Inspired by a stunning, swanlike dress, two San Franciscans conjured a creative soiree in the heart of a national park

Fate brought Karen, 32, and Joel, 36, together one night at a bar in San Francisco. "We were standing around waiting for our friends, who were flirting," explains Karen. "We started talking and discovered that we're both from Ohio!" Eight years later, Joel proposed on a boat in Vietnam's Halong Bay, and Karen started dress-shopping.

Karen and Joel bucked tradition with a pre-ceremony stroll at Cavallo Point, part of the Golden Gate National Park.

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