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 



Looking forward to Kelly & Lee’s upcoming wedding day

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

This Saturday, with all fingers and toes crossed that it will not rain (we’re rather tired of this wet stuff around here), Kelly and Lee will tie the knot.  Another one of my “encore couples” this beautiful pair will be blending their families in a ceremony designed in the round on the hilltop of Gold Hill Gardens, Newcastle, CA.  Being a tad unconventional, Kelly will wear a party dress and mingle with the guests during a pre-social, then slip away and don her gorgeous wedding gown (I’ve seen it… and it is!) and then she and Lee will walk in together to marry in front of just 65 family members and friends.  Their children will encircle them and become their bridal party.  I’m really looking forward to their wedding day!!


Happy First Anniversary ~ Juliana & Derek

Apr 8, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Just have to re-live a beautiful, fun-filled and loving day one year ago as my daughter, Juliana, married her sweetie, Derek.  It rained and drizzled most of the day, but it did not dampen the mood.  The ceremony was under an oak tree (and inside a clear topped tent) with the dinner reception in the fantastic Barn at Second Wind.  It was pretty darn incredible, if I don’t say so myself!  Happy First Year of Marriage you two, and your dad and I wish you many, many more!!

Our famiglia – older sister Allison married the year prior.  It was a busy 1 1/2 years!




Many grateful thanks to all my wonderful vendors who created this event:  Sam with Red Sneaker Studio for the awesome photos, Annette and Mike with The Barn at Second Wind, Celebrations Party Rentals (so glad we got the tent), Sarah with Cuttings Floral Design (for giving Juliana exactly what she wanted!), Jackson Catering for feeding and making 130 people very happy, Musarrat with Pretty Sweet for the awesome wedding cake, and Steve with Function 45 Event Entertainment for making it the best dance party ever!  And of course, my buddy and pal, Kendra with Pfeiffer Event Planning for being my right arm and most valuable day of planner.

Happy Anniversary to my Kiddo

Mar 14, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Yes, I’m a sap… and a romantic… and a proud Mom.  Just giving a shoutout to my daughter Allison and her hubby Scott, on their 2nd wedding anniversary.  It was a great day, and you two were so darn happy (and still are!)

Photo Credit:  True Love Photo

Excited for Amie & Marc

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

Just back from a (yet again) rainy outing to meet my March 12th couple at their wonderful venue, Antiquite Maison Privee, in mid-town Sacramento – thought I’d snap a photo of them within their space. Amie & Marc are one of my “encore couples” and their wedding will be most unique. After 11 years of togetherness, they selected their wedding day to be on the anniversary of their first date… awwwww.  They will marry under a home made chuppa, add Buddist practices in front of an altar laden with symbolic items, followed by a brunch reception that includes a fabulous espresso service coffee cart and with food stations offering carved tri tip and… wait for it –  house made Brioche French Toast baked in spiced custard Vermont maple syrup!!!  I die!  The surprise will be a Contra Dance lesson followed by lots of dancing fun with the Contra caller.  This is going to be soooo cool!