A Romantic Fall Wedding at Oak Valley Vineyard in San Antonio, Texas

Lara (23 and a kindergarten teacher) first saw William Cotton (24 and a GIS specialist) during their freshman year of high school. "I walked by him for weeks with hearts in my eyes until one day I told my friend about my crush and how cute I thought he was," Lara says. "It turns out she knew him. The next thing you know, we were meeting up at the spring dance and exchanging numbers during the following fourth period." Five years later they were engaged. 

Over the next five years—while they attended separate colleges—Lara and William planned their dream wedding. They decided on Oak Valley Vineyard in San Antonio, Texas, based on the food. "It's amazing," Lara says. A deep red inspired by Lara's favorite rose, Black Baccara, was an easy choice for the day's dominant color. "William got them for me every chance he could while we were dating," she says. The couple rounded out the dramatic hue with timeless creams and romantic pops of gold for a dreamy effect. The day's other important detail: cotton. "I had to play off my new last name," Lara says. Little tufts of cotton made their way into her Black Baccara red rose bouquet, and guests were treated to a cotton candy machine at the end of the night. —Meghan Overdeep