Welcome to a social media love story for the ages.
Multi-platform social media sensations Samantha Swanson and Corey Brooks met (where else?) through TikTok! Samantha spotted one of Corey’s videos on her For You page, and she was smitten right away. She popped over to his Instagram and took a chance on her crush by replying to one of his stories. The rest is internet history 💕
And we’ve got an exclusive look at their jaw-dropping wedding in Malibu!!
Exactly two years after they met, Samantha + Corey got engaged in May of 2022, setting their sights on their July 2023 wedding. The goal was classic, timeless romance with an organic color palette: sage greens, creams, and lots of black + white. The couple teamed up with planners and event designers from Fawn Events to bring the dream to life.
Their venue, Malibu Dream Resort, was absolutely meant to be. From Sam, “Malibu Dream Resort was actually the first and only venue we looked at in person. When we first arrived there was a hummingbird playing in the front fountain and ever since Corey and I met we said that hummingbirds were our good omen, so right off the bat we felt connected to the property. Then as we walked around, we continued to fall in love with the beautiful scenery, how many different spaces we would be able to utilize, the stunning design of the estate itself, and that we are able to stay for the whole weekend. We have friends in many different places and it was important for us to find a venue that we could spend quality time outside of the wedding itself.“
We cannot get enough of this sophisticated celebration full of scenic Malibu views, and we are so excited to show you all of these beautiful photos by Pervak Photography, so let’s get into it!!
Gotta start off the big day feeling beautiful! Loving Samantha’s voluminous ruffle tulle getting ready robe by Voir Bride.
Samantha’s ankle strap bow back pointed toe bridal pumps are the definition of a timeless wedding shoe. Check out this similar pair by Badgley Mischka.
And OMG! That sparkle!! Take a look at our rundown of everything you need to know about pear shaped engagement rings if Samantha’s ring has you daydreaming.
This crew is blush bridesmaid dreams!! Go take a peek at our list of the most stunning rose gold bridesmaid dresses in every style to dress your besties in a similar color palette.
Corey’s black tux came from State & Liberty. So into the tapered leg and the satin + velvet jacket!
Corey’s look adds so much fun, stand-out texture to the all-black looks in his portion of the wedding party!
A Classic Ceremony
Creative Light Design dreamed up the day’s mind-blowing florals. These lush aisle arrangements full of white blooms and greenery are nonstop romance.
How cute is the floral wreath dog collar that Samantha + Corey’s pup got to wear! Check out some creative ways to include your dog in your wedding day if your furry friend needs to be there on the big day.
Processional: "Turning Page" by Sleeping At Last
Recessional: "This will be an Everlasting Love" by Natalie Cole
First Dance: "I Guess I'm In Love" by Clinton Kane
We LOVE a high-drama veil moment!
The chemistry!! About their dreamy love story Samantha says: “We could truly have fun together sitting in a cardboard box, and that feels extremely special.”
Samantha’s long pearl drop earrings are perfect for her gown’s off the shoulder neckline! Check out this Cult Gaia pair from Nieman Marcus for something similar.
Everything surrounding the ceremony. The violinist Jeremy Green filled the space with gorgeous music. Our officiant had an amazing speech and our vows were so incredibly special. We laughed and cried and we’re filled with so much love and happiness. It was the perfect way to start the celebration.
This super-romantic pic is your reminder that wearing a veil doesn’t always require an updo.
A Romantic Reception
Seven Magical Balloons created this iconic reception seating chart, with custom personalized faux leather luggage tags by Studio Yella. Make a note of that black and white checkerboard pattern…it might just be a nod to the dance floor.
Take a look at our list of 36 unique wedding seating chart ideas we’re obsessed with for even more reception signage inspo.
Sip Sip Mobile Bar was behind the celebration’s libations, including these colorful signature cocktails with the couple’s favorite tequila – Flecha Azul Tequila!
Step One: dream up the most gorgeous space transformation with design masterminds, Fawn Events. Step Two: from concept to reality – cover the Malibu Dream Resort tennis court with ivory carpet from Event Carpet Pros and drip it in fairy-tale lighting from Brilliant Event Lighting. Step Three: bring in Folklore & Catalog Atelier to outfit the reinvented outdoor space with super cool furniture including swanky lounges, modern black armchairs, and elegant tableware along with a stunning wavy dining plan!
So fun seeing the whole setup sparkle during golden hour! ✨
Stylish serpentine tables, twinkle lights, and disco balls. Equal parts formal and fun!
How dreamy is that gently ribbed stemware?? Love the depth that it adds to the tablescape.
And there’s that black and white dance floor!! Courtesy of HCD Portable Dance Floors.
DJ Oscar Olivo helped the happy couple get the party started!
So into Samantha’s sparkly rhinestone tassel reception earrings! Check out this similar pair from Revolve!
Take a look through our list of 129 first dance songs for every style if you’re still on the hunt for the right musical moment.
Susie Cakes created classic this two-tier flower-adorned wedding cake for Samantha + Corey.
Brilliant Event Lighting made the whole venue glow!!
This pic is such a great view of the incredible “LIVIN THE DREAM” marquee created by Seven Magical Balloons that lined the back of the reception area.
When you get to the 3 month mark, try your hardest to get at least one thing done a day. Even if it’s a small task, seeing that list get smaller and smaller will help eliminate stress as you get closer.
Congratulations, Samantha + Corey, on this Malibu wedding full of timeless romance! GWS wishes you two all the very best!!
photographer + video: Pervak Photography | planning + design: Fawn Events | venue: Malibu Dream Resort | florals: Creative Light Design | wedding dress: Kinsley James | reception dress: Lee Petra Grebenau | makeup: Danielle Pavia | hair: Styled By Jordan | bridal robe: Voir Bride | groom attire: State & Liberty | specialty rentals: Folklore and Catalog Atelier | rentals: Rental Ave | catering: Amy Jurist | cake: Susie Cakes | bar: Sip Sip Mobile Bar | lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting | reception carpet: Event Carpet Pros | dance floor: HCD Portable Dance Floors | DJ: Oscar Olivo | Musician: Jeremy Green | Marquee + Backdrop: Seven Magical Balloons | Signage: Studio Yella | Custom Cubes: Ice Bulb | Photo Booth: Endless Photo Booth | officiant: Matt Leinart