Whitney & Matt | Wedding in Ojai, CA
Whitney and Matt’s love story is one we only see or hear about in movies. When asking Whitney she refers to the story as ‘The Chef and The Pilot’. Whitney Webster, chef and food stylist in LA, met Matt Liknaitzky, pilot and aviator, in 2016 on a whim. She agreed to fly to Catalina on a Sunday for hiking, lunch and adventure. She had never been before because she didn't like boats, but flying there was another story! Her friends didn't mention it was a set up, nor did she care to be on a blind date, but when she showed up at the airport and met the South African pilot who would be flying them to the island, her heart had an instant feeling. For months, the chef and the pilot kept their cards close to chest and began innocently as friends. Respect, laughter and connection deepened with every rendezvous.
After a few months, Matt changed the tune and invited her on an official date. They flew in his Christian Eagle bi-plane over the city, had dinner at her favorite Italian spot and alas, a first kiss. Love, travel, adventure and partnership developed. After a year and half, Matt proposed to Whitney on a bike ride in Venice, CA. He commissioned a street artist to paint a piece on a blank wall off Abbott Kinney Blvd. that said "I want it all, I want the best for us. Say yes." Whitney, reading the sign while riding her bike, almost crashed, but managed to safely dismount and say yes!
Finding Ojai as a wedding location took a few months, but they loved the laid back natural vibe, the serene beauty and the connection everyone in the community has with each other. Opting to celebrate and exchange vows in a setting that was in line with that, they found The Caravan Outpost as their hub for 3 days of entertaining, and Hanuman Gardens, as a sanctuary for their ceremony.
They said "I do" on June 30th, 2018 on top of a hillside at Hanuman Gardens covered in wildflowers. Following the ceremony, they rode their bikes with a gaggle of friends through downtown back to the Caravan Outpost for the celebration and party. It was a collective group effort - friends and family all helped set the tables, decorate the alter, make the signs, orchestrate the games, cook the food - so in the end, it was a true representation of love and connection. Most people in attendance have said it was the best wedding they've ever been to. Matt and Whitney agree!