Here’s what we know about the Calamigos Ranch as a wedding venue: it’s sunny, it’s in Californian, and it’s incredibly hip. In other words, it’s the perfect venue for the brides Virpi and Monika to hold their stylish Malibu wedding. The couple’s style flowed together seamlessly as both women opted for a floor length wedding dress, curls in their hair, and showing off their tattoos. Even so the women each brought their own individual styles to the celebration, resulting in a wedding filled with personality, charm, and a sense of absolute cool.
Thank you to Derek Chad Photography for capturing these cool and loving moments in Malibu! Best of luck, Virpi and Monika!
Monika and Virpi were married at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA. I didn’t have the chance to meet these two before the big day, but we did get to chat via FaceTime. I knew from the second we started chatting that this was going to be a great wedding. Not because of the incredible location or the amazing vendors, but because of the love I could see just oozing out of these two. They are beautiful both inside and out and I knew it was going to be great. And as you can see from the photos, this wedding was just perfect. Everyone had a blast!
All of their friends and family that came were just awesome. Their friends and family came from all over… from San Diego to Finland! And their choice for a venue was just simply perfect… all of the details just matched them perfectly. I am SO HONORED to have been their photographer and I love the images I was able to get for them on this gorgeous day in Malibu. Congratulations to Monika and Virpi!
From the couple:
How did you two meet?
We met while living in San Francisco through mutual friends at a St. Patrick’s day brunch.
Who proposed? What was your proposal like?
V proposed on 5/16/15 at Santa Monica Beach. I thought we were going for a casual stroll until she asked me to wait while she set up our location. Once I walked over, I found a book labeled, “Our adventure book” with pictures of our time together and at the end of the pages was another page that read “Things we will do together” and a ring tied into the page with “Will to marry me? Check Yes No?”
(ok to girls who do a secret handshake as part of their wedding vows, totally steal my nerdy heart!!)
Why did you choose your venue?
We chose our venue because it had a whimsical and romantic feeling to it. We wanted to enjoy natures beauty and effortless elegance.
What were you looking forward to the most about your wedding day?
We were just looking forward to having our families and friends come together and have fun while celebrating our life together.
Photographer: Derek Chad Photography | Event Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Cake Designer: Crumb Fairy Bakery | Floral Designer: Happy Flowers inc. | Event Planner: Jackie Hsu | Hair Stylist: Julie Daniel Hair | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Makeup Artist: Tammy Yi | Transportation: TCS, Inc. | Dress Designer: Vera Wang | DJ: VOX DJs | Photo Booth Equipment: Vox Djs
Submitted via Two Bright Lights