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Michael Segal

Specializing in editorial-style weddings, Segal brings his professional experience as a fashion and celebrity photographer into the wedding itself. He has built a career as a professional photographer who has worked with talents such as the Foo Fighters, John Mayer, and Carrie Underwood.

Adamson House, Malibu – Sacha and Chad

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A Moroccan theme wedding, California beauty and one fabulous love story are the highlights of our gorgeous featured wedding, all captured through the lens of Michael Segal Photography. This fusion of vibrant colors and creativity will certainly transport you to a day of love and festive cheer. You would never believe that this day of beauty was planned in just under a month with the support and expertise of event planner Debbie Geller of Geller Events.

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Stars Align

A private matchmaker in Los Angeles predicted that Sacha and Chad would be perfect for one another – and there’s nothing like being right! Taking it slow at first when they met in January, the couple did not really connect until two months later when fate stepped in and the stars aligned. Once Sacha and Chad fell for one another, they decided not to waste another moment of life’s precious gift – true love. The night of Chad’s unconventional proposal at a Swedish heavy metal concert, they actually began discussing the details of their nuptials amongst a sea of black-clad, tattooed Angelenos, as they sang along with the band.

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Bridal Bliss

Sacha was radiant in her Inbal Dror Couture gown she purchased at Panache Beverly Hills. She polished her bohemian bridal style with Badgley Mischkashoes. Her bridesmaids wore vibrant purple  matching gowns by La Femme. She and Chad chose not to do pre-wedding photos, making her walk down the aisle a touching first-look moment. They exchanged their vows under a 100-year-old sycamore tree in the gardens of the property. Hidden Garden Floral Studio created a magical setting that included an extravagant floral garland hung from the lowest branch of the tree, offset by lanterns and Moroccan rugs also used for the aisle. An overall cozy way to bring the indoors outside for a garden-like setting.

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Wedding Inspiration

Californians by heart they knew they wanted their wedding at The Adamson House in Malibu, a famous Spanish Revival oceanfront estate with Moroccan and Spanish inspired design. But, when they called for availability they learned there was only one open date left for the year – June 28, leaving one month to pull everything together as they envisioned. By enlisting one fabulous event planner, Geller Events, they were able to achieve their dream of a bohemian Moroccan theme wedding. Sacha and Chad wanted a lively, colorful, family-style celebration that would blend perfectly with the venue’s architecture. A celebration where guests could kick off their shoes, relax and celebrate amidst the romance of the setting.

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Moroccan Theme and Colors

The couple is enchanted with Moroccan and Spanish cultures, finding them to be extremely romantic. For overall inspiration and design details, they pulled from Moroccan architecture, including the Malibu tile work at the Adamson House, fabrics, intricate and gilded lace and the colors of the sea with the rich jewel tones of both cultures.

They did run into a few hiccups along the way for their original plan, as they were hoping for colorful tents, tons of lanterns and candles and a monkey or two. However, with the venue being a state park there encountered several restrictions. Not to be deterred with their vision, Geller Events and the couple were able to achieve the overall vibe, minus a few fun details.

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A Fusion of Color

The main color was a vibrant indigo blue, which is present throughout both regions and is a sacred color that calls to both Sacha and Chad. For accent colors they used the colors of the Malibu sunset and the hues of the ocean – coral, turquoise and various aquas, periwinkles and purples with a bright pop of fuchsia to add contrast. For guests to be uber comfortable during the cocktail hour, Revelry Event Designers created a plush lounge area with large sofas and open daybed-style seating. Scattered lush pillows were used to warm up the look even more. For entertainment, they hired belly dancers for the dinner hour providing added charm and fun for guests. Moroccan tea glasses with Moroccan mint tea and individual lemon cakes were gifted to their friends and family as wedding favors.

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Bridal Advice

With their ability to create this magical setting in one month’s time, we had to ask the bride for her advice and wisdom gained throughout the planning process. In Sacha’s words: “Go with your gut, and don’t be afraid to ditch convention! It is your day!!  Focus more on the experience you want for you and your guests, rather than following a rulebook or formula. Take risks. Don’t take it so seriously and never forget it is about celebrating the most amazing new chapter of your lives. Not being Martha Stewart perfect. Let go once the day arrives, and if things don’t go as planned, enjoy those that do and have fun!  Also, if you can work with a top-notch planner, it relieves a lot of stress. Take care of the most important elements first – venue, dress, theme, color palette, mood and the rest will fall into place.”


