DIY Ojai Wedding: Emily + Ian

I have absolutely fallen in love with this sweet wedding sent over from Braedon Photography. You might recognize this couple since I shared their engagement photos here last year. Their wedding was totally DIY. They made just about everything with help from family + friends. Emily collected the different china and glassware from various thrift stores, the boys put together the dance floor, and Emily’s brother, Seth did the ceremony for them which was so special.

From Emily, “We choose Ojai as our venue because it was close enough for people to come for the day but far enough away to create a sense of adventure. Ojai has a small farm town feel and The Dent House (where the wedding was located) is located on this windy road which made it feel even more remote and exclusive.”

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My dress was a Spring 11 runway Fendi dress, my shoes from Barneys, my headpiece was given to me from a dear friend/ vintage collector Valarie. It was a very old vintage wax floral headpiece from the former Czechoslovakia and was my most favorite.

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Our inspiration came from the surroundings, we wanted the wedding to feel a part of nature. Using natural elements like wood, river rocks, wild flowers, and dim lighting helped achieve that. We also wanted to use family heirlooms, which gave a vintage feel to the wedding. We collected china, crocheted & lace table clothes, old lanterns, and blankets from friends and family. What we didn’t have we bought from flea markets and thrift stores.

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peony wedding bouquet

And finally the wedding ceremony itself! The weather was questionable up until 30 mintes before the ceremony, but then the clouds parted and a breeze picked upped. It was magical. Seeing all our friends and family gathered together and then walking down the aisle with my dad is something I will never forget. It was so special to have my brother Seth marry us. His words were perfect, the music our friends played, and support of our “special people” was simply divine.

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peony bouquet bridesmaids

I love the fashion of the bridal party! And you know they will all wear their outfits again. :) And the peony bouquet – so perfect with her blush dress.


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peony bouquet

I owe a lot to my mom, she did most of the collecting and organizing. We bought the flowers at the LA Flower Mart and did them ourselves, with the help of my dear friends Rachel and her mom Wendy. I really wanted peonies for my bouquet and they were no where to be found that time of year. When we went to the mart the Thursday before the wedding, one vendor had some. They were a fortune but we got a few and that was my bouquet, seriously I tied a rope around a few of them 20 mins before the ceremony, they opened beautifully!


black and white wedding photography

I love that Braedon also took lots of black + white photos. I think the photos are so stunning!

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dancing under twinkling lights

We also owe a lot to our friends and family, they were incredible and worked so hard to help cast our vision, we did everything, hulled it all up in my dads truck and spent 2 days putting it all together. Our DJ was Rod Rosales, a friend from work and our caterer was Tammy, a local chef and restaurant owner of OSTERIA Monte Grappa. She was amazing and I would highly recommend her. The food was amazing and affordable, she uses all local ingredients, and truly cooks from the heart.

Looking back on the moments of the wedding I would definitely say some of my favorite moments were the days leading up to the wedding. There were some natural hot springs on the road up the the Dent House and my girls and I woke up early the morning of the wedding and headed down there. That was amazing!! I’m kind of a hot springs guru :).

Also the rehearsal dinner was a huge highlight. It was beautiful, we were all crammed in this craftsman house with beautiful wood tables, antique china, and crystal champagne saucers, our friends and family all shared and toasted to our future with only the finest champagne compliments of my Father.

Venue: The Dent House, Ojai CA
Photographer: Braedon Photography

Thanks so much Braedon for letting me share this super sweet wedding with everyone today. I hope it inspires you that a gorgeous wedding doesn’t need to be super expensive and having family + friends help really goes a long way. Oh, and hiring an amazing photographer gives you gorgeous photos to remember forever. :)

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  1. wow. where are the amazing brides maids dresses and brides dress from!! i love every one of them!

  2. omg this wedding is beautiful, her flowers are stunning and they are such a gorgeous couple. Just wow is all I can say!!

  3. love love her gown. her bouquet is definitely gorgeous too. rad job, braedon!!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous wedding. Love everything about it. The photography is stunning!

  5. wow braedon just beautiful work. beautiful.

  6. love her gown and this wedding over all..the rustic outdoor feel is stunning!

  7. Gorgeous! Love her gown!

  8. I adore everything about this! The photos, the dress, the bridal party, the pretty peony bouquet. LOVE. Congrats to the couple.

  9. I think this wedding is just beautiful. So soft and romantic. The flowers are my favorite part! I especially enjoy all the pictures of the couple; I can see why their engagement photos were posted up here as well! Very lovely.

  10. Gorgeous! Love everything about this wedding!

  11. I love her unusual dress, her unique bouquet and her romantic hair! But I really, really love her guests sitting in the trees, how lovely and fun!

  12. This wedding is gorgeous. The flowers, her dress, the guests … a stunning, simple and soft event! We adore!

  13. this is such a beautiful & special wedding – i love all of the sweet details. simply beautiful!

  14. Breathtaking – what beautiful work!

  15. so so incredible. i love the elegant simplicity of this wedding.

  16. oh my goodness! her hair! her flowers! her dress!!!!!!!!

    i absolutely adore this wedding.

  17. Love the feel of this wedding! Super awesome old camera in that pic too!

  18. this was fun to see; our wedding is in ojai this summer, and we’re staying at the dent house with friends–it is an amazing location.

  19. I’m just amazed at how beautifully vintage meets bohemian meets country in this wedding! And it’s so wonderful how much was done by the couple’s family and friends. Lovely inspirational post!

  20. They are so beautiful!!! They look like celebrity to me…. just awesomely beautiful! and goodness… I agree with you, it’s the hippest bridal party! I love love love it!

  21. Very cool. The mensware looks very Billy Reid inspired.

  22. this is the COOLEST wedding party I’ve ever seen. Hands down.

  23. LOVE this. they’re a beautiful couple and i love their location. oh, and did i forget to mention how much i LOVE her dress??

  24. The flowers are AMAZING!!! Peonies…

  25. I was lucky enough to be a guest at this wedding and it was just as magical in person. One of my favorite moments was when Emily was walking down the aisle with her father and the live band was playing hallelujah…and as she passed us by, the music intensified…and it truly was this surreal beautiful moment. And as the reception…literally everyone was on the dance floor!!!

  26. this might just be the best darn thing i’ve seen in a long time. amazing style. bravo to this bride and groom for getting it so right.

  27. this is a wow wedding…the more photos i saw the more i was amazed.

  28. Lovely, elegant, classy. This wedding is simply magic. Looks like a fairy tale.

  29. honestly one of the most beautiful to date.

  30. the pictures are so beautiful, and i love the country/rustic atmosphere of the wedding. the wedding party looks so great in all the pictures.

  31. I LOVE the Dent House! I’m glad you hit the hot springs though late night dips up there are super fun (lots of old naked hippies). Everything about this is just a dream!

  32. I almost had my wedding at The Dent House! A must visit if you’re getting married near Ventura or North L.A. An unparalleled location! Highly recommended!

    Love the guests in the trees during the ceremony! So natural and relaxed. No pretense. Just wonderful.

  33. Gorgeous wedding!!!! Such a wonderful place to take a wedding. Simple but very attractive.

  34. WOW absolutely stunning, perfection!!!
    I love the dress; been looking for months for something vintage and romantic…does anyone know if this dress is still available?
    I did an online search but couldn’t find anything.

  35. I love the groom’s suit! Anyone know where it’s from?

  36. I loved this wedding! The way everyone is dressed in casual country style is so beautiful! Congratulations! I wish you have a joyful life together! :)


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