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Kayla & David: A Violet and Olive Wedding in Silverado, CA

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Kayla & David in Silverado, CA
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Kayla wound up finding a boutique back in Atlanta online and had them custom-create a dress for her. "I knew my plan would either be the best one I have ever had, or a total bust," she says. Kayla was in luck however; when the Alençon lace sheath with a trumpet skirt arrived, it was perfect.
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Taking advantage of California’s almost predictable weather, Kayla and David opted to exchange vows outdoors in a small theater-style area at their site. One of the most touching moments of the ceremony came when David’s brother read a letter that the groom had written to his late father expressing his love for Kayla.
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Kayla and one of her nieces decorated the aisle with paper cones filled with lavender and peacock feathers.
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The florist adorned the altar area with two large arrangements featuring flowers, greenery, and more feathers.
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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
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