Tucked amid the rolling hills and majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and boasting an enchanted forest appointed with napping dragons, a fairytale cottage, a giant chess board, a mini train, waterfalls, and carousel animals, Nestldown turned out to be the perfect wonderland for self-proclaimed wood nymph Becca and her prince Sean. Little did we know how much awesome would be awaiting us on their wedding day!
For starters, our wood nymph transformed into a Grecian goddess, absolutely stunning in a silk gown and a crown of golden laurel leaves (handmade in Greece!) atop her shiny red tresses. Her grandmother surprised her with an heirloom that Becca had been eyeing since she was a young girl—an emerald ring that beautifully complemented her look (and her Art Deco–inspired manicure). Meanwhile, Sean cut a dashing figure in a light gray suit, lavender shirt, and purple paisley tie. Even more fun: Becca’s bridesmaids sported sparkletastic dresses and fairy wings!
There was so much to love about the day! Sean’s parents positively beamed as they escorted him down the aisle. Everyone gasped when Becca descended the steep, redwood-lined staircase with her parents to Iggy Pop’s rendition of “La Vie en Rose.” Their humorous, heartfelt ceremony still had some guests wiping away tears well after the ceremony was over.
The ensuing celebration was fueled by a tasty array of small bites: “hot sips” of pho and miso soup, “chess plates” of vegetarian tamales and beef shortribs, various fresh salads, and a scrumptious dessert bar of homemade cookies, devil dogs, and pop tarts.
“I’m not a big fan of weddings and stuffy formal affairs. I didn’t want to feel like I was chained to a table for ‘dinner,'” says Becca. “Since I eat mostly small plates anyways, we thought it would be fun to have dinner like we usually do—mostly standing, with small plates.”
Our tea-aficionado newlyweds thanked their guests with tea-drop favors that were bundled in ornate boxes with handwritten instructions (one lucky guest got one in German and another in Italian). An accomplished artist and graphic designer, Becca also crafted all their signs and invitations.
Personalizing their special day even further, Becca and Sean eschewed the expected romantic first dance for the twitchy calypso delight that is Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song.” (Beetlejuice, anyone?)
“Ultimately, we were like, ‘Fuck a waltz. Let’s do us,'” Becca says.
And they did, and it was freaking fantastic. Here are some of our favorite moments.
Bride’s dress: Delphine Manivet from And Something Blue
Bride’s shoes:“Path to Victorian” from Dolce by Mojo Moxy (ModCloth)
Crown: Delos Artist (Etsy)
Hair & make-up: Jenna & Christine at Lux Image Agency
Manicurist: Lila Robles at Sparkle SF
Groom’s suit, shirt & tie: Ted Baker
Groom’s shoes: Aldo
Rings: Shane Co.
Flowers: SF Flower Mart
Caterer (savory & sweet): Culinary Eye
DJ: Tony from Elite Entertainment
Favor boxes: Beau-coup