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Rustic + Colorful Lake Wedding in Ojai

California is naturally beautiful, and the city of Ojai is no exception. This wedding, which drew its bold green, blue and orange color palette from its surroundings, is full of beauty, too, with touches like the Bride’s sequin gown, vintage Airstream, bright pops of orange flowers, and rustic wood details. And the gorgeous photos from Marissa Maharaj in the gallery make it even prettier.

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From Marissa MaharajHannah and Jay chose Lake Casitas as the background for their gorgeous wedding, where everything was in full bloom and bursting with color. Their day was marked by laughter, stunning details, and the warmth of family, friends and the California sun. Hannah’s custom dress was also very unique. Hannah and Jay also chose to invite their families to stand with them in lieu of a bridal party, which is a lovely and heartwarming idea!

From The Bride…Jay and I love to host parties and entertain, and we wanted our wedding to feel like one big dinner party with everyone we love. We pulled from the natural color scheme in Ojai (blue water from the lake, green from the trees, orange from the surrounding groves) and tried to integrate that throughout. I’m not a very DIY person, but we picked a few projects (the wine bottle table numbers, our paper goods and signage) and tried to make those sing. Jay’s family is much more religious than mine, so we had to be very thoughtful about finding a middle ground that would speak to the traditions of both families. We tried to create moments that would make people smile and laugh and have the whole weekend feel like a great big hug.

Stealing away with Marissa during the golden hour after our ceremony was one of my favorite parts of our wedding day. The whole day was such a rush and the sun setting over the lake was so beautiful – if she hadn’t pulled us away for pictures we easily would’ve gotten caught up in cocktail hour and saying hi to everyone we know, so it was so special for us to have that moment of being forced to stop and take in the sunset together and really appreciate how stunning everything was. Also, right after our ceremony we had a scheduled few minutes of alone time in the airstream – and our planner was smart enough to coordinate a delivery of apps and cocktails to us. We were so giddy and happy and excited – and those feelings grew by 10x with the addition of fried chicken and waffle bites :)

You have to pick your battles! It’s so easy to get hung up on details that seem REALLY important – but you have to really think, out of the whole weekend, will anyone notice if we have 3 candles on the table instead of 6? Or if their goody bags aren’t sparkly? Details like that can seriously make you go crazy (Pinterest is a blessing and a curse!) – but we tried to focus on the weekend as a whole and what would make people look back and smile, and that helped us let go of the small things. Also, if you can swing it, having a planner is amazing. Our planner, Jessica, saved our butts in more ways than I can count, and kept us (and our families!) sane the entire weekend—highly recommend.

Photography: Marissa Maharaj | Event Planning: Jessica Kuipers Of Bijoux Events | Floral Design: Curly Willow | Invitations: Jay Judah | Catering: WhoaNelly! Catering | Hair: Jennifer Blanchard | Venue: Lake Casitas | Airstream Rental: Silver Safari | Getting Ready Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Santa Barbara

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Intimate Nature-Inspired Ojai Wedding

When it comes to rustic romance, this next outdoor affair from LB Event Planning takes the cake.  Despite enduring unrelenting temps, this intimate gathering nestled amongst a hidden forest is overflowing with cool details. From the eucalyptus leaves place-cards that were sourced from the Bride’s childhood home, to heirloom antiques dotting the day, Shannen Natasha has it all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From LB Event PlanningThis wedding was set on one of the hottest days in October in Ojai amongst the trees in a hidden yoga retreat. There was little air conditioning involved but the nerves and excitement were plentiful. The vendors worked like a well oiled machine during set up and throughout the entire wedding to ensure that everything was perfection. The highlight certainly was, once everything had been set out and sunbeams dripped out from behind the mountains and through the tree branches, when the bride stepped out from the retreat house gripping her father’s arm – it was like magic. The day only got better from there on, I’ll let the bride tell you all about it.

From the beautiful Bride… I am a lover of words, so adjectives were a natural place for me to start my planning journey. After discussing what we both hoped the wedding would be, my husband and I settled on vintage, rustic, elegant, whimsical, and comfortable. An intimate gathering in a beautiful outdoor setting was always our goal.

While we loved the idea of getting married in a remote forest, practicality was also important to us. Ojai was a perfect fit: nestled at the base of the Los Padres National Forest, an excellent weekend get-away for our out of town guests, and within 2hrs of our home in LA.

Determined to find a venue that provided lodging as well as outdoor space for our ceremony and reception, I spent countless hours scouring vacation rental websites and making innumerable variations of google searches. The modern amenities and amazing privacy provided by Calliote Canyon were truly a dream come true. When we learned that Calliote was available on the one year anniversary of our engagement, we knew that we had our wedding date and our location. From there, our challenge was to make décor choices that would celebrate, rather than distract from, our amazing venue.

