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Modern Garden Wedding at Nestldown

After featuring her gorgeous work over the past several years, you can imagine our excitement once Diana Marie’s special day landed in our laps. Leo Patrone’s captures surpassed even our wildest expectations and it has everything to do with the bold hues, punchy patterns and beaming couple in every last snap. Blooming Floral Studio + Kae & Ales made the magic happen and a trip to the gallery plus Diana and Jame’s Twitter-initiated love story is well worth a read!

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From The Bride…James and I met over twitter almost 3 years ago now when he tweeted at me on one of my features. At first I didnt reply but then I did with a direct message to say hi because we are both in the wedding industry. Myself as a photographer and James owns a wedding stationery company called OOXX Invitations in Toronto. That was the start of our 2 year long distance relationship. Me in Orange County and James in Toronto, Canada.

One day when I was visiting James in Canada, we went venue shopping with another friend who was getting married and they wanted us to check out some venues with them and when we found out there was only a few dates left for the following year, we decided on that day that we should probably consider looking for a venue for ourselves even though we weren’t engaged yet. A few weeks later we decided on Nestldown in Los Gatos, CA. We wanted it to be a destination wedding for both his family and mine. James proposed a couple months after we already put a deposit down.

Wedding planning was a real joy for me. I’ve shot my fair share of weddings and knew what I wanted. I wanted something classic, glamorous and timeless. The venue itself was so beautiful it didn’t need too much dressing up but we knew we wanted beautiful flowers, and a gorgeous reception. We brought in gold chargers, gold chevari chairs and cutlery. James did all the custom signage for us, my mother made the linens for the Kings table (James wanted patterns and this is where we brought it in) and we had a stunning runner of flowers down the center. We also had a camera station seeing that I was a photographer and wanted something that reflects that. It was all pulled together and styled by Kae and Ales, wedding stylists from Portland OR who we brought in to do it for us.

Photography: Leo Patrone | Videographer: Joel VanZ | Florals: Blooming Floral Studio | Bride's Shoes: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Toast Bay Events | Calligraphy: Patti Adair | Groom's Shoes: Zara | Groom's Suit: Burberry | Wedding Venue: Nestledown | 'Merci' Stamp On Favor Bags: Maple & Cotton | Bride's Dress: Allure Romance | Bride's Headpiece: Nicky Teo Bridal | Chalk Board Sign: The Juxtaposition PDX | Door Knob Table Number Holders: The Vintage Orange Jar | Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Attire: Zara | Gold Table Numbers: Koyal Wholesale | Groom's Tie: QP Collections | Hankercheif & Bridesmaids Totes: Wedding Chicks | Luggage Tags: Of The Fountain | MUAH: Kat Park | Planning: The Bride | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Stationery + Event Signage: OOXX Invitations | Tea Bags: Celestial Gifts | Tea Favors: Benjamin Tea | Wedding Cakes: A Piece Of Cake Bakery | Wedding Styling: Kae & Ales

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Classic Wedding among the trees at Nestldown

This wedding totally reminds me of something out of a fairytale. A wedding blanketed by a canopy of trees and the quiet, magical surroundings of Nestldown. With flowers by Sweetness And Light that seemlessly blend with the beauty of the natural surroundings, coordination of the classic details set in the middle of the forest by Caitlin Arnold Weddings And Events and imagery that we could get lost in for hours captured by Pictilio, this is a true gem and you can see even more right here. Then, settle in to watch and hear their own special hand-written vows filmed flawlessly by OneDay Pictures.


