A Bohemian Garden Wedding at the Gardens at Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande, California

Jenna Mae Gibson (26 and an employee of Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds) was working as a host at a sushi restaurant when she met Doug Hidinger (33 a

Jenna Mae Gibson (26 and an employee of Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds) was working as a host at a sushi restaurant when she met Doug Hidinger (33 and an assistant winemaker at Just In Vineyards), who was a sushi chef at the time. “Doug began training me to be a sushi chef, and we've spent every day together, since” Jenna Mae says. “We dated for almost seven years while we finished college and traveled to different places.” Jenna Mae and Doug wanted their wedding to be relaxed and set in a naturally beautiful location. The Gardens at Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande, California, was their ideal combination of elegance and bohemian beauty. “The venue was perfect for us because it was a one-stop place for everything, and it was gorgeous,” Jenna Mae says. “We didn't have to decorate much since most of the plants were in bloom.” After a ceremony under a luscious flower arch in the venue’s garden, guests kicked back at the on-site reception—signing a pair of cornhole boards (in lieu of a guest book) and perusing a large table of desserts. In another departure from tradition, Jenna Mae and Doug skipped wedding favors and instead donated $2 per guest to their local animal shelter. “Our advice to future couples would be to make sure your guests have a good time. If they're feeling good, a lot of pressure is taken off when it's time to start the party,” Jenna Mae says. “Also, take care of the major bookings well in advance, and a day-of coordinator is a life saver.” —Carolyn Meers

Jenna Mae wore a pair of neutral beige-suede closed-toe heels with a stylish ankle strap.
"I went with the classic look mixed with my bohemian style," Jenna Mae says. "I love long-sleeve dresses, so that was a must." Jenna Mae's bountiful bouquet was a combination of crimson roses, greenery and dripping hyacinths.
Each bridesmaid chose a different style of dress in blush tone from ShowMeYourMumu.com. Their vibrant bouquets matched Jenna Mae's and consisted of crimson and white roses and trailing hyacinths. "The garden we were married in had a lot of light-colored flowers, so I tried to make my bouquet really pop by adding deep reds and purples," Jenna Mae says.
Doug sported a light-gray suit and paired it with a denim blue tie, a tawny leather belt and loafers.
Jenna Mae and Doug exchanged vows under a floral arch in the venue's garden. “The venue was perfect for us because it was a one-stop place for everything, and it was gorgeous,” Jenna Mae says. “We didn't have to decorate much since most of the plants were in bloom or full of green.”
Bohemian Aisle Decorations
"I always wanted to wear a gray suit for my wedding, and it seemed to work out," Doug says. "Gray fit in nicely with the garden, while black would have stood out like a sore thumb."
"I wanted to add some color to the tables, so I decided to rent miscellaneous-colored goblet glasses for water and wine," Jenna Mae says. "The mismatched colors kept the bohemian theme I was going for and also blended nicely with all the garden flowers."
Paso Robles' Paper Cake Events created the couple's simple two-tier rough-frosted wedding cake and topped it with crimson blossoms. The cake was accompanied by a tableful of other desserts.
For an addition to the dessert spread, Paper Cake Events designed violet sugar cookies frosted with the couple's initials. Warm gold and brass votive candles added warmth to this table.
Paper Cake Events in Paso Robles created a variety of desserts in addition to the wedding cake; including vibrant pink and purple truffles, brownies, macarons and monogrammed cookies.