Destination Weddings

Tips direct from the brides themselves for planning and executing a dream wedding in an exotic locale.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAudrey and Joshua's rustic and elegant wedding combined their tastes perfectly.
The Couple: Joshua and Audrey Dunlop
The Location: Nestldown in Los Gatos, Calif.

Audrey's Story:
"Our vision was to have a wedding with an outdoor rustic feel, but with a touch of classic elegance. Josh is a mountain man and I like things with a touch of glamour, so we needed our location to be the perfect combination of our tastes. We chose Nestldown because the moment I walked on the grounds, I could feel the butterflies in my stomach and tears nearly rolled down my cheeks as we toured the ceremony site. I fell in love with the location. The surrounding Redwoods made the expansive grounds feel like an intimate space, perfect for our celebration. The green grass was exactly what we imagined for our 'dining room' floor and the exquisite and beautiful landscaping left little to be done in the realm of decoration —because this was a destination wedding, this was VERY important."

Her Tips:
Keep it Simple: "Everything doesn't have to be fancy and expensive to show that you have great taste. It’s amazing how simple, everyday things can make a big statement. Our centerpieces were two hurricane vases with lemons and limes for that punch of color placed on top of mix-and-match navy hand-stamped linens. At each table setting, we placed a small tin canister of lemondrops as a memorable and sweet detail along with our menu card which was adorned with a single strand of bear grass. Simple, yet elegant."

Make it yours: "If Josh and his best men would have worn suits or tuxes, our guests would have thought they were at the wrong wedding. You have to incorporate who you are into every aspect of the wedding so people can see and feel the love your wedding is celebrating. Guests at our ceremony have told me time and time again that our wedding was so great because 'it was so you and Josh'. We customized everything to reflect our personalities and the things we care about. From the guest list, to the personalized vows, to the truffle at the end of the meal, to the last dance — we claimed our wedding, as every couple should."