Ojai Wedding Featured in Wedding Sparrow!

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Jan 10, 2014 | Comments (3)

Elegant Californian real wedding

I love it when we get to see a bride and groom through their journey from newly engaged to just wed. We featured Michelle and Zach’s utterly beautiful beach engagement session shot entirely on film by the talented Lacie Hansen Photography and now we get to come full circle and show off their Ojai wedding day too. A truly fine art team created a special day for Michelle and Zach with soft florals in muted tones from Camilla Svensson Burns, elegant bridal hair and make up from TEAM Hair and Makeup, all expertly planned by Jill from La Fleur Weddings. This is one elegant Californian real wedding…

From the Bride, Michelle: “Zach and I met in passing in July 2009 at mutual friend’s going away party in San Francisco, where I lived at the time. Zach flew in from New York City to surprise his friend that evening, and he walked into the party just as I was preparing to leave. There was an immediate and undeniable spark, comfort and connection between us. We both felt it almost immediately. But the timing wasn’t right then for anything beyond conversation; so, we went our separate ways.”

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Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

“Just over a year later, our paths crossed again when I planned a trip to the Hamptons with girlfriends. I wrote to Zach to ask him where us girls should stay, play, eat and sun. After he gave me oodles of thoughtful advice, we continued writing and getting to know each other. A few weeks later. he asked if he could visit me in San Francisco. I was absolutely delighted by his offer, and one beyond expectations first date later, our bi-coastal romance was born!”

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

“Over the next seven months, we spent tons of time on the phone and shared several exciting weekend trips and holidays, together — our most romantic being Labor Day Weekend in Santa Barbara. That winter I became a rather adept traveler, honed my skill of functioning at a reasonable level without sleep, developed into a somewhat accomplished skier (due to my patient, understanding, talented and handsome instructor), and fell head over heels in love with my husband to be!”

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Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

“In May 2011, we decided it was time to close the gap and that I would move to New York to live with Zach. Four months later, I packed up my life and left my dearest friends and beloved California in search of true and lasting love in the Big Apple.”

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

“Thankfully, our transition from long distance to inseparable was more seamless than we imagined it would be. Despite the frantic pace of our lives in NYC, we quickly called one another our best friend and recognized what a profound blessing it would be to spend forever together. Zach proposed the following summer on the beach in Montauk (the most California-esque spot in New York), and the rest is history!”

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

“Zach and I fell in love with Santa Barbara area on our first weekend trip there together. We returned as a newly-engaged couple a year later, and we knew the moment that we stepped onto the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa property that it was the place where we would be married. The serenity, purity and natural beauty of the Ojai Valley brought me to tears when I first experienced it, and it will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We absolutely loved sharing its magic with our wedding guests!”

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Elegant wedding ideas via Wedding Sparrow - Wedding Blog

Vendor details:

Photographer: Lacie Hansen | Wedding Dress: Lazaro Couture | Florist: Camilla Svensson Burns | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bridesmaid dresses:Amsale | Wedding Planner: Jill LaFleur | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Grooms shoes: Prada | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Dj, Saxophonist & Pianist:Gavin Roy Presents | Earrings: Haute Bride | Grooms Bowtie: General Knot & Co | Grooms Cufflinks & Studs: The London Silver Company | Grooms Tux: Brunello Cucinelli | Grooms Watch : Bell & Ross | Invitations and paper goods: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting and Decor: Ambient Event Design | Tote Bags: Toda Totes | Videographer : Ram Hernandez | Wedding Rings: Michael F and Co. Jewelers 

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