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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 | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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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 | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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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!


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 | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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