Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall was in the Air this Weekend

We planned a wonderful wedding at the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn on Saturday. The wedding ceremony took place in a lovely courtyard at the hotel. We worked with The Hidden Garden to create the feel of Autumn.

Flowers and branches set the stage for the seating cards which were embellished with miniature fall leaves

Guests enjoyed piping hot roasted butternut squash soup - served in miniature pumpkins.

Sara and Ryan - the perfect pair.

The Wedding Cake carried out the feel of fall. Guests also enjoyed delicious ice cream sandwiches made to order.

We were delighted to plan Sara and Ryan's wedding at The fantastic Ojai Valley Inn this weekend. Sara and Ryan are a fun, young couple. It was important to them that their guests enjoy an intimate weekend together outside of Los Angeles.

Guests began the weekend at a rehearsal dinner held outdoors at a local restaurant in town. On Saturday morning the men in the wedding party enjoyed "hot towel" shaves at an old fashioned barber shop while the women had breakfast together in the bride's suite. The couple took gorgeous photos around the property with the amazingly talented Amy & Stuart before meeting their wedding party for pictures on the golf course.

Their ceremony was held under a simple, beautiful Huppah in a courtyard overlooking the mountains. The Hidden Garden did an amazing job with all of the flowers. After cocktails outdoors guests entered the ballroom to the fight songs of The University of Southern California and The University of Texas . The grand Hacienda Ballroom glowed with projections of fall leaves on the walls and ceiling and dramatic flowers incorporating leaves and fall colors. The couple began the evening with a standard first dance that turned into a choreographed, elaborate surprise featuring the weddng party as well as their families. An energetic Hora followed and the party never slowed down. After an evening of fine dining, dancing and even a Limbo contest (the bride is a Limbo champion) the night ended with comfort food served on the dance floor before Sara and Ryan were whisked away in the hotel's custom Bentley golf cart.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fun and Colorful at Ojai Valley Inn

The traditional Indian Mandap created by The Hidden Garden was simple and lovely.Indian Kathak dancing was followed by a fun Bollywood dance that involved all of the wedding guests

Dining under the stars on Saturday evening - before heading into the lounge for dancing.

We had the pleasure of planning a delightful wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn this past weekend. The bride is Indian and the groom grew up in England. We had so much fun combining the two cultures.

Friday began with a golf tournament for the men at the resort. The women were treated to Mehendi (colorful Indian Henna) and manicures at the private home we rented for the weekend. The estate is the personal home of the owners of the hotel and it's quite beautiful.

The first ceremony was held on Friday evening- "The Zoroastrian Blessing Ceremony". The sunset over the mountains was quite dramatic as guests witnessed this gorgeous ritual. A poolside feast of Indian and English cuisine was followed by mystical Kathak dancing.

Saturday began with a lovely ceremony at the hotel in the Herb Garden followed by cocktails and hors d' oeuvres under the wisteria covered pergola. Guests hopped on shuttles and were whisked to a "secret" location. They were delighted to arrive at the Ranch owned by the resort. After dining outdoors on Amalfi tables overflowing with wild flowers - a new area was revealed. We transformed the existing barn into an eclectic lounge combining colorful Indian accents and old world European decor. The fantastic space featured custom furniture, dramatic lighting and floor to ceiling draping. Guests danced the night away.

The weekend concluded with brunch at The Herb Garden Pool. Mostly everyone stayed at the hotel over night and as they departed on Sunday they were given lavender filled sachets by the valet staff with the sentiment "when the scent is no more it is time to return to The Ojai Valley Inn". I am sure the guests can't wait to return.