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Ojai Resort Outdoor Wedding

I once wrote in an interview that my dream wedding would feel like a dinner party. Twinkle lights in the trees, dancing to the classic. Good food, great wine and a sense of family built into every detail. And this wedding, is that dream…personified. With photography by Erich McVey, design & planning by XOXO Bride and florals by Kelly Kaufman, this wedding is everything. More right here.


From the bride…When we took our first day trip to the Ojai Valley Inn, we didn’t realize how lucky that choice was at the time. We decided to get married there for nostalgia’s sake, along with wanting to be slightly out of town, and from that moment on the wedding we didn’t know we had dreamt of started falling into place. Enough can’t be said about the staff there, incredibly attentive and not only two steps ahead of us during the planning and on the day, but more importantly, two steps in the direction we wanted to go.

We found our wedding coordinator, Sonia Hopkins, through the Inn, and from the minute I said, “I dunno, like Downton Abby at an outdoor picnic,” she turned a mirage of an idea into an amazing reality. We wanted elegant but not stuffy, refined but relaxed. So we set a gorgeous table then served the meal in French service fashion, with the sides on the table family style.

We built the colors off of the natural beauty of the Herb Garden, greens and whites, sprinkled with lavender and peach. As we are both from English heritage, we stayed with that theme as we jumped out of the box with our band, The Brit Pack, who played all British music ranging from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. As fun to work with as they were to listen to, we are still getting asked where we found them.

Lastly, our photographer, Erich McVey, gave us the perfect pictures to remember our perfect day. But the best thing about Erich and his wife is that, even though they were there, they still made that special “just married” time between the ceremony and reception feel like it was only the two of us. Our wedding was more than we could have ever thought possible, all from one very lucky choice to take a drive one day to Ojai.

Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: Ojai Valley Inn And Spa | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Town And Country | Cocktail Music: Anthony Ybarra | Event Design & Planning: XOXO Bride | Music: Elan Artists | Rentals 1: La Tavola | Rentals 2: Tent Merchant | Rentals 3: Town And Country | Rentals 4: Casa De Perrin | Rentals 5: Archive Rentals | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn And Spa | Wedding Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, XOXO BRIDE, Erich McVey Photography, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and Casa de Perrin are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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There’s no better way to set the tone for your wedding day than with a stunning invitation suite. Whether you’re going modern, classic or whimsical, Wedding Paper Divas has you seriously covered. We’ve teamed up to share some fabulous wedding themes + paper pairings that are sure to inspire.
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Wedding Paper Divas has a huge collection of stunning + affordable options, making it incredibly easy to find the perfect fit for you and your honey. With options for personalization of colors, fonts, layouts, trims and so much more, you can make whatever design you choose totally you.
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eat.sleep.wear’s Philadelphia Engagement Session

You know her as the voice behind eat.sleep.wear, but today Kimberly is gracing the pages of SMP as a glowing bride-to-be. Along with her handsome beau, she hit the streets of Philly for an engagement sesh with Alison Conklin, and the result is a pretty + playful nod to their upcoming destination nuptials. Let the wedding planning begin!

From Alison Conklin Photography… These are engagement photos of Kimberly and Blake. Kimberly is the force behind the very popular blog Eat Sleep Wear. Her and Blake live in LA, California but are from the Philadelphia area. For their engagement session we ran around the streets of Philly hitting some of their favorite spots. They held pineapples in their photos because they are getting married in Hawaii in May of 2015.

From the Bride-to-be… Philadelphia will always be a city near and dear to my heart. And the funny thing is that I would have never guessed how I would meet my fiancé. A born and raised Philly girl, I spent about 12 years living in the city and working multiple graphic design jobs before starting my fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. It was a journey that took me to NYC to live my dreams in the fashion world. One of those jobs in Philadelphia was for an agency where I would meet a guy named Blake. We exchanged a few emails about 5 years ago and the only connection between us were our mutual best friends.

Fast forward to 2012 when our mutual best friends got married in Philadelphia. I was living in NYC, Blake was living in San Diego. On a day filled with such love and joy for beautiful friend, I found a connection with my long lost acquaintance from my Philly days. A few months after the wedding, I invited Blake on a whim to come spend New Years Eve with me in NYC. Not expecting him to say yes at all. “Sure! When should I fly out?”

After many flights shared between NYC and San Diego, I found myself moving across the country to be with this man I loved so much. 9 months later… we were engaged

Philadelphia means so much to us both. I knew I wanted to come back for our engagement session. I also knew that no one else but Alison Conklin would shoot those photos. Her eye for catching beautiful light, and laughter between two people is something that has resonated with me for quite some time. I quickly called Alison and begged her to be part of our wedding!

I wanted some special places to my time in Philadelphia to be incorporated into the shoot. We started in Old City which boasted old cobble stone streets, unique doorways, and old world charm. I spent so much time in the green parks when I lived in the city so we made a stop at Washington Square Park to sit on the benches. Our final stop was at some of my favorite tile mosaics in the city. Philly based artist Isaiah Zagar creates mosaic murals all over the city and it makes the streets truly sparkle. It was the perfect backdrop to get silly with a bunch of pineapples. Maybe my pineapple are hinting to the location of my wedding. Can you guess?!

We had the best day running through memories of our past, but also, creating new ones in the city we love so much.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography

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Intimate North Carolina Mountain Wedding

As summer slowly gives way to fall, this beautiful mountain wedding couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s a celebration of all things autumn with an intimate 30-guest approach, and as for the killer styling and blooms by Philosophy Flowers? Well, that doesn’t hurt one bit either. Get started in the gallery from Boonetown Story and prepare to be smitten.


From the Bride… Breathtaking = one word to describe every part of our wedding day. From the scenery, to the flowers, to the man I was about to marry- every little detail was breathtaking.

Marcus and I lived on Heavenly Mountain in Boone, NC during his senior year of college. The beauty and serenity was incomparable & it’s the place we fell in love. It only felt natural to get married in the place we love most, the NC Mountains.

Twickenham house was a fairy tale from the moment you turned into the 2 mile long driveway. The same way you know you’ve found “the one” is the way we knew Twickenham was the place we would get married. The wrought iron gates at the entrance, the ivy growing up the brick, the breathtaking 180 degree views, all nestled in seclusion on the side of a mountain. It was perfect for our intimate wedding weekend with 30 of our closest friends and family.

The morning of our wedding, I was very calm; no nerves or anxiety. My wedding planner, Melissa, said “you’re the calmest bride I’ve ever seen!” Apparently my groom wasn’t nervous either; I heard he went on a morning jog then sat in the sauna for a while. When the moment came to take our “first look” pictures, that’s when everything hit me. All these emotions flooded my head and my heart; excitement, nerves (I didn’t want to fall), happiness, love, etc… This was the moment I had been waiting for all my life. To marry my soul mate. It was the most emotional moment of my life.

Everything about our wedding day was perfect. It was so much more than we dreamed. The only thing we would change would be the ability to add more hours to the day.

Photography: Boonetown Story | Styling: Kelly Perry - Philosophy Flowers | Event Planning: Day Of Your Dreams Events | Floral Design: Philosophy Flowers | Catering: Reid's Catering | Venue: Twickenham House