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Rustic Radonich Ranch Wedding

Something tells me that this stunning Radonich Ranch wedding is just what the doctor ordered for your Monday afternoon.  Because if anything can get the work week started on a crazy gorgeous note, it’s lush blooms from The Flower Shack, an amazing setting filled with soft pastel hues and one beautiful image after another from This Love of Yours… Photography.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Our vision was natural, rustic romantic and intimate with an emphasis on fresh local food, herbal florals and handmade decor crafted with love. We wanted everyone at our wedding to feel comfortable, at ease and to feel that our day was a perfect representation of our personalities.

The ceremony was beautiful and extremely memorable. We can still remember every moment like it was yesterday and incorporated elements that were not necessarily traditional but meaningful to us. Standing beneath the arbor surrounded by trees, nature and our closest friends and family. The sound of trickling water from the pond in the background and the perfectly placed sun in the sky shining its light between the branches. Hearing each other speak our personal vows and promises was magical. For our unity ceremony we planted a bonsai tree together.

Working with Erika and Michael from This Love of Yours was amazing. They were fun, extremely organized and captured our day perfectly.

One piece of advice I have for planning brides is your wedding is about YOU as a couple regardless of what anyone else says. Create a day that you want to remember for the rest of your lives and know that all of the time, energy and effort you put into planning your day will pay off.

Photography: This Love of Yours... Photography | Flowers: The Flower Shack | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane -BHLDN | Invitations: Minted (Custom Touches By The Bride) | Bride's Shoes: ModCloth | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters and Watters | Caterer: Vignette Events | Band: The Native Sibling | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Groom's Suit: J Crew | Wedding Venue: Radonich Ranch | Bride & Bridesmaid Jewelry: Noon Design Shop | Bride's Halo: Handmade By Sara Kim | Cake & Mini Desserts: Kelly's French Bakery | DIY Honey Jars With Dippers: Bride And Groom | Hair + Makeup: Anna Wu of Faust Salon | Place Cards, Seating Cards, Mr. And Mrs. Signs & Guest Book: The Bride | Save The Dates: Etsy | Suspenders: American Apparel | Table Decorations: Vignette Events | Table Decorations: The Bride

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Bay Area Wedding Film from Hit Maker Films

One thing is for certain. Hit Maker Films has melted my heart all over again and we’re only half way through their lineup of films today. This Bride? Cute as can be. Her Groom? Proudest vows that’ll make you grab your handkerchief at least a few times. This one is honest to goodness love I tell you.


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From Hit Maker Films… Being a Bay Area based Wedding videographer allows you the opportunity to film in many different gorgeous locations every weekend. Rachel and Josh’s Nestldown wedding was no exception. Located in the redwoods of Los Gatos, Nestldowns features beautiful lush gardens, rustic woods, and scenic ponds. On the day of Rachel and Josh’s wedding we had so much fun working alongside You + We Photography. Rachel had the most infectious laugh and kindest heart. Josh had the most heartfelt vows and warmest personality. Thanks to Kristan Shamus Events & Design planning the day with out a hitch and for making our day a lot easier and thank you to Rachel and Josh for trusting in us to capture their day!

Photography: You + We Photography | Cinematography: Hit Maker Films | Event Planning: Kristan Shamus Events & Design | Cake: International Cake & desert buffet Pastries | Catering: Toast Catering | Wedding Venue: Nestldown

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Los Gatos Wedding at Nestldown from Tyler Branch Photo

A Los Gatos love-fest.  That’s what I am calling this stunning day captured by Tyler Branch Photo, because, well… it sooo is.  The perfect combination of nature-inspired details, laid-back elegance and beautiful cultural traditions, it’s a breathtaking Nestldown setting meets gorgeous florals from Lisa Jack Giudicelli meets sweet DIY details, all wrapped up in some of the brightest smiles you will ever see.  Care to join me for some stop-you-in-your-tracks lovely?  Click here for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… Our Indian – American fusion wedding ended up being the best day of our entire lives and we are so very thankful that we decided to have a wedding celebration.  It was quite the challenge trying to incorporate multiple cultures while still making it personal and meaningful to the both of us.  Taking the advice of many brides past, we compiled a list of what was really important to us: honoring our families and bringing them together, incorporating our cultures, being in nature and having a laid-back & fun atmosphere.  On top of that, we were really trying very hard to maintain a budget in the crazed Bay Area bridal industry.  After visiting quite a few venues, we stumbled across Nestldown and it was hands down unlike anything we had seen before.  This venue was a private residence in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an area where we love to hike, and the staff were the most helpful and positive people we had ever met.  This place hardly needed any dressing up, it was beautiful as is.