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From the Bride… Gabe proposed over my birthday weekend at my favorite winery in Napa with our parents and close family members in attendance. Since we are both extremely close to our families, they were our focus when it came to planning our wedding. It especially became more important when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 months before the wedding. Her diagnosis was a shock to our family – we immediately turned all of our attention on her treatment. This really put wedding planning in perspective – and at the end of the day, I just wanted to my mom to be there to watch me marry my best friend. During our engagement, despite already having gone through several aggressive rounds of chemotherapy, my mom didn’t skip a beat with helping me plan the wedding – she joined us on no less than 17 venue tours, countless dress fittings, catering tastings and even helped me assemble over 100 favor boxes and ribbons. Gabe and I wanted the wedding day to feel very personal – from keeping our guest list to our closest family and friends to hand-embossing and creating each invitation and save-the-date; we knew the wedding day would be reflective of us. Our official theme for the wedding was “A Love Story” and we emulated the theme through creating our programs as “books” and making each table at the reception a Chapter in our story from our first date thru to the wedding day. We especially wanted the ceremony to be meaningful to our relationship and unique to our friendship. We decided to write our own vows and dedicated the ceremony to our parents. At each place setting at the reception, we included thank you cards to each guest letting them know we donated to the American Cancer Society in their name and in honor of my mom. Gabe and I came up with the overall look and design and were able to really create everything we had envisioned with the help of our amazing vendor team (all of whom we now consider our good friends!) We are drawn to neutral palettes so gray, ivory and blush seemed like the perfect combination to compliment the already beautiful venue of Nestldown. Gabe and I are both very classic in our style so having very simple, elegant and traditional elements were important to us. Since we were living in San Diego at the time, we asked Honeycomb Design and Events to help us create both the main invitation design and a logo of the San Francisco skyline – as a tribute to Northern California, where we are both grew up. We ended up using the skyline logo throughout the rest of the wedding including the signage and our cake topper. Gabe and I are both really creative and wanted to personalize as much as we could. We hand-painted (with the help of some of our bridal party!) all of the wooden signs including the Mr. & Mrs. signs that hung on the back of our chairs at the reception. We also made the rest of the paper goods and signage including the programs, thank you cards, escort cards/boxes, bar signage and menu’s. We also had signature cocktails served with each of our favorite drinks – mine was the champagne cocktail and Gabe’s was the Irish Mule. Our wedding day was our absolute dream come true. From my dress, to the flowers, to seeing both sides of our families in one place, everything was just as I pictured. I feel especially blessed that my mom, now on the road to recovery, was there – from helping me into my dress to dancing until the DJ played the very last song. Gabe and I will forever be grateful to everyone who took part in making the day so special. Our wedding day truly was the best day ever.

Photography: Pictilio | Floral Design: Sweetness And Light | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Nestldown | Reception Venue: Nestldown | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Catering: Cafe Primavera | Makeup: MAC By Grace Colindres | Hair: Colleen Moore Wright | DJ: Ron Grandia | Officiant: Rev. Irene Pak | Transportation: El Paseo Limo | Accomodations: Toll House Hotel | Alterations: Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Beverages: Beverages & More | Dessert Table, Invitation & Logo Design: Honeycomb Events And Design | Event Design And Coordination: Caitlin Arnold Weddings And Events | Flower Girl Dresses: The Precious Girl | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Maid Of Honor Dress: Jenny Yoo | Men's Tuxedo's: Vera Wang | Signage, Paper Goods And Design: DIY From The Bride & Groom | Video: OneDay Pictures

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Nestldown

In case you are wondering what happens when traditional elegance joins forces with rustic meets vintage details, this amazing Nestldown affair is here to tell you: it’s fabulous.  The sort of fairytale day where farm tables mix and mingle with vintage typewriters and towering florals from Nicole Ha Designs, all captured in breathtaking images from Janae Shields Photography.  Enjoy it all, lovelies.

From Janae Shields Photography… This gorgeous wedding had all the perfect elements for a magical summer wedding. Beginning with Song’s dress which was custom designed from a few styles she liked. The gorgeous design for that carried through to all the details of the wedding day. The cake itself mirrored the wonderful lace detailing. Song wanted a vintage/rustic look which she accomplished tremendously. The vintage items such as her veil and floral mason jars at the ceremony itself complimented the rustic reception decor. I loved how the farm tables were used to juxtapose the other round tables throughout the reception. One of my favorite details from the entire day were Song’s earrings. These were so unique and different from most bridal jewelery that I was taken aback by the beauty of them. Ryan owns a local restaurant and the food was really important to him. Thomas John Events went above and beyond to create a mouth watering menu. All in all this rustic vintage wedding has been one of my favorite to photograph!

Photography: Janae Shields Photography | Cinematography: Queen Bridals | Flowers: Nicole Ha Designs | Wedding Cake: Studio Cake | Catering: Thomas John Events | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Nestldown | Photobooth: Photo Box Memories | Reception Music: Momentum

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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

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