Southwestern-Inspired Ojai Ranch Wedding: Jenieva + Tyler

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Jenieva + Tyler weren’t afraid to deck their wedding venue in Ojai, California to the nines + truly make it an extension of the two of them. We love how the setting kinda must have felt like you were walking into their home – with sweet vignettes, like vintage-inspired lounges + eclectic, southwestern-styled tablescapes, as far as the eye could see. Fun ideas like an outdoor movie screening + a record player tipi parlor took the place of more formal traditions like a bouquet/garter toss + grand reception entrance. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: We love it when couples truly do things their way! Here’s more from the bride about it all:

I got a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs. GWS was my favorite [Aw, thanks Jenieva!], and helped me narrow down my vision for the day. We knew we wanted something small and intimate, and something to reflect our personal style (vintage, bohemian, southwestern). We went thrift store shopping every other weekend to find decor and we used furniture and bits and pieces from our house to really make it personal. We also decided to have our best friend officiate our ceremony, and I’m so glad we did! He did a great job and made the whole thing more special. We didn’t include any wedding traditions that didn’t feel like “us”. We kept it simple and relaxed, like us.

Thanks so much to Katie Pritchard for the super lovely photos and big congrats to Jenieva + Tyler on a perfect day!

boho feather invitation

ojai first look

The most memorable moment for both of us was the "first look". It was the first time we had seen each other in the two days before the wedding, and it was so special. It gave us a chance to relax and feel comfortable, and to forget about our pre- wedding jitters! And the look on Tyler's face when he saw me for the first time is something I'll never forget.

ojai first look

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

free people bride

bow tattoo

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

grom

Jenieva wore one of our all time favorite dresses, this rad black +  ivory Mara Hoffman number, available at Free People!

free people bride

hair flowers

boho bridesmaids in ojai

flower crown bridesmaids

boho bridesmaids in ojai

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

chambray groomsmen

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

succulent feather boutonniere

ojai ceremony

We’re definitely digging the bohemian feel of the ceremony site. And bonus points for that epic Ojai mountain view in the background!

chalkboard sign

ribbon garland

ribbon wand

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

These two smiled their way back up the aisle to All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar!

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

boho teepee lounge

boho teepee lounge

boho teepee lounge

boho teepee lounge

moon inspired bar

moon inspired bar

rock candy

bar sign

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

peony centerpieces

From the wedding party looks to the eclectic, bohemian design elements, we’re loving it all! What about you?!

indigo napkins

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

indigo napkins

indigo napkins

peony centerpieces

sweet heart table

dream catchers

protea

Ojai Red Tail Ranch wedding

macrame guest book hanging

succulent favors

cake bar

Such a sweet shot!

teepee portrait

the princess bride

sparkler exit

Have fun with it! The wedding day goes by so so fast, so enjoy the time you spend planning, and don't stress out about the little things.

photography: Katie Pritchard // location: private residence in Ojai, California // event planning, florals + hairpieces: Mother of the Bride // wedding dress: Mara Hoffman // groom’s vest: Macy’s // shoes: Bed Stu // bridesmaid dresses: Urban Outfitters // hair + makeup: Tracy (MOH) // catering: family // cake + paper goods: Bride and mother of the Bride

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryKatie Pritchard is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Romantic San Diego Beach Elopement: Marissa + Brian

shipwrecked elopement

If the planning of a traditional wedding starts to get out of hand + stress you out, take a big, deep breath and remember what it’s all about, like Marissa + Brian did! They ended up going with “shipwrecked” themed elopement and celebrated on the sands of one of SoCal’s prettiest beaches in La Jolla. For them, having a good time was the top priority, and they knew if they were enjoying themselves, and their intimate group of guests were too, the day would automatically be a success! Here’s a bit more from them about why they decided to elope.

We started planning a more traditional wedding. 75 guests quickly turned to 100, and that quickly turned to 150. We found ourselves answering questions about colors and cakes and garters….and realized we had lost what the day was truly about. We dropped everything and decided to elope with just our closest friends and family. We wanted the day to be about our love and the people who celebrate our love with us. We didn’t want to follow a schedule, or to do something just because “that’s what you do at weddings.” We will forever think that’s the best decision we’ve ever made. Never have we felt so much love for each other, and so much love shared with our friends and family.  It was truly a day to celebrate that.

