Wedding: Melody + Michael

Meet Melody & Michael.
This sweet and gorgeous couple was married on June 26th, 2010 at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California. M&M are adorable... in every sense of the word. To say it was a pleasure to be their wedding planner is simply an understatement. They totally rock. This is their story...
M&M were high school sweethearts. They dated for twelve years before Michael popped that big ol' question. And although some may think of them already as an 'old married couple,' I see their love as young, fresh, and blossoming before our eyes.
Michael is a writer in this little town called Hollywood and his humor is mad. Melody is a family psychologist, so as you can imagine, planning a wedding from start-to-finish within seven months while nurturing their successful careers was no simple feat.
Saddlerock Ranch is a rustic venue, located in the Santa Monica Mountains of Malibu. Exotic animals (like horses, buffalo, camels, zebras, llamas, sheep, and peacocks) roam the 1,000 acre farm. The vineyard setting, where Melody and Michael exchanged their vows, is secluded and stunning. It created a breathtaking backdrop to an emotional ceremony and fun-loving reception.
Melody was glowing her in Amy Michelson gown. After growing up in Texas, she embodied a true Southern Belle: beautiful, sweet, warm, honest... and deeply in love! During Michael's entrance in the ceremony, escorted by his parents, a trio of string musicians played Jesu, Joy of a Man's Desiring. As his bride walked down the aisle with her Mother and Father, Canon in D rang out through the vineyard. The tear and laughter-filled ceremony concluded with the ever-appropriate Ode to Joy.
The decor we aimed for was "French Country Vineyard." The talented ladies at Holly Flora created a lush garden feel, pairing blush and ivory peonies, peach juliet roses, freesia, tulips, garden roses, green hydrangea, dusty miller, sweet peas, and fresh herbs with vintage blue buckets, lanterns, and tarnished silver vases.
Instead of basic table numbers, Melody and Michael used their thirteen years together as inspiration for an opportunity to be creative. Each table represented a year the couple have shared together and feature a photo of them from said year, adding a personal touch.
Although they had a wedding party of more than 20 people, the entire wedding guest count was only 83 people, keeping their closest family and friends surrounding them on their special day.
I'm all about the food so let's chat chow: Pre-ceremony, girlfriends of the bride passed out cucumber-mint water and honeydew-melon lemonade. During cocktail hour, guests sipped on red and white sangria, while munching on Ahi Tuna Tartar, Dijon-Peppercorn Steak Skewers, Baked Brie with Dried Cherries and Macadamia Nuts, Petite Bruschetta, Apple Chicken Farinettes, Jumbo Prawns Cocktail, and a gourmet Mezze Platter. A friend of the bride is a founder of Amber Waves Farm in the Hamptons and shipped organic greens and veggies across the country for the caterer to serve with the Pear, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad. For the main course, guests dined on Wild King Salmon and Roasted Beef Tenderloin. The wedding cake featured three delectable flavors: Pink Velvet with Strawberry Buttercream, Chocolate with Coconut Pecan Buttercream, and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting.
The party kicked off as Melody and Michael shared their first dance as husband and wife, with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind performance by a friend of the couple belting out "At Last" with the band. As they say, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Later in the reception, Melody took her turn behind the mic, singing with the band.
In true Southern style, Melody and Michael changed out of their wedding attire and into their "getaway" outfits for their Grand Send Off. Guests formed an aisle for the couple and blew bubbles into the night sky before Melody and Michael hopped into a vintage 1950 Rolls Royce Bentley, heading off to their honeymoon in Italy.
Towards the end of our seven-month planning stint, our meetings felt more like getting together with old friends whose wedding I just happened to be coordinating.  So it was no surprise that after they returned from their honeymoon, we began a friendship.  I adore these two... Congratulations M&M!!

{ VENDOR CREDITS }
Wedding Coordination: Krista Malinin for Amber Events
(a special thanks to my assistants, Erin, Kelsi, and Nira!)
Venue: Saddlerock Ranch (Malibu, CA)
Photographer: Picotte Photography
Flowers & Decor: Holly Flora
Rentals & Lighting: Town & Country Event Rentals
Ceremony String Musicians: Alison Spieth Trio
Hair & Make-Up: John of Italy Salon
Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Gown: Amy Michelson "Sugar"
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine
Men's Attire: MW Tux
Officiant: JP Reynolds
Videographer: Super 8mm Film (shot by friend of the couple)
On-Site Security: Sandman Security
On-Site Valet: Premiere Valet Parking
Shuttle Transportation: Corporate Coach Charters
Getaway Car: A Classic Wedding Car
Hotel Accommodations: Westlake Village Inn
Honeymoon: Venice, Cinqueterre, Florence, and Rome, Italy

To read the Q&A with Melody and Michael, please click here.
To read about this wedding's feature on Style Me Pretty, click here.