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August 26, 2019 - 8 comments

Boho Ojai Bachelorette Weekend Getaway

When we were asked to join Sarah Ellefson on a fun boho bachelorette shoot in Ojai, we said HECK YES! It's fun to step outside of our wedding planning bubble and plan something more intimate and unique. Obviously there was going to be wine involved too so you really can't say no to that! The purpose of this shoot was to showcase Ojai and what it has to offer various groups of people. In particular, we felt it would be perfect for a bachelorette weekend getaway.

Pamper Yourself

You're about to embark on a wild ride, your wedding day! It's so important to take time before the big day to just relax and enjoy your best friends. Heather with Rise, a salon located in the heart of Ojai, is the perfect first stop on your weekend getaway. Grab a bottle of Champagne and your closest gal pals to enjoy a blowout. This space would also be a perfect getting ready location for an Ojai wedding!

Stay the Night in Ojai

Obviously you'll want to stay the night (or two) in Ojai for this weekend getaway. We would highly recommend you check out Caravan Outpost for the perfect accommodations. With a handful of Airstreams on property that are perfectly decorated, it would be the ultimate place to hang out. There are bicycles on property as well as a fire pit to hang out around and not to mention a perfectly curated store. You may remember our post about this place as a wedding venue too. You'll want to check that out!

Weekend getaway in Ojai at Caravan Outpost
Caravan Outpost a glamping site in Ojai, California

Ojai Shopping

If you're anything  like me, you'll probably pack for this trip and think "I have nothing to wear!" That's where Novella Fox comes into play this weekend! The owner, Madi, has crafted a fun store that includes new & vintage pieces. Her staff, who are all so friendly, can help you pick out the perfect bachelorette outfit. I would also recommend you pick up some honeymoon outfits too.

Dinner & Wine Recommendations

A girl's weekend trip would not be complete without a charcuterie board and some wine! We recommend you head over to Tipple & Ramble to enjoy their beautiful outdoor patio for the day. With so many great wine choices, you'll want to stay a bit before heading back to your super cool Airstream for the night.

Photography: Sarah Ellefson

Models: Emily Qualey // Elle McLemore // Claire Leahy // Tara Leahy

Beauty: Rise

Clothes: Novella Fox

Location: Caravan Outpost // Tipple &  Ramble

April 27, 2019 - 11 comments

Unique Wedding Venue in Ojai, CA

A unique wedding venue in Ojai, CA that has sleeping accommodations onsite

We always talk about a "slow season" with event planning but if we are being honest, we are never that slow. We're always working on the future or setting up meetings to scope out new venues. That's where this post about Caravan Outpost comes in! Jessica lives in Ventura, CA and made it her mission to book some weddings local to her. With that, she linked up with Sarah Ellefson Photography to galavant around town to check out some venues.

Rustic wedding decor with succulents on a metal bar Tropical wedding venue in Ojai with a lots of decor elements

STYLE & DECOR

We love that as soon as you step foot on the property you immediately forget where you are in the world. You're quickly transported to what feels like a tropical getaway. This translates to LESS IS MORE! You wouldn't need to bring in a ton of decor to make this space feel complete as Caravan Outpost did the job for you. This space also feels extremely intimate and personal. It's as though you're in someone's lush backyard celebrating! All in all, if you're into van camping and eclectic vibes then this would be the perfect Ojai wedding destination for you. Our recommendation: add pops of color with some floral arrangements but keep it tropical & green.

ACCOMODATIONS

We get a ton of clients wanting their guests to be able to stay onsite for their wedding day. Caravan Outpost has accommodations onsite, you can see them HERE. The total breakdown being 10 Airstreams and 1 tiny house. All of the Airstreams have a well crafted esthetic that feels less like camping and more like glamping. The tiny house would be perfect for the "getting ready" space! This also makes for a fun opportunity for select friends and family to stay onsite with you, making it a fun & long weekend with those special people in your life.

Airstream decor at Caravan Outpost in Ojai Airstream in Ojai, CA that you can stay in

WHY WE LIKE IT AS A PLANNER

Outside of the backyard glamping & van camping vibe this place has, we love how accommodating the staff was! It was so easy to setup a site tour and when we were there, Kat had a ton a great ideas on how to best use the space but also encourages you to come up with your own ideas! We also love that Caravan Outpost offers some fun and unique rentals onsite. Take a look at the built in bar below! This venue would be the perfect for a guest count of 100 and easily feel like a very intimate celebration! Ojai has a ton to offer as well so if your guests come up for the entire weekend they have lots they can check out such as Tipple & Ramble, shopping at Novella Fox and a ton of hiking options.

