Maie has always collected rocks from places she visits, so when Jim said he was going to find her the perfect rock during a camping trip at Sequoia National Park, she was shocked to see him return with a diamond ring. Even more surprising was that Jim had flown from their California home to the East Coast to ask her father's permission to marry her and to retrieve her great-grandmother's diamond, which Jim and Maie's friend, a jewelry designer, set into a ring.

The couple's wedding was held the following fall on a friend's private estate in Windham, New York. With mountains of beautiful foliage as their backdrop and a sprinkling of leaves lining the grass, the couple enjoyed the last bit of warm weather as they celebrated their special day.

Many of the couple's guests contributed to the celebration-Maie's mother, a florist, created all the flower arrangements, while Jim's friend played the guitar as the soon-to-be-newlyweds walked down the aisle. Even the bride, who owns her own design company, got involved, creating all the stationery for the day. "Everyone had a little piece of the day," says Maie. "It really made everything seem so homegrown and personal."

A bicoastal couple's wedding guests pitch in to create an autumnal affair

Maie has always collected rocks from places she visits, so when Jim said he was going to find her the perfect rock during a camping trip at Sequoia National Park, she was shocked to see him return with a diamond ring. Even more surprising was that Jim had flown from their California home to the East Coast to ask her father's permission to marry her and to retrieve her great-grandmother's diamond, which Jim and Maie's friend, a jewelry designer, set into a ring.

The couple's wedding was held the following fall on a friend's private estate in Windham, New York. With mountains of beautiful foliage as their backdrop and a sprinkling of leaves lining the grass, the couple enjoyed the last bit of warm weather as they celebrated their special day.

Many of the couple's guests contributed to the celebration-Maie's mother, a florist, created all the flower arrangements, while Jim's friend played the guitar as the soon-to-be-newlyweds walked down the aisle. Even the bride, who owns her own design company, got involved, creating all the stationery for the day. "Everyone had a little piece of the day," says Maie. "It really made everything seem so homegrown and personal."

Right after Maie got engaged, she and her mother visited New York City to see what flowers would be available the following fall for her wedding. Maie knew she wanted blooms with an interesting texture and fun colors, so her mother put together this bouquet of hydrangea, Japanese anemone, white ranunculus and celosia brain.

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