In January of 2015, Maylee Lim celebrated her 34th birthday with her boyfriend, Marcus Chaney at one of their favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. Marcus saw the dinner as a great opportunity to introduce another reason to celebrate — an engagement! After the excitement surrounding their newly-engaged status began to calm down, the two started planning a wedding for the following spring, envisioning a bohemian-inspired outdoor wedding in the hills of Malibu, California.
Their search for a venue didn't take long. "I used to take horseback riding lessons at Saddlerock Ranch at Chateau Le Dome and remembered how beautiful it was there," the bride says. "It was perfect for a boho-meets-rustic style wedding." With a picture-perfect backdrop in mind, the twosome set the date for May 15, 2016, and invited 75 guests to join them for a mostly-white affair with gorgeous views all around. Read on to see how this couple's wedding came together, as documented by photographer Mariel Hannah.
This lucky bride wore not one but two stunning wedding dresses on her big day. Maylee, a boutique owner, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on a ceremony dress with a friend and designer from Beloiseau by Judy Berberian. The final creation was a two-piece white lace gown with long sleeves, a deep V-neckline, and a mermaid skirt with a two foot train. For the reception, she chose a custom long-sleeve gown by Elly Sofocli that featured white and blush toned mesh with strategically placed lace embroidery embellished with large white pearls. She paired the intricate gown with simple nude sandals.
Maylee also collaborated with her jewelry designer friend, Cassidy Bliss, to create custom necklaces, anklets, and a hand chain to pair with her two unique dresses. For a personal touch, the bride attached a silver locket with a photo of her late grandmother to her all-white bouquet, which included peonies, lisianthus, and lots of loose greenery.
The groom was one of the only wedding-goers to swap white for light gray in a fitted suit, gray suspenders, navy loafers, and a navy textured bow tie with small white polka dots. Marcus also wore a white rose boutonniere. His groomsmen skipped the bow tie, suspenders, and boutonniere, but wore the same gray suit as the groom.
Maylee’s bridesmaids wore floor-length white lace gowns with sheer skirts. “We wanted their dresses to be non-traditional, clean, and white!” the bride says. Each woman held a miniature version of the bride’s bouquet.
The couple’s ring bearer wore a white dress shirt with slim-fitted slacks and a gray bow tie. The bride and groom’s teacup Yorkie, Bella, even wore a small white flower crown as she was wheeled down the aisle in a white wooden wagon. “We had not rehearsed for anything and just winged the entire thing,” Maylee says.
The ceremony décor featured tons of white flowers, from white rose bushes in bloom that lined the space to a blanket of white rose petals that served as an aisle runner. The pair wrote their own vows and exchanged them underneath a rustic wooden arch decorated with cascading white flowers and greenery. “We got very emotional and could not help from tearing up,” Maylee remembers. Musician Victory Mori played acoustic guitar throughout the ceremony, and even sung his own version of “A Thousand Years” for the newlyweds.
During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed vodka mojitos with fresh mint and lime juice, or their choice of a “naughty” margarita (rimmed with a spicy jalapeño salt mixture) or “nice” option (the standard cocktail) as they took in the scenery.
For the reception, long farm tables were topped with matte white linens and simple white place settings. Tea lights above the reception area and hanging from the surrounding trees enhanced the romantic vibe of the night. Centerpieces were a mix of hydrangea, roses, and greenery in clear glass vases.
An all-white coconut cake with coconut shavings was topped with huge white sugar peonies was served for dessert, along with small bites of bundt cakes in chocolate, red velvet, and lemon flavors.
The next day, the newlyweds set off for their honeymoon traveling throughout Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Maylee says, “Definitely plan to go on your honeymoon the day after your wedding. It is so much fun to be away from it all as a new married couple.”
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch
Veil: Wedding Belles New York
Hair: Nicole Johnson
Makeup: Megan Nolan
Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Nordstrom
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Capri Jewelers
Flowers: City of Commerce Flowers
Catering: Pampas Grill
Cake: Sweet Arleen's
Rentals: Bonners Party Rentals
Videographer: NTG Photography
Photographer: Mariel Hannah