BETTY + JONATHAN
Wedding Venue: Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, CA
Wedding Priorities: Venue, Photography, Design, Music
Wedding Style: Whimsical, Romantic, Rustic-Chic, Woodland Forest Wedding
Wedding Colors: Burgundy, Sage Green, and Blush Pink
Guest Count: 105
Featured on: Green Wedding Shoes!
Betty + Jonathan hosted a magical wedding weekend at The Sequoia Retreat Center. The retreat center is tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in Ben Lomond, CA. Nordica Photography came all the way from Sweden to shoot this woodland wedding and the photos are INCREDIBLE! The venue is in the middle of the forest nestled on the side of a mountain. Each cabin is tucked into a little-wooded corner and massive trees surround it. There are narrow one-way roads that take you to each location.
The Ceremony space was encircled by redwood trees. Classical Revolution, a live quintet, played throughout the day. My beautiful bride, Betty, wore a stunning Monique Lhuillier dress and a gorgeous veil from Claire Pettibone. Betty's bouquet was designed by Cutting Garden Susie. It had air plants mixed with beautiful blooms, and it was a total show stopper.
CATERING, COCKTAILS, & ENTERTAINMENT
We had a formal but relaxed family-style dinner on the patio outside of the main lodge. Each table was represented by a different forest animal. Betty + Jonathan made the seating chart with large distressed wood planks and photos of the coordinating forest animals were nailed onto it. The escort card holders were small little ceramic bunnies that held the calligraphed guest names. Each table had large blooms and various small blooms in bud vases, by Cutting Garden Susie. The guests ate under the night sky and a canopy of string lights.
Towards the end of dinner, we surprised the guests with a belly dancer to get the party started! We had a beautiful cake from Jasmine Rae followed by more dancing inside the main lodge. The guests enjoyed a fire pit on the lodge deck and they had a paper moon photo booth. This was one of my favorite weddings of 2016 with the nicest clients ever!
Processional: That's Amore (on string instruments)
Bridal Processional: Canon in D
Recessional: Dream a Little Dream of Me (by Zee Avi)
"Jessica was nothing short of amazing! She helped us pull off our dream wedding (a 3-day event in the middle of a northern California redwood forest :) We had some grand visions for our big day…and before hiring Jessica, we didn't even know if half of them were possible. But once we hired Art & Soul Events and met with Jessica for the first time, she immediately put us at ease. She knows what she's doing, and it shows! She's super detail oriented, has a stylish eye for aesthetics, and she's not afraid to tell you whether something will or will not work.
Cut to our actual wedding weekend, and Jessica was working all sorts of magic. She was the glorious glue that tied it all together. She collaborated with all our vendors, made sure everything flowed like it should, checked in with us at well-timed moments to see if we needed anything. She even magically appeared with 2 glasses of water when we needed a drink the most, and made sure we got to eat at the reception. Jessica saw to every detail in a way we couldn't have done on our own, and having her there allowed us to focus on enjoying our day.
Hiring Jessica was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding. She helped turn our vision into a reality, and what ensued was truly the happiest day of our lives. We'll forever be grateful to her for all her hard work, and fully recommend her to anyone planning a wedding!" - Betty
Check out this incredible video by Grover Films!
Nordica Photography • Floral Design: Cutting Garden Susie • Planning/Coordination: Art & Soul Events • Rentals: Williams Party Rentals • Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals • Video: Grover Films • Cake : Jasmine Rae Cakes • Makeup + Hair: Jess Wilcox • Dress: Monique Lhuillier • Veil: Claire Pettibone • Music (Strings + DJ): Classical Revolution • Calligrapher: Taby Eaton • Paper Moon Backdrop: Paper Moon Shoppe