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Nestldown // Santa Cruz Photographer // Jamie and Eric

Eric and Jamie swiped right for the last time in early September 2017! After exchanging a few messages about hiking spots on The League, they arranged to meet for drinks at Churchill, a neighborhood bar. Little did they know that they lived only a few blocks away from each other in San Francisco! They immediately clicked. After Eric walked Jamie home, he ended the night with a kiss & proposed a second dinner date. The rest is history!

Jamie’s parents were in town on the eve of her 30th birthday & her mom lured her out of the house for just long enough for Eric to set everything up. Upon returning, her parents suggested a quick visit to the roof deck at their place, where Eric was waiting with flowers. He popped the question and she said yes! 

Eric and Jamie love nature and being amongst tall trees, so the starting point for their venue search was in the majestic redwoods in Northern California. The moment they found Nestldown, they knew that it was the place they’d get married. It had the beautiful redwoods backdrop for the ceremony and felt reminiscent of Jamie’s upbringing in Oregon. At the same time, it also felt like an ode to their shared love of fairytales and reminded them of being at Disneyland. With the meticulous attention to the grounds, it truly felt like the most magical place to get married.

Jamie knew she wanted to go big on florals with an elegant but whimsical feel. Originally Jamie wanted a nude blush to be one of the primary colors, with a softer and muted feel but things changed once COVID-9 hit.  After enduring a personally somber 2020, Jamie decided that the florals should be bright, joyful and less subdued. It felt like celebrations were long overdue, and Jamie wanted the florals to express this special time with covid restrictions finally lifting. Working with the amazing FLORIST made the whole concept come to life with the softer shades of pink complimenting coral peonies and bright ranunculus which are Jamie’s two favorite flowers. 

Jamie grew up watching the movie Father of the Bride and fell in love with the idea of having swans at her wedding. In addition, her mother loved birds as they have always represented something special to her family. The imagery of the swans set the stage for many of the details for the rest of the day, from the feather pens to sign the guest book, to their cake topper featuring redwoods trees and a pair of swans. 

See this beautiful wedding featured on the front page of Wedding Chicks!

Social Media Credits:
Venue: @nestldownevents 
Floral: @nancyliuchin 
Rental: @brighteventrentals 
DJ and Photobooth: @losgatosdj 
Dessert: @edithmeyerweddingcakes 
Caterer: @wylderspace 
Video: @groverfilms 
Signage: @blushtype 
Makeup: @julie_dy 
Hair: @beautybyjasminechan 
Swans: @benaysbirdandanimals 
Donkey and Horse: @nestldown_riding_center


De Joy Photography specializes in Wedding, Engagement and Bridal Boudoir Photography in the Central Coast and beyond.