27 Oct

Colorful Southern California wedding: Melanie + Sky

categories Real Weddings

This is a wedding dear to our heart because the stars are Kristina’s brother-in-law Sky and now sister-in-law (yay!), Melanie. (Remember her cute shower?) And it was such a super fun, beautiful, sophisticated, but still love-filled event. We could go on, but we’ll spare you and get right to the amazing photos by Michèle M. Waite.

Actually, first let’s start with Melanie’s overall vision. Bright and vibrant like an Pedro Almodovar movie, but also soft and beautiful and timeless. Good lesson for those planning your wedding, you don’t HAVE to stick to the same colors for the entire event. The ceremony and cocktail party were bright, the dinner elegant and subtle. And then the dance party was bright again. Fun, no?

Now we start:




Oooh pretty feathers. Doesn’t the bouquet tie both the bright and subtle ideas together nicely?



Love the Vanity Fair style shots. And aren’t bridemaids’ colors fantastic? They carried bright (eco-friendly) balloons instead of flowers! There’s more over on Michele’s blog.








Instead of table numbers, Melanie and Sky used the acronym M.A.S (get it? Melanie And Sky?) to come up with sweet little names for each table. “More Amor Señor”, “Mostly About Superheros”, “Mercurial Andalusian Snakecharmers”… you get the picture. For favors, they gave their very favorite game in the entire world, a version of dice that they learned from a friend years ago. The little bag came with 5 die and instructions for how to play.



For their first dance, Melanie and Sky learned the tango. It was hot. And well worth the year of dance lessons.


And then following dinner the fun seriously picked up. Michael from the Flashdance was on the tables and MAN does he kill it. People well over 50 were dancing their hearts out until midnight. Seriously, if you want a legit dance party, you need to hire him. Melanie said (in the middle of the dance floor) that he was like musical crack. We’re not necessarily familiar with crack, but she was right on about the addictive quality of his mixology. Plus he brings a smile booth (if you ask) and does a little time lapse video of the whole night. And we’re like totally ecstatic we have it to share with you.

Thanks for sending this over Michael!

Melanie & Sky’s Timelapse Wedding from Michael Antonia on Vimeo.

Congrats, Melanie and Sky! You’re beautiful.

You can also see their adorable Mexicana Chic rehearsal dinner here.

Photography: Michèle M. Waite / DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance / Venue: L’Auberge Del Mar / Dress: Lara Hélène / Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna / Flowers: Robin Mathis of Twigg Botanicals (you can find her through her daughter’s site: Amorology) / Balloons: Balloon Guru / Make up: Renee Loiz / Hair: Ashley Gonzales from Panache Salon / Homemade cookie welcome gifts: Francie’s Magic Cookies (Melanie’s mom!) / Vintage car: Simply Elegant Limo / Coordinator: Carol Berardino of Elite Events / Dance party lighting: Tim Altbaum Productions / Cupcakes: Melanie’s dear friend Ami Shulka. (She’s available for catering in LA!)

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  1. I love the colorful bm dresses. Also, the balloons instead of flowers is such a festive, and budget-friendly idea. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. the bouquet is amazing, love the idea with the feathers.

  3. Incredible wedding and photography! Dreamy. What a huge wedding party. I thought mine was going to be big.

  4. Simply beautiful. Every single picture makes me smile. I especially loved the video.

  5. I love to see some color! The dresses all went together perfectly and I love the bride’s bouquet with those feathers!

  6. LOVE Brocks camio in the video!!! Beautiful wedding!

  7. What a video blast! Such a nice and fun wedding. Everybody enjoyed dancing and all were having a great time. I love the bride’s wedding dress and her cool and sexy lingerie. Cool idea! An unforgettable grand slam wedding!

  8. Love the colors! Where are the shoes from?

  9. LOVE the first shot of them in the car. Perfection.

  10. I love your description of the “Vanity Fair” style photo shoot. Khristina-you look great in your red bridesmaids dress btw! And I love what you said about not having to stick to one color palette for the entire wedding. So true. Those clouds, so dramatic. Was Mother Nature in on the mood as well? Perfection!

  11. you have captured their day beautifully … the colours are stunning … and what a great idea with the balloons

  12. This is gorgeous! I love all the bright colors. And the photo of the bride in the mirror is lovely. And SHE is lovely. And the balloons are lovely. And the undies are lovely!

  13. I just love the video! Awesome job.

  14. Beautiful photos that are simple and so elegant. Thanks for posting!

  15. Love the colours, love the balloons! What a gorgeous wedding.

  16. the shoes are Louboutins that I got on net-a-porter when, after months of watching, they went on clearance sale. need I tell you how thrilling that was???

  17. What a gorgeous wedding! The bridal and grooms party looked stunning, talk about color! Just beautiful! Loved the dice game as favors and balloons for bridesmaids, really unique.

  18. Fantastic photography!

  19. Lovely wedding! I love the bridesmaids’ dresses, how each of them wore a different-looking dress, but the overall effect is stunning. The favors are wonderful: inexpensive, yet meaningful.

  20. Ooooh, the timelapse video. Amazing! I love Flash Dance!! What fantastic photography too, but honestly, what did you expect? It’s Michele Waite.

  21. These images are absolutely amazing! I love Michele Waite’s work. It is fun and edgy and romantic and lovely all at the same time. How does she do that????

  22. this post inspired me to contact the human jukebox (aka michael antonia of the flashdance) for my wedding. we mailed him the deposit check this weekend. so excited! good thing he’s willing to travel. thanks for helping me cross MUSIC off my list.

  23. Hi! Can you please say what the dice game was/how to play it? Thanks!

  24. The colors of the dresses of the bridal party are outstanding as well as the bridal bouquet

  25. This gave me great ideas for my wedding coming up!

  26. I wish my wedding was as nice as some of those photos!

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  28. Love the photos you caught through the Rolls Royce window. Great use of reflections there. Very classic pic!

  29. This is a very wonderful wedding.

  30. Romantic!

  31. The wedding is really romantic and the wedding gowns are also very beautiful. It is a real weding!

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