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Colorful Outdoor Ojai Wedding: Ashley + Denni

Ojai wedding

Ashley + Denni’s super sweet Ojai wedding totally makes us remember why we love weddings so much. Not only were the details seriously spot-on (just wait ’til you see the ceremony backdrop + their reception tables!), these guys took everything in stride and kept in mind what the big day is really all about. Says Ashley, All the planning and all the details were perfect to our vision, but at the end of the day the best part of our wedding day was our starting a future together and solidifying our families. That’s what made it the happiest day of our lives. We couldn’t have said that better ourselves! We love how these photos by Fondly Forever Photography really feel like they captured these two and their charismatic personalities. And when you work with the talented design team at Hello Gem – who artfully tackled the styling, florals, hairpieces, invitations AND coordination (whew!) – you know you + your guests will be getting a day that’s truly chock-full of pretty!

More from Ashley, Denni and I both love the outdoor recreation and travel. I work for an outdoor clothing company, and Denni is an outdoor educator and bike mechanic. We wanted our wedding to show this side of us. Although the location was local for us we also knew for the majority of our guests, our wedding was a destination wedding and they would be traveling from out of town. We really wanted to give them a taste for our lifestyle and show them a “SoCal vibe” as well as showcase the location that we had chosen.

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Rather than see Each other for the first time walking down the aisle, Denni and I choose to have a first look. The first look was amazing. The whole day leading up to that moment went by so fast- it felt like a bluer and very surreal, but when I saw Denni for the first time it was literally like time slowed down. Having that time to be together with nobody else around made both of us feel calm and excited about the ceremony ahead. When I think back to our wedding day, that moment is the first thing to come to my head every time.

Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding

wedding party

ojai peony bouquet

black and white bridesmaids

black and white bridesmaids

Loving these ‘maids in black + white! Ashley set up a Pinterest board and let the girls choose their favorites from four options. Amazingly none of them picked the same dress! Such a fun end result.

black and white bridesmaids

groomsmen

rope and garland ceremony decor

From Jen at Fondly ForeverAshley + Denni were wed in front of a handmade rope web adorned with flowers all created by Hello Gem. The rope theme carried over into the cocktail hour area where the trees were adorned with ropes as well. The reception took place in a large field under hanging lights and the dinner table was one long serpentine table beautifully decorated with various colorful flowers, cactus and fruits.

rope and garland ceremony decor

rope and garland ceremony decor

wedding oar

blankets for guests

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

Processional: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles (played + sung by Ashley's aunt)

Recessional: Happy – Pharrel

First Dance: That's What's Up – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

ojai ceremony

rope wedding decor

wedding arrow signs

ojai wedding

rope escort card display

rope escort card display

We’re surely not the only ones swooning over the details + dresses from this one! Get the look from A + D’s gorgeous + playful wedding in our Shopping Guide below:

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signature drink

lawn game

winding long table

peony centerpiece

This winding table is such a dream! As are those pretty, punchy blooms!

table numbers

tassel

mr and mrs chair decor

ojai reception

ojai bride

ojai wedding

ojai wedding

lawn games

airstream trailer

Find awesome like minded people to work with! All of our vendors were so amazing and working with all of them was less like work but more like chatting with friends. It made the planning process worry free and actually really fun!

Also, don't be afraid to think "outside of the box". Just because it's not traditional, doesn't mean it's not beautiful. If it feels right to the two of you, don't let anyone talk you out of it - at the end of the day, being honest to yourself will make the day feel extra personal and special.

photography: Fondly Forever Photography // event design, florals, hairpieces, invitations + coordination: Hello Gem // venue: Dent House Ojai, California // catering + rentals: DJ’s California Catering // lighting: Wendees Occasions // music: Dash Entertainment // beauty: Luna Bella // wedding dress: Ivy and Aster // shoes: Kate Spade // bridesmaid dresses: each girl chose their own: Karen MillenMadewellBanana Republic, Anthropologie // groom suit: J.Crew

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFondly Forever Photography and J. Crew are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Southern Farm-to-Table Wedding Inspiration

farm to table inspiration

Ahh, there’s nothing quite like smell of the fresh southern air + the look of an incredible farm-to-table feast! And we love how the team behind today’s editorial, led by Kati Mallory Photo & Design + Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, took that farm-fresh feeling + translated it into the loveliest setting, sure to inspire couples who love a sweet, rustic look! They went with a beautifully subdued palette and mixed wildflower-inspired floral design with natural elements (like herbs, fruits, and veggies), to ensure the tablescape was both authentic + unique. We definitely wouldn’t mind taking a seat at that pretty table! What about you?

