Exactly one year after a mutual friend set them up on a blind date, Michele Pinheiro and Jeff Thomas decided to spend the rest of their lives together. While on vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico, for Michele’s birthday as well as their one-year anniversary, Jeff surprised his beloved with an extra-special gift while enjoying dinner on the sand: a sparkling diamond engagement ring. “It just felt so right,” he muses.
With just eight months to plan their nuptials, the pair looked to Tessa Brand of Tessa Lyn Events to design and organize every detail of their ceremony and reception. “I feel so lucky and grateful to have chosen Tessa as our planner as she made our day very special and magical,” affirms the bride. The groom confirms the decision made their big day even more memorable. “Hire a true professional wedding planner because it makes all the difference,” he suggests to other couples. Though they looked at a number of venues throughout California, the moment they found a luxurious villa in Malibu, their decision was simple. “You feel like you’re in Tuscany and the view is amazing,” shares the bride of the expansive vineyard estate. With their dream site booked, Michele and Jeff excitedly awaited their fête.
Prior to the soirée, the couple’s 120 guests received a sophisticated ivory invitation box featuring a custom monogram and gilt script, which set the tone for the décor to come. When the day finally arrived, friends and family found their seats atop modern bullion-hued chairs with pearl cushions by