Malibu Beach Chic {Natasha + John}

*Jaw to the floor*- we’re in love with these wedding photos taken by Jillian Modern Photography.

The sophisticated couple, Natasha and John, were married in a stunning Malibu beach wedding and held their reception at The Sunset Restaurant. Their wedding theme was ‘beachy chic’ with a ‘berry and cherry’ colour scheme. Essentially, a pretty pink and darker pink colour combination.

The deco was kept simple and organic, so that it didn’t overpower the natural beauty of Malibu beach. One simple and lovable decor detail was the white canopy that the couple married under. It had crystals from vintage chandeliers hanging from the back, which created a stunning effect as the sunlight caught the crystals and made them sparkle.

The lovely Natasha shared a few more details with us, which you’ll find after the jump.







Where did you find your inspiration for the wedding theme? We live in Marina del Rey and were inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us every day. We hoped that our wedding would convey a spirit of simple elegance and our guests would be left to enjoy the beauty of nature and the beauty of our love.

Tell us about your wedding details? My dress was custom-couture flowy with just a little bling around the waist. My shoes and headpiece were blingy all the way. John’s charcoal gray suit looked quite dapper on his 6′ 6″ frame.

Our colours were Berry & Cherry, and my ladies looked gorgeous in their berry dresses and monochromatic bouquets. John veto’d pink on the guys, but they wore gray tuxes to keep things dressy, but not overbearing on the beach.

Our flower girl, Ella, looked adorable walking down the aisle with my nephew, Matthew. My little cousins were also super-cute in their gray suits (and they liked their pink ties). We did allow our dads to wear their black suits…especially my dad since he married us.

We chose The Sunset venue because we’d had wonderful meals there on prior occasions and it has an unbeatable view. Also, the draped ceilings created a beautiful backdrop to any theme..

Our guests were greeted with Bellinis for the cocktail hour and had their choice of filet, barramundi, or butternut squash ravioli. Dessert was a hit with 3 flavors of mini cupcakes and 3 flavors of french macarons.. And, John was pleasantly surprised by his Bengals-themed grooms cake (I’m from the South, after all). We loved our custom cake topper that was fashioned off our Nintendo Mii characters (we’re pretty big Rock Band fans).

About half of our guests flew in for our wedding and stayed at Hotel Angeleno. Upon arrival, the received welcome beach bags filled with Neutrogena products, magazines, and a welcome letter of fun things to do in the area. After the wedding, we sent our guests off with beach bags monogrammed with our “wedding logo” (I’m in Marketing.. so it *had* to be branded!) and filled with Spanish wedding cookies for luck and fortune.

Our DJ was a friend of the family who is now a big time Hollywood DJ.. she played great tunes for every generation. We might be a bit biased, but think (hope!) everyone had an amazing time.

What was unique about your wedding? Our parents actually met each other only 2 days before the wedding. Fortunately, everyone got along amazingly well.

Our wedding was unique because it was a blend of the most important people to us coming together from different areas and different stages of our life. Most of our families met there for the first time. That said, there was already a strong sense of family and togetherness.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day? John says the most memorable moment of our wedding day was when I tapped him on the shoulder, meeting him prior to the ceremony. I’d have to agree that was the most momentous point in our day.

But there were so many [other] highlights: Stopping traffic so I could walk across the street to my dad, looking into John’s eyes as we read our vows, our first dance, and dancing with our family and leading the conga line. It was the most perfect day.

Natasha and John’s Style Guide

Photographer: Jillian Modern Photography

Hair Stylist: Verlyn Hair Designs

Event Planner: Kristen Deleo and Arcella Gant

Floral Designer: The Little Branch

Musicians: Austin Hartley Leonard

Caterering & Reception Venue: The Sunset Restaurant

Dress Store: L’ezu Atelier Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew Bridal Collection

Groomsmen Tuxes: Calvin Klein

Cake Designer: Vanilla Bakeshop

DJ: Dee Jay Lady Dee

Makeup Artist: Darnell Anthony Artistry

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Officiant: North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship

Congratulations Natasha and John and thank you Jillian Modern Photography for sharing these incredibly chic wedding photos.

  1. What a picturesque wedding + a lovely couple! I adore the boutonniere, yummy macarons, and those pomander balls! There are so many eye-catching details.

  2. Marcela! Thank you for this beautiful feature on your oh-so STYLISH blog. xo

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”