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Rustic Weddings

James and Shara’s Rustic Rainy Day Wedding

By Jordan Lemke 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 …
Bride and groom pose next to one of the fountains at the venue

Dean and Mara’s Rustic Palm Springs Wedding

By Jordan Lemke 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 …

Amber and David’s Very Vintage Real Wedding

By Jordan Lemke Amber and David were pushed together by a combination of scholastic coincidence and persistence. “The first day of class, he asked to be partners, and I said no,” Amber recounts of their college days. “Two classes later he got …
bride with bridesmaids in dusty blue dresses

Natalie & Tyler’s Rustic Temecula Nuptials

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 …
sunset silhouette view of bride and groom walking on hilltop

Jared and Kelsey’s Woodsy Vista Real Wedding

Though Jared Medeiros, 28, and Kelsey Johnson, 28, met in high school in their hometown of Cypress, California, it wasn’t until several years later that they first hung out one-on-one. On Valentine’s Day 2010, they made their relationship official, and five years …
Real Wedding at Liberty Station

Kristen and Jordan’s Rustic Brewery Real Wedding

From their first official date—a Padres game at Petco Park—to their spring wedding at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station, Jordan Gardner and Kristen Coker’s love story is a totally San Diego affair. The Pacific Beach–based couple celebrated their …