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This Classic Forest Wedding is a Must-See

Take a breathtaking setting like Nestldown and add in a plethora of gorgeous details that are equal parts classic + romantic and the results are undeniably pretty.  Think stunning florals from Seascape Flowers, the beauty stylings of TEAM Hair & Makeup and a pretty, pretty cake from Sweet Lauren Cakes creating a traditional meets fairytale love fest that is an absolute must-see.  Head to THE VAULT for every moment from The de Jaureguis (formally Erin Hearts Court) and prepare to make your hearts happy.

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From the Bride… It is incredibly rewarding when you put a lot of work into planning something, and it actually turns out the way you had imagined. Fortunately, our wedding was one of those things. Jeremy and I met at work, and were engaged three years later on our anniversary. It was a blessing in disguise that we got engaged in November 2013, as most venues for 2014 had been booked. It gave me plenty of time to plan.

It was difficult at first to decide what type of wedding we wanted, at least until we had found the venue. I think somewhere deep down I knew that I wanted it to be very romantic, whimsical, and classic. About five years before the wedding, my mom told me she had been to an event at this beautiful venue in Los Gatos. She said it would be perfect for a wedding. This of course was before I had even met Jeremy. As fate would have it, we visited the venue and fell madly in love with it. Once we saw Nestldown, it was obvious we weren’t going to think twice about it. It was truly the most beautiful and magical place either of us had seen. From the modern yet rustic barn, to the perfectly landscaped gardens, to the towering redwood trees throughout the property; Nestldown truly set the stage for our fairytale wedding.

Besides marrying the man of my dreams, I would have to say my dress was one of my most favorite parts of the day, which is hard to believe considering I am not a big wedding dress person. But when you are gifted the most stunningly beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress from your amazing aunt, what else is one to do but fall madly in love with it. It was hard to think that somewhere out there there would be a dress that would be mine; that would be made for my personality, and that would be classic, delicate, and elegant. And then I found it. Accompanied by my mom, sister, and aunt, I put on a beautiful Oscar dress covered in silk applique leaves. I knew this was the one. It is not everyday a girl gets to wear one of her all-time favorite designers, especially on her wedding day. Nordstrom special-ordered the dress for me and was an absolute dream to work with. I was lucky enough to wear my great grandmother’s aquamarine earrings. Something old, borrowed and blue. Between that and my new dress, I was covered.

When it came to the look of the wedding, I wanted it to be different. I didn’t want it to feel bohemian just because we were in the woods. I wanted to keep the classic elegance of traditional weddings, but with a twist. A formal wedding in an informal setting. Our colors were mostly white, with touches of blush and green. Nestldown is so stunning that we didn’t need to do much to dress it up. Our florist, Laurie from Seascape Flowers, exceeded all my expectations and dreams, with soft flowers like ranunculus, hydrangeas, and peonies. In particular, I had visions of a very soft, light-pink peony, but knew they were hard to find in this color. The day of the wedding, to my complete surprise, there they were in all of their glory. She had made everything exactly how I had imagined it. As an added touch, the escort cards floated on beds of hydrangeas, under a willow tree by the pond.

Our wedding day was a perfect 73 degrees and sunny with some clouds, which I was thankful for as the day before it was well into the 90s. Our ceremony took place down in the redwood chapel, where my Aunt Brooke officiated the marriage. Vowing to spend the rest of your life with someone while beneath the redwood trees is really a special moment that is hard to put into words. However, what truly made it special was having someone that we cared so deeply about marry us. It is a bond that we will share with her forever. After the ceremony, we enjoyed cocktail hour in the meadow. Guests played bocce ball and enjoyed music and appetizers. Dinner was served on the front lawn by the Koi pond. Our caterer, Thomas John Events, prepared a beautiful meal that all our guests still rave about to this day. To finish off the evening, everyone headed into the barn for dancing and dessert. I absolutely loved the assortment of desserts from Sweet Lauren Cakes. The table was covered with pie pops, cake pops and mini cupcakes; it was a hit with all our guests, as they could enjoy a variety of sweets throughout the evening. Paul from Big Fun DJ packed the dance floor, and guests had a blast making memories in the photo booth. Every detail helped shape our wedding – a day that I will truly never forget.

As a bride-to-be, you are already on the right track by visiting the Style Me Pretty website. It was an absolute savior for me throughout the planning process and provided me with so many wonderful ideas. However, if I had any additional advice for brides planning their wedding, it would be this: decide what is most important to you and focus on it. For me, having a perfect venue was extremely important, as was an awesome photographer. I probably spent most of my time looking for our photographer, Erin and Courtney; they were incredibly fun to work with and their photographs speak for themselves. The other advice I would give is to focus on one task at a time; finish that task before moving on to the next. Be sure to keep moving forward, and if you can, try to use any spare time to your advantage. I was finished with coordinating our vendors about eight months before the wedding. It gave me a lot of time to work on the details, and most importantly it kept me calm knowing things were done. The day before the wedding, let it all go. At that point, whatever is going to happen will happen, so let it. It is meant to be.

Your wedding day really is the most magical moment of your life. Cherish it, take in as much as possible, and pay attention to the details; the little things make the BEST memories. You will remember your day forever, and always with a smile.

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Photography: The de Jaureguis (formally Erin Hearts Court) | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mori Lee | Catering: Thomas John Events | Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Hair: Jen Norton | DJ: Big Fun DJ | Groom's Attire: Canali | Venue: Nestldown | Bridal Boutique: Nordstrom | Dessert: Sweet Lauren Cakes | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals

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This Cropped Top Two Piece Is Our New Spring Style Crush

This lace Alexandra Grecco two piece may have had us at hello but it’s just one piece of the pretty puzzle making up this styled shoot. Anna Joy Design put together a scene that is both stylish and subtle, uber pretty and softly simple. From the fashion to the beautiful blooms by Modern Bouquet and more, Mirelle Carmichael captured it all, making our Vault the best place to be today.

