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Lisa & Darren – Happy 1st Anniversary

We wish to give a shout out to Lisa & Darren in celebration of their 1st Wedding Anniversary – October 17, 2010.  Their beautiful home wedding was elegant, intimate and very much who they are.

Lisa’s favorite color is Colbalt blue which was easily paired with shades of ivory and soft pink.  The architecture to the home was French Chateau and the use of the Fleu di Lei design was implemented throughout.  Lisa even found a very cool pair of cuff links which she presented to Darren as a wedding gift.

Cuff links

Ceremony lawn

Table Decor

Wedding Cake

Wedding Desserts

Wishing continued happiness and best wishes to a great couple! 

Wedding Last Dance

Thank you to the incredible Jennifer Dunham Starr with The Memory Journalists for capturing these lovely wedding images, to Carrissa with Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts for yummy delicious-ness, and to Sarah of Cuttings Floral Design for all the beauty.

Margie & Dave – Married!

Margie and Dave met one year ago.  As luck would have it, after a few months, they fell in love, Dave proposed, Margie said YES!, and they set their wedding for the anniversary date of their meeting – August 28th.  Then Margie contacted me to assist with the planning… with a three month time frame.  Easy! 

A very private wedding ceremony took place in their backyard – a lovely home on the bluffs of Rocklin, California.  Those present for the nuptials were their adult children, a set of parents, a best friend, and Margie’s only bridal party attendant – her cute little granddaughter as the flower girl.  A total of 8. 

Just Married

Bride & Flower girl

 Then two hours later, the celebration of their wedding took place when 75 guests arrived for a fun filled, happy and loving evening .  Family and friends, good wine and excellent food was the importance of the day. You can’t go wrong by starting off with Margueritas as their signature cocktail!

Backyard Wedding

Reception Tables

Sarah with Cuttings Floral Design worked with Margie’s relaxed Mediterranean vision, as well as using “sustainable” flowers.  Wooden boxes were used for garden bedding plants of begonias, celosia and fresh herbs (to be planted later); fresh stems of dahlias and sunflowers were added to the boxes for more of the Tuscan feel.  An incredible feast was prepared by the talented Chef Josh of All Seasons All Reasons Fine Catering, and beautifully set up and displayed by Monty (he can make a buffet so darn interesting and stunning).  The menu consisted of  Wood Fired Beef Tenderloin, Sardinian Pesto Salmon with Ziti Pasta tossed with grilled artichokes, baby spinach and shaved Romano, Caprese Salad, Citrus Brined Chicken with baby leek butter sauce… I can go on and on – DELICIOUS!


Reception Tables 2

Wedding Buffet

Margerita Glasses

Wine Bar

This pair love, love dessert and especially chocolate.  Carissa with Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts knocked it out of the park with a small bites dessert table.  Margie & Dave wanted the cutting and feeding tradition, so a small “rustic-home style”  cake was  included .  Yummm-o!

Wedding Dessert Table

Wedding Desserts

 Bride & Groom 


Candles and market lights added to the festivities as Doug with Music on the Move kept the guests entertained and happy on the dance floor.  Margie changed into a cute little summer dress and continued partying – but gosh darn it, those 10:00 p.m. sound ordinances are such a drag (we cheated and took it to 10:30 p.m.).  What a fun evening! 

Wedding Partying

Thank you to Jordan with Jordan’s Photographic Designs who was on hand for all the happy moments and capturing so many details (and I didn’t post all the details that I could!)  I wish Margie & Dave a fantastic life together.  Best Wishes.

Laura & John – Married!!

John and Laura Messina celebrated their wedding day on September 4, 2010… too perfect!!  And very pink… down to the lovely shoes.  After a Nuptial Mass at the beautiful downtown Sacramento Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 194 guests joined in the celebration at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom.  John, a huge San Diego Charger fan (even the Priest made reference to his allegiance) was quite surprised when removing the team themed garter – fun!

!NewlywedsGerber Daisy

Bridal BouquetsCathedral

Bride & GroomBride in parkBride & Bridesmaids

Wedding ShoesGroomsmen laughingGroomsmen

Head TableWedding CakeBride & Groom

Beautiful shades of pink flowers created by Sarah of Cuttings Floral Design (the Great Table/Head Table was stunning!).  The sweet and elegant cake was made by Patrick of Village Cake Shoppe, and the wonderful photography was done by Sam with Sharpe Photographers (thanks Sam for being there for all the moments!)

