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Sunny Al Fresco Wedding in Ojai

There are wedding tents and then there are stunning masterpieces of drapery under which the prettiest al fresco weddings occur. This Ojai affair photographed by Michael Costa most certainly falls under the latter. And it comes baring floral gifts by Flowerwild and the most elegant details crafted by Jill La Fleur. Have a look at the full gallery and tell me you haven’t seen a more gorgeous tent. Am I right?

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From The Bride…My only requirement when looking for venues for our wedding was that I wanted to be able to dance under the stars. After visiting the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa I realized this was the place I pictured in my dreams. After our first site visit, our search for a wedding venue was over. We never anticipated that we would only visit one wedding site and call it a day, but that is what happened. What really captured our hearts was the beauty and tranquility of the grounds. It truly was the perfect place for our dream wedding. The wedding was on a beautiful, sunny day in October 2012. After exchanging vows under the magical canopy of a 100-year-old Oak Tree, our guests were whisked off to the herb garden where they sipped on the Inn’s signature drink, the Pink Moment, and nibbled on an assortment of appetizers. After a short hour had passed, our guests were escorted through the garden down to lawn where we met them for an unforgettable night of dinner, dancing, and cake accompanied by a sundae bar. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Everything had fallen into place perfectly. My dream had become a reality. The stars were out and our hearts were full…. what a night it was. Miller and I had known each other for quite some time before we had actually started dating. We both attended Newport Harbor High School and ran in the same group, but we never thought we would end up together. After high school, Miller left for college at the University of Colorado Boulder, and I went off to San Francisco State. Six years later, we unexpectedly reconnected at a mutual friend’s wedding in Mexico. After meeting at the beach bar on the first day, we were inseparable. That was it for us! Five years later we tied the knot and had our dreamy wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. I got to dance under the stars and marry the man of my dreams, what a lucky girl I am. Today we still live in Newport Beach. Miller is Vice President at Farmers and Merchants Bank and I am a stay at home mom with our beautiful 3-month-old daughter, Hannah. Life is good for the Akins Family!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Michael Costa | Event Planning: Jill La Fleur Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Kate Flowerwild | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Invitations: Dauphine Press | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: AA Jewelry Box | Bridesmaids Dresses: Swoon | Lighting: Lewis Barker Decor Services | Groom's Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Pastor Low Norris | Assistant Coordinator: Jenn Curti | Bride's Hair: Kristine Norris | Bride's Reception Dress: Erin Fetherston | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Dara Ettinger | Decor: Casa De Perrin | Dog's Bowtie: Silly Buddy | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Hair & Make-Up: Mar Team Hair & Make-Up | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Anthony Ybarra | Music: Bobby Joyner Band | Reception Dress Belt: The White Dress | Rentals: Nicole Classic Party Rentals

Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Swoon are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. La Fleur Weddings & Events, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, TEAM Hair and Makeup, Michael + Anna Costa Photography, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, JLM Couture, Inc and Casa de Perrin are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Rustic, Elegant Styled Winter Wedding Shoot at Bodee’s Rancho Grande

We might be in the thick of summer in the States, but we know there are Brides out deep in the trenches of planning their winter wedding. Well, thanks to Jessica Lewis PhotographyJen Simpson DesignCassidy Rae Events, and These Buds A Bloominga big ol’ heaping dose of cold weather inspiration just landed in your lap. And boy is it gorgeous. It’s image after image of some serious winter pretty, and you can see it all here.

