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Silicon Valley Wedding from Cliff Brunk

All the weddings we feature on SMP are special. Sometimes we aren’t able to put our fingers on precisely why a party stands out at us, but with weddings like this one captured by Cliff Brunk it’s the feel. When opening up a gallery of images is like opening the best of presents. A gift. Which is exactly how we felt when we first opened this whimsical woodland wedding. And when you do start to see what’s inside - DIYs that couldn’t be more darling, a Bride that is beyond talented in her wedding planning ways, and a fabulously tight knit family (just to name a few) – you can’t believe how lucky you are to get to devour such a fête, but you are sure glad that you get to. See it all right here.


From the Bride… As someone who plans events in my work life, I had never actually given too much thought to my own big day. But as soon as Will proposed, the planner part of me and the giddy, head-over-heels excited in love girl in me honed in on a vision for our day that would be truly us! The most important thing to us was to have handcrafted, personal details that were reflective of our (often quirky) personalities, but that would stand the test of time and still feel classic when we looked back on the pictures 50 years later. We first fell in love with our venue, Nestldown, through Style Me Pretty, and when we laid eyes on those beautiful woods and grounds in person, we knew it was the perfect place for our rustic, vintage-inspired celebration.

Every detail of our wedding was handmade by us or a loved one. After the wedding, so many people commented that our wedding was “so us” and that made us feel incredibly special. I think the biggest reason is that our celebration was like an extension of the home we’ve shared for years: full of vintage keepsakes handed down from loved ones, and DIY projects that aren’t perfect by any stretch, but that fit us. My obliging dad even moved two antique desks from our home to serve as our cake and escort card tables! Going the DIY route wasn’t always less costly and certainly wasn’t easier, but we wouldn’t trade any of the memories or sense of accomplishment for the world.

My mom and I had a great time exploring the Alameda Flea Market for fun finds like old medicine bottles and vintage cigar boxes, and had epic sewing days during which she sewed all three of the 40-foot burlaps runners edged with lace for our reception tables. In addition to those and runners for every other table, she sewed lace-edged coverlets for our cocktail tables, beautiful Liberty of London petal satchels (most of the 120 she sewed were different from one another), and the darling tutus for our little flowers girls.

In short, she was our sewing angel! Will’s mom made the wonderful bow ties in different Liberty of London fabrics to tie in with the petal bags. For my part, I dusted off the untouched sewing machine I had bought a year before, and tackled sewing up the CD cases for favors (that Will cut out from paper bags), navy burlap favor bags, and the 120 monogrammed cocktail napkins that were handed out with the first round of cocktails. Those napkins were my Everest! There were a few occasions when I wondered why in the world I chose to do that, but I was tickled pink when I saw a lot of the boys using them as pocket squares that day. Suffice to say, sewing became an underlying theme of the day, and even made its way onto our cakes that were adorned with decorated “stitching.” When I spotted a beautiful antique Coats & Clark thread display case, I knew it had to hold our escort cards – it was one of my favorite details.

My dear grandmother passed away many years ago, but through all the sewing, my mom and I felt like she was a part of everything, as she was a seamstress extraordinaire and taught us everything she knew. My bouquet was tied with an antique scalloped lace I found in her ribbon box that I’ve held onto for years.

Photography: Cliff Brunk | Wedding Venue: Nestldown in Silicon Valley, California | Event Planning + Floral Design: The Bride | Wedding Coordinator: Brooke Beyer | Floral Bouquets + Chair Swags: Messina Rippey ( | Catering: Teri Menchini from La Bocca Fina | Wedding Cakes: Cake Coquette | Burlap Decor: Mother of the Bride | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + La Tavola | DJ: Paul from  Elite Entertainment | Calligraphy: Whoa Nellie Press | Wedding Dress: Marisa “737″ via Bridal Galleria | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom | Flower Girls’ Tutus: Mother of the Bride | Groom’s Attire: Zegna | Groomsmen Attire: JoS.A.Bank | Hair + Makeup: Shawn Calvin Beauty Co.

