A Modern Garden Wedding at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California

Things were already heating up for Jauchy Jeh (29 and a high school librarian) and Jeffrey Juger (30 and a director of business development at JinkoSolar) on their first date, which was over spicy beef noodle soup. “He was so nervous that he ordered way too much food, and I was so nervous that I couldn’t eat any of it,” Jauchy says. “I went home after with a huge bag of leftovers and already feeling excited and impatient to see him again.” For their contemporary-meets-classic wedding, the couple held their ceremony at a local church and hosted their 190 guests at the nearby Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. Tones of dusty blue, blush, peach and gold created a soft palette that complemented Montalvo’s ornate architecture and manicured grounds. Tables were dressed with gray linens, pristine white china, gold-rimmed glassware and gold flatware. In place of a guest book, Jauchy and Jeff requested that friends and family leave notes in a Newlywed Cookbook. Guests were sent home with infusers and a medley of whole-leaf teas. “My mantra throughout the planning process was that as long as I end up married to my hubby, then the day will be considered a success,” Jauchy says. Jeff’s advice: “No matter how fast you think you can stuff your face, you really won’t get much time to eat. Seriously. So be prepared.” —Carolyn Meers