If you haven’t yet seen the Redwood forest of California in person, you absolutely must add it to your bucket list. For any of you who dream of marrying amongst the California Redwoods, it doesn’t get much better than Nestldown. Sun and Life Photography captured the wedding day of Kim and David, who blew us away with their incredible handmade reception.

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From the bride, Kimberly: When we got engaged, we were certain of one thing. We knew we wanted a wedding that highlighted both our personalities without being too obvious. Our goal was to have our guests arrive at our wedding and think “This could only be Kim and David’s wedding.” When it came time to choose our venue, all the sites we looked at felt too generic. Surely they could host nice weddings but we really didn’t have any strong feelings about them. Then came Nestldown. My mom went online and searched for local wedding venues and this was the first place that popped up. We rolled our eyes when she first showed us, mostly due to the fact that we had our mind set on a modest, personal wedding set in my parent’s backyard, but we thought we’d humor her and take a tour. As soon as we stepped on the property, we knew. A natural chapel created by California redwoods, a meadow for post-ceremony celebrations, and a gorgeous barn to finish the night in. We were sold.

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While planning, I kept thinking about the fact that I would only do this once. This day had to be exactly what we wanted, from my dress to the place cards to the flowers, because this is what we will remember forever. I’m a details kind of girl, so every little thing needed to be something that made us smile. My mom spent the months before the wedding cutting, sewing, and stenciling 180 flags, one for each guest to wave following our ceremony. My mother-in-law and I designed the table menus, place cards, and table numbers which combined with our gold china and vintage-inspired floral arrangements, provided the romantic, rustic feeling we had dreamed of.

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Any advice for couples planning their own weddings now? If you’re a bride planning your wedding and thinking about doing a First Look, do it. It was our favorite part of the day (and an awesome time saver for photos). Taking that time for just the two of us was priceless.

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Wedding Location: Campbell, CA / Photographer: Sun and Life Photography / Floral Design: Bloomster’s / Venue: Nestldown / Makeup: Ile Bailey Makeup Artist / Caterer: La Bocca Fina / DJ: Big Fun DJs / Photo Booth Equipment: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.


Comments (11):

  • Alexandria Gallegos on July 20, 2016

    Hello, I'm interested in your venue. My date is May 27 2017. I would like to set up a time to come and view as soon as possible
  • Kim on April 5, 2015

    Thanks everyone for the sweet comments. Arianne, my mom and I made those table runners out of fabric she found at a local fabric store. I was looking everywhere for swiss dot table runners and couldn't find them anywhere, so we ended up making them from scratch. Good luck!
  • Arianne on March 10, 2015

    Those Swiss dot table runners are amazing! Does anyone know where I can find those? Thanks!
  • Kevin Walters on June 5, 2014

    This is a beautiful location. I love that place!
  • Emily Heizer Photography on January 30, 2014

    That's Nestldown! I've never seen the ceremony site spun around like that to face the trees- I LOVE IT!!!
  • Jules Bridal Jewellery on January 25, 2014

    So unique and just so pretty, what a wonderful and amazing place!
  • Hayley Anne Photography on January 24, 2014

    Nestldown is such a great venue - really awesome photos! Love that little nest bowl with the blueberries.
  • Christie O. {Mountainside Bride} on January 23, 2014

    What a lovely outdoor fete. I especially love that polka dot runner!
  • Jay and Linda on January 23, 2014

    It was so fun to relive that beautiful day through the stunning pictures. It was a fairy tale wedding with an amazing Bride and Groom to make it even more memorable.
  • Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} on January 22, 2014

    I love everything about this wedding!
  • Emma-Jane on January 22, 2014

    Such beautiful pictures and such a cool couple! Love the YAY flags!


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