EL MATADOR STATE BEACH, MALIBU CA: MICHAEL + CHRISTINA

Guys, today is SO exciting!!! Not only do I get to introduce you to my lovely friends Christina and Michael (and their 3 adorable daughters), but I’m introducing you to my new blogging style! I have been blogging in the same format for the past 8 years, and it’s been wonderful. But today, I was hit with a giant creativity brick and I just wanted to make it all PRETTIER!!! Let me know what you think of the more creative layouts! Yay or nay?!

And in more important news - this is Christina and Michael!!! Christina and I used to be roommates and I can still remember the day when she first told me about “the Dreamboat.” She was instantly in love with him and I’m pretty sure I used my mother voice when I said something along the lines of “how long have you known him and does he have a real name?!” But even my mother voice couldn’t take her eyes off the prize. A wedding and 3 children later, she still affectionately calls him “DB” - short for Dreamboat. In her defense, look at those eyes!! I’m so happy to have had to honor to photograph their anniversary session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu, CA!! <3

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Cassi Claire is a California, New York, and Destination wedding photographer
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MALIBU WEST BEACH CLUB WEDDING: GABE + MEGAN

Almost exactly a year ago today, we launched a contest giving away a FREE destination wedding collection. My friends thought I was nuts, but I knew this was something I had to do. And THIS is why we listen to our gut when it whispers (screams) at us! Gabe and Meg are the most lovely of people inside and out. I can’t imagine not having the chance to work with them! When we first read their entry form, we instantly connected over our shared love of Parks & Rec, ice cream, and life’s hilarious moments. And guess what?! All of those things also appeared on their wedding day! From the cutest ice cream cart in lieu of cake to the custom calligraphy “I love you and I like you” wooden sign, it was super obvious that this wedding belonged to Megan and Gabe!

We started the day high in the clouds on the very top of the Malibu mountains! As the clouds pushed out, the sky opened up to a beautiful blue and PERFECT breeze. After an emotional First Look, we descended the mountain towards the Malibu West Beach Club - where we were greeted with a light-filled reception room and a gorgeous view of the beach! Let’s get started shall we?!?

Gabe, describe Megan in 5 words:

"Ambitious, Thoughtful, BIG Heart, Supportive, HOT (mainly temperature lol), #FrickinCrazypants"

Megan, describe Gabe in 5 words:

"Genuine, Caring, Methodical, Inquisitive, Supportive"

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

“I think the First Look! I'm SOOOO excited to see Gabe and show him the dress and everything.
It's been so hard keeping it a secret!” - Megan

When Gabe proposed to Meg, there were two main characters involved: Gabe’s car + Keystone Mountain. Knowing this, I knew we needed to find an epic view to accompany his beautiful little red Porsche. Success? Success.

Oh California, how did you get so pretty?!

Megan is a writer's production assistant (PA) on the TV show NCIS: New Orleans, and she has worked on numerous other shows. She’s basically the coolest. Their ceremony programs celebrated her passion for writing as they were written in the format of a TV script!!

Pretty sure sunset on the beach was my favorite part of the day! THAT GLOW.

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

“I'm massively excited to share this whole day with our closet friends and family, but being a bit introverted means that the intimate moments that Megan and I get to soak up, recharge, and just smile at each other will make me immensely happy!” - Gabe

Congratulations Megan and Gabe! Wishing you a million years of perfect sunsets together! <3

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Venue: Malibu West Beach Club • Florist: Allen's Flower Market • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: The Face of Beauty • Robes: PoppylovePetal • The Dress: Allure Bridals • The Shoes: J. Renee • Maids Attire: Kennedy Blue • Men's Attire: Menguin • Invitations: Vistaprint • Centerpieces: DIY • Table Numbers: Kate Aspen • Music: Hey Mister DJ • Video: Fun Lovin' Camera • Ice Cream Cart: Malibu Yogurt & Ice Cream • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

Cassi Claire is a California, New York & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

SHOREHAVEN GOLF CLUB WEDDING: NED + MEGAN

Where do I even start?! I have so many favorite memories from this day...the moment Meg's bouquet arrived and it brought people to tears (go Flowers by Justine!), those moments outside the "church with the blue doors," Meg's sister Kelly's HILARIOUS toast, and of course - ending the night with a limbo battle on the dance floor! We're still on an emotional high! 

Meg & Ned chose a GORGEOUS color palette filled with blush, gold, white, navy, and gray. The bridesmaids all looked incredible in their floor-length blush Joanna August gowns. The reception space was brought to life with flower garlands on the fireplaces, a mix of high & low floral arrangements on the tables, a variety of candles to add a touch of romance, and the perfect gold accents. Every single detail was perfect and dreamy!!! Meg and Ned, your beauty and kindness RADIATES! You've surrounded yourselves with the most amazing people and it was incredible to watch them shower you with the love you so deserve! <3

The most hilarious champagne pop! The cork flew over the balcony and landed on someone's table! 

Ned, describe Meg in 5 words:

"Compassionate, Perfect, Goofy, Beautiful, Stylish"

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

"The First Look!!!" - both of them

Sometimes it's the tiniest moments that are most beautiful!

