We see a lot of pretty weddings here at Style Me Pretty, but this Ojai day will stop you in your tracks. It’s not just the beautiful Bride’s wedding dress and beauty from TEAM Hair & Makeup. It’s also the bold, bright color palette and those florals from Rockrose Floral Design. Don’t miss out on any of the pretty — head to The Vault for stunning photos from Michael + Anna Costa Photography!
From The Bride…Our goal for the wedding was to have a family party more than a traditional wedding. We wanted our families and close friends to have time to get to know each other and enjoy the beautiful Ojai Valley.
We chose Ojai Valley Inn for our wedding weekend because it could be a family vacation as well as an event for guests. We greeted our guests as they arrived at the Inn with cocktails on the putting green. We had putters, cocktails, snacks for travelers and personalized golf balls with our wedding date. The day of the wedding was also my uncle’s birthday. Although I was caught up getting beautiful with hair and makeup, the family had a birthday celebration poolside to mark the day. Our suite was busy with the ladies popping in and out to have hair and makeup done. It was casual and relaxed. Niki, my hairdresser made my nieces’ day by giving them gorgeous ringlets. They had never had their hair done before and felt so special to be part of the ceremony. By late afternoon, everyone was cleaned up and ready for the ceremony.
Claudia, our wedding coordinator, kept me hidden until my walk down the aisle. The string quartet started my wedding march, U2’s “All I want is you”. I came around the corner and was floored by the ceremony site. The flowers and lanterns overflowing from the tree, the ombre petals creating my aisle…it was a dream.
Nadine, our officiant, hosted a touching and personal ceremony. Our guests expressed how moved they were by her words. There were definitely tears from the most unexpected guests! When it came to say our vows, I was a bit overcome. I started to sweat and felt nauseated. Being a doctor, I knew exactly what was going on. I was mortified as passing out at my wedding wasn’t part of my vision. Realizing I had about 30 seconds before I was out, I leaned in to my future husband and let him know what was about to happen. He whispered, “Do you want me to pick you up and run you out of here?” I smiled. I sure picked a great guy. When my mom realized what was going on, she beamed. She later expressed, “She had no doubts when she saw how cool and attentively he handled the situation.” We ended up pulling up 2 chairs and completing our vows sitting down. Sure enough, once we said “I do”, I felt a lot better!
We followed the ceremony with yummy appetizers in a gorgeous courtyard. Our small guests got to run around and get their energy out before they were led to their own private party adjacent to our reception space. They were set up with their own 3 course dinner followed by treats and a movie snuggled up on cozy beanbags. I can’t tell you how appreciative the parents were that the kids’ personal “waiter” kept them under control and happy.
Once I had a chance to see our reception table and it took my breath away. Claudia, our wedding coordinator, and Rock Rose, our florist, took my vision and created a fanciful yet glamorous setting. Our intimate table felt like a grand family banquet. It was exactly what we hoped for. Just as the sun was setting, we toasted family and friends for sharing our day.
It was incredible.
Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Event Planning & Design: Hoste Events | Floral Design: Rockrose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Band: Fifth Avenue Orchestra and Entertainment | Officiant: Ecstatic Awakenings | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals