Boho-Inspired Vow Renewal in Ojai, California with a Baby Alpaca!

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Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

At GWS, we believe that each + every day with the one you love is a reason to celebrate… So vow renewals + anniversary sessions hold a special place in our hearts! From concept to creation, serendipity was a recurring theme throughout the entire planning process of this styled shoot turned vow renewal for Ojai couple, Cristen + Gabriel. How did serendipity play a role? Well, while the photography team, Burgundy Blue, and farmer florist, Topa Flora, were scouting locations for the shoot, they bumped into Cristen + Gabriel, the owners of Sunstream Goods, and the two were thrilled to model for the shoot!

The couple’s wedding anniversary fell just days following the shoot so the team decided to model the shoot around the couple, turning the styled shoot into an *actual* vow renewal for the couple! They included their two youngsters, the most adorable baby alpaca, and the couple spoke their true renewed vows under a setting sun at Black Walnut Ranch, located on the outskirts of upper Ojai with dramatic views of the Topa Topa Mountain Range.

Let’s take a look at how the whole thing, designed by Hive Events, came together + swoon over the details, shall we?

calligraphy invitation

rings

THAT RING! Such a stunner of a piece, right? Any guesses where it’s from? The couple’s very own shop — Sunstream Goods. The bohemian + modern vibes of the day were actually inspired by Cristen’s jewelry line, Eros, which is sold from her vintage airstream turned boutique.

baby alpaca wedding

baby alpaca at a wedding

baby alpaca wedding

baby alpaca at a wedding

The darling alpacas (Annie + Opal) belong to Mike with Paparado Alpacas.

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Our absolute favorite memory of this unique and beautiful experience was watching our children interact with the baby alpacas. The way that the four young souls (the two alpacas and our two children) became so instantly attached was so special and so delicately sweet. Watching them lean into each other and embrace the animals so innocently and lovingly made our hearts sing as parents.

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

How CUTE are they?!

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

R.S. Hair and Makeup harnessed the natural glow of the entire day and translated it into a stunning look for the bride.

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Those hanging florals are by Topa Flora. Wouldn’t you *love* to have this in your backyard?! The goal was to take the well-known trends we all love, but put a little spin to show it could be something new, yet recognizable.

Vintage wedding dress

loose ranunculus bouquet

Those rustic, moody + autumn-inspired florals = Color palette inspo of our DREAMS

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Rich and surprising colors of turquoise, golden yellow, and aubergine felt indulgent and romantic, popping against the concrete and natural green backdrops provided by the ranch. That stunning calligraphic art is by Sophia Loves Letters.

calligraphy name card

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Floral ice cubes? Yes, please!!

gold naked cake

We’d gladly have this gold brush semi-naked cake by Sugar Lab Bake Shop at any + every event…

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

A beautiful spread was catered by Private Chef Robin and displayed among vintage rentals from Party Pleasers Event Rental Co. The menu included a fennel, garlic, + mushroom tart, a fig and olive papenzde with pistachio, seasonal spreads of cucumber and preserved lemon labneh, along with feta-orange marmalade with zatar dip. Can you say, “YUM?”

modern cake stand

How gorgeous is this display of turquoise gold drip cakes?!

teal drip cake

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Modern Gypsy Vow Renewal Inspiration

Wasn’t that absolutely heart warming?! Not only was it styled to perfection (hello textures + plenty of gold accents), but the way they incorporated their children was so sweet… Plus all the emotion that could be felt through the photos! From the team at GWS, happy anniversary!!

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To see more of this celebration of love + more baby alpacas, check out this sweet clip by Sarah Bourscheid.

photography: Burgundy Blue // venue name: Black Walnut Ranch, Ojai, California, USA // event design: Hive Events // planning: Hive Events // florals: Topa Flora // wedding dress: Vintage // bride’s shoes: Vintage // bride’s ring: Sunstream Goods // hair stylist: R.S. Hair & Makeup // makeup artist: R.S. Hair & Makeup // groom attire: Vintage // groom’s shoes: Vintage // groom’s ring: Sunstream Goods // videography: Sarah Bourscheid // paper goods: Sophia Loves Letters // calligraphy: Sophia Loves Letters // catering: Private Chef Robin // cake: Sugar Lab Bake Shop // tabletop rentals: Party Pleasers // furniture rentals: Party Pleasers // linen rentals: Tono & Co. // specialty rentals: little ones tie from Dazi // lollipops: Amborella Organics

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