Morgan & Stefan – Malibu/Santa Monica wedding

Every cloud in the coastal sky parted for this amazing couple on a gorgeous day in July. Morgan and Stefan were all smiles from the day we met them to the day they said “I do”. Brought to us by the lovely Cassandra Santor, every detail was perfection. We all just swooned over these two and insisted on making sure everything was perfect.

Although Chicago is where they will plant their roots, they held their wedding ceremony in the gorgeous chapel at the place where they met and fell in love, Pepperdine University in Malibu, followed by a stunning reception at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

The Flowers

At our first meeting, Morgan shared that she wanted lush flowers in creams and soft blushes.  She gravitated towards the warm and romantic in blush garden roses, phalaenopsis orchids, creamy hydrangea, and Cafe au Lait dahlias.  Keeping things simple and clean, she requested no greenery. It was all about the flowers!

The Bouquet

Morgan’s gorgeous bouquet was full of lush, large flowers. Stunning peachy Juliet garden roses, white phalaenopsis orchids, blush roses, and ranunculus made for a sweet smelling (and even sweeter looking!) bouquet.  Tied off with a simple ivory wrap, the bouquet was ready to hand off.

We have to list this as one of the best bouquet hand offs ever.  It’s always a special moment for us– one last moment with a bride that, over the months spent emailing and planning, we feel like is part of the Lilla Bello family.  This one was made even more special because Morgan cried, then we cried, then Cassandra cried…

It’s a moment that will stick with us forever!

Morgan’s bridesmaids had smaller cream bouquets composed of hydrangea and roses, also tied off with a simple ivory wrap, that shined against their pale pink dresses.

Then onto the Fairmont Miramar where the festivities continued at the venue’s new Santa Monica hotspot The Bungalow.

And into the reception…Soft, romantic, pillowy blooms of hydrangea, “cafe au lait” dahlias, “Juliet” garden roses, and orchids overflowed from milky white vesels both high and low. Candles lit up the tabletops while crystal chandeliers glistened from above.


Event Coordinator: Cassandra & Co.  |  Photography: The Youngrens  |  Florals Design: Lilla Bello |  Ceremony Location: Pepperdine University  |  Reception Location: Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop  |  Reception Lighting: Peterson Lighting  | Make up: Katy Holland
Hair: Salon HG  | DJ: 123 DJ’s Dubgypsy | Rentals: Luna Party Rentals  | Stationery: Kasey Hamel

Dress : Serendipity Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses : Amsale  | Wedding Invitations: Invitation Solutions Transportation: Exquisite Transportation  |  Wedding Videography : Threaded Films


Toby Kassoy, was born and raised in Southern California. In her college years she went up to Eugene Oregon, where she first fell in love with floristry. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she spent 8 years working in the Entertainment industry, while all along, flowers were always tugging on her heartstrings. In 2004 she decided to leave her corporate job and open Lilla Bello, aptly named after the beautiful lilac bushes she remembers outside her kitchen window in Oregon.

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