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!!
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.
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
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!
Fond memories of this precious couple – Christine & Jason married at Avio Vineyards a few years ago and were a delight to work with. It was very evident and joked about that Jason was so much taller than Christine, so I got the brilliant idea at the rehearsal to surprise them the next day. I brought from home my daughter’s little step stool which I tucked under the alter table. The minister was in on the surprise and when it came time for “the kiss,” he paused and then pulled out the step stool, Christine laughed and happily stepped up and Jason didn’t need to bend over to kiss his bride. Very fun!
Photos by Ryan J. Lane Photography.
Rather than the expected wedding arch to frame the ceremonial altar, consider setting up a simple banquet table (4′ long) and cover it in a beautiful linen, and then add one stunning floral arrangement. Other items can be added to the table, such as a Unity Candle, vessels for a Sand Ceremony, Honorarium Candle, a Bible, or a challis for a private Wine Ceremony (as we did for this wedding.) A table like this allows for unobstructed views in the distance.
Venue is Avio Vineyards in Amador County.
Normally, I give a shout out and best wishes to my couples on their First Wedding Anniversary, well, Bill & Ruth Quinn’s anniversary wish is just a bit different. I wanted to show off these great photos (taken by Wendy Hithe Photography) of last year’s SURPRISE 30th anniversary party that Bill asked me to plan for his “bride.” It was indeed a surprise to Ruth, and Bill and I pulled off a monumental evening. Just when Ruth caught her breath from shock, and hugging and being loved, Bill then proposed again to Ruth and we had a renewal of vows ceremony. It was a wonderful evening. Happy 31st Anniversary love birds!
The 30th anniversary traditional flower is the lily and the gem is the pearl.
The party was held at mid-town Sacramento’s Antiquite Maison Privee, beautiful florals by Accents by Sage, lighting and DJ/MC by Mr. DJ Event Services, cake by Freeport Bakery. bar and catering by Jackson Catering.
Happy New Year (almost)…thought I’d end 2016 with a lovely video by Jensen Films of a formal, very traditional Jewish wedding from earlier this year. Venue was Sacramento’s historic Sutter Club, flowers by Jackie’s Flowers. I love the various cultural traditions to this wedding… and the photo booth antics, too!
Love this shot captured by Janine Mapurunga. It is such a great feeling to be the first to greet my couples as they recess down the aisle after the ceremony. We ALL are so happy! After I give a quick hug, I swoop up the bride’s train and send them “around the corner” so there is a bit of quiet time before all the photography and eventual celebrating starts.
To all my 2016 couples, enjoy your First Christmas together, and to my 2017 couples… this is your last “single Christmas.” Merry Merry!!!
Hello to Amanda & Michael… an awesome couple who are so sweet, very connected and in sync with each other. Love it! I first met this pair at my own daughter’s wedding last April. Michael was a groomsmen and Amanda was involved in some of the pre-wedding festivities. They asked me to help them plan their 2017 wedding… what an honor!