A Green Garden Wedding at Wildwood Acres Resort in Lafayette, California

"The single most important thing to us on our wedding day was to love so hard that it'd be felt all around us," Kristin Bechtold (29 and an aesthetician) says of marrying Staci Brandon (36 and an importer) in a lush garden at Wildwood Acres Resort in Lafayette, California. To bring their outdoor fete to life, the pair favored rugged fabrics and textures, including burlap, linen and wood, for their mid-summer celebration. “I was seeking a space with natural beauty that could accommodate my idea of raw elegance,” Staci says of their natural-meets-rustic design. The couple wed under a custom arbor covered in greenery, while Staci donned a white dress accented with metallic studs for added edge. After a friend pronounced them as newlyweds, Kristin and Staci shimmied their way into their cocktail hour alongside a troop of dancers while musicians performed OMI's "Cheerleader." "The dancers were cued when our officiant said 'You may now kiss your bride,'" Staci says. "We kept it a secret from everyone to make it even more of a special moment. It was so uplifting and fun!"—Carolyn Meers