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Jeannie and Steve’s Adrenaline-Fueled Wedding

Jeannie and Steve’s love story began at an altitude of 13,000 feet. He, as her tandem skydiving instructor, guided her safely to the ground—where, in a rush of adrenaline, Jeannie shouted that she loved him. Steve hasn’t stopped falling for her since. …
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Doug and Kelsey’s Beautiful Seaside Ceremony

Just like fine wine, some things really do get better with time. After almost three years of being neighbors at Chico State but never talking, Doug and Kelsey finally were introduced during drinks with mutual friends. A dozen years later, Doug planned …

James and Shara’s Rustic Rainy Day Wedding

James and Shara met while they were both working at a veterinary specialty hospital, where they became close friends and eventually began to date. Later, James finally let the cat out of the bag—a gorgeous engagement ring—when he shocked Shara with a …
Bride and groom pose next to one of the fountains at the venue

Dean and Mara’s Rustic Palm Springs Wedding

Mara was smitten with Dean the moment he picked her up for their first date. “He came to my door, completely unexpected,” she says. “Most guys in California wouldn’t.” (Dean is from Michigan.) Many dates later, Dean proposed to Mara with a …

Dan and Kohleun’s Sweet Sunset Wedding

Dan and Kohleun met in line for chocolate cupcakes at the wedding of mutual friends on Mission Bay. Though he lived in the Bay Area and she in Oregon then, it didn’t take long for the editorial professionals to hit it off. …