Erica + Zach’s Fairytale Adventure Nestldown Wedding

Beauty breeds beauty. 

Being a preferred Nestldown wedding coordinator is certainly a privilege, and one we are very grateful to have. Not only because Nestldown is one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful venues we have ever seen, but because the people that get married there tend to be really awesome people. 

Erica and Zach were absolutely no exception. From our first consultation we clicked tremendously, a connection that would last through the wedding day and beyond. They are down to earth, organized, funny, and great to look at- a wedding planners dream. Even better was their theme: an integration of their favorite Disney, sci-fi, and adventure movies and books including but not limited to Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, and Up!

Um. Hell yes. 

We worked on virtually every detail of Erica and Zach’s special day. First it was enlisting Poetry in Motion catering to provide the perfect mix of comfort foods and gourmet treats to fit a formal yet relaxed affair. Then it was signing on our favorite DJ Jazzy Thunder (aka. Turner Hayes) of Elite Entertainment to provide the sounds for a perfect party. Erica and Zach used personal contacts to fill their photography and videography needs, introducing us to two new awesome vendors in the process: Karla Rodriguez Videography and Gavin Leane Photography. Now it was time for the REAL fun stuff. 

Whimsy, Adventure, and Gorgeousness. 

For any fairytale inspired wedding, great flowers are a must. It was up to the very capable team at Seascape Flowers to produce a floral design fit for a princess. Darcy and her team did amazing, mixing the requested Japanese anemones with some of the most gorgesous cafe dahlias we have ever seen. Mix that with touches of mercury and rose gold metallics and neutral linens and you will find our personal type of heaven. 

Next were the tiny, personal details. Since the goal was to integrate several different movies into one event design we decided to work with non-obtrusive accent decor scattered throughout the event. The welcome table and guest tables included gold mirros and signage covered cloches. A handpainted mailbox was used to collect cards. Moss covered books, old cameras, and globes made up the bartop decor. The rings were carried in seashell containers. 

Even with the plethora of inspiration from their favorite movies, it was important to Erica and Zach to integrate some of their respective cultures into their wedding day. In addition to the Japanese anemones, Erica and her family spent hours creating and stringing the traditional 1,001 paper cranes for us to use during the ceremony and then later on in the reception for dancing. Zach’s culture was brought in during the dancing portion of the reception when the group performed the most intense hora I have ever witnessed. Seriously, it lasted at least 7 minutes and the energy reveberated across the entire mountainside. 

Last but certainly not least was the inclusion of a fun, interactive element. The Booth Bus is a refurbished vintage VW Bus that has been converted into an awesome photobooth. Anthony and his team provide everything, including the light up marquee and fun props. During every operating minute, there was a line in front of the bus- guests could simply not get enough!

Erica and Zach’s Nestldown wedding was one of those events that you’re so excited about, you almost wish they could get married all over again. We consider them dear friends and look forward to our next Nestldown wedding adventure! 

A big thank you to the vendor team!

Venue: Nestldown, LLC

Coordination + Design: MIRA Events + Design

Catering: Poetry In Motion Catering

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Photographer: Gavin Leane Photography

Videography: Karla Rodriguez Videography

Florist: Seascape Flowers

Photobooth: The Booth Bus

Hair and Make-Up: Kelly Jones

Transportation: Corinthian Parking

Specialty Rentals: The Test of Time Vintage Rentals

Vrinda + Jason’s Vintage Mexican Wedding

Vintage Mexican Wedding

Bride Vrinda came to us with a desire for a vintage inspired, Mexican culture infused wedding at her and fiance Jason’s incredible property in the Santa Cruz mountains. We were all in with her vision, and looked forward to creating a beautiful, yet economical, wedding day for them.

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From the very beginning, this wedding was practically a 24/7 obsession bringing details to life. With a conservative budget, we knew that many of the “wow” factors for this wedding would need to come from DIY or other handcrafted elements.

ISO: Mexican Wedding Caterer

First on the list was to find the perfect authentic Mexican caterer. Lucky for us, Casa Vicky’s Restaurant in San Jose has been a consistent resource for great food and professional presentation.We worked alongside Jason and Vrinda to and the team at Casa Vicky’s to cultivate a diverse menu with plenty of vegetarian options.

Santa Cruz Wedding Photographer

Next was the perfect photographer to capture the details of the day. Vrinda had a great experience with Devi Pride Photography, who photographed her sister’s wedding. Boy did Devi deliver! She was easy to work with and went above and beyond on the day of (I even caught her on the floor of the Jason and Vrinda’s house almost an hour after I thought she had left for the day, working on the perfect ring shot inside of Vrinda’s gorgeous bouquet).

