Ojai Tomato Farm Wedding from Amber Events
September 26, 2011
Monday mornings are perfect for foggy weddings. What is it about foggy-day weddings that is so absolutely romantic? Maybe it's because everything seems closer and more intimate somehow. Or maybe it's the lighting. Whatever it is, I'm proclaiming myself president of the foggy-day wedding club. I'm also proclaiming myself present of the fan club for this California wedding. Sent to us by Amber Events, the whole affair has put me into a fog-induced tizzy, and I'm so excited to share it. The best part though? Definitely Mason & Jay's engagement story. SO cute - and so we've-all-been-there. Make sure to save some time to read that - after you check out the full image gallery!

Ojai California Wedding

Photography by Keith Nelson Photography & Douglas Hill Photography.

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About ten years ago we were both invited to a dinner with about six other people by our friends Leanna and Rinat. They participated in our wedding. Their intent is that we meet and fall madly in love. Well, at the dinner we barely spoke, we sat at opposite ends of the table, and didn't really notice each other. So much for that match!

Then, about three years after that dinner, on the very weekend I passed my license exam to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, we both happened to be at the same party of a mutual friend. I thought Mason looked familiar and heard someone say his name. I went over to him and asked if he was Leanna's friend and we began chatting. This time there was a big spark, the timing was right, and we've been together ever since.

As for engagement, it was a little unceremonious. When marriage was legal in California, neither of us was ready to get married. We were, and are, confident that it will be legal again once and for all. A year ago on July fourth we returned home from some holiday festivities and promptly began arguing about finances. In response to a comment Mason said, I replied, "Well none of this would be an issue if we were married!" And Mason said, "Well, we should be married!" I said, "Are you asking me to marry you?" And Mason replied, "I want you to wear my wedding ring." The finance argument faded away and we immediately shifted our focus to planning what would be one of the greatest celebrations imaginable.

Planning & Design: Amber Events / Caterers: Auntie Em's Catering / Photography: Keith Nelson Photography & Douglas Hill Photography / Floral: Holly Flora / Rentals: Town & Country / DJ: Quinn Callicot / Lighting: Aspect Lighting / Groom's Stylist: Vincent Castellanos at Sy Devore,  suits made in Italy / Venue: Friend of the couple's Tomato Farm