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From Cassidy Rae EventsThis styled wedding shoot was inspired by the beautiful venue, Bodee’s Rancho Grande. The details of the cabins and surroundings of the most beautiful natural elements make it an ideal fit for a winter wedding. Instead of opting for the soft winter palette we wanted to create something with a more moody and romantic tone. The color combination of gold, merlot, and blush made for the perfect trio, and the abundance of candles and loose flowers gave for the faultless ambiance. The amazing team of individuals for this shoot couldn’t have been better. Allie with These Buds A Blooming created the most elegant of arrangements and one stunning bouquet and boutonnière. Jen Simpson Design could not have done a better job with the stationery set. The design matched the theme and gorgeous Antler details provided by Yarn Bombed Antlers perfectly. The incredible catering and desserts were provided by DJ’s California Catering and The Sugar Lab. The overflowing dessert table adorned with the floral wreath and the incredible Leanne Marshall bridal gown provided by Love and Lace Bridal were two of my absolute favorite elements of this shoot. Shannella DuPuis, Lindsey Nolan, and Whitney Willison were an absolute dream team. The looks they created for the models were styled so lovely and really tied into the romance. Last but definitely not least, Jessica Lewis Photography did a superb job capturing all of the details and the passionately in love, real couple. Boy did we luck out on this shoot! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Photography: Jessica Lewis Photography | Event Design: Cassidy Rae Events | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Catering: DJ's Catering | Hair Stylist: Whitney Willison Hair Design | Antlers / Detail Rentals : Ryan & Sarah | Bridal Salon: Love & Lace Bridal | Dessert: The Sugar Lab | Makeup: Shannella DuPuis | Stationery Design: Jen Simpson Design Handmade Paperie | Venue: Bodee's Rancho Grande | Wardrobe Stylist: Lindsey Nolan

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Rustic Ojai Wedding

Ojai is this crazy cool place that I have never actually visited, but for some reason, I know I am meant to live there.  Maybe that’s because it has some of the most breathtaking sceneries you will ever lay your eyes upon, the sun seems to always be shining and it makes for one stellar place to hold a wedding. Weddings much like this gorgeous day from the talented team of XOXO BrideTEAM Hair And Makeup and Mi Belle Photography.  It’s Ojai perfection in every which way.  See it all here.

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From the Bride…Casey and I were married on one of the most beautiful days in Ojai. Having known each other for almost 15 years, it was an incredibly special moment to be surrounded by our family and closest friends, most of whom had witnessed our relationship grow from an innocent high school fling to happily proclaiming our love for each other as husband and wife.

From the moment we drove onto the property at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, we knew that our decision of where to get married would be easy. We were greeted by the most welcoming, courteous staff and were immediately drawn to the breathtaking mountains and architecture surrounding the hotel. Walking around the grounds, we were nothing short of enchanted. Every nook and cranny of the hotel was meticulously thought out. As we strolled around the property with our two dogs in hand, we looked at each other and knew it felt right.

While planning the details of our special day, we tried to keep the specialty of Ojai in mind. We wanted to create a unique environment for our guests that embodied our love of the outdoors and our love for each other. We kept many of the details simple and sophisticated, similar to the style of the hotel. The big surprise for our guests was the reception that took place at the Big Red Barn, located 3 miles from the hotel. We set up cocktail hour on the front lawn of the barn, using hay stacks and wine barrels for tables and chairs. Dinner was served family style, under the stars, and our guests were treated to some of the best local foods prepared by the amazing chefs at Ojai. Casey and I worked as a team planning the day but one of Casey’s biggest requests was that we try to create a warm, inviting dinner. He didn’t love the idea of separating our friends and family into small groups and having the tables scattered about. With the help of our wedding planner, we came across these beautiful, rustic long tables which helped to create the cozy, dinner atmosphere we were hoping to achieve. After the wedding, many of our guests told us how much they appreciated sitting together as one big group. As dinner came to end, we moved our guests inside the barn and danced the night away under simple chandeliers hanging from the wooden beams.

Casey and I feel truly blessed to have been able to plan the wedding of our dreams. Every little detail, from the dessert bar down to the table runners, came together with the amazing help of our vendors. We would have been lost without the help and guidance of Saralee Franchi from XOXO Bride. Saralee was instrumental in helping us create our vision and coordinating all of the events on the day of the wedding. She worked closely with our florist, Nico Cervantes from NLC Productions, as well as the Catering Manager at Ojai, Sarah Pugh. These three were the perfect combination of talent and enthusiasm and we are grateful for all of their hard work and dedication. The final piece to our puzzle was the very talented Michelle Beller from Mi Belle Photography. To say her images are stunning would be an understatement. Michelle and her team of experts did an incredible job of capturing not only the beauty of Ojai, but the many candid moments that took place throughout the day.

Photography: Mi Belle Photography | Event Planning: XOXO Bride | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Invitations: Forever Fiances | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | Grooms Attire: Michael Bastian | Furniture Rentals: Fusion Event Rentals

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