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Small Backyard Wedding at a Malibu Farm – Celia & Jack

During the era of Covid-19, the small wedding has been the most popular way to still be able to say “I do” during this time. My last wedding of 2020 was a small, intimate wedding at a real Malibu farm that just happened to be the bride’s parents home.

The bride and groom didn’t hold onto many typical wedding day traditions for their special day- they got ready together, they walked down the aisle together, they didn’t have a first dance… However, they had custom glasses, colorful flowers, and it was even catered by the bride’s mom’s restaurant Malibu Farm, a well-known farm-to-table restaurant in her hometown of Malibu. It was a simple event but still featured so many thoughtful details that made the December wedding feel personal and special in so many ways.

Here’s a selection of my favorite images from the day that highlight that a small wedding is no less special or meaningful than the big, grand events. Read below to find out more about how they made their small wedding safe for all so that everyone felt comfortable to celebrate.

The family dog Stanley loved roaming around throughout the evening.

This arbor on the property made the perfect spot for their ceremony. I loved how they laid down this vintage rug to make this spot in front of their outdoor pizza oven even more cozy.

We went down the street to this private beach area at Little Dume to take some portraits of the soon-to-be newlyweds.

Then it was back to the house for the ceremony!

I loved that they decided to walk down the aisle together.

Social distancing and masks were worn for many parts during the day to make sure everyone stayed safe and healthy.

Married!

This cake was made by Loria Stern– her dried flower cakes are always a delight to photograph and are always a favorite when I post photos of them to my Instagram!

This backyard was an amazing backdrop for this small wedding!

Catered by the bride’s Mom’s restaurant Malibu Farm, the food was extra fun to photograph.

Even though December in Malibu isn’t freezing, I loved that they had all of these blankets and the fire to make the event that much more cozy.

The Loria Stern dried flower cake.

A few more portraits around the property… I love this shot of them lounging by the pool with the peek of the Christmas tree through the window. 🙂

And this is Nicky the goat who made an appearance to get fed some veggies from the garden on the property.

Champagne toasts, snuggling and laughing by the fire under a blanket… the perfect elements of a simple wedding dinner.

Possibly my favorite image was this wide shot I got at the end of the night to show the full space from the gorgeous views to the Christmas tree lit up inside, from the fire pit blazing to the social-distanced tables under cafe lights where each immediate family had their own table. The perfect night to end a sweet day for Celia and Jack.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

2020 was a very tough year for so many reasons, but ending the year on this sweet note was a gift.

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