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Sublime Elegance

For Garrett Whitsett-McDill and Eric Brown bold decisions have always played a part in their relationship.

The bride wore a beaded ivory Stephen Yearick dress with a peplum and the groom a tuxedo by Jos. A. Bank.

The new Mrs. Brown went for a mixed-metal look with her platinum engagement ring and gold wedding band, while Mr. Brown chose a classic titanium ring.

The bride's Jimmy Choo shoes

The groom’s boutonniere of white ranunculus with greens

Garrett and Eric said “I do” overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains.

Guests enjoyed tiny beer-battered fish tacos with cabbage slaw, lime crema and tomatillo salsa.

The couple opted for long wooden tables draped with garland and delicate floral accents.

Just as they knew wholeheartedly that they were meant for each other during their long-distance courtship between Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., Garrett, a counselor for at-risk youth, immediately knew from one photo that the picturesque Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard was where the couple was meant to tie the knot—even if an initial foggy visit to the estate revealed no vistas at all. “I feel like this was just another sign that we were not supposed to see the beauty around us until the actual day of our wedding,” she says.

The golden hour on their wedding day proved nothing short of magical, as the bride walked down the aisle to Van Morrison’s ballad “Someone Like You.” Surrounded by their 99 guests, Garrett and Eric, an advertising consultant, were married on a helipad overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains in a ceremony officiated by the groom’s older sister, Monica. “We really wanted it to be somebody important, and my sister—everything that she does in life is with her full heart,” says the groom. “It was really special.”

After the emotional ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a decadent dinner of herb-roasted jidori chicken and seared Creekstone hangar steak family style, before taking the fete to the dance floor. To celebrate Eric’s 30th birthday, which coincided with their wedding day, Garrett had arranged a Memphis Grizzlies groom’s cake and for the band to play the NBA team’s victory song, “All I Do Is Win.” “He shockingly had no clue it was even in process,” delights Garrett. The groom doesn’t mind forfeiting his birthday in perpetuity. “It’s becoming apparent now, I get to buy an anniversary present on my birthday, every year going forward,” he says. “But I’ll never forget my anniversary either!” After the wedding, the couple jetted off to Maui where they spent a week at the Montage Kapalua Bay. “It was quite the incredible experience,” says the bride, calling the location one of the most beautiful places on Earth. “It was magical.”

Venue Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard
Wedding Planner Danielle Sidari, Couture Events
Wedding Dress Stephen Yearick
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Katie Roggemann and Shauna Itzen
Groom’s Tuxedo Jos. A. Bank
Cake Sweet and Saucy Shop
Catering Whoa Nelly Catering
Decor Archive Vintage Rentals
Entertainment The Replicas
Florist Meg Waggoner, The Little Branch
Paper Invitations: Minted; save-the-dates: Smitten on Paper