As soon I opened the email from Susan Dean and saw this gorgeous butterfly dress, I knew I had to share Quinn and Max’s October wedding with you. Everything about it just brightens the day!

Just under 200 guests joined the couple at the stunning Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai, California, a magical place that used to be owned by Quinn’s grandfather, and where Quinn spent countless hours of her childhood.

Bridesmaids carried loosely arranged bouquets in rich autumn colors. The bride carried a bouquet of loosely tied long grass, millet and white garden roses.

A bluegrass band played Appalachian folk music as the wedding party made their entrance.

During the ceremony, in keeping with family tradition, the groom’s aunt recited a prayer in Armenian and wrapped a thin braided rope around the couple’s heads. The three strands of the braid were each a different color: green for growth and a new beginning, red for ancestors, and white for strength and a long lasting union.

After the ceremony the celebration moved to a lawn that overlooked a cactus grove, where guests enjoyed margaritas and hors d’oeuvres.

How about this idea for a guest book? A table of art supplies – from watercolors to colored pencils – for guests to “have fun and be creative.”

Wildflower centerpieces were arranged in clay pots made by the bride’s mother. The three-tier almond chocolate cake with marzipan was topped with dahlias and faux butterflies. The evening ended with lots of New Orleans jazz and dancing.

Photography: Susan Dean

Venue: Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai, California

Bride’s dress: custom made by Colleen Quen Couture, San Francisco

Yellow bridesmaid dresses: BCBG

Cake: Chocolate Cake Cafe

Happy anniversary Quinn and Max!

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  1. joanna goddard

    the dress is amazing!!!

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  2. Amber Ulmer-Ulmer Studios

    OMG. This is so unique… detailed… and just overall lovely!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Amazing inspiration!

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  3. Kate Holt

    gorgeous all around. smitten with the dress of course. wish I had been gutsy enough to get married in a dress with color!

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  4. Kelly Sauer

    oh the cake! I love the cake! this is so fun! great share!

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  5. Alison Ellis

    Love the dress (the shot from the back is fabulous!), the cake and the centerpieces. Gorgeous.

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  6. Josie

    Hands down most fabulous dress I’ve seen in a while!

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  7. Leah

    I love this wedding! His tie, the flowers, and the cake are so festive and perfect for a fall wedding.

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  8. Jackie Lynn

    Oh my god I’m in love with her dress and wedding. Absolutely fabulous. So beautiful so unique and so awesome. The whole wedding seems so well coordinated and put together all aspects of the wedding just blend in so perfectly.

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  9. Aileen@LoveandLavender

    Ooh that dress IS amazing, isn’t it?? So unique!

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  10. Rachel – theWeddingVine

    Love the butterfly wedding dress! Who says things have to be traditional!

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  11. rachael

    i love her dress and the cake is beautiful!

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  12. Megan Clouse

    I adore her non-traditional dress!

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  13. Rebecca Orr

    Love her dress! The perfect “unique and different” option! And the cake is amazing…I really like how she tied the butterflies on her dress and the cake together.

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  14. Lauren @ Every Last Detail

    Love all of the bright colors! And the guest book is a great idea!

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  15. Shana

    She is rockin’ that dress! I love it! This is the best wedding I’ve seen on S&I in a long time!

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  16. lydia {ever ours}

    i want to steal her dress. so amazingly beautiful.

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  17. the joielala girls

    what a fabulous dress!! so darling!

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  18. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    love the photos and her dress is completely beautiful!

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  19. Lily

    Ohmygoodness! That dress! And his tie! Oh, I’m in love.

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  20. Margaret Ivory – Ivory Pearl Bridal Mall

    Boy, to get married in a butterfly dress is so happy! It makes me smile : )

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  21. Wedding Photos

    Oooo Love the three-tier almond chocolate cake with marzipan was topped with dahlias and faux butterflies, it looks like it belongs in the forest!

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  22. From Me To You

    This is perfection. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. Jolie

    Is it completely absurd that her butterfly dress gave me little chills? I don’t normally even like butterfly prints, but this is stunning!

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  25. Newly Domesticated

    Her dress is to die for, and so are those dahlias on the cake!

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  26. copywaitress

    stunning… I love her dress! :)

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  27. Katie Stephenson

    Where did the ties come from? Love that print and would like to try to talk my husband into something fun like that.

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  28. hena tayeb

    gorgeous dress.. i love the shot from the back.. so very whimsical

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  29. Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels

    everything about this wedding is stunning!

    Starting with her dress of course, which is amazing… and then his tie, and the cake, and the location… FABULOUS!

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  30. AmyPunky Photography

    So lovely!!!

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    Happy, unique, with great details, yet it doesn’t appear “over-thought.” Love that.

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  32. Diana

    I love her gown, butterflies are one of my favorite things! We had butterflies in our centerpieces! Love that cake, everything about this wedding is so unique and beautiful. The flower girl is so adorable!

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  33. keen

    Any idea what the name of the Jazz band is? My fiancé is from New Orleans and I’m trying to find a band for our Southern California wedding. Thanks.

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  34. Nicole Schwalge

    Love a bride willing to go outside the box!

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