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.”
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.
Lauren carried a beautiful garden rose + ranunculus bouquet tied with ribbons in shades of blue.
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.
We love the shades of pinks, reds + ivories in the centerpieces…
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 // venue name: Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, California // event design: Bash Please // planning: Bash Please // florals: Moon Canyon // bride's shoes: Manolo Blahnik // groom attire: custom by Taylor Stitch // videography: Max and Molly Films // furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // music: Casey Hurt // custom bow ties: Tasty Ties // breakfast muffin favors: Knead Bakery // reception band: Ground Control // invitation: Bright Room Studio // bride's dress: Monique Lhuillier // flower girl dress: BHLDN