After finding out Anya & Ryan could no longer have their large wedding celebration at Tiber Canyon Ranch in 2020, these two decided to say YES to each other. They decided on an intimate wedding ceremony at Nicholas Canyon Beach in Malibu, California. Their family and close friends witnessed them say I DO at sunset.

These intimate wedding ceremonies or “minimony” have been beautiful. No matter how small or how big your wedding is, the number one component is the two of you! Well, and at least one witness to make it official.

I loved that these two picked a location that meant something to them. They love being outside. They love exploring new places. And they enjoy being active, whether that being hiking, skiing, camping, or going out to dinner with friends. I appreciate how Anya & Ryan have a true zest for life!! You’ll never find anyone who has a bigger heart or smile like Anya. And Ryan is just the sweetest and supportive husband.

So are you planning an intimate beach wedding? Or a minimony in general? Here are some tips!

  • Limit your guests to immediate family & your best friends. A minimony should be very small, and the easiest way to limit your guest list is to keep it to immediate family only (and possibly your best man and maid of honor, if you can’t imagine getting married without them!).
  • Wear your wedding dress or suit. This is your wedding day, so don’t be shy about wearing what you’d planned. You can wear it again at the sequel wedding. Or, if you’d prefer to keep it under wraps, be sure to choose something special that you feel amazing in, and indulge on your hair, makeup, and accessories.
  • Just because it’s a minimony doesn’t mean you can’t make it special! As I said, this is your wedding day! That means you can still have beautiful décor, a special ceremony (with or without personal vows), and meaningful wedding traditions. Think about what means the most to you, whether it’s a unique (preferably outdoor!) location, good food, impactful flowers, or your first dance.
  • Hire a photographer and a wedding planner. While a minimony can be simpler, it can still take a lot of stress off your shoulders to have a wedding planner on board. We can also ensure that the details are cohesive between your minimony and sequel wedding. And definitely ensure you hire your photographer for a couple of hours. You’re going to want pictures to keep and share!

Ceremony Location: Nicholas Canyon Beach // Photography: Nikkels Photography // Dress: Lulus // Makeup: Bride // Hair: Amanda Harding // Bouquet: Sweet Blooms Atelier // Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom & Men’s Warehouse

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