Emily & Ethan: An Outdoor Wedding in San Francisco, CA

It wasn't love at first sight for Emily and Ethan, who met as freshmen at Carnegie Mellon. But after years of friendship a romance finally began to bl

It wasn't love at first sight for Emily and Ethan, who met as freshmen at Carnegie Mellon. But after years of friendship a romance finally began to bloom, and they haven't looked back. The Bride Emily Landes, 28, managing editor The Groom Ethan Bold, 28, senior engineer The Date September 1 For Emily's 27th birthday, Ethan planned a romantic dinner and made a special request that she not wear any jewelry. She definitely thought this would be the moment. He gave her a bunch of gifts, but the last jewelry box (the smallest) was what she wanted. Unfortunately, she was disappointed when it was a necklace and not the ring she had been hoping to see. As they walked along the Embarcadero near the water, Emily turned around to find Ethan on one knee with one more gift: the ring!

The three-tier, white fondant–covered confection was decorated with branches, butterflies, and flowers.
Emily and Ethan were married in a Jewish ceremony that took place right in the zoo. When the pair was announced as husband and wife and the crowd celebrated, the lemurs on exhibit joined in with everyone and cheered.
Cream menus with brown and orange script detailed the decadent three-course meal.
The newlyweds took a spin to Bobby Darin's Beyond the Sea for their first dance.
Emily's bouquet of gold and guava-colored roses, orchids, and calla lilies was traditional but with a wild side.
In lieu of favors, the couple adopted five zoo animals and named the tables after them: Otter Avenue, Koala Cove, Penguin Place, Lemur Lane, and Giraffe Heights.
Emily's eight bridesmaids chose guava-colored tea-length dresses with brown sashes in various styles. Each carried large bouquets of branches wrapped with oversized white orchids.
Guests enjoyed a variety of mini treats, as well as signature zoo-themed drinks including the flamingo margarita, the zebra martini, and the cheetah.
Ethan wore an exotic orange orchid on his lapel.