Destination Wedding in Ojai California
When you think of destination wedding, you generally think about exotic places places like Bahamas, Jamaica, Cancun, etc… but there are lots of romantic and exotic places right here in the United States. Ojai is a charming little town located in the northeast corner of Ventura County and about 40 minutes North of Los Angeles. It is surrounded by hills and mountains and inhabited by artists, musicians, and natural health and wellness enthusiasts. This quiet and beautiful valley has long been known as a wedding destination and a weekend getaway for some of Los Angeles celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Kate Walsh and others.
The Ojai Valley is filled with delightful boutique shops, art galleries, hiking trails, and lots of places to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. It is no wonder why so many couples find Ojai to be the perfect place for them to tie the knot. The photos featured in this blog were captured during a small private wedding at the Rolling Thunder Ranch in Ojai.
The Rolling Thunder Ranch is a private gated venue with a main house constructed from rolling river rocks, a cottage, and a bunkhouse. The main house has an authentic cowboy feel, which is juxtaposed by the lush and tropical gardens dotted with sculptures throughout the grounds. The shimmering pool adds to the tranquility of this unique property.
The bride and groom live in northern California, however, selected this location to get married because they had visited the Ojai Valley and fell in love with its charm and serenity. They rented out the Rolling Thunder Ranch for their ceremony and reception. This wedding was a perfect blending of Persian and Jewish cultures that incorporated very-unique traditions throughout the day.
Paula Crutchley “wedding photography coordinator” coordinated and arranged for access to a private garden in Ojai where we took the bride and groom for some couples photo.