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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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Nestldown Wedding

On a sweetly sunny spring day, this remarkable duo had the most utterly lovely Nestldown wedding.  This day was a destination wedding photographer‘s dream, from getting ready at the Hotel Los Gatos to the beautiful ceremony at the base of the redwoods.

At a Nestldown wedding, a pair of beige high-heeled shoes with floral embroidery is placed on a leafy, dark green ground. A wedding dress hangs under a light fixture beside potted plants (left), and a close-up of wedding rings with a large diamond and intricate detailing (right) at a picturesque Nestldown wedding. A teal suit jacket hangs on an outdoor wall amid lush foliage, reminiscent of a Nestldown wedding. A close-up showcases the suit's cuff buttons and its colorful interior lining, adding a touch of elegance to the natural setting. Left: A man smiles while adjusting his tie in front of a curtain. Right: At a beautiful Nestldown wedding, a woman in a white wedding dress stands outdoors while two people in blue dresses adjust her gown. Left image: A man in a suit smiles with his hands in his pockets. Right image: At a Nestldown wedding, a woman assists another woman with her wedding dress in an enchanting outdoor forest setting. A bride in an ornate gown reaches out playfully to a woman in a dress, both smiling amid the enchanting landscape of a Nestldown wedding. A groom in a blue suit stands on a forest path at their Nestldown wedding, while in the distance, a bride in a white dress walks towards him. A bride and groom stand in a forested area at their Nestldown wedding, holding hands. Both are smiling and dressed in formal wedding attire. Black and white photo of a couple in wedding attire standing outdoors at Nestldown, smiling and looking at each other while holding hands. Two black and white photos: On the left, a couple embraces tenderly. On the right, they stand facing each other in a wooded area at their Nestldown wedding, exchanging what appears to be vows or heartfelt words. A groom in a blue suit reads from a paper while holding hands with the bride in a white dress at their enchanting Nestldown wedding in a forest setting. Black and white photos capture a couple in wedding attire embracing and laughing, set against the enchanting backdrop of a Nestldown wedding in an outdoor forest setting. Me Two wedding photos: On the left, a couple holds hands in a forest, captured in black and white. On the right, the same couple walks hand-in-hand through the enchanting woods of their Nestldown wedding, adorned in elegant formal attire. A bride and groom stand and embrace in a wooded forest at their Nestldown wedding. The bride's long dress flows around them as sunlight filters through the trees. The image is in black and white. A woman in a white dress poses in a forest on the left and in a sunlit area with trees on the right, showcasing the flowing fabric of her attire. The scene evokes the enchanting ambiance of a Nestldown wedding, blending natural beauty with elegant charm. Two black and white photos of a couple's Nestldown wedding: on the left, they walk together in a forest; on the right, they stand closely, facing each other, in a sunlit clearing amidst trees. Both are dressed formally. Me A couple in wedding attire embraces and smiles at each other outdoors with the lush greenery of Nestldown in the background. The image shows crystal candle holders on moss and ceramic bowls with smudge sticks and crystals, perfect for a Nestldown wedding table setting. A man in a suit walks across a small wooden bridge in a forested area, perhaps on his way to a Nestldown wedding. The scene is in black and white. A man and a woman hug at a Nestldown wedding ceremony, with several people standing and observing in the background. The event appears emotional and heartfelt. Me A woman in a wedding dress stands outside at her Nestldown wedding while another woman adjusts her veil and a third woman in a blue dress watches, holding a hand to her face. A Nestldown wedding ceremony takes place in a forest, surrounded by tall trees and greenery, with guests seated on white chairs and the couple at the forefront. A bride and groom laugh joyously while standing beside two emotionally moved older adults during a Nestldown wedding. The group stands outdoors, surrounded by lush foliage in the background. A couple exchanges vows in an outdoor Nestldown wedding ceremony. The groom, dressed in a teal suit, places a ring on the bride's finger, who is wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding dress as guests watch in the background. A couple exchanges vows in an outdoor forest wedding ceremony at Nestldown, with friends and family gathered around, smiling and watching intently. A couple is seen in two moments during their outdoor Nestldown wedding ceremony: in the first image, they are kissing; in the second, they are laughing joyfully, surrounded by clapping guests. A bride and groom, smiling and holding hands, walk down an aisle outdoors at their Nestldown wedding. Guests in colorful attire stand and watch in the background. Hands holding a floral arrangement consisting of various flowers, including a cream-colored rose, pink blossoms, and greenery, with a blue ribbon tied around the stems—a perfect bouquet for a Nestldown wedding. A bride and three bridesmaids, all smiling and laughing, embrace while holding bouquets in the enchanting Nestldown wedding garden. A bride in a white dress and a groom in a blue suit stand together holding a bouquet, smiling on the stone staircase at their Nestldown wedding, surrounded by lush greenery. Left: A long, outdoor dinner table set with blue napkins, glassware, and floral arrangements at a Nestldown wedding. Right: A wooden board with assorted appetizers, including cones, fruit, and dipping sauces. An outdoor dining table set for a Nestldown wedding event with floral arrangements, glassware, blue napkins, and golden flatware. The table is decorated with string lights in the background. At a Nestldown wedding, a couple dances under a large chandelier inside a wooden hall. The bride is being lifted and spun around by the groom as guests watch in admiration. A couple dances together at a Nestldown wedding in a wooden venue, with the woman wearing a flowing dress and the man in a dress shirt and vest, as they engage in a high-five. A couple embraces and dances closely at a Nestldown wedding, with blurred figures and warm lighting in the background. A couple dances closely under a chandelier in a dimly lit wooden hall. The left image is blurry and shows them outdoors, while the right image is clearer and indoors, capturing the intimate essence of their Nestldown wedding. A newlywed couple walks through applauding guests under falling lights on the left, and shares an embrace by a vintage car at night on the right, capturing the magic of their Nestldown wedding.

