A Literary-Inspired Garden Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Avid book readers Brittaney Wyszynski (26 and a puppeteer and artist) and Chad Wyszynski (27 and a software engineer) shared love for a good novel wit

Avid book readers Brittaney Wyszynski (26 and a puppeteer and artist) and Chad Wyszynski (27 and a software engineer) shared love for a good novel with guests at their literary-inspired wedding, taking place around the serene gardens at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. "Chad and I share a deep appreciation for literature, which we wanted to incorporate in our wedding," Brittaney says. "We also love spending time in gardens and natural settings, so it was clear combining these two themes would be the perfect way to celebrate our nuptials." They blended their favorite colors of green and orange for a pretty, retro-looking palette to decorate the day with—from the mint green bridesmaid shoes with laces to the vintage orange Volkswagen bus used as a getaway car. The ceremony happened at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village, California, where DIY colorful pinwheels made of book pages decorated the ends of wooden pews leading to the altar. Florist Kate Baker created Brittaney's overflowing bridal bouquet filled with peonies, roses and chrysanthemums, along with Chad's succulent boutonniere assorted with paper flowers made of book pages. Escort cards that resembled library cards guided guests to their tables named after literature genres, paired with those types of books used as centerpieces. Our favorite detail from these book lovers? The archway entirely made of books stacked on top of one another that led into the garden reception, like leading them into another world. Talk about a reader's fantasy!

Mint Vintage Shoes With Laces
Brittaney’s friends bought her a stunning necklace to wear for the wedding, which had a chain beaded with seed pearls and a floral pendant depicting California poppies. They purchased the jewelry piece from the Natural History Museum.
This pastel-colored bridal bouquet overflowed with beautiful blooms of peonies, roses and chrysanthemums mixed in with an abundant amount of leaves.
Penguin Publisher-Inspired Genre Table Cards
Dark Candelabra Flower Aisle Liners
The boutonnieres made of green succulents and dusty miller had book pages folded into paper flowers added into the mix, symbolic for the literary-themed wedding day.
Brittaney made colorful paper pinwheel decorations coordinating with the day’s palette, which decorated the pews at the church ceremony. Pinwheels made from book pages were incorporated into the mix as well, going along with the literary theme of the wedding.
“Our getaway vehicle may have stolen the show,” Brittaney says. “We were able to rent a beautiful Westfalia Volkswagen bus from Vintage Safari Rental. It was the perfect shade of orange, and it fit our personalities so well. We are both lovers of folk music and 1960s culture. It was the ultimate California ride.”
Ivory and Green Flower Crown
Round-Cut Diamond in Silver Setting
Archway Made of Books
Library-Card-Inspired Seating Assignment Holder
Book Centerpiece and Table Marker
The bridesmaids all wore neutral knee-length dresses in a shade of gray from J.Crew. They selected their own choice of shoes and jewelry based on the orange and mint palette.
Chad’s favorite color, orange, decorated the wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California—even on his own outfit. He wore a bright orange tie tucked underneath his light gray vest, which his groomsmen wore as well.
Advice Notes and Book
Guests took photos with a white frame prop that had the hashtag "WyzbotWedding" strung across the top, sure to blow up social media.
The bright green cake used for cutting had orange blooms decorating the sides of the dessert. The cake had a topper of two love-stricken robots, with the entire dessert displayed on a white elegant stand.
Sparkler Send-Off Under Garland Canopy