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Al Fresco Ojai Valley Inn Wedding

Is there anything better than a Ojai Valley Inn wedding? No, no there is not. Want proof? Just look at this pretty little party from Heather Kincaid and you’ll see exactly what I mean. With a talented vendor team (like TEAM Hair + Makeup and La Tavola Linen) It’s glamorous with a modern twist and we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Nathan and I met while in college at the University of Southern California and most of our friends and family who have been such instrumental parts of our relationship over the past ten years still leave near Los Angeles. We loved the idea of having our wedding somewhere where many of our guests could stay on the same property for our wedding weekend so that we could spend as much time having fun with them as possible! We’d been coming up to Ojai with friends for years and Nathan had played in annual tennis tournaments there growing up, so the town was nostalgic for us both. It also didn’t hurt that the resort was absolutely beautiful, welcoming and a short drive from Los Angeles for most of our guests!

It was extremely important to us to have a meaningful and personal ceremony followed by an awesome dance party and reception. We chose to write personal vows and were also lucky enough to have Nathan’s uncle serve as our officiant, which made the ceremony feel incredibly intimate despite the fact that we had 240 guests. A significant number of our attendees were around our age, so great music was also key – our band was absolutely phenomenal and had people up dancing (unplanned!) during dinner. To cap off the night, we had late night snacks and a 90’s hip hop DJ for the last hour of the reception.

Although we wanted to have our reception indoors to avoid any nighttime noise restrictions, we really wanted the ballroom to incorporate many of the natural elements that make Ojai such a gorgeous place. Our florist, Camille, did an amazing job of coming up with fun ways to do this, from draping greenery from the chandeliers and bringing in large, beautiful olive trees and various shrubbery to frame the dance floor, to using lush, neutral florals with different textures in planters behind our furniture vignettes. Additionally, since we had opted for black tie attire, we wanted to combine a few traditional elements like my mom’s silver platters on our escort table and gold-rimmed glassware, with more organic components such as long wood tables, and small arrangements of fruit on the tables. And our wedding planners were 100% right that having great lighting was key to highlighting these details and completely transformed the room to give it a magical, outdoorsy feel.

The wedding planning process certainly can be a giant undertaking filled with lots of voices and opinions, and focusing on perfecting every tiny detail can be overwhelming. Our advice is to stay true to what is important to the two of you as a couple, and to put your energy into enjoying not only each other throughout the process and on the big day, but also all of your friends and family that have shown up to celebrate with you – that’s what makes a truly memorable wedding!

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Photography: Heather Kincaid | Cinematography: Red Carousel Films | Event Planning: Park & Grove | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Jones | Lighting: Lighten Up | Band: DeBois Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Flower Girl Dresses: Olivia Kate Couture | Invitations + Stationery: Papel Paper & Press | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Stage Drapery + Skirting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Wedding Dress + Veil: Ines Di Santo

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Fanciful + Glamorous Ojai Wedding with the Most Pinnable Reception Ever

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!

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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.

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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

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Rose Gold & Blush Wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

I’m a big fan of weddings that feel thoughtful designed yet entirely effortless. And when a bride, alongside her team of vendors, is able to pull off both simultaneously it’s cause for celebration. Jen Huang photographed these Ojai Valley Inn nuptials complete with a Monique Lhuillier gown that’s basically everything. (Two words: detachable skirt). Follow me to The Vault for so much more.

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From the Bride… Ramin and I envisioned a wedding weekend that would celebrate the warmth and love that surrounds us. As native Californians, we sought a setting close to family and friends but far enough away from daily life to feel like a weekend escape. After some searching, we found what we were looking for in the Ojai Valley Inn. The natural beauty of the Inn kindled our imaginations at first sight. The Inn’s iconic oak tree provided a shaded, intimate spot that was perfect for the ceremony. We also experienced one of Ojai’s magical “pink moment” sunsets. After we visited with my parents, we knew we had found our venue.

