Real Brides: Sarah

As seen in BRIDES Magazine: "From the moment I first met Josh, I knew there was something different about him," says Sarah, who met her now-husband through mutual friends during a trip to Lake Tahoe for New Year's Eve in 2011. "We were inseparable the whole weekend, and immediately made plans to visit one another, even though we lived six hours apart at the time." The long distance couldn't stop them from falling in love. Three years later, during a Memorial Day trip to San Diego with Sarah's family, Josh proposed in grand fashion: On the beach as a plane flew overhead, towing a sign that read "Sarah, Will You Marry Me?"! "I was in complete shock!" she says, as their family (and the house full of college grads next door!) cheered. They wed a year to the date later, choosing to celebrate at MacMurray Ranch, Josh's family's home and ranch in Healdsburg, California. "It's set in the vineyards and surrounded by redwood trees — totally breathtaking," Sarah describes. They envisioned a warm, sunny celebration with homemade wine, local produce, and a blue grass band, and that's exactly what they got! The bride, a floral designer and owner of Little Farm Flowers, didn't have to look far for inspiration, though she wisely chose to call in some of her favorite vendors instead of taking on a DIY project. "Flowers are so important to me, so I hired our dream florist, Tulipina, to work her magic," explains the bride. With colorful blooms, two different bands, and wine made on the groom's parents' vineyard, this was a wine country bash anyone would be thrilled to get an invitation to. After trying on nearly 40 dresses, Sarah finally got lucky when she slipped on this Moonlight Bridal gown, which she customized. The tiered lace and delicate embroidery was decidedly romantic." Moonlight Couture style H1249 Photography: Read about it here: