Saturday, May 23, 2009

Twin Peaks Ranch Wedding H + R

Twin Peaks Ranch is a beautiful private estate that I have had the privilege to work with. I did the wedding of the granddaughter of the original owners years back, and just fell in love with the place. Additional to a private cottage for the exclusive bride to get ready, this venue has a few different locations on the grounds that layout perfectly for a wedding. The theme this lovely day; Simple, sophisticated, elegant, with a hint of Tuscan.

Guests were greeted by the weeping willow tree with fresh squeezed Cherry Lemonade, Iced Tea Garnished with Lemon Slices and Farmers Market Mint, and Guava Passion Fruit with Golden Raspberries.The ceremony took place on a long hidden lawn that was surrounded by mature trees, bamboo, and a soft gurgling creek if you are lucky enough to be there at the right time of year. Their cocktail hour followed, on one of the lawns overlooking the rose garden, cactus, and the golden beginnings of the sunset. Guests were then escorted over to an additional area for the dinner reception. The grounds were taken over by overgrown trumpet vines, bright colored cactus, and aromatic citrus and avocado orchards. Lighting was introduced to amplify and highlight the existing foliage around the property.

Bella Vista Designs rocked as always!

This wedding was that of Hallie and Rocco in May of 2009. This couple just oozed love. They are one of those couples that you just know are going to make it in this crazy world. They were beautiful people and it was a beautiful wedding.

Floral was created by Ojai's Premiere Florist, Curly Willow. Simple and elegant.

The event was catered by Pure Joy Catering. They incorporated citrus from their very own citrus farm, and they did a fabulous job serving dinner family style!

The Menu included...

Roasted Local Beets served on a bed of Arugula sprinkled with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans, and drizzled with a Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Baskets of Hearth Baked Breads and Rolls were placed on the tables with Terra Cotta Saucers of Provincial Dipping Oil

Beautiful Platters of Fresh Grilled Summer Vegetables with a Virgin Oil Herb Drizzle

Grilled Parmesan Rosemary Polenta with Sun dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and a Fennel Ragout

Twin Peaks Citrus Glazed Split Cornish Game Hens

Lemon Rosemary Pork Loin with Confetti of Garlic, Parsley, and Lemon Zest presented with Balsamic Glazed Chippolini Onions

Their cake was made by one of Hollywood's most sought after confectioners, Sweet Lady Jane Bakery, located in Los Angeles, Ca.
Guests were serenaded by a 19 piece band from the Ojai Music Service. They were fantastic and helped take the event to another level of sophisticated entertainment.

At the end of the evening, guests were treated to milk and cookies by the Fire.
Photography was done by Susan Dean Photography, with whom I have worked with at almost every wedding at this venue. She has the art of capturing the intricate details of the venue and the decor while at the same time capturing the emotions that are often lost and then found again once developed. Thank you Susan!

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