An Elegant, Romance-Inspired Wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California
The cozy backyard setting combined with breathtaking views of mountains at Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California, created an intimate setting for this romantic wedding. "It had the feeling of a backyard wedding, but the backdrop was out-of-this-world incredible," Christina McKillen (26 and a regional sales manager) says of her marriage to Tyrone McKillen (26 and property development). "We were able to make it feel comfortable for guests and utilize the indoor-outdoor quality of Southern California." Christina and Tyrone's strong love for each other inspired the wedding's romantic style, which showed through the soft palette accented with sharp pops of red—decorating everything from the red floor-length cap-sleeve bridesmaid dresses to the fruit, flower and foliage table centerpieces arranged inside elegant gold vases. Christina and Tyrone got married at the lush arch covered in greenery and blooms, with an amazing backdrop of the mountains in plain sight. The jaw-dropping views continued at the backyard reception, where red rose petals organized to spell out their first-name initials floated in the luxe swimming pool. Guests sat at long rustic dining tables set with white chinaware and gold utensils, with simple seating tags attached to bundles of roses, rosemary and eucalyptus. From the ivory invitation stationery accented with pink floral sketches to the meal that ended with a classic white wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers, we fell madly in love with this romantic affair. "We just wanted everything to smell romantic, look romantic, and most of all, feel romantic," Christina says.
-- Nicoletta Richardson