We took your average American “spiritual” ceremony and made it our own, adding advice from my Uncle (the officiant) and other family members, along with poems and a Unity Tree.  I grew up in the Midwest and Jimmy in Northern California; we both brought soil from the yards of our childhood homes and combined them together as we planted our unity tree during the ceremony to symbolize the coming together of our lives.  After the ceremony, we went out to the property’s orchards for some photos where we were greeted with the most red fall leaves we had ever seen!  It was truly magical.

We really wanted a laid-back environment where everyone felt comfortable and at home. We didn’t want everything to be matchy-matchy, yet wanted everything to go together. The bridesmaids picked out different cream colored, eclectic dresses from ModCloth and ASOS.  We tied their look together with bright orange shoes, sweaters, and Indian bangles.  Jimmy’s groomsmen had cufflinks featuring vintage maps of the towns where they were from, orange paisley ties, and orange socks.  

Our wedding came together because of two reasons: We had the best vendors, they were genuine people & fun to work with; and our family & friends helped out big time. Everyone chipped in and offered to play quite significant roles leading up to the big day.  A few pieces of advice, TAKE IT ALL IN on the wedding day (thats the biggest one), make sure to have moments alone with your hubby.  During the planning process, take advice from everyone, internalize it, then make it your own.  Don’t forget.. while it is an action packed, totally awesome day, it is just one day, put everything in perspective and have a blast!

Wedding Photography: Tyler Branch Photo | Wedding Venue: Nestldown in Los Gatos, California | Wedding Cinematography: Matt Moresco Productions | Floral Design: Lisa Jack Giudicelli (lajgiudicelli@gmail.com) | Event Planning: The Bride | Food Catering: The Mynt | Event Catering: Thomas John Events | Favors: Maritess Bandoy | Ceremony Violinists: Kieran & Lincoln Arora (Bride’s Cousins) | DJ: Woody from Big Fun DJ | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Bride’s Sister | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via Nouvelle Vogue | Bride’s Sari: Artesia | Bride’s Jewelry: Amrita Singh | Henna: Henna Lounge | Bride’s Hairpiece: BLHDN | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Attire: ModCloth + ASOS | Hair: Amanda from Trio Salon

Los Gatos, California Wedding from Janae Shields Photography

Weddings like this are an automatic homerun for me. Outdoor in a super lush, gorgeous green spot. Something I’ve never seen before, and totally beautiful, as the ceremony backdrop. A reception that looks like something you could wander into a fairy tale and stumble across. And pictures from Janae Shields Photography so beautiful, I literally lost track of time in the gallery. So consider that a warning, before you jump into the gallery for more!

Block out a few minutes for this film from Grover Films. You won’t regret it, I promise.

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From the beautiful bride … On an evening in October, a handsome southern gentleman came up and asked me to dance. He was so sweet and polite, I couldn’t resist. Three years later Josh surprised me by getting down on one knee and proposing in front of both of our families. From that moment it was time to plan the wedding that would bring together two different cultures, one from Mississippi and the other from California.

Our wedding planner Janece Shelooe made our dreams come true when she took us to Nestldown, a private estate nestled among the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The lush gardens, ponds, and orchards offered several locations for the guests to be moving an experiencing the beautiful land. My favorite part of the site is the long elegant walk down an earth-and-wood staircase to the lakeside amphitheater. I knew that was the moment I really wanted to savor with my Dad and sure enough, it was like walking out of a dream.

The overall inspiration for the wedding was the idea of a love story. As a little girl, I used to love to hear my great grandmother’s story of how she fell in love with my great grandfather who was playing the banjo at her local dance hall. I had the pleasure of gathering up the love stories of both families along with some pictures and used them as inspiration for the table cards.

We wanted the wedding to be rustic, eclectic, vintage, and romantic. We used Fall inspired colors; bright and burnt orange, burgundy, wine, gold and copper with accents of dark sky blue to cerulean. Some of my favorite touches were by Rachel Hansen where she added letter seals to the place cards and used a copy of an actual love letter from my great great uncle as a background for the table stories. Amy Burke Designs incorporated natural elements into all of the flower arrangements including my bouquet where she was able to add bits of cotton to give it a soft and natural feel. She used vintage lace from my godmother’s wedding dress and a family heirloom to tie the bouquet together. The vintage lace was matched throughout my original wedding dress and veil designed by Amy Kuschel. At the reception we gave our guests a blend of Italian and Southern food to reflect both our cultures including wood fired pizza and pulled pork sliders from Bella Terra Catering. We also had a southern style dessert table with pralines, red velvet cake and decadent chololates by Chocolates and Moore. Our guests were offered fall-colored pashminas to take home with them as the evening cooled down.

