Inside Weddings - - Weddings - May 14, 2016 Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Maya My­ers Pho­tog­ra­phy

May 14, 2016 Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Maya My­ers Pho­tog­ra­phy


Sydnie Schoen­berg had al­ways dreamed of her wed­ding day, but she tried to be re­al­is­tic about the tim­ing be­cause her long­time boyfriend, Sa­har Rosen­blum, was in the mid­dle of med­i­cal school. Surely a pro­posal wouldn’t hap­pen un­til af­ter his grad­u­a­tion, she as­sumed. Lit­tle did she know, Sa­har had al­ready started plan­ning. “Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing how much she sup­ported me through ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment, I knew I wanted to pro­pose,” Sa­har con­fides. He also knew he wanted to go about it the tra­di­tional way, and called Sydnie’s father to tell him he had some­thing im­por­tant to dis­cuss. At din­ner, the hope­ful groom asked for his bless­ing. “We spent the rest of the night cel­e­brat­ing to­gether while he in­tro­duced me to sev­eral of his friends at the restau­rant, telling every­one that I had just asked per­mis­sion to marry his daugh­ter!” he re­veals.

With that box checked off, Sa­har started or­ga­niz­ing the per­fect pro­posal: some­thing his fu­ture bride would al­ways re­mem­ber. First, he planned a va­ca­tion and asked Sydnie if she could also take the even­ing prior to their de­par­ture off from work. A rea­son­able re­quest, un­til she was in­vited on a trip for her job. “I told him it wouldn’t in­ter­fere with our travel plans but that I wouldn’t be able to take that day be­fore off,” Sydnie notes. Sa­har seemed more bothered by this fact than she ex­pected; how­ever, the next day, her boss told her not to go on the trip af­ter all. “I later found out that my dad had called my boss to tell her about Sa­har’s plans and she agreed to play along,” she di­vulges. Though it all seemed a lit­tle sus­pi­cious, the bride-to-be tried not to get her hopes up. She had made it clear to her beloved that it was im­por­tant for her fam­ily to be there for a pro­posal, and her par­ents and sis­ters seemed busy for the week­end when she called. “Lit­tle did I know that every­one was stay­ing in a ho­tel down the street!” Sydnie ex­claims.

The day be­fore their va­ca­tion, Sa­har took his sweet­heart to a ro­man­tic Ital­ian restau­rant in Bev­erly Hills, where the cou­ple sat in a pri­vate gar­den. As soon as Sydnie saw how the space was set up, she knew what was about to hap­pen. “I was shak­ing through the whole pro­posal,” she ad­mits. Af­ter she said “yes,” both of their fam­i­lies came in to sur­prise the newly en­gaged pair and en­joy an even­ing of cel­e­bra­tion. Sydnie and Sa­har then went off to the Car­ib­bean to en­joy a week of bliss. “When I came back from our trip, every­one at my com­pany knew about the en­gage­ment!” the bride laughs.

Back when they had only known each other for a few weeks, strangers as­sumed Sydnie and Sa­har had been to­gether for years. Now it was time for the cou­ple to plan the cel­e­bra­tion of a love that came so nat­u­rally to them. Though they cur­rently live in Los An­ge­les, both the bride and groom orig­i­nally hail from the Bay Area. As a re­sult, they strongly con­sid­ered mar­ry­ing in San Fran­cisco or Napa; how­ever, the lo­gis­tics of Sa­har’s school sched­ule meant a May wed­ding in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia was the best choice. Luck­ily, with the help of her mother, Sydnie found the per­fect venue – an es­tate vine­yard in Mal­ibu art­fully rem­i­nis­cent of Napa.

The bride quickly found that there are a plethora of de­tails in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing one’s nup­tials, so she en­listed the help of Ster­ling En­gage­ments to make her dream a re­al­ity. “There were a few times when my plan­ner def­i­nitely had to help stream­line my vi­sion,” Sydnie shares. To­gether they de­vel­oped a neu­tral color pal­ette fea­tur­ing green, cham­pagne, and blush in or­der to em­brace the nat­u­ral beauty of the venue. The cer­e­mony took place on a he­li­pad over­look­ing the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains, pro­vid­ing stun­ning views and lit­tle need for dec­o­ra­tion. The de­sign el­e­ments, how­ever, made for a large im­pact. “I loved my florist – she made the most beau­ti­ful chup­pah that com­ple­mented ev­ery­thing,” gushes the bride.

Although Sydnie felt the flo­ral struc­ture made a strik­ing fo­cal point, there was a time when the bride and groom might not have had one. Though she was raised in the Jewish cul­ture, and Sa­har’s fam­ily is from Is­rael, nei­ther of them con­sid­ers them­selves par­tic­u­larly re­li­gious. At first they planned to have a sec­u­lar vow ex­change of­fi­ci­ated by a friend, but came to re­al­ize “the Jewish cer­e­mony was more than just re­li­gion – it was about em­brac­ing our fam­i­lies and their cul­tures,” muses the bride. For the re­cep­tion, there was one tra­di­tion the new­ly­weds in­tended to forgo. The duo planned to cut the ho­rah for the sake of time, but “my friends were not okay with that,” laughs the groom. “In­stead, they took an empty chair and pro­ceeded to hoist me on top for a solid minute. As soon as they put me down, they did the same with Sydnie, who had a glass of Cham­pagne in her hand!”

The im­promptu ho­rah is in­dica­tive of the fun-filled at­mos­phere the cou­ple de­sired at their re­cep­tion. “Ev­ery­where I looked, there were peo­ple I loved – it was so great to turn to any­one and start spon­ta­neously danc­ing!” Sa­har re­mem­bers. While the par­ty­ing may have been fes­tive, the dé­cor was so­phis­ti­cated. “I wanted to show­case this ro­man­tic, ef­fort­less el­e­gance with my flow­ers,” shares the bride. She de­sired the cen­ter­pieces to con­vey a re­fined, rus­tic look; ver­dant fo­liage and ivory blos­soms flowed from stone vases. “Ev­ery­thing looked like it be­longed and had been there for ages,” gushes Sydnie.

Af­ter five hours of eat­ing, drink­ing, and danc­ing with their loved ones, the new­ly­weds re­tired to their ho­tel. “We im­me­di­ately got into bathrobes and or­dered room ser­vice, Cham­pagne, and a movie,” con­fides the bride. “We were ex­hausted but so happy to be to­gether and fi­nally mar­ried!”



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Make-Up Ther­apy - makeup

Bri­dal Gown/Sa­lon/Veil

Monique Lhuil­lier

Brides­maid Gowns

Bad­g­ley Mis­chka


Fan­tasy Frost­ings


Cal­lig­ra­phy Ka­t­rina


The Cock­tail Concierge

The Food Mat­ters


Ster­ling En­gage­ments En­ter­tain­ment

DJ Nahchey for Dash En­ter­tain­ment Pa­cific Coast Strings


The Oliv­ina

Flo­ral De­sign

Lilla Bello


Burberry; Men’s Wear­house In­vi­ta­tions

Prim & Pixie


Heller Jewel­ers

Light­ing/Sound De­sign

Am­ber Event Pro­duc­tion


Luxe Linen

Mother’s Gown

Carolina Her­rera


Maya My­ers Pho­tog­ra­phy Reg­istries

Crate and Bar­rel

Pot­tery Barn



A Rental Con­nec­tion

Vi­ral Booth Or­ange County


Mal­ibu Rocky Oaks Es­tate Vine­yards


Threaded Films

“Ev­ery­where I looked, there were peo­ple I loved – it was so great to turn to any­one and start spon­ta­neously danc­ing!”

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