8 May

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

C + K’s Venice wedding could easily have been in Big Sur or Canada or Hawaii. They searched high and low for the perfect venue, but it finally hit them that for their big day they didn’t need to leave town at all.

Cayley says, We don’t like commercial, we didn’t have an unlimited budget, we didn’t want to wait two years to hold our wedding; we wanted a memorable but casual wedding that friends and family could really enjoy. Probably somewhere between riding our bikes to the beach and walking to dinner at one of our neighborhood restaurants it dawned on us—why not bring our friends and family to Venice to celebrate at the place we love and call home? We wanted to show everyone our version of Venice—local, casual, weird—so that’s exactly what we did. The ceremony held at our longtime neighbor Philip Dixon’s house surprised all our guests who could not have dreamt up a more impressive hidden oasis, which also inspired the colors of my bridesmaids’ dresses. 

Thanks to Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective for these shots!

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Wedding rings

Blue Bridesmaid dresses

Stuart Weitzman wedding shoes

Every gal should own a pair of Stuart Weitzman pretties, don’t you think?

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Blue bridesmaid dress

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Cayley says, We had a local gospel choir sing Dream Lover for Kyle’s walk down the aisle with his parents and our bridal party procession, and My Cherie Amuor when I walked down the aisle with my Dad. Our first dance we danced to Harvest Moon sung by one of my ridiculously talented bridesmaids, Lucy Keating, accompanied by the Mattson 2. Once we were married we exited to Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams Come True.

Grey groomsmen suits

Canvas favor tote

White dahlia bouquet

Wedding guest fashion

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Blue bridesmaid dresses

Loving these blues.

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Venice beach wedding invites

Simple white tablescape

Gold table numbers

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

They held the reception close by at 800Main with dinner catered by a fave restaurant Casa Ado (chef Antonio Mure happens to be their neighbor too) and desserts by Superba Food + Bread.

Modern Philip Dixon house wedding

Check out the recap by Max and Molly Films below:

In the end, we feel so lucky to have involved so much of our community in our wedding weekend—even our photographer, Gary Ashley, was based in Venice. So all local vendors, friends, and friends of friends made it a very special weekend to share with our families.

Cheers you two! See more from this wedding in our gallery.

Photographer: Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective / Videographer: Max and Molly Films / Ceremony Location: Private Residence of Philip Dixon / Reception Location: 800Main / Event Planner: Melissa Diner of 800Main / Florist: Elizabeth Bailey Floral & Event Design / Hair & Makeup: Drea Rohrbough of Unveiled Makeup / Invitations & Website: Bride / Reception Caterers: Casa Ado / Rehearsal Dinner & Brunch: Bread and Water Catering / Deserts: Superba Food + Bread / Officiant: Pastor Robert Shipp Sr. of Calvary Baptist Church Santa Monica / Guys’ Getting Ready Location: Casa Shelter Half / Ceremony Gospel Choir: Vienna Hayes & Family / Reception Band: Mattson 2 / First Dance Singer: Lucy Keating / Lighting: Alternative Lighting Solutions / Rentals: A Rental Connection & Town & Country / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew

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7 May

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Hello, hello! How’s everyone’s day going so far? We just came across some srsly pretty hand painted cakes that happen to be the work of UK boutique cake company, Nevie-Pie Cakes. Given that the brilliant mind behind these lovely cakes, Natasha, is an art director + consultant, we can see how each and every one became a masterpiece. Prepare to be blown away by fondant perfection, cakies…

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

For weddings, they often paint designs based off of bridal bouquets, wedding invites, or even a favorite china tea set. Any little wedding detail can serve as inspiration.

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Gorgeous right?! Definitely one of our faves.

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Like whoa. Natasha even has an online tutorial for painting fondant.

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Cake by Nevie Pie Cakes | 100 Layer Cake

We sure wish we could see these beauties in person! Check out the rest of the Nevie-Pie Cakes gallery.

Cakes: Nevie-Pie Cakes | Photography: photo 1  | photo 4 | photo 5 |photo 7 (Nathan Pask for The Painted Cake published by Murdoch books) | photo 8

 
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7 May

Blossoming almond orchards wedding inspiration

Hello, beautiful blossoms! This shoot that photographers Ginny of Retrospect Images + Brooke Beasley envisioned + whipped up basically encapsulates the beauty of a romantic spring wedding, from the sweet seasonal blooms of California almond orchards to the way various shades of pink complement the greenery around them. What’s not to swoon over here?

Burgundy anemone and rose bouquet

Burgundy anemone and rose bouquet

Classic blush heels… Yes please.

Pink BHLDN wedding dress

Pink BHLDN wedding dress

Ginny says, We were inspired by the blossoming almond orchards whose lush blooms are just as fleeting as they are beautiful. Lasting for only a few weeks, these magnificent trees blossom and create the most magical rows of dreamy blooms.

Calligraphy

Pink BHLDN wedding dress

Burgundy anemone and rose bouquet

This bouquet! Le sigh. Susan of Three Sisters Flowers mixed in soft pastels with darker accents and cascading greenery. She created two different bouquets for separate takes on the concept.

Almond Orchard wedding inspiration

For a bride who loves all the romance of spring, the Carina Corset & Ahsan Skirt from BHLDN sure seem like a pretty fitting choice!

Great work team! Such beautiful Almond trees.

Planning & Photography: Ginny Silver of Retrospect Images & Brooke Beasley Photography / Location: Private Orchard in California / Dress: Watters Carina Corset & Ahsan Skirt from BHLDN / Accessories: BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka from BHLDN / Makeup: Kat Tinney of A-List Makeup / Floral Designer: Three Sisters Flowers / Calligraphy: Type & Title / Model: Kayleen Meldrum

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