How did you meet?

"We met in the 5th grade!!! Ned was this cute little chubby boy with frosted tips (he claims it was Sun In). We had a week-long stint as boyfriend and girlfriend and designated "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias as our song. Needless to say we didn't last at 11 years old but stayed friends throughout middle school and high school." - Meg

Meg, describe Ned in 5 words:

"Patient, Kind, Handsome, Creative, Funny, Hard-working"

Even with a First Look, this is still the most emotional moment of the day! <3

The Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk, CT is the perfect place for a wedding! Just beautiful!

The sweetest first dance!

Guys, I did the LIMBO!! Chris *claims* I went too fast for him to be able to focus the camera in time, so he's fired lol. But he did capture the aftermath and it makes my heart SOOO happy! <3

Congratulations Meg and Ned! We couldn't be happier for you two!!! 

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Ceremony: Greenfield Hill Congregational Church • Reception: Shorehaven Golf Club • Florist: Flowers by Justine • Photography: Cassi Claire • Beauty: Larissa Lake and Co. • The Dress: Romona Keveza • The Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Maids Attire: Joanna August • The Suits: Indochino • Invitations: Simply Paper Co. • Music: Local Motion Entertainment • Video: Kristen Kiraly Films • Cake: Wildflour Confections 

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey, Connecticut, New York & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!

RYLAND INN WEDDING: RYAN + MELISSA

Gosh I just adore these two!!! Their love story is so similar to mine & Chris's so we've felt a very special connection with them from the beginning. They found each other young, love & respect each other deeply, and just can't get enough time together! It's the perfect recipe for a long and happy marriage! <3 Melissa and Ryan wanted a very classic, but beautiful and romantic wedding. Their blush & neutral color palette was the perfect match for the Ryland Inn's white and stone inspired design. Twisted Willow Flowers created delicate and timeless floral arrangements to help bring the couple's vision to life. Every little moment was perfect!  

"I am going to marry this girl.
We were BEST friends before we ever started dating.
She has the best work ethic, is so kind-hearted and always
looks out for the people she loves." - Ryan

The Ryland Inn recently built a new bridal cottage...I would rent it for this bathtub alone!

Ryan started tearing up before he even turned around to see his bride...my heart can't take it!!! 

"Charismatic, goofy, cuddly..." words they used to describe each other!

Yup, definitely goofy!! We kept each other laughing ALL DAY!!! 

#BROMANCE

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When I am standing up at the altar with our best friends and family, the second Melissa turns the corner with her father. I have played this over in my head and the real thing will only surpass it." - Ryan

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"When Ryan and I walk down the aisle after the ceremony and we have those few seconds alone as husband and wife. I think it will be the FINALLY moment." - Melissa

Ryan embraced his Irish heritage and kicked off the reception with a surprise professional bag pipe performance!

Dress change mid-reception? YES PLEASE!

Thank you so much for giving us the honor of photographing your day Ryan & Melissa! WE ADORE YOU! <3

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Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Nancy Caroline Beauty • The Dress: Anne Barge • The Shoes: Kate Spade • Bridesmaids: Lulus • Suits: Men's Wearhouse & Calvin Klein • Invitations & Table Numbers: Little Black Dress Paperie • Music: Almost Easy Entertainment LLC • Cake: Palermo's Bakery • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
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RYLAND INN WEDDING: MATT + NIDIA

Matt and Nidia's wedding day at The Ryland Inn was INCREDIBLE! When I meet a bride who loves the little details as much as I do, I'm basically in heaven. Each item Nidia chose for her day was both thoughtful and beautiful!  Being from St. Vincent originally (a tiny island in the Caribbean), Nidia had steel drums playing during the ceremony and cocktail hour. One of their signature cocktails was inspired by their first trip abroad to Costa Rica. Even her glittery Jimmy Choo shoes held special meaning as she bought a matching pair for her sweet sister! The care that Nidia and Matt put into every choice was so evident. The care they put into each other was so evident! I can't gush enough about these sweet souls! Thank you Nidia & Matt for making Chris & I feel like family! <3

Can every engaged couple please buy these vow books from Blush Paper Co?

I finally understand stamp collecting!

Brb, crying cuz my lashes will never look this good...

The floor to ceiling windows at the Ryland give the prettiest light!

Cocktail hour had me craving that Island life!!

Nidia's cousin surprised everyone with the most incredible cultural dance routine!!

Congrats Matt & Nidia!! Thank you so much for all your kindness and we wish you a million years of joy!

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Venue: The Ryland Inn • Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair: Beyoutifulbride • Makeup: Makeup By JaySaunz • The Dress: Maggie Sottero • The Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Maids Fashion: Hayley Paige • Men's Fashion: The Black Tux • Invitations: Hudson Paperie • Vow Books: Blush Paper Co • Calligraphy: Alane G. Gianetti • Music: Posh DJs & Feelin’ Irie • Cake: La Bonbonniere • Film Scans: The FIND Lab

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & Destination wedding photographer
that specializes in vineyard, estate, and waterfront weddings!