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California Lavender Love Real Wedding


January 3, 2020
Words by Brianna Williams
Photos courtesy of Brandon Kidd Photography

Brianna and Brennan’s relationship started off as puppy love in the sixth grade. They didn’t officially start dating until junior year of high school, but when college rolled around, the couple didn’t think it would be realistic to stay together and parted ways. “I always felt like we were meant to be together,” says the bride. “Around November of freshman year, he came crawling back (as I like to say) and we have been together ever since.”

A year prior to their engagement, Brianna attended a wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn in California. “I thought it was such a fabulous location for a wedding,” says the bride. When it was time to plan their own, the couple considered a beach venue in San Diego or Newport Beach. “It just didn’t feel right at each of these locations and I kept thinking about Ojai.” The couple returned the Ojai Valley Inn together and there was no looking back.

“[Planning] was easier than you would think,” says Brianna. “I would do Internet searches almost every day looking for ideas and then I would go back to my wedding planner to see if these ideas could be brought to life for my wedding.”

Guests initially had some reservations about travel and costs for attending a destination wedding, but the couple reassured their loved ones. “We wanted to make sure our friends and family really enjoyed themselves and felt they had a mini-vacation of their own.”

The couple had a picturesque ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Each decorated and complemented by stunning greenery, white flowers and purple accents that guests couldn’t stop raving about.

Right behind exchanging “I do’s,” the bride’s favorite memory from the wedding day was their choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” “I really enjoyed so many amazing moments with my new husband, family and friends,” says Brianna. “I wish I hadn’t stressed as much as I did, because it all works out in the end and [will be] the best moment of your life…”

Vendor List: Photographer: Brandon Kidd Photography; Wedding Planner: Anna Nguyen and Natalie Good with A Good Affair; Ceremony/Reception Site: Ojai Valley Inn; Florist: The Hidden Garden; Stationery: East Six Invitations; Gown Designer: Ines Di Santo; Groom’s Clothing Designer: John Varvatos; Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier; Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Vera Wang Tuxedos; Cake: Susie’s Cakes; Videographer: 618 Studios; Band & DJ: DeBois Entertainment; Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup; Catering: Ojai Valley Inn

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