From a vintage couture gown in festive fall colors to an international guest list decked out in animal headdresses, one California couple threw a celebration to remember.

Jamie and David both hated blind dates, but when Jamie moved to New York City, they began to reconsider. "Each of us kept running into mutual friends who wanted us to meet," she says. "One couple even told David that his wife had arrived in New York." They finally agreed to dinner. "And we've been together ever since," she says.

After David's job took them to Los Angeles (he's a movie executive), he proposed just before a second-anniversary trip to Big Sur. "He knew I'd never expect him to be that predictable," says Jamie, an Internet entrepreneur. Indeed, she was so shocked—she'd thought the breakfast-in-bed and blasting of their favorite Phoenix album were just part of the festivities—that she asked him to propose again.

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