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Whenever the girls from Bash, Please put on a wedding, you can always bet it’s going to be full of whimsical details, genius ideas, and crazy fun….always always the fun! Kate & Ryan’s Twin Peaks Ranch wedding is no exception–with an artistic guest book station and even a “kid parade” that preceded the bride down the aisle. We know you’ll adore Kate and Ryan’s story alongside images from Studio Castillero.

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding
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Tell us about your wedding and what made it special.

Our wedding was the product of a beautiful collaboration between all of our talented and loving friends and family members. As cliche as it sounds, it ended up truly being the most amazing day of our lives! There were a few times throughout the day when we had a moment to ourselves where we were like, “Oh my gosh, it actually is the most perfect day!”

We picked Ojai because we wanted a small, quaint town where we could gather all of our friends and family from all over the world and not overwhelm our guests with a big city but instead be in the most magical setting in California nestled at the base of the Topa Topa mountains among orange groves. Walking down the aisle with my mom and dad on each arm looking out at the smiling faces of every person who has loved and cared for me and my husband since we were born was incredibly special. We both have so many little cousins and close friends with kids, so we couldn’t settle on just one flower girl and it was important to us that our family and friends all felt like honored guests, so we had a ‘kid parade’ with 14 kiddies under the age of 8 marching down the aisle with musical instruments, flower crowns, and ribbon wands – they definitely stole the show!

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Tell us about your gown!

I wore my mom’s vintage lace wedding dress that she bought at a little Victorian dress shop on the Upper East Side in New York City in 1982. It’s a cotton lace beach dress from the turn of the century. When my mom wore it for her wedding, the dress had long sleeves and a high neckline. We worked with a local seamstress to alter the sleeves and neckline and add four inches to the length of the dress. It was a really nerve racking process to watch 100 year old lace be cut knowing once it was cut there was no turning back, but the end result was the most amazing feeling to wear the same dress as my mother 30 years prior.

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

What were some personal details added to make the day uniquely you?

All of the wood accent pieces used in the decor were made from a large locust tree that fell into my parents house in New Jersey during Super Storm Sandy. My mom asked for a chain saw for Christmas and my dad reluctantly gave it to her – little did he know, this meant that he would be carrying over 400 lbs of wood in his suitcases on the six trips he took to the West Coast over the course of the year leading up to the wedding weekend. The succulent planters were built by my mom and me out of old vintage grape crates from California vineyards. The succulents were all grown from cuttings of plants I have been growing on my patio since I moved to LA seven summers ago. Ryan’s mom is a children’s book author and illustrator who loves painting maps of fairy tale lands for her stories.  She painted a map of our wedding weekend that set the stage for the fairy tale wedding it ended up being. Ryan’s aunt Karen who is an artist designed our Save the Date and invitation suite. One of my graphic designer friends from LA designed all of our paper goods and screen printed an original design on tote bags for the wedding weekend.

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

What is one of the most memorable moments of the day?

One of our most memorable moments at the wedding was our first dance. Ryan impressed me with his dance moves on our first date dancing at a local LA dive bar on Soul Night, and we both love dancing, but we’re more ‘free form’ kind of dancers. We had attempted to take dance lessons before the wedding, but with the stress of work and wedding planning, we ended up canceling all of our lessons after just two. I was really nervous when we walked out onto the dance floor, but the second the Beatles song, “And I Love Her” started, we just fell into our own world and danced like we were alone in our living room. It was totally not choreographed, but it felt like us and our guests loved it.

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a holiday party in Los Angeles 5 years ago- one of my friends from high school invited me to Ryan’s apartment for some holiday cheer. We actually grew up in the same town in NJ and went to the same high school, but I was pretty sure Ryan had no idea who I was. We even had the same chemistry tutor, Mr. Bird (perhaps this explains our magnetic chemistry later in life). Ryan barely spoke to me at the party, but he did manage to invite me to brunch the next day and the rest was history.

Ryan completely surprised me by proposing on my 28th birthday. Ryan tied the engagement ring onto our dog Panda’s collar and let her run loose on the beach – a plan that Ryan later admitted “didn’t go as well as I thought” but will definitely make a great story for years to come.