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Gilroy Engagement Session from Rahel Menig Photography

This engagement session highlights two of my most favorite things – puppies and LOVE – so it’s obvious that I’m head-over-heels for the sweet shoot. Captured by Rahel Menig Photography, the light-filled images featuring the couple’s adorable dog, Happy, are a breath of fresh air! See the rest right here.

From Rahel Menig Photography… Tanya and Alex had gotten to known each other at one of Alex’s well known New Years parties. Another guy was hitting on Tanya that evening and Ryan, Alex’s best friend saw, that Alex didn’t like that at all. Ryan knew right then, that these two would become more than just friends…

Some years later, they were planning their Engagement Session and decided to go to the Gilroy Sports Complex, where they often walk their cutie pie dog Happy. I love it, when my couples want to incorporate their dogs in some way – may that be during the E-Session or even in the Wedding itself. It’s so cute and personal and it makes for such great memories!

Wedding Photography: Rahel Menig Photography / Location: Gilroy Sports Complex in Gilroy, California

Diablo Ranch Wedding from Jennifer Skog Photographers

If you adore DIY you’re going to fall hard for this al fresco affair. The couple has known each other since elementary school (too cute!) so when it came to planning their wedding, they wanted a celebration that was not only romantic but also embraced their playful personalities. The details are sweet-as-can-be and who doesn’t love a bride on a swing!?!? Captured beautifully by Rob Skog of Jennifer Skog Photographers this is a sunny California swoon-fest. It’s burlap and baker’s twine. It’s rustic and refined. And it’s all right here for your viewing pleasure.

From the Bride… David and I had been together almost seven years before we got married – and had known each other since 2nd grade! So instead of coordinating a huge formal event – we wanted to throw a huge party! We chose to get married atop a mountain in our hometown of Walnut Creek named Mount Diablo. This set the scene for the direction and feel of our wedding. We knew that we didn’t want anything to be taken away from the views of the rolling hills so we went with minimal decorations. We chose colors that were soft, romantic and neutral with pops of texture – baker’s twine and burlap.

Many of the elements were DIY – I painted all the table numbers and tied them with baker’s twine. I asked Anthroplogie in Union Square if they would be kind enough to give me their window display when they were done with it (and they did!) which is where all the twine balls hanging from the market lights come from. I also really wanted to incorporate our dog Finn (without actually having him there) so I found an amazing vendor on Etsy who hand carved his image onto a stamp – it looks identical to the photo we provided her. We used those stamps on our favors, which was a donation to a local animal rescue foundation. In addition I handwrote all the escort cards, window pane and menus. It was a labor of love! I have dreamt of this day for so long and in the end, it perfectly reflected David and me. We even brought in a food truck instead of having a traditional caterer!

I am also so glad we chose to have a “First Look.” I struggled with this decision for quite some time because I did not want to take away from the magic of the real first look – me walking down the aisle. However, I am so glad we did this, it really was our only alone time and the photos are some of my absolute favorites.

Planning a wedding is stressful, having a budget even more so. In the end it truly is worth it when you are surrounded by your closest friends and family. My parents have been married for 40+ years and David’s parents celebrated their 40th in 2012, so we have very strong role models to look up to. Our cake topper is the same topper my parents had on their cake back in 1971! I married my very best friend… cheers to Happily Ever Parker!

Wedding Photography: Rob Skog of Jennifer Skog Photographers / Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Diablo RanchMount Diablo State Park, California  / Floral Design: Full Bloom / Wedding Coordinator: Meghan McCray Events / Catering: Roli Roti (Gourmet Food Truck) / Cake: Marisa Cakes / Wedding Dress: Moonlight Couture (H1190) via Gesinees Bridal/ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Hair: Natasha Cordellos of 13 Hair Salon / Makeup: Shena Woodall / Burlap Bunting: CMHandmade / Dog Stamp: Ayu Tomikawa Art / DJ: Rob Mutzl – Amos Productions / Decor: (twine balls) Anthropologie / Invitations: 120 Water Street / Calligraphy: The Butler’s Pantry / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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