I once wrote in an interview that my dream wedding would feel like a dinner party. Twinkle lights in the trees, dancing to the classic. Good food, great wine and a sense of family built into every detail. And this wedding, is that dream…personified. With photography by Erich McVey, design & planning by XOXO Bride and florals by Kelly Kaufman, this wedding is everything. More right here.
From the bride…When we took our first day trip to the Ojai Valley Inn, we didn’t realize how lucky that choice was at the time. We decided to get married there for nostalgia’s sake, along with wanting to be slightly out of town, and from that moment on the wedding we didn’t know we had dreamt of started falling into place. Enough can’t be said about the staff there, incredibly attentive and not only two steps ahead of us during the planning and on the day, but more importantly, two steps in the direction we wanted to go.
We found our wedding coordinator, Sonia Hopkins, through the Inn, and from the minute I said, “I dunno, like Downton Abby at an outdoor picnic,” she turned a mirage of an idea into an amazing reality. We wanted elegant but not stuffy, refined but relaxed. So we set a gorgeous table then served the meal in French service fashion, with the sides on the table family style.
We built the colors off of the natural beauty of the Herb Garden, greens and whites, sprinkled with lavender and peach. As we are both from English heritage, we stayed with that theme as we jumped out of the box with our band, The Brit Pack, who played all British music ranging from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. As fun to work with as they were to listen to, we are still getting asked where we found them.
Lastly, our photographer, Erich McVey, gave us the perfect pictures to remember our perfect day. But the best thing about Erich and his wife is that, even though they were there, they still made that special “just married” time between the ceremony and reception feel like it was only the two of us. Our wedding was more than we could have ever thought possible, all from one very lucky choice to take a drive one day to Ojai.
Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Event Design & Planning: XOXO BRIDE Events | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Lighting: Town And Country | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Wedding Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Cocktail Music: Tony Ybarra | Music: Elan Artists | Rentals 1: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals 2: The Tent Merchant | Rentals 3: Town And Country | Rentals 4: Casa de Perrin | Rentals 5: Archive Rentals | Vendor: Ines DiSanto - Emerald