Quinn & Max | Quirky Ojai Wedding with Butterfly Dress

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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58 comments

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

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

  • 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.

  • Rebecca Orr says:

    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.

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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!

  • keen says:

    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.

  • Bennie says:

    That is one of the most uniquely beautiful wedding dresses I have ever seen. Love it!

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