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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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Charming California Wedding at Ojai Valley Inn

It never fails, when an interior designer ties the knot we always, always end up swooning over every style-filled moment. And this wedding captured by the talented Amy And Stuart Photography and planned by Celebrations Of Joy at the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn is no different. This gorgeous Bride took her eye for design and helped create a day that was not only special, but beautiful – and you can see it all here.

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From the Bride…Our wedding was all about the details. With my interior design background and my husband’s graphic design career we focused on the little details to make our weekend a personal reflection of us as a couple. I wanted every detail to speak to who we were and be able to share our love story to our family and friends. The venue was vital because it set the tone and backdrop for our wedding. We wanted to pick a venue that encapsulated us. Adam and I were both raised in cities, yet we have always been drawn to the countryside. When we first visited Ojai Valley Inn the vibe captured our hearts. We fell in love with the setting and the ambiance. We knew that this would be the perfect location for our wedding weekend to unfold. Once we decided that we were getting married in Ojai and having the reception in their big red barn I knew I had to be careful to not take the barn theme too far and keep the design classic yet be true to who we are. I choose a color scheme of ivory, whites, and creams with a dash of mint green. I wanted the decoration of the barn to be minimal, a few chandeliers, some simple draping, and natural table decor. With the collaboration of our wedding planner, Cathy O’Connell from Celebrations of Joy and our florist, Maggie Jensen, we were able make the decor elegant and romantic without inferring with the natural beauty of the location. As mentioned before it was all in the details for my husband and I. The moment our guest checked into the hotel for the weekend they were greeted with handmade gift bags that my husband and I carefully crafted. We created a logo that was a silhouette of our beloved Dachshund, Ralphy that was printed on the welcome notes, used as stamps, and labels on water bottles. To further enhance the personalization of the gift bags we incorporated products that were from our friend’s companies. We included filet mignon jerky from a company started by two of our closest friends; Three Jerks, and recycled wine bottle candles made by a friend who just launch a company called, Vintage Wax Co. We also utilized the same candles and recycled wine bottles within our table decor, to tie everything together. We felt like by incorporating our guest within our wedding gave it an even more personal and unique touch. Other details that were very close to our hearts was our cake design. Made my Charm City Cakes West, the cake color scheme included white, ivory, cream, and mint green and was a five tier cake that was decorated with lace that replicated my dress and had a figure of our beloved Dachshund climbing up the side. The cake was a classic design, but the touch of details made it distinctively ours. Our goal was to create a one of a kind weekend for our family and friends and through all the small details and personal touches our wedding turned out to be even more distinctly unique and unforgettable than we could have ever imagine.

Photography: Amy And Stuart Photography | Event Planning: Celebrations Of Joy | Floral Design: Maggie Jensen Floral Event Design | Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter | Cake: Charm City Cakes West | Invitations: Mae Mae Paperie | Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew | Groom's Attire: Ferragamo

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