A Whimsical, Romantic Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Ashley Levin and Johnathan Crain’s wedding was a vintage-inspired affair with a whimsical fairytale theme. The Birchwood Room at the Calamigos Ranch i

Ashley Levin and Johnathan Crain’s wedding was a vintage-inspired affair with a whimsical fairytale theme. The Birchwood Room at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California provided a stunning backdrop for the day, its intimate garden setting and majestic natural waterfall and 100-year-old weeping willow trees. Wanting the day to have an intimate, romantic feel, the couple could not have chosen a more fitting setting.


The festivities kicked off with an outdoor ceremony, where Ashley and Johnathan exchanged vows under the shade of a rustic wooden wedding arch draped in lush greenery. An assembly of mismatched chairs and decorative vintage furnishings lent a whimsical and charmingly eclectic feel to the decor.

After their “I do’s” the celebrations continued at the Ranch House, a series of private patios surrounded by oak trees with twinkling lights. With the help of Bright Blue Events, the couple transformed the patio into a dreamlike garden-inspired scene with a sea of soft pastels, lush rose centerpieces, textured table linens and pink glassware. Gilded cutlery, mismatched floral dinnerware and elegant vintage accents were essential in instilling an element of old world charm. Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes provided three beautifully hand-painted confections for an unforgettable post-dinner treat and Dart DJ kept the party going late into the night.

The centerpieces weren’t the only place where Lotus and Lily’s creativity shined. Lavish arrangements of pastel garden roses, Bells of Ireland, hyacinths, dahlias and more in flirty, feminine shades of pink and purple were woven throughout the reception, infusing the natural setting with color and vibrancy.
The day started with an intimate outdoor ceremony, where Ashley and Johnathan exchanged vows under the shade of a rustic wooden wedding arch draped in lush greenery. An assembly of mismatched chairs and decorative vintage furnishings lent a whimsical, old world charm to the decor.
The guest book table was one of the aesthetic highlights of the evening. The rustic display featured a wine barrel table dressed to the nines with delicate lace linens, silver trays and candlesticks, romantic garden roses and bell jars filled with mini topiaries.
From ceremony to reception, each individual detail worked towards achieving Ashley and Johnathan’s vintage fairytale theme. Cascading bouquets of fragrant garden roses and sweet pea piled high atop elegant candelabras paired with blush rosette table linens instantly brought an element of romance to the intimate outdoor reception space. More understated details like mismatched floral china, antiqued menus and brass cutlery furthered the effect, while playing up the more subtle rustic motif.
For cocktail hour, Lotus and Lily Floral design created textured arrangements of stock, scabiosas, sweet peas and dusty miller in soft shades of pale purple and ivory with an untamed romantic feel. Instead of classic vases, they displayed the eye-catching bundles in unique antique tins.
After the couple said their “I do’s,” they invited guests to mix, mingle and enjoy refreshing snacks and beverages on Calamigo’s expansive lawn. Vintage furnishings brought an air of sophistication and elegance to the natural setting, while cocktail tables draped in textured linens and pretty pastel blooms played into the day’s whimsical theme.
Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes showed off their artistic aptitudes by creating not one, but three hand-painted confections. The one, two and three-tiered cakes featured layers of ivory fondant decorated with pink and gold floral flourishes and were displayed atop pretty pink cake stands.
Instead of the traditional bouquet of blooms, Ashley’s bridesmaids carried antique lanterns adorned with cascades of garden roses, sweet peas, daisies and maidenhair ferns.
Lotus and Lily Floral Design brought Ashley and Johnathan’s romantic vision to life with lush arrangements of pastel roses, hydrangeas, peonies, daisies, sweet peas, cascading amaranths and ivy arranged artfully atop bronze candelabras.
With the help of Bright Blue Events, Ashley and Johnathan transformed Calamigos Ranch's patio into a whimsical, garden-inspired scene with a palette of soft pastels, lush rose centerpieces, textured table linens and pink glassware. Gilded cutlery, mismatched floral dinnerware and elegant vintage accents were essential in instilling an element of old world charm.
The names and seating assignments of each guest were hand-lettered onto antiqued cardstock embellished with dainty pink bows and vintage skeleton keys.