Colorful California Fiesta Wedding: Rachel + Keith

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

When Rachel + Keith first got engaged, they quickly decided that one thing they wanted was a private ceremony with immediate family only in attendance. As Rachel puts it, It felt so much more special and intimate, and helped us really focus on each other. But these two wanted a party as well, so they next day they threw a big “fiesta” at Olivas Adobe in Ventura, California for all their close friends + fam. The open space was perfect for the relaxed vibe they were going for. There were colorful table runners, vibrant tissue paper garlands, and vases filled with gorgeous, bright flowers. Oh, and Rachel wore the most ah-maze floral print 70’s vintage dress from The Kissing Tree Vintage. Many more photos of that beauty to come! But first, let’s hear more about the fun wedding weekend directly from her:

We stretched the wedding into 2 full days, which helped us have more time to enjoy everything! We are both color loving hippies at heart, so we knew we wanted to inject plenty of laid-back FUN into every detail of the party. Our number one requirement for the weekend was for everything to feel very casual and stress-free.

Beach Ceremony

Our immediate family members all live across the country, and when they flew in the day before the ceremony, they didn't know very much about what we had planned! It was so fun to watch them enjoy the weekend without worrying about the details or schedules. The party was a blast, but the ceremony on the beach was so peaceful and perfect, it was like our wildest dream come true. By far the most memorable moment of that day was holding hands and as we ran into the ocean, taking the plunge (ha ha)! We saw it as a spiritual cleansing of the slate as we started our married life together. It felt incredible!

Beach Ceremony

Beach Ceremony

Beach Ceremony

Beach Ceremony

Beach Ceremony

The lovely ceremony shots were by Briscoe Photo + Jenna Bechtholt captured the fun reception photos below…

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

floral dress with sandals

brown suit

Oh, that dress!!!

colorful flower crown

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

wildflowers

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

bar menu

To pull together their fiesta reception, Rachel + Keith purchased decorative objects from Craigslist, thrift stores, and Downtown LA wholesale stores.

antler beer tap

Fiesta Tablescape

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Tablescape

The pretty design (+ planning!) by PS & Associates Event Planning was a great match for the wild flower style florals by Rosebud Floral Design (who also crafted Rachel’s vibrant flower crown).

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

cakes

goldfish cake toppers

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

Fiesta Weekend Wedding

rainbow cake Fiesta Weekend Wedding

#1) If you and your fiance have the ability (and desire) to plan the day yourselves, we say GO FOR IT! We found it so much more relaxing to create the schedule of events ourselves, without family and/or outside influences telling us what we "should" do. It honestly brought us closer together, and it was very reassuring to find out that we pictured identical celebrations!

That being said... #2) Hire a wedding coordinator! We could not have pulled all the pieces together without our very savvy day-of planner. We came up with the concepts, and she made sure they worked out exactly as we imagined.

ceremony photography: Briscoe Photo // reception photography: Jenna Bechtholt Photography // venue: Olivas Adobe Ventura, California // event design + planning: PS & Associates Event Planning // florals + flower crown: Rosebud Floral Design // wedding dress: ceremony dress from Jill Stuart from Bloomingdales (hem shortened and halter added),reception dress was 70’s vintage from The Kissing Tree Vintage // hairpieces: ceremony flower crown from Urban Outfitters // shoes: BCBG Generation // makeup: Courtney Williams – All Dolled Up Beauty Team // groom suit: Coral colored pants by J.Crew, Brown blazer is vintage Penguin; Shirts are from random boutiques in LA // paper goods: We used a Paperless Post design template and customized all of our paper goods in Photoshop // catering: Lemonade // cake: Action Cookies // party favors: Custom Lip Balms by Jess’ Bee Natural // decor: The decorations were purchased by the bride and groom from Craigslist, Thrift stores, and downtown LA wholesale stores // officiant: Stephanie Syd Yang // music: The California Honeydrops

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Styling Ideas for Boho Bridesmaids

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

We talk quite a bit about boho brides around here, but today, it’s all about free-spirited styling ideas for your bridesmaids! Photographer, Alexandra Grace, teamed up with planner + floral designer extraordinaire – Seventh Stem Floral Design – to share some gorgeous ideas for ‘maids, inspired by nature and the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest. They used layers of organic tones and textures to give the girls’ ensembles a mismatched, but still united feel. And not surprisingly, we loved this look so much, we even put together a shopping guide for you + your bridesmaids to get ideas from! Look out for it just a bit further down in the post…

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

protea bouquet

pink flower crown

protea bouquet

pink flower crown

We’re madly in love with the overgrown bouquets + organic flower crowns Seventh Stem whipped up for the shoot!

boho jewel toned bouquet

flower crowns

boho jewel toned bouquet

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

A bit about the setting from the stylist, From the whimsical king protea and candle-lit lanterns to the tiniest details of the fairy-like fritillaria and the flowing Frou Frou Chic silk ribbon, the entire shoot was magical. The boho-romantic wardrobe was inspired by the models themselves with their fresh and care-free personalities heightened by the incredible team at Portland Makeup and Hair.

peach bouquet

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

boho jewel toned bouquet

boho jewel toned bouquet

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

boho white bouquet

So we gotta know: what’s your take on this look? Wouldn’t it be fun (and let’s face it: easy!) to let your ladies choose their own cream or ivory boho dress from somewhere like Free People, Anthropologie, ASOS or Nordstrom? Then, just pair their finds with minimal accessories + a gorgeously wild bouquet to bring this idea fully to life!

