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High School Sweethearts Say “I Do” in This Enchanted Garden Setting

Any wedding at Nestldown is sure to be a fairytale with its enchanted Redwood forest setting, lily pad ponds and lush gardens. And for this Bride and Groom’s fairytale day, Sabine Scherer Photography and Stacy McCain Event Planning acted as fairy godmothers, guaranteeing its magic. See it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Danny and I were high school sweethearts. He proposed after 12 years together, at an enormous lily pond with geese everywhere. He got down on one knee. There were lots of happy tears. I was completely blown away! At first I wanted to elope, but once we saw Nestldown it was easy for me to let that go. I always wanted to get married in a forest and this was that dream come true only much better! The redwoods were breathtaking with beams of sunlight shining through them, and the lily pond was practically a sign for me. This was the place! I got a wedding planner immediately because I didn’t know where to start. She was great and made our vision a reality. Our wedding was small and intimate with about 45 of our family and friends. Danny and I decided not to see each other until the ceremony. So he stayed in a hotel and I stayed at the Nestldown guest house with my mom and my two best women. Danny had custom suits made for him and the best men. He wanted his suit to be a surprise for me like my dress was for him. When it came time to start walking down the aisle with my mom, I got a huge case of the giggles. He looked as handsome as ever. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be in this fairytale land marrying my best friend. I giggled through almost the whole ceremony but I got it together enough to clearly say my vows, thank god. We had our wedding rings passed around to all of the guests so they could be a part of blessing our union. We really felt the love from everyone there. Danny and I cried when we read our vows. It was truly the best moment of my life. After the ceremony we got to be alone together for a few minutes before taking pictures. I highly recommend this. My dress was so comfortable and light. That really helped me to fully enjoy myself. The rest of the wedding was effortless and blissful. It was so rewarding to see our guests enjoying everything we had planned for so long. Everything was beautiful to me, the flowers, the food, the music, and the toasts. There was so much love. It felt like I put on rose colored glasses and they are still with me today.

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Photography: Sabine Scherer Photography | Cinematography: Justin Fone Productions | Event Design: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Cake: Cake Coquette | Catering: Thomas John Events | Makeup: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Officiant: Lisa Francesca | Venue: Nestldown | Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals

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This Beaming Bride Is Giving Us Major #WeddingGoals

With her blue suede shoes, the best updo ever, and a smile that never stops, this Bride did it all right. Despite some little challenges (we’re talkin’ a wedding party of 18!), this spring celebration was smooth sailing, with the help of Hello Blue Photo who captured every blush and gold detail that we keep pinning and pinning. See all the goodness in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… Our inspiration for the wedding came from a combination of elements. I began to feel overwhelmed with the printed bridal magazines and found myself constantly on Style Me Pretty’s Vault. We wanted it to be so classic that when we are showing our grandchildren pictures from our wedding, it would be timeless. I also started to follow a lot of wedding vendor’s accounts on Instagram (Details Details, Bloom Box Designs, Revelry Event Designers, etc.) for daily inspiration.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club was the first venue we saw. We’ve always envisioned ourselves getting married in Palm Springs since it is our favorite weekend getaway spot, but the second we saw the beautiful hardwood floors, classic gold chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling French windows, we knew that we found THE venue. Our event coordinator, Nicole, was so accommodating and genuinely wanted to make our wedding day everything we’ve ever dreamed of. Decorations were fairly easy to select due to how classic the venue was. The gold chandeliers dictated the gold chiavari chairs, gold chargers and gold accents. The white French windows and walls created such a bright inviting feeling to the space and I wanted to accentuate that with white linens, candles, and floral arrangements. I wanted to incorporate the soft pink color that the bridesmaids’ wore by adding light pink flowers in the arrangements and tying the favors with blush pink ribbon.

I can not say enough about Christina, Hello Blue Photo. There were so many reasons why we chose her and we are so happy with the outcome. We met with quite a few photographers prior to meeting with Christina and did not really vibe with them. The second I met Christina, I felt like I’ve known her for years and we instantly clicked. I had no doubt in my mind that she knew exactly what we were looking for in photography and completely understood where our vision was. My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera and didn’t want the wedding to feel too posed. We wanted a photographer who would capture genuine, natural, clear and candid pictures. We knew that we disliked photos that are too edited and cheesy poses. Christina captured exactly what we were looking for and more! We had a fairly large wedding party (eighteen total!), and Christina and her team took charge the day of the wedding! They made sure we had all the pictures we wanted taken and encouraged such natural interaction in the process. We plan on using Christina for all photography needs in the future!

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Coordination: Carmel Valley Ranch | Floral Design: Design d’Fleur | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Cake: Edelweiss Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mary Me Bridal | Hair + Makeup: At Your Side Planning | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Theory | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Love & Lace Bridal | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mary Me Bridal | Bride's Accessories: Nordstrom | Getting Ready Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veil: Love & Lace Bridal

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Want a Timeless Wedding? See How It’s Done!

This inspiration shoot is a lesson in timeless design sensibilities. A dreamy villa. A neutral palette. And romantic florals that stand the test of time. Koman Photography, Love and You Video, Simply Sera Events, Peony & Plum and so many more came together for this dream session in The Vault.

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From Simply Sera EventsThe Villa San Juan Capistrano and the Mission San Juan Capistrano whisks you away to a serene and charming place, such that you feel as if you’ve entered an enchanted spot. We were drawn by the ambiance and features of both the Villa and the Mission and designed an effortlessly romantic styled shoot.

Both venues have beautiful stonework all throughout so Peony and Plum created the centerpieces in stone urns to complement that characteristic, and the wood table and cane back chairs from Archive Rentals were perfect to set a subtle and whimsical table setting. And our bride wore a custom Musat Bridal Couture gown that captivates her grace and beauty when she walks and enhances her silhouette with a deep back line. Everything from calligraphy to the cake were inspired by the soft romance you can feel when you enter the two places.

We hope this styled shoot will inspire brides dreaming of an elegant and timeless wedding!

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Love and You Video | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Cake: Elise Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design | Calligraphy: Sealed Shop | Groom's Attire: JCrew Factory | Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Coordination+ Styling: Simply Sera Events | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon

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