saddlerock ranch wedding couple posing with a giraffe

Rustic Chic Saddlerock Ranch Wedding

Remember that time we were so lucky to share exclusive photos of a MasterChef winner and his bride at their Saddlerock Ranch wedding? Well, we about fainted when we found Karina and Danny's wedding after recognizing the giraffe on their thank you card  ... Stanley the adorable giraffe, of course. Naturally we reached out to them and asked to see more of their breathtaking wedding day.

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And wow, are we glad we did! Not only do they make a stunning couple, but all the details of Karina and Danny's Saddlerock Ranch wedding are ahh-mazing. Saddlerock Ranch and its vineyard, Malibu Wine Safaris, are encircled by the spectacular beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains. With so many acres of rolling hills, vineyards, gorgeous lawns, ancient oaks, gardens, (need we say more?) ... it seems impossible for a wedding there to not turn out perfect.

Their paper goods from Truly Engaging (save the dates, wedding invites, beverage napkins, and thank you cards!) perfectly complemented their rustic chic wedding style. See every luxe detail from their day, along with a few reflections from the groom himself.

Stunning Saddlerock Ranch Wedding Details

saddlerock ranch wedding thank you card

Here's their thank you card that caught our eye (from our Marble Mystique design suite)! The front features a gorgeous photo of Karina and Danny, and the back features the CUTEST picture ever of them smiling up at Stanley the giraffe.

Seriously, new life goal: meet that giraffe!

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Their beautiful wedding invitation from Truly Engaging features luxe gold foil on pieces from the Diamond Garden design suite.

saddlerock ranch wedding invite scene with shoessaddlerock ranch wedding groom with momsaddlerock ranch wedding bride with mom"She found her dress at Panache Bridal in Pasadena. She was very excited and kept it a secret." 

saddlerock ranch wedding bridal partysaddlerock ranch wedding church scenesaddlerock ranch wedding first looksaddlerock ranch wedding bride walking up aislesaddlerock ranch wedding ring exchangesaddlerock ranch wedding ceremony vows scene"We met through a mutual friend. Our engagement is a lot nicer. I am of Portuguese decent so I decided to propose to my wife in a beautiful palace near my parents hometown in Portugal. The palace is called Palacio De Mateus, located in Vila Real, Portugal."

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Day-of improv: "We did not anticipate so much traffic from where the ceremony was held to the venue so we were late to our alone photo session at the venue. We were supposed to drive around the venue to take photos but we ended up taking the photos near our cocktail hour area. They still turned out very nice though!"

saddlerock ranch wedding bride and groom reception tablesaddlerock ranch wedding reception tables"Rustic chic was the theme. The colors consisted of peach, white and lots of greenery." 

saddlerock ranch wedding reception table decorsaddlerock ranch wedding couple posing outdoorssaddlerock ranch wedding couple feeding stanley the giraffesaddlerock ranch wedding couple posing with stanley the giraffe"Taking pictures with Stanley the giraffe was definitely the highlight of our day!"

saddlerock ranch wedding bride and groom posing on the groundssaddlerock ranch wedding cake on top of barrel"We had a simple 3-tier “Naked Cake.' The top tier was carrot cake because that is my wife’s favorite. Our florist then added a few flowers to it."

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The honeymoon: "We went to Santorini, Greece. The best decision we ever made. It was relaxing and we had gorgeous view of the Mediterranean Sea every morning!"

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Photography by Fun Lovin' Camera/Ceremony: St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church/Reception: Saddlerock Ranch/Bride's dress: Panache Bridals, Pasedena