When I opened the email from Amy & Stuart and saw their incredible photos of Kate and Jesse’s garden wedding, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. And then when Kate told me that she’d found inspiration on Snippet & Ink when she was planning her beautiful wedding, that just made my day. Dear readers – I love seeing your gorgeous weddings! It was really tough for me to narrow down the photos, so this post is a little longer than usual, but I didn’t think you’d mind.

 Says Kate, “It was 103-degrees that day in Ojai, so we served lavender-infused lemonade and blackberry mint lemonade before the ceremony to help guests cool down.”

Kate tells us about the ceremony:  “Our wedding party was comprised of our parents, step-parents, and siblings, but we also wanted to honor our friends in some way. We asked our dearest friends and siblings to come stand around us in a circle at the start of the ceremony while everyone took a moment to silently make a wish for our future. In looking back on the photos, we’re so happy we made the decision to do that – it was such a beautiful moment! We both would say that one of our favorite moments was hearing each others’ vows for the first time. Jesse brought the house down with his, and I surprised Jesse by reading from the first love letter he wrote to me over 10 years ago.”

At the end of the evening, guests lounged on rugs and pillows on the grass, enjoyed dessert and Chai tea, and watched an old black and white film projected in the garden.

Here, a few more details from Kate about the day:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Jesse proposed to me on my birthday – Christmas Eve – in the garden of my family’s Ojai, California home. Within hours of the proposal, we decided we would be returning to that garden to be married. To us, the property has always been reminiscent of places like Tuscany and Provence. From the roses and lavender to the citrus groves and ancient oak trees, we felt as though we were able to capture what we love about those places without leaving home.

Tell us about your fun save-the-dates.  Jesse and I had so much fun making our save-the-dates. We took some of my old cameras up to Ojai and shot a series of Polaroid pictures that our talented wedding planner, Emily Kelly from Unscene, Inc., laid out and printed for us.

Any other fun DIY details?  Instead of having our florist arrange flowers for the cocktail tables, bar, and cake table, we spent a day potting succulents in pretty containers and putting together bud vases of roses from the garden. My sister and I also went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market where we were able to buy lots of the little touches at very reasonable prices, like trays and cutting boards for the dessert table and umbrellas to shade the guests from the sun.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Our parents all got together and surprised us by making medicine pouches in the Native American tradition for all of our guests – medicine pouches are something I’ve always loved and I was given one as a child. They were set on the tables with a little note explaining their meaning and how each parent contributed to it. It was an incredible surprise and meant so much to both of us.


If only all of us were so lucky to have such a dreamy garden, I don’t imagine there’d be anything but at-home weddings!

Photographer: Amy & Stuart / Venue: private home in Ojai, California / Invitations: Lauren Spencer King, a friend of the couple / Other printed materials: designed by the couple, printed by Emily Kelly / Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s suit: Band of Outsiders / Floral and Event Design: R. Jack Balthazar / Chalkboard Lettering: Jane Anne Thomas, a friend of the couple / Catering: Josh Jackson at Great Taste Catering / Cake, Desserts: Jamaica’s Cakes / Music: Valida / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Planning, Coordination: Emily Kelly at Unscene, Inc.
  • Vintage Garden Wedding in Ojai

    29 April 2010
  • 113 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings, Some Favorites
    1. Sarah Shep

      Oh my. Her dress is my DREAM.

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    2. Caught the Light

      Oh my, Amy & Stuart are so much awesomeness-it's unreal. I love this wedding and how beautifully it's been captured too.Thank you for sharing!

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    3. People St.Clair

      I can see why you had trouble narrowing down the photos of this wedding each one is gorgeous. I love how they set up blankets and showed black and white films.

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    4. Camille @ Style Notes

      What a warm & relaxed celebration, with so many beautiful touches that made it YOU! Love the Italian-inspired table setting. Gorgeous!

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    5. pomwedding

      this wedding is so lovely and emanates a home-grown feel, just like the best kind of love!

