Sarah + Jared’s Chic Nestldown Wedding

All of our couples have an amazing story to tell. Sarah and Jared’s is just a little bit cooler than most. Meeting in South Africa (hello romantic!) and joining each other on some fantastic travel adventures is one heck of a way to fall in love.

The first time I met Sarah and Jared, I was stunned by how ridiculously good looking they are. They looked like a model couple getting off the train and walking over to me, hand in hand, for our first planning session. It was during that same planning session that I confirmed their beauty was so much more than skin deep. They were kind, thoughtful, funny, and ambitious people who wanted to create a relaxed and beautiful celebrations for their international family and friends.

Location Location Location

When you’ve traveled all over the world, you have a LOT of sites to consider when searching for a wedding venue. Having seen so much natural beauty, it was important to Sarah and Jared to have a venue that had a lot of natural beauty of its own. They found their dream venue in Nestldown. Anyone who has ever been to Nestldown knows that the grounds are truly world class, and our couple was excited to share this gorgeous property with their guests.

A Menu Fit for a World Traveler

Food is an important cultural aspect no matter where you are! Sarah and Jared wanted to ensure that the menu served at their wedding would be delicious, refreshing, and exciting for their diverse group. Matching up with the South Bay Area’s Cafe Primavera was a perfect choice. Erika Garcia worked with the couple to come up with something that fit all of the criteria and displayed beautifully against the Nestldown backdrop.

Organic, Chic, and Clean Decor

Partnering with Darcy and her superteam over at Seascape Flowers was a great choice to accentuate Nestldown’s given beauty. Using fresh, unique greenery and statement blooms (hello King Proteas!), the wedding was an organic chic dream.

Personal Touches

In addition to the solid entertainment provided by MIRA favorite Turner Hayes (aka DJ Jazzy Thunder) from Elite Entertainment, a friend of the couple entertained guests through song during dinner. The bride’s mother helped design the custom menu and table numbers that rounded out the table settings, and the best man gave one of the most heartwarming speeches of adoration we have ever heard. All in all, a perfect evening (complete with hora!)

Check out these stunning images by Rhee Bevere Photography, as well as the wedding highlight video from Love Unique Studios!

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Venue: Nestldown 

Coordination: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: Rhee Bevere

Videography: Love Unique Studios

Florist: Seascape Flowers

Catering: Cafe Primavera

Entertainment: Elite Entertainment

Hair and Make-Up: Moderne Beauty

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

Venue of the Month: Kunde Winery

We kicked off this wedding season with a Monday (yes, Monday) wedding at Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood, California. The Napa and Sonoma wine country region can be difficult to navigate for those who are looking to host a wedding, as there are literally hundreds of gorgeous venue options. We consider Kunde Winery one of the top, and you’ll soon see why.

Photo by Anne-Claire Brun
Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

The winery sits just off of the Sonoma Highway, north of the city of Napa. Its rolling hills are neatly uniformed with acres and acres of vineyards, interspersed with stately olive and oak trees. What I love most about Kunde are the dynamic options they offer in private event spaces.

Photo by Anne-Claire Brun
Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

Hosts can utilize their impressive Tasting Room to book private tasting events complete, or simply enjoy time on their public patio next to a serene pond and manicured grass.

For a more intimate affair, the working cave tunnels offer a small private dining space that can accommodate up to 40 guests. There is something truly magical about being in a wine cave. Kunde Winery’s wine caves ring with history and presence of its long-running wine production. Their wine cave private dining area is best enjoyed with close family and friends, as well as lots of romantic candlelight.

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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

The Hill House on property offers a lovely little escape from the rest of the world. It can accommodate up to 60 guests and offers several amenities such as lounge furniture and a built in bar. Don’t worry, just because you’re inside does not mean you are sacrificing views. The site features breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley and the Mayacamas Mountain range.

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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

Even with all of the amazing options listed thus far, Kunde Family Winery is known first and foremost for its hilltop locations. Boot Hill and Olive Hill offer stunning, sweeping views of the property and surrounding hills, giving guests a full visual experience of the Napa wine country. Olive Hill is a smaller location, accommodating up to 75 guests for a seated ceremony with one of the best backdrops any wine country bound couple could ask for.

Kunde Winery in fall
Olive Hill ceremony space in Fall
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Boot Hill in fall

Boot Hill is the option for those looking to host their reception at the property’s hilltop for up to 250 guests. With a built in bar as well as permanent restrooms and kitchen prep space, it is extremely easy to utilize this space and make your event dreams come true. The gravel area is perfect for seated rounds, while the grass area offers a wonderful solution to cocktail hour or even a lounge area during dancing. For dancing, there is a dedicated dance floor area complete with string lights all ready to go. Can we say perfection?!

Photo by Anne-Claire Brun
Photo by Anne-Claire Brun
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Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

Kunde’s knowledgeable staff and robust preferred vendors list makes it an easy venue to work with, probably the most important feature of all. We are thrilled to have worked with them in the past and cannot wait to do it again.

Photo by Anne-Claire Brun
Photo by Anne-Claire Brun

Be on the lookout for photos from Alexis and Josh’s magical wine country elopement, coming soon!