From Anna Joy DesignMilagro Farm Vineyards & Winery was the perfect backdrop for this Italian-inspired bridal shoot. The property is dripping with lush greenery and is home to a stunning villa surrounded by beautiful stone. The natural elegance of this venue called for organic and old-world touches, so we dreamed up a design full of soft textures and silver accents.

We started with a color palette that would marry perfectly with the surrounding stone while still standing out in romantic contrast. Slate blue and mixed grays were brought in with delicate silks hand dyed by Silk & Willow and many gorgeous pieces from Archive Vintage Rentals, including gray glassware and the tufted seating of our dreams. Archive’s silver made a big statement in our tablescape, from vintage goblets and antique candleholders to flatware and chargers. Perfectly paired, clear crystal coupes and white china with charming scalloped edges kept the table settings clean and classic.

Hannah of Modern Bouquet created breathtaking floral designs that took romantic elegance to a new level full of organic greenery, textured white blooms and a sprinkling of dainty, foraged blue touches. Combing garden roses, ranunculus, sweet peas and scabiosa, each arrangement added dreamlike softness to the day. With a love for balance, we were inspired to bring a bit of warmth into a scene full of cooler hues. Modern Bouquet wove in hints of caramel toned roses, complementing neutral Silk & Willow napkins in the most beautiful way.

Continuing to weave in soft elements, we chose a two-piece Alexandra Grecco gown from The Dress Theory for our bride. A sheer, lace top and a long, flowing tulle skirt were a match made in heaven with slightly undone hair and natural makeup by Sweet Fuss.

Calligraphy details hand drawn by The Pointed Nib on handmade paper with torn edges provided the same relaxed elegance as our barefoot bride. Besides the lovely place cards rolled into the shape of scrolls, one of our favorite pieces was a recipe card showcasing each ingredient of the delicious Prosecco and Elderflower cocktail.

Popping a bottle of bubbly to celebrate was exactly what we all felt like doing after such a beautiful day, with every bit of romance captured on film by the incredibly talented Mirelle Carmichael Photography.

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Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Videography: SJ Videography | Event Design + Styling: Anna Joy Design | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Hair + Makeup: Sweet Fuss | Calligraphy: The Pointed Nib | Venue: Milagro Farms Vineyard & Winery | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Linens + Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Rentals: Archive Rentals

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Stop Everything: This Couple Had a Pillow Fight in the Woods

Yes, you read the title correctly. Instead of going the traditional route for their engagement session this couple opted for a pillow fight in the woods. If that doesn’t hook you right off the bat then these captures should do the trick, all thanks to The Vondys. It’s a playful, crazy fun engagement session that we’re completely smitten with. See it all in The Vault!


From The Vondys….JD was a working actor in Manhattan. While casting a show, JD’s roommate came across their casting call and decided to invite his roommates to the audition, neglecting to tell them that it was for a reality show. They rushed to the audition, just as Kelsey was getting back from lunch waiting in the elevator. They ran in, making the elevator just in time. Fate would forever change Kelsey & JD’s lives.

From The Bride…However, JD was not into the actual audition once he found out that it was for a reality-type show. So what does he do? He “acts” his way through the audition, pretending to be Malibu the gladiator, claiming he is really only interested in “beaches & babes”. From that day on, he became the “beaches & babes guy” in our department! I clicked with these three guys immediately and knew I could be friends with them. I was fairly new to the city without many friends (and a crazy room mate that I needed to get far away from). After several months, they had a room open up in their house that they needed to sublet to someone and reached out to me knowing about my current living situation. I accepted and became the “New Girl”…yes, it was just like Jess from New Girl situation. It was then, once we started living under the same roof, that a relationship started between JD and I, and we have lived together ever since, and always will. (Super cheesy, unconventional, and our favorite love story of all time) p.s. Once my casting director got wind that I was dating someone, she called me over to her desk and said, “Kelsey, I heard you were dating someone….care to tell me who it is?” I was like, “What are you talking about?” When she exclaimed, “ARE YOU DATING THE BEACHES AND BABES GUY!???” It was one of the funniest moments of my life!

We have been together for 6 years this year, so as crazy as it sounds, I have been planning our wedding (well the design part at least) since year 1, when I knew it was him I would see at the end of the aisle. We are both very free-spirited, creative, fun, and we goof around a lot. One day I was diving into the black hole of Pinterest, pinning wedding ideas left and right that pertain to our style, when I randomly came across these two little kids jumping on a bed with feathers flying, laughing, having a pillow fight. That moment, a light bulb in my head lit up and I turned to JD and said, “We must have an adult pillow fight for our engagement session!” He loved it. We both knew that we didn’t want it to be the conventional bedroom pillow fight though (because anyone who knows us, knows that we are always going against the grain). We both decided that we love the forest, and since we are also getting married in a forest-like setting, we deemed it the most appropriate to have our pillow fight in the woods in California!

Be yourself and stay true to who you are as a couple. JD and I, like I said, are wild, free, creative, and joke around a lot. We really wanted that to be portrayed through our engagement photos. Knowing we were going to be using them for our Save The Dates, we wanted to give people a taste of the fun they will have to look forward to at our wedding! We have since decided to include feathers throughout our wedding decor as well, so we will have a feather in each envelope of our save the dates. Think about those little details when you are planning your engagement session. Are you using these photos for your save the date? Will they reflect the “theme” of your wedding, or portray the tone you want set for your guests? But number one, always remember to have fun while planning and during the session!

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Photography: The Vondys. | Design: Piece By Paz | Venue: Los Angeles CA

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