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

Boho Bridesmaids in Oregon

Thanks SO much to the team for sharing!

And be sure to tell us what your bridesmaids are wearing in the comments section below!

photography: Alexandra Grace Photography // planning, design + florals: Seventh Stem Floral Design // hair + makeup: Bri Ellis at Portland Makeup and Hair

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Romantic Ojai Barn Wedding: Lauren + Adam

Ojai Barn Wedding

One of the major fringe benefits of working with insanely talented planners-slash-stylists (like Bash Please!) is the fact that they can help you create a clear visual direction for your day right off the bat. For Lauren + Adam, the first thing the Bash team did was create an amazing inspiration board that got everything started and made the design process that much easier. And we recommend this as a starting point for everyone, whether you’re a DIY bride or working with a planner. It helps so much to get create a clear vision for the celebration.

The day that was crafted as a result of that inspo board was filled with stunning florals (the gorgeous work of Moon Canyon) and stylish rustic details + decor. And as you’re about to see in a sec, Paige Jones captured it all to perfection! Before we jump right into the photo goodness, let’s hear a little more from L + A about their wedding location + ideas for their day:

We both grew up in Southern California but have been San Francisco residents for years, so it was a tough decision on where to have the wedding. We saw about 20 to 30 venues all the way from Healdsburg down to Orange County. When we finally arrived in Ojai we immediately knew that this was the place where we wanted to say our “I dos.” We love Ojai’s slow-moving pace and focus on what really matters in life, community. That was our focal point for the wedding, bringing our communities together for a weekend of laughter and love. As far as the style of our wedding, we opted for a rustic romantic vibe and overall wanted it to feel like “us.”

Ojai Barn Wedding Invitation

bouts on a plate

red heels

tasty ties bow tie

We had custom brown leather suspenders made for each of them. To top off their look, one of our best friends made custom bow ties with a variety of fabrics. These bow ties each included a gold “muffin” pin, which represents Adam’s nickname for me, “Muffin.” Embarrassing at times, yes. But most of the time, endearing.

first look

Ojai Barn Wedding

personalized jacket

bouquet tied with ribbons

Ojai Barn Wedding

pink bridesmiads

Lauren carried a beautiful garden rose + ranunculus bouquet tied with ribbons in shades of blue.

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

groomsmen in suspenders

flower girl and groom

Ojai Barn Wedding

romantic aisle decor

flower girl

Ojai Barn Wedding

Ojai Barn Wedding

Our favorite and most memorable part of the wedding was our ceremony under the big Oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn. We draped fabric over the tree branches to create the feel of a huppah. Adam’s father was the officiant and his mother, a writer, helped us create a unique ceremony that incorporated all of our family and friends. Casey Hurt played some of our favorite tunes, which included Hallelujah, Skinny Love, and Riptide. Our family and friends passed around our wedding rings and each gave a blessing as they held them. Another family friend played a customized version of “A Case of You,” by Joni Mitchell, which she then gave us a recording of after the wedding. Adam’s father sang a prayer in Hebrew while my Dad recited it in English. We each exchanged our own vows and had our siblings recite poems to us. It was one of the most special moments in our lives.

Ojai Barn Wedding

Ojai Barn Wedding

Ojai Barn Wedding

Ojai Barn Wedding

wooden wall seating chart

wooden reception chairs

industrial table numbers

We love the shades of pinks, reds + ivories in the centerpieces…

menu

Ojai Barn Wedding

dahlia centerpiece

Ojai Barn Wedding

rustic naked cake

Ojai Barn Wedding

Ojai Barn Wedding

Catch more in the sweet film below by Max and Molly Films:

When picking a venue, decide what’s important to you for the entire weekend, not just the day. We wanted the venue to feel like a camp, a place where everyone could stay throughout the festivities. Some of our favorite times over the weekend were spent poolside with family and friends. Your wedding day and night will go extremely fast so it’s nice to set-up other activities where you can catch up with those you don’t get to see all of the time. And don’t feel like you need to host all of these events. Either on your website or in a welcome letter, let your guests know that you’ll be lounging by a certain pool or going to a specific bar post wedding. Your guests will just be grateful that you’re organizing, and these are the times where some of the most memorable things happen.

photography: Paige Jones // planning + design: Bash Please // venue: Ojai Valley Inn Ojai, California // florals: Moon Canyon // videography: Max and Molly Films // custom bow ties: Tasty Ties // breakfast muffin favors: Knead Bakery // groom’s suit: custom by Taylor Stitch // music: Casey Hurt // reception band: Ground Control // invitation: Bright Room Studio // bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier // bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik // flower girl dress: BHLDN // furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFound Vintage Rentals and Bash Please are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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