An Orange-and-Green Formal Wedding in California

Elizabeth and Matthew

Jose Villa

For Elizabeth and Matthew the good things in life -- oranges, avocados, and true love -- can be found in Ojai. As a tribute to their SoCal alma mater, where they met, they designed their wedding around the school's colors, orange and green.

On the big day, guests were greeted with citrus cocktails, and Elizabeth walked down an aisle lined with foliage and oranges. The theme continued to the reception, where tables were decorated with arrangements of fiery flowers and even more oranges.

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The Invitation


Invitations, designed by Lisa "Ceci" Johnson at Ceci New York, featured fancy flourishes and a custom crest that includes "things important to us," says the bride. "Like horses, an orange tree, an anchor for Matt's love of sailing, and a toad -- our high school mascot."

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Save the Date

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Booklets with letterpressed wood-grain paper covers were mailed to loved ones to spread the news.

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Bridal Party

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The bride is flanked by her pals (in Vera Wang frocks), two of whom accessorized with cowboy boots.

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Bridesmaid Bouquets


Each of Elizabeth's nine bridesmaids carried a bouquet of tulips, gardenia foliage, rosemary, ranunculus, freesia, and oregano tied in orange ribbon.

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Groomsmen, in J. Crew suits, Hermes ties, and Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew loafers, kick back with cold beverages.

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The Boutonnieres

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Rose hips, rose buds, Gomphrena 'Strawberry Fields,' and oregano added a bright pop to the men's lapels.

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The Location


The couple returned to the idyllic orange groves surrounding Thacher, their alma mater in Ojai, to exchange vows. They wanted to be reminded of the time they spent riding horses and snacking on fresh fruit in this very location.

To create "Thacher" the horse, florist and event designer Mindy Rice filled a life-size topiary frame with hay. The party animal "made his debut at the rehearsal dinner wearing New Mexican riding blankets," says Mindy, then showed up at the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, each time sporting new attire.

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Ceremony Programs


The wedding program, held here by Elizabeth's brother, outlines the ceremony, gave a shout-out to the couple's parents and grandparents, and thanked the Thacher School.

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Ceremony Decor


A bustling arrangement in shades of tangerine, pink, and green adds a bright pop of color to the stone bridge leading to the ceremony site.

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Vows with a View


With its spectacular vista of the Ojai Valley, Thacher's Outdoor Chapel requires scant adornment. Simple touches, like a garland of fresh oranges and foliage draping from the podium, feel organic and natural.

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Just Married

Jose Villa

The couple share a private moment. "We knew we had to get married at Thacher to bring everything full circle," says the bride.

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The Reception

Jose Villa

Guests headed to Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for the wedding reception. Foliage, fruit, and leafy wreaths on the chandeliers transform the inn's ballroom into a lovely orchard.

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Cocktail Hour

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Chilled melon-mint soup provided refreshment for friends and family.

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Table Settings

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Earthy linens and iridescent taupe charger plates offered a sleek, muted balance to vibrant flowers.

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Reception Decor


Slatted wood boxes filled with fruit and orange blossoms brought fragrance and color to the cocktail tables.

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Custom Headpiece


The bride's custom headpiece used the same hand-painted fabric as one of the layers in her silk-and-tulle Vera Wang gown.

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Locations: The Thacher School (ceremony); Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (reception and catering)

Event Planning: La Fleur Weddings & Events

Event Design and Flowers: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design

Stationery: Ceci New York

Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Desserts: LaStarr Cakes and Enjoy Cupcakes

Music: Ceremony: Aurora Ensemble; cocktail hour: Anthony Ybarra; reception: James Gang

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Linens: La Tavola

Lighting: Bellavista Designs

Wedding Filmography: Joel Serrato Films

Wedding Photography: Jose Villa

Hair and Makeup: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup

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