Once the venue was set, our mission was to find vendors who understood and were excited about our aesthetic and goals for our wedding. Kiersten, with LB Events, was the perfect team captain. She’s the only coordinator we met with, and we are still so impressed with how she and the LB ladies put all of the pieces together. Our vendor search was a mix of doing a lot of research and then throwing it out the window and following our gut.

In retrospect, this was one of the most important things we did. Weddings have so many moving parts; it’s unavoidable for some things to go wrong. For us, the crisp fall wedding we envisioned turned into a balmy California heat-wave wedding. We were so lucky to have people like Kiersten and Wildflora on hand to find ways to still accomplish our foresty-found-object aesthetic while negotiating the unrelenting heat.

Nature was definitely an over-arching theme for our ceremony and reception. For me, following a natural aesthetic meant eschewing the matching elements you often find at formal events. This was especially evident in our china, florals, and wedding party attire. My bridesmaids were asked to choose their own dresses in a neutral color scheme. I had a lot of fun assembling a Pinterest inspiration board for them and they did a pretty amazing job! The groomsmen wore their own black suits and we gifted them white wrinkle-resistant shirts, so that they would still look cohesive.
The groomsmen’s wacky socks were an homage to my husband, who is a passionate collector of vibrant socks, and my getting ready robe was borrowed from my MOH, who wore it before her wedding.

People didn’t realize it, but the eucalyptus leaves we used as place-cards were actually taken from my childhood home, which was sold during wedding planning. Most of the antiques were originally my parent’s and the books were from my personal collection. My mother passed away when I was in elementary school and the family photo and “In Memoriam” projects I had planned ended up being really hard for me. My bridesmaids and officiant rescued me 2 weeks before the wedding, picking up all supplies from my house and assembling everything in a secret wedding-party pow-pow. It meant a lot for them to step in and create such beautiful pieces for our wedding.

Using a vacation rental was a lot of extra work, but gave us the flexibility to have a rehearsal dinner, after party, and post-wedding brunch without obliterating our budget. Having our friends from all over the country stay at Calliote and hang out like old friends turned into one of the most rewarding parts of the weekend. We had a low-key, taco-cart catered rehearsal dinner onsite (best decision ever!) and spent that evening eating left-overs and finishing projects. Our wedding after-party started on the dance floor (thanks, Wes!) and ended in the kitchen, eating what remained of MJB’s amazing desserts.

Photography: Shannen Natasha | Coordination: LB Event Planning | Floral Design: Wildflora LA | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: MJB Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Danny Douglas Catering | DJ : Red Shoe LA | Venue: Calliote Canyon | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Table Numbers And Welcome Sign: Etsy | Table Top Rentals : Dish Wish

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Bohemian Elegance Wedding Inspiration at Casa de Pajaros

It sounds like an oxymoron: bohemian elegance. But, one look at this gorgeous inspiration shoot will prove it’s not. From the flower crown and bohemian Sarah Janks dress to the romantic tablescape courtesy of Pretty Vintage Rentals, XOXO BRIDE Events achieved the perfect marriage of these two styles and Braedon Photography captured it all. Enjoy all the pretty in the gallery.

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From XOXO BRIDE EventsThis elegant bohemian designed photo shoot was inspired by astrology and the individual spirit and style of couples. Each couple with their unique love can collaborate two different styles into one cohesive form to represent both in high fashion. With a mixture of laid back and informal to structure and purpose, we decided to tailored the seating at ceremony symmetrically to emphasize organization but to balance the order we showcase a lush vine swing with bride a perch. Two seats await the couple to commensurate their vows. Our bride with blonde locks of curls and exaggerated halo personifies her relaxed nature and easy going spirit and her gown is the perfect mix of vintage and proper elegance.

We chose antiquarian dinner settings and a formal Venetian lace overly, antique rose dishware on top of a medley of silver trays and mirrors, and crystal cut glassware to depict style and grace at the table. We then added some pearls in the centerpieces for whimsy.

We hope to inspire those who have different design perspectives that cohesiveness is only a conversation away.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Event Design: Sonia Hopkins, XOXO BRIDE Events | Floral Design: Tricia Fountaine Design | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Bakery: Sugar and Sass Confections | Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue | Jewelry: Coast 2 Coast Collection | Hair + Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Private Estate: Casa De Pajaros, Ojai CA | Rental Company I: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Rental Company II: Ventura Party Rentals

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Boho Glam Summer Wedding at Ojai Valley Inn

This is one ridiculously cool couple. With their inherent chic style and Lady Liberty Events leading the way as designer and coordinator, and a team of vendors including The Butter End Cakery, La Tavola and Brown Paper Design, the finished results are nothing short of spectacular. Braedon Photography and Redmond Digital Media captured every second and this gallery is just begging for some solid swooning action. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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From Lady Liberty EventsI have had the pleasure of getting to know Justine for a couple years now because we spent some serious time together while I was planning her twin sister Sidonie’s wedding! I was so excited when Justine called me to say it was her turn…. And so the adventure of Justine and Ben began!

