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Ojai Valley Rehearsal Dinner from Elizabeth Messina Photography

In the scheme of wedding weekends, rehearsal dinners are a pretty big deal. They set the tone for everything to follow, and give couples a chance to shake those jitters before the Big Day. And this Ojai Valley Inn affair? Well, it’s the kind of rehearsal I’d die to attend. Mostly because Merryl Brown Events and Mindy Rice were the masterminds behind every rustic-inspired detail, and Elizabeth Messina was there to capture it all. And if you think this is awesome, just wait until you see the real wedding coming up next!

From Merryl Brown Events... Rustic, dusty and muted tones filled the old red barn at the Ojai Valley Inn with a charming old world elegance through the use of beautiful textiles, open organic flowers and a dappling of flickering candles. This was truly a welcoming and unexpected detour for a barn that frequently displays a country “barn party” look. Vignettes composed of chic linen sofas and oversized linen chairs were arranged in areas that beckoned guests to sit down and take in the surrounding energy with a favorite cocktail in hand! Billowing curtains, sewn from yards and yards of earthy toned linen were pulled back with dramatic floral sashes, giving the barn a fresh and lovely look. Diner was served at a collection of round and rectangular dining tables draped in lovely soft green woven textiles and English floral La Tavola linens, creating an eclectic and wonderful late spring look. Music played all evening long and then kicked into high gear on the hand-painted dance floor while ice cream sundaes were served from a rustic wooden table, along with footed mugs of steaming coffee. This rehearsal dinner was a glorious way to kick off an epic wedding weekend!




  1. Paul says:

    Upon reading the article, I am really amazed on Merryl Brown Events’ concept of conducting rehearsal dinner on the exact location of the wedding reception. Also, Elizabeth Messina truly captured the most picturesque and splendid view of the Ojai Valley Inn as the wedding venue. Through this article, I am greatly inspired to make my own wedding elegant yet breathtaking ceremony.

  2. Phil Mason says:

    I greatly appreciated Merryl Brown Events for imparting this creative article to the public. Merryl Brown Events’ partnership with Elizabeth Messina photography is truly exceptional for it provides a very innovative approach in events planning. Kudos for this great breakthrough!

  3. Noah Parker says:

    I really commend Merryl Brown Events for their superb creation of an exquisite, elegant and creative wedding ceremony. Merryl Brown ensures that every detail of an event is given utmost and quality attention for the holistic satisfaction of the public.

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