Chris & Suzanne ~ Getting Married this Weekend!

Sep 18, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I cannot get enough of this wonderful couple.  Chris & Suzanne are marrying this coming Saturday at the beautiful Gold Hill Gardens in the foothills outside of Sacramento.  The weather is going to be cool and pleasant.  This couple is going to be “steamy hot!!”  I love how the wonderful Queen B (Beth Baugher) of True Love Photo captured the playfulness of these two, and the sulty, sexy side, too.  Their e-session was a ton-of-fun.  The wedding photos will be epic!  Can’t wait.

 

Erin & Jason ~ Married! {Part 2} Dinner Reception

Aug 30, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Be sure to re-read Part 1 of the blog so you can get the vibe and feel of Erin and Jason’s sophisticated wedding and stylish dinner reception.  In keeping with the history and elegance of this historic mansion ~ the Julia Morgan House ~ and how the original homeowners might have enjoyed a dinner party with friends or business associates, the reception after the wedding ceremony was “all about conversation, laughter, food and beverage!”  The dinner was held in the gardens of the estate, where the sweetheart table was at the head of three very long wood farm tables;  the multi-coursed family style dinner continued well into the evening.  Their event was not intended for a wild dance party, but the couple did end the evening with a sweet “first dance.”  After all the “refreshments,” Uber and Lyft was the preferred mode of transportation!!

 

 

 

 

What an enjoyable event, and I can’t thank Allison Stahl enough for capturing all the pretty details.  DeAnn with Rodarte Floral Design did a beautiful job with creating Erin’s vision (so soft and romantic).  Forever Vintage Rentals provided the awesome ceremony and dinner table chairs, the sweetheart table, and the farm tables, plus the lovely mirrored signage. And Epicure Catering knocked it out of the park in cuisine, service and execution.  Thank you one and all!

Erin & Jason ~ Married! {Part 1} PreSocial and Wedding

Aug 25, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Erin and Jason planned for a slightly different style and vibe to their springtime wedding day.  They selected the historic Julia Morgan House in the Elmhurst Neighborhood of Sacramento to hold their sophisticated nuptials and dinner party.  The focus to their wedding day was friends gathering, conversation, listening to the lilting sounds of a string quartet, serving excellent wines, and hosting a fine dinner at very long tables in the gardens of this estate. A dance party was not in the plans. The history of the Julia Morgan House is very interesting ~ commissioned by and built for a prominent wealthy Sacramento family back in the early 1920’s and actually designed by the same famed architect who was the architect for Hearst Castle in San Simeon (Julia Morgan).  Thus Erin and Jason wanted their guests to step back in time and experience how an elegant dinner party might have been in the heyday of this private estate.  The late afternoon “pre-social” lasted over an hour, with Erin and Jason mingling with their guests, soaking up the love. Erin wore a lovely soft pink, one-shoulder dress (and rockin’ heels) and Jason wore a tailored custom suit.  After awhile, each went off to the upstairs bedroom suites to prepare and dress for their wedding ceremony.

 

After a quick change (well, maybe not so quick, but the guests were totally enjoying the remainder of the pre-social), Jason donned a fantastic custom tuxedo suit and Erin changed her hair style and slipped into a gorgeous form-fitting gown and veil (and another pair of outstanding high heels!)

 

 

Many thanks to photographer Allison Stahl, and to Harmony Strings, and Epicure Catering for manning a very busy bar and for DeAnn of Rodarte Floral Design for creating the soft blush palette that Erin requested.  The foyer staircase bannister was perfect!

A Classic Mansion and a Classic Automobile

Aug 21, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

The bride’s dad owns a stunner of a vintage car… a 1940 Ford convertible.  So, naturally, it needs to be included in the wedding décor for Erin and Jason’s wedding.  The sophisticated and elegant wedding was held at the beautiful 1924 estate designed by famed architect, Julia Morgan. (Side Note: Julia Morgan, the first woman architect commissioned in California,  designed Hearst Castle, and we are lucky enough to have this sweet gem of a house right here in Sacramento, CA).

I thought it was funny that the young lady riding her bike doesn’t seem too interested in either the car or the mansion!

Come back in a few days to see lots more of Erin and Jason’s wedding day.  Photo credit to the great eye of Allison Stahl Photography.

