Martha + John = Married!

Martha and John picked quite a lovely day to have a wedding by the beach. The sun was shinning, the weather was perfect and the couple’s family and dearest friends were there to celebrate. Perfect. You may remember John and Martha from their Los Angeles engagement session at the Silent Movie Theatre and the Urban Light installation outside of LACMA. One of my favorite sessions, so needless to say, I was excited for the wedding! Thanks to my friend Jen Grant for the help on this day, and to these wonderful vendors for helping Martha and John’s day run smoothly:

Venue: Malibu West Beach Club
Catering: Maison Catering
Coordinatory: Wish Wonder Dream
Florals/Rentals: CFS Design
DJ: Cody of Feet First DJs
Makeup/Hair: Joyce P. Luck

Congratulations, Martha and John! It was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day. Thanks for having us!

bride in hand made wedding dress

wedding sandals and floral hair piece

For their guestbook, Martha and John set out squares of fabric and pens so that guest could write personal messages to the couple. The squares will later be sewn into a quilt for them to keep forever.

quilt wedding guest book

colorful wedding programs

malibu west beach club wedding

malibu west beach club wedding

Beach balls were brought out for the wedding party portraits and I had the bright idea of having them throw them right at me. I will risk my life for fun photos! Because, you know, beach balls are super dangerous. Practically lethal weapons. ;)

wedding party with beach balls

I was in LOVE with the three-piece linen suits the guys wore. And did I mention Martha made her wedding dress herself?! Yes, she is amazing and it was gorgeous and she looked AMAZING in it.

couple on beach in malibu

bride and groom on beach

malibu west beach club wedding

malibu beach wedding portraits

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom photos

Back at the reception, guests were finding their seats using this fun seating chart. Martha and John pinned polaroid pictures of each guest to a huge canvas. Each print had a table assignment written on it. It was so fun watching everyone find their picture!

polaroid wedding seating chart

malibu west beach club reception

seashell-filled floral vase centerpiece

malibu west beach club wedding reception

Malibu West Beach Club dancing

Martha and John’s friend (and one of my 2009 brides!), Annie, made tons of lovely macarons as favors. They were gorgeous and I’m amazed by people who can make something so incredibly delicate and beautiful.

macaron wedding favors

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  • Holly Steen - Love the details and the gorgeous subtle colors. Really lovely wedding Heidi :)

  • carole chaput - Heidi Thank you so much for putting this together. I just need something small to give to my friends back home that are after me for pictures. What a great idea. I enjoyed meeting you and you did a great job. Thank you again. Carole

  • Ann Yost - Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

    Blessings from Sedona.

  • sarah knoke - Heidi,
    AMAZING photos! Your work is awesome, thank you so much for working with us, we are a large bunch so it can get overwhelming at times. THANK YOU!

  • Annie - gorgeous gorgeous pics! I’m not surprised of course. You are the best photographer around!

  • Carolynn Fischer - Heidi, fantastic teasers! You are an artist. Can’t wait to see the rest, Martha!

  • Meredith - Just wanted to tell you these photos are AMAZING! Your work is truly beautiful and I love your blog. I love the story you put with the photos to set the mood. Super nice!!

  • Moe Bensing - Heidi – You are so amazing and wonderful to work with. I think you captured the spirit of the evening perfectly! We will treasure your photos for years to come. Thank you so much.

  • Megan Welker - Heidi, you are incredible. Seriously, I am so inspired by your work! I hope that some of your talent rubbed off on me this week :)

  • jen berry - you have such a great method of storytelling. not only covering all the lil details and moments, but also the whole ambiance. i love the close up horizontal of the bride and groom. he looks so in love and she looks completely elated. your style is so you. i could probably pick out your photos from a blindfolded test. ha. your rock

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