Rustic Ojai Wedding
June 12, 2014
Al FrescoRusticRustic Weddings
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.
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