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Romantic + Playful California Winery Wedding Inspiration

California Wine Country is one of my favorite places, and weddings there are just stunning. Take this Los Gatos inspiration shoot from the amazing Ashley Slater. Inspired by the California sunshine and cheery kumquats, this inspiration shoot is full of romance and beautiful details. To answer Ashley’s question, “Doesn’t it make you want to grab a glass of wine and a citrus dessert and sit in the California sun?!” Yes, it most definitely does. See all the pretty here.

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From Ashley SlaterCalifornia sun and darling kumquats inspired this winery wedding shoot. While preparing for this shoot we knew we wanted to capture some fun elements for the romantic set up. Kumquats came to mind, as a play on the famous California oranges and it took off from there. Sarah Seven provided a darling draped gown that was light and perfect for a mid-summer vineyard event. To keep the bride classic, Camille Monique did a soft updo and fresh, light makeup. Kaitlin Parisho Designs hand painted the invitation suite to match the kumquat theme and thin, romantic calligraphy adorned the menus, place settings and chair swag. Natalie Bowen Designs used pops of orange, peach and blush peach to carry the fresh theme throughout. Of course, our set up wouldn’t have been complete without rentals from Pieces by Violet—a vintage window pane provided the backdrop for the cake table where simple white buttercream cakes by Sweet Tooth Confections were displayed. Stylist Michaela Noelle went simple with the greenery on the cakes and let the kumquats really stand out. We love how pops of orange can really be classy and romantic while remaining fresh, modern and fun. Doesn’t it make you want to grab a glass of wine and a citrus dessert and sit in the California sun?!

Photography: Ashley Slater | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cakes: Sweet Tooth Confections | Hair And Makeup: Camille Monique Beauty | Venue: Regale Winery | Calligraphy & Signage: Kaitlin Parisho Designs | Event Concept & Styling: Michaela Noelle Designs | Event Styling & Coorination: The Bloom Workshop | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Pieces By Violet

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Rustic Glam Santa Cruz Redwood Forest Wedding

Some of our favorite weddings here on SMP are a study in opposites. Ball gowns on the beach, sequins in a barn. And this wedding, set amongst the Redwood Forest is the very reasons why we believe wholeheartedly that opposites really do attract. With images by Melissa Fuller Photography, this wedding is all about love, laughter and a little bit of bling. And there is so much more right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Eric and I met about 7 years ago, right after college through mutual friends. We instantly bonded over our love for animals and nature, which has become a huge part of our lives together and also played as a major theme on our wedding day. A few years into our relationship, we started our own company called LVR, an eco-friendly yoga lifestyle line that gives back to animal rescue and to a local women’s shelter. Working together with Eric everyday has been such an amazing experience. His dedication to helping others and commitment to running a green company inspires me daily. When he asked me to marry him I knew there was no one I would be prouder to spend the rest of my life with.

Once the wedding planning started, we both fantasized about exchanging vows under giant redwood trees surrounded by our friends and family including our fur baby, Barkley. When I found Nestldown LLC. on Pinterest I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was the most gorgeous venue I had ever seen complete with a replica Snow White house, stunning barn, 100 year old redwoods, an apple orchard, a mini train for guests to ride, and much much more. Visiting the venue took our breath away. We felt so close to nature and knew this magical place was exactly what we had dreamed of.

Once we had the venue, we decided our wedding should be simple yet elegant. We chose white and gold as our wedding colors which we felt really complimented the rich green tones of the lush forest. Our amazing florist, Svenja from Chestnut and Vine, did a spectacular job adding romantic touches to our ceremony using asymmetrical arrangements using shades of whites, soft silver greens, apricot blush, and golden accents. My bridesmaids and I wore different shades of gold and silver adding to the magical energy to the day. The way the girls sparkled in the forest was incredible!

More than anything, we really wanted our guests to really feel the love we have for each other which is why were honored to have our best friend Cait Hubbard officiate our wedding. She’s known us both for a long time and has seen our relationship grow to what it is now. Her words to us were full of so much soul and really embodied the very essence of us. She led us in a series of om chants that spoke to our spiritual connection to each other and our environment. She even made a large macramé where we finished two knots individually symbolizing our union. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ceremony.

After the day was over, what still remains most in my memory was my husband’s beautiful vows to me, how it felt to say I do to the man of my dreams, my mother and father dancing the night away, all the dogs that joined in on the fun (yes it was dog friendly of course), the tear jerking toasts, and just how magical it all was. It was truly a dream.