WHY SARAH LIKES IT AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

The first thing I check out when entering a wedding venue is how the environment affects the light. Caravan Outpost is a photographer's dream in this regard! Tall palm trees provide plenty of open shade for photos throughout the day and the gravel ground reflects lots of clean light. No complaints here! The second aspect I consider is the diversity of backgrounds for photos. At Caravan Outpost, there's so many beautiful spots. Within steps of one another, there's luscious palm fronds, vintage airstreams, and the Topa Topa Mountains in the distance. This will equip couples with amazing options for photos, all within an arm's reach of their guests, minimizing time spent separated from the party (as well as the bar). With options for ambient lighting as the sun goes down, there's not a bad spot for photos in the entire place! The relaxed, jungle vibes make for a great wedding location in Ojai.

DIY table idea with string lighting and greenery A fun bar idea for a wedding in OjaiA unique venue in Ojai California where guests can stay on property

Firepit where guests can lounge during the wedding with colorful Mexican blankets

Wedding guests can play corn hole outside during cocktail hour at Caravan Outpost in Ojai Rent Caravan Outspost beach cruiser bikes to ride around in Ojai

VENUE: Caravan Outpost
PHOTOS: Sarah Ellefson Photography

May 19, 2017 - 3 comments

Arwa + Zohaile’s Intimate Woodsy Ojai Wedding

Sometimes a destination wedding doesn't actually have to be very far from home. It also doesn't mean it has to be on a beach resort in Mexico. Arwa and Zohaile live in San Diego but wanted to have their guests come together and enjoy the beautiful Ojai area and the views of the Los Padres National Forest. Lucky for them, Zohaile's family has a Ranch right in the heart of Ojai that fit the description perfectly.

Ceremony Los Padres National Forest

Arwa and Zohaile come from two incredible cultures rich in traditions. They chose to incorporate pieces of them during the ceremony but also add new ones, like a tree planting, to truly make it their own.

bohemian dress dreamers and lovers

Arwa chose to get ready at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (one of the most beautiful resorts ever) just a few miles down the road from the wedding venue. Rich with greenery, trees and natural light, it's a photographer's dream place for those candid getting ready photos. The bride and groom also did their First Look there to be able to have a few moments together before joining their friends and family at the Ranch.

First look at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Bohemian Bride First Look

While all of this gorgeousness was happening at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the 'Cause We Can Events team and other vendors were busy setting up and making Arwa and Zohaile's wedding vision come alive. The overall wedding design was a little bit of rustic charm with some bohemian vibes and a whole bunch of natural beauty. We wanted to create a super cozy space for friends and family to enjoy.

Triangle bohemian wedding arch

Triangle bohemian wedding arch

Ceremony in the woods with mexican blankets

sofreh ceremony in the woods

mexican blankets for ceremony

s'mores as wedding favor

woodsy wedding signage

airplant centerpieces for wedding tables

woodsy wedding centerpieces with s'mores and airplants

As guests arrived at the private venue, they were encouraged to sign a Jenga piece as the guestbook. Such a fun idea! Our bartending team from The Events Boutique welcomed everyone with handcrafted lavender mojitos that were incredible! The mint was fresh from the Ranch's garden and picked only minutes before the event started. Yum!

Jenga pieces alternative to guestbook

rustic garden wedding signage

wedding ceremony in the woods

The ceremony itself was a beautiful blend of cultural traditions and the union of two beautiful souls.

ring bearers with navy bowties and overalls

ceremony in the woods groom

bohemian bride with crimson and white bouquet

traditional persian ceremony

bohemian ceremony in the woods with triangle arch

persian ceremony in the woods with sofreh

bohemian kiss in the woods wedding ceremony

bohemian ceremony in the woods ojai

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs! I love how excited our ring bearer is in the front row. Now, it's time to celebrate, take it away DJ Jack!

ojai bohemian wedding reception

bohemian outdoor wedding reception in ojai

The food from The Lime Truck was SO good! Guests enjoyed something like 5 courses of fresh Mexican fusion dishes. For dessert, some traditional Persian cookies and tea along with a modern donut wall were served! Guests actually dined on top of the pool which we had covered by Persiano Event Rentals.

best wedding toasts bohemian

ring bearer attire navy and white

best wedding toasts bohemian

The Lime Truck tacos catering

wedding donut wall and dessert sign

Gimme some sugar dessert sign

We had such a wonderful time being Arwa and Zohaile's wedding coordinators and being part of such a cool, adventurous couple's wedding day. We even got to stay in yurt while we were in Ojai so that was an added bonus! Thank you to Laura Goldenberger for always capturing the most perfect moments.

bohemian wedding in the woods ojai

romantic bohemian wedding in the woods ojai

wedding in nature by creek

kiss in nature bohemian wedding couple

Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photos by Laura Goldenberger // Music by DJ Jack Farmer // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Persiano Event Rentals and Blue Fish Event Rentals // Venue Private Ranch // Catering by The Lime Truck // Bartending by The Events Boutique