Knowing that Justine and Ben both wanted to make a weekend out of their celebration, and after Justine saw pictures of the Ojai Valley Inn she knew this would be the spot. During our first visit, they were sold… the oak tree, where they would ultimately tie the knot, was perfection.

Being that Justine and Ben both ooze of style, we knew that the entire day would have to emanate these fashionistas, creating a design that reflected them as a couple. Together we came up with an overall vibe that we called “Boho Rocker Glam.”

Since the ceremony was outside, we opted to go with a natural and organic ambiance using mainly whites and greens, which resulted in a storybook setting. We installed a custom tree swing, which was engraved with “you make my heart swing,” and accented with foliage and petite blooms. Set under the lush oak tree, light wood pews strewn with fresh greenery and cross-back chairs provided an organic yet elegant vibe. Custom tambourines made with the couples monogram embossed in gold with dangling lace & satin ribbons, were set on the chairs for guests to make some noise when they said I do. Glass cylinders with pillar candles set on tree bark rounds created the aisle leading up to chuppah. Oh, the chuppah…. This was a masterpiece. Using Ben’s family tallis, Brown Paper Design worked their magic and built a romantic white floral and foliage chuppah that was nothing short of breathtaking. The perfect spot for this bride and groom to say I do.

Justine, wearing Inbal Dror (one of my favorite dresses to date), looked ravishing. Her all-white floral and foliage cascading bouquet (she had wanted an updated version of Princess Diana’s iconic bouquet) was picture perfect and almost as gorgeous as the bride. She gave her bridesmaids a palette of colors for them to select dresses from and the end result was flawless. The shades of pink, purple, taupe, and grey worked wonderfully together. Dainty flower crowns and wispy bouquets of eucalyptus, garden roses and king protea, perfected the look. The Groom, wearing a custom Borelli dark navy tuxedo, looked as sharp as can be standing alongside the handsome groomsmen wearing black tuxedos. The bride and groom with their wedding party was the ultimate combination of boho glam.

Guests made their way to the cocktail hour, set on the Hacienda terrace, where they nibbled on tasty bites, sipped on specialty cocktails and Kilos of caviar were devoured in minutes. In the foyer, a lush living pepper tree that we had custom built for the room was used to display the escort cards – one of my favorite details of this wedding! Guests circled the tree looking for their names, which were hand calligraphed onto fresh Camellia leaves. This was a true labor of love, which paid off due to the incredible reactions coming from the guests. The guest book consisted of small birch bark rounds that guests signed and placed into apothecary jars for Justine and Ben to display in their house for years to come.

As we opened the doors to the reception area you could see the look of awe in peoples eyes. The entire room was simply glowing. The room was set with a combination of reclaimed wood kings tables and round tables draped with blush rosette linens. Each table glistened with a stunning collection of silver and gold mercury votives, along with exposed pillar and taper candles set on crystal candlesticks. The place settings boasted gold and silver patterned china that complimented each other with cream raw linen napkins. Deep purple and gold trim dinner menus and fresh lavender bunches topped each plate and gold plexi glass name cards designated each seat. A trio of vintage glasses consisting of champagne coupes, wine glasses and purple tinted water goblets completed each setting, The florals, in hues of lush ripe berries, arranged in horticulture style gatherings, provided romantic and lush centerpieces that filled the room.

Overhead, your eyes were drawn to the massive chandeliers draped with an abundance of garden roses, passion vines, pepper berry and blooms in the same berry tones. The head table, a 24 foot reclaimed wood kings table, was swimming in florals and candles. The fireplace, dripping with candlelight and dressed with a lavish garland of blooms, provided a stunning backdrop for their table.

The stage, flanked with lush pepper berry trees, was set with a hanging fellini light backdrop and potted fern and xanadee plants shaped our stage façade. A seamless white dance floor, boasting the couples monogram, with disco balls overhead delivered the ultimate centerpiece for the room. Justine and Ben made their grand entrance and headed straight to the dance floor. Chanteuse “Morganne” performed Crimson and Clover and the bride and groom started the evening off dancing their first time as husband and wife. Morganne sang jazz standards and some French favorites while guests enjoyed dinner. Following dinner, Masta and his band took the stage for the remainder of the evening and kept the dance floor packed all night.

On either side of the stage, reclaimed wood panels with hanging marquee lights displaying the words “SIPS” poured specialty cocktails all evening. As an ode to Ben’s heritage, an antique buffet console was set with various vessels overflowing with Persian sweets and silver samovars filled with black tea. Lounge vignettes were staged with a combination of sexy velvet chairs and benches mixed with vintage leather sofas, which exuded a stylish blend of both masculine and feminine pieces.

