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Melanie & Gavin: An Outdoor Wedding in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Bright satin shoes added a playful edge to Melanie's sophisticated look.
J. Crew
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The guys looked stylish in grey suits accented with orange ties for the groomsmen and a yellow one for the groom. They attached printed pins saying, "groom," "best man" or "groomsman" to their jacket pockets.
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Orchids and roses in shades of gold, green and orange were vibrant and fun.
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Chocolate cosmos distinguished the bridesmaids' bouquets from the bride's, and orange and yellow polka-dot ribbon wrapped the stems.
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The groomsmen's ties perfectly matched the bridesmaids' orange ensembles.
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Melanie used her graphic design background to create one-of-a-kind grey invites with a white swirl pattern and a casual, country-style type. A yellow dinner reception card mimicked the design.
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Curly willow branches and fresh flowers filled golden vases in the ceremony space.
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Chocolate brown napkins and orange-and-yellow centerpieces decorated the tables for a simple, stylish look.
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Orange-and-white printed paper wrapped around glass vases tied in the color palette, while chocolate cosmos and yellow and orange roses filled the centerpieces.
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Two hundred and fifty cupcakes lined a five-tier stand painted by the groom's mother.
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Melanie and Gavin danced to "Lost in This Moment," by Big & Rich, which the band learned especially for the couple's first dance.

Melanie & Gavin in San Luis Obispo, CA

Brangelina, meet Melvin. That's the clever moniker that friends of Melanie and Gavin came up with to refer to the college sweethearts. The couple first met at a house party, when he was sophomore and she was a freshman. They hit it off immediately. Since summer break was coming up, they held off getting together. When they returned to school that fall, they reconnected, and in December, they officially became a couple. The Bride Melanie Usas, 28, graphic designer The Groom Gavin Crabb, 29, financial services The Date September 6 Nearly seven years later, while driving home from L.A. (where they were living at the time) for Memorial Day weekend, one of their car mates (who was in on a secret proposal) lied and said he needed to swing by their old school, (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) for a professor's signature. Even though that was unlikely considering they'd graduated years before, they obliged by stopping by campus. While taking in the gorgeous scenery in front of Melanie's old dorm, Gavin got down and proposed. They went out for tri-tip—thin-sliced steak—sandwiches at their old hangout, Firestone Grill, located in downtown San Luis Obispo, to celebrate!
- Tia Albright
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