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I recently had the opportunity to officiate a large wedding at Nestldown. This wedding venue is utterly fantastic in that it combines the best of nature’s redwoods with immaculate grounds. The wedding area itself is located in a beautiful area with a small lake and a grove of the big trees.
Allison Lefferts was the coordinator and was a great “logisticator”!
Picturesque venue! 7/19/15 wedding
Wow! What a stunning venue! I knew Nestldown was the place I wanted to get married the moment I laid eyes on the grounds. The grounds are always well kept and surreal in sight. They have made it physically acceptable for all, utilizing golf carts to help cart people around if needed. They provide a variety of activities for the guests to enjoy. The on-site coordinator is there from the beginning of the process to assist the bride with planning needs at the venue. My coordinator, My-Dung, was very timely, professional, and cordial during the planning period in her communication with me. She even made the extra effort to video chat with me for our "first meeting" since we could not meet in person due to distance! She made it her goal to make sure all of my desires were met for that day.
A couple drawbacks would be a lack of communication with the bride regarding the time during the reception, causing rushed feelings during dinner and the grand exit at the end of the night. I barely greeted any of my guests at dinner due to a lack of knowing how much time I had before the other festivities began. Some guests, as well as myself, felt rushed to leave the venue at the end of the night, some feeling that the staff were more abrupt in manner. If you can get through the limitations, many pages of contracts, and specific instructions, this venue is very much so worth it! I have heard numerous praises of how beautiful it was, and I agree! I cannot wait for the pictures!
All I can say is Nestldown is magical. Our wedding was perfect and I honestly think it's because of that beautiful place and the wonderful staff that works there. All of our guests have said it was the nicest wedding they had ever been to and they truly loved everything about the venue. Our day felt seamless and our coordinator Jaynie was truly the BEST!! Nestldown will always have a very special place in our hearts and we will always be grateful for the experience. BEST WEDDING VENUE EVER!!!!!
Absolute best day of my life and a huge part of it was because I had Nestldown as my venue. Absolutely gorgeous, felt like a fairtytale. Highly recommend this place.
We are the luckiest two people on earth; our wedding day was a dream & Nestldown was the most beautiful venue imaginable.
The staff knows the property & are ready for anything; there is a system in place for every scenario. They have checklists for you that include every little detail you never thought to think of! This makes all the difference. Our wedding ran so smoothly thanks to Barbara & her team, & Nestldown's incredible preferred vendors.
The staff keeps the grounds glowing with natural beauty all year long. There is so much care put into keeping everything up. We visited several times before the wedding, & Barbara would take us on tours of the property to "walk us through" how the day would go. This was invaluable; I did nothing but relax & enjoy every moment on the day of the wedding because I knew how everything was unfolding for all of our family, the bridal party, & our guests.
My Bridesmaids & I got ready in the Guest House on the top of the hill-- just beautiful & serene! We were driven down to the "first look" in the old London taxi. My husband & I had our ceremony facing the water in the "chapel" area. There is not a more romantic & sacred area I could imagine; they have speakers in the large redwoods & the music just sounds magical. They have a great sound system with lapel mic's so all of our guests could hear the ceremony. We road into our reception on the train-- the train rides & lawn games were a huge hit! When it began to get dark we noticed that they had beautiful twinkly lights set up outside the barn to keep the area lit.
Everyone was safe & happy all evening; that's all we could have hoped for! Barbara had tons of advice & suggestions for us on how to handle photos, transportation, directions, weather, etc. She went as far as to send me weather records for my wedding date from the past several decades so that I could feel confident that it most likely would not rain. Nestldown was a dream for us; thank you!
I was recently married at Nestldown in Oct 2014. We absolutely loved the venue, and we are so so glad we chose it. We bought the Nestldown+ package for a day of coordinator, and I'm really glad we did that too. We had a 150 person fusion wedding, so it would have been very difficult for me to coordinate that without extra help. Thank you to Jaynie!
The 4 star rating for responsiveness is not because of Jaynie. Our coordinator was switched from Alexandra to Jaynie, and I think before the switch over, Alexandra might have had too much on her plate. Once Jaynie was our designated coordinator, response time improved greatly!
It's interesting; there are a few difficult things to deal with at Nestldown, but it all feels worth it because it is just that beautiful and professional. We had a blast at our wedding, and I know a lot of that is because it is gorgeous and has really great management.
Now to describe the difficult parts, Nestldown is very expensive and very strict about their rules. They have you sign a long legal contract that threatens charges for violations. I'm sure this is common practice, especially in the privately owned areas of Los Gatos. You need an approved caterer, DJ, and shuttle driver. You're also not allowed to take shots?! Use of the driveway is very strictly enforced for the safety of the guests, but that can add hours and $$ to your vendors, like a photo booth. I honestly forget the other rules now, but it felt like a bit much. Again, they run a very good business there though so it makes sense. A good business protects itself. I'm still giving them 4 stars for flexibility because they helped us incorporate important Indian traditions.
