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A Rustic Affair: Visiting a Local Venue

As rustic weddings are growing in popularity, so is the number of sites catering to this rugged, yet elegant style. We visited one of these rustic wedding venues, located near our Rocky Mountain Decor offices. Hidden in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos is the beautifully whimsical Nestlesdown. This exceptional location has been catering to beautiful brides and handsome grooms for years.

Once a working fruit ranch, Nestldown is a 180-acre property surrounded by lush redwood forests and glistening ponds. The grounds feature beautifully manicures gardens, unique buildings, and even a working train that the wedding party can ride.

The friendly staff at Nestledown will help to create the rustic wedding of your dreams and provides a long list of vendors that have a proven record of satisfying even the pickiest brides.

Stay Tuned for Part Six: Rustic Centerpieces

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Rustic Wedding Ideas, Video

 

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A Rustic Affair Part 1: The Venue

If you and your fiancé love hiking, fishing and basically enjoying the beautiful outdoors, you probably want your wedding to reflect your rustic lifestyle. There are actually some simple and easy ways to avoid a run of the mill wedding and create an event full of country chic touches and rustic sophistication.

The biggest decision, other than accepting the proposal, is the venue. Look for outdoor spaces like fields, forests, or lakeside venues. These locations can offer some incredible photo opportunities, like these shots of couples out by a rustic barn and beneath the forest’s canopy. Outdoor weddings are being reinvented and becoming more elegant, sophisticated events. And the brides that are choosing to get married outside are creating some truly amazing and unique scenes.

If your heart is set on an indoor wedding, there are lots of rustic options too. Hotels near national monuments and national parks can offer beautiful indoor venues and the hotels’ design and decor usually reflect their rustic surroundings. Other indoor ideas include lodges, small country churches, wineries, or you could even transform a local barn into your own unique location and create a chic, hometown event.

Where ever you decide to get married, make sure your venue will comfortably accommodate all of your guests and fits the design you’re
dreaming of.

Happy venue hunting!

Stay Tuned for Part 2: The Ceremony…

Photo’s courtesy of Whispering Pines and the following photographers Tanja Lippert, Blue Window Photo

 

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