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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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Romantic “Pretty in Pink” Inspiration Shoot

This shoot is my everything.  It’s crazy gorgeous stylings coordinated by SmittenKiss meets the yummiest of treats from The Sweet Event meets ones of the most stunning bouquets you will ever lay your eyes upon from Vo Floral Design (seriously).  Throw in the softest of blush and pink hues and it’s basically the epitome of pretty.  See it all captured beautifully by Avec L’amour Photography right here.

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From Avec L’amour Photography… Nestled in the hills of Los Altos, California are fields of lush greenery and a landmark filled with history and education. This place is called Hidden Villa. It’s enough to be an isolated wilderness with farm life but not isolated enough to be far away from civilian life. I had the honor of coordinating this “Pretty in Pink” shoot of which was the collaboration of several talented souls. As wedding connoisseurs, we were inspired by the freshness of spring blossoms and its beauty of new life. As the design process took place, it unraveled into something quite breathtaking.

As the 5pm sunlight peeked through the branches, it set the perfect lighting for our evening shoot. Our bride was dressed in Clare La Faye; we couldn’t have picked a more perfect setting for this beautiful gown. Her designs represent our favorite old Hollywood glamour with the softest edge one can imagine. As she stood in the olive orchard, her hand swiftly moved past the floral arrangements that were strategically placed on the table. Tea time and strawberry macarons were on the menu. The design was magnificent. The florals, the ribbons blowing in the warm breeze, and the sweet smell of salted caramelized treats from Sweet Events softened the rustic hardware.

As Avec L’amour snapped away, we could hear the roosters bellowing their cluck; we all couldn’t help but be captivated at how perfect everything was. As the evening wore on, we were sure that something delightful and charming was just created. This is exactly what happens when you have the right minds working together to build a picturesque moment. Some moments you take right in, and that is what happened with “Pretty in Pink”.

Photography: Avec L'amour Photography | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Clare La Faye | Calligraphy: Smitten Kiss | Bridal Accessories: Hannabella Designs | Cake And Desserts: The Sweet Event | Event Coordination: SmittenKiss | Hair And Make Up Artist: Cali Nguyen | Location: Private Orchard | Model: Kayla Marie Cromer | Paper Goods: Sir Speedy Sunnyvale | Vintage Rentals: Lost And Found Vintage Rentals

Bohemian Wedding in Carmel with a Fall Color Pallete

I’m all about the sunshine and beach time but you must admit, there’s nothing quite like a crisp Fall day. And this wedding encompasses all the amazing bits and pieces of Fall – the rich colors, the cozy surroundings, al fresco dining by candlelight. It’s bohemian perfection crafted by Bash Please, with florals by Sweet Marie Designs and photography by Christian Cruz For Max & Friends. Click here for the full gorgeous affair.

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From The Bride…As soon as James and I got engaged, we agreed on the one major detail of our wedding – that it would be a mini-vacation for all who attended. With this in mind, we set forth to find the perfect church as we felt that our marriage would be the cornerstone for our intimate wedding. We drove up the Pacific Coast, stopping in Malibu and Santa Barbara before having our breath taken away by the majestic beauty and tradition of the Carmel Mission and the city of Carmel. From that point on, we knew that we wanted Bash, Please to help us make our dream weekend a reality after having attended and being captivated by their creative mindset at their wildly popular Cream Event. Upon meeting Melissa and later Sydney, we imparted our desire to make every detail of our wedding weekend, bespoke.

We knew that a Fall wedding would lend itself well to all that Carmel had to offer as well as our love of hearty food, deep, rich colors, and the crispness or air that only a perfect Fall day could bring. We wanted a celebration that was unique yet approachable, where our guests felt comfortable and happy and were able to experience elements they maybe hadn’t experienced before. We knew upon meeting each of the creative, talented vendors that it was a match from the start. Alise made sure that our flowers were rich, vibrant and unique (and surprised me with out of season peonies in my bouquet!). Pharmacie made sure that guests were able to partake in uniquely curated cocktails. Our photographers – Christian and Reinna, were such a dream to work with, they captured our day beautifully and made it a seamless effort. A Chef by trade, James oversaw all of the culinary details for the weekend. From the salmon tartarecones with cilantro caviar to the mini candy crab apples that circulated during the dance, it was one unforgettable meal. Steve and his team exemplified the term “a restaurant without walls.” We wanted each dining experience to truly stand out with unexpected little touches like the vintage Absinthe Cart making rounds at the rehearsal dinner to the “roomforty campfire” deconstructed s’mores and mini candied crab apples passed during our first dance. The private residence we selected for our celebration overlooked the Ocean. We knew that our guests would drive up the long and windy Point Lobos Ridge road not knowing what to expect when they got to the top.

The big reveal on our big day, was one of the best surprises of the weekend! Clouds hung low above the patio, and every guest expressed at some point “We are dining above the clouds!” Indeed we were floating in the clouds, not only then but during the entire weekend. An unforgettable marriage and wedding – indeed.

Photography: Christian Cruz For Max & Friends | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: Susie Cakes | Invitations: Pitbulls And Posies | Ceremony Venue: Carmel Mission Basilica | Reception Venue: Point Lobos Ridge Estate | Catering: Roomforty | Cocktails/Bar Services: Pharmacie | Coordination & Event Design: Bash Please | Day-of Paper Design: Bash Please | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save The Date Design: Lauren Spencer King | Special Tabletop Decor: Casa De Perrin

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