Breathtaking Malibu Calamigos Ranch Wedding | Vivian and Felix

First kiss as husband and wife

This breathtaking Malibu Calamigos Ranch wedding was everything that I had dreamt of and more. When Vivian and Felix asked me to hop on a plane to come and shoot their wedding in Malibu, I was SO EXCITED. I knew that their special day was going to be absolutely amazing, but I could not have even dreamed of how magical it was actually was going to be.

Malibu Calamigos Ranch Wedding


Like most love stories, once Vivian and Felix fell in love, they fell hard! They both went to the University of California (Cal). Here’s the catch though, they actually never met until after they graduated! After Felix passed her while she was eating Oysters at a local restaurant, he headed on over and talked with her about some memories he had OF her in passing throughout the years!

Although she was weirded out at first, Vivian finally warmed up to him and the rest went down in history!

You can read more about them and their love story here!

Wedding Details for California Wedding

Bride and Groom at Calamingo Guest Ranch

Groomsmen helping Groom get ready on wedding day


The Basics

As I mentioned, the couple flew me into Los Angeles from my home base in the Bay Area. They are actually from my area but were wanting a Malibu wedding. I was happy to oblige, and I am so glad that they trusted me enough to be a part of their special day.

Upon arrival at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, I was absolutely blown away. I learned that not only is it almost 90 years old, but it also is the exact same venue that the famous YouTuber, Jenn Im was married at. The Ranch has a little bit of everything with beautiful scenery surrounding it on every side! If I could, I would want to shoot there for every single wedding.

Timeline + Specifics

Typically I make most of the timelines for the brides so that they do not have to spend their day stressing about it. However, Vivian was SO ORGANIZED and made the entire timeline for me.

We started at the Airbnb which was a large house with lots of beautiful spaces for images. Each of the bridesmaids was in charge of providing their own dresses. They were given the color of gold, champagne, and pastel pink! Seeing the different dress choices was probably one of my favorite things! The variety made all of the pictures POP.

Everyone pretty much got ready on time and for that I was thankful.

Once “getting ready” and “bridesmaids” pictures were taken, Vivian and I headed to the Ranch for the first with Felix and her dad. In Asian culture, it is common for fathers not to show emotion, but her dad was so happy, proud, and affectionate. I had to try my hardest not to let any tears escape from my eyes.

Wedding Photographer’s Favorite Parts

As a wedding photographer based out of the Bay Area, I spend a lot of my time at weddings (obviously). I see a lot of different takes on wedding traditions, but I am constantly experiencing things that are such a fun addition to a wedding day.

Here is a list of my favorite things from Vivian and Felix’s wedding

  • While Vivian walked down the aisle, the guests blew bubbles.
  • Dream chandeliers and fairy lights gave the most romantic feel during sunset portraits.
  • They had all-you-can-eat sushi for the reception.
  • An open bar was provided for all of the guests.
  • The father-daughter and mother-son dance were combined.

Bride getting makeup done for wedding

Bride looking at elegant wedding dress

Bride and Bridesmaid popping champagne

Bride putting in her earrings

bridal portraits

Bride wearing elegant wedding dress while staring out the window

Bride with her bridesmaids

Bride and Groom at Garden Wedding

Wedding Party at Malibu Wedding

Groomsmen and Groom at Malibu Wedding day

first look with dad

Calamigos Ranch Wedding Venue

groom walking down the aisle

Bride walking down the aisle

Bride crying during malibu wedding ceremony

First kiss as husband and wife

Bride and groom walking down the aisle after malibu wedding ceremony

Bride kissing groom

Bride and Groom in Magical Venue

Wedding Reception at Calamigos Guest Ranch

Wedding Table Decor

bride and groom grand entrance

bridal party entrance

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Guest cheering at Malibu Wedding


Caterer: Yooshi Sushi

Florist: Jarden del Eden

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Beauty by Bon Bon

Jeweler: Yadav Jewlery

Photographer: Helena Wong Photography

Dress: Justin Alexander

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes

Transportation: Swoop

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Videographer: A Touch of Soul Productions

Wedding Planner: Glamorous Events and Decor

DJ: Electric Entertainment


Make sure to check out my previous blog: HAKONE GARDENS WEDDING IN SARATOGA, CA | ASHLEY AND GENE



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