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Massiel + Nicholas | Historic Pico House Wedding

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I met Massiel and Nicholas for the first time in November 2013. The three of us enjoyed a lovely fall day in Malibu Canyon taking photos in celebration of their engagement. Some people are just so right for each other that it makes you think for the moment the universe is perfectly balanced. They are both sweet, intelligent, spiritual and caring they passionately care for each other, their careers and their families.

Then I saw them on their wedding day, calm and collected and both in tuned with taking in every moment.

The day began at the Downtown Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for Massiel, together with her beautiful Mother and Sister. Massiel dressed in her Karen Willis Holmes sequin gowned, Massiel stepped out on the streets of downtown LA looking exquisite and from another era in time. The ceremony was held at the Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels and the reception was at the Pico House, a historical building sitting across from the old Los Angeles Plaza on Olvera Street. Both locations were grand, beautiful and a great match for these proud Angelenos.

The couple shared their first dance to the vibrant music of the three woman mariachi band Trio Ellas, followed by a Mediterranean feast, sweet toasts and what else than cake. The dancing and laughter between Massiel and Nicholas was infectious and watching these two best friends wedding union was a great honor.

Following their wedding the couple spent a honeymoon in Istanbul and Paris. Félicitations à vous deux !

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Wedding Planner: Allie Shane of Pop the Champagne Events

Venue: Pico House

Hotel: Ace Hotel

Caterer: Gaby’s Mediterranean

Florist: Blue Box Flowers (blueboxflowers@gmail.com)

Baker: Alcove Bakery

Wedding dress:  Karen Willis Holmes

DJ  Josh Castillo

Band: Trio Ellas

Photobooth by: Paper Moon Vintage

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Tyler + Melissa | McQueen Ranch

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Tyler and Melissa were married at the McQueen Ranch. Yes, as in Steve McQueen. Melissa worked on a music video at the property and fell in love with the location. The legendary icon’s former hideaway is a vast property with a vineyard, hangar (where McQueen kept his plane), farmhouse and gardens. It provided such a beautiful wedding for the lovely couple. I really could go on and on about this location, but I will just wrap it up and say it is awesome and a Ventura County gem!

Tyler and Melissa are just absolutely adorable. They are both sweet and kind and the best parents to their dog Bear. We had a great time exploring the property, which included an adventure of going to the top of the hill but was so worth it to see the great valley and up-close view of the dynamic hillside.

The reception was on the lawn in front of the farmhouse and had so many beautiful touches created and coordinated by the bride and the exceptionally talented Jennifer and her team at Milk and Honey Farm.

At the end of the night all the guest danced on the dance floor, even Bear the dog underneath the moon and the stars. It was a perfect ending to a lovely day.

Best wishes always to Tyler and Melissa!

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