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Bev Cohn: Wedding in Ojai
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Wedding ceremony conducted under a 150-year-old grand Oak tree. Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Wedding Bells in Charming Ojai
By Beverly Cohn

rides-to-be all over America are meeting with wedding planners to create the most special day of their lives and for future brides here in Southern California a most magical option awaits them at the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, this AAA Five Diamond resort, situated on 220 acres shaded by giant oak trees, offers a selection of destination weddings to fit every budget and every life style which include panoramic settings in intimate outdoor courtyards, lush lawns, herb gardens, and private villas.

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The wedding couple walk down the Herb Garden's meandering path. Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Guests can turn an ordinary wedding into their mini-vacation as the inn will create a variety of custom wedding and honeymoon packages that include rooms, rehearsal brunch or dinner, ceremony in venue choice, and customized activities for the bridal party and their guests including spa treatments, championship golf, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, fishing, and kayaking as well as visits to local artistsí studios.

Depending on the number of wedding guests, hereís a sample of some of the tranquil settings for the ceremony: With the signature fragrance of lavender delicately filling the air, 65 varieties of herbs, and 20 types of fruit trees lining the meandering paths, the Herb Garden can accommodate up to 60 guests while the adjacent Herb Garden Lawn and a vine-covered pergola can accommodate up to 200 guests. The bridal party is invited to gather lavender and herbs before the ceremony to create bouquets or boutonnieres.

Photo by Beverly Cohn

The Hacienda Courtyard, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, is an outdoor 1920ís Spanish Colonial courtyard encircled by lush foliage, lavender, orange trees, and a breathtaking view of the Topa Topa Mountains and Ojai Valley portrayed as the mythical paradise of Shangri-La by Frank Capra in his 1937 classic Lost Horizon.

A less formal alternative is the resortís Big Red Barn, a mile from the Inn in horse country. Featuring a genuine hayloft, saloon, and adjoining paddock, the barn can accommodate up to 200 hootiní and holleriní guests as the bride and groom ride up to the altar outfitted with matching Western saddles.

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The historic golf course. Photo by Beverly Cohn.

With the magnificent mountains and the famous golf course serving as a backdrop, Artist’s Cottage Lawn houses a 150-year-old grand Oak tree under which the ceremony is conducted. This picturesque setting can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Photo by Beverly Cohn.

Feeding your guests wonderful food is made easy as the Inn’s talented culinary team can customize your menus with a variety of Ojai Harvest cuisine, featuring herbs from the estate, local squab and olive oil as well as products from Ojai farmers, ranchers, fishmongers, and vintners. In addition, for those guests who arrive early or stay after the wedding, the resort has four excellent restaurants that likewise use regionally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Courtyard entrance to the spa. Photo by Beverly Cohn.

To complete the wedding package, a visit to the 31,000-square-foot luxury spa is essential. Treatments abound with one signature treatment called Kuyam, a Chumash Indian word meaning “a place to rest together.” Combining the therapeutic effects of cleansing mud, dry heat, inhalation therapy, and guided meditation, this would be a perfect pre-wedding or post-wedding treat as the room can accommodate up to eight men or women. Any vestige of stress will vanish leaving you refreshed, relaxed and totally at peace.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Let Bev know what you think about her traveling adventure.

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Thanks so much for those lovely tourism photos, especially of Ireland. I certainly enjoyed all the places you suggested, and am working towards my next vacation. Don’t forget Cuba. That’s an exciting place.

Rosalie, Los Angeles

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Enjoyed your article on Mira Sorvino. Such an interesting background – family, education, career and now human rights activist. I'm not a gossip mag fan so getting more meaty news about movie celebrities from you gives me hope that there are some inteligent life forms in Hollywood.

Peter Paul, Pasadena, CA

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Thank you, Bev. This reminded me to go see the movie, "An Education," which I had already almost forgotten about, having seen the preview a few weeks ago. I enjoy this actress quite a bit--she has a uniqueness about her and she pulls me in. I enjoyed this.

Sandeee, Seattle, WA

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Thank you Beverly,I really enjoyed reading about your intimate conversation with Forest, of whom I am a great admirer. I look forward to seeing the film "Our Family Wedding."

Yoka, Westlake Village, CA

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Thank you for the sending me the beautiful article you wrote about Ireland. We will use your recomendations for hotels in the Southern part. We plan to also go to Dublin and some other Northern cities so I will get some recommendations for these from others. After reading your article, I am getting more excited about going. I think we will be in Ireland for 8 days altogether.

Leah Mendelsohn, Santa Monica, CA

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Very much enjoyed Ms. Cohn's article about Munich, especially the visuals. Though it has been 25 years since my last visit, the piece brought back countless pleasant memories of the city and the people!! Many thanks.

Lawrence, Los Angeles

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Marianplatz and that general area is truly one of the best Christmas celebrations in the world. Between that and Oktoberfest (which I can only imagine) Munich is one of the greatest cities in the world for major annual events.

Christopher Dale, New York, NY

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Hi Bev, you have done some wonderful pieces on some great celebs...Great work. The travel articles are just wonderful too.

Scott Mueller, Huntington Beach, CA

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Your great Zurich article makes me want to go there for the holidays! I love the photos, too, especially the ones of you in the sleigh, the view over the houses and the zoo!

Anna Marie, Santa Monica, CA

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Lovely article! As a European, and having been to Zurich (albeit in summer) I can vouch for this lovely city. Great pictures, too!

Helene Robins, Santa Monica, CA

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Hi Bev,

Nice review, nice seeing you, nice website interface "...Talk to Bev" - Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Richard D. Kaye, Marina del Rey, CA

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Hi Bev,

Your interview with John Cusack is very interesting. I always wondered why these actors/actresses always get top billing when really, if you think about it, the real work come from the animators, writers and tech whizzes who spend far more hours on the movie than those actors. I know, I know, it's the all about marketing. The names of these actors are what bring in the big bucks. Still, I think these actors are way overpaid for the "little" that they do.

I remember that once upon a time, the early animation classics never mentioned the voices behind the characters. I think it was only later when Walt Disney tapped into the voices of known celebrities like Walter Matthau in the Jungle Book or Zsa Zsa Gabor in The Rescuers that the voices became a marketing magnet.

Keep up the good work. I enjoy your interviews as you peer into the lives of the Hollywood celebrities.

Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

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