This past Sunday I attended my cousin's wedding, (the one I've been dress shopping for) and it was one of the most gorgeous weddings I've ever witnessed! The big event took place in Malibu, but not on the beach like you would expect. Instead, they chose the private winery, Saddlerock Ranch, in Malibu canyon.
Surrounded by rolling hills, in the middle of vineyards, with breathtaking views of the valley, my cousin Jason and his beautiful bride Michelle exchanged vows high upon a hilltop. The sentiments spoken by the two of them, were so heartfelt and emotional, that many of us present were fighting back tears.
After rings were exchanged, and the ceremony was sealed with a kiss, Jason and Michelle were finally pronounced husband and wife!
Here is the happy couple, being announced as Mr. & Mrs. for the very first time, and ready to get the party started.
The first dance.
Jason and Michelle had been together for 10 years when they got engaged. (They met when they were in high school) It's hard to tell from this picture, but each table was marked by year. To find your table, you had to find the corresponding year, (Year 1, 2, 3, 4, etc), which included a photo of them from that year they were dating. It was such a cute way to personalize the table numbers.
The cake was pretty, and looked delicious, but I was too full from the food, that I passed on the dessert. What was I thinking?!
Instead of a long table for the entire bridal party, J & M opted for a sweetheart table.
There were lots of family photos taken, but they were left to the professionals. It's hard to remember to take pictures when there's so much going on, and you're touching up the bride's makeup in between it all. I did manage to get one photo of my Dad and I. :)
I can't say enough good things about the location for the wedding/reception. It was pretty spectacular! You literally felt like you were on top of the world.
As the sun went down, everything started to glow. Here's the view from our table.
Classy, right?! Well, at least I poured it into a pilsner glass.
I texted this pic to my friend who swears by Rockstar's, and is always trying to talk me into them. She knew that I was desperate.
Even though it was long, and I was tired (when am I not?), it was truly a magical day, and one that I will never forget.
One can only hope, to find that kind of love someday!
**I apologize for the changing photo quality. Several cameras contributed to this post. ;)