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Where do we even start with this wedding and these two?! We met Emily a while back through her fantastic sister Abigail (whose wedding we also shot and was awesome) and have gotten to know their family a bit. We absolutely adore Emily + Sven and their families.

This wedding was equal parts stunning (I mean, just check out Emily’s stunning wedding dress! Perfection) and relaxed. They had their closest friends around them and instead of an official wedding party they were called the “Love Crew.” Emily + Sven opted to forgo some of the typical traditions and spend their time busting it out on the dance floor (and yes, some Spice Girls and N’Sync did come out and it was glorious). Emily works for Puma and her pals over there also bedazzled her some amazing sneakers for her special day.

These two could not be more nice and sincere and madly in love. It was seriously a joy to be around them all day and we just smile every time we look back through their photos. Be ready for a long blog post…but just could be much, much longer with how much love and awesomeness this wedding was filled with.


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Awesome Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Adamson House

Coordination/Design: Brooke Avishay at Orange Blossom

DJ: Ian Gotler – RedShoe,

Caterer: Command Performance Catering

Florals: Peony & Plum

Hair/Make-up: Erica & Julie –  1011 Hair & Makeup

Grooms Clothes: Peek&Cloppenburg; Calvin Klein

Bride’s Dress: Rivini; Sylena (purchased at Kleinfeld NYC)

Katy and Andrew’s Santa Barbara Historical Museum wedding had something that we had never seen before (which is quite a feat since we have photographed about 250 weddings!) and we cannot recommend enough for everyone who likes getting the conversation going with some fun drinking games: a Spanish porron vessel.

The Spanish porron vessel is like a wine decanter from which you can pour a thin stream of wine into your mouth. The fun thing is that you can pull the porron vessel away from your face and pour wine into your mouth from a distance. When Katy and Andrew went from table to table to visit their guests, they shared this fun drinking aid and created a memorable experience for all of their guests. It was the epitome of what we love most about modern weddings: that brides and grooms often use their weddings as an opportunity to share fun and unique experiences with all of their friends and families.

Big thanks to Style Me Pretty for sharing this gorgeous wedding!

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. Katy Katy laughing while getting her hair done. A black and white photo of the bride looking in the mirror. The bride The bride putting on her Jimmy Choo wedges. Andrew fixing his tie on his wedding day. The groom getting ready for his wedding in Santa Barbara. The groom Photos of Katy before the first look. The bride walking up to the groom during first look. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. Andrew and Katy during their first look at their wedding. A black and white photo of the couple near trees. A photo of the bride Katy and Andrew looking at each other and kissing. A photo of Andrew in front of a wood door. Katy leaning against a wood post. The groom outside at the museum. A photo of the bride Katy and Andrew looking at each other outside the museum. Katy and Andrew in the hallway of the museum. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. Andrew holding Katy on their wedding day. Andrew and Katy in a succulent garden at the museum. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. A photo of the bride The bride with her bridesmaids and the groom with his groomsmen. The ceremony program on a piece of wood and ceremony flowers. Plants and flowers at the ceremony aisle entrance. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. Flowers hanging from the ceremony arch. The ring bearers walking down the aisle. The ring bearer walking to the groom. The flower girl hugging the groom. Andrew waiting for Katy to walk down the aisle. Katy walking down the aisle with her parents. A photo of the whole ceremony area during the service. Katy crying and laughing during the ceremony. Katy and Andrew smiling during the ceremony. Andrew looking at Katy and smiling during the ceremony. Andrew and Katy holding hands during the ceremony. Andrew and Katy exchanging rings during their wedding. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. A photo of Katy and Andrew A photo of one of the reception tables. A reception with a mix of wood tables and cream linen table cloths. A photo of the navy blue and gold menu on the gold charger. A photo of Katy and Andrew Katy and Andrew Katy and Andrew Katy and Andrew dancing as husband and wife. Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. Katy and Andrew dancing their first dance. Katy watching her father give a welcome speech. The bride dancing with her dad during the reception. The mother of the groom giving a speech and dancing with her son. A photo of the reception during dinner. Andrew using the Spanish porron vessel. Guests using the Spanish porron vessel. A guest spilling the champagne out of the vessel on his head. A groomsmen using the Spanish porron vessel and spilling it on his head. The bride and groom dancing with their friends. Guests dancing during Katy and Andrew Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding. The bride and groom during the horah. Guests dancing in a train during the reception. The walking taco bar late night snack set out. A photo of Katy and Andrew


Awesome Vendor Credits:

Planning and Coordination: Wedding Kate –

DJ: Gavin Roy –

Catering: Duo Catering –

Florals: Camellia Floral Design –

Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum –

  • August 21, 2015 - 12:44 pm

    Lauren - Wow! I love the location of this wedding. Such beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

Kelly and Chris’ Diablo Dormido wedding (a.k.a. Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve wedding, a.k.a Ahmanson Ranch wedding… does anyone know what that place is actually called nowadays? We digress…) was a perfect example of just how awesome a wedding can be, even when it is a little cloudy.

As we mentioned in our post of their engagement session, Kelly and Chris are diehard fans of UCLA and USC, which makes them an unlikely, but remarkably adorable match. The day was filled with laughter and there was a running joke about Chris and his mom being “criers,” so there were more touching moments happening than we can possibly cram into single blog post.

Emotional wedding days are awesome, but what made this wedding over-the-top, face-melting-awesomeness were some surprises that their families had up their sleeves. During dinner, Kelly’s mom arranged for the UCLA Spirit Team and mascot to show up! Not to be outdone, later in the reception Chris’ mom arranged for the USC marching band to show up and play a few songs! Both were total surprises to Kelly and Chris and both were SO much fun! Enjoy!

