An Elegant, Travel-Inspired Wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

It was important to Olga Doykhen (29 and a chef) and Dakota Fitch (29 and a real estate developer) that every detail of their authentic nuptials exemp

It was important to Olga Doykhen (29 and a chef) and Dakota Fitch (29 and a real estate developer) that every detail of their authentic nuptials exemplify their relationship and shared passions. "We share a love of travel and food," Olga says. "Those two elements were reflected throughout the entire evening." Captured by Joanna Toto for Ira Lippke Studios, both the outdoor ceremony and tented reception were held at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California, where the couple infused the property's old-world Spanish charm with a neutral palette and contemporary decor for an elegant affair. Vows were exchanged in the lavish courtyard under brick arches embellished with airy white blooms and cascading greenery. Plenty of worldly entertainment followed, including a recessional parade led by an elephant, synchronized swimmers, contortionists and belly dancers. The reception space was adorned in airy white drapery, dramatic hanging floral arrangements, lush centerpieces, soft lighting and modern furniture to create a luxurious and romantic ambiance. Each menu item was artfully selected to portray the couple's favorite flavors, while personalized details, such as boarding passes for escort cards, menus in the form of passports and miniature globes hand-painted with memorable travel destinations as table numbers, echoed the theme. "We loved incorporating who we are and the things we love into each part of our wedding," Olga says. —Samantha Meux

Sticking with her neutral palette, Olga chose strapy nude heels with just a hint of sparkle.
"The style was formal and very classic," Olga says of her lace gown and cathedral-length veil and the bridal party attire.
Olga is from Russia, where flowers have very specific meanings, so she carefully selected only those with positive significance. Her oversize bouquet featured neutral blooms and cascading greenery with a refined organic texture.
Symbolic of one of their many travel destinations, Olga and Dakota posed with a beautiful elephant on their wedding day.
Live musicians provided entertainment during the outdoor ceremony at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California.
Among the many forms of entertainment were synchronized swimmers performing in the tented pool at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California.
Lucite chairs, elegant drapery and a neutral palette brought a contemporary feel to Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California
The travel theme was incorporated throughout the decor, including hand-painted miniature globes for table numbers and passports for menus.
Hanging greenery and soft lighting created and ultra-romantic ambiance for the tented evening reception.
The five-tier wedding cake tied in the white and green colors with a modern design.