At face value, this wedding is wildly gorgeous. Bright colors and detailed traditions are literally dancing across the images by Lacie Hansen. But once you dig a little deeper into this blend of cultures, it holds even more beauty. Beauty that is laced throughout the groom’s poetic description of a chance meeting that resulted in the ultimate happy day and in the true emotion behind all those pretty details crafted by Flowerwild and planned by La Fleur Weddings & Events. Be sure to stop by the gallery for even more and check out the new issue of Magnolia Rouge that is also debuting this sparkling Ojai beauty.
Gorgeous, no? And it’s about to get even more so with the film behind the day captured by Love Spun Films. Have a look…
From the Groom…The yoga class we religiously attend describes itself to be a style of class that, “offers nothing…if we are lucky.” And this is exactly how we met, within a whole lot of nothing. I came to class early one Thursday evening and Nicole did too. There was only one mat in the back of the class when Nicole came in, mine. She quietly set her mat down beside me and our relationship began. I guess somewhere in the silence and breath we found a connection to each other. Even before uttering a single word between us, we felt it immensely. We always reminisce about that time and about how glad we are that we met there, in that way. Yoga, for us, is a place where a person really gets to be who they are, without a façade, authentically themselves. You get to be someone who is working on strengthening not only the outside body but the inside as well, happy to live in the present. We both recall that particular yoga class being challenging but exceptionally robust and energizing. After class, as the crowd poured out of the studio, we both—uncharacteristically, sat and waited. I broke the silence by asking her how old she was when she realized that she lived a blessed life….I think we both immediately fell in love. We had our first date the next day on Friday February 5, 2010, said we Loved each other on Saturday, February 6 and on Sunday began to plan our marriage and our family. And that was it, no struggle, no fight, no second guessing. Just us.
Seeing your wife for the first time at your own wedding is a surreal moment. And I remember that moment clearly. I was sitting under the mandap with my parents and Nicole was to be walked by her parents under the branches or our tree and through the audience. As she appeared and came into my view it was just like really seeing something with naked eyes, something for the first time and it is etched into my memory.
The whole day, as the tumult was swirling around us, I had made a mental decision to stay present and be within all the big moments that make up our wedding. And this moment was the one I was practicing for all day…in fact, probably, all my life.
As she stepped into the light where I could see her, he eyes were shining, her red sari was blazing around her like fire, and as corny as it may sound, she was literally that vision you see from far away and squint your eyes hard to make sure it is really real.
As she started to walk towards me, a soft breeze began to blow, and as if on cue, the 300-year-old oak tree sent its leaves to bless her movements. They fell slowly in circles from the sky and faintly the smell of flowers and earth filled my lungs. The only time I even took my eyes off my wife was to look up at the sky, the clouds bright in the light blue sky, and a flash of the mountains that circled our ceremony. When they finally rejoined my wife’s she was happy and that memory was pressed into me forever.
My uncle told me once, that as you grow old, it isn’t the big houses or the fancy cars you drove in your youth that make you really happy. He said it’s the memories you made in your life in the crucial times that matter. The feelings the strong ones bring you are worth all the struggles and hardships you went through to get them. With this memory, I agree.
We had a beautiful traditional Brahmin Hindu ceremony to celebrate our union, and wanted to carry the Indian influences on throughout the cocktail & reception with the decor as well as the food. We are both pretty laid back in our lifestyle as well as our personal style, so we wanted to wedding to reflect that, inviting and comfortable for our guests, with unique Indian inspired details throughout the event. For our colors, we choose a lot of gold and saffron tones with pops of indigo. Our wedding fell on a beautiful, warm full moon night and our memories of dancing under the full moon with all of our closet friends will remain some of the best memories of our lives together.