Diablo Dormido wedding. Here is a photo of Chris getting ready. These photos show the groom getting dressed. Here is the bride This is a photo of the bridal bouquet. The bride wore a bright colorful floral robe during getting ready. Diablo Dormido wedding. The groom drew a card for the bride and gave her a pearl necklace. Here is a photo of the bride in her lace wedding dress. Here is a photo of the bride Diablo Dormido wedding. 003-storyboard This is a photo of the groom in front of a large tree. Here are photos of the first look. This is a photo of the bride and groom during the first look. Diablo Dormido wedding. The groom was so happy to see his bride. 004-storyboard Here is a beautiful photo of Kelly and Chris. This is a black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing. Here are portraits of the bride and groom. Here are photos of the bridal party. Diablo Dormido wedding. This is a beautiful full wedding party photo. Here is a photo of the ceremony space. This is a photo of the adorable flower girls. The mother of the bride walked Kelly down the aisle. Here are photos of the bride and groom as the bride walks down the aisle. The ceremony was in front of large trees outside. Here are cute photos of Kelly and Chris laughing during the wedding ceremony. The couple planted a tree as their unity symbol. Here are photos of Kelly and Chris planting their unity tree. This is a photo of the groom putting on the bride The ceremony backdrop was an arch with flowers and fabric. Kelly was excited to put on Chris Diablo Dormido wedding. Everyone waved pom-poms at the end of the ceremony. Diablo Dormido wedding. Here is an adorable photo of Kelly and Chris with gold pom-poms. This is a cute picture of Kelly and Chris at their wedding. This is a cute photo of the groom hugging the bride. Here is a sweet photo of Kelly looking at Chris. Diablo Dormido wedding. This is a black and white photo of Kelly and Chris. A gorgeous photo of the bride and groom. Here are photos of the reception space. The couple wrote a thank you letter to all their guests. The escort cards were clipped on twine. This is a photo of the grand entrance. The bridal party made a tunnel for the couple to run under. This is a photo of the bride and groom dancing during their reception. These are photos of dancing at the start of the reception. Here is a picture of the sweetheart table. Kelly This is a photo of the bride and groom during the welcome toast. Kelly Kelly is a UCLA fan, but Chris is a USC fan. Kelly was very excited about the UCLA surprise. The mascot gave Chris a hug. Here is a photo of the bride and groom with the UCLA spirit squad. These are photos during toasts. This is a beautiful black and white photo of toasts. Here is a photo of the bridesmaids This is a photo of the wedding cake. Kelly and Chris cut the wedding cake. Here is a cute photo of the bride and groom kissing after cake cutting. The couple danced under a chandelier. This is a gorgeous black and white photo of the first dance. This is Kelly and Chris dancing their first dance as a married couple! Diablo Dormido wedding. Here are photos of Kelly dancing with her step-dad. The father and daughter dance during the reception. The mother and son dance during the wedding reception. The guests dancing and having fun during the reception. The USC marching band surprised Kelly and Chris at their wedding. Chris was excited for the USC marching band. Here is a photo of the USC marching band during the reception. Kelly and Chris watched the USC marching band perform. The USC marching band playing for Kelly and Chris This is a photo of the bride and groom with the USC marching band. Kelly dancing with Chris and the groomsmen. Kelly wore sunglasses as she tossed the bouquet. These are photos of Chris removing Kelly This is a photo of the garter toss. This is a photo of the bride dancing during the reception. Photos of the guests dancing at Kelly and Chris Diablo Dormido wedding.

Rad Vendor Credits:

Venue: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve –

Venue Hosts: Diablo Dormido Weddings –

Coordinator: Dana at Orange Dove Events –

DJ: Vox DJs –

Caterer: Kitchen 12000 –

Cake: Susie Cakes –

Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting –

Furniture Rentals – Salt Buffalo Vintage –

Rentals: A Rental Connection –


  • July 30, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    Kelly McIntosh - These are beyond amazing. You captured the whole day so perfectly and they totally bring me back to all the amazing moments! You guys are the best!!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2015 - 10:13 pm

    Nancy McIntosh Taylor - Absolutely PERFECT……You and your team were right there when all the incredible facial expressions were taking place. So happy to be part of this amazing ceremony and celebration ALL OVER AGAIN !! xoxoReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2015 - 11:10 pm

    Julie Wright - What amazing photos and memories. How could they be anything but fabulous with such a good looking couple. We were truly honoured to be including in this wonderful celebration. May you two be eternally happy as you were on this special day. Love and hugsReplyCancel

We always tell our couples that “we want your engagement session to reflect YOU and YOUR personalities.” Kelly + Chris absolutely nailed it in their engagement session.

To give you all some context, Kelly + Chris met in a kickboxing class. This combative beginning was mere foreshadowing for a much more deeply engrained conflict: Chris is a USC fan and Kelly is a UCLA fan. Like… they each bleed their school’s colors. For those of you who did not grow up in Southern California, let us fill you in on why this is an issue. USC and UCLA are like the bloods and the crips, oil and water, canned tuna and ice cream, Taylor Swift and healthy relationships… you get the point: USC and UCLA fans just do not mix well.

Notwithstanding this monumental divide, Kelly and Chris are an adorable couple. They brought boxing gloves and USC/UCLA shirts as an homage to the beginning of their relationship and their “house divided,” and we thought it was absolutely perfect.


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*Don’t worry, Kelly didn’t actually hit Chris. Marianne Wilson Photography does not condone domestic violence. :)
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Finally, Kelly, we love you but we just can’t end this post without saying it: FIGHT ON!!!

  • August 22, 2015 - 10:22 am

    Nicole Quijada - Hello! I am doing my engagement session in Malibu and was wondering if you could share where exactly these locations are- I know it is Malibu Hills and Matador Beach, but trying to find an exact location might be tricky! Any tips? Thank you!!