A Rustic Garden Wedding at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California

Chelsea Hodges (26, a student) and Jaron Halmy (32, a filmmaker) started dating while they were both volunteer counselors at the YMCA camp in their ar

Chelsea Hodges (26, a student) and Jaron Halmy (32, a filmmaker) started dating while they were both volunteer counselors at the YMCA camp in their area. Two years later on the beach in San Clemente, California, Jaron was showing Chelsea a video of their kitten playing with an object. Once Chelsea discovered that their kitten was playing with a ring box, she turned to Jaron, who had kneeled down on one knee with an engagement ring. The couple chose to have their wedding at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California, not only because of the beautiful surrounding flowers that served as natural decorations, but also because of the nearby Oak Forest are that was a reminder of the camp where they met. "We chose this location because we fell in love with the Oak Forest for our ceremony as it reminded us of our roots with summer and winter camps," Chelsea recalls. The couple especially loved the rose garden because of the naturally beautiful floral elements and elegant decor that would be the perfect place to have their reception. Through using as earth tone palette for centerpieces, wedding attire and even their invitations, Chelsea and Jaron were able to achieve their rustic outdoor wedding.

Engagement Ring on Marc Jacobs Perfume
Bride and Bridesmaids in Floral Robes
The bride wore silver shoes by Klub Nico with an intricate laced design at the toe and the ankle.
Bride Getting Buttoned Up in Dress
The bride held a pink and orange garden rose bouquet with green accents of berries, baby's breath and succulents, which is the bride's favorite plant.
With bouquets in hand, the bride stood with her bridesmaids, who wore short champagne dresses designed by Adrianna Papell.
Chelsea fell in love with a white laced Diana wedding dress with a bow tied in the back, designed by Watters.
Bride and Groom At Outdoor Altar
Jaron's groomsmen sat to the side of the altar during their outdoor ceremony. They wore black suits with orange and pink ties.
Ring Bearer Giving Rings at Ceremony
Outdoor Ceremony at Descanso Gardens
Groom Kissing Bride on Cheek
Couple Posed in Front of Large Tree
Reception dining tables were dressed in white linens and decorated with floral centerpieces in glass vases and baskets and candles.
A variety of orange and pink roses, white scabiosa and green accents of succulents, baby's breathe and berries were arranged into table centerpieces by Macall Alison Horan.
On the reception dining tables, guests were given jarred olive oil with a sign that read "Olive Our Love to You J+C."
Colorful Flower Centerpiece in Basket
Sweetheart Table at Descanso Gardens Reception
The bride and groom were lifted by wedding guests during the Hora chair dance, which is a Jewish wedding tradition.
The couple rented out a video booth that recorded moments in slow motion that they later got to edit and send to guests. Creative props such as canoe oars, battle axes and pogo sticks were provided.