Photography: Lacie Hansen | Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Creative Direction + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild | Wedding Planner: La Fleur Weddings & Events | Cinematography: Love Spun Films | Invitation Suite + Wedding Day Paper + Production: Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies | Wedding Day Calligraphy + Poem Artwork: Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer | Invitation and Envelope Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of DesignsGirl | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Decor+ Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flash Dance | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshiko | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Men’s Suit: Bar III | Men’s Shirt: Calvin Klein | Men’s Shoes: Bruno Magli
Really, all you need for the perfect wedding is the one you love, and this couple kept that in mind when planning their simple and intimate wedding at San Ysidro Ranch. Says the bride: “After years of attending and performing music at weddings, we knew we just weren’t the traditional type. It took two and half years of planning and a recent visit to San Ysidro Ranch, to finally realize we had found the perfect venue. We decided that three important criteria were essential for a blissful wedding day: being present, not being overwhelmed by mass amounts of family and friends, and surrounding ourselves in a small cocoon of love and support. Ultimately, we decided to elope with a magic thirteen members of close friends and family – it truly was perfection.”
The couple met in a Piano Ensemble music class in college.
After their first look, says Lauren, “we chose not to see anyone until the ceremony and having that quiet time made the impact of seeing our guests for the first time was wonderful.”
From the bride: “It rained the entire day of our wedding. Words do not describe the experience of it. Hummingbirds, glistening flowers and the soft patter of rain enveloped our ceremony. All of our guests were asked lay down an olive branch along with a blessing for us in the place where we were to stand during our ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Old Adobe House and we both entered the room at the same time, as equals.”
“Our dinner was held at the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch on one family-style table underneath an awning of lights. The flowers were probably one of my favorite parts of our wedding, and each guest received a small box of See’s candy, a family tradition. Before dinner, each one of our guests toasted us, which lasted close to an hour. It was a moment we will never forget. After the most delectable dinner and chocolate soufflés we stayed awake until the morning talking about our wonderful day and left the next day for our honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? San Ysidro Ranch is the most beautiful venue in our opinion. The food, wine list and ambience is exquisite.
Is there a standout detail or any surprises from the day? We had no idea it would rain the entire day of our wedding, but it truly made everything feel that much more special. Everything was perfect, from the flowers to the photographer/makeup artist and we wouldn’t have had our wedding any other way.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Initially, we planned on renting the lavender field for our ceremony at SYR but decided to use the Old Adobe Room instead. The Old Adobe Room only cost $400 for six hours. A total steal!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We used olive branches as a unique symbol of blessing as we are not religious. Our guests bought us, “something blue” gifts and we spent the morning getting ready in separate locations which made the first look a beautiful moment.
A big rainstorm may have drowned Miranda and Matthew’s plan for a 70-degree Santa Barbara wedding day, but it certainly didn’t damper the festivities. The couple still gave guests a fabulous—albeit windy—time beachside at the Bacara Resort & Spa. The strong breeze only added to the ethereal Kenneth Pool gown Miranda wore, blowing the gauzy tulle skirt in cloud-like swirls and she and Matthew said “I do.” The elegant bouquets by Blue Magnolia Floral & Event Design are classic, especially with navy bridesmaids from J.Crew, but we really love all of the lush greenery and rose garlands strung across the aisle and scattered around the reception room as well. Bacara Resort & Spa provided a yummy dessert spread, with a two-tiered cake trimmed with silk ribbon crowning the center of the table. We can tell from these images from Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie that this was the perfect prelude to a fun life together—see all of the amazing images in the gallery!
Photography – Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie \ Venue, Catering, and Bakery – Bacara Resort & Spa \ Floral – Blue Magnolia Floral & Event Design \ Day-of Coordination – Donna Romani of Donna Romani Events \ Stationery – Lilly & Louise \ Calligraphy – Calligraphy by Hillary \ Favors – Magnolia Photo Booth Co. \ Videography – Modern 8 Films \ Linens – La Tavola Fine Linen Rental \ DJ – Gavin Roy Presents \ Lighting – Bella Vista Designs, Inc. \ Transportation – Santa Barbara Airbus \ Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist – Team Hair & Makeup \ Bridesmaids Dresses – J.Crew \ Gown – Kenneth Pool \ Bridal Salon – The White Dress Couture and Vintage Bridal Boutique \ Veil – Amsale \ Shoes – Badgley Mischka \ Groomsmen Suits – Men’s Wearhouse \ Groom Suit and Tie – Hugo Boss
- Mar 8
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Making sure you’re bringing your skin A-game to your wedding day is on most Bride’s to-do list. It’s probably on most Bridesmaids’ to-do lists too. Because we all know the best accessory is a fresh faced glow and our resident beauty expert, Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup, is giving you all the low down on achieving the look. Consider this your secret weapon for wedding day hotness.
