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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.

Ashley & Sean’s 1st Anniversary

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.

Wedding Aisle 

Wedding Ceremony

   Great Table

Wedding Desserts

Bride and Bridesmaid

 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!

 Cutting the cake

Bride and Groom

Vintage Firetruck

Getaway Firetruck

  It was a great wedding!  I hope the First Anniversary is celebrated in Hot August Nights style.  Happy Anniversary Ashley & Sean! 

Meet Margie & Dave

Jun 26, 2010   //   by Lora   //   Jordans Photographic Designs, Sacramento Wedding and Event Planner, Weddings  //  No Comments

Meet Margie & Dave… the latest couple to come to A Day to Remember Wedding & Event Planners for assistance in coordinating their wedding and reception.  They met on line (through the service “Plenty of Fish”) and fell in love!  Their wedding date is one year from that first meeting –  August 28th (for those counting, that’s a little more than 2 months from now).  Piece of cake!  We have a lot to do in a short time frame… but nothing I can’t handle (natch!).  Margie and Dave are a relaxed couple, with simple requests – he wants a party with fun music, she wants delicious food in a sophisticated yet fun environment.  

New Clients

The wedding will be held at their lovely home in Placer County.  French Manor architecture, infinity edged pool, and beautiful views –  a fabulous setting for this great day! 

Backyard wedding site


Invitations are ordered, DJ and photographer selected… the “to-do” list is getting a bit shorter.  Come back in early September to see their beautiful wedding photos (by Jordan’s Photographic Designs).

Happy 1st Anniversary, Kathleen & Adam

With a crazy busy Memorial Day Weekeend, I was unable to get this Anniversary post up until today… CONGRATS to Adam & Kathleen Storm who celebrated their 1st Anniversary May 30, 2010.  This wedding was one of my favorites – so many cool details and it was difficult to whittle down all the fab photos supplied by Jordan Zink of Jordan’s Photographic Design.

 Catholic Wedding Sacramento

Sadcramento Wedding Bouquet

After a full Catholic nuptial mass, the reception was held at Kathleen’s childhood home… on a 9 acre ranch in the middle of Carmichael, CA. In keeping with the theme, we positioned two handsome mules at the entrance driveway with Corona stocked saddle bags!

Wedding Signature Drink

The dinner tent was 5,000 square feet and featured enormous floral spheres hanging from the ceiling… stunning!  BTW, the beautiful florals were created by Visual Impact Design.

 Tent Wedding

Sacramento Wedding

Wedding Ranch Style

Many guests (even my happy bride and groom) enjoyed the aged Scotch and cigars that we set up in the back corner of the gardens… and I posted directional signs to assist with knowing where activities occurred (very important when working with 375 guests and lots of ground to cover).Sacramento Wedding Cigar Bar

As guests left the beautiful accent lighting of the ranch estate, they walked the enchanted pathway of luminaries to the valet pick up.  What a lovely ending to a fantabulous wedding!

Backyard wedding sacramento

Luminarias Wedding

Hot August Night-Part 2 (it's all about Sean!)

Sean is a fireman… every girl’s dream guy ! He is enthusiastic, fun-loving and so happy to marry his true love, Ashley. I thought I’d give some special recognition for Sean’s involvement at this fantastic wedding held in August (on a fairly hot night!) at Granite Bay Golf Club. More photos of this vibrant wedding were posted last week.
Sean and I cooked up a surprise for Ashley. When she reached for the lovely cake knife at the cake cutting, Sean reached under the table to pull out his very clean, highly polished fireman’s ax. Look at Ashley’s expression!

Even funnier, is Sean’s expression as they actually did cut the cake with the ax. Pure joy! This whimsical cake was designed by Sugar and Spice and…

A very special moment during the reception was the inclusion of a bagpiper and drummer from the Sacramento Fire Department Pipes & Drums Corp. These two musicians marched into the reception room, just ahead of Ashley & Sean. The crowd went wild with applause, cheering, and quite a few had tears in their eyes. It was moving, touching and Sean was beaming with pride.
At the perfect moment, the newlyweds enjoyed some quiet time on the golf course and took photos in front of a great sky-on-fire-sunset.

