Discover the Magic of Ojai Labyrinth: A Unique Wedding Venue and Meditative Labyrinth in the Heart of the Ojai Valley
In the heart of the picturesque Ojai Valley, nestled amidst the rolling hills and serene landscapes, lies a hidden gem that's capturing the hearts of engaged couples seeking a more intimate wedding experience. Ojai Labyrinth, a newer wedding venue and a beacon of land stewardship, offers a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you and your guests inspired.
From the venue's website:
What is the Labyrinth?
The labyrinth offers an opportunity for walking meditation representing the journey to enlightenment. Just as we think we are closest to the center, we are actually the farthest away. We are all on the same path, but we all travel at a different pace, and we all must navigate unexpected twists and turns. There is only one path to the center, and unlike a maze, there are no dead ends. As we get closer to the center of the labyrinth, we get closer to our own center and our own truth.
The labyrinth takes several minutes to walk in its entirety. Enter the path holding a question in your mind. By the time you reach the center the answer may rise up from your subconscious as if by magic. Is it magic, or is it Ojai? By the time you wind your way out on the path, feel centered, calm, and at peace with the natural beauty that surrounds you every step of the way.
The stone path was constructed circa 1990. The design is based on an ancient pattern and is the same as the labyrinth of the Chartres Cathedral, in Paris, France. The Chartres labyrinth may have been built as early as the 13th century, though the actual date is unknown. This pattern has been duplicated at churches, monasteries, hospitals, and other locations throughout the world.
Ojai Labyrinth is a dream venue, plus it's owners are incredibly kind and thoughtful people.
Before we dive into this wedding at Ojai Labyrinth, let's take a moment to appreciate the captivating beauty of Ojai itself. Known for its idyllic setting, this charming town is a sanctuary of tranquility just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Surrounded by the Topa Topa Mountains and enveloped in a Mediterranean climate, Ojai is a natural wonderland that has long attracted artists, dreamers, and those seeking a connection with nature and a slower lifestyle.
The Ojai Labyrinth is more than just a wedding venue; it's a testament to the deep respect and care for the land and nature it inhabits. The labyrinth itself, an intricate and ancient symbol of spiritual journey and self-discovery, serves as the centerpiece of this enchanting property. As you tread its winding paths, you'll feel a profound sense of connection to the earth and your surroundings.
One of the most admirable aspects of Ojai Labyrinth is its commitment to land stewardship. In an era where sustainable practices are paramount, this venue stands as a shining example. The owners have taken great care to ensure that weddings and events hosted here leave a minimal environmental footprint. From water conservation to native plant restoration, every effort is made to preserve the natural beauty of this cherished valley. Plant Shop 805 which provides the plant décor is committed to native California plant and botanical care, specializing in desert tropical plants.
Vintage glassware by Otis and Pearl- one of the preferred vendors.
Tim and Erin
Tim and Erin hosted their intimate private wedding with only their family members. They gathered together to chat beforehand, and then were pronounced man and wife with the beautiful Topa Topa mountains behind them. I loved being able to photograph this Ojai wedding, and I hope to get invited back to photograph many more events at Ojai Labyrinth. The peace of being so high up with a 360 degree view of the mountains cannot be beat.
And now my favorite part! A family ring blessing.
I have never seen this in any of the weddings I've attended. Tim and Erin passed their wedding rings around to all members in attendance and asked them to bless their rings with a word or phrase that they hoped would be in their marriage. Words like "patience" "kindness" and "forgiveness" held energy now passed to the rings and their wearers. I'm trying to not make a Lord of the Rings joke or reference here. I genuinely thought it was so beautiful and unique.
After the first kiss...
Tim and Erin went to enjoy a private moment by themselves, and then we went into taking photos. When couples are this happy on their wedding day it's hard to take a bad picture honestly. As a wedding photographer in Ojai I get to see so many couples get married, and the most striking thing of every wedding is that palpable joy. It's one of the happiest days of your life for a reason.