I love when we do a full day of real weddings. It's so cool to see the difference in style with each couple, the different approaches to wedding design that our readers take. And that each wedding is impossibly gorgeous in its own way. Well this next wedding, by Jill La Fleur, is the epitome of gorgeous, with details that are so incredibly charming. So incredibly beautiful. Add to that florals and design by the CRAZY talented Mindy Rice and photographs by Joy Marie...it's total perfection. You can click here to see the full wedding in all it's rustic glory.
The moment I walked into Jenny's California bungalow in Venice Beach, filled with vintage furnishings and a shabby chic design, I knew our styles would be a great fit. Jenny who is an artist and her husband a writer, knew she wanted her wedding casual, yet elegant and fell in love with Ojai Valley Inn's Barn. She wanted to stay away from the cowboy western theme that can be easily associated with the barn, so with the help of Mindy Rice we created an elegant, shabby chic, vintage style wedding by bringing in different custom floral pattern linen for the each of the 12 guest tables that Jenny would be able to give away as gifts to the family or to bring home. Each linen was topped with a sheer cotton gauze overlay. Jenny was also able to take home the crochet-bordered napkins that Mindy purchased from Horchow.
The bride who very green really liked the idea of being able to bring home a lot of the elements of the wedding to re-use. She was able to do this with the ceremony flowers which were large potted plants with herbs in them. The guest favors went along with this theme and were different herb packets. The table numbers were hand-painted tins and the escort cardboard was backed with floral fabric and covered with chicken-wire. The custom escort cards (which matched the floral pattern of the bride's invitations) were attached with complimentary ribbons.
Etched glass lanterns were hung throughout the barn along with cotton gauze draping and uplights to soften and romanticize the space, and Mindy created custom hay bale sofas for the lounge area outside complete with comfy floral pillows and quilts. The dessert table was set on the old wagon in the outdoor lounge area and included a variety of desserts and a beautiful wedding cake all made by the pastry chef at Ojai Valley Inn. It was truly a romantic, beautiful, memorable wedding day!
Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in their barn / Photo: Joy Marie / Florist, Linens and Event Designer: Mindy Rice / Wedding Planner: Jill La Fleur / Lighting: Ambient Lighting / Rentals: Town and Country / Cake: Decadence