This Malibu Wedding Had a Really Creative Theme


When Lisa moved to San Francisco, she didn’t plan to stay long—but then Tinder got involved, when in November of 2014, she and Adil both swiped right. “Once our paths crossed, I never wanted to leave Silicon Valley ever again,” she says. Fast forward two years, when the couple did leave Silicon Valley for an epic road trip through Italy, driving from Rome to Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence, Bologna Venice, Veneto, and Milan. While in Florence, Adil told Lisa they had to be up early the next morning, and before dawn they headed out to the countryside. “He told me to close my eyes, which was easy. It was so early that I fell asleep!” says Lisa. When Adil woke her an hour later, they were in a field surrounded by hot air balloons. They climbed into a basket and watched the sun rise from above the Tuscan vineyards —and that’s when Adil proposed! “After we landed, we had a champagne breakfast in the field and continued our Italian tour,” Lisa remembers.

And while the groom is from Montreal and the bride is from Norway, they love their California home and wanted to share it with their international guest list. “Saddlerock Ranch is the only venue we looked at,” says the bride. “It was truly love at first sight, and the mountain and vineyard views reminded us of our Italian engagement.” They combined sophisticated details with lush bohemian accents for a romantic garden wedding guests won’t soon forget. On July 1, 2017, guests from around the world gathered in the hills above Malibu to celebrate as Adil and Lisa tied the knot. Keep reading to see their detail-filled Malibu wedding, planned by Lady Liberty Events and photographed by Birds of a Feather Photography. (Seriously, get your Pinterest boards ready!)

“I found so many dress designs I loved in magazines, but none of them felt right when I tried them on,” says Lisa. “I never imagined myself in a mermaid dress, but once I put on this one, I fell in love.” The dress she chose was a beaded gown by Galia Lahav, which featrued a plunging neckline and a flowing skirt. “The dress in the salon was blush, with a bold gold zipper, but I ordered it in ivory and had the zipper covered with buttons," she explains. "It was a bit scary making changes and not knowing how it would turn out, but it couldn’t have been more perfect!”

Lisa’s bouquet was lush and organic, full of white peonies, white king protea, and pampas grass. It was tied with soft velvet and raw silk ribbons for a romantic touch. The boutonnieres combined white roses and green berries, with a touch of pampas grass added to Adil’s so the groom would stand out.

As guests arrived, a donkey named Princess (draped in eucalyptus branches) delivered parasols and white fans to help guests keep cool in the California sun.

The wedding featured a sophisticated travel theme (thanks to its international guests list!), which was highlighted by a sign illustrating how far guests had come for the celebration.

An altar, draped with flowing white fabric, was decorated with a lush display of pampas grass, king proteas, eucalyptus, and white peonies. Guests found vellum pouches of olive leaves on their seats, which they tossed after the couple shared their first kiss. “Just before I walked down the aisle, I saw Adil at the altar with our bridesmaids and groomsmen. He was crying a lot, and I thought something must be terribly wrong, until I realized he’d spotted me and was crying because the moment was so beautiful!” says Lisa.

During cocktail hour, guests sipped Lisa’s Summer Bliss (Gin, St. Germain, and lemon) or Adil on Vacay (the groom’s favorite, a piña colada!). Clusters of cane furniture gave guests uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains.

Adil and Lisa love to travel, and invited guests to share the passion with them. A wall styled with globes and reading “Where to Next?” was an eye-catching guest book display.

The sleek escort card display featured acrylic luggage tags holding each guest’s table assignment. After everyone had found their seat, the wall became a backdrop for guests to snap photos!

The reception area featured a mix of round tables draped in textured linens and rustic wood tables with hand-dyed sage runners. Woven wicker chargers were topped with marble plates and blush linen napkins, then paired with gold-rimmed sage green wine glasses. The organic centerpieces combined roses, proteas, and strands of pampas grass.

The newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table, seated in wicker peacock chairs. The table was topped with a trailing arrangement of blush proteas, peonies, roses, and silver dollar eucalyptus. Strands of fairy lights and white Moroccan lanterns provided a romantic glow.

A display of postcards highlighting three destinations the couple would love to visit served as the guest book, where family and friends could write notes to the couple and tuck them into a white mailbox.

Who needs a cake table when you can have a cake swing? A wood palette and rope swing, draped in eucalyptus, held the simple four-tiered cake, accented with pampas grass and white blooms. Coconut cake was layered with passion fruit buttercream, while blueberry walnut cake was sandwiched with layers of sweet lemon buttercream.

The couple’s first dance was a mash-up of salsa, the waltz, and Bollywood (a nod to Adil’s Indian heritage). A DJ played everything from top hits to the groom’s favorite, EDM.

“Having a great planner meant we could really enjoy the process,” says Lisa. “And it helped so much that Adil was involved the entire way. It really felt like our wedding because he was a part of the process.”

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