As much as I love bright colors and loads of fabulous details, sometimes it’s the understated affairs that really pique my interest. Weddings sans pomp with just a girl in a gorgeous dress and her love getting married out in the open air. A wedding just like this Ojai beauty shot by Jenna Marie Photography. It is au naturel and edited to perfection by A Tavola! See the full spread here.
From Jenna Marie Photography…Twin Peaks Ranch is like the private balcony off the master suite of the majestic and understated bedroom community that is beautiful Ojai, CA. So when Sara and Gary’s seasoned sense of individuality collided with this storybook secret at the foot of Ojai’s Topa Topa mountains, their party of 60 close family and friends fortuned to soak up a destination wedding infused with the effortless charm and elegance of this Spanish Mission Revival.
Upon arrival, all of the guests were greeted by the groom himself and escorted to the ceremony site. The intimate ceremony was presided over by a dear, ordained friend of many years and included the heartfelt participation of other friends and family members. Spending time with and enjoying their guests was of top priority to Gary and Sara who opted to join the cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony rather than escaping to take pictures. Gary and Sara are both foodies and delighting the palate ranked high on their list of wedding priorities. Neither they nor their guests could have been disappointed with the culinary artistry of A Tavola Catering, who offered plates of butternut squash ravioli, seared diver scallops or succulent lamb accompanied by a goat cheese salad and freshly baked bread. In keeping with the organic beauty of the Ranch, the bride and groom chose not to overwhelm their reception with linens and large arrangements, but rather highlighted the eight, dark-stained farmhouse tables by using freshly planted regional herbs as centerpieces, reflecting their love for food.
It was the affectionate atmosphere that elevated the occasion to rare heights. One might describe the evening as an elegant backyard dinner party. Yes there was a most contented, peaceful and completely imperturbable enamor between bride and groom and it certainly was a celebration of marriage. But it was the warmth that radiated from all the guests and the participation of everyone in making the day such a celebration that really set it apart. Even as the photographers, theorized to be part of the background, we departed with much more than happily married clients, but additionally with a firmly established feeling of true and meaningful friendship with Sara and Gary and lingering memories from their flawless evening at Ojai’s east end retreat under the stars.
Wedding Photography: Jenna Marie Photography / Event Planning: A Tavola! / Catering: Duo Catering and Events of Santa Barbara / Location: Twin Peaks Ranch / Bride’s Shoes: DSW / Bride’s Dress: Nordstrom / Bride’s Hair + Make-up: TEAM Hair & Make-up