Stylish Ojai Valley Inn Wedding: Kelsie + Benjy

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As soon as we heard Kelsie + Benjy’s fun Ojai wedding was designed by the incredible team at Bash, Please, we knew it’d be good! And once we saw the bold black + white palette and super charming details (like garlands, citrus + lots of candlelight), we realized our assumptions were spot-on. K + B’s day exuded style from every facet and feels like a true reflection of the two of them. When you can say that about a wedding, without knowing the couple personally, you know you’ve pulled off a styling success!

More from Kelsie, When planning the wedding, we went for an old school/classic/rat pack sort of feel. It was all about candlelight in a big top tent with really great music and delicious food. More than anything, we wanted to throw one hell of a party! I designed a monogram that we used throughout our wedding (Benjy is in advertising and I’m a graphic designer…so, naturally, we branded our wedding a bit). The monogram added a bit of personalization to the big day. Also, the lovely ladies of Bash, Please came up to us every little bit on our wedding day and made sure that we were taking time to focus on ourselves. We really got to enjoy every minute, and that feels like such a blessing!

A big thanks to the lovely Paige Jones for the images + congratulations to Kelsie + Benjy on a beautiful day!

dotted invitation

getting ready

black bridesmaid dresses

bride


Kelsie’s timeless bouquet, featuring white garden roses + anemones, was designed by Twig & Twine.

white bouquet

pup with garland

groomsmen bobble heads

groomsmen

oranges

flower girl z

Processional: Clair de Lune – Debussy (Played Live on Piano)

Recessional: God Only Knows – The Beach Boys (Played Live on Piano)

First Dance: Days Like This – Van Morrison

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony


Right before I walked down the aisle, Paige (one of our wedding planners) said to me, “Just do what feels natural. Don’t worry about what you’re supposed to do. Just do what feels right.” We got married on grass, and I was wearing stilettos. My heels sunk into the grass, and I was terribly uncomfortable, so as we were standing up there, about to say our vows, I heard Paige’s voice in my head and right then and there, in front of everyone, I ditched my shoes and went barefoot. There will be moments that don’t go exactly as you thought they would, but you’ve just got to go with the flow!

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

french fry appetizers

striped bar table

escort cards


The tent was positively bursting with style. We’re dying over the crisp black + white palette and those incredible citrus + greenery table runners!

tented reception

tall skinny candles

monogram bar napkins

cake z

orange inspired tablescape

striped table runner

orange inspired tablescape

tented reception

That's a tough one! Saying our vows (we wrote our own) was a really lovely moment. Seeing everything that we'd spent so many months planning come together so beautifully was absolutely fantastic. Our first kiss was certainly a moment I'll never forget. But I think really, the most incredible part of our wedding was seeing 150 of our loved ones (none of whom live in Ojai,) from so many different times in our lives, all converge in this beautiful little place in California.

tented reception

tented reception

first dance

sparkler exit


And Kelsie has a stellar endorsement for hiring a videographer: When we were planning the wedding we weren’t sure whether or not we felt like a videographer was necessary, but we were just so wrong. Hiring Quixotic Pictures was the absolute best decision. I still can’t watch our wedding video without crying, and that’s saying something, because I’ve easily watched it 1,000 times by now.

About 3 weeks after we got engaged, my parents flew out to LA from St. Louis and in the span of one week we booked the wedding planner, set a date, booked the venue, and bought the dress. Getting those big things out of the way early took a lot of stress out of the equation and made the next nine months a lot easier. Also, I cannot stress the importance of a wedding planner enough. We hired the truly wonderful Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please, and honestly, I don't know what we'd have done without them. They were so patient, so thoughtful, so calming. Every minute of our wedding weekend was scheduled, and on the big day they took care of everything (seriously, everything) so that we could fully focus on gettin' hitched.

photography: Paige Jones Photography // venue + catering: The Ojai Valley Inn Ojai, California // event design + planning: Bash, Please // florals: Twig & Twine // wedding dress: Monique Lhullier // veil: Monique Lhullier // shoes: Manolo Blahnik // bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // hair + makeup: Symmetry Beauty // groom suit: A custom-made Klein, Epstein & Parker tux // videography: Quixotic Weddings // paper goods: Page Stationery // ceremony pianist: Ben Rico // cocktail hour + reception music: Ground Control

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryQuixotic Weddings, Symmetry Beauty, 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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Tessa Kim Spring/Summer 2014 Collection + A Giveaway!

