I get so excited when my photographers present me with a disk of wedding images. It was so difficult to select a “reasonable” amount of images to post for this blog – Allison of Allison Stahl Photography captured some awesome shots! Beautiful Keri and hunky Chris had a truly lovely downtown Sacramento wedding, held the end of September 2010; it was a wonderful event for me to coordinate and I loved-loved Keri and her mom as we worked for over 8 months in detailed planning. I especially loved the fact that Keri and Chris have been together since they were in their early teens… YEARS later, they finally tied the knot. I asked “what took so long?” and their answer was “life just kept getting in the way,” then one day life slowed down a bit and the planning started!
Working with the ever-so-talented Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design, makes my life very happy! The bridal bouquet of all white calla lilies and the fun bridesmaids’ bouquets in shades of purple and green made the bride very happy!!
I love this shot… I asked Allison to capture Keri in front of this light feature… we were just outside the elevator bank in the Hyatt Regency. Very cool.
Keri & Chris selected the stunningly beautiful Sacramento traditional St. John’s Lutheran Church on L Street for their ceremony location. This church doesn’t require a lot of decor and by adding the aislelabras, two simplistic orchid and calla lily floral arrangements with petals down the aisle, it was perfect. The exterior of this church is fabulous, too.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom, along with the entire bridal party stopped at Capitol Park for more photography. The black and white checkered floor on the North side of the Capitol is fun for photos.
This couple is so stinkin’ in love! Can you just feel it?
After the ceremony and photos in the park, the partying started at the reception held in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Come back for the detail shots of the reception in Part 2!
I can’t believe it’s been one year since Ashley & Sean said their “I dos” at Granite Bay Golf Club! August 22, 2009 was a wonderful day with a fabulous theme of “Hot August Nights” – no detail was left unturned. The vibrant and “hot” colors of red, oranges, fuchsia and yellows were played well. Katie with Ambience Floral Design created the fun, bright flowers and the ribbon spheres, and also installed the stunning red backdrop for the ceremonial alter. We repeated the backdrop behind the fabulous dessert table featuring yummy confections by Carissa of Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts.
Sean is a firefighter (more “hot”), and so I had him cut the wedding cake with his fireman’s axe (quite a surprise for Ashley), plus he arranged for a vintage fire truck to whisk them away at the end of their reception. Mother Nature even provided a brilliant sunset for the evening. Thanks to Jordan of Jordan’s Photographic Designs for capturing all the fun and beautiful moments!
It was a great wedding! I hope the First Anniversary is celebrated in Hot August Nights style. Happy Anniversary Ashley & Sean!
When I started working with Jennifer Dunham-Starr with The Memory Journalist on the Tabletop Photoshoot for Our Wedding magazine (Fall/Winter 2010), I knew immediately what my design theme would be… something I am drawn to and connect with – “Farmhouse Chic”. Call it whatever you want, but my story-line vision is the bride wanting to marry at her grandparent’s old farm house, with the reception being held in the very cool old barn. Grandma would open up her linen closet and china cupboard and pull together all the elements to make for a beautiful table. All with love and sentimentality. The barn that we used for this photo shoot was the perfect locale… Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, CA.
For vintage charm, I used a milk glass pitcher, blue Mason jars, Quaker Lace tablecloth, and antique dessert plates. Thanks to Classic Party Rentals for providing the gorgeous blue china, glass chargers and the napkins.
And don’t you think that Grandma would be happy being busy making home-made preserves for take-home gifts, as well creating gorgeous wedding pies? Many thanks to Jen’s Petite Pies for creating three full sized pies (we enjoyed eating them after the photo shoot!!)
I love all the old fashioned and charming details such as the rustic jute wrapped handle on the bridal bouquet, the meaningful expressive tags hanging from the jelly jars, the salt cellars with tiny spoons, a simple chalkboard sign listing the yummy pie flavors, and an embroidered wedding sampler (yes, hand-stitched by yours truly!!)
Thank you to Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design for the beautiful, yet relaxed floral concept. I also thank you so much for volunteering to paint your four chairs to blend so perfectly with the china and color hues! What a champ. Thank you to Classy Calligraphy for the jelly tags and to Calligraphy Girl for the chalkboard sign.
