A Rustic, Romantic Ranch Wedding at Red Tail Ranch in Ojai, California

When Tracy Lindquist (37) wed her longtime partner, Michael Ontiveros (37 and in computer design), in an intimate ceremony at Red Tail Ranch in Ojai, California, she drew from her experience as an event planner. “I knew I wanted the wedding to be a romantic, vintage-inspired ranch wedding full of natural and organic elements,” Tracy says. She and Michael made efforts to include family and artful, romantic, handmade details whenever possible. The couple’s daughters served as bridesmaids and carried bountiful bouquets made of garden roses, succulents, ranunculus, eucalyptus and black-center anemones. After exchanging rings and vows under a custom-made birch-wood wedding arch wrapped with eucalyptus and topped with a floral garland, Tracy and Michael served dinner to their 80 guests steps from the ceremony site on the private property, which was also designed to spotlight the setting's natural beauty. Long wooden feasting tables overlooked the scenic Ojai Valley and were set with vintage china and colored glassware. Market lights strung overhead lent a warm, dreamy light as the sun went down. An assortment of lightweight wraps kept guests warm—and the dancing going—long after sunset. “Keeping [the wedding] outdoors with close friends and family was exactly what we envisioned,” Tracy says. "We definitely took our sweet time getting to the altar, but it was worth the wait. The day could not have been any more perfect.” —Carolyn Meers