Some of my favorite photos were from the reception in the Barn where Josh and I had a choreographed dance to Sinatra’s “The Best is Yet to Come”. He wore a fedora hat to get into character and twirled me into our best rendition of the fox-trot. I also love the pictures with my bridesmaids, who wore long chocolate brown dresses designed by WTOO Watters and earrings by Vera Wang. My absolute favorite would have to be the “first look” pictures our photographer Janae Shields recommended to take before the ceremony. It allowed for us to take some time to share an intimate moment in the redwoods where we gave each other our wedding gifts and expressed our gratitude and love before the guests arrived. The pictures capture our excitement and created a memory we still talk about months later. Above all, planning this occasion with my mother was an experience I hope to share with a daughter one day.

Photography: Janae Shields Photography | Venue: Nestldown | Coordinator: Every Elegant Detail | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Catering: Bella Terra | Video: Grover Films | DJ: Feet First Entertainment | Paper Products: Rachel Hanson Designs | Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel | Makeup: Makeup by Sarah Dean | Hair: Jamie Zimmerman | Cake Designer: East Bay Chocolates

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Los Gatos Ranch Wedding from Emily Scannell Photography

Emily Scannell can do no wrong in my eyes. With images like these, paired with a rustic wedding like this, it’s all a match made in heaven. One that takes the green fields of Radonich Ranch to a whole new level of pretty. It’s layers of peach accents, home baked pies and the like and topped off with a lovely film by ZoMei Video Productions. Now that is how we finish off a great line-up of weddings. Click here for even more.

From the Bride… My husband and I met at college in San Diego when we were both 19 through my best friend (and future maid of honor) and quickly went from friends to more. After four years of dating, we both began attending the same graduate school, and on March 5th 2011 (my birthday) David popped the question. In his true fashion, the proposal was over-the-top and truly romantic with a day full of surprises. The proposal took place on Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, overlooking the ocean, and beneath the tree where we spent many days talking and planning our lives out in college. After I said yes, we headed off to a surprise party with our closest friends and family.

We quickly began planning our wedding for June 2nd 2012. We knew that we wanted a beautiful, romantic, and hand-made event. Having grown up in Northern California, and with most my family living there, we felt that sticking with tradition would be best for the location of our wedding. Both being nature lovers, we quickly fell in love with Radonich Ranch in the Los Gatos Mountains. After we met our lovely coordinator, Marky Carr, and saw the natural, rustic beauty of the ranch we were sold. What made it even more special was that the ranch was right down the street from where my parents were married on my grandparent’s ranch over 29 years earlier.

We drew our inspiration for our peach theme from the ranch being a former fruit-packing orchard, the color palette of the wedding, and of course David’s nickname for me “little peach.” Everything was hand-crafted from the design of our stationary (peach hand-painted by me), to the moss covered letters, and the hand-painted center-piece urns and votives. We were blessed to have many creative and talented family members and friends who donated their time and effort to help create all of the décor. My wonderful “Nanny and Poppy” (grandparents) assembled our peach jam gifts, and my cousin Lauren of Luxxe Event Co. added details such as our table numbers and bride and groom chair décor. We wanted our event to feel like a home-style wedding, so we were sure to include bocce ball, horse shoes, and a home-made photo-booth, and to create an intimate feeling by including benches and areas for people to sit and chat.

Our menu was very important to us, and lucky for us Marky Carr, also our caterer, was able to create an organic, locally grown menu that represented our love of California cuisine. We included a peach bellini as our signature drink to tie the theme together. One of our favorite moments of the day was seeing our cake. We were blown away at how Jen’s Cakes of Los Gatos had taken our idea of a fondant peach cake-topper and created such a beautiful, adorable work of art. The meal was truly completed, however, by the yummy pies from Gizdich Ranch especially requested by my husband as his “groom’s cake.” Our day turned out beautifully, and we loved seeing all of our friends and family enjoying each other and the venue. It was truly the most perfect day to start out our lives together.

