A Simple Garden Wedding at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California

Alison Yeh (23 and a graduate student) and Daniel Cheung (23 and a graduate student) grew up in the same city but crossed paths by chance years later.

Alison Yeh (23 and a graduate student) and Daniel Cheung (23 and a graduate student) grew up in the same city but crossed paths by chance years later. “We grew up within 20 minutes of each other but met through a group of friends,” Alison says. The couple proposed to each other in the park where they'd had their first date. “We wanted everything to be done together, including the proposal, ring designing and wedding planning—this made the whole process very rewarding for us,” Alison says. Alison and Daniel's wedding took place at their alma mater, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Working to stay within a budget, they opted for minimal decorations. "We knew we were working with the terrific Santa Barbara coast, so we went really minimal with the design. We were lucky enough to have the wedding at one of the first places we'd met, and that significance—set along the California coast—was enough for us," Alison says. A quartet of Westmont orchestra members played throughout their ceremony in the university’s picturesque rose garden. Afterward, Alison and Daniel hosted 400 guests in a reception on the nearby lawn of the college's mansion. “We were working on a shoestring budget, and we knew that anything could be made to look good," says Alison, whose friend custom-made their invitations. —Carolyn Meers

Alison wore simple off-white heels with an ankle strap.
Each bouquet reflected the relaxed, natural garden setting, and the lively combination of ivory blossoms and greenery gave each assortment a fresh-picked appearance.
Each bouquet reflected the relaxed, natural garden setting—and the lively combination of ivory blossoms and greenery gave each assortment a fresh-picked appearance.
Alison's bridemaids wore simple knee-length blush dresses in different styles—a perfect fit for the relaxed, naturally beautiful setting.
In keeping with the day's relaxed simplicity, Daniel's groomsmen sported black slacks, collared shirts and suspenders.
Alison and Daniel exchanged vows in the rose garden at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Afterward, they hosted 400 guests on one of the university's spacious lawns.
During the rose garden ceremony, Alison honored her family members, who dressed in traditional clothing for the day.
The manicured rose garden at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, served as the backdrop for Alison and Daniel's romantic day.
A quartet of Westmont College orchestra members played throughout Alison and David's ceremony in the university’s picturesque rose garden.
"We knew we were working with the Santa Barbara coast, so we went really minimal with the design," Alison says. "We were lucky enough to have the wedding at one of the first places that we'd met, and that significance set along the California coast was enough for us."
Alison and Daniel said their vows in one of the first places they met, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. To stay within a budget, they opted for minimal decorations.
Long communal tables were topped with blush-hued linens,  warm gold plates and greenery-rich centerpieces.
Simple Slice bakery created a two-tier ivory-hued cutting cake for Alison and Daniel. It was topped with a few blush blossoms.
Sprigs of leafy greenery brought the garden vibe to the dining tables, which were set with elegant gold plates.
Alison's bridesmaids donned blush-hued knee-length dresses for the relaxed garden wedding. Daniel's groomsmen sported black slacks, collared shirts and suspenders.