The first stop was shopping for the dress. I never imagined that I would find the dress; rather, I assumed there would be several that I’d want to bring home. Also, wedding white is most certainly not my color. I visited nearly every designer in nearly every major city. After having waited until the last possible moment to make my decision, I went back to Monique Lhuillier to buy one of the first dresses I wore. However, I timed this final visit to coincide with their most recent trunk show, just in case there happened to be something new that caught my eye. And the first thing I saw when I walked into the showroom was a gorgeous cap sleeve gown with high-low removable skirt. It was classic, but also fashion-forward. I tried it on and did a little twirl and curtsy. It felt so comfortable and fun. My mom knew it was the dress. She gave me a big hug and said “mazel tov”.

Since childhood, I’ve loved design and details, and so naturally I had countless ideas and was incredibly excited — though admittedly overwhelmed — by the opportunity to design our wedding. For better or worse, I’m an optimizer, which means that I review every possible option before making a decision. I was spending countless hours on Pinterest and Instagram.

Carissa Jones-Jowett, a designer with immaculate taste and boundless creative energy, helped me pull together a vision for the overall wedding design. In San Francisco, we often hear about so-called “unicorns”, technology companies of immense value. Carissa is a real, live unicorn. She took Ojai’s natural and seemingly perfect beauty, and made it even better. She helped us create a simple, elegant, gorgeous, and textural spring-flower arrangement and table decor that included gold lanterns, candles, cream linens, rose gold flatware and Heath ceramics dinnerware. She even employed some special magic to bring my favorite flowers, peonies, into season early, just in time for our wedding. We brought the indoors outside with casually luxurious lounge vignettes and a fabulous gilded bar. Our guests spent a lot of time in the lounges, and even more time at the bar, enjoying our favorite signature cocktails — bellinis, cucumber gimlets and whisky cocktails.

More about the details… Beautiful calligraphy — a hobby my mother and I share — was essential to the design. The talented Anne Robin lent her hand to our invitation suite, programs, placecards and menus, which were pressed with my favorite color, rose gold. Ramin and I also wrote a personalized, modern version of the ketubah (the Jewish wedding contract), which was hand lettered. My mom designed and hand prepared the personalized welcome bags, which included Ramin’s favorite candy (jelly beans) and Ojai’s famous pixie tangerines.

The speeches were a highlight for all. We were lovingly toasted and roasted. My mom shared priceless, practical wisdom from 39 years of marriage. My dad, a rocket scientist, found a way to connect us to the cosmos, and talked about the infinite ways he hopes we, as a couple, can make the world a better place. He didn’t miss the chance to insert a few of his classic jokes. My maid of honor and Ramin’s best man followed with speeches that provided the perfect mix of sweetness and hilarity. We were overwhelmed by love and emotion.

DJ Swon inspired the most fantastic and high energy dance party under the tent, which continued on to an after party that lasted well into the morning. Our friends and family are still talking about it!

The experience was documented beautifully by Jen Huang, who also photographed the wedding of our dear friends Laura and Nes the year before. Jen’s images captured the emotion and context of the day in the most wonderful and warm light.

The best (and easiest) decision I made was working with Shannon and Vikki of All You Need is Love Events. They were first and foremost friends, and their guidance was my north star throughout the entire planning process. The wedding weekend was completely seamless, and I was able to let go and enjoy our wedding without worry (which I’ll admit is not typically my strong suit). I always could trust that the weekend was in their incredibly capable hands.

I’ll never forget the look on Ramin’s face when he turned around and saw me in the dress for the first time before our ceremony. From that moment on, we shared the most amazing day together. From our first look, then under the chuppah holding hands, surrounded by everyone we love, and finally having a blast at a great dinner and dance party. It wish I could have captured and held on to every moment from that amazing day, and I’m so grateful for all the people that came together to make it a reality.

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Coordination: All You Need Is Love Events | Florist: JL Designs & Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Lupa And Pepi | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Hair And Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Ceremony Music: Teahouse Company | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Video: Austin Hendrix Productions

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