Elegant Garden Wedding at Green Gables Wedding Estate in San Marcos, California

Alysse (28 and an executive assistant) never imagined it would take moving 3,000 miles from home to meet a man who grew up only a few miles away from her. "I suppose that's life—beautifully unexpected in so many ways," she says. Alysse, who was living in New York City at the time, met Evan Smith (27 and a police academy cadet) at the party of a common friend on a trip home to California. "I saw him and immediately felt an overwhelming attraction. I did what I could to be near him or talk to anyone who was talking to him," she says. "What I didn't realize is that he felt the same." One thing led to another, and four months later Alysse was moving to California to be with him. Two years later he proposed and they began planning their wedding. From the start, Alysse knew she wanted their garden wedding to have vintage vibe, but with a classic feel so it would still feel relevant when she looked back on the photos. "I wanted soft colors that weren't overwhelming but simple and pretty," she says. This led them to an elegant palette of sea foam green, blush and cream with silver and gold accents. With the help of their families, the industrious couple DIY'ed everything from the flowers to the programs. "Every detail was important to me, and I had a blast bringing this vision to life," Alysse says. —Meghan Overdeep