Bravo to Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Design for styling such a romantic beach-side affair and thanks to Kristen Booth for sharing these lovely images with us today!

ring in a shell

kissing booth backdrop

nautical beach decor

nautical shell bouquet

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

Marissa: The most memorable part of the day were our vows. I think since we only had our closest friends and family sharing the day with us, we felt more comfortable sharing personal vows. And it was almost like our guests were sharing the vows right there with us, since all of our guests had been there every step of the way throughout our relationship. (Honorable mention: My dad ran down PCH to flag down an ice cream truck...so clutch.)

Brian: When our officiant, Ned, told me "she is on her way". Just the feeling of knowing my true love was coming to meet me and we could dedicate our lives to each other. I remember every sense heightened...the ocean, the wind, our family.

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

wedding party

wedding party

M’s uber cool shell + moss bouquet was a DIY!

bridesmaids

wedding party

bridesmaids

wedding party

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked tablescape

shipwrecked tablescape

shipwrecked tablescape

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

And we LOVE her unique gown, which she scored at Macy’s! For an incredibly similar and equally beautiful option, we adore BHLDN’s Flora Gown!

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

Our advice to couples planning an elopement...don't feel guilty. The day is about the two of you and your love, so make it about that! And the day goes by so fast as it is, might as well enjoy every minute of it!

photography: Kristen Booth // location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California // event design: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Design // florals: DIY // wedding dress: Macy’s // hair + makeup: BlowPop La Jolla // groom’s attire: Express Men // videography: Lucid Videography // catering: Not So Fast! Food Truck

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20’s-Inspired Carondelet House Wedding: Michele + Addison

20s inspired wedding

Anyone who knows LA’s Carondelet House, also knows that 20’s style and the incredible space totally go hand-in-hand. The former residence, built in 1928, captures the decadence and ethereal beauty of the era to perfection, and so for Michele + Addison, who love everything about the roaring 20’s, there couldn’t have been a more perfect place to tie the knot! Michele says, When people would ask what our wedding colors were I’d just respond with “sequins!” We are not very traditional people, so we really wanted to do things our way!  Girl, we love everything about that statement!

Big thanks to Tyler Branch for sharing these gorge images with us today + best wishes and high fives to the newlyweds!

20s invitation

20s inspired bride

I had my dress custom made, which I designed with my friend’s very talented mother! It was such a special thing to have, being a designer myself it was the one thing that I had always said “If I ever get married I’m designing my own dress!” To have that become a reality just made the day that much more unique to our personal style!

bride

gold bridesmaids

gold bridesmaids

bow tie groomsmen

first look

20s inspired wedding

bride

The back of M’s gown is totally incredible…

body chain necklace

20s ceremony program

Addison + I walked down the aisle together because thats how we approach everything in our relationship: together, so why wouldn’t we do the same on such an important day!?

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s bride

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

Doesn’t the reception space look like a magical indoor garden? Within the historic walls of Carondelet, it truly must have felt like time was standing still!

romantic ivy ceiling garlands

20s inspired tablescape

20s inspired tablescape

20s inspired tablescape

candle lights

body chain necklace

20s inspired wedding

See more in their lovely film by Tim&Co.!

Wow, well first off, nothing will ever prepare you for that roller coaster!! Hahaha But all joking aside the planning process can be such a labor of love and simultaneously the bain of your existence. The best thing you can do is try to remember what you’re doing…marrying the love of your life!! Try not to sweat the details because in the end you won’t even notice or care and no one else will either because inevitably all eyes are on you and yours will be on your new spouse! Also Pinterest can be your best friend and worst enemy…proceed with caution! ;)

photography: Tyler Branch // venue: Carondelet House Los Angeles, California // day of coordination: Hannah Campbell at Day of Gal // florals: Putnam & Putnam // wedding dress: Designed by Bride and custom made by Debi Lemos (a friends mom!) // hairpiece: Kristin Perry Accessories // shoes: Bellissima Bridal Shoes // bridesmaids dresses: Badgley Mischka  // hair + makeup: Kait Maire and Jenda Alcorn // groom’s suit: Vera Wang // custom bowties + pocket squares: Aldo DeLaCruz Falcon // shoes: Paul Smith // videography: Tim&Co. // invitations: Custom Designed by Bride & Groom // cake: Alcove Cafe // dj + band: Andy Clockwise // rings: Bride’s is Satomi Kawakita, groom’s is BitterSweets NY // photo booth: Smiley Shots Photo Booth 

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