Wedding Photography: Emily Scannell Photography / Wedding Venue: Radonich Ranch in Los Gatos, California / Wedding Planning + Catering: Marky Carr of Vignette Events / Wedding Design: Bride + Lauren Mandelke of Luxxe Event Co. / Floral Design: Kathy Larsen (ceremony) + Marky Carr (reception) / Wedding Cinematography: ZoMei Video Productions / Wedding Cake: Jen’s Cakes / Pies: Gizdich Ranch Pies / Accommodations: Toll House Hotel / Music: Fog City Entertainment + Emmanuelle Pease, Violin Trio / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Bride and Groom + Created by Rachel VanWickle / Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang

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Hazlwood at the Summit Wedding by Orbie Pullen Photography

I’m pretty sure that this little spot is the number one fun place to get married in California. With everything from Bocce ball courts to lavender gardens to wishing wells, there’s tons and tons to keep your guests busy and happy all day long. And that’s exactly what this couple did. With lots of pretty DIY details like a 100 year old French door to hold the seating charts, this wedding is beyond gorgeous and there’s way more to see right here in the full gallery!

From the Bride… I claim that we first met in our first year of high school in Spanish class. Tony, on the other hand, does not remember meeting me until at least a year later while working together on a community service project. In any event, we quickly became good friends. Despite Tony’s best efforts, my plan of going to college without a boyfriend worked out. Eventually, we started going on “fake dates” (just as friends), and Tony finally sealed the deal by saying, “Quit leading me on — I just want to be able to break up with you.” Ever since those romantic words, we have been committed to one another, and Tony still has not been able to “break up” with me like he had asked.

Plainly put, we wanted our wedding to be FUN. The most important thing to us was for our guests to enjoy themselves and not feel constrained. With this goal in mind, we found the perfect location in Hazlwood at the Summit. The location provided expansive lawn areas for a multitude of lawn games, from ladder ball to bean bag toss and croquet. The place even had two bocce ball courts, meandering paths through lavender gardens and a wishing well to make other dreams come true.  In order to direct our guests around the property, we reclaimed old fence wood and made vintage-looking signs. Another very important thing to me was that the wedding officiant be someone meaningful. Who better than our high school leadership advisor who knew Tony liked me before I did? We became good friends over the years and knew he would be able to put a personal touch on our ceremony. The over all feel of our wedding was backyard BBQ with a little vintage chic. Our color scheme was coral with cool ocean blues and greens. To accomplish this, we scoured flea markets and antique fairs for old blue mason jars to use as vases for our centerpieces. We used succulents to tie in the blue and green colors into the floral arrangements. The succulents also became the perfect boutonnière for the groom and groomsmen. This also provided us with a great opportunity for our favor that tied into the theme and was “green” at the same time.  We provided each guest with their own individual succulent that they could take home and plant in their own garden.

Luckily, my mom is into antiques, and we were able to find and use many things from inside her home. We used a 100-year-old French door to list our seating arrangements and old suit cases and tins to hold flip flops for guests and supplies at the scrapbooking table. We also wanted to have a way to capture all the fun memories from the day. In order to capture those moments, we set up a photo booth and created our own backdrop. The backdrop consisted of wedding photos of our parents and grandparents in antique frames with large frame cutouts for our guests to pose within. Finally, we decided to use a “Thumb Print Tree” rather than the traditional guest book. We enlisted one of Tony’s groomsmen to draw tree and have since placed it in a frame that was hand-painted by my sister. We have it hanging in our home to look at every day. In keeping with our BBQ feel, our guests were treated to one of our favorite dishes, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. This was a staple of our college diet while living in San Luis Obispo and remains so today. They washed down dinner with “Sharkarita’s” (a margarita topped with blue curacao to give it a teal look) served in my mom’s set of mason jar glasses. The entire day turned out perfectly. From the lawn games at cocktail hour to the personalized ceremony and all the little details in between. We are so grateful for all our friends and family who made this day possible. Without them, we could have never pulled off such a unforgettable evening. 

Wedding Photography: Orbie Pullen Photography / Wedding Venue: Hazlwood at the Summit in Los Gatos, California / Venue Contact: Barbara Knipe / Floral Design: Cupertino Florist / Catering + Equipment Rental: Prestigious Provisions (JKnipe@yahoo.com) / Wedding Cake: Jamie Rose of The Indulgent Rose / DJ: John Gomez of SIR DANCEALOT / Photo Booth: Chris DaSilva of DaSilva Photobooth / Wedding Dress + Veil: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: ALDO / Bride’s Jewelry: Made By Sam / Hair: Melissa Dawson (melissarenee5@gmail.com) / Makeup: Karen Quetano / Men’s Attire: Macy’s