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Courtney & Erin: An Outdoor Wedding in Los Angeles, CA

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Courtney's hair was worn to the side in a chignon accented with a peony.
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The ceremony was held in the small garden in front of a fountain draped with flowers and surrounded by candles.  The mother of the bride had filled galvanized buckets with flowers and placed them on the chairs that lined the aisle.
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As guests entered through the front into the main room, they were greeted by a table of maracas.  Each maraca had a guest's name, a table number, and a poem about shaking their maracas. These doubled as the wedding favors.
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Courtney's neice snapped Polaroids of guests as they entered the reception, which became part of the decor. The photos were hung from the balcony above the dance floor.
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Mason jars filled with candles emitted a soft light along the stairway inside the reception site.
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Long banquet tables were draped with chocolate brown linens and topped with white square bistro plates. The raspberry-colored napkins were rolled up with flatware and tied with twine.
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Courtney purchased about 50 old Spanish vinegar jars and arranged them in the center of each table in groups of five with two or three stems each of dahlias, ranunculuses, kangaroo paws, spider mums, or billy balls.
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The couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to "Guilty of Loving You" from the movie Amelie.

Courtney & Erin in Los Angeles, CA

Though they didn't attend the same high school, Courtney knew James as a teenager, since they had the same group of friends. The summer after her freshman year of college, Courtney called Erin and told him about her longtime crush on him. He followed her to San Francisco as she finished college, and then Courtney moved to southern California when Erin started at Art Center College of Design. During the nine years they were together, they often talked about getting married. The Bride Courtney Keefe, 30, designer/artist The Groom James (Erin) de Jauregui, 30, photographer The Date June 9 One day, Courtney came home with pictures of the perfect place for the ceremony, and it was then that Erin ran to the bedroom and came back with Courtney's grandmother’s ring.
- Sarah Klem
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