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    6. Starry Night Design Studio

      Oh my goodness… I can't believe what an incredibly perfect wedding. Just beautiful!

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    7. FIZZ

      Is Ted Danson her father or am I losing my mind?

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      • Leigh

        Yes, I had to Google. How can you not mention that in a blog?

    8. Angela

      i was wondering the same thing FIZZ and i looked at the invite and her last name is Danson. gotta be him. regardless, what a gorgeous wedding. ojai is a beautiful place. :)

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    9. Album Boutique Team

      Beautiful wedding – I love the romantic feel!! My favorite details were the circle of guests and the chalkboard seating. Thanks for sharing!

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    10. Kaylen

      I glanced over the comments just to see if anyone else thought it was Ted Danson too haha. I actually just saw an article in a home & garden magazine about his home with wife Mary Steenburgen (love her!) and their incredible gardens and this is totally the same home. What a beautiful and intimate setting for a romantic garden wedding. The images are really beautiful to; I especially love the one of them coming down the aisle. She looks beautifully ethereal and his expression is great. Oh and I also LOVE the movie on the lawn. Beautiful wedding! Thanks for Sharing!

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    11. Emily

      Gorgeous! What a dreamy location and wedding!!

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    12. Erin&Sparkle&Hay

      A dream wedding – the details and overall atmosphere are so beautiful and inspiring!

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    13. Erin&Sparkle&Hay

      A dream wedding – the details and overall atmosphere are so beautiful and inspiring!

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    14. kate reymann

      A movie at the end of the wedding? Genius. I loooove this. You keep posting weddings that I think are the end all to beat all and then you post another that tops it. I wish I was planning my wedding all over again – and I absolutely loved my wedding.

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    15. {The Perfect Palette}

      such a special wedding! love the creativity here!

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    16. Brancoprata

      So much inspiration on a real wedding!! I´m completely overwhelmed by this!!!

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    17. parrott design studio

      Such a gorgeous wedding!!

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    18. Elle

      Gorgeous wedding ideas! Love the movie… and the potted plants on the tables…. and the polaroid save the dates… so fun!

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    19. Kelley at My Island Wedding

      Wow! I love her dress and the vintage elements are fantastic!thanks!-kelley

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    20. HollandPhotoArts

      What a beautifully, sweet wedding! Love all their special, personal touches, but especially the rugs/blankets and lanterns for lounging, the screening of the old movies and the family style dinner at the long farm tables. Absolutely gorgeous photos, too! xoxo…anne&bill

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    21. Lilly

      As the sister of the bride and an avid reader of Snippet and Ink (I'm now planning my own wedding!) I can't tell you how amazing it is to see these photos!!! I have had the best morning reliving one of the most magical nights ever. Love you K&J!!!

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    22. ever ours

      love the idea of the movie playing and picnic like setting. this is such a beautiful wedding!

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    23. Anonymous

      Definitely the daughter of Ted Danson. Love at home weddings with such sweet and comfortable details.

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    24. Kate

      This is such a beautiful wedding. Her dress is amazing. And is it just me or is that movie Breakfast At Tiffany's? That's my favorite movie ever. These pictures made my day.

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    25. 7upkels

      Ohhhh my glory. What a spectacular wedding!!! I am saving half of these pictures to my computer right now! What inspiration!

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    26. Amber

      I'm all about Breakfast at Tiffany's at the end. That's awesome.

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    27. Tino&Pip Photography

      What can I say- everything about this wedding is simply perfect!

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    28. Tino&Pip Photography

      What can I say- everything about this wedding is simply perfect!

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    29. Holly Hatam

      This is one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen! The bride's dress is so dreamy and I LOVE the rugs and pillows on the ground!

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    30. Amanda

      Kaylen it is Ted Danson!!!! Picture 99 in their slideshow shows him and Mary Steenburgen! What a gorgeous wedding.

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    31. weddirazzi

      fan freakin' tastic! really diggin' the attention to detail in the design and use of reclaimed items.. simple, elegant and inviting.

