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I truly think the pictures for this wedding fully tell the story of this fun loving, vibrant couple. Marta and Nathan were married at Hacienda de las Colinas, a private residence in Marin, and it was the perfect setting for their wedding . Their wedding was filled with TONS of incredible DIY elements; from the favors (handmade truffles anyone?) and table decor to the cakes made by a close friend. It was truly a celebration that felt incredibly personalized to the couple. I LOVED Marta’s blue Christian Louboutin’s and was a big fan of the Precedent Pinot Noir which Nathan is the winemaker for (I highly recommend picking up a bottle or two or heck, even a case:).  We had a blast as always shooting with the incredible Curtis Nemetz Productions and Natalie Bowen did a great job as always with the flowers. Make sure to check the bottom of the post for insight from Marta herself and to get the full list of all the vendors and last but not least, be sure to check out their highlights film from Curtis.



Venue, Date and # of Guests: Hacienda de las Colinas Estate, 145 guests, 5.15.10

What inspired you in planning the wedding?: We wanted a beautiful venue with minimal clean modern decorations so as not to take away from the amazing views, lush greenery and beautiful house. There was so much to look at that we felt we could keep it simple and focus on the venue, food and wine.

What were your favorite moments, surprises, traditions from the day? We had to tent the venue last minute due to cold weather so it was a very stressful, chaotic day, not the calm, sipping-champagne-with-my-girlfriends type of day I had envisioned. Nathan and I chose not to see each other before the ceremony which added to the “blur” of the chaos not knowing what he was up to. As soon as I started walking down the aisle Nathan broke down in tears. It just took my breath away seeing him and knowing that no matter what happened with the weather or tent that we were in the midst of all our loved ones at a beautiful event and he would be my husband. It just made it all okay and I was so surprised by his reaction to seeing me. Such a great moment of the day.

Dress designer: Priscilla of Boston with lace hand-sewn on my my mom :-)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Jewelry: Shreve & Co ring

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss Selection

Bridesmaids: Banana Republic

Wedding Planner: Marisa Canoles, Classic Party Rentals

Stationer: Invitations: Alexa Freese Design, Letterpress by Czar Press, Wedding Stationary: Catherine Scott (bridesmaid) Signs: “Eat Drink Be Married” Design inspired from Orange Beautiful

Floral Designer: Natalie Bowen Designs

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Music: Jamie Lawrence acoustic guitarist and DJ LeBaron from Beat Electric

Videographer: Curtis Nemetz Productions

Makeup & Hair: Gayle Parker and Sarah Ashton of  Wedding and Event Hair & Make-Up on-Location

Menu, Drinks, Dessert, Caterer, Baker, etc: Componere Fine Catering, close friend Christine Fitzgerald made all 4 cakes (she’s an engineer, not a baker!)

Favors: Burnt Caramel truffles from Cindy Marie Truffles, Reno, NV

DIY elements: My mom is truly Martha Stewart and did some really great DIY elements. She had all her childhood friends come help setup the decor and they had a lot of fun with it. She painted these fun canvases off of these  that added a pop of color to the ceremony area. She did all the vases with Dusty Miller for the aisles, tables and cocktail area. She bought and planted 50 mini-succulent pots to add to the table decor. My mom’s close friend made our truffle favors and made a special flavor to copy our favorite Recchuiti Burnt Caramel truffles. My mom also surprised me with the “family tree” table of all the wedding portraits from both sides of our families which was so fun to have, it made the big estate feel like our “home”.

Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding: 100 Layer Cake, The Brides Cafe, Style me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Once Wed, Brooklyn Bride.

Advice that you’d give to other Brides?:

Add an extra half-hour of ‘free time’ to your schedule. Hair, makeup, or something will always take longer whether it’s for you or the wedding party. I didn’t get that ‘look in the mirror’ moment and would have loved to fine tune parts of my hair and dress after the fact. Either way the day will go by in a blur but I felt so rushed all day to get everything “checked off the list” before the night came to an end.

During dinner we took a ‘break’ and just walked back to the house and got a birds eye view of the wonderful party going on. It was such a great moment to take it all in and see all our family and friends eating beautiful food, drinking great wine in such a pretty and unique setting. It helped the day ’slow down’… at least for a minute!

Hire a day-of coordinator. I happen to be very lucky to have a close friend who works for Classic Party Rentals and she was amazing. She just sort of ‘fell into the role as our coordinator and looking back I cant begin to imagine not having her run the show!

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