Despite the above caveat, when our entire event came together, we realized how wonderful it was that the venue looked as beautiful as we dreamed our wedding would look. I don't miss wedding planning, but I do miss visiting Nestldown!! We might stay at the house on the hill for an anniversary...
This venue was amazing!!! I looked online on a few different websites to see what venues are around the area and my bff actually mentioned Nestldown to me since her boyfriend went to a wedding there. When she told me about it, she said it was a barn and in my head I was like mmkay, let's see this so called barn! So we looked up pictures on yelp and it was just gorgeous! I fell in love with the place from just seeing it online. There weren't any other venues that caught my eye so Chris and I checked it out and knew when we were there that this was the one.
We booked a year in advance and chose Friday, August 8th because Friday is more affordable, 10k (for up to 150 people) versus 15k (for up to 150 people) for a Saturday. The price to me was totally worth it, the ambiance was amazing, being surrounded by all the redwoods was truly breathtaking and ALL our guests were as amazed as we were being surrounded by nature. Plus, the venue does not need a lot of decoration, it is already gorgeous all around. We did minimal floral decoration in the ceremony area and added personal touches to the barn area. Even though it was summer, I chose to have dinner in the barn mainly because of the flies that are out in the summer. The barn seats up to 125 guests comfortably and we had 115 guests. After dinner, we just pushed the tables back to make room for a dance floor. Oh man, we had so much fun! The only thing I wish is that we could have rented the venue out for a longer amount of time- we had to do the last dance at 9:30pm since everyone had to be out by 10pm since ND is in a neighborhood with time restraints on parties (boo!).
Our wedding at Nestldown was just beautiful, and Allison, Barbara, and Alex all helped to make it happen. The grounds at Nestldown are a fairytale come true, and our guests were blown away with it all. We heard the word "magical" repeated over and over. The train that circles the fruit orchard, the tree house, the fairy garden, bocce ball courts, the elegant barn and the koi pond; we had deer show up in the back meadow, and wild bunnies that came out to play during our dinner hour.
We can't thank Allison, Barbara, and Alex enough for helping us to pull everything together for our big day (we planned a big wedding in just five months), and for being so charming and professional while doing it.
Why did we choose Nestldown for our wedding? Just take a walk through this deep forest-like venue and everything will come together. My wife and I were already married on paper since November of 2013 which made us somewhat ambivalent about our wedding day on May 11th 2014. We visited a few venues around the Bay Area and the ambiance was either too tacky or grossly overpriced for the physical location and/or amount of space available for use. Then our wedding photographers recommended that we give Nestldown a shot.
The instant we visited Nestldown, we knew this was meant to be the perfect place for our wedding. It literally feels like you are in the middle of an enchanted forest with a mid-sized cottage in the middle. There’s a train on the property where the kids can circle the forest along with a pond filled with fishes and several waterfalls. The place is so spacious that we had to ensure that our guests would not wander off volitionally. The most amazing aspect is that the event price is completely affordable. Regardless of how great this venue is, the owner Barbara Beck is what made all the difference.
About a month before our wedding, Barbara contacted us and raised her concerns about the lack of organization and planning for our wedding. I happen to be a very lucky man to marry a woman who didn’t go crazy and bizarre about her wedding day. Both nonchalant about our wedding, Barbara was worried that we would mess up our special day and decided to take control of all the planning and organization for us. She contacted all the vendor, sent us emails regularly to inform us, and responded all our inquiries in a timely manner.
As a lawyer already married on paper, I had limited expectation and enthusiasm for my wedding day. Nonetheless, I was absolutely surprised as everything went so perfect and far exceeded my expectations. With my wife somewhat carefree about our special day, it is only fair that I give Nestldown and Barbara credit.
All I can say is this (Venue) is amazing. Its a ferry tale wedding venue. Its family run and they TRY to do there best to make everything go smooth. They need to tighten up there professionalism and follow through. I understand that they have 3 events every weekend but that does not mean that they can slack on follow through. They charge enough to hire extra people to help out with the details. paper work, layout, vendor follow up, etc. I wish they would pretend that your day was special and not just another event that they have done so many of. They are too relaxed through the planning process and the day of little things come up that they didn't go over with vendors or let you know about and you need to react on the fly. We had an amazing wedding and every guest loved it. I just knew what was really going on and I got frustrated. I take a business deal seriously and when i'm the client I expect to be treated as one. I would recommend the venue but interview all the in house coordinators for the venue before you choose one.
