A Natural Wedding at Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks, California

Although Erin Rhodes (25 and an elementary school teacher) and Kyle Glaser (26 and sportswriter) met online, their lush Southern California summer wed

Although Erin Rhodes (25 and an elementary school teacher) and Kyle Glaser (26 and sportswriter) met online, their lush Southern California summer wedding was like a trip back in time. The pair, who got engaged one Saturday morning while still in bed, opted for a simple affair in the woods of Twin Peaks, California. Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins was the only venue they visited. Not far from their home near Lake Arrowhead, the venue is a forested wonderland on its own, offering a rustic log gazebo for the ceremony and a multitiered wooden amphitheater for the reception, snug amid crisp conifers and a placid pond. "We instantly fell in love with it," Erin says. She and Kyle added only small details, such as the flower boxes lining the aisle. Erin prioritized her comfort in blue crochet Toms shoes and found her dress on her second outing—an A-line lace frock with an illusion neckline. Kyle looked classic in a black tuxedo. Bright bridesmaid bouquets, filled with white hydrangeas, yellow roses and green succulents, brought energy to the decor. The groomsmen sported yellow too, with canary-colored craspedia tucked into their boutonnieres. As a nod to Erin's profession, all the signs were chalkboards. As a nod to Kyle's, the couple wrote and printed their own wedding newspaper, complete with personal bios and blurbs about their wedding party. Guests also took home small tealight candles and mason jars stuffed with caramel popcorn. Surrounded by the latticework of the reception area, guests hit the dance floor under cascading bistro lights. Dessert was decadent, with eight types of cupcakes to choose from (including banana, mocha and champagne), plus a more traditional buttercream-frosted chocolate wedding cake, filled with fresh strawberries. As the night wound down, everyone snuggled up near a fire pit and roasted marshmallows. "The wedding as a whole reflected us as a couple," Erin says. "We are pretty simple, laid-back people." —Alexa Wybraniec

Kyle wore a classic black tuxedo with a black tie and a white pocket square.
Erin sported blue crochet Toms shoes, prioritizing comfort—and dance moves!
Erin donned an lacy A-line dress with an illusion neckline. Her bridesmaids chose from a variety of J.Crew dresses in a dusty shale color.
Kyle's groomsmen looked classic in charcoal gray suits. Their yellow ties and canary-colored craspedia boutonnieres matched the bridesmaid bouquets.
Erin's and her bridesmaids' bouquets comprised white hydrangeas and yellow roses, with some green succulents mixed in.
Erin and Kyle worked from a palette of canary yellow, gray-blue and green.
The couple's programs were actually fans (though they weren't necessary—their wedding weather was perfect). On the back, Erin and Kyle included fun facts about themselves.
Each hydrangea- and rose-filled vase was hand-decorated with a silver and gold chevron pattern.
"Most of the signs around the venue were chalkboard or printed out in chalkboard style," Erin says.
Erin and Kyle live near Lake Arrowhead, and Pine Rose Cabins was the only venue they visited. "We instantly fell in love with it," Erin says.
Erin and Kyle's wedding boasted an open bar serving craft beer, wine and his and hers drinks: a lemonade, iced tea and vodka cocktail and a pomegranate cocktail, respectively.
The couple wanted to keep their decorations simple, but weren't afraid of a pop of color here and a sparkle there.
As favors, each guest received a mason jar filled with handmade caramel popcorn and a small tealight candle. Plus, since Kyle is a journalist, the pair created a wedding newspaper. They wrote about their relationship and about their wedding party.
"The wedding was simple, with small touches of glam," Erin says. "We made it personal, with pictures hung up to show our relationship." The couple also wrote their own vows.
Toward the end of the night, guests unwound near a campfire and melted s'mores.
Erin and Kyle's buttercream-frosted cake was actually chocolate inside, with a fresh strawberry filling. The succulent decoration tied it to the couple's natural theme.
In addition to cake, dessert included cupcakes in eight flavors, ranging from banana to champagne.
"The wedding as a whole reflected us as a couple," Erin says. "We're pretty simple, laid-back people."
"Some advice to share would be to enjoy the planning as much as you can," Erin says. "You'll miss it once it's gone. Also, enjoy the day as much as possible!"
"The venue already had a lot of charm, with a wooden awning covered with vines and leaves," Erin says of Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks, California.