February 12, 2014
“A fun-loving, gorgeous couple + a Malibu destination wedding – You absolutely cannot go wrong with that combination! When Ryan and Audra asked me to shoot their wedding, I knew it was going to be a great time. Not only was this wedding completely stunning down to every last detail, it was also extremely genuine. Ryan and Audra have such a sincere love for one another, you could just feel it in the air. I walked away from this wedding very inspired!” – Tony Gambino Photography
“Oh gosh, this is a tough one! Not to sound too cliché, but everything was my favorite! But to try and pin point one thing – it would probably have to be the moment when my dad escorted me to the front door of The Sunset Restaurant, the doors opened, and I look up to see my very handsome groom for the first time! His lip started quivering and that’s when I lost it. The whole way down the aisle I held on to my dad as tight as I could and didn’t stop looking into Ryan’s eyes. It was the most incredible feeling ever. Words can’t describe that moment from when I walked out with my dad, down the aisle to be greeted by my groom. It was amazing…
..We actually DIY-ed a lot of our wedding. To list everything that was DIY- our beach sign for the ceremony, all of the centerpieces, our entire sign in table – from our chalkboard Instagram sign, to our name tents, to our sign in map of where we should travel throughout our marriage, the entire candy bar (which was a HUGE hit), and the chinese lanterns that hung on the patio for the reception. I absolutely loved having most of our wedding day be DIY. It added such a special touch and was just everything we had wanted and what we had envisioned. I would recommend to anyone to try and add in anything DIY as possible. It just makes everything more personal and exactly what/how you want it. It was very meaningful to us.
..I kind of had forgot about the old, new, borrowed, blue things until my sister reminded me. I didn’t end up having a something old. My something borrowed were my earrings that I wore-they were the same earrings that my sister wore on her wedding day. My something new was my pearl bracelet. And my something blue, thanks to our DJ, was a CD case that he had given to me that our playlist for our reception was in.
..Have fun with it! It goes by SO incredibly quick. Don’t stress. You don’t want to have any regrets or look back and wish you would’ve done something differently. So do it your way. Do what you want to do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ask for help because you can’t do it all by yourself. But definitely enjoy it! It’s such an amazing time that you will never forget, so remember to breath and just enjoy it. It only happens once!” – Audra, the bride
photography: Tony Gambino Photography // venue: The Sunset Restaurant, Malibu CA // event planner: Julia Bogan from Small Wonders Event Production and Design // shoes: Aldo Shoes // ceremony set up: Marcia from McCann Florist // flowers: Chantal Dodson of Garden Florist // dress: Martina Liana // grooms attire: coat: Forever 21, shirt: Express, pants: JC Penny // groomsmen: JC Penny // bridesmaids: Modcloth.com // DJ: Steve Martinez of Mindscape Entertainment // cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // videographer: Joel Kirkendall from 7th Stone Media // invitations: Lace & Lemon