Tips to perfect wedding day skin from Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup…
1. Two weeks prior to your wedding: Exfoliate
Be sure to exfoliate your skin (gently please) using items from your kitchen! This is an all natural, simple way of getting all the dead skin cells to take a hike! Do this 2 times a week.
Sugar Scrub (a super model named Ms. Crawford introduced this to me)
Take a tablespoon of sugar, add 4 tablespoons of water and mix. Wet your face with cool water and use the sugar scrub to gently massage your skin. Rinse, and you’re done!
2. Every day and night: Moisturize & Hydrate
Apply moisturizer. Some of my favorites are good old fashioned Ponds Cold Cream. This is the kind our moms use to use! And I also love Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer.
Remember: moisturizers are meant to trap moisture in your skin so spending big bucks doesn’t always mean big results! If you are looking to rehydrate then definitely ask your esthetician for the best serum for your skin type. Serums will penetrate more layers of the skin. I happen to love Phytomer Oligoforce and Kate Sommerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum.
3. On the big day: Use a barrier cream
Always use a primer or barrier cream to create a flawless finish, prior to foundations. Apply primer to your skin before any makeup is applied.
Be sure: to layer your serum first, moisturizer second and then primer. A popular type of primer is now available to the public, called BB Cream. All products are not the same so here are my recommendations for the best BB Creams and this is coming from someone who has used them all! Maybeline BB Cream adjusts to your skin tone, has a rich primer great for dry skin types and is very affordable. Another fav of mine is Two Faced tinted Beauty Balm and this one has SPF, great for oily or combination skin types.
We are definitely sticking this 1,2,3 combo in our makeup bag for safe keeping. And while we’re talking about the fabulous Mar, TEAM Hair and Makeup is hosting a Teach & Play Beauty Workshop that is not to be missed. Catch all the details below and mark those calendars ladies!
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I love a simple, and modern wedding, and this one held at the Monastery in Montecito, with its citrus and succulents decor, and small guest count (just 45 guests!) is right up my alley.
The bride wore a classic strapless gown by Va Lena Valentina.
And carried a bouquet with succulents, dusty miller and ranunculus designed by Blue Magnolia.
The 3 bridesmaids wore simple purple dresses.
The groom looking dapper in a Jonathan Behr Bespoke suit.
The wedding was held in the garden of the Monastery, high above Santa Barbara and featured ocean views.
Instead of a formal sit down dinner, the couple chose to throw kind of a cocktail party, with tray passed appetizers and a buffet of goodies for guests to enjoy. Decor was kept relatively simple with bonsai and citrus trees taking the starring role.
The cake, by Christine Dahl, was decorated simply with buttermilk frosting and fresh citrus. Thank you to Patrick Moyer for sharing this simple, but stunning wedding with Santa Barbara Chic!
Vanessa & Greg
Photography: Lavender & Twine
Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup
Floral Design: NLC Productions
There is nothing like the texture, depth and creativity of a wedding planned by the team at Kristin Banta Events, and Rachel and Brye’s beautiful Bohemian styled wedding at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is the perfect example of that! The couple worked with Kristin and their other talented wedding professionals to create an event that was meaningful and authentic in every way. From the rich jewel toned decor to the creative tablescapes and Chuppah design, to the welcoming home-like atmosphere for their guests, it was perfection from beginning to end!
The Couple: Rachel and Brye
The Wedding: 9.2.12 – Ojai Valley Inn and Spa – Ojai, California
What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? Beautiful, fun and sentimental
What was your wedding color palette? I’m not really a color palette person, but I knew I wanted to go for brass, candlelight, jewel tones. We love everything from beige and pale colors to turquoise and blue, blood red and deep purple jewel tones. We were hoping it would look like a colorful amazing garden landed on us rather than any specific colors or themes being put together.
Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning? We wanted it to feel warm, worldly and somehow exotic and completely familiar at the same time. We wanted people to feel like they had just stumbled into an incredible party at our home that we were hosting – comfortable, luxurious and beautifully detailed, but totally accessible and fun rather than too formal or theme-like. Basically our wedding looked like our home would look in my perfect world. We incorporated personal objects and touches that we knew people would recognize as “us” – our heirlooms under the chuppah, serving our favorite artichokes and having them in the centerpieces, our favorite cocktail at the bar, and our favorite songs playing between sets and all night.