What a fantastic wedding! I am totally in love with this vivacious bride and fun-loving, calm groom, and was thrilled with the outcome of their wedding day – held May 8, 2010. So many great details – so much fun – tons of eye candy! Tori is a sign language interpreter and had a unique underlying theme to her wedding – “hands.”
I’m only showing a few photos; just a sneak peek. Tori & Rich’s wedding will be featured in the Winter/Spring 2011 Sacramento Bride & Groom magazine, so you’ll have to stay tuned for future reading and visual delight, and learn more about how “hands” played a part of this wedding celebration!
I do want to thank some very important and talented vendors… Katie w/Ambience Floral Design (drop-dead gorgeous designs), Joe w/ Extreme Productions (perfect music blends and super accent lighting), Jenny w/Sun City Roseville-Timber Creek Ballroom (great organization and superb food), Icing on the Cupcake (fun and yum), John with Pro Finish Design Photo Booths (always a hit), the team at Celebrations (for perfect linen selections) and all of this beauty was captured by Sam w/Sharpe Photographers (great eye!)
Join me this Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the beautiful Granite Bay Golf Club for a Bridal Open House. Meet some very cool vendors (other than myself!) and sip some wine and munch on yummy appetizers. Be sure to check out the lovely tables that will be set with gorgeous linens and floral displays by Ambience Floral Design.
These high school sweethearts are a wonderful couple, and I was very happy to be a part of their wedding planning and get them started in a new phase of their life.
The wonderfully talented Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design worked magic. Such a great person to team with and a tireless worker! She created this stunning backdrop to the ceremony gardens, in deep red and orange luxurious fabric, then hung huge floral spheres from the arbor frame, and included cute fabric ribbon spheres to line the processional path. Hard to see, but I added Indian Wedding Bells and a note to instruct guests to ring the bells when the couple kissed!
Being a “hot August night” individual fans were a nice touch.
This is the very happy bride, Ashley, with her sweetheart sister, the MOH. Look at those bouquets. Huge and so-so colorful!
Inside the reception room, Katie hung multi-colored floral and ribbon spheres, amongst paper lanterns. The colors of the linens and the flowers, and the added elegance of the gold chargers and the Chivari chairs, made you “dizzy” with vibrant beauty. Ashley made the 20′ long custom table runner for the Kings Table where the parents and bridal party members were seated. All rentals were from Celebrations (they have great selections!)
Another DIY project for Ashley was the manzanita tree set within the Irish moss tray, which we used as the place card display. The family place cards hung from the “family tree.” Cute!
And finally, everyone’s favorite part… dessert – made by Carissa of Sugar and Spice. The backdrop was created by all hands-on-deck with Katie being on the ladder, Carissa’s height for easy adjustments (she’s very tall), and me giving guidance with “more to the left/more to the right… ahhhh, perfect”! We wanted a stunning focal area for the cake and the small bites dessert display (I dislike just a plain wall behind a beautiful gorgeous cake!) and I wanted to mimic the ceremony backdrop with a little variation.
Yummm-o! Check out the cool thematic papers used on the trays of desserts. The guests went crazy making their selections!
There is more to showcase of this hot, hot, hot wedding. Part 2 will be upcoming. To be continued…
The cake and dessert station created by Sugar and Spice and… was a visual (and delicious) delight. I can’t wait to show you the professional photos of this display!
Ambience Floral Design used every “hot” color under the rainbow to create the outstanding, vibrant color scheme. Once I receive the professional pictures from Jordan’s Photographic Designs, you’ll be wowed by the beauty, excitement and creativity of this bride and the team effort to make it all tie together!
Ashley & Sean are off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Thanks, you two. It was a blast!
Stephanie & Todd Kemen
Ettore’s Bakery created perfection in their wedding cake… which not only tasted fabulously, it was a vision to behold!
And because Stephanie & Todd are just so darn sweet, they asked me to create a beautiful candy station (in their wedding colors, of course), so that their guests could enjoy a late night (additional!) dessert treat, as well as bag a Favor to take home. The line of guests was huge at this table!
Sonny of Exquite Events & Entertainment kept the crowd on their feet dancin’ (and on one occasion Stephanie’s feet were waaayyy off the ground!). The monogram of SKT was woven throughout, from the lighting gobo to all printed material/stationery.
Thank you Stephanie & Todd for asking me to be a part of your life… and a very special day. It was a great time planning. Enjoy marriage!