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Outdoor Weddings: Malaika & Kyle | Calamigos Ranch Malibu, CA

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From the Bride:

Tell a little bit about yourselves: how did you meet, fun proposal story.
We met on our first day as freshman at UCLA; we were lucky enough to be living a few doors apart on the same dorm floor. Eight years later Kyle proposed during our early Christmas celebration. He made me a book of our love story, each page being a “chapter” of our relationship with stories & pictures of what brought us together. The final pages looked forward & included a question… I said “Yes!”

What prompted the decision to have the wedding at this particular venue?
We both fell in love with Calamigos Ranch – the rustic feel, natural landscaping, & indoor/outdoor spaces were perfect while the waterfalls & wine barrel bar added to the charm. Their full-service package gave us freedom to personalize our wedding instead of worrying about logistics like rentals.

What was the inspiration for your wedding style, colors, etc?
We wanted a rustic & homemade feel & a celebration everyone would enjoy. I’ve always loved the beachy seafoam colors & thankfully Kyle did too. We had lots of ideas and loved being creative – visiting Calamigos with samples helped us see how things worked together in the space & created ambiance.

Did you have any special touches/traditions that you incorporated into your ceremony/reception? Any DIY projects?
We exchanged roses, “something borrowed” from my parent’s wedding the same weekend 29 years ago. I also wore a bracelet made from my mom’s wedding jewelry, “something old & blue.” Of all our DIY projects the most meaningful was creating a photo tribute of our family members on their wedding days.



What are your most vivid memories from the wedding day?
K: Seeing my beautiful wife before the ceremony, those few moments alone together reminded me of all the reasons I wanted to marry her.
M: Right after the ceremony Kyle & I had a few special moments together, we were just so happy to be married. I’ll always remember that feeling & him smiling at me.

What advice would you give to future brides and grooms?
K: Grooms, carve out little jobs you can do without your brides supervision to alleviate a little stress from her life.
M: Don’t let planning become a burden, it should be a labor of love. Lots of people will want to help, send them paint strips of your colors & add them to a Pinterest board so they can see your style. Be decisive and don’t worry, family & friends will love seeing your vision.

Musical Choices:
I grew up in Africa so we incorporated a lot of African music in the day. We also had guests request songs on their RSVPs which we used to put together a great dance set with the DJ. There was something for everyone so the dance floor was always full. My mom also brought a bunch of glow sticks from Japan and the DJ created fun lighting to really bring the dance floor to life.

Bridal Party Processional: “My Lover” by Soweto String Quartet
Bride Processional: “Imbube (Reprise)” by Soweto String Quartet
Recessional: “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles
First Dance:”Dela” by Johnny Clegg
Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance – “Malaika” by Miriam Makeba

Photographer:  Alders Photography
Veils and headpieces: Amie Noel Designs//Event Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu//DJ: Dakota Sottosanto//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux Shop//Floral Designer:Lori’s Flowers//Event Planner:Made with Love Events//Makeup Artist: Makeup by Evelyn//Shoes: Nine West//Apparel:Pretty Plum Sugar//Officiant: Reverend Clint Hufft//Dress Designer: Robin Jillian Bridal//Veils and headpieces:Serendipity Tiaras//Cake Designer:Susie Cakes//Hair Stylist: The Dry Bar//Invitation Designer:Wedding Paper Divas //Cinema and Video: Wedit// Submitted via Two Bright Lights




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