Photography: Melissa Fuller Photography | Videography: Billy Kessler Films | Catering: Thomas John Events | Ceremony Music: Elite Intertainment | Wedding Venue: Nestldown | Chestnut And Vine Flowers: Chestnut And Vine | Desserts And Cake: Pretty Please SF

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Rustic Summer Redwoods Wedding

From the moment I laid eyes on this wedding, it felt familiar. And after being certain I didn’t know the bride or groom, I realized why. Tanja Lippert. Friend of SMP for years and photographer behind one of our all time most popular weddings. She is genius and everything she touches – no matter how gorgeous – turns to gold. And when it came to this wedding, with flowers by Huckleberry Karen Designs and planning + design by Kaella Lynn Events – Tanja most certainly was able to do her thing! More right here!

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From Tanja LippertBeautiful, sweet couple with Nestldown as a backdrop, this wedding was very endearing. The groom, Francis used his crafty skills to lazer cut all the handmade signs, table numbers & escort cards. I loved that they incorporated the stripe pattern into the table decor & cakes, so pretty.

From The Bride & Groom…Francis and I loved having our families and friends from around the world come and celebrate our special day. We wanted our wedding to truly reflect who we are, so it was important for us to include some special elements from our traditions – an Irish blessing, flowing tequila, and an asian-inspired dinner.

Nestldown was an easy choice, we fell in love with the venue at first sight and decided to book the night Saturday it had available, which happen to be 1.5 years from that date. With the help of Kaella Lynn Events (our wedding planner and designer extraordinaire), Tanja Lippert Photography (our film photographer that captured the priceless moments) and John Silva’s talented team from Culinary Eye Catering – the day was just perfect.

Photography: Tanja Lippert | Cinematographer: JMarcMedia | Event Design: Kaella Lynn Events | Event Planning: Kaella Lynn Events | Floral Design: Huckleberry Karen Designs | Cake: Pretty Please | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Culinary Eye | Makeup Artist: Camille Monique Makeup Artistry | Disc Jockey: Sounds In Motion | Wedding Venue: Nestldown | Bride's Gown: Jenny Packham | Linens: La Tavola | Officiate: Mary Alice O'connor | Photobooth: Giggle And Riot Funbooths | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Al Fresco Nestldown Wedding Film

Covered in a canopy of ancient redwoods, Nestldown is hands down one of the most peaceful wedding venues I’ve come across. It’s sort of the perfect spot to vow your love to your one and only. And we’ve got the proof right here in this beautiful film from Silver Tie Films. Dancing in the fields, these two are cute as can be. Press play to see the whole thing!

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From Silver Tie FilmsWe had the privilege to be part of Gregg and Lesley’s wedding at the beautiful Nestldown in Los Gatos, CA. Their wedding was nothing short of perfection! From the gorgeous location surrounded by beautiful trees and gardens to the small little detail on their wedding favors, Gregg and Lesley made sure that this event was one to be forever remembered. Family and Friends flew from all across the country to be there for the couple. We hope that with this film you can be there too and live those special moments with them.

Thanks Gregg and Lesley for letting us be part of your special day!

Photography: Jake And Necia | Floral Design: Florabella Studios | Invitations: Umbrella Tree Design | Ceremony Venue: Nestldown | Catering: Cafe Primavera | Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffman | Lighting: Apis Floral | Band: Livewire | Ice Cream: Aunt Lali’s Mobile Café | Rentals: One True Love Vintage | Video: Silver Tie Films | Wedding Planning & Design: Kaella Lynn Events

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Santa Cruz Wedding at Nestldown

A chance encounter led to this couples’ seriously fabulous love story, and ultimately to their seriously fabulous wedding. Designed to perfection by Events Of Distinction with florals from Michael Daigian Design so pretty I could cry, every image snapped up by Paco And Betty will be treasured by these two forever and ever – and you can sneak a peek of their pretty day here.

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From Events of DistinctionCraig grew up just outside New York City, but became a diehard Boston Red Sox fan while attending college at nearby Tufts University. After graduating, Craig relocated to Northern California to pursue a career in hi-tech. Following a visit back to Boston, he boarded an Amtrak train bound for New York. The train experienced a major delay in route, so Craig headed to the Bar Car, where he noticed a lovely young lady, glued to her laptop screen while sipping a glass of wine. He also noticed that Shari was streaming the Yankees-Red Sox game on her computer, so he bravely approached her with a not-so-classic pick-up line. “You’re a Yankees fan?” he asked. “I’m so sorry.”

Yes she was a Yankees fan, but despite their conflicting baseball loyalties, the two struck up a most pleasant conversation, and the inconvenience from the train’s delay suddenly vanished. After the train resumed and approached its destination, Craig demonstrated his hi-tech expertise by quickly inputting his contact information on Shari’s laptop. Three long weeks passed by, and just as Craig was beginning to think he had struck out, Shari worked up enough nerve to call him.