The lighting was meant to feel more like candlelight, and the flowers, candles and linens on each table were different so that everyone had a unique experience and could enjoy the room as a whole rather than everything matching. Guests were able to go to different tables and see different scapes and unique linens, and that made it somehow more personal and authentic to us. The food was really important too. We tried for a menu that was all about the food we love – delicious, but still rustic and not too complicated. We still hear from people how great it was. The hotel was incredible about the food – it’s one of the many reasons they are great at what they do.
Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? Tell us what you loved about it! First I would say that we really looked at the wedding in terms of what it meant to us, not just how it would look. We really took the time to choose the traditional elements that would make it more than just a party for us, but at the same time, we dropped the traditions or norms that didn’t feel important or authentic to us. For example, we felt connected to many traditional elements of a Jewish ceremony, but we totally couldn’t relate to the idea of choosing a color to design the wedding around.
If you are hoping to do things your own way, definitely team up with vendors and planners who will support that. Kristin (our planner) was the first one to give us the green light on anything we wanted to do or didn’t want to do that wasn’t the norm, and that was awesome.
It is all about the little details adding up. I am kind of a freak about paper and stationery, so that started for us with Save the Dates and the Invite which we hoped would evoke the style and tone that our guests would find at the wedding. One detail that was really important to us was the welcome note and snack bag – we wrote personal notes to each of our guests along with a weekend itinerary and a couple bags of almond rocha and trail mix made by close friends. It was a small gesture, but we wanted people to feel personally welcomed even if we didn’t have the chance to do it in person, and we wanted to set the tone for a warm, friendly and welcoming weekend together.
It wouldn’t have been nearly as memorable a day if we hadn’t done things in a way that was special to us – there were many times we had to tweak the norm a bit to make something meaningful. The chuppah is the perfect example of that. The chuppah turned out to be the most beautiful moment for us. We chose not to go with flowers or decor and instead used the talit (pray shawls) from our dads, grandfathers and uncles to create a symbolically and aesthetically amazing canopy. With us inside we had objects that mean a lot to us, such as books and jewelry from family members no longer with us, and of course we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. It was just a completely perfect way to show on the outside what we were feeling on the inside, and it really set the tone for what we wanted to share with our guests.
I also have to say that the music situation was the best thing ever. We had a “real” band play and they know my brother and his wife. I had requested that my brother and his wife surprise the groom and entire crowd by joining them onstage and the crowd went wild. Having an amazing band was like being at a concert all night long – I only wish the pictures could play music so you could hear! Also, we were really intent on putting together specifically ordered playlists for the band and for the dj between the sets. Music is so important to us, and to creating a sense of vibe, memory and nostalgia, and we are still listening to the wedding soundtrack all the time.
Lastly in terms of decor, our decision to play on the beauty of our surroundings rather than to alter it to fit our tastes was huge. The Ojai Valley Inn has this incredible Spanish, California/Mediterranean vibe and while we were totally afraid of the carpets in the ballroom when we first saw them, they ended up looking like they were designed for our party by the time all the linens and lighting were in the room.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? I would consider the idea that you can be a guest at your own wedding. Plan now, obsess now, freak out now sure, but set yourself up to be able to checkout on the day of your wedding and attend from the perspective of everyone else joining you there. If you are genuinely present and enjoying yourself, the party will be that much better for everyone and you might actually be able to hold on to it – it goes so quickly!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Della Chen Photography
Planning, Design & Production: Kristin Banta Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Videographer/Film Maker: IQ Videography
Officiant: Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer
Invitation Designer: Urbanic Paper Boutique and Copper Willow
Catering: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Decor & Florals: R. Jack Balthazar
Lighting: The Lighter Side
Cake: The Butter End Cakery
Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Amsale
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Groom – Astor & Black; Groomsmen – Banana Republic
Hair & Make-up: Team Hair & Makeup
Entertainment: The Right Now
Favors: Made by friends, owners of Black Tie Confectioners
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Rings: Singlestone & Claude Morady
Thank you so much Rachel and Brye! Your wedding could not have been more amazing!
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