Our hearts are soaring for today’s Malibu estate wedding perched over 2,000 feet high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Rachel and Phil’s California wedding, held at Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard, was an absolute stunner with its expansive bird’s eye view of the incredible natural beauty of the mountainous surroundings.
Adding a second big dose of wedding day bliss were cheerful pops of yellow and an elegantly appointed black and white reception designed by Strictly Weddings’ Luxe List partner, Butterfly Floral & Event Design. There to capture it all was the exceptional talent of Dmitry Shumanev photography. Read on and join us in having your hearts lifted by all the delightful details of Rachel and Phil’s big day.
What guided your decision in selecting your wedding venue?
“We love the mountains and have spent a lot of time alpining and climbing. The mountains also hold spiritual significance; a place where I love to spend my time. Living in Malibu, we knew of a magnificent estate on a vineyard. Rocky Oaks Vineyard Estate with its expansive Tuscan-style villa was an ideal location to share this sacred day with loved ones in the ultimate beauty of a mountain setting.”
What inspired your décor direction?
“We love simple elegance. Black and white was our theme with chandeliers! Yellow is my favorite color so we added a ‘splash’ throughout. We had yellow flowers in our bouquets, in the chuppah décor, and embellishing our wedding cake. It also appeared in the yellow yarmulkes and the candles that we gave as gifts to our guests.”
How did the two of you meet?
“We met online! Both of us were fairly new to it and skeptical but we found each other and likely wouldn’t have otherwise!”
How did Phil propose?
“It was Phil’s birthday and I was going to take him for a sushi dinner. Each evening we typically walk our dog, Bare, on the beach where we live in Malibu. Before dinner, while on our nightly walk, Phil asks me, ‘do you know what I really want for my birthday?’ He then kneels in the sand and says, ‘for you to be Mrs Abramson’ and asks me to marry him taking a ring from his pocket.”
What was the most special part of your wedding day?
“It was the ceremony. We wrote our own vows and the first time we heard them was under the chuppah in the mountains – quite a moment for us to share with our family and closest friends. The estate’s helicopter pad with our gorgeous chuppah and suspended chandelier in the middle of the mountains was a magical backdrop.”
What will remain your most cherished memories?
“We’ll never forget the smile from ear to ear all day and all night long. Spending time in the mountains with the sunset, supermoon and stars is a full day of memories I will always cherish!”