it is with great happiness that i share with you the intimate photographs of kristen* & todd’s elegant summer wedding….you simply must pick up the newest issue of MODERN BRIDE, which has a beautiful four page spread on this truly unique & inspiring wedding….all the elements of this special day were brilliantly executed by sasha souza, an amazing event planner in northern california…..


the couple exchanged vows at nestledown a stunning location, literally “nestled” in lush foliage & beautiful redwood trees….it was the perfect backdrop for kristen’s vision of a wedding inspired by nordic mythology & art nouveau….their wedding felt like a A Midsummer Night’s dream soiree…..


this vintage london taxi was the stylish couple’s get away vehicle


kristen’s wore a beautiful hand crafted shrug over a stunning lace la sposa gown….the shrug was not only a work of art but a very special momento for the bride….it was made by holly stalder from lace that belonged to kristen’s great great grandmother….such a stunning and meaningful piece….


kristen* also wore a stunning one of a kind headpiece made by leah c…..todd wore a vintage suit, made by al’s attire…. kristen* & todd are such a beautiful couple…so sweet & incredibly stylish….


todd shielded his eyes as he waited to see kristen* for the first time….and at the ceremony, sasha souza created the most adorable “toss me” table for the couple…….the guests filled little cups with an array of  beautiful flowers & herbs & tossed them at the stunning couple as they walked down the aisle….


the amazing florals were created by northern california based leah lowry


the guests dined on locally grown organic cuisine at stunning tables designed by sasha souza


kristen’s hair was an amazing nordic inspired updo with braids woven throughout….


at the end of the evening, the couples & their guests danced and celebrated inside a barn, adorned by sasha souza with beautiful fabric & candles…their art nouveau cake was created by san francisco based i dream of cake….and guests enjoyed hundreds of homemade cookies made with love by the bride’s mother and grandmother…. i hope this incredibly beautiful blissful event inspires your own….



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  1. Jun 22-2009 , 09:33AM
    beautiful images ;)
  2. Jun 22-2009 , 09:41AM
    wow! beautiful pictures. love the caplet and the adorable bride and groom! thanks for sharing!
  3. Jun 22-2009 , 09:42AM
    another fairytale wedding! breathtaking, truly
  4. Jun 22-2009 , 10:43AM
    Absolutely beautiful!
  5. Jun 22-2009 , 02:28PM
    So pretty. I love every detail of the bride's outfit!!
  6. Jun 22-2009 , 03:56PM
    Elizabeth! Amazing, you did such an phenomenal job capturing all the details of Kristen* & Todd's wedding. It's always lovely working with you but this day was so special because of all the love that went into her wedding. Thank you for capturing it on film.
  7. Jun 22-2009 , 05:42PM
    Absolutely STUNNING photographs! Especially LOVE the images with the london taxi. Thanks for inspiring me!
  8. Jun 22-2009 , 05:44PM
    I love this wedding! It is so beautiful, it gives me the chills. I love Kristen's shrug (I have a holly stalder shrug too!)... and of course, she is stunning!
  9. Jun 23-2009 , 07:15AM
    Your work is amazing...what a blessing to photograph such a lovely wedding.
  10. Jun 23-2009 , 08:36AM
    great wedding. the sign and flowers on the back of the car are great! and the tables... wow.
  11. Jun 23-2009 , 10:35AM
    We're loving this wedding. Lovely & very charming. Such a homespun feel :)
  12. Jun 23-2009 , 01:08PM
    wow...beautiful images. I love how they decorated the reception space and the bride is stunning!
  13. Jun 23-2009 , 07:34PM
    love it! I am shooting at Nestldown for the first time on Saturday, and seeing your work is inspiring me (and challenging me to go beyond my normal best). It's almost making me miss shooting Fuji color negative film! :) Beautiful work.
  14. Jun 23-2009 , 10:20PM
    simply stunning ...
  15. Isabelle:
    Jun 24-2009 , 09:00AM
    Kristen* was my blissful videographer for my wedding. She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She is an amazing, amazing videographer and I am soooo happy to see these gorgeous images of her getting married. She and Elizabeth together are pure bliss to be with.
  16. Jun 24-2009 , 09:51AM
    This is a beautiful & fun wedding..
  17. Jun 24-2009 , 02:55PM
    such a fabulous location!!! love it!
  18. Jun 25-2009 , 09:10AM
    Wow! Stunning, Stunning. Kristen you are gorgeous, the wedding details superb, and the photos are so endearing and lovely! All around, perfection! xoxo
  19. Jun 25-2009 , 10:38AM
    Just gorgeous, the lighing in the venue looks perfect... and the Black cab is a great touch
  20. Jun 25-2009 , 02:37PM
    Amazing photographs! The redwoods trees are such a wonderful backdrop, if I could do my wedding again, it would definitely be in a forrest.
  21. Jun 25-2009 , 08:50PM
    lovely pictures, lovely wedding. you look amazing :)
    the lace shrug is soo pretty!
  22. Jul 10-2009 , 11:54AM
    I have never heard of Nestldown before, but it has suddenly become my number place to get married. It's like a fairytale!
  23. Audree:
    Dec 28-2009 , 08:52PM
    LOVE!!! Every place I see this wedding-I LOVE it. Happy to see that the shrug was made by a local woman in Portland, Oregon.
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