HOW WE MET
We’ve been together for about five and a half years. We met due to a GLITCH! The best glitch ever! Ashley was on Tinder to make new friends in the area, meanwhile, Sam was on Tinder to look for a new guy to date! Yes—a guy. Sam had never dated a woman before! After being on the app for a little while, her app starting glitching and women started popping up! So Sam, being the open & loving person she is, said: “screw it…why should I hold myself back?” And here we are!
After about a month straight of 14-18 hour work days on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest & the Golden Globes, Sam was ready for a calm & relaxing weekend. Little did she know, Ashley already had the whole weekend planned!
She woke Sam up early Saturday morning and said “Babe, you have about 15 minutes to get ready. I already have a bag packed for you…and yes, your blow dryer is in it.” When they were in the car, Ashley told Sam she had to wear a blindfold, because she wanted to keep where they were going a surprise. Ashley had pre-booked couples’ massages at Burke Williams in Santa Monica, because she knew Sam needed a little self-care and pampering after her recent crazy work schedule.
They spent a good amount of the day there, relaxing, drinking cucumber water, going in the spa, having lunch, and then eventually showering & getting ready for the rest of the day.
Once they were back in the car, Ashley told Sam she had to put the blindfold back on, and although Sam wanted to resist it, she was overjoyed about Ashley’s thoughtfulness, that she figured she would make it easy and just listen.
Sam could tell that Ashley was driving on the PCH towards Malibu, because as a local, she knows the drive on the coast like the back of her hand & she could feel the warm afternoon sunlight shining into the car & onto their faces. She thought they were headed to a winery on the beach—one that they had both talked about wanting to go to, but again, little did she know, Ashley was headed to “Perfect Beach” in Malibu to propose at sunset.
Once they arrived, Ashley told Sam to keep the blindfold on & hang on a second, and then left the car. Ashley had arranged for both of their families and closest friends to be there for this special moment, and Ashley had to quickly scope out the spot to make sure everything was set up and ready; including Sam’s best friend, who was hiding in a bush, ready to capture the whole thing! Now back at the car, Ashley insisted that she piggyback Sam to their destination, which Sam agreed to after a minimal amount of convincing (Ashley didn’t want Sam to feel the sand under her feet!). Once in the spot, she got down on one knee and told Sam to take off her blindfold.
Sam slowly pulled off the blindfold and was in complete shock. Ashley then asked Sam to marry her, Sam said “of course!” took Ashley’s face in both hands and kissed her! Ashley then put a thumbs up behind Sam’s back, and their families & closest friends all screamed in excitement! Sam immediately turned around and screamed right back at them! They all cried, hugged and kissed, Sam couldn’t believe this was all happening!
THE WEDDING DAY
Our wedding day was better than anything we ever possibly dreamed of, and more! Although there were a couple minor hiccups (Ashley’s makeup artists arrived an hour later than expected & the winds were so strong that family pictures had to relocate inside the venue instead of outside on the beach), it’s safe to say, we were extremely thankful & felt very lucky that our day ran so smoothly.
Finding the perfect outfits was a lot of fun! Sam has dreamed of trying on wedding dresses since she was [basically] born, and Ash wanted absolutely nothing to do with ever trying on a dress! Also, it was very important to us that our outfits were cohesive & the same shade of white. Many appointments later, we totally stuck to their true selves & it turned out perfectly. Sam looked absolutely beautiful in a truly stunning gown by Martina Liana, and Ashley looked incredibly sharp in an exquisite suit designed by BCBG.
More than just about everything else (outside of friends & family), Sam is absolutely obsessed with sunsets; especially at the beach. So, we decided we wanted to base the whole theme/vibe of their wedding (from décor to timing) around the sunset. We used muted, but warm sunset hues & tones in all of their florals, rentals & even in our desserts! We used the term “beachy chic” to explain the aesthetic of their wedding.
We are both Jewish, but we are very reform. We were not bat mitzvah’d and don’t know much Hebrew. To us, the most important thing is the many traditions we have with our families, and continuing to honour them & share them as a family when we have children. We didn’t want our ceremony to feel overly religious, as that wouldn’t reflect us as a couple, but we did want to incorporate Judaism into the ceremony somehow. Our Rabbi, Zoe Klein, did this perfectly. She had the exact balance of storytelling & tradition we were looking for, and she gave an absolutely beautiful & captivating ceremony, along with her co-officiant, Cristina Thomopoulos, Ashley’s God Mom.
We are so glad that we decided to hire a videographer. We were on the fence for a while, but after hearing several of our friends say that not having one was their biggest regret, we pulled the trigger. And let us tell you, it may have been the best decision we made throughout the entire process!
Sammie, from SJ Videography, produced the most beautiful video capturing our special day. Once she let us know she sent it our way, we may have sat & watched it on repeat about 12 times, followed by an additional 28 times. We couldn’t believe how well she captured all of the emotions & feelings we had on our wedding day. It was as if we were right back on the beach in Malibu again, saying I do, surrounded by so much love & happiness. She is truly a creative genius & we are so grateful for her.
No matter how crazy the planning becomes, make sure to set aside time to sit down & regroup with your significant other. It is so easy to get lost & caught up in all the (thousands of ) details, but if you stick together & support each other the entire way. Remembering what is most important at the end of the day, you will get through it.
Cinematographer SJ Videography | Photography Katie Edwards | Cake Sweet & Saucy Shop | Catering DJ’s California Catering | Ceremony Venue Malibu West Beach Club | Event Stylist Details Darling, Aubrey Huffman Swift | Entertainment Ben Goldsmith, Gabriel Wheaton | Engagement Rings XIV Karats | Florist Shindig Chic | Hair Tonia Day, Roselle Rabara | First Look Location/Hotel Westlake Village Inn | Makeup Blushington, Makeup by Angie | Rentals Party Pleasers | Stationery Minted | Gown Designer Martina Liana | Bridal Boutique Panache Bridal Beverly Hills | Suit Designer The Royals Paris, Hicham Benslimane | Denim Jacket Calligraphy SJ Videography