
Our first look. It was so unexpected and surprisingly emotional. We both completely broke down and cried when we saw each other. My husband is as cool as a cucumber when it comes to his emotions, and it was the first time I ever saw him cry. It was such a sweet and tender moment. During the ceremony, we felt an overwhelming feeling of love from family and friends who flew from all over the world from Europe to Asia to South America, just to witness this small moment in our lives together. It was a magical feeling! Last but not least, my dad doing a handstand on the dance floor, schooling our friends on how to breakdance. Coolest dad ever! :)

pom pom ceremony altar

pom pom ceremony altar

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

sand ceremony

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Bridal Party Processional: Fields of Gold (instrumental); Bride Processional: Canon in D

Recessional: Fly Me to the Moon (instrumental)

First Dance: Dream a little Dream of Me – Michael Buble

honey jar favors

cheesecake bites

Lot’s of yummy desserts from Sweet and Saucy Shop!


sparkler exit

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Have fun with the planning process and try not to let yourself get too stressed out. I'm sure you've heard it a million times but your wedding day goes by extremely fast. This is the big day to enjoy the rewards of what you have been planning for months. Little hiccups are bound to happen, but the most important thing is to just let it all go and focus on what really matters the most: fun, laughter, family, friends and each other.

photography: Brandon Kidd // venue: Calamigos Ranch // event planner: Sweet Emilia Jane // floral design: The Little Branch // furniture rentals: This and That Vintage Rentals // wedding dress: Shinbu Bridal // hairpieces: Ban.do // shoes: Badgley Mischka // hair + makeup: Kelly Zhang // groom suit: Theory // cinematography: Crescent Bay Films // invitations + paper goods: designed by the Bride // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // music, photobooth + lighting : Renowned Events