Nicole & Robert's Malibu Beach Elopement with Horses | Jenn Whalen

January 13, 2022

Adventure Weddings + Elopements, Malibu, Malibu Wedding

Nicole & Robert’s Malibu Beach Elopement with Horses

Nicole and Robert’s Malibu Beach Elopement was one for the books! Nicole and Robert are from New York but Nicole use to live in Los Angeles years back. She knew that she wanted to revisit and elope back home in Southern California so they decided to fly out here. Their elopement started as a beach elopement but when Nicole told me she was a horse lover and that she “would love nothing more than to have horses included in her day”, I suggested she incorporate horses into her elopement. Nicole decided to have the horses in the background during her intimate ceremony which was such a fun idea. To make this happen I coordinated with the staff at High Horse Malibu. The owners and staff went above and beyond. They were amazing to work with and were just as excited as us for this beautiful and personalized vision to happen.

Photo of bride and groom exchanging vows with a white and brown horse in the background

Ceremony Location 

High Horse Malibu was the perfect location for their elopement ceremony because they had a cute boho air-stream with a deck and lounge furniture. Nicole was able to change into her dress in the air-stream and have the first look around the corner. Just steps away from the air-stream Robert saw Nicole for the first time in her stunning strapless lace mermaid elopement dress. I zipped her up! Let me tell when she walked out of that air-stream towards Robert for the first time jaws dropped, including mine she looked gorgeous, it was the perfect reveal!

Photo of boho stainless steel air-stream
Photo of first look with bride and groom at an air-stream

Marriage License

The great thing about California is that your marriage license is valid in every state so whether you did your paperwork in New York or California it’s valid no matter what! Having a New York marriage license was important to Robert so they had their paperwork done in New York.

Before coming out to Malibu to elope, Nicole and Robert decided to have a small ceremony with their close family. Many couples are pressed with the dilemma of having a “just us” elopement or having an elopement that includes family. This is because most of the time family, especially parents want to witness and share the beautiful moment of the elopement ceremony. So Nicole and Robert decided to have a small intimate ceremony before coming out to Malibu. By doing this their parents and siblings were able to attend in them legally getting married in New York. Then Nicole and Robert flew out to Malibu and were able to have the “just us” experience among the hilltops of Malibu while exchanging their vows and rings symbolically with majestic horses in the background. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? 

Photo of bride and groom exchanging vows
Photo of bride and groom exchanging vows with a white and brown horse in the background
Photo of bride and groom exchanging rings

First Dance and Portraits 

After Nicole and Robert exchanged vows and rings during their intimate ceremony they had their first dance. When photographing elopements I always make sure to bring along my blue-tooth speaker to make certain the first dance happens. What’s an elopement without a first dance am I right? After the first dance, we took some gorgeous portraits with the horses. These are my favorite photos because you can see how happy and overjoyed Nicole was having the horses in the portraits with her. Nicole has been riding horses her whole life so it was like a dream come true, especially since having an elopement like theirs is not possible in New York. Finding owners that have companies that offer horse riding and this type of experience is difficult to find in many areas.

Photo of bride and groom with a white and brown horse in the background
Photo of bride and groom holding eachother while looking at white horse in the background
Photo of bride holding onto brown horses harness and laughing
Photo of bride petting a white horse in strapless lace mermaid elopement dress

After portraits, we celebrated with champagne and their favorite type of cake: strawberry vanilla. We then headed down to Malibu beach for some breathtaking sunset portraits. Beach sunset portraits are my absolute favorite because they make the perfect backdrop and as the sun sets each photo is a little different from the next, they make for some unforgettable wedding and elopement photos.

Photo of bride and groom popping champagne
Photo of bride and groom toasting with champagne

Nicole and Robert’s Malibu beach elopement was seriously such a fun elopement for me to plan! I love when my clients add a personal touch to their wedding or elopement day it really makes it so much more special. When I asked what Nicole and Robert’s top reason to elope was they said, “We wanted to experience a totally intimate wedding experience.” I’m so happy I was able to provide them with just that!

If you loved this Intimate Malibu beach elopement and are looking for a Malibu photographer, get in touch with me to start!

Photo of bride and groom kissing on cliffside view with sun setting
Photo of Brides strapless mermaid lace dress and groom getting ready
Photo of bride walking out of air-stream after getting ready to have first look with groom
Photo of bride and groom exchanging vows with a white and brown horse in the background
Photo of bride and groom with a white and brown horse in the background
Photo of bride in strapless mermaid dress petting a beautiful white horse
Photo of bride holding onto brown horses harness and posing
Photo of bride holding onto white horses harness and laughing
Photo of bride petting a white horse in strapless lace mermaid elopement dress
Photo of bride and groom petting a white and brown horse
Photo of bride posing next to a beautiful brown horse in a strapless lace mermaid elopement dress
Photo of groom with two horses
Photo of bride posing next to a beautiful brown horse in a strapless lace mermaid elopement dress
Photo of bride petting a white horse in strapless lace mermaid elopement dress
Photo of bride posing next to a black horse in strapless lace mermaid elopement dress
Photo of bride in strapless mermaid dress petting a beautiful white horse
Photo of bride petting a white horse in strapless lace mermaid elopement dress
Photo of bride and groom drinking champagne from the bottle
Photo of bride and groom toasting with champagne
Photo of bride and groom cutting strawberry vanilla wedding cake
Photo of bride and groom feeding each other strawberry vanilla wedding cake
Photo of bride and groom kissing in front of Malibu beach sunset during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom holding eachother in front of sunset during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom kissing on cliffside view with sun setting during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom holding eachother watching beach sunset, bride in a leather jacket that reads Married on the back during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of groom pointing at brides wedding leather jacket that reads Married on the back during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom on cliffside view during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom on cliffside view in Malibu during their Malibu beach elopement
Black and white photo of bride and groom on cliffside view looking at one another during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom during their Malibu beach elopement on cliffside view
Photo of bride and groom on cliffside during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom looking out to cliffside view during sunset for their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom on cliffside view during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom on cliffside view during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom embracing one another on cliffside view during sunset for their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom embracing one another on cliffside view during sunset during their Malibu beach elopement
Photo of bride and groom during their Malibu Beach Elopement
Photo of bride and groom on cliffside view during their Malibu beach elopement

Ceremony Location: Malibu High Horse

Hair & Makeup: Jacki Makeup

Flowers: Lucky Wild Free

Hotel: Malibu Beach Inn

Wedding Night Dinner Reservation: Geoffrey’s

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