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A Rustic Garden Wedding at Maryland: Zach & Diana

Theirs is a story of silent persistence and thorough discernment that started out as friendship and culminated with a beautiful barnyard garden wedding 7 years later.

Diana & Zach are a Filipino-American couple who knew each other since college. Zach knew soon enough that wanted to be with Diana, but Diana wasn’t ready for a relationship having just gotten out of a 5-year relationship. Zach knew, however, to keep the friendship. Because eventually, at the right time, they became a couple.


“We remained friends but didn’t really talk much. One year later, 2010, we started hanging out more. Almost every Thursday we would go to this bar close to work and would hang out with other coworkers. One day, he invited me to join him on a boat. I thought he would rent one out and that we would go fishing and tubing – just me and him. I was so excited, I said yes. So I met with him at his house and I found out that it was his dad’s boat and that his dad and his sister would be there too!! LOL. So that was the first time I met his dad and his sister. We had a great time but it was a little awkward for me. He asked me on another date after that (without his dad and his sister this time), then more dates, and then we finally became “official”. I just couldn’t resist the “Palm charm”, as he’d say it.”


It’s admirable how honest Diana & Zack are to each other and to themselves with regard to how they feel about each other since the beginning. Zack respected Diana’s decision & situation, then Diana kept herself open to the possibility of Zack as she was ‘recovering’ from her past relationship.

As the saying goes, when you know, you know. With enough time to get to know each other deeper through their relationship, they didn’t need a long engagement once they knew they wanted to take things to the next level.

5 years later, on June 1st, 2015, he proposed to me on our vacation in Aruba. It was perfect!! We knew we didn’t want a long engagement , so we got married within a year.”

Now, we see their garden wedding as captured by When Stars Align Photo. You can just see the giddy excitement & joy in Zach & Diana’s smiles as well as how happy friends, family & loved ones are for the couple.

I love how the styling for the ceremony & details are minimalist yet elegant. There’s really no need for elaborate details since the venue and details are enough to give off a romantic, rustic vibe. Don’t you love that pretty cake?


Preparation is key for having a wedding that so well put together.

“As soon as we got engaged, We made sure  We booked all the vendors early. We were able to get all the vendors that we want within our budget. We also bought a lot of our wedding stuff far in advance. It was less stressful.”

The day itself was another matter. Garden weddings, being open air can be very tricky since you’re subjected to weather conditions. Fortunately, it was a combination of their wedding coordinator’s attention to detail, assurances and a bit of good timing that kept the wedding from being a wet, messy affair.

“Our wedding coordinator, Carol was amazing! Our wedding day was overcast and  they were calling for rain that afternoon. Carol monitored the weather forecast closely ,she made sure the entire entourage was ready, and that I walk down the aisle right on time. Ceremony was at 5:30pm, it was supposed to rain at 5:40-5:45pm. This stressed me out knowing I didn’t want to walk down the aisle with a wet hair! She assured me everything will Be alright and that she wouldn’t let it happen. Thank goodness, it didn’t rain the entire ceremony! It was right after the officiant declared us married when we all felt the raindrop.”



So what are their tips for other couples planning to tie the knot? Zach & Diana gave 4:

1) Day of the wedding, make sure you eat, eat, eat!

Your guests will be pulling you to say ‘Hi’ or to take pictures. You have to make sure you eat first and enjoy your first meal with your new hubby/wife or you will pass out!

2) Learn how to let small imperfections go

You cannot control everything or everybody. You just have to relax, Trust your wedding coordinator(s), and enjoy the moment. Your wedding is only for a couple of hours, don’t waste the time obsessing on something that You have no control of. Drink, eat, dance, and have a great time!

3) Book your wedding vendors as early as possible!

4) Don’t set your wedding rehearsal a day before your wedding.

Wedding rehearsals are common in the states. Most couples do the rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner day before the wedding. If you plan to have a wedding rehearsal,  do it 2 days before the wedding. This way, you can just relax and get your beauty rest before the wedding day. It’s a lot less stressful!

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Supplier Spotlight: Photographer : When Stars Align Photo | Videographer: GMS Photo & Video | Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia | Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein | Hair and Makeup: Rae Lewis  | Ceremony and Reception: Mountain Branch Golf Club, Joppa, Maryland
Indeed, theirs was a lovely story and a lovely wedding. There’s just so much honesty & heart. What do you like most about their story & wedding?

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