Nostalgic Woodsy Wedding

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This California wedding from Kate Harrison is like stepping into a woodland dream — moss and birch details, frilly flora, and of course, a knockout couple of newlyweds! Bride Whitney shines in a stunning Jenny Packham frock, which inspired much of the feel of her wedding. The couple’s inspiration also came from their incredible venue, Nestldown, and it’s easy to see why!


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photographywoodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography
woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

From the bride, Whitney: Our style was very much inspired by Nestldown, our venue, and for me, by the vintage-inspired dress that I had chosen. I was looking for elements that were rustic, vintage, and timeless. As we were planning, my biggest worry was that all our disparate elements wouldn’t come together as a whole, but it really did turn out wonderfully well. Everything was very fun and very personal. Both Ted and I felt that the entire day was a reflection of our personalities.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We wanted everything to be classic, vintage, and rustic. We went with white and black for our main colors, with green as well to reflect the outdoor setting. Our florist did a great job making our centerpieces natural and non-traditional. A friend of ours had cut a tree down in his yard and we incorporated slices of that tree into our centerpieces.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

For our guestbook, we had an old-timey photo booth from Photo-matica, whom I can’t recommend enough — they are awesome. They printed out two photo strips, one for our guest book and the other for wedding favors for the guests. We had some wooden photo strip frames made through a vendor on Etsy.com and we painted them ourselves.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We also had three bars during cocktail hour — one for wine, one for beer, and one for mixed drinks. We made our own signage for the bars using large picture frames that Ted and I got from a flea market / antiques fair and used chalkboard paint to make huge framed chalkboards. I did the writing on the signs myself.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure you keep your wedding plans personal, and remember that weddings are a celebration — it’s all about having fun with the people you love! Also, the day goes by in a flash, so be sure to stop for a moment and savor it all.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Pre-ceremony: J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations – Sally Christian, Piano
Processional: The Alchymist: Sarabande – Bouree by Handel
Bride’s Processional: The Alchymist: Prelude – Minuet by Handel
Recessional: Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Presto followed by Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Country Dance both by Handel
During cocktails and dinner we played songs by Benny Goodman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
First Dance: Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World sung and played on the ukulele by one of our groomsmen

Wedding Vendors (Campbell, CA):

Wedding Venue: Nestldown / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Event Planner: Downey Street Events / Event Designer: Eventscapes / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Makeup: Maria Lee Makeup / Groom’s Tuxedo: Gucci / Wedding Flowers: Isabella Sikaffy of Florabella Studios / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Studio Cake / Musicians: All-Star Jukebox / Photobooth: photo-matica / Invitation Printing: Dependable Letterpress / Transportation: Deep Limo and Corinthian Parking



15 comments
  1. Jaime

    I just love the rustic feel of these shots – this is gorgeous! And Whitney, that Jenny Packham dress looks as if it were made for you!

    Congrats to you both!

  2. elizabeth

    this is such an elegant and timeless wedding. so beautiful!

    it looks like the bridesmaids dresses are navy? i chose the same because it really looks great on everyone!

  3. lydia {ever ours}

    loving the delicate sleeves on her gown!

  4. Claire

    I adore outdoor celebrations – and this couple have incorporated nature so beautifully into their wedding day. The luscious greens, the timeless or ancient setting with those incredible trees as a backdrop – just makes it look like a wedding which will stand the test of time. Really, truly beautiful.

  5. Event Planning Lover

    The pictures are spectacular and they are an adorable couple. Very inspirational!

  6. Kate Harrison

    Whitney & Ted are magic!! Thank you for this beautiful feature.

  7. Chaffin Cade Photography

    Those trees are amazing!!!

  8. Leila | Be Inspired PR

    Every detail really came together to make a gorgeous day! And the Bride’s dress… amazing!

  9. chicago wedding photographer

    The colors in this wedding are gorgeous.

  10. JEN

    absolutely breathtaking! love this so much!

  11. Andy A.S Photography Northampton

    The couple look simply stunning. I love the shots in the trees here. AndyWedding Photography Northampton

  12. lisa

    Gorgeous wedding! I love the bride’s necklace too! Any idea where it is from?

  13. elena

    Everything about this is so beautiful. Especially love the mossy centerpiece!

  14. Whitney

    Thank you everybody for the kind comments about our wedding — it was an incredibly magical and fun day for Ted and me. And thank you, Kate, for the amazing pictures! Lisa, the necklace I wore belonged to my grandmother, and my aunt lent it to me for the wedding.

  15. WEDSI

    This wedding is so romantic and the beautiful photographs capture such amazing moments between the couple! How lucky they are to have these wonderful images to share with their friends and family. Perfection!

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