Becca & Dustin – More! (Part 2)

Because of Beth’s (True Love Photo)  extreme  photographic talent, and never missing a design detail, I have so many fantastic pictures to share of Becca & Dustin’s June 19th home wedding.  Sit back and enjoy!    Becca envisioned a little bit of Southern Elegance (she and her sister spent a few Saturdays on  ladders hanging  Spanish Moss from the trees), and wanted to upscale the vibe by adding lots of color, crystals, and hanging lanterns.  Check, check and done!

Table Decor

Napkin Fold

Tables were named and peacock feathers added to compliment the table linens selected.  It’s always a pleasure to work with the great gals at Celebrations Party Rentals.  And thank you so much to my pal Sarah with Cuttings Floral Design for the perfectly coordinated flowers.  Love ’em!

Wedding table decor

Mason Jars

To compliment that Southern feel,  The Zebra Club, our fun and accomplished bartending service, created Mint Juleps.  Hummmmmm (oh, I only sampled!)

Mint Juleps

Wedding Crystals

This picture has histoy to it… Beth and I have been setting up this shot for a few years.  Becca and Dustin enjoy a great cold beer… thus their toasting goblets were filled.

Toasting Goblets

Wedding Toast

And, have you ever seen a wedding cake that followed with the theme so beautifully?  Carissa with Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts really outdid herself!  What a focal piece!

Wedding Cake

Cake feeding

Becca ‘s mom and dad love to garden and the entrance to their property had a long driveway lined with all sorts of flowers.  Daisies, cosmos, dahlias and a beautiful crop of just beginning to bloom sunflowers.

Bride & Groom in the corn field

Wedding in corn field

I gave Becca the suggestion of making a bride & groom scaregrow, as it seemed so fitting with the garden.  She had the best time shopping in thrift stores for what she referred to as “the ugliest ’70s style wedding gown.”  Rather than a top hat for the groom, they used a Billibong logo baseball cap.

Wedding Scarcrow

After a scrumption and plentiful buffet dinner prepared by Bravo Pasteria, wedding cake, fun at the photo booth (complete with goofy hats) by Jensen Films, then the dancing began, under the light of paper lanterns.  Doug & Dara with Music on the Move added some wonderful special touches and a little interactive frivolity, and then the p-a-r-t-y dancing began.  Crewful at 10:00?  NOT!

Wedding Dancing

Thank you Becca and Dustin, and also your wonderful families.  It was a delight to work with you over the year.  I’m going to miss you!  You’re great parents to baby Coralynne. Enjoy your wedded life and your beautiful family.  Also a huge thank you to all the vendors who worked so hard and so caringly to create a fantastic day for this couple.

Becca & Dustin – Married! (Part 1)

I had the best year working with Becca on her June 19th home wedding.  She is the sweetest girl, with the most loving family.  Dustin is the nicest gentleman… a real keeper (if you ask me)!  Becca and Dustin have been together since high school; soul mates, friends, and now proud parents to little baby Coralynne – who was a huge hit at the wedding!  I received a disk with  a zillion  images from the most wonderful photographer in all the world – Beth Baugher of True Love Photo.   So, here you go with Part 1!!   This first shot is of the wedding rings, held by the Best Man.  How perfectly appropriate!

Romantic moments

Hip cool couple

 Flowers in hair 

The above photos of Becca is so lovely.  The ever so talented Shana Beals did the make-up artisty for the bride and several bridesmaids.  I loved the bridesmaids dresses and the fab colors of the bouquets.  Peacock feathers was one of the underlying themes to the day, and our fabulous florist, Sarah with Cuttings Floral Design, really outdid herself with the design concept.  Wait until you see more in Part 2!

Purple bridesmaids dresses


Bridal Bouquet 

 Sarah is quite the seamstress and she custom designs ring bearer pillows, too… soooo perfect; just darling! 

Ring Bearer Pillow

Peacock feathers

Meet baby Coralynne… Becca and Dustin’s 10 month old little sweetie!  We thought a halo of “Baby’s Breath” was appropriate for this little angel.  She sat in a beautifully decorated wagon and was pulled by Dustin’s young brothers, the  ring bearers.  I had the sign made for the wagon by Lara of The Calligraphy Girl... pure delight.

 Flower Girl

 Baby in wedding wagon

Come back in the next couple of days  for more beautiful photos… design and special touches abound. 






