After the ceremony and some portraits, Rachel and Giancarlo took a vintage English taxi to the mini Nestldown train, into their reception area to be announced. So fun!
Rachel grew up in New Orleans, where some of the guests had come from, so she led this "second line" parade over to the dinner area. There was also a great brass band and some other New Orleans traditions throughout the evening, as well as delicious Louisiana and Italy - inspired food by Cafe Primavera. Mmmmm, I could eat that food again right now!
Beautiful details and flowers by Alicia Falango, like this placecard table:
My (and Devon's) favorite groom's cake ever!
The beautiful wedding cake had (again, southern-inspired) cake pulls baked in it, and Rachel's bridesmaids each got to pull one out. For example, there was a four leaf clover for good luck, a chili pepper for romance, and more.
Some more of the fun Nestldown details:
A fun, dancing-filled reception:
I'm happy to say that the cover band performed Billie Jean, and a guest with a great Michael Jackson-style hat loaned it around, resulting in some fabulous MJ-tribute moves. My heart was happy to see this!
Here are all of the vendor links that I could think of:
Of course, the amazing venue - Nestldown
the cover band - Sidepocket
brass band - the Brass Act
both bands were booked through Rudolfi Artists (a great place to find musicians for events, which I recently found out is owned by a florist friend's husband!)
videography - Slava Basovich for Wellsprung Weddings (a wedding videographer I really really liked!)
caterer - Cafe Primavera
coordination & design - Alicia Falango for Alicia K Designs
florals - Lidia Sadoun for Alicia K Designs
cakes - Jen's Cakes
dress - Jinza Jin
officiant – Reverend Michael G. Ireland
stationer – Elise Ho of Sweet Penelope
favors - a donation to the fabulous 826 Valencia organization, started by Dave Eggers, and housing writing programs for young people (and a pirate store!)
I think that's everything! This was definitely a wedding to remember, and I'm happy to report that there are thousands (!) of photos to help Rachel and Giancarlo do that.