Photo by Michael Segal Photography

Planned by Debbie Geller from Geller Events

Ceremony and reception location at Adamson House, Malibu

Getting ready location at Malibu Beach Inn

Flowers by Hidden Garden Flowers

Rentals by Town and Country

Lounge furniture by Mosaik and Revelry Event Design

Linen by La Tavola Linen

Videography by By Design Films

DJ: DJ Jon Brown

Catering by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

NYC Wedding at Tribeca Skyline Studios



Sit back and take in the glamour of this rooftop wedding in New York with its urban chic feel and fabulous bride and groom, all captured through the lens of Michael Segal Photography.

Mutual friends introduced Liz and Billy who casually dated for 10 years. On Christmas morning, Billy proposed amongst the holiday cheer the season brings. A little caught off guard, as Liz was sure he would be proposing over the New Year’s vacation they had planned – she of course said “yes” with great glee.

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Liz knew she wanted a rooftop wedding in New York at the Tribeca Rooftop, and she knew she wanted to plan her dream wedding on her own. The décor she decided would compliment the urban chic feel of the venue with its sophisticated industrial design, exposed brick walls, famous staircase from the Palladium and stunning big apple city views. She wanted it to be trendy, yet classy. She steered away from color and used ivory in every detail along the way.

Starting off at the Vera Wang Studio, the boutique assistant Jillian Bonura helped Liz find the dress of her dreams – the Octavia design. An ivory strapless ball gown fit for a modern-day princess. The gown boasts a sweetheart neckline, hand-gathered soft French tulle bodice and a ruched tulle technique overlay with a nude foundation. Delicate and modern, it is embellished only by the manipulation of the fabric. Octavia is a gown that is designed to be in constant motion, revealing different layers of transparency with each graceful movement made on a wedding day. Liz said the customer service at the Vera Wang Studio was simply incredible. Add some Jimmy Choo heels and the bride was radiant.

For her best girls – they decided on custom-made gowns. Beginning with a basic cut, each bridesmaid was able to edit the gown to her own liking. They chose a beautiful Georgette silk, fully lined in charmeuse. Again, steering away from color, Liz dressed her bridesmaids in ivory for an ultra chic, monochromatic look.

The ceremony and reception were both on the Tribeca Rooftop with 180 friends and family in attendance to watch the lovely couple say their “I Do’s.” They originally dreamed of a small intimate wedding, but Billy is surrounded by many friends who have become “family” over the years and Liz comes from a large family whose grandparents had 14 children! So the list was intimate in their own definition of the word.

Looking back, Liz thought about all the details she focused on throughout the planning process, like the wording on the menu, the specific flowers, right down to, of course, her nail polish. She now understands the age-old advice: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” She was so caught up in everything being perfect that she nearly forgot to put on her veil. Coming to her rescue were her maid of honor and her bridesmaids. Her guests were not critiquing the font she chose for her menu, they were there to eat, drink and most certainly – celebrate Liz and Billy’s love story!

She worked with Pedestals Florist who designed ivory bouquets for her and her maids. They also created complimenting tall branch and floral designs that peppered the rooftop during the ceremony and graced the tables in high fashion for the reception. Small hanging votive candles hung from the branches to create a warm glow around the room.

Liz expressed that the most special part of their wedding was the actual ceremony. They chose to take their photos prior to their nuptials, but when they met again at the altar the realness of it all set in. They were both nervous and emotional at that one single moment.

In the end, Liz and her groom shared the most perfect day with their friends and family. We are thrilled Liz and their photographer, Michael Segal, shared this urban chic rooftop wedding with us at Strictly Weddings.


Photo by Michael Segal Photography

Ceremony location at Tribeca Skyline Studios (Tribeca Rooftop)

Getting ready location at Tribeca Grand Hotel

Wedding Dress by Vera Wang

Shoes by Jimmy Choo

Makeup Artist by Ashlee Glazer

Florist: Pedestals Florist

Ambient Lighting and Entertainment: Vivo Entertainment

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Wedding at Palais Namaskar

Wedding Dress and Veil by Celestina Agostino

Wedding Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent

Groom’s Tuxedo: Tom Ford

Floral Design by Le Kiosque à Fleurs Marrakech, Morocco