An Elegant Black-and-White Garden Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Monika Munoz (33 and a training program manager) and Virpi Manninen (40 and a senior website manager) met through friends while living in San Francisco, California, but were just close friends when a few strangers pointed out their chemistry. “I guess we needed a little push,” Monika says. After moving to Los Angeles and getting engaged, the couple chose Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California, for their bucolic yet distinctly modern wedding. “We both like clean and minimalistic styles, so we decided to go with a classic black-and-white theme,” Monika says. “As a bonus, Calamigos Ranch was such a beautiful venue that we knew we wouldn’t have to spend a fortune decorating it.” After the outdoor ceremony in front of a stunning limestone waterfall in the garden patio, the 100 guests made their way to the Birchwood Room for a cozy reception that boasted indoor and outdoor space. “One of our mottos was ‘keep it simple,’” Monika says. She and Virpi designed their own save-the-dates, invitations and website, which their guests used to RSVP and get updates about the event. Monika offers some advice for other couples: "Hire a day-of coordinator. Hire a day-of coordinator. Hire a day-of coordinator. Did we emphasize that enough?” —Carolyn Meers