Wedding At Rancho Sol Del Pacifico In Malibu, CA | Christie & Michael

Wedding At Rancho Sol Del Pacifico

CHRISTIE & MICHAEL

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Wedding photos at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

Christie and Michael were referred to me through wedding planner Brooke Avishay who leads the team at Orange Blossom Special Events. They first got in touch by phone earlier this year and we met up in person in March to capture their engagement session. I remember it vividly as it was my last e-session as an unmarried man, with my own wedding just around the corner. It was wonderful to connect with them again to capture this gorgeous wedding at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico this summer.

This private estate nestles in the hills of Malibu, with gorgeous views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and rustic, Spanish-inspired architecture. Christie and Michael were having everything in the one location, from the getting ready to the reception party, making things logistically easy for them and us.

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A nighttime couple portrait of the newly married couple beneath strings of Chinese lanterns at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

 

Getting ready photos at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

My wife Charlene and I headed over in the late morning to capture the couple as they made their final preparations. While Charlene was with Michael and his groomsmen, I was with Christie and the girls as they did their hair and makeup and shared in quite a few special candid moments.

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A black and white candid of Christie and her flower girl looking into a mirror at Malibu’s Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

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One of Christie’s bridesmaids assists with her makeup as they were getting ready at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

Christie and Michael had decided on a first look session which we staged in the lush gardens at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico. The estate sprawls across acres and acres, and the vibrant green lawns provided a vivid backdrop. We also used the time available for a couple portrait session around the estate, utilizing its rustic architectural features and walkways. We also staged a shot of the couple kissing while their cute ring bearer and flower girl covered their eyes!

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Michael walks towards Christie during their first look session in the gardens of Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

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A wide-angle portrait of Christie and Michael within the orange-hued architectural features of Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

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A playful portrait of the couple kissing while their ring bearer and flower girl cover their eyes.

 

Ceremony photos at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

After their ring bearer announced that the bride way on her way, Christie’s brother escorted her down the aisle for the start of their garden ceremony. The weather really was perfect as they exchanged vows and said “I do”, watched on by family and friends.

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Christie and one of her bridesmaids walk down a staircase as they prepared for her wedding ceremony in Malibu.

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Christie and Michael’s ring bearer announces the bride’s entrance at her Malibu wedding ceremony.

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Christie’s brother gives her away to Michael at the start of their Rancho Sol Del Pacifico wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the reactions of Michael’s parents during the garden wedding ceremony at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

After their recessional walk down the aisle, we had more time for portraits, with the late afternoon sun provided atmospheric lighting conditions. I captured romantic embraces of the couple in this loved-up moment, then got creative with a bird’s eye view of them exploring the gardens from the Rancho Sol Del Pacifico’s tower.

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A portrait of the newly married couple in the late afternoon sun, set against the Malibu mountains.

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A bird’s eye view of Christie and Michael exploring the gardens at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico in Malibu.

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A romantic embrace between the newly married couple at the top of Rancho Sol Del Pacifico’s tower.

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A nighttime couple portrait of Christie and Michael within the beautifully-illuminated gardens of Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

 

Reception photos at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

Christie and Michael danced their way into the wedding reception at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico, before a more serious (and intimate) first dance. Their maid-of-honor and best man then gave lively speeches while the couple listened in from their sweetheart table, followed by the cake cutting ceremony before everyone hit the dance floor. Towards the end of the evening, I grabbed the couple for a short nighttime portrait session, incorporating the romantic lighting and Chinese lanterns strung up at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

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Christie and Michael dance into their wedding reception at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico in Malibu.

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Capturing the newly married couple’s first dance during their Malibu wedding reception.

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Christie and Michael listen in from their sweetheart table as speeches and toasts are made.

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Michael shares a laugh during his best man’s speech at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico in Malibu.

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A black and white candid photo of Christie and Michael chatting to a young wedding guest.

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The newly married couple share a laugh during their cake cutting ceremony at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico.

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Christie’s older brother and Michael’s mom enjoying the dance floor during the Rancho Sol Del Pacifico reception.

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Christie and one of her friends getting down on the dance floor during her Malibu wedding reception.

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A joyous nighttime couple portrait of Christie and Michael embracing during their Rancho Sol Del Pacifico wedding celebrations.

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Christie and Michael kiss beneath the ornate architecture of Rancho Sol Del Pacifico during their nighttime portrait session.

 

Wedding photos at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico:

I really loved the Spanish-inspired orange architecture and gorgeous gardens which provided a backdrop to this wedding at Rancho Sol Del Pacifico and the opportunity to work with such a wonderful couple. I was honored that they selected me as their Malibu wedding photographer before ever meeting in person and it was a pleasure to spend the day with their family and friends.

I want to give a special shout-out to Brooke Avishay of Orange Blossom Special Events for recommending me and wish Christie and Michael all the happiness in the world for this new chapter together.

October 4, 2013

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