An Elegant Ranch Wedding at Hathaway Ranch in Santa Fe Springs, California

Lyndsee Haddadin (25 and a youth pastor) built a strong friendship with Arthur Farzan (31 and a corporate trainer) over three years before they began dating in earnest. He popped the question three months into their courtship. “Some people said that was way too soon, but when you know, you know,” Lyndsee says. She and Arthur opted for a fall wedding in Bakersfield, California, their hometown. “I really wanted to have a rustic-chic theme for our wedding. I incorporated burgundy and blush for my color palettes with a pop of gold,” Lyndsee says. The couple hosted 375 guests at Hathaway Ranch in Santa Fe Springs, California, just outside Bakersfield. Their ceremony took place outdoors and overlooked the property; the reception was at a restored barn (also on-site). Wooden farm tables were decorated with eucalyptus garlands and candles, while chandeliers overhead added even more romantic ambiance. Although it was a dry wedding, a coffee bar, lawn games and a photo booth provided plenty of entertainment. As for advice, Lyndsee has some key points: “Don't get so caught up in the details that you forget about what the day is all about. "The decor, food and entertainment are important, but they're not the most important things. Your love—and the journey you are about to start together—is.” —Carolyn Meers