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Vrinda has established herself as a top expert on online marketing and lead conversion, with a lot of experience hosting her own events. It was through our mutual friend Leonard Ybarra of Music Plus Events that we were connected in the first place, so of course he was the best fit to keep Jason and Vrinda’s guests rocking on the dance floor all night long. His clean presentation and upbeat personality added a great energy to the evening.

Vintage Mexican Wedding Decor

Finally it was time to get to the fun stuff- the design! Jason and Vrinda’s mountain property is as stunning as can be. The property’s whimsical and organic elements made fusing together the soft, vintage cultural vibe of Vrinda’s vision both fun and innovative. Sassy Diva Designs did an incredible job bringing together the vibrant color palette with wow-factor blooms in our MIRA Private Collection authentic Mexican vases.

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The Stuart Rental Company was the main supplier of our rental needs, including the handsome farm tables used for the head table. All of these vendors, along with specialty vendors for details such as papel picadopaper flowers, and mariachi came together for a beautiful and unique vintage Mexican wedding.

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Wishing these two many years of happiness!

Backyard wedding

Vendor Team

Wedding Coordination + Design, Vintage Mexican Vases: MIRA Events + Design

Catering: Casa Vicky’s Restaurant

Photography/Videography: Devi Pride Photography

Florals: Sassy Diva Designs

Rentals: Stuart Rentals

Dessert: Jen’s Cakes

Papel Picado:

Paper Flowers: Backdrop Paper Flowers

Mariachi: Trio Sol de Mexico


Guest Blog- How To Buy A Home As Newlyweds

This post is contributed by our friends at PlumFund, a free online crowd-funding resource for life events. 

Choosing the Right Time to Buy a Home as Newlyweds

Are you about to get married to the love of your life? Or are you a newlywed that just tied the knot with your significant other? Getting your marriage off to a great financial start will set the tone for a beautiful, lifelong relationship.

Buying a home is going to be the biggest investment you make as a married couple. More than likely, from everything that you’ve heard up until this point, you’re under the impression that the best thing to do is to buy a house now instead of renting.

Many people feel that renting a house or apartment is like throwing away good money. For some of us – depending on our financial situation – this might be the only viable option.

Before you immediately jump on the home-buyer bandwagon, we ask that you consider two important questions before buying your first home. As soon as you get back from your honeymoon, that is!

Are You Financially Ready to Own a Home?

First and foremost, as a young, newly married couple, you might not be financially ready to buy a home. It’s time to take a close look at your financial picture to determine if buying a home is the best option for you at this point in your lives.

To begin with, many people believe that they need to determine if they meet the bare minimum requirements to qualify for a mortgage. While this is certainly a factor, you have to consider the other side of the equation.

Mortgage brokers have a tendency to approve newlyweds for loans that are much bigger than they should actually take on. Sadly, this is still happening even though we just went through the housing crisis that came crashing down in 2008.

Instead of finding out if you meet the bare minimum requirements; you should take some time to set financial goals that will make your first home purchase a fruitful and enjoyable experience.

The financial goals that you should consider meeting before buying your first home include:

  •        Building up your credit score – in order to get the best mortgage and desirable interest rates, you’ll need to have a credit score of 750 or higher. The other alternative is to have no credit score since you don’t borrow money. This will give you an opportunity to get a manually underwritten mortgage.
  •       Saving for a down payment – in a perfect world, you’ll need to have an available 5% to 10% of the purchase price for the down payment. No real estate agent in their right mind would consider selling to you – and no mortgage company would consider lending to you – if you do not have enough money to cover the down payment. If you’re struggling to save enough to put a down payment on your future home, consider personal fundraising as a viable option to raise the money needed to put down on your future home.
  •        Create an emergency fund – emergencies happen all the time. People get sick and can no longer work. People get hurt on the job and disability doesn’t cover all their expenses. Create an emergency fund that has 3 to 6 months’ worth of available funds to help keep you afloat in the event that the worst were to happen.

Do You Want to Spend the Rest of Your Life in This House?

Lastly, you need to be absolutely certain that the home you plan to buy is the home that you want to live in for the next 30 years. Sure, you could sell your home at some point in the future. But it’s not worth it to go through the hassle if you feel you might want to move out because you don’t like the home, the neighborhood, the school system, etc.

If the home you are looking to purchase is a “starter” home that you would like to see turned into an investment property down the road, take that time-frame into your budget considerations. Purchasing an “investment” or “starter” home that is at the top of your budget could create hardships down the road when you are ready to sell or upgrade.

Do you meet the financial criteria for home-ownership? Please use these guidelines to determine if you are ready to buy a home as newlyweds.