When we detailed the music with DJ Doug LeVine of Music on the Move, Sean told him that he had a special song to end the evening with –For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC. At each one of the four canon-like sounds within the song, the crowd was surprised with four confetti launches – WOW! (Thanks, Doug!!)

Ashley had envisioned a sparkler exit, but Sean, being the cautious fireman, felt a bit uneasy about that, and so we compromised with a pathway of candlelight (contained in glass).

And finally, what better send-off but to leave the wedding reception, riding on the back of an antique firetruck from the Rocklin Fire Department.

Have a wonderful life you two. Your wedding was spectacular (in Sean’s words… “Epic”) and most memorable!

More Hot August Nights – Part 1(a)

After 12+ months of planning, on August 22nd, Ashley and Sean were married at Granite Bay Golf Club. I gave you a sneak peak a couple of weeks ago with a few photos from my camera, but now I have the professional ones – hurray! and I want to share many pix of this colorful, fun, HOT, exciting wedding. Thank you so much Jordan (Jordan’s Photographic Designs) for sending me the entire disk!!

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…

Traditions #18 – bride on the left

Sep 10, 2009   //   by Lora   //   Jordans Photographic Designs, Wedding Customs and Traditions  //  No Comments
On Thursday I post a wedding tradition. I have two more left, so hope you have been enjoying, and learning from these postings.

Why the Bride stands on the Groom’s left – Since grooms in early Anglo-Saxon England often had to defend their brides during the wedding ceremony, the lady would stand to the left of her future husband so that his sword arm would be free. It was also customary for the groom to hold onto his bride with the left hand, thus, by association, the bride’s family sit on the left side of the church.

Ashley & Sean's Hot August Night Wedding

These are just a few snapshot photos from my little digital camera of Ashley & Sean’s “Hot August Night” wedding held atGranite Bay Golf Club. The theme did not include poodle skirts or hot rod cars, but rather the colors and temperature of a Sacramento region evening in August – HOT!

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!

More photos to follow…

Vintage Cake Toppers

This topic just makes me get all smoochy inside. How wonderful is it to include homage to your parents on your wedding day. Two of my recent brides used their parent’s cake topper on their very own cake. How precious and very special is that?
Jessica parents, married in 1982, had this sweet “Cupie” style bride and groom on their wedding cake that sat on one of the tiers, rather than the top of the cake.

And in May of this year, Kathleen used this very lovely and traditional style topper from her mom and dad’s wedding cake – her parents were married in 1971.

Vines in the Vineyards

A winery or vineyard wedding is beautiful and romantic. Your imagination runs wild with the thought and vision of long, lush rows of vines and grapes. You can conjure in your mind the perfect photo of you and your new husband posing for the photographer while frolicing in the magnificant,green vineyards. But, you may not know exactly how thick those vines will be in the month you choose to marry.
I thought it would be fun to show some happy couples, posing in the vineyards, during specific months…

Below is the very fun and lovely Carissa (and cute Mike!) ofSugar and Spice and… (Specialty Desserts), whose wedding took place the last weekend in February at David Girard Vineyards. As you can see, the foilage is just breaking out on the vines (but look at the lovely sky on a winter day!)

This photo is of Katie and John was taken at Wilson Vineyards, in the month of April. The vines are getting a great start and beginning to thicken.

Sarah & Kyle are happily smiling in the rows of vines at The Harvest Inn in Napa Valley in the month of May. The vineyards are really beautiful.

And now we’re back at David Girard Vineyards with Jessica and Steven during the month of June. The rows are thick and very full. Quite a bit of difference in just four months!!

To my vineyard couples – Enjoy the continued growth of your love!