Inside Weddings - - Contents - Septem­ber 8, 2018 Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Michael Se­gal Photograph­y

Septem­ber 8, 2018 Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Michael Se­gal Photograph­y

Ex­actly one year af­ter a mu­tual friend set them up on a blind date, Michele Pinheiro and Jeff Thomas de­cided to spend the rest of their lives to­gether. While on va­ca­tion in Los Ca­bos, Mexico, for Michele’s birth­day as well as their one-year an­niver­sary, Jeff sur­prised his beloved with an ex­tra-spe­cial gift while en­joy­ing din­ner on the sand: a sparkling di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring. “It just felt so right,” he muses.

With just eight months to plan their nup­tials, the pair looked to Tessa Brand of Tessa Lyn Events to de­sign and or­ga­nize ev­ery de­tail of their cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. “I feel so lucky and grate­ful to have cho­sen Tessa as our plan­ner as she made our day very spe­cial and mag­i­cal,” af­firms the bride. The groom con­firms the de­ci­sion made their big day even more mem­o­rable. “Hire a true pro­fes­sional wed­ding plan­ner be­cause it makes all the dif­fer­ence,” he sug­gests to other cou­ples. Though they looked at a num­ber of venues through­out Cal­i­for­nia, the mo­ment they found a lux­u­ri­ous villa in Mal­ibu, their de­ci­sion was sim­ple. “You feel like you’re in Tus­cany and the view is amaz­ing,” shares the bride of the ex­pan­sive vine­yard es­tate. With their dream site booked, Michele and Jeff ex­cit­edly awaited their fête.

Prior to the soirée, the cou­ple’s 120 guests re­ceived a so­phis­ti­cated ivory in­vi­ta­tion box fea­tur­ing a cus­tom mono­gram and gilt script, which set the tone for the dé­cor to come. When the day fi­nally ar­rived, friends and fam­ily found their seats atop mod­ern bul­lion­hued chairs with pearl cush­ions by Chameleon Chair Col­lec­tion that sur­rounded an ex­quis­ite cer­e­mony struc­ture on a he­li­pad of­fer­ing jaw­drop­ping 360-de­gree views of the gor­geous vine­yard, Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains, and Pa­cific Ocean. “It was just spec­tac­u­lar and stun­ning,” says the groom of the venue. “It made the whole event come to­gether.”

The bride, who car­ried a bou­quet of snowy roses, was a vi­sion in a form-fit­ting beaded long-sleeve gown with a plung­ing bodice, il­lu­sion de­tails, and an open back. She met her dashing groom be­neath a cir­cu­lar struc­ture adorned with lush drap­ery and vanilla-hued hy­drangeas, roses, and or­chids, which also lined the aisle. Just as Michele and Jeff said “I do” and of­fi­cially be­came hus­band and wife, a gospel choir per­formed joy­ous melodies in cel­e­bra­tion of their union.

At­ten­dees min­gled pool­side and took in the pic­turesque vis­tas be­fore find­ing their seat­ing as­sign­ments for the al­fresco din­ner ser­vice by way of acrylic drink stir­rers dis­played in flutes of chilled Cham­pagne. De­sir­ing “beau­ti­ful and time­less” dé­cor, the bride and her team elected a clas­sic color pal­ette of white and gold to com­ple­ment the nat­u­ral beauty of the Tus­can-in­spired villa. Round ta­bles show­cas­ing gilt-and-ivory linens were dec­o­rated with lav­ish flo­ral ar­range­ments of white pha­laenop­sis or­chids, roses, and hy­drangeas, and the cou­ple’s el­e­gant lace­cov­ered sweet­heart ta­ble fea­tured the same creamy blooms in a cas­cad­ing de­sign that fell grace­fully to the stone floor.

“If ev­ery­one loves the food and the entertainm­ent, it’s al­ways a good time!”

Fol­low­ing the open-air re­cep­tion, rev­el­ers moved in­side for dessert and danc­ing. In ad­di­tion to a de­lec­ta­ble five-layer wed­ding cake, friends and fam­ily en­joyed a se­lec­tion of sweet treats cre­ated with the color scheme of the cel­e­bra­tion in mind. An ‘80s cover band kept the party go­ing un­til mid­night. “If ev­ery­one loves the food and the entertainm­ent, it’s al­ways a good time!” con­firms the groom.

When asked if they would do any­thing dif­fer­ently, Michele only wishes she’d worn a sec­ond dress since her long-sleeved en­sem­ble made danc­ing at the re­cep­tion quite warm, while Jeff af­firms that he wouldn’t change a thing. “It re­ally was an amaz­ing day,” he smiles.

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