More from Kati, There’s nothing like fresh, organic flowers and food straight from the farmland here in the South! After a beautiful afternoon drive through parts of Arkansas’ farmland, I came across the most magical pecan grove behind The Ashley Alexander House in Scott, Arkansas. Full of beautiful sunlight and so much rich history, I was hooked and knew it would be the most picturesque backdrop for a romantic, “farm to table” styled shoot. Teaming up with the most remarkable vendors and incorporating some interesting textures and tastes (artichokes, peaches, green beans, asparagus, blackberries, etc.) to our floral decor, we aimed to create a whimsical tablescape that would intrigue brides looking for not only a beautiful look, but something with an interesting story, too!

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farm to table bouquet

farm to table inspiration

farm to table inspiration

Now there’s a perfect country bouquet if we ever did see one!

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checked shirt

farm to table inspiration

lavender bridesmaid

braided hair

farm to table inspiration

pomegranate table decor

bread plate setting

farm to table inspiration

Who knew an artichoke could function so well (and adorably) as a place card holder!

artichoke escort card

vintage farm chair

farm to table inspiration

farm to table menu

farm to table inspiration

straw hat with flowers

basket of fruit

farm to table inspiration

rings

champagne and berries

Whiskey tastings, fruit-adorned bubbly, natural cakes + rustic tarts are all a-ok in our book! This would be such a fun feast to attend, right?!

naked cake

naked cake

See even more in this darling film by Sunflower Films!

Big thanks to the folks below for sharing their talents with us today!

photographer: Kati Mallory Photo & Design // planning + design: Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design // venue: The Ashley Alexander House Scott, Arkansas // florals: Alex Hudson // videography: Sunflower Films // cake: Sweet Love Bakery // fruit galettes: Ann Potter Baking // wedding + bridesmaid dress: Proposals Boutique // rentals: Party Time Rental and Events // paper suite: Beacon Lane // table numbers: The Social Type // hair + makeup: Dry & Dash Blowout Bar

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Alexandra Grecco Tulle Skirt Giveaway

Alexandra Grecco Tulle Skirts

We’re kind of obsessed with brides in skirts. And, really, what’s not to love? Skirts can make for such a fun + unique bridal look. We’re definitely into it. So, naturally, when the ultra-talented NY based designer, Alexandra Grecco, offered to give away one of her gorgeous A-line tulle skirts to one super lucky GWS reader, well, we just couldn’t get on board fast enough! Let’s hear a little blurb about this pretty item that’s up for grabs (and has us swooning big time):

Our company is based in Brooklyn and all of our pieces are made in NYC. Our tulle skirt has 6 layers of tulle layered to create the perfect A-line shape, is fully lined and has a silk waistband. It’s available in Ivory, Blush, Seafoam, Lavender Grey and Black – 24″ or 30″ length. It’s lovely for bridal parties, engagement shoots, weddings. This skirt has been featured on numerous “it girl” bloggers such as Alix of Cherry Blossom Girl and Blair of Atlantic Pacific

Alexandra Grecco Tulle Skirt

Alexandra Grecco Tulle Skirts

Alexandra Grecco Tulle Skirts

The lucky winner will get to pick the color + length of their tulle skirt prize. Possibly more easily said than done since every option available is so, so lovely. We love how Alexandra’s skirts can be dressed up for a wedding or fancy soirée, or dressed down with a chambray or plaid shirt for a more relaxed event, like a dinner party at home. To enter to win this tulle skirt giveaway, simply fill out the form below. And be sure to pay a visit to Alexandra Grecco’s website to see all of her beautiful bridal + everyday designs!

We are also excited to share a special code for 20% off your order (valid until 8/12/14 at 11:30pm PT) – just use code “GWS” at checkout!

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