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Real Weddings: Spring 2018

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Arlene and Endy’s Free-Spirited Wedding

A flirtatious encounter at a concert—she stole his beer—led Arlene to steal Endy’s heart. Later, their relationship hit another high note when Endy proposed in a hot-air balloon. They opted to join their lives together at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park—a …
bridal party smelling their bouquets

Bryan and Haylee’s Marble Love Wedding

Bryan and Haylee attended rival colleges in Washington state, but overcame their competitive spirits for romance to bloom. After college, the couple maintained a long-distance relationship until Bryan knew it was time to cement their future together. He proposed to Haylee at …
Brian and Cheryl hold hands

Brian and Cheryl’s Big Happy Family Wedding

Though she probably had some promising presents waiting under the Christmas tree, Cheryl received her shiniest holiday gift a few days early while at a lookout point over Washington’s Snoqualmie Falls. Brian, clasping the ring so tightly his knuckles turned white (it …
groom holds bride close

Jessica and Victor’s Playful La Jolla Wedding

For Jessica and Victor, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. The two worked together for three years, slowly bonding over shared interests—like snowboarding—and eventually discovering their interest in each other. Victor proposed on a snowboarding trip in Hokkaido, Japan. “Nature was …
beach wedding ceremony

Nicole and Steven’s Gorgeous Beach Wedding

It all started with a smile—from across the outfield. Nicole and Steven played on a coed softball team together. “I played right field and he played left field,” she says. “When I would catch him looking at me, he would have this …
couple kiss in front of wooden arbor covered in flowers

Ben and Rebecca’s Bohemian Outdoor Wedding

Ben was Rebecca’s first and last experience with online dating. The couple’s lives were changed by the dating app Bumble—and then again when, after a romantic beach picnic, Ben popped the question at sunset and whisked Rebecca to a surprise engagement party …
bride in strapless gown and groom in Navy SEAL uniform

Conor and Nicole’s Luxurious Wedding Celebration

Conor stole Nicole’s heart on a night out during her last year of college. “We were instantly inseparable,” she says. Though fate put their relationship to the test when Conor, a Navy Surface Warfare Officer, went on a nine-month deployment, after that, …
groom in white naval uniform and bride in fitted white gown with long veil

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. …