I recently renewed my vows at Nestldown. I was married at the site 10 years ago. The property is even more magical and amazing than it was on my original wedding day. 5 stars is not enough!! The owners put so much time and effort into this property and it shows, the grounds are pristine. The gardens are even more gorgeous today than a decade ago.
This time around I worked with the owners daughter, they now offer Nestldown Plus. This is such a wonderful idea for day of coordination. The coordinator knows the property and how to guide your vendors to make the day come together seamlessly. Who better to help with the day but a woman that grew up watching this fairytale land become what it is. She was so helpful and kind, it seemed effortless for her, but I remember how hard it was 10 years ago. So effortless, it was not. Being a large venue it can be challenging.
My friends and family always talked of how magical my wedding day was I wanted this to be even better.With Alexandra's help it was beyond my wildest dreams, she was patient and so helpful. She guided me to the flickr site to view ideas from other events, and worked with me on a timeline that had every detail for the day planned out. My guests, many of whom were there in 2004, were in awe. One guest told me Alexandra took the time after dinner to tell him the history of the property. He was delighted to hear about it and looks at the venue in a new light, nice personal touch you don't get at most venues.He loved to hear they work with non-profits on the site as well.
The owners of the property were also there at my vow renewal making sure all went smoothly. They clearly care about every couple that chooses Nestldown and it showed!!!! My children hope to someday plan their wedding day at Nestldown. I hope Alexandra will be available to help coordinate.
The price they gave us was upfront and comprehensive. There were no hidden fees, no cost of labor. The people that run Nestldown are organized, responsible, and really know the business, and the respect trickles down to the staff.
Our morning ceremony only event is still the talk of our family and friends. They allowed us to bring our own food and decoration and set up on our own (however, the assistance they gave us went beyond what was stipulated in our contract...so they really went above an beyond). They pulled out all the stops and whistles for our Ceremony Only event. If you visit- you will know EXACTLY what I mean by "stops and whistles". Please note they did not have to do ANY of this b/c it was not stipulated in our contract. And c'mon- an English cabby is included. Who can beat that?
I visited many venues with redwood groves, and Nestldown is the most reasonably priced for what it offers, the most beautiful, and I never ever felt like they were pressuring me to spend more money (b/c like I said: their package is comprehensive- their is no additonal fees for *extra* services on top of their initial price). There are no unpleasant surprises an hour into the interview like we had at other venues ( for ex: to book the venue is this much $$$$, oh, you want to bring food? We have to add this much $$$$ to your price. But if you cater with us, its another $$$$). Just good ol' honest folks at Nestldown who want your day to be the greatest it can be. They're not seeing dollar signs, just making dreams come true. If if you're going to spend a lot on your wedding- spend it here b/c it won't afterwards. That is my honest impression.
I believe Nestldown is fine tuning the packages they offer to fit a greater variety of modern and demanding brides. I believe what we got (for what we paid) was exceptional. Thanks Nestldown!
This venue is simply amazing! It was the star of our wedding and everyone enjoyed it. We had wanted to get married in the outdoor chapel but rain forced us to have the ceremony in the barn. It was gorgeous in there, though, and quite frankly I cannot imagine a better indoor venue than the barn so it was a win-win situation in the end. Brooke was amazing at helping us run the day and you really do not need a day-of coordinator there with her to keep on top of everything. With it pouring at the end of the night, they even helped transport our guests back up to the parking lot which I though was very nice of them. I highly recommend you check out this venue if you are in the area. It is truly unique and no one will forget it. I only wish the sun had been out so we could have ridden the miniature train :)
Do you want a stunning ceremony reception amongst redwood trees and your first dance next to a fireplace in a beautiful barn? If so, Nestldown is for you. My husband and I were married here on November 3rd and we had the most incredible day! Brooke and her team worked tirelessly behind the scenes and everything ran more smoothly than I could have imagined. Our guests were blown away and no one can stop talking about how beautiful it was. I would recommend Brooke and Nestldown to any bride and groom who want a picturesque wedding venue with a great team!
Amazing and magical. I only needed to see one venue to make my choice for my wedding day. Nestldown can't be described in words. Almost every guest came up to us to express their awe at our beautiful surroundings. If you want a truly special place to be married, choose Nestldown!
Nestldown made our wedding dreams a reality. The grounds are just beautiful - vibrant flowers, beautiful pounds and lush greenery. Our ceremony was held in the chapel area, surrounded by the tall trees and overlooking the pond. We loved the dramatic entrance from the staircase. Our reception was on the lawn and then moved inside for dancing. For evenings, the lawn provides great lighting for photos.
Brooke and her team were so nice and responsive. Everyone was a joy to work with, and they made us feel like our wedding was special despite the number of weddings they have each week.
They are a bit strict with their curfews, but it's expected given the location.