Nick Radford

Los Angeles – California, USA.

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19
Aug 2013

Harmony + David

Beautiful AirBnB Wedding in the Woods

I don’t know what I love the most about Harmony and David’s wedding. Is it the fact that it was in the middle of the forest, all the pretty little handmade details, or the fact that they cancelled what was about to be a quite traditional wedding to have something that looked more like them? I know there’s a lot of couples that dream of an intimate and personal wedding, but then don’t have it because one parent or relative says it’s “not wedding enough”… Well, I can tell you these two have guts, and if you’re having this kind of dilemma right now, please read their story! Photography by Nick Radford (and don’t miss the honeymoon video this couple made!).

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Their wedding took place on August, 17th 2012, at a little Airbnb cottage in Soquel, California, USA. Here’s how they ended up having their wedding there.

David and I were planning our 100 person wedding at some expensive venue when, 3 months before our wedding, we realized it wasn’t what we wanted at all. We were only planning this larger wedding because we felt like we had to so that we wouldn’t offend anyone. What we really wanted was a super small and intimate wedding in an amazing location with our closest friends and family. So we took the plunge. We cancelled our venue and everything we had set up and began our search for the perfect place to have our wedding. While we were looking through some of the amazing houses on Airbnb for our honeymoon we thought, what the heck, why not ask if we can have our wedding there too! We asked around for weeks and weeks and all we received were “no’s”. Then on one glorious night we received our first “yes” from the owner of this tiny little cottage in Soquel, CA. I will admit that it wasn’t my first choice, but once we got there we were blown away by the beauty and character of this place and from that moment on, I couldn’t have imagined our wedding anywhere else!

 

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Name one thing you regret…

The only thing I regret is not having a professional wedding planner for our wedding (or at least a family member to take charge on the day of!). I didn’t think I needed one because our wedding was so small and I thought it would be too difficult since the wedding was taking place 6 hours away. Because of this, I was the only one who really knew our timeline and the order of events, which was pretty stressful on my part. Luckily our wedding was small enough that everyone just went with the flow and everything worked out perfectly.

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

We are overjoyed that we were able to go with our gut and plan the wedding of our dreams, instead of the wedding that we thought we had to plan. But honestly, as long as we were married by the end of the day, I was a happy camper! :)

 

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The word of the photographer.

Being that David & Harmony were in the wedding industry, they understood how important timing the day around optimal light was. The way everything was arranged around having a beautiful aesthetic made my job entirely too easy.

 

24
Jun 2013

Justine + Brendon

Epic Ace Hotel Wedding with a Late Swimming Pool Party

I know I have blogged quite a few weddings and couples ending up in water lately, and no suspense here, this is one more… but isn’t a swimming pool wedding party kind of the perfect way to end the night? And wait, that’s not all – I am actually so in love with Justine and Brendon’s wedding: not only did they have so much fun partying in the swimming pool, but this couple also had a perfect venue for their wedding and an amazing setting, everything so well photographed by Nick Radford, out of the USA.

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Justine and Brendon’s wedding took place in November 2012 at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Both have a design background—he is an interior designer and she’s in the event industry—so they mostly organized their wedding themselves.

We wanted it to be different, yet fun that reflected our personalities. We had a handful of DIY projects that we incorporated into the wedding such as our ceremony backdrop and geometric card holders. I ended up designing all of our paper goods such as our save the dates, invitations and all of the signage throughout the wedding. It was a huge undertaking, but it was something I was determined to do! There were many times I wanted to give up and just hire a designer, but I knew it would be so worth it in the end. And it was!

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Overall it was an amazing wedding – however, if I had to rewind back to the day, I wish I had more moments to just sit and talk with all of our friends and family, especially our family who traveled from afar. The day goes by so fast and you are definitely running on adrenaline the entire evening, so I just wish we had taken a step back and really braced the moment and graciously thanked everyone who made it out that day.

 

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And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

I am extremely happy that I was a stress-free bride the entire day! I did not worry about one thing. I felt so prepared, and so ready to marry my husband that everything else was just a big ol’ bonus to me. Oh, and I’m stoked that Nick & Jeff (photographer & videographer) suggested we jump in the pool to close out the festivities. It was never my intention to do this – but it just happened and it was SO perfect. The best way to end the night by far! Trashed dress and all!

 

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