Assn of Bridal Consultants Quarterly Meeting – It’s All About The Groom

I am the co-director of the Northern California Association of Bridal Consultants (along with my pal Kendra Wershing of Pfeiffer Event Planning). Our Association meets quarterly and I had the pleasure of planning the January meeting. The theme had been rolling around in my head since last summer when I first met Ryan Hammonds of R. Douglas Custom Clothier. I wanted an evening where we ladies learned a bit about men’s fashion and so the focus was about the groom and his entourage. Carissa of Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts created a whimsical and delicious groom’s cake for our enjoyment. So clever! I had a blast working with Sarah of Cuttings Floral Design for the table top design. The details were certainly evident – white bow tie, pleated table runner to replicate a cummerbund, black stones for the cuff links and studs, carnation petals for the boutonniere, and a pocket square tucked into the napkin.
Darcie of Slip of Elegance Chair Covers provided the elegant tone-on-tone satin table linens and added a handsome black tie to the chair backs. The educational component to our evening included several topics. Besides Ryan giving us a great introduction to men’s wear (you should see the detail he puts into his custom suits!), we also had Matt Brys of Extreme Productions giving us tips on how to incorporate the groom more into the reception planning session, and Mike Jensen of Jensen Films created a “movie” oriented to the men involved in the day.

Evan Selby and Chef Chris Jackson of Tre Events created a knock-out buffet dinner consisting of bacon-wrapped chicken breast and the most heavenly mashed potatoes. No watercress finger sandwiches for us ladies… after all, it was a manly night!The venue I selected for this meeting was Antiquite Maison Privee in mid-town Sacramento, which is a unique, handsome, warm, urban-feel brick building that has historical significance. I am extremely appreciative that Carmen Salazar was on hand to take all these wonderful photos. Thank you to one and all for your contributions to a very interesting and informative evening!

Cabinet Decorating Project

A few weeks ago the lovely Heidi, fabulous Catering Manager at Granite Bay Golf Club, asked if I would like to give a fresh look to the club’s entry foyer cabinet. “Sure.” I said. “Sounds like fun.” Unfortunately, I could not have all four shelves to the cabinet as the members of the golf club want their trophies displayed (what’s up with that notion?). I invited my pal, Sarah Acrich of Cuttings Floral Design, to assist me. We brain-stormed one night (over a few glasses of wine!) and came up with the theme of “Four Fabulous Seasons of Weddings at Granite Bay Golf Club.” Sarah created beautiful wreaths to display in each of the window panels for the seasonal vignettes. She’s very good! Below is the entire cabinet.

Winter is in the icey-silver tones with blue/green and silvery peacock feathers. The wreath has bare branches with a touch of glitter sparkle and snowflakes. Champagne flutes and a bucket for the bottle of of bubbly were added. The two photos in frames were taken by The Memory Journalists. Look closely at the left picture and you’ll see the bride wore white “wedding uggs.” Perfect!

Spring has the color palette of purple and green. Sweet jonquils, a bird’s nest, fern, message rocks and pebbles complete this scene. The photo displayed, shot on the beautiful grounds of Granite Bay, was taken by Jordan’s Photographic Designs.

Summer was a fun vignette to create. Sarah’s sunflower wreath included a beautiful trio of butterlies. My mouth watered as I rimmed the glass with lemon sugar for the perfect Lemon Drop beverage (a drink Granite Bay expertly prepares!) and, no those are not real lemons and strawberries… amazing how realistic fake fruit can look! The photo displayed was taken inside the Conservatory by Jeff of Sharpe Photographers, and just so happens to be the wedding of Darcie & Glenn (Darcie owns Slip of Elegance Chaircovers ). It was a lovely wedding!

Autumn (my most favorite time of year) is richly showcased using the colors of burgundy and gold. The square shaped wreath contains pomegranates, seedpods, wheat and a beautiful wide brocade ribbon. A gold charger, gold rimmed wine glass, acorn favor and a message written on a plate, in chocolate “Will you marry me?” finish off this seasonal display. The picture of the lovely couple looking toward the clubhouse was taken by Megan of Christopher Kight Photographers.

So, if you ever find yourself out at Granite Bay Golf Club, check out the entry foyer cabinet. It’s a work of art! And, for those brides looking for a wonderful wedding and reception venue, absolutely consider this property. And tell Heidi, that I sent you!!