Photography by Elizabeth Messina
Video by Isaac Hernandez
Our bride and groom's amazing wedding ceremony took place in the intimate Ojai Valley Inn Herb Garden. Cozy, with family and friends and the couple's baby in her antique, flower-draped pram, we created a ceremony site that was perfect for the garden setting. Two antique urns on beautiful pillars held dramatic floral and fresh greenery, adding a beautiful depth and texture to the ceremony site. Situated on the sprawling green grass in the field below the ceremony was a classic white tent, draped in taffeta, with generous curtains pulled back with garlands of rich, peachy-golden toned floral. The peach tones floral arrangements were stunning, as they meandered down each table in a variety of antique vessels, enhanced by the natural amber glow of candle light. The room had a warm and romantic tone, and was particularly sweet with the grass below... a welcome juxtaposition to such a stunning and elegant tent. The custom wood and linen pillars and inset linen ceiling were fabulous and unique decor elements. The dark wood dining chairs were lovely, particularly at the end of each oval table, which held two chairs with a custom ruffled linen slipcover to match the table drape. Those slipcovered chairs were such charming elements.
The piece de resistance of the event was a patisserie and a charcuterie. The patisserie was every girl's dream... while the charcuterie, every man's. What an amazing and original reveal it was when these two beautifully designed boutique "stores" were revealed to guests' delight after the cake was cut! The lighting and interior of each made them seem as if they were plucked from a tiny street in France.
The Patisserie had a tall, white display case, flanked by two elegantly framed gilded mirrors. Three crystal chandeliers hung from above, illuminating the soft pink draping on the walls of the shop. Cloches of fresh baked goods, truffles and macaroons all made by former Martha Stewart Food Editor Elizabeth Colling were bountiful. Staggeringly beautiful cakes and cupcakes were presented in an array of flavors and muted colors by the uber talented Robyn Loves Cake. Antique porcelain dishes were stacked high, allowing guests to help themselves or be served by the adorable white and pink frocked Patisserie attendants.
The Charcuterie/Fromagerie was more on the rustic side... as if you walked into a sixth generation family owned store. A tall armoire flanked with large chalkboards listing the 'menu' and an old French table with marble blocks displayed an array of worldly cheeses. French bread baskets hung on the walls, filled with fresh baguettes; sliced cured meats and olives were piled high on the table for guests to sample. Simple white dishes were stacked behind the apron clad servers ready to accommodate the requests of the "customers".
This was a wedding that was so incredibly charming and love filled from beginning to end. The video really helps to bring all of these images to life.
"To say it was magnificent would not do it justice. It might better be described as magical, emotional, intimate and ethereal. From the moment you and your team met Kendall and her fiance, Hagen, you seemed to know exactly who they were and what they wanted in their vision for their union. You demonstrated an uncanny ability to listen carefully and translate what you heard into the several events that made up their wedding weekend. It was truly remarkable what you managed to take from an airy vision to a real happening."
—Robert and Kelly Kerrigan (Parents of the Bride), Beverly Hills, CA