The rest, as they say, is history. After a year’s worth of funny flirty text messages and late-night phone calls, Shari moved to San Francisco to be with Craig. And when Craig was ready to pop the question, and he knew just where to propose – he chose a train running from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to present his sweetheart with a family heirloom diamond ring!

When Shari & Craig chose Events of Distinction to design and plan their wedding, they wanted to have a celebration that expressed their unique personalities. Once we heard the story of their railway romance, we immediately focused on the couple’s train travel experiences to express the design concept.

Shari and Craig’s selection of Nestldown for their wedding location was the perfect choice. A spectacular setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California, Nestldown is a forested sanctuary that features a miniature railroad encircling its beautiful trees and gardens.

After developing a color palette of Shari’s favorite orange and Craig’s favorite green, grounded with a slate gray, we devised an attention-grabbing Save the Date card to get their guests on board for the festivities. We followed that up with a captivating “Wedtrak” invitation, designed to resemble a train ticket.

On the wedding day, guests arrived at Nestldown to experience a wonderland of lush landscapes and towering redwoods. An earth and wood stairway meandered down a forested hillside to the ceremony area. In this flagstone-paved setting, guests were greeted with a selection of “Mango Melody” and “Citrus Quencher” beverages.

As they gracefully descended into the ceremony area in their slate gray dresses, the bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets which included parrot tulips, dahlias and roses. Shari, escorted by her parents, glided magically down the rows of neatly arranged chairs, carrying a bouquet of viburnum, parrot tulips, cymbidium orchids and green ranunculus. The guitarist played one of the couple’s favorite songs, “In My Life” by The Beatles, while Craig waited adoringly for his lovely bride.

The ceremony featured a special guest as the officiant. Dan Fogelman, a Hollywood screenwriter of many well-known comedic movies (including Cars, Crazy Stupid Love, Guilt Trip and Last Vegas), was a good friend of Shari since grade school. Needless to say, he delivered a hilarious yet heartwarming script about love and marriage, weaving touching stories about Shari & Craig into his “sermon.”

Experiencing wedded bliss, Shari & Craig slipped away for some photos together, while guests were graciously directed to the cocktail lawn adjacent to Nestldown’s “railway.” Upon arrival, guests were offered a signature “Sidecar” beverage, and two festive food “stations” provided a thematic touch. Paying tribute to Shari’s New York roots, the “Grand Central” Station was designed to reflect the classic architecture of this Manhattan landmark. The “Orient Express” Station featured the couple’s favorite Asian dish, Pad Thai.

After Shari & Craig completed their post-ceremony photos, they made a spectacular entrance to the cocktail hour aboard the Nestldown train. As the train whistle blew in celebration, guests gathered around the disembarking couple to offer their congratulations. The train then took guests on joyrides around the property for the remainder of the cocktail reception.

To direct guests to their dining destination, Craig used his computer smarts to create an electronic display on his big-screen TV resembling the old-fashioned “solari boards” that were once commonly found at train stations. This display listed the guests in alphabetical order, along with their assigned “Station” and “Platform” location.

Nestldown’s grand meadow provided a dazzling open-air setting for a delectable dinner. Different shaped glass vases and vintage-inspired china were used to make it feel like an elegant garden party from the 1920’s. Centerpieces featured tangerine orange flowers with accents of trailing greenery and succulents. Guests savored the California Mixed Greens with orange infused cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, candied pecans. Then they were faced with a deliciously difficult choice of entrée: Seared Mustard and Truffle Rubbed Rack of Lamb, Chicken Parmesan or Butternut Squash Ravioli.

As the sun began to set behind the towering trees, guests were invited into the “Barn,” a soaring glass and fir structure. While guests munched on scrumptious sweets, Shari & Craig made another grand entrance as the 9-piece band revved up the music. It was a standing ovation for their carefully choreographed first dance! A festive dessert display provided another highlight for the celebration, while just outside the barn, a Scotch Sipping Station gave guests a good kick in the caboose.

When the last song was over, Shari & Craig were sad to see their nuptial train ride come to an end. But they were elated knowing that their friends and family had jumped aboard the “Wedtrak Express” to celebrate their wonderful journey together.

Photography: Paco And Betty | Videography: New York Film Works | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Icing On The Cake | Invitations: Union Street Papery | Catering: Thomas John Events | Makeup: Nomi Day Spa | Hair: Dekko Salon | Transportation: Corinthian Transportation | Wedding Venue: Nestldown | Beverage Catering: Bartenders Unlimited | Music - Ceremony: Dan Goldfus Project, Booked Through Simply The Best Entertainment | Music - Reception: Double Funk Crunch | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals - Linens: La Tavola | Wedding Planning & Design: Events Of Distinction

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