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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Sophia Tolli Wedding Dresses

sophia tolli wedding dress

Ladies, your wedding dress is one of the only chances you’ll get in life to wear something…major. (Forget we said anything if you regularly attend black tie galas + formal affairs.) Since your dress is one of the most important of the big day details, we are happy to share a few today that are guaranteed to turns heads from Australian designer Sophia Tolli.

Known for her figure flattering draped bodices and customizable back corsets, it’s clear that Sophia Tolli creates wedding dresses with a woman’s silhouette in mind. Her latest collection specifically highlights the lovely curves of the female back, offering dresses with stunning hand-beading and lace appliques on sheer illusion, dramatic open keyholes and low plunging backs. Below are a couple of our faves from Sophia…

sophia tolli lace dress

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress

Have you ever seen such stunning back details on a dress?! Adoring the Caracara Dress above and the Robin Dress below.

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress

sophia tolli lace dress

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress

They’re all so stunning, but this last one is, the Jarita Dress probably our fave!

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress

Which one was yours? To see more gorgeous gowns by Sophia Tolli, stop by her website today!

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Surprise Party by Casa de Perrin

Vintage Woodland Party

Every once in a while we think it’s fun to share events other than weddings to get a different kind of inspiration flowing. Because you just never know where you might spot that finishing-touch design element, fun color palette, or art piece that influences the whole composition of your day.

If you’ve been reading GWS for, like, more than a week, you’ve surely seen the stunning tableware pieces + styling from our good friends at Casa de Perrin. A few months ago, Diana of Casa threw her hubby, Josh, the most stylish 40th birthday bash, filled with so many great (and steal worthy) design ideas. Trust us, you’re sure to find lots of inspiration in the gorgeous images below by Paige Jones Photo for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or next dinner party and we’re so honored to get to share this event with you today! So be sure to read on because throughout the post, you’ll hear more from Diana about the design + event – and how she pulled off this amazing celebration without letting Josh in on the surprise!

gold calligraphy on black

Vintage Woodland Party

From Diana, Last September, Josh and I purchased our first house together in Brentwood, California. It was an undertaking, as there were lots of renovations and projects that needed to be done, so the two of us and our two dogs moved into essentially a construction zone (and in the midst of wedding season, oh my!) But we were so excited! We’d originally planned to have everything completely finished by Thanksgiving, as Thanksgiving is a really big holiday for us that we’ve hosted ever since we’ve been married. We invited family and friends far and wide, but much to our dismay, as the months and then weeks crept up on us the house was no where near complete. That, coupled with a loss in our family a week or so before the holiday, caused us to end up canceling the whole thing. It was a very sad time, to say the least. So a few months later, when Josh’s 40th birthday was coming up around the corner, I took the opportunity to essentially “reschedule” the Thanksgiving we were so looking forward to, and decided I would throw Josh a surprise 40th birthday party in our new home!

Vintage Woodland Party

Vintage Woodland Party

Vintage Woodland Party

Vintage Woodland Party

We have worked with Kristen of Moon Canyon Design on so many events in the past, and our styles and aesthetics aligned perfectly for Josh’s party. We were inspired by a variety of foraged greenery, long and natural arrangements to make the tables feel full, and the idea of incorporating as many elements that made it feel fitting in our forrest-like backyard as possible. Kristen even styled various ferns and leaves underneath plates and flatware, giving the tables that added overgrown and wild feeling.

Vintage Woodland Party

It’s no surprise that I’m inspired by table settings, so I wanted to shoot a #cdpdesignpresentation (see it here + many more design presentations on CdP’s instagram!) that would be the basis for the inspiration/color story of the day. I’m, however, not the resident photographer at CdP, so I had to trick Josh into shooting his own design under the guise that it was for a client of ours. We set the pieces down on paper, Josh commented on how it felt masculine, and I secretly knew he’d at least be into the table settings at his party.

Vintage Woodland Party

Geronimo Tassel Balloons

Geronimo Tassel Balloons

Geronimo Tassel Balloons

You are never too old for birthday balloons. Especially when they’re as fun as Geronimo Balloons! When gathering inspiration, we had come across a photo of green malachite plexiglass (which we ended up making custom coasters out of!) so I was overjoyed to find a similarly inspired green malachite balloon on the Geronimo website! 

Geronimo Tassel Balloons

Geronimo Tassel Balloons

glassware

greenery centerpiece

custom napkins

We have known Amber Moon of Amber Moon Designs / Pitbulls & Posies since the very beginning of CdP. We did our first styled shoot together, we shared studio space at the old warehouse, and over the past few years have built a friendship we’re so grateful for. It was a no-brainer that Amber Moon would design the the paper and collateral pieces for Josh’s party.

crostini station

crostini station

dinner buffet

Heirloom LA catered our own engagement party, rehearsal dinner and wedding (which was featured here on GWS!), as well as various holidays and occasions we’ve hosted since then. Matt and Tara are not only amazing chefs and business owners, but incredibly sincere humans who we are lucky to call friends. The food they provided for Josh’s party was made with so much love and care, and could truly be tasted in everything from the stationary appetizers and crostini bar to the dinner and sweets buffet.

dinner buffet

dessert table

dessert table

sparkler cake topper

dessert table

signature cocktail

birthday party

birthday party

Wasn’t that so much fun?! We hope this party leaves you feeling inspired by some great design ideas!

Happy (belated) Birthday, Josh! And thanks so much to Diana + the team for sharing!

photography: Paige Jones Photo // tabletop rentals + design: Casa de Perrin // catering: Heirloom LA // florals: Moon Canyon Design // paper goods: Amber Moon Designs / Pitbulls & Posies // furniture rentals: Found Rentals // balloons: Geronimo Balloons // calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy // napkins: La Tavola Linen // space heaters + lighting: Town & Country Event Rentals
This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFound Vintage Rentals, Casa de Perrin, and Heirloom LA are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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