A Whimsical Garden Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Hannah Mac Kechnie (24 and in loan origination) and Zachary George (25 and in tech support) let their laid-back and playful personalities shine for th

Hannah Mac Kechnie (24 and in loan origination) and Zachary George (25 and in tech support) let their laid-back and playful personalities shine for their wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. A Ferris wheel, delicious food and beer, and snazzy attire (Hannah wore Chuck Taylors) brought their quirky wedding to life. Hannah and Zach exchanged vows under an oak tree. “The main ceremony area at Calamigos was so beautiful, with so much of its own greenery and that big oak tree, and I didn’t want to add anything except for little mason jars with flowers on the end of every other row and rose petals on the main aisle,” Hannah says. The bride walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, which Hannah’s friend Fong played on the violin. Zach, falling to his knees and crying tears of joy, was overcome with emotion as he saw Hannah walk down the aisle. The bride and groom decorated their reception space with mirrors and glass accents, loose floral arrangements and a palette of blush and green. Zach tapped into his creative side for the tented reception, making rectangular wooden tables for guests. “I wanted my wedding to be whimsical with an old-world, enchanted feeling,” Hannah says. —Marissa Hermanson

Blush and brown paper invitations set the tone for the couple’s laid-back outdoor wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California.
“I wanted the flowers to be unruly and wild but not pin-tight anywhere,” says Hannah, who carried a beautiful bouquet of white garden roses, hydrangeas, veronica, astilbes, ranunculus, silver dollar, various eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus. The bride, whose style is boho, was originally on the hunt for something breezy and casual with an empire waist. “I tried on so many dresses and found my A-line body kind of swimming in chiffon, and tight mermaid-style gowns are the death of me, so that was never going to happen either,” Hannah says. On her wedding day, Hannah wore a voluminous blush tulle skirt that she paired with a fitted corset top, a mantilla lace veil and a jeweled headband.
“I didn’t want to wear heels because they wouldn't have gone with the dress,” Hannah says. “I had to walk so many stairs for the wedding that I just wanted to be comfortable.” In lieu of strappy heels, Hannah sported high-top Converse shoes with lace shoelaces. “My Chucks and dress combo kind of wrapped up my personal style all in one look,” Hannah says.
“Don’t be afraid to ask bridesmaids to get the dresses you want,” Hannah says. “They’re going to be spending money anyway and want to look good. It’s okay to direct them.” Hannah’s seven bridesmaids wore short, summery dresses in shades of green.
Little signs gave a shoutout to Hannah and Zach’s Instagram hashtag, #gettingeorged.
“The main ceremony area at Calamigos Ranch was so beautiful, with so much of its own greenery and that big oak tree, that I didn’t want to add anything to it, except for little mason jars with flowers on the end of every other row and rose petals on the main aisle,” Hannah says.
The bride walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, which Hannah’s friend Fong played on the violin. Zach, falling to his knees and crying tears of joy, was overcome with emotion while seeing Hannah walk down the aisle.
Table centerpieces ranged from birdcages and glass mirrors topped with floral arrangements to books topped with flowers. White arrangements incorporated blush blooms, fragrant lavender and greenery.
Dinner and dancing took place under the lit tent at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. “I have always thought there was something so magical about events in big white tents,” Hannah says. “When I saw that the venue had a tent and also had a beautiful ceremony area, it was already a done deal.”
“Drink wine and enjoy planning with your future spouse,” Hannah says of the planning period.