The August 2008 wedding of Kristen* and Todd Gullion was a fantasy come true— literally. “I love mermaids and fairies, so I wanted this enchanted Midsummer Night’s Dream theme,” says the bride, who also happens to be president of Bliss* Video Productions, Inc. She called upon event designer Sasha Souza to bring her vision to life at Nestldown, a private estate in the Santa Cruz mountains. Souza draped lavender and sea green fabric to create an underwater ambience in the barn, and transformed the grounds into a fairy-tale forest with arrangements of vanda orchids, angel vines, maidenhair ferns and gloriosa lilies on antique lace table linens. While a friend sang in the ceremony, the couple passed their rings among the 144 guests for a collective blessing. “I wanted everyone to feel how important it was to me that they were there,” says Kristen*. Before dining on organic seafood and vegetarian fare, followed by dancing, the crowd explored the property on a miniature train and filmed each other using the bride’s vintage cameras. Of course, Kristen* also had a professional videographer on hand to capture every moment of her own wedded bliss.

A creative bride lets her imagination run wild

The August 2008 wedding of Kristen* and Todd Gullion was a fantasy come true— literally. “I love mermaids and fairies, so I wanted this enchanted Midsummer Night’s Dream theme,” says the bride, who also happens to be president of Bliss* Video Productions, Inc. She called upon event designer Sasha Souza to bring her vision to life at Nestldown, a private estate in the Santa Cruz mountains. Souza draped lavender and sea green fabric to create an underwater ambience in the barn, and transformed the grounds into a fairy-tale forest with arrangements of vanda orchids, angel vines, maidenhair ferns and gloriosa lilies on antique lace table linens. While a friend sang in the ceremony, the couple passed their rings among the 144 guests for a collective blessing. “I wanted everyone to feel how important it was to me that they were there,” says Kristen*. Before dining on organic seafood and vegetarian fare, followed by dancing, the crowd explored the property on a miniature train and filmed each other using the bride’s vintage cameras. Of course, Kristen* also had a professional videographer on hand to capture every moment of her own wedded bliss.

Kristen*, in a La Sposa lace gown and custom hairpiece by Leah C, and Todd, in a vintage suit by Al’s Attire, share a post-ceremony smooch.

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