English Garden Party and Hollywood Glam Blend in Dreamy Fall Wedding at Quail Ranch

Professional model and dancer Taylor wed startup advisor Rob in a magical day that featured a bubble gun exit and splendid choreographed first dance.
Written by
Emily Sweet

Hues of sage, ivory, dusty mauve and gold elegantly mingled throughout Taylor Swantek and Rob Ogden's autumn wedding at Quail Ranch, which boldly blended their vision of an English Garden Party with hints of Bond's "Casino Royale." The couple were no strangers to glamorous style and design, as Taylor's experience as a pilates instructor, professional dancer and model set the tone for an intricate and showstopping event (and of course, photos). Rob popped the question to Taylor in Fall of 2020, under the guise of "taking a holiday photo" at Joshua Tree. The moment was captured in high-res by Taylor's sister and brother-in-law who were waiting to join in the celebration which made for an unforgettable memory. A few years later, their dazzling celebration at Quail Ranch in Simi Valley was the epitome of elevated elegance. For the detail-oriented Taylor and Rob, ensuring a plethora of unique details and a festive ambiance was essential. The day's finishing touches did not disappoint; the couple's first dance was an intricate and impressive dance venture, and a bubble tunnel made for a truly grandiose exit. A key focal point for Taylor and Rob on their wedding day was to honor Taylor's father, who had recently passed away. Taylor's bridal bouquet featured a locket with a picture of him, and although her father was not there to walk her down the aisle, a heartwarming and otherwordly moment drove the crowd to tears as Taylor walked down the stairs leading up to the aisle, physically alone but spiritually swathed with so much familial love. 

Taylor spent her childhood enamored with period dramas and fantastical realms, which was the foundation for their wedding-day vision. The goal of melding the organic garden party elements with more whimsical and heavenly elements was expertly executed, featuring Butterflies as a central motif in décor and signage. To round out the ambiance, the couple knew they needed to add in hints of Hollywood glam, echoing the excitement and luxury of James Bond's "Casino Royale" film. Rob kept things dapper in a black tux for the ceremony but opted for a white jacket adorned with a red carnation for the reception, which added a bold infusion of style into the celebration that paired splendidly with Taylor's second look: a bedazzled mini dress with fringe detailing. The ceremony and reception embedded dainty pink florals with the overgrown elegance of Quail Ranch's landscaping, and hints of sage were a whisper of tranquility that added to décor, and golden vessels and signage kept things feeling luxurious. Guests were greeted with Wildflower seeds at each place setting, and tables paid homage to meaningful cities for Rob and Taylor. A glimmering champagne tower made for a sumptuous photo-op, and the couple's grand exit solidified the entire ambiance. Bride Taylor originally dreamed of a sparkler exit, but due to venue restrictions related to fire hazards, the couple had to get creative. Rob's Amazon find of electric bubble guns was undeniably magical as an exit accouterment. 

Even surrounded on all sides by gorgeous décor and genuine love, the true showstopper of the night had to the first dance. Professional choreographer and friend Desi Jevon helped the couple perfect a dance medley featuring “At Last” by Etta James, “Bamboleo” by Celia Cruz and "September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. With distinct soul, salsa and disco sections, the dance required months of practice and extreme devotion from the groom Rob, who practiced multiple times a week leading up to the wedding. The dance featured an outfit reveal for Taylor, and was perhaps the most delightful main-character moment we've seen this year. After their first dance, Taylor teamed up with some of her girl gang to perform a special number for Rob. Featuring Taylor and four of her closest friends (who also happen to be professional dancers), the girls incorporated parasols and props into complicated formations and movements. But the surprises couldn't end there - when wedding guests jumped up to join the synchronized flash mob on stage it was truly a celebration for all. 

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