Kelly & Lee ~ Married! {Part 2}

Aug 12, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Kelly and Lee had a beautiful, loving  wedding ceremony held at Gold Hill Gardens (be sure to go back to {Part 1} to catch up).  Following that ceremony-in-the-round, some romantic photos were taken on the gorgeous grounds of this foothill property, and then the newlyweds joined their guests who were noshing, enjoying the bar, playing lawn games and soaking up the ambience.  Thankfully the rains stopped the day before, but the clear top tent we had previously erected, provided a lovely setting for the dinner reception.

Kelly asked Ambience Floral Design for tulips – lots of tulips – in every color of the rainbow – it was a spring wedding after all, so this floral choice was perfect!  We set up three long rows of wood farm tables, laid out a lacey runner and lined the table with different vases of fun, bright flowers.  The “starburst” silver charger plate added a bit of bling to the rustic wood tables.  Kelly and Lee decided on holding a Family Style Dinner to be served to their 60 guests – Jackson Catering started the meal off with delicious shrimp cocktails, and for fun, at each of the following two courses, I had Kelly and Lee move to a reserved pair of seats at each of the three tables; that way they could enjoy conversation and mingling with most of their guests during dinner.

 

  

The lovely wedding cake created by Devine Desserts was positioned in the gazebo on the knoll.  Notice the clever hanging of the tulips from around the gazebo framing!  Love it!  After toasts and desserts and conversation by candlelight, Steve with Function 45 amped up the music, and had the guests dancing (and singing).  What a fun evening!

Thank you to all the vendors who contributed to Kelly and Lee’s wonderful wedding day, and thank you, to my sweet clients for the opportunity to plan and coordinate your special day.  Many happy years together!!

Photo Credit:  Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio

Venue:  Gold Hill Gardens

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Catering:  Jackson Catering & Events

Cake:  Devine Desserts by Aguirre

Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals (tent, furniture, china/chargers, linens)

DJ/MC and photo booth:  Steve with Function 45 Event Entertainment

Kelly & Lee ~ {Married} ! {Part 1}

Aug 10, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  4 Comments

When Kelly and Lee came to me several months before their wedding date, they told me right off, that they wanted something “different” not “run of the mill.” Well, I LOVE THAT, and I ADORE this couple!! They had previously selected the gorgeous Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle CA, and had set a date of April 23rd… hummm, my discussion following was about having a back-up plan – springtime in the foothills, after all!  Gold Hill Gardens is a fantastic all outdoor venue with gardens and expansive views, and luckily they can accommodate a tent structure, so Kelly and Lee were in agreement, and said if they had to have a tent, then they would love the clear top tent that I suggested would be perfect.

And funny… it rained all during the week, with a promise that it might clear up on wedding day. Well, we decided to be safe, and had the tent installed – it was stunning!  But it did NOT rain on their day.

Because this couple was an established pair, with a blending of children, they tossed aside tradition, and chose to have a pre-social for their guests, and Kelly would wear a fun cocktail dress (she looked fabulous). Their first look was light-hearted and informal and they got to enjoy their guests longer, with champagne in hand, and lawn games.  Kelly’s love for multi-colored tulips was carried forth in many places, starting with a fun, full and flirty bouquet.   After a bit of mingling,  I sent her up to the Inn to change into her stunning gown to prepare for the wedding.

To be “different,” I designed the ceremony in the round. Having their family and friends encircle them appealed to Kelly and Lee’s sensibilities, and at each opening in the cross section, I positioned one of their children. The views from this top ceremony option at Gold Hill Gardens are fantastic – and there are no obstructions!

 

Following the ceremony, Kelly and Lee wandered off for some romantic photos, starting with the new blended family. Guests continued to mingle, play lawn games and enjoy passed appetizers.

Be sure to come back for Part 2 to see more on this wedding. It was a beauty.

Thanks to Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio for capturing all the pretties and details. Also Katie w/Ambience Floral Design, Celebrations Party Rentals and Jackson Catering & Events.

Happy 1st Anniversary ~ Becca & Matt!