A Dream Wedding at Nestldown: Elegance in the Heart of Nature

Nestldown, a breathtaking venue in the Santa Cruz Mountains, offers a magical setting for couples seeking a picturesque wedding. With its towering redwoods, tranquil ponds, and meticulously manicured gardens, Nestldown provides an unforgettable backdrop for a celebration of love.

Arrival and Venue Tour

Guests arriving at Nestldown are immediately greeted by a serene atmosphere, where nature’s beauty meets impeccable landscaping. The venue’s entrance, marked by a charming gate, opens to a world where every corner tells a story. As guests walk along the pathways, they encounter whimsical touches like fairy-tale benches and rustic arbors, setting the tone for a day filled with enchantment.

The Ceremony: A Redwoods Wonderland

The ceremony space at Nestldown is truly unique, nestled within a grove of ancient redwoods. These towering giants create a natural cathedral, providing an intimate and awe-inspiring setting. Couples exchange vows under a handcrafted wooden arch adorned with seasonal flowers, with sunlight filtering through the trees, casting a warm glow on the proceedings. A babbling brook nearby adds a soothing background melody, enhancing the serene ambiance.

Cocktail Hour: A Garden Soiree

Following the ceremony, guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail hour in the venue’s garden area. Nestldown’s gardens are a masterpiece of horticultural design, featuring vibrant blooms, manicured hedges, and quaint pathways. A stone patio serves as the perfect spot for guests to mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. The garden’s pond, complete with swans, adds a touch of elegance and tranquility to the celebration.

The Reception: Rustic Elegance

The barn at Nestldown, a beautifully restored structure, hosts the reception. Its rustic charm is complemented by modern amenities, ensuring comfort without sacrificing character. Inside, long wooden tables are adorned with elegant floral arrangements and candles, creating a romantic and inviting atmosphere. String lights draped from the beams add a warm and festive touch.

Dining and Dancing

Guests are treated to a gourmet dining experience, with menus tailored to the couple’s preferences. From farm-to-table dishes to exquisite desserts, the culinary offerings are sure to delight. After dinner, the barn’s dance floor comes alive with music, where guests can dance the night away under the twinkling lights. For those seeking a quieter moment, the venue’s fire pits offer a cozy spot to relax and enjoy the evening.

Photo Opportunities: Capturing Memories

Nestldown provides endless opportunities for stunning wedding photos. The redwood grove, garden pathways, and the quaint train station on the property offer diverse backdrops for capturing every special moment. Couples and their photographer (me!) will find no shortage of inspiration within this picturesque venue.


A wedding at Nestldown is a celebration of love set against a backdrop of natural beauty and elegance. The venue’s enchanting atmosphere, combined with its top-notch amenities and stunning landscapes, makes it an ideal choice for couples seeking a memorable and unique wedding experience. From the towering redwoods to the intimate gardens, every element of Nestldown works in harmony to create a day that will be cherished forever.

If you’re dreaming of a wedding that combines rustic charm with natural beauty, Nestldown is a venue that promises to deliver an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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