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Ojai Resort Outdoor Wedding

I once wrote in an interview that my dream wedding would feel like a dinner party. Twinkle lights in the trees, dancing to the classic. Good food, great wine and a sense of family built into every detail. And this wedding, is that dream…personified. With photography by Erich McVey, design & planning by XOXO Bride and florals by Kelly Kaufman, this wedding is everything. More right here.

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From the bride…When we took our first day trip to the Ojai Valley Inn, we didn’t realize how lucky that choice was at the time. We decided to get married there for nostalgia’s sake, along with wanting to be slightly out of town, and from that moment on the wedding we didn’t know we had dreamt of started falling into place. Enough can’t be said about the staff there, incredibly attentive and not only two steps ahead of us during the planning and on the day, but more importantly, two steps in the direction we wanted to go.

We found our wedding coordinator, Sonia Hopkins, through the Inn, and from the minute I said, “I dunno, like Downton Abby at an outdoor picnic,” she turned a mirage of an idea into an amazing reality. We wanted elegant but not stuffy, refined but relaxed. So we set a gorgeous table then served the meal in French service fashion, with the sides on the table family style.

We built the colors off of the natural beauty of the Herb Garden, greens and whites, sprinkled with lavender and peach. As we are both from English heritage, we stayed with that theme as we jumped out of the box with our band, The Brit Pack, who played all British music ranging from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. As fun to work with as they were to listen to, we are still getting asked where we found them.

Lastly, our photographer, Erich McVey, gave us the perfect pictures to remember our perfect day. But the best thing about Erich and his wife is that, even though they were there, they still made that special “just married” time between the ceremony and reception feel like it was only the two of us. Our wedding was more than we could have ever thought possible, all from one very lucky choice to take a drive one day to Ojai.

Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: Ojai Valley Inn And Spa | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Town And Country | Cocktail Music: Anthony Ybarra | Event Design & Planning: XOXO Bride | Music: Elan Artists | Rentals 1: La Tavola | Rentals 2: Tent Merchant | Rentals 3: Town And Country | Rentals 4: Casa De Perrin | Rentals 5: Archive Rentals | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn And Spa | Wedding Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

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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

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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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