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

To sweet Becca and debonair Matt… Happy First Wedding Anniversary!!!  Your special day, held in the foothills outside of Sacramento, where the JULY HEAT was very evident, was such a wonderful, family and friend bonding day.  Becca chose soft pink tones which helped to make us all feel cooler (well, probably not, it did reach around 104 degrees that day).  Holding the traditional nuptial mass in an air conditioned Catholic church was VERY helpful, and Gold Hill Garden’s plentiful market umbrellas was definitely needed. The cattle in the nearby pasture sure enjoyed that cold watermelon slice!  But in spite of the heat, all was forgotten just watching your happiness and adoration for each other, and thankfully the sun set, the temps cooled down and thus the dance floor heated up – once again.  It was a great wedding! And I know you’ve had a wonderful first year of marriage {smile}… congrats on the new addition coming this fall!

Photo credit to Teresa K Photography , the very pretty flowers by Katie of Ambience Floral, and the dancing frenzy brought to you by Steve Schon of Function 45.

Consider the idea of a Pre~Social… and TWO dresses!!

Jul 18, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

 

I often make a suggestion for a Pre-Social… which is anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start time pending the setting, the activities and the length of time the venue allows for the entire gathering.  During the Pre-Social the couple mingles with their guests – which obviously allows you more time to be with your guests (a bonus!) and to extend the social aspect just a bit more.  Another bonus, is getting to wear a wedding “Party Dress” – now that’s fun!  You’ll mix and mingle for a little while, then drift away to slip into your gown and wedding shoes, put on your jewelry, freshen the lipstick, and then walk down the aisle.  The First Look is held while wearing the Party Dress… a great time to get your nervousness out of the way but then the “Second Look” is when you’re wearing your gown and your man sees you for the first time in full wedding attire.  Tears!

Some examples…

Kelly and Lee were married in the rolling foothills and beautiful gardens of Gold Hill Gardens.  They enjoyed their pre-social mingling with their 60 guests getting more time to converse and soak up the love surrounding them.  Kelly and Lee, both blue eyed, played off that color palette with Lee’s suit and blue patterned tie, while Kelly looked terrific in a navy blue short dress with embroidered flowers (she rocked some serious high heels, too!)  Kelly loved her fun and bright tulip wedding bouquet and  wanted to showcase it with her pre-social party dress, as well as with her lacey wedding gown.   Photo Credit:  Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio   Florals:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

 

 

Erin & Jason were married at the 1924 Historic Julia Morgan House. Their 140 guests were treated to an elegant dinner party… the entire evening was designed as if the original mansion owners of yester-year were entertaining and providing sumptuous food and drink to their guests.  Erin’s pre-social cocktail dress was light pink, off the shouldar with a flirty angled hemline, and Jason sported a blue suit with lavender tie.  For the wedding, Erin was drop dead gorgeous and Jason also was fetching in a custom made tuxedo suit.   Photo Credit:  Allison Stahl Photography  Florals: DeAnn w/  Rodarte Floral Design

 

And even my own daughter opted for a Pre-Social prior to her wedding ceremony.  Juliana and Derek were married at The Barn at Second Wind a fantastic wedding venue in the country along the Sacramento Delta.  Juliana’s Pre-Social outfit was a simple white short dress with an eyelet lace detail and cute flat coral colored sandals.   They mixed and mingled with their 130 guests during a time we dubbed “Lemonade on the Lawn.”  Home made jams and jellies were pared with a selection of cheeses, and then off she went to change into a sweet, flowy wedding gown.  Photo Credit:  Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio   Florals:  Sarah w/Cuttings Floral Design

Happy 1st Anniversary ~ Jessica & Peter

Jun 16, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

A year ago this weekend, I had the honor to work with a great couple, and absolutely LOVED their wedding day!  Bar Area residents, Jess and Peter held their stylish, hip wedding at the 80 acre compound of Field and Pond, in rural Yolo County and enjoyed the combination of country serenity, vintage touches, Heritage oaks trees, an historic barn and a lovely tent for dining, plus a moonlit night!  Pure heaven.  Love Jessica’s gown… that BACK! and the photo talents of the greatest spit-fire, Elisabetta of Lilly Red Photography!  Happy First Anniversary Jess & Peter!!

 

Happy 1st Anniversary – Jessica & Daniel

May 28, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Happy First Anniversary (entire weekend!) to Jessica and Daniel.  Living in New York, but Jessica wanted her home town of Sacramento to be where her beginnings with Daniel would be – and at the iconic and historic Sutter Club in Downtown Sacramento.  Their black-tie, traditional Jewish wedding was elegant in shades of ivory and gold. Happy Anniversary newlyweds!

Photo Credit: Colleen Riley Photography – Floral Design: Jackie’s Flowers 

 

 

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