Fall head over heels in love with this American wedding, in all its soft-summery glory…

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WHO: Jennifer & Jayson

WHERE: The Coloma Country Inn, Coloma CA, USA

WHEN: September 2011

PHOTOS: Emily Heizer Photography

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The proposal

“The proposal was amazing,” beams Jennifer. “We had been dating for six years and, with the failing economy, we thought it was a good time to invest in a home. So, I agreed, with the condition that we get engaged within one year of owning a house!”

“It was a Sunday, and we both had the day off together. He suggested we take our Great Dane for a walk along the river – something we would typically do. We got to a beach with a beautiful viewpoint, and stopped to take some photos. When I looked around, Jayson was on one knee asking me to marry him. I couldn’t believe he was able to surprise me so well! Then, just to make things even better, he had arranged for our friends to come and meet us with a bottle of Champagne!”

The bride’s outfit

“We planned our wedding in three months so, with such a short time frame, I only went to one dress designer – Alfred Angelo,” explains Jennifer. “I tried on 10 different dresses but fell in love with a mermaid-shape gown.” Jennifer’s dress had a lace overlay, and a lace-up back. It was originally a straight neckline with no straps, but Jennifer changed it into a flattering sweetheart design. “The straps were made from extra material leftover from when we shortened the hem,” she adds

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The groom’s outfit

“Jayson works in retail, so has to wear a suit every day for work,” says Jennifer. “He wanted something extra nice and special, so chose a navy, Italian-wool suit by Burberry. In fact, his suit was more expensive than my dress!” she laughs

The bridesmaids

“I had seven bridesmaids, two were my sisters, one was my cousin-in-law and the others are my best friends,” smiles Jennifer. “They are my total support team. We bought their dresses from J Crew (who now also ship to the UK). Each girl picked a bridesmaid dress style they liked, in the shale-grey colour that we all loved,” she adds

The ceremony

“Jayson was very anxious about having too large a ceremony, so we compromised and only invited the bridal party, immediate family and some aunts and uncles,” explains Jennifer. “It was a romantic garden setting with arching oak trees where the sun shone through the leaves. Jayson’s cousin married us.”

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The reception

The beautiful wedding venue meant that the couple didn’t have to splash out on decorations. “But we did buy lots of mason jars to hang in the trees with flowers and LED lights, as well as candles and rented chandeliers suspended from the branches,” explains Jennifer

The honeymoon

“Jayson and I love to travel and have been all over the world,” says Jennifer. “For our honeymoon we wanted something low key and chose Vancouver, Canada.”

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