A Luxurious Garden Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

For Woo Jin Jang (28 and a real estate broker) and Kyung Ae Baek (35 and a consultant), their future felt certain from very early on. “It was love at first sight,” says Woo Jin, who accepted Kyung’s proposal after five years together. The two were equally certain about wanting a sophisticated aesthetic at their outdoor garden wedding for 100 guests at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California; champagne gold and soft ivory complemented the abundant greenery. “The place was so ethereal," Woo Jin says. "It reminded us of Rivendell in 'Lord of the Rings.' " Floral creations combined elegant white blossoms with garden-fresh details that honored the lush landscape; bouquets, hanging arrangements at the ceremony and centerpieces at the reception featured white tulips and roses with verdant green accents of eucalyptus and herbs. Both big music fans, Woo Jin and Kyung had a live singer for their cocktail hour and a high-energy DJ for their reception, where they also demonstrated their tango skills on the dance floor. In addition to a cake, Woo Jin and Kyung had cupcakes and chocolate-dipped fruit. “We had a dessert bar instead of a cigar bar, since we felt our guests would enjoy desserts more than cigars and cocktails,” says Woo Jin, who recommends pausing occasionally to absorb the day. “The day goes by so quickly. You may not even have the time or ability to see all the effort put into the day—so invest in a great photographer and videographer.” —Carolyn Meers