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Natalie & Tyler’s Rustic Temecula Nuptials

stationery with calligraphy, beaded shoes and garter

California girl Natalie O’Toole and Massachusetts native Tyler VandenAkker met through a mutual friend in college at California Baptist University, after having their eyes on each other the whole first semester. Tyler surprised Natalie with a proposal on a Thanksgiving trip to Texas. The 24-year-olds, who live in Bellflower, chose the Galway Downs in Temecula for their nuptials for its “perfect balance of rustic and elegant,” Natalie says. Their 170 guests dined on chicken, salmon, and roast beef from a carving station; got emotional during the father-of-the-bride speech; and enjoyed watching Natalie smash cake in Tyler’s face—one of her favorite moments of the reception!

couple in field

 white lace long-sleeve gown

“I knew the moment I put the dress on,” says Natalie, who found her dream gown at designer Hayley Paige’s trunk show in New York. “Hayley Paige asked me the infamous question, ‘Are you saying yes to the dress?’ It was a surreal moment.”

bench against lighted wall with wood cut sign

white wedding cake with white and pink roses

bride with bridesmaids in dusty blue dresses

“I always imagined my wedding to be classy and elegant with a touch of a Cinderella fairy tale,” Natalie says. “I chose dusty blue for the bridesmaids’ dresses because it is timeless while adding color.”

bouquet of ivory, rose, and burgundy roses

“My bouquet was a dream!” Natalie says. “The ivory, dusty rose, and hints of burgundy were everything I had envisioned.”

Their Talented Team:

Coordination: Wedgewood Weddings at Galway Downs
Photography: Leah Marie Photography
Ceremony, Reception, and Catering: Galway Downs 
Florals: Sheila Alonzo, Soirée Floral Design
DJ: Austin Murray Entertainment 
Invitation Suite: Shine Wedding Invitations 
Dress: Hayley Paige and Kleinfeld Bridal 
Cake/Dessert: BoCakes Bakery and Great Dane Baking Company
Hair: Kaylene Skaggs
Makeup: Label Me Lindsay
Rentals: Madam Palooza

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