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This Ojai Wedding’s Aesthetic Took Inspiration From Marie Antoinette, the ’60s, and Goth Romance

By Sara Dial | Photography by 

Kelly Brown

|Planning by 

Little Creek Events

After dating for almost seven years, Roxie Baker and Andrew Bernard decided to spend the special occasion of shopping for an enagagment ring, together. “He knows I am extremely particular and honestly, looking together made it more romantic, not less!” she shares. The two chose a solitaire diamond set in a gold mid-century setting by Trumpet & Horn

Soon after, while on a walk on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard, Andy proposed. “I was so overwhelmed by emotion,” the bride-to-be recalls. “After many many happy tears, I said yes, and we went for a swim together and celebrated with his family at home.”

“I grew up coming to Ojai with my mom, and we knew we wanted to get married somewhere that showcased the striking beauty of our home state,” Roxie says of her wedding venue. “Obviously there are many incredible options in the area, but we loved that Thacher House felt a bit off the beaten path but still had this almost European elegance to it.” 

The weekend aesthetic was “ultra-contemporary with a vintage feel, ethereal, and playful.” Roxie was particularly inspired by Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette—“but also with a ‘60s moment, feminine but not bridal, like 2% goth romance, but still rustic, bold but with a California ease.” Kat of Little Creek Events brought her vision to life. 

“Katrina at Goods Gang did our stationery,” Roxie shares. “Andy is a designer, and both of us are big into type. We were after something colorful, bold, and romantic but that leaned more contemporary.”

For the ceremony, Holly Flora lined the venue with dainty, meadow-inspired florals that sat amidst iron chairs, ivory programs, and parasols to create a natural garden party scene. Then, bold colors and whimsical arrangements decorated the dance floor for the after-party.

For the day-of, Roxie chose an Honor NYC dress from Loho Bride. “The one I went with just felt completely me: tea length, vintage-inspired with a Robe de Style silhouette and semi-visible architecture of a corset and bustle, and playful with bows and an oversized floral print,” she notes. “It felt ultra contemporary and like a reworked antique bridal gown all at the same time.”

The look was complete with Maison Margiela Mary Janes and pearl earrings. Chanel Cross created her natural makeup looks using clean beauty products. Andy donned a vintage-inspired white smoking jacket and black pants by High Society. He paired the look with Armani loafers. 

On May 20, 2023, Roxie walked down the aisle with her parents while the Cocteau Twins’s “Lazy Calm” played. “We wanted the ceremony to feel a little more traditional but still dreamy and ethereal,” the bride remembers. “The most special part of the ceremony aside from knowing I was marrying the love of my life was that our officiant was my twin brother, Joe. He made me and everyone else around us cry with the most heartfelt ceremony words.” Family and friends shared genuine anecdotes, before the couple exchanged vows. The ceremony ended with a kiss, and the newlyweds exited, as guests tossed ivory flower petals. 

Afterward, everyone gathered for a cocktail hour that featured martinis and a raw bar. Rory’s Place catered the spread with oysters, crab, and mussels alongside house-made flatbread and libations from The Whaling Club. Jazz extraordinaire Django Foxtrot set the mood.  

Everyone then sat amidst the glow of an Ojai evening for a seasonal menu of fish, short rib, local vegetables, and fresh sourdough. Guests raised a glass to the newlyweds, before Dent May welcomed everyone to the dance floor. 

Roxie and Andy shared a first dance to Outkast’s “Prototype.” “We’re both children of the late 90s/early 2000s and love hip-hop, and this song is funky, romantic perfection,” she notes. The bride featured a second look—a Taller Marmo feather mini dress—and “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes played, while the couple cut their Hansen’s cake. 

As the night came to a close, Roxie and Andy shared a moment alone in a softly lit record room, surrounded by hundreds of candles and “the best cookies and milk and tiramisu,” Roxie recalls. After a weekend spent celebrating, the newlyweds said goodbye to their guests and jetted off to Tokyo and Kyoto for their honeymoon. “It was a perfect mix of romantic and quiet but also hustle [and] bustle of a city with an incredible food scene, museums, and culture.”