A Rustic, Bohemian Wedding at a Private Residence in Butte Valley, California

Leesha Tenns (26 and a manager) and Daniel "Bear" Mathauser (29 and a commercial fisherman) had booked a popular venue for their wedding day but canceled it in favor of hosting their bash on their own sprawling 10-acre property. "We decided that we would rather get married where everyone would feel most comfortable—somewhere our guests could wear jean shorts and Hawaiian prints and howl at the moon if they wanted," Leesha says. "We are lucky enough to live on 10 beautiful acres of rolling hills with oaks, pines and breathtaking views—why get married anywhere else?" For her day-of look, Leesha wanted to wear something that was similar to what she wears on a daily basis: a lot of lace and denim and cowboy boots. "Everyone was so frustrated with me while dress shopping," she says. "I brought those boots with me and refused anything that sparkled. The dress decision was based on the boots." Because they were getting married in grass, dirt and gravel, heels and sandals were never an option. "The insert to our wedding invitations had an image of high heels with a big "X" going through them just to be clear about the terrain," Leesha says. Everything about Leesha and Bear's rustic wedding day was exactly how they envisioned it: casual, carefree and fun. After the ceremony, guests picked up their chairs and carried them over to their tables for the reception. Advice from Leesha: "Your wedding doesn't have to be way outside your comfort zone." —Meghan Overdeep