A Glamorous Vineyard Wedding at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California

Just over three years after being matched through an online dating site, Silicon Valley residents Laura (29 and a teacher) and Pierre (37 and a lawyer) wed in a rustic, romantic affair at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California. “The focus of our design was rustic chic,” says Laura, who incorporated distressed-wood finishes and wine barrels into the outdoor ceremony and tented reception. From bouquets to centerpieces, the flower arrangements were “soft, textural and a little bit wild,” made with garden roses, dahlias and passion vines. Though there was no firm palette, tones of green were accented with rich purples and pale violets—most prominent in the vibrant bridesmaid dresses. After an outdoor ceremony overlooking verdant vineyards, Laura and Pierre’s 270 guests headed to the nearby tented reception, where they located table assignments on tags attached to fresh apples (a nod to Laura’s teaching profession). Among the reception’s most stunning design elements was a 12-foot-long floral chandelier suspended over the dance floor; it was crafted from leafy local greenery, hydrangeas, roses and orchids. “Pierre and I wanted to ensure that the event reflected our personalities and families,” says Laura, whose family is both Catholic and Jewish, while Pierre’s is Assyrian. An eclectic playlist helped these distinct backgrounds shine on the dance floor, which stayed packed with revelers through Taylor Swift songs, traditional Assyrian music and "Hava Nagilia." "Overall, it was an unforgettable night," Laura says. "Pierre and I got to see our family and friends join together in a celebration filled with laughter, a few tears and a lot of never-ending smiles." —Carolyn Meers