Jess & Brian’s Wedding at the Casa Elar

Jess and Brian had a gorgeous ceremony at the Casa Elar at the Ojai  Valley  Inn and  Spa. Planned by Kristin  Banta Events and captured by Braedon  Photography, their wedding was nothing short of inspiring.

Their wedding day was joined with a guitarist who played as guests entered the garden for the ceremony. Space included turquoise gates and washed wooden vineyard chairs.

“Following the ceremony,  guests were driven via golf cart to the  Hacienda Plaza and Foyer for a decadent cocktail hour accompanied by a guitar trio setting a John Mayer-style tone. As they entered  the plaza, guests were offered tray passed  mocktails along with 3 types of sangria – peach-basil,  strawberry-pink grapefruit-rose and house-infused pineapple  vodka – florals accented each tray.” – Kristin Banta, planner.

During the entire celebration, guests were able to enjoy a very earthy, yet entertaining, theme. The ceremony had a natural flair, while the reception stood with the rustic theme by incorporating a lot of wooden decors.

“Inspired  by Nashville  and the groom’s  closet love for country-western,  the interior foyer offered a spirit-sapping  bar from a wooden bar and iron and wood circular  back bar shelving unit styled with terrariums and western  inspired decor, complete with iron and wood bar stools and  a chalkboard menu.” – Kristin Banta, planner.

Another great feature was the bar that featured custom cocktail napkins. Additional seating included a masculine fireplace lounge vignette with a cowhide rug, weathered leather and upholstered club chairs, wooden stools, a steamer trunk and wood stump side tables. These were embellished with herb arrangements and candlelight on side tables, the coffee table, and the mantle.

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Lighting: The Lighter Side | Venue: Ojai  Valley  Inn and  Spa, Casa  Elar | Planning,  Design and Production: Kristin  Banta Events | Cake: Fantasy  Frostings | Decor  and Florals: R.  Jack  Balthazar | Entertainment: Glen  Holland  Band | Welcome  Dinner Entertainment: Special  acoustic performance  by Mat Kearney | Favors: Spoon  Me Sweetly | Hair  and Makeup: Thierry  Pourtoy, Contour  Fossa | Save  the Dates,  Invitations and  Day-of-Collateral: East  Six | Photographer: Braedon  Photography | Photobooth: LA  Photo  Party | Officiant: Rabbi  Paul Kipnes | Rentals: Classic  Party Rentals, BRIGHT | Bride’s  Dress & Veil: Monique  Lhuillier | Mother  of the Bride  Dress: Carolina  Herrera  | Additional  Signage: Rustic Canvas Design