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.
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.
Event Planning: La Fleur Weddings & Events
Event Design and Flowers: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design
Stationery: Ceci New York
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
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