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Colorful Summer Wedding at Ojai Valley Inn

From her gorgeous champagne gown to the delicate hair sparkle, this California bride hit the style nail on the head. And the whimsical-meets-rustic aesthetic extends throughout the whole celebration, orchestrated by XOXO Bride Events. Marianne Wilson joined the fun and caught every happy tear, smile and shimmy, and as we prep to enter the new year, these are the sort of photos that I hope never end.

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Summer
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Inn
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Rustic

From The Bride… Planning our wedding was actually a really fun process! We were fortunate enough to work with a fabulous wedding planner (XOXOBride.com) who was invaluable in helping us to clarify our vision and hire the right vendors to help us fulfill our dream! We knew that great music, amazing photography and delicious food were our top priorities, so we focused on making those aspects of the wedding unforgettable! We also loved having the wedding at a resort where our guests could make a mini-vacation out of our wedding weekend, and we were able to see friends and family over multiple days instead of just the wedding reception. It might sound cliché, but my biggest advice would be “don’t sweat the small stuff!” There are a billion decisions that need to be made, so identify and prioritize the things that are non-negotiable for you. Once you know where you want to focus your time and energy, the little decisions become much more manageable!

From Sonia Hopkins… I was so honored to work with Jess, Drew and their parents on this beautiful wedding. We had a strong sense of design from very the beginning. It was important that both a West Coast and East Coast aesthetics were represented throughout the design. They wanted their event to feel elegant but in an understated and cool manner. They really liked the idea of infusing the relaxed with the formal and what better way to do that but to host an open air tent wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Herb Garden Lawn. We chose to give the tent a open and breezy feeling by providing a partially draped setting with large crystal chandeliers. The feeling of crystal chandeliers in a garden is kind of amazing! A mix of wood feasting tables and beautiful Dupionique linen rounds gave shape to the space. Jess’s dress was a soft champagne color breaking her out of the mold of the white bridal look. She choose to have her bridesmaids in all-white creating this breath of fresh air in attire. Drew’s sense of style shine bright with the groomsmen in funky colored socks adding their personality and sense of humor.

Camilla Floral Designs expertly transformed our thoughts of wood elements and soft blooms into a reality. The Hacienda Courtyard was the perfection location for their ceremony. We built a wood Huppah under the sprawling oak tree to create a warm space for the vows. With a large wedding party it’s important to have a creative way for them to stand by their bride and groom without it looking like a long line of people, so we used wood benches to serve as the front row with attendants standing in the back. We choose wrought iron gates and wooden slated doors to display our tags and tented escort cards for guests seating.

Guests enjoyed a family style dinner and danced into the wee hours of the morning with a nightclub style after party complete with chicken and waffle bites!

Photography: Marianne + Joe Of Marianne Wilson Photography | Videographer: Joel VanZ | Coordinator: XOXO Bride Events | Florist: Modern Day Designs | Bakery: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Hair: 10.11 Hair & Makeup | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Officiant: Rabbi Amy Bernstein | Ceremony/Reception: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Draping: BAM Draping | Grrom's Attire: Klein Epstein & Parker | Linens: La Tavola | Music: West Coast Music | Rental Co.: Town And Country

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Chic Western-Style Rehearsal Dinner

We love real weddings with all our hearts, but a pre-nuptial shindig is always welcome inspiration. And when it just so happens to be designed in the hands of Mindy Rice and planned by Laurie Arons…well, there’s no telling how long we’ll spend drooling in the gallery. The crazy talented Aaron Delesie captured this modern take on the country affair that’s redefining barn parties for the better.

From Laurie Arons Special EventsThis rehearsal dinner was designed to be fun and relaxed. Brianna and Peter wanted to have a 4 day wedding weekend where everyone would stay together and have lots of different experiences together throughout the weekend. Ojai Valley Inn worked great for them because of the sprawling grounds with so many options. For this event we asked the guests to dress in jeans and boots on the invite. The western BBQ buffet was delicious and guests loved the strawberry shortcake station for dessert.

Photography: Aaron Delesie | Event Design: Mindy Rice | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Invitations: Julie Song | Lighting: Images Lighting | Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Ray Fortune | Plates: Town And Country | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Ojai Valley Inn Barn | Signage: BB Paper And Ink | Tabletop Calligraphy: BB Paper And Ink

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Ojai Pink Garden Wedding

You know what’s really cute? Incorporating your beloved pup into the Big Day. And even better - giving that adorable Frenchie a nod through the design (read: pup silhouette place cards) with a mix of style and quirk. It’s just one of the details coordinated with the help of  XOXO BRIDE, and the amazing Onelove Photography snapped up every last bit. Join me for more!

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Summer
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Garden Venue
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Rustic

From The Bride…Our first look was hands-down my favorite moment of our day. Our photographers picked a beautiful and peaceful area on the wedding property that allowed us some privacy. It was truly a very special moment that we were able to share alone before all of the craziness began.

We wanted to somehow incorporate our dog into the design so we ordered gold french bulldog place cards from a vendor on Etsy. We also wanted our guests to know our love story so I had a custom timeline designed.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Cake: Montecito Confections | Stationery: Smitten On Paper | Jewelry: Etsy | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Hair: Drea Rohrbough- Unveiled Hair & Makeup | Calligraphy: Honey Honey Calligraphy | DJ: Better Music Services | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Air Freshener Favors: Scented Promotions | Belt: Sarah Seven | Ceremony And Reception: Calliote Canyon | Coordination: Cate Parnin Of XOXO BRIDE | Custom Timeline: Etsy | Dress Designer: Sarah Seven | Florals: The Growing Company | Makeup: Romina Murillo- Unveiled Hair & Makeup | Placecards: Etsy | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Shoe Designer: J.Crew

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