Just under a half hour from the seaside city of Ventura is a quaint town nestled in a valley famous for its artists, wineries, and health spas – the City of Ojai. Nestled among
sacred mountains that turn a brilliant shade of pink as the sun sets, this intimate community is a hidden retreat for celebrities, spa cognoscente, and those of us whom yearn for a weekend to recharge at a relaxed pace where nature is the backdrop for almost everything, organic farmers abound, and a world-famous art gallery is on every corner. While Ojai has several beautiful event locations we love, one of the most charming is the bed and breakfast The Lavender Inn. Located in the heart of Ojai, surrounded by the aforementioned wineries, art galleries, and one of the nation’s best Sunday Farmer’s Markets, The Lavender Inn offers an intimate feel for their weddings and encourages friends and family of the couple to stay in the Inn’s cozy suites, enjoy the on-site spa, and Inn Manager Beth’s delectable home made breakfasts. This warm, cozy feel was perfect for one of our wedding couples, and we’re excited to share some highlights from their wedding with you:
Crossing paths since elementary school, Lindsay and Joshua said “I do” in the lovely garden at Lavender Inn with 70 guests this last September, one of the most beautiful times of year for weddings in Southern California. From greeting their guests with pre-ceremony refreshments that included Water infused with Organic Lemon, Cucumber and Mint, and Rose Geranium Lemonade, to Lottery Scratch Cards for each guest in a homemade envelope, these two busy professionals (one advises the world’s leading philanthropists and the other is a flight software engineer for a space company) focused on what was most important to them: restaurant quality, locally-sourced cuisine shared in a comfortable setting with those whom are near and dear to their hearts.
When we first meet with clients, we like to get to know them and what is important to them. This is what allows us to deliver a consistently unique, fresh event experience each time. For Lindsay and Joshua, it was paramount that they have a farm-to-table meal that “celebrated Southern California’s fresh, locally sourced food.” “Main Course prepared a perfectly tailored menu that took some of our favorite dishes to the next level and fully captured the sophisticated, but down-to-earth feel of our wedding,” said bride Lindsay.
Farm to TableMenu Highlights:
Salad: Roasted Beet Salad – mixed local greens, roasted Rio Gozo beets, sweet oranges, candied Ojai walnuts, crumbled Drake Farm goat’s cheese & crispy onions with preserved lemon vinaigrette
Entrees: Herb Crusted Beef Filet with roasted mushroom & red wine demiglace |Coffee & Brown Sugar Spice
Roasted Salmon with roasted grape salsa | Sautéed Seasonal Rio Gozo Vegetables with fresh herbs | Kale & Butternut Squash Risotto with lemon zest & parmesan cheese |Gluten Free Kale & Mozzarella Ravioli with butternut squash, wilted local greens & parmesan cheese
Special Touch Highlights: Lottery Scratch Cards with each guest’s name on a handmade envelope; an excessively abundant dessert table with little paper bags for guests to fill and take with them at the end of the evening
Thank You to Our Event Partners: Venue: Lavender Inn | Catering & Desserts: Main Course California | Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center | Florist: Emily Floral | Ceremony Music: Subito Strings | Reception Music: In the Mix Events | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman | Coordinator: Beth at the Lavender Inn | Photographer: B&E Photography | Videographer: Riviera Productions | Hair/Makeup: La Rouge Artistry