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!

CORK FACTORY HOTEL WEDDING: SUNNY + JILL

Are you ready for a cultural EXPLOSION?! Jill and Sunny infused themselves and their cultures into every little detail of the day. Jill’s Jewish heritage and Sunny’s Indian heritage could be spotted in all elements. Their chuppah was decorated with long strips of delicate saree fabric and impeccable florals. The hexagon marble tile “place cards” were tied with a saree ribbon and doubled as favors. Hexagons could also be found on their invitation suite, cake topper, and table numbers. The rich colors of the wedding party attire paired perfectly with the pops of pinks, blush, and white florals. But details aside, my favorite part of this wedding was the happy energy and incredible love shared between this sweet couple and their family and friends! When Chris & I left at the end of the night, our hearts were overflowing with complete JOY and EXCITEMENT!!!

Obsessed with these His & Her vow books!

Sunny, describe Jill in 5 words:

"Intelligent, Confident, Selective, Supportive, Dedicated (and a diet coke addict)."

Who says you can’t wear flats on your wedding day?!!

What is a favorite memory from when you first started dating?

"Sunny and I studied abroad in London together our junior year of college. One of the trips we took was to Paris for a weekend. We stayed in a little hole-in-the-wall hotel and, right nearby, there was a bakery that had the best croissants ever. We went there every day to have a croissant for breakfast and it was just a wonderful trip!"

Splints & Daisies outdid themselves with this bouquet!

Jill, describe Sunny in 5 words:

"Wickedly smart, Hilarious, Hard working, Devoted, Kindhearted"

Most emotional moment of the ceremony for me? When I found out that Jill’s grandfather used to work in this very same factory!

CONGRATS Sunny & Jill!!! Love this moment!!

The prettiest cake table!

And of course, I have to end with a few FUNbooth photos!! Congrats Sunny & Jill! We love you guys!

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Venue: Cork Factory Hotel • Florist: Splints & Daisies • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Plum Salon & Spa • The Dress: Mira Zwillinger • The Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Maids Attire: TheiaDessy • Groom's Attire: Bonobos • Men's Attire: Suit Supply • Invitations: Bella Figura • Programs: Amour Artistique • Table Numbers: Blushtype Design • Favors: Amour Artistique & Marble Online • Music: Klock Entertainment • Lighting: Shumaker PDT • Linens: Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens • Ribbons: Shy MyrtleRibbons and Silk • Cake: The Baker's Table • Cake Topper: Ever Artisan Designs • And a very special thank you to my AMAZING team Chris, Jill, and Sam!

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

THE BARNS AT WESLEYAN HILLS WEDDING: CHRIS + MEG

Say it with me: Miracles do happen! What started out as resignation to a day full of gloomy rain, turned into joy and happiness as the clouds parted and gave Chris and Meg full sun while the forecast called for torrential downpours!

The day began in the absolutely charming Connecticut River Valley Inn, where Meg and Chris each got ready in the company of their family. Later, the Barns at Wesleyan Hills gave us the perfect background of green grass and willow trees to highlight their rustic, natural wedding! Slate blue and muted greenery along with white accent flowers could be found everywhere from the invitations, their attire, the ceremony arch, and the barn itself! 

Guests enjoyed lawn games, specialty cocktails, and even a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream bar! Chris and Meg just radiate a faithful love. I don't know if it's their 10 years together or their genuine joy, but when you look at them you just know they'll love each other forever! 💕 

Chris, describe Meg in 5 words:

"Excited, Reliable, Caring, Brilliant, Ambitious"

Is this not the sweetest First Look?!?!

Meg, describe Chris in 5 words:

"Goofy, Humble, Caring, Dedicated, Amazing"

I know I'm biased, but red-headed flower girls are THE CUTEST!!! 

I think this is my new favorite photo!!! 

A sunset photo is a wedding day essential!! 

Farm tables were decorated with garlands of greenery and white blooms, and birch tree ladders were hanging high, adorned with small mason jars of white flowers.

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

"Walking into the reception and getting to see the space filled with all of our close friends and family!"

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Wedding Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills • Prep Venue: Connecticut River Valley Inn • Florist: Bride & Blossom • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Salon La Rae • The Dress: Reem Acra • The Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Men's Attire: J. Crew • Invitations: Minted • Favors: Milk Bar Bakery • Music: Powerstation Events • Cake: Ben & Jerry's • Film Scans: The FIND Lab • And a very special thank you to my AMAZING team Chris and Julie!

Cassi Claire is a New Jersey, 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!

HIGHLANDS COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING: JON + LAUREN

We had the BEST day with Jon and Lauren! The amount of love surrounding these two was awe-inspiring...from the most fun wedding party (seriously, these bridesmaids are my new BFFs) to their thick-as-thieves family! You could feel the cloud of love over the entire venue! Speaking of which, Highlands Country Club looked stunning as always. Lauren's visions of soft blue accented with greenery and giant white blooms were totally brought to life! :)

Lauren and her sweet momma made me cry!

First Look with Dad followed by a First Look with her groom!! <3

What was your first impression of your fiance?

"When I first saw him he seemed like someone who was laid back, athletic and an overall good guy, but I
didn't know much about him. Jon had cousins coming in from out of town and they were going to be exploring the city. He extended the invite to the team, and I was the only one to accept. Jon and I barely knew each other and there I was at brunch with his two cousins, his sister and him, and we had the best time just wandering through the city hanging out. From that day on I knew that I needed him in my life, whether it be best friends or more." - Lauren

A little behind-the-scenes!! The making of the photo above! ;)

Jon, describe Lauren in 5 words:

"Warm-hearted, Adventurous, Charismatic, Passionate, Fun-Sized"

Lauren, describe Jon in 5 words:

"Loving, Thoughtful, Hilarious, Loyal, Inspiring"

Moment you are most looking forward to:

"We are most excited to be utterly surrounded by all the people we love so dearly."

And of course, a few FUNbooth photos! 

Congratulations Lauren & Jon!!! We wish you a million years of happiness and adventure! <3

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Venue: Highlands Country Club • Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara • Photography: Cassi Claire • Hair & Makeup: Bridal by Alexandria • The Dress: Maggie Sottero • The Shoes: Chase & Chloe • Maids Attire: Azazie • Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse • Invitations: Minted • Table Numbers: Keystone Steel Co. • Favors: Seniman Calligraphy • Music (Ceremony): Amadeus Quartet • Music (Reception): Dan Haas Band • Cake: Pastry Garden • Cake Topper: WeddingPros • Film Scans: The FIND Lab • And a special thank you to my AMAZING team Chris and Karina!

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