Justine had been working for weeks on a very special surprise for Ben… ready to get her groom blushing, we cleared the dance floor and dimmed the lights. With a chair placed front and center, we guided Ben to his spot and simply told him it was time for the garter toss. The Black Key’s “Howling for You” began and Justine (who had done a wardrobe change) along with two very sexy gals, strutted their way onto the dance floor to perform a sultry burlesque dance for her groom. With feather fans in hand, synchronized booty pops and shoulder shimmies, Justine most definitely had Ben howling for her. The dance led into Ben removing her garter, which in turn resulted in one very unique and entertaining garter toss. This was such a fun and exciting part of the evening, and Justine nailed it!

Their stunning five tier naked cake, draped with champagne grapes, figs, tangerines and lush blooms, was set on an antique dresser underneath a hanging installment of fresh foliage wrapped Edison bulbs. Surrounded by an assortment of petite sweets and plush garland the display was a feast for your eyes. As guests departed, a display of petite burger boxes stamped with the couples monogram, held the cutest, most creative, and tastiest cheeseburger macarons. Everyone knows that Justine and Ben love their burgers, so this was the perfect detail to end the night!

If anyone is looking for a Boho – Rocker – Glam style wedding then I think it’s safe to say that Justine and Ben’s wedding day was the epitome of just that. It was so fun being able to combine such different styles to create an overall design that worked so well together.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematography: Redmond Digital Media | Floral Design: Brown Paper Design | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Bride's Shoes: Casadei | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Marchesa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Lighting: The Lighter Side | Groom's Attire: Borrelli | Groom's Shoes: Saint Crispin's | Ceremony Music: Jason Sulkin | Wedding Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bride Make-Up: Alexis Vogel | Bride's Hair: Janet Barajas | Bride's Second Dress: Oliver Tolentino | Event Design & Coordination: Lady Liberty Events | Event Rentals: Town And Country | Event Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Flipbooth: Flipbooth LA | Invitations & Printed Items: Prim And Pixie | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of The Bride Attire: Oliver Tolentino | Place Cards: Pitbulls And Posies | Reception Music: Morganne Picard | Trees & Plants: Green Set | Wedding Cake & Desserts: The Butter End Cakery

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Elegant Ojai Wedding

Let’s talk about fabulous weddings for a moment, shall we?  Those sweet affairs that merge a gorgeous duo with a breathtaking setting (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa) and a team of vendors that can only be described as uber-talented.  Think XOXO Bride, Laura HooperTEAM Hair & MakeupGus And Ruby Letterpress and Lane Dittoe (just to name a few).  The results?  Sooo amazing.  See it all here 

And a beautiful film from McDuff Productions… 

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From the Bride… Our wedding was well worth the wait. Greg and I met in prep school in New Hampshire and started dating when he was a senior and I was a junior. We went to college together in Philadelphia and lived moved the east coast for many years before deciding it was time to move to my home state, California. Greg proposed in January 2013 while he was getting ready to move from Chicago to Santa Monica. We celebrated our engagement that night at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, and I immediately started to plan the wedding I always wanted.

We explored venues up and down the state from Sonoma to San Diego, but nowhere seemed quite right until we went back to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa with the thought of having a wedding there. The town was perfect – a quaint Western town, dramatic landscape, and not too hard to get to from LAX for our many friends and family traveling long distances for the event. And the property was even better – golf for the guys, spa for the girls, and pool time for everyone! All of our events were within walking distance for our guests that stayed with us at OVIS – a rehearsal dinner at Suzanne’s Cuisine nearby, a welcome gathering at the Fragrance Courtyard, our wedding ceremony in the Hacienda Courtyard overlooking the hills, cocktails and the reception at the Herb Garden, and last but not least, the afterparty at Jimmy’s Upstairs. Our goal was to make sure our guests were relaxed from the time they arrived to the time they left, and OVIS helped us to deliver.

We had a great team of vendors led by Saralee Franchi at XOXO Bride who helped us tie the entire event together. Of course we were thrilled with Lane Dittoe’s photography, videography from McDuff Productions, and our band – Stew and the Crew – had the party rocking all night long. Greg and I had the time of our lives, and I’ll never forget the joy and love on the faces of all of our friends and family gathered around us.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Cinematography: McDuff Productions | Wedding Planner: Saralee Franchi Of XOXO Bride | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Stationery: Gus And Ruby Letterpress | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Lighting: LBPS | Band: Stew And The Crew | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Officiant: Father Jerry Bellamy | Ceremony Music: Anthony Ybarra | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Groom's Tux: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen Tuxes: The Black Tux | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Calligraphy: Laura Hooper | Wedding Dress And Veil: Carolina Herrera

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