Matt + Eleanor's Intimate Mountaintop Wedding in Malibu, CA
Hands down the most gorgeous hidden gem of a campsite we've ever seen. Gindling Hilltop Camp, located in Malibu, California is an amazing coastal campground with an extraordinary Jewish community and background. It has the most glorious views of the ocean and jaw-dropping cliffside backdrops. Not traditionally a wedding venue, but this couple had a special connection to the camp, making their wedding uniquely special to just them.
the love story
"A love destined to happen" is the way their family describes it. Matt and Eleanor worked at a school for special needs children together. "Their compassion and patience is what makes them such an extraordinary couple" is how guests told it. One Valentines Day, all the single teachers got together to have a night out and eat all the extra candy the kids left behind. Little did Matt and El know that that night would be the beginning of their forever. They always shared passing glances, but that night they got to connect. "I knew right then" was both of their responses as they each told us this story. Neither of them cared for formalities or following the "sequence of relationship timelines". They knew they wanted to get married, and instead of having a big surprise of a proposal from Matt, they proposed to each other. On a hillside meadow, on a perfect afternoon, they decided make the commitment to forever. Thus began the planning of the most beautiful, intentional, untraditional wedding.
Matt and Eleanor have a tremendous love the outdoors. For them, being in nature, hearing the natural sounds, and being surrounded by the elements is therapeutic for them. So having a wedding that was in the midst of nature was very important to them. Matt use to work at Gindling once upon a time. With permission from camp comrades, his happy place became the foundation for the most perfect, intimate, and tranquil wedding location to share with their family. There is no such things as friends to Matt + El, just family.
We loved their heart about the community they've created. Every person at the wedding wasn't just a guest, they were an important part of their story. Family that shaped them. Friends who became family and encouraged them. Relationships that challenged them into asking the important questions and valuing life at a level of continuous peace. It was beautiful.
Every piece of their wedding was intentional. From the nontraditional coordination of bridesmaid and groomsmen attire, to the handmade maps El made, to having speeches and words of love spoken over them during their ceremony. The wedding was the perfect compilation and collaboration of love that painted the most accurate image of their love story. The mother of the bride had been collecting jars and miscellaneous items for centerpieces for the past year. The flowers were hand picked and sourced from local markets. The groom's cufflinks were handed down to him by each of his grandfathers. Their wedding bands were custom made by a friend of theirs. Every detail at this wedding, was made with intention and with love. And they wouldn't have had it any other way.