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Kedist Tsadik & Dan Walters

May 3, 2015 | Ceremony & Reception: Triunfo Creek Vineyards 

Kedist wore a Monique Lhuillier gown down the aisle, while Dan wore a light-gray Theory suit—both a natural fit for the couple’s white and gray color palette. 

To infuse a French countryside-feel into their Malibu vineyard setting, Kedist and Dan hung lemon leaf and plumosa greenery from the rafters, while white ranunculuses, anemones and peonies filled in as centerpieces. 

“The old California oaks and the charming French-style cottage created the perfect tranquil setting that we wanted to share with our guests,” says Kedist. She added vintage decor; plenty of flowers; and a simple, beautiful wedding cake from Susie Cakes. 

Kedist wore a stunning pair of Badgley Mischka heels. 

The couple enlisted their friends to serve as vendors, including vocalist Doll Knight and the L.A.-based, New Orleans-inspired California Feetwarmers band. 

Although UCLA classmates Kedist and Dan felt instant attraction when they met at a school football game with a group of friends, she became truly hooked when Dan averted disaster by retrieving her lost handbag. Three years later, during a walk on a Malibu beach, he surprised Kedist with Champagne and roses. She screamed yes before he had time to present the ring.

A year-and-a-half-long search finally led the couple to Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Malibu, their dream venue. “Dan and I wanted a day that felt warm and intimate that reflected our tastes and laid-back California lifestyle,” says the bride. As an ode to their experience studying abroad in Paris, the couple had a French-countryside theme epitomized first by an idyllic outdoor ceremony under a giant oak tree, then a farmhouse-style dinner with clean tablescapes and lush greenery. They also infused personal touches throughout, recruiting Kedist’s grandmother as the officiant; close friend Doll Knight to sing their first dance song “La Vie En Rose”; and by serving Ethiopian food, a nod to Kedist’s heritage.

“Outsource as much as you can to family and friends that you trust,” Kedist advises. “They want to help and be a part of your day.” The duo rallied many longtime friends to serve as vendors.

The couple organized a mini-moon in Tulum and a longer Ethiopian vacation, but plans held up when two months later, they received some happy news: They were pregnant with a baby girl. “She is perfect,” says Kedist.

Wedding Planner & Florist Truly Fancy Events
Wedding Dress Monique Lhuillier 
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Meg O’Hare Beauty
Bride’s Jewelry Borrowed from bride’s mom and maid of honor
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka
Something Borrowed Veil by Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier (borrowed from bridesmaid)
Something Blue A sapphire and diamond ring from the maid of honor
Groom’s Tuxedo Theory
Cakes Susie Cakes
Catering Meals by Genet
Cocktails The Cocktail Concierge 
Decor Classic Party Rentals
Entertainment California Feetwarmers; Dallas & Doll 
Linens La Tavola