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Real Weddings: Spring 2018

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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. …
bride and groom in front of colorful tile wall

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 …
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 …