Real Weddings: Stacey Kennelly & Jake Nester

Best Friends for Life.

The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and Spa, Livermore

They were college kids.

Stacey Kennelly and Jake Nester met at Chico State University, at a midnight showing of The Simpsons Movie, both having been invited by a mutual friend. They were just 19 and 18 years old at the time.

“He was the most handsome guy I’d ever seen,” says Stacey. “Then he smiled, and I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way he could be as nice as he seems.’ ”

But it turns out, he was. Soon, the two were inseparable, attending concerts and exploring Chico’s great outdoors. Along the way, they graduated college, backpacked in more than a dozen countries, and moved back home to the East Bay, where they both grew up. In 2013, Jake proposed at the famed Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan.

Party planners by nature, Stacey and Jake poured their hearts into their September wedding at The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and Spa in Livermore, which landed just days after their eighth anniversary. The occasion was a chance for their blended families to officially join together, and their seven parents even performed a rap together during the reception.

“Becoming adults and building a life together has taught us so much about unconditional love,” says Jake. “I can’t imagine growing old with anyone else.”

The couple honeymooned in Maui and live in Danville.

Jasmin Van T Photography

Jasmin Van T Photography


Bridal Gown: Flares Bridal and Formal, Walnut Creek  |  Cake: Cake Delight, Livermore  |  Entertainment: Amos Productions, Livermore (sound); Tomas Wischerath, San Francisco (DJ)  |  Flowers: Sunshine Flowers Wedding and Event Design, Martinez  |  Hair: Caitlin Dini, Walnut Creek  |  Invitations: |  Makeup: Amanda Pelham, San Francisco  |  Photographer: Jasmin Van T Photography, Oakland