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    32. sara

      yes, that dress is amazing. beautiful wedding!

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    33. anu77

      Where should I start???? I love EVERY little detail of this wedding. The little things like the lavendel infused lemonade, the wonderful rituals in the wedding ceremony or the familystyle dinner. What a creative couple!

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    34. Kate@MagnoliaRouge

      This is utterly, utterly beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, magical…I'll soon run out of words. Love it A LOT!!

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    35. Lizzie

      I love this wedding! The save the dates and invitations are excellent…I like that they're two different styles…I've been worried that whatever save the date I pick is going to be the style I have to choose for the invitations as well, but this is a great example of the opposite. Thanks for sharing.

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    36. weddingchicks

      this is a beautiful wedding!

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    37. Chasa

      They got me at their save the dates! So romantic and ethereal! Love this wedding! http://rubypr.com/blog

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    38. east side bride

      how bout the groom's shoes??

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    39. Jasper

      Love love love everything about this! How amazing to have this place as your parents home – and to have those parents :)Gorgeous! the tables and decor are a dream come true!

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    40. Rosalind

      They are fabulous! Love so many details but one of my favourites is the outdoor cinema :-)

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    41. Vanessa

      The most beautiful wedding ever !Everything is just breathtaking !

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    42. Sacramento Photography

      Sooo many creative idea's at this wedding, great work! My personal fav's are the lights strung over the pool, which creates an awesome effect on the water – and sets an intimate scene in the evening. Although, the part that really sold me was the chalkboard for the seating assignments, very clever, unique, and best of all inexpensive :)

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    43. Sara

      What a fabulous wedding, loved all the details!!!

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    44. Stylist Diva

      nice to now I wasn't seeing things and saw that it was Ted and everyone agreed. But did you look at the man clapping on the left a ways down..wearing a hat. It's Steve Martin. Or maybe I AM loosing my mind. Gorgeous pics! What a wedding!

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    45. Akil Bennett

      I loved the polaroids…such a cool wedding

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    46. Jennifer

      Does anyone know where they got the tall stemmed pilar candle holders for the dining tables?

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    47. Karen Hill Photography

      Gorgeous, beautiful wedding, beautiful photos! I love the details, the light and the joy.

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    48. Janet

      This part took my breath away: " I surprised Jesse by reading from the first love letter he wrote to me over 10 years ago." How romantic, ~sigh.~

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    49. jonahliza

      what a beautiful wedding! i love how polaroids were incorporated. ….oh, and i love ted danson, and cant wait till Bored to Death's new season premieres <3

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    50. Courtney

      Beautiful wedding and gorgeous photos.

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    51. SimpleDressAddict

      This wedding is perfection! I love the charming details, laid back feel, especially the movie being shown in the garden. That is fantastic! Congrats Jesse and Kate!

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    53. ellie

      wow, what a gorgeous dress!

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    54. Kaylee Eylander

      Love that dress! All the details are so effortless and comfortable! Love!

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    55. veronica

      ha! small world. a friend of mine went to this wedding! and it's just so dreamy! that dress. le sigh!

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    56. Amanda

      Does anyone know which collection the dress was from?
      I just love it.

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    68. Kerry

      I don’t know these people from a hole in the ground, but yet, here I am, crying my eyes out,asking myself why. I cry at weddings, but this just takes the cake.

      Yes, it was a beautiful and thoughtfully planned wedding.

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    69. Alma

      She even had the courage to wear simple not-over-the-top flats! Just goes to show everything does not have to look so blingy to be so amazingly elegant and fabulous – and the lace on that dress!!

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      The scenes photographed are just incredible. The wedding setup shows the depth of character and creative genius of all those involved in the planning process. Weddings are and should be a very personal event and I “thank” Kate and Jesse for sharing these pictures.

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      So beautiful!

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      This is so beautiful, soft, casual and lovely. This is exactly what I would want if I could do it all over again. Kudos

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