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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.

Wedding Peeps and a Baby Shower

A great friend in our wedding industry, Nicole (Jackson) Shebl is having a baby boy – Little Johnny, this fall.  Before Nicole “retired” to become a wife and mommy, she worked with Dynamite Weddings and with The Memory Journalists.  Recently we enjoyed throwing a baby shower for Nicole… who looked positively darling, fashionable, and hasn’t gained a pound (brat!).  And that Baby Bump will be one bundle of joy!

Pregnant Nicole

The co (tri)-hostesses were Aimee Carroll with Real Weddings Magazine and Carissa Jones with Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts; these ladiesknocked it out of the park with decor, beverages, luncheon food and scrumptious desserts.  Shannon with Flourish created unique floral arrangements… so much talent when a bunch of wedding and event professionals put their heads together! 

Shower Foods


And, I was the Game Master (hey, somebody has to organize the dreaded games… and I wore the pin so as to not hear the complaining)!

Shower games pin

We started with everybody being given a container of modeling clay so they could create an image of a baby.  Check out all the entries; it was tough for Nicole to select her favorite (all will be saved for a shelf in the baby’s room).

Shower Games playdough

Playdough Babies 

Another game was done blindfolded. I read a detailed made-up story, as the girls drew the story!  It was very funny, and the winning picture was framed to be hung. 

Baby Shower Games

Shower Games

We had a great lunch, and delicious desserts, talked, laughed and enjoyed making ridicous ohhhhhs and ahhhhh sounds as Nicole opened her gifts.

Opening shower gifts

Wendy and Aimee 

Above is Wendy Sipple and Aimee Carroll of Real Weddings Magazine – below is Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish and Carissa Jones of Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts

 Shannon and Carissa

Jennifer with The Memory Journalists brought her trusty camera and clicked away during the shower… thanks Jen!

Tabