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Lindsay Burcham & John Newman

October 1, 2011 | Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Calabasas

The meadowy canyon hills provided a scenic backdrop for Next Exit Photography to capture intimate shots of the couple, with the bride in a Christos gown from R-Mine Bridal in Studio City, after they said their vows.

Shots of tomato soup paired with bite-sized grilled cheese sandwiches were served as hors d’oeuvres.

Pearl the Wonder Horse, a miniature horse used as a therapy animal at local hospitals, served as the ring bearer.

The groom with his brothers, Amos (left) and Eric (far right), and their father, Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Randy Newman.

Sunset-hued florals dotted the large communal tables. Jars of pumpkin butter by Serenity Gardens served as party favors.

The bride’s mother made lovebird place cards.

The Couple
After meeting through a mutual friend, Burcham, a schoolteacher, and Newman, a screenwriter, decided to tie the knot after a six-year courtship.

The Venue
The couple exchanged vows at the natural preserve, located near their Santa Monica home.

The Details
A rustic Southern buffet complete with delectable comfort food included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and grits. Sweet mini pies added a country touch in addition to the wedding cake.

The Party
Subtle lighting strung across the front yard of the ranch house illuminated the festivities, orchestrated by planner Tobey Dodge.