Wedding Blog Kate and Ryans Ojai Wedding


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Vendors: Photography: Studio Castillero // Venue: Twin Peaks Ranch // Catering and Bar: Whoa Nelly! // Pies: Simply Pies // Coordination & Design: Bash, Please // Day-of Paper Goods: Amy Ortiz Graphic Design // Florals: Sweet Marie Designs // Invitations: Karen Kimmel // Calligraphy: Allie Hasson // Videography: Richard Downie // Photo Booth: Amigo Booth // Vintage Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals // Vintage Glassware: Borrowed Blu // Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Casper’s Jazz Party // DJ: J.P. McLeod // Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals // Lighting: Bella Vista Designs // Hair and Makeup: Lisa Mayer from Lucas Salon // Linens: La Tavola

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Chris & Anne Marie’s wedding took place on Chris’s childhood property in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Anne Marie and Chris grew up living not far from one another and were high school sweethearts. They shared their first kiss near the ponds on his property–so it seemed the perfect place to have their wedding ceremony and reception.

They partied the night away in a gigantic tent on the back lawn of Chris’ childhood home. Elizabeth Johnston of Eventdecorator.com orchestrated the entire event, overseeing the 4 day construction of the reception tent. Yes! FOUR days it took to make this gorgeous structure that had carpeting and a dance floor, and 360 degree views of the gorgeous property. Rowell Photography was so intrigued by this tent that we decided to create a time-lapse of its construction straight through to the end of the wedding.

The newlyweds danced the night away until 3 in the morning; breaking only when the food trucks arrived at 11pm. Guests were treated to a truly Canadian midnight snack of comfort foods, poutine and hotdogs.

Very special thanks to Rowell Photography for their gorgeous images, and for the incredibly fun time lapse they shared with us! Are you ready for this?

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding
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Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

Wedding Blog Chris and Anne Maries Backyard Canada Wedding

4 Day Back Yard Wedding Time Lapse from Rowell Photography on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Rowell Photography // Event Design, Decor and Planning: Elizabeth Johnston and Eventdecorator.com // Dishware:  Event Rental Group // Cinematography: Naz Films // Tenting: Advanced Tent // Tent Draping: Mickis // Cupcakes & Candy: Candy Creek Cupcakes // Makeup/Hair: Faces by Carla // DJ: Brown Eyes // Food trucks: Smoke’s Poutinerie and Let’s Be Frank // Wood Chairs: Contemporary Furniture

Lacy and Mark were married in an intimate early evening ceremony held at the Chouse in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Chouse is now a privately owned home, but was originally the St. Thomas More University Parish attended by the groom as a boy. The highlight of the ceremony was the giving of rings, when the groom surprised the bride by presenting her with a beautiful and unexpected pear shaped diamond ring in addition to her channel set engagement band that she had intended to wear as her wedding ring.  Not a dry eye in the house and an audible gasp from the bride!

Lindsay, of Gibson Events and the bride Lacy worked together to design the reception in a working greenhouse. Guests were welcomed down a lantern lit path into the greenhouse.  A labyrinth like space that was filled to the brim with nooks and crannies of fountains, Koi ponds and romantic seating areas where guests could almost slip away unnoticed.  Of the approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor space only about 40% was usable for guest seating, food/bar service and dancing.  With a little ingenuity Lindsay and the vendor team made use of every available space! “The magical feeling was palpable,” said their photographer, Aaron Snow.

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Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Tell us about your vision for the big day!

I had been introduced to Lindsay Gibson previously and knew I wanted her to be the director guiding our vision. Before meeting with her I looked on her blog and fell for a small scale promotional photo shoot she had done at an awesome old Greenhouse in Oklahoma City. Our meeting was simple, I showed her the pictures and said, “please make this happen for us.” We quickly began brainstorming over venues that would serve as our inspiration. After a trip to the Greenhouse in Norman, Lindsay’s wheels began spinning and soon she had us convinced. Lindsay pulled together vendors and resources from previous associations.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

What was your most memorable part of the day?

Mark arranged a breakfast for all the women in both families on the morning of the wedding.  It was the perfect calming and peaceful experience I needed before the busyness of the day set in.
Lindsay and our photographer, Aaron, arranged for us to do our first look at the Greenhouse so that we could see it before the guests arrived and because it was an amazing backdrop for photos with not an ugly view in sight!  I was so nervous and second guessing the idea of slipping into my gown in the back room of a garden center, but the moment Mark turned around and I saw his reaction I thought, “Yes, this is right, this is awesome, this is exactly what we wanted, now let’s have a party!”.

What are some personal details you added to make the wedding unique?

Tons of heirlooms, including: The flower girl basket — same basket used at my parent’s wedding, handkerchief I carried–my grandmother’s “something old”, I wore my Grandmother’s wedding ring for “something borrowed”, and the earrings my parent’s gave me were my “something new”.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

How did you meet and become engaged?