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As you ladies are well aware, coming up with your bridal style doesn’t stop at just the dress. Adding the right accessories to your ensemble will take your look to fab new heights. Enter the Tessa Kim Spring/Summer 2014 Collection! For the fresh crop of beautiful pieces, Tessa focused on romantic laces, gold tones and crystal headpieces with a Spanish influence. So perfect for late summer brides! Let’s have a look, shall we?

lace edged veil

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

crowned veil

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

cathedral veil

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

edged veil

tessa kim giveaway

The prettiest, right?! And it only gets better:  Tessa Kim is generously offering one lucky GWS reader a $200 gift certificate towards any item in her shop (intimates or accessories). To enter, simply fill out the form below!

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photography: Honey Honey Photography // hair + makeup: 1011 Makeup // location: The Villa San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, California // dresses: Leanne Marshall from Love and Lace Bridal Salon

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Romantic Beltane Ranch Wedding: Daria + Jonathan

vintage truck

Oh, wine country! You’re just the prettiest. And so is Daria + Jonathan’s ultra romantic Beltane Ranch wedding, perfectly designed by Tori of Sitting In A Tree! These two wanted their wedding to have the feeling of a beautiful backyard garden party; relaxed, easy, and in a super gorgeous setting. And, as you’ll soon see, that feeling definitely radiates from their stunning images by Larissa Cleveland. Let’s hear more about the inspiration for the day from Daria:

Beltane not only has the most beautiful views of its vineyards, but the house itself has gorgeous lush gardens and lawns and this mossy tree that is just the most perfect thing you can imagine getting married under. For flowers, I wanted something that felt like autumn and wine country but feminine (and not orange!) and when I stumbled across Brown Paper Design’s website I totally fell in love with this TO DIE FOR combination of soft pinks and blushes and moody wine colors,and thought that totally was the palette for me. So much so that my dress ended up being a soft blush pink and the bridesmaid dresses a beautiful burgundy/wine color. And because Jonathan and I and both of our families were able to stay at Beltane it did totally end up feeling like it was our own backyard!

vintage truck

floral invitation

maroon dresses

feathery bouquet


We’re madly in love with Daria’s full, asymmetrical bouquet. See more of our most fave bouquets here!

peach and black bouquet

bride

flower girl

tux groomsmen

ceremony

flower tree installation

Processional: Bridal Party: Quelqu'un m'a Dit – Carla Bruni; Bride: Here Comes My Baby – Cat Stevens

Recessional: Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine

First Dance: Ho Hey – The Lumineers

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

Reading our vows to each other. We had written a “story of us” reading that we had two of our friends in the wedding party read first during the ceremony. We had seen a couple do it at their wedding, and loved it as it allowed all the guests to feel a part of the relationship and understand the history. We wrote that together, which was a fun bonding thing to do and felt like we were really making the ceremony about us, but the vows we wrote separately and didn’t hear them in advance. I sobbed through mine, and Jonathan had every guest in tears and it was truly the best part of the magical night. Because we wrote our vows, the ceremony felt so personal.

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ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Don’t the ladies look lovely in their punchy-hued Shareen Bridal bridesmaid frocks? Such a perfect color for fall!

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flower girl and ring bearers

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

sunset

hanging escort cards

southern home venue

horses

wooden reception chairs

gold name tags


The tablescape featured verdant centerpieces crafted from dahlias, peonies, jasmine vine, chocolate cosmos + pretty greens! When paired with gold-rimmed goblets, pink depression glass plates + soft linen textiles, the result was the utmost amount of lovely!

purple and peach flowers

pink glassware

bread favors

pink glassware

table number design

floral chair decor


And love the look -and lushness! – of their whimsical cake table!

dessert table

cakes

first dance

bistro lights

sunset

Don’t panic!! As my wonderful and oh so patient planner Tori can attest, I panicked a lot and it’s unnecessary because it all works out. And don’t forget about the ceremony. We saved that for last, and it ended up being the most special part and really set the tone for the rest of the night. Even though you may stress about the napkins (which I did!) it is the thing that people will remember most if it really is personal. Oh and if your venue has time restrictions make sure you have enough time for dancing!

photography: Larissa Cleveland // venue: Beltane Ranch Sonoma Valley in Glen Ellen, California // event planning + design: Tori Hendrix of Sitting In A Tree Design // florals: Brown Paper Design // wedding dress: “Peony” by Monique Lhuillier // hairpieces: Monique Lhuillier  // shoes: Jimmy Choo “vamp” // bridesmaid dresses: Shareen Bridal – “Poppie” in custom fabric // hair + makeup: Sophia Coyne of Painted Ladies // groom suit: Ralph Lauren // invitations: Rifle Paper Co. // catering: Girl and the Fig caterers // cake: gold cake from Sweet On Cake // music: Austin Hendrix // signs + paper goods: Pitbulls and Posies

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