Kayla & David in Silverado, CA
When Kayla Paulsen and David Neal were introduced by a mutual friend a few years back, "it was not love at first sight," Kayla says. "I barely remember it and David claims I 'brushed him off!'" Luckily, the two ran into each other again a few weeks later, and that time sparks flew. After years of dating and a proposal, the couple moved to California where Kayla and David hosted a wedding near their new home.
The Bride Kayla Paulsen, 30, accountant
The Groom David Neal, 34, manufacturing plant manager
The Date June 16
The couple looked for the perfect place to host their nuptials for months. "David and I had completely different ideas about the location, but when we saw Rancho Las Lomas, the great debate was over," Kayla says. An added bonus was the ranch's private exotic animal zoo. On one of their first meetings with their wedding coordinator, she complimented Kayla on an arrangement she’d made that featured peacock feathers. "It set the wheels in motion for all of us," says Kayla. "We wanted to play up the idea of the animals, but not go too over-the-top with it." A violet and olive palette set their nature-chic style.
- Kate Wood