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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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Romantic Ivory + Grey Ojai Valley Inn Wedding

Any wedding lined with Diana McGregorToast Santa BarbaraLove This Day EventsTEAM Hair And Makeup and Ojai Valley Inn on the vendor list is destined for perfection right from the start. And when said wedding includes the dreamiest grey and ivory color palette, ridiculously gorgeous calligraphy details and a couple who couldn’t be more in love, the result is a gallery we might never leave. See the day unfold below!

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From The Bride…Chase and I met on a flight from Toronto to New York City. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we were both doing consulting work in Toronto and living in New York City, making the commute back and forth on a weekly basis. One fateful Thursday evening, on a return flight, we were assigned seats next to each other (a rare, but fortunate occasion since we both normally book window seats). We spent the entire flight talking from the moment we sat down until we de-planed in New York. It sounds cliché, but from that very first encounter we both knew that there was something special between us. When we landed in New York, he took my number and shortly thereafter we had our first date.

Pretty soon we were inseparable, seeing each other every day, whether we were co-located in Toronto (Chase driving almost an hour each way to pick me up for dinners after work) or back in NYC. Our short courtship was filled with fun, adventure, excitement, and a great deal of travel. On a trip to Cabo San Lucas, soon after our one year anniversary, Chase took me on a boat to Lover’s Beach and got down on one knee. I think I said “yes” before he even asked me to marry him.

We wanted to have a wedding that was personal, intimate and centered on the union of our families. With Chase’s family being from Arizona and mine from Colorado, we decided on neutral ground – California. Nestled against the backdrop of the Topa Topa Mountains, Ojai serves as the perfect retreat. What led us to choose Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as our venue was the natural beauty of the resort grounds and the serenity that it elicits, as well as the amazing staff. Ojai truly was the perfect location for our dream wedding as well as a hidden jewel that we knew our family and friends would enjoy.

I stumbled upon Kara Delay of Love This Day Events very early on, and in viewing her portfolio I connected with her work immediately. I decided to hire her before I even had the venue, much less the state, confirmed. With an abundance of inspiration, Kara served as my cornerstone and siphon, pulling together all my ideas (and filtering out the bad ones) into a cohesive vision and plan. In addition, she directed me to excellent vendors such as our florist, Toast.

Our vision for the wedding was simple and understated elegance, infused with organic and natural elements. We let the terrain and natural flora guide the design. Complementing the natural beauty of the Herb Garden, we decided to use a lot of green foliage (seeded eucalyptus, olive, rosemary, and other foraged greenery) along with a variety of white garden roses and peonies, sprinkling in light grey as an accent color.

My favorite moment of the day was standing at the ceremony before our officiant with the love of my life. We worked with our officiant – a pastor Chase has known since middle school – to create a ceremony that was very personal and special to us. We chose literary and biblical readings to be incorporated, as well as the Apache wedding prayer, a nod to my husband’s Native American heritage. We finished the ceremony by reciting our handwritten vows to one another. We were anxious about writing our own vows, but it was important to both of us that these words and promises were our own.

My favorite wedding detail was my jewelry, all custom designed and expertly crafted by my new sister-in-law, Lindsey Almquist of EmmaQuist Jewelry. Not only did she create my gorgeous Asscher-cut engagement ring, but both of our wedding bands as well. The bands feature the “Forget Me Not” floral design, prevalent in the 18th and early 19th centuries and originating in medieval times as a symbol of faithfulness and enduring love. I wanted something simple, yet meaningful, that wouldn’t distract from the beauty my engagement ring and something that I could wear on our frequent traveling excursions. Aside from my jewelry, I loved my ‘something old, new, borrowed, and blue’. My ‘something old’ was an heirloom, vintage brooch that belonged to my great grandmother which I fastened to the base of my bouquet. My ‘something new’ was my wedding dress; a simple, yet stunning, Romona Kaveza gown made of raw silk, which exemplified the theme of the wedding and my style. My ‘something borrowed’ was a pair of baroque pearl earrings from my gracious mother-in-law. Finally, my something blue was a blue ribbon from a card I made for my dad when I was a little girl that my mom sewed into my dress.

When the day finally arrived, it all felt like a dream: from walking down the winding pathway through the Herb Garden with my father to the sea of sparklers bidding us farewell…

After exchanging vows in the intimate and magical Herb Garden, our guests sipped a lavender infused cocktail, our signature drink, and ate an assortment of hors d’oeuvres under the garden pergola as the golden sun faded and the Topa Topa Mountains were lit ablaze with a vibrant, pink hue. Grey pashminas’ were provided to our guests to stay warm as the sun went down and the brisk evening chill set in. At dusk, guests were escorted to the terracotta-tiled Anacapa Terrace to dine under a canopy of strung café lighting. Tables were covered with light grey linen table clothes and adorned with candles. The long head table was lined with a garland of olive branches and other green foliage. Set amongst the foliage were hurricane vases of varying height, illuminating the entire terrace with a spectacular glow. Two Spanish guitarists along with a percussionist serenaded us with Latin music as we dined on Wild Salmon and Oven Roasted Chicken. At the end of our meal, guests leisurely enjoyed cigars on the terrace, while dancing commenced in the ballroom.

The night concluded with a sparkler sendoff. We are extremely blessed to have had such a special night, sharing our love with our friends and family, and we are grateful to have had Diana McGregor so exquisitely capture the evening and the memories that we will cherish forever.

The planning, design and execution were superb and I cannot praise enough the people who understood and shared my vision and who went above and beyond to produce a beautiful event. Many thanks to all of the great people who worked so hard to make the weekend in Ojai so memorable!

Photography: Diana McGregor | Coordination: Love This Day Events | Floral Design: Toast | Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza | Cake: Ojai Valley Inn And Spa | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Ojai Valley Inn And Spa | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: Vox DJs | Bridal Jewelry: Emma Quist Jewelry Design | Chairs: Town And Country | Inviations And Calligraphy: Wondrous Whimsy | Linens: La Tavola | Makup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Photography - Assistance: Michelle Boyd Photography | Reception Wedding Gown: Grace Loves Lace

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