Our story starts in 2007 when I was an intern at the company that Mark worked for. As we reflect on our history together he shares how he was really impressed with my passion, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to the job. Immediately after my internship I went abroad and studied in Italy. Due to the connection we made I frequently contacted Mark while overseas to share my experiences. When I came back to the United States I started working for the same company that Mark worked for in 2009. Within a year Mark decided to take a chance and ask me out on a date. I refused at first. However that did not diffuse Mark’s feelings he had developed for me. After a month of persistent romantic gestures I agreed to go on a date with him. We went to Othello’s in Norman and what I thought would be a quick dinner turned into a three hour intimate conversation. After that dinner Mark and I were inseparable. Before knew it the first chapter of our love story lasted 3 years. Mark proposed to me on the anniversary of our first date on a surprise trip to New York City. It wasn’t long before we settled on a wedding date and began the planning.

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Wedding Blog Greenhouse Wedding in Oklahoma

Vendors: Photography: Aaron Snow // Design/Planning/Coordination: Gibson Events // Venues: Ceremony: The Chouse // Reception: The Greenhouse // Rentals: Mood Party RentalsMarianne’s Rentals for Special Events // Cakes/Sweets: Amy Cakes // Catering/Bar: Abbey Road Catering // Photobooth: SNL Booth // Floral: Poppy Lane Design // Hair: Ali Earnhart // Makeup: ChelseyAnn // DJ: Blake Overstreet // Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero // Maid of Honor gown: J.Crew

With a heavy dose of color, stripes, and bows, this shoot by Maxit Flower Design, Melissa Prasad of Pretty Little Details, and Sharon with Sharon Nicole Photography has us over the moon! You know Lady Grey loves this fun and preppy style, so we couldn’t resist sharing all of these fab ideas! Are you ready?

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Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Wedding Blog Bows and Stripes and Pops, Oh MY!

Vendors: Photography: Sharon Nicole Photography // Event Planner: Pretty Little Details // Florals: Maxit Flower Design // Dress Designer: BHLDN // Equipment Rentals: A Finer Event // Venue: fifty-two-twenty-six // Hair and Makeup: Pink Palette // Linens: Party Cloths // Invitation + Calligraphy: Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman

Sara and Sam grew up near each other, but it wasn’t until connecting at a friend’s wedding that romance sparked! They planned an incredibly romantic and spiritual ceremony that held a deep sense of tradition and meaning, and afterward hosted family and friends at Country Club of Virginia for a gorgeous reception with plenty of dancing, thanks to the James Brown cover band, The Big Payback, they hired! Sarah Der Photography captured all the love and details for us, and we are so excited to share the photos with you! Blue is so chic and on our list of upcoming trends. Don’t you love the soft palette?

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia
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Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What made the wedding special and unique? We got married, got to invite everyone we love, and throw a big party to celebrate!

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Tell us about your dress and where/how you found it! I snuck away to the only wedding store I knew about in Richmond (“Jingles”) to try on dresses by myself (without friends and my mom) and ended up choosing it after only a few dresses! It was not the style I originally had in mind, which is of course is how it always works, right?

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What were some touches added to make it personal? We focused on making the service personal (the service was very important to us and was the one part of the wedding day that no one in our family knew about or could offer their opinion on). One special detail about the service was the breathtaking music by our incredibly talented musician friends (to whom we gave very little direction). Also, since we are both really into music, we spent a while searching for the perfect reception band – which ended up being a James Brown cover band made up of local musicians. They rocked and got everyone – young, old, black, white, northerners, southerners – dancing their faces off.

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

What was the most memorable part of the day? Renewing our baptismal vows together during the service – it was incredibly intimate and meaningful.

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Tell us how you met/proposed! We lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same church. He first asked me out at a friend’s wedding. He proposed on a slushy winter Wednesday night. I was grumpy, wearing a cat sweatshirt, had just burnt a pot of chili and was listening to a melodramatic indie album (Youth Lagoon).

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Wedding Blog Sara and Sams Wedding at Country Club of Virginia

Vendors: Photography: Sarah Der Photography // Hair: Mango Salon // Cake: WPA Bakery // Reception: Country Club of Virginia // Ceremony: Third Presbyterian Church // Flowers: Beehive Events // Reception Band: The Big Payback // Gown: Watters // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anna Elyse // Bridesmaids’ necklaces (a gift from the bride): Dogeared Silver with different charms // Invitations & Calligraphy: Rock Paper Scissors