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Desert Dance Party Wedding in Ojai

Bohemian Weddings

We love this incredible wedding from Marble Rye Photography and Elli Lauren Photography for its ability to take all the best parts of the desert setting and make it into the most epic party/dinner/celebration possible. Bijoux Events worked some serious magic, putting together a day full of so much fun and modern chicness we can’t resist poring over every detail.

desert dance party wedding in Ojai - photo by Marble Rye Photography

From the event designers, Bijoux Events: This wedding is not only gorgeous but it has some really unique concepts that were so much fun to play with and incorporate. We used some copper troughs, pink himalayan salt cubes, and incorporated some actual cactus into the arrangements which is a little different spin on the whole succulent trend. Even though there is a hint of industrial and geometric shapes in metal in this design, it was so incredibly soft, romantic and elegant at the same time! The couple had a few ideas of what they liked but they had no idea how to reign in all of the ideas into one cohesive look. I constantly received texts of photos from my bride of weddings they were attending, concepts, ideas, florals, all of things she liked but they always contradicted the last. It was fun trying to incorporate little pieces of each one and create that “wow” face when they walked into the wedding spaces. Who would have thought that Coral peonies, cactus, and copper all went together?! Their best friend, named Renewal, married them and they ended the ceremony by carrying their pup “Joey” down the aisle for the recession. They even officially changed their pup’s name to Joey “Lavoie” after the wedding. Too cute.

wedding invitation - photo by Marble Rye Photography

desert wedding flowers - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

desert inspired bouquet - photo by Marble Rye Photography

The groom is in the music industry and so their music list was off the charts and very important to them. Brandon worked in depth with Dart DJs to put together a truly unique song list that kept the dance floor full the entire night! They walked down the aisle to Avett Brothers and Postal Service. First dance song – When I get my hands on you by The New Basment Tapes. We had them start their first dance completely alone and then had the guests enter into the reception during their first dance. It was so romantic. They got to have a minute alone, with their stunning wedding reception all setup around them and the mountains pink from the sun behind them before anyone else came in. I highly suggest it. Couples have so few moments alone on their wedding day, it was truly magical and special for them.

ceremony setup - photo by Marble Rye Photography

ceremony chair and decor - photo by Marble Rye Photography

ring exchange - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

ceremony recessional - photo by Marble Rye Photography

modern wedding inspiration - photo by Marble Rye Photography

mirrored seating chart - photo by Marble Rye Photography

geometric wedding detail - photo by Marble Rye Photography

The bride’s exact words: “As you know, I didn’t have an exact vision of our wedding while we were in the planning phases, and Saturday I felt like I walked into a dream that I didn’t even know I had. It was the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen and we haven’t stopped talking about it. We had the greatest time ever and couldn’t have done it without you.”

modern desert wedding tablescape - photo by Marble Rye Photography

wedding reception - photo by Marble Rye Photography

coral charm peony centerpiece - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

desert wedding - photo by Marble Rye Photography

desert wedding centerpieces - photo by Marble Rye Photography

wedding smores - photo by Marble Rye Photography

dessert menu - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

desert wedding - photo by Marble Rye Photography

desert wedding in Ojai - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

Ruffled - photo by Marble Rye Photography

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Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses

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Bias cut dresses became popular in the thirties when Hollywood actresses needed something sexy to wear that was still acceptable for the moral standards at the time. These dresses were made of slinky fabric (such as satin) where a woman’s body would be covered but her figure was still visible in a provocative way. These dresses epitomize glamour. Isadora’s makes custom bias cut wedding gowns (such as the one above) with a truly vintage look. I should add this one to the I-wish-I-knew-about-this-before-my-wedding list.

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Austin Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

I’m pretty sure that if there was ever just one recipe for a gorgeous wedding, a Jenny Packham gown would be one of the ingredients. As a starting point to planning, Leah and Kevin went for a light and airy garden wedding, with cluster florals by Bouquets of Austin and event design by BZ Events. Love the pops of gilded succulents in the bouquets and centerpieces captured by Katherine O’Brien Photography.

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From the bride, Leah: I saw the dress in a photo online and couldn’t get it out of my head. When I went dress shopping, it wasn’t super successful because I was comparing everything to that dress that I didn’t know anything about, except what it looked like. I decided to hunt down the dress online to find out the designer and name of the dress. Once I did that, I called around to the bridal boutiques in Houston to figure out who carried that designer. I found a boutique who carried the designer, Jenny Packham, but not the exact dress. They were going to get a floor model in December, but that would be too late to order it for an April wedding. I had to make a decision to order the dress and if I didn’t like it, it was not returnable or refundable or keep searching for another dress. I decided to take the (expensive) risk because I was totally in love with the dress and it was so worth it! I ended up absolutely loving it.

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Austin Garden Wedding // via

When we visited Villa Del Lago, we noticed the potted succulents, so I knew that I wanted to incorporate those into the flower arrangements. Also, there was so much natural beauty and the grounds of Villa Del Lago are so well kept, that I thought having smaller, eclectic looking arrangements would be really pretty. Also, the grooms wore ties from Paris Texas Apparel Co. Kevin is friends with the guy who started the company and those were their grooms gifts as well.

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Everyone always says this, but don’t stress the small stuff because on the day of, none of that stuff will matter.

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Wedding Music:
Family Processional: “Clocks,” Coldplay
Bridal Party Processional: “All of My Love,” Led Zeppelin
Bride’s Processional: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N Roses
Recessional: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
First Dance: “Hard to Concentrate,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
Father/Daughter Dance: “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys

Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography / Event Planner: BZ Events / Floral Design: Bouquets of Austin / Venue: Villa Del Lago / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Vincent Ford Custom Apparel / Wedding Caterer and Cake: Whole Foods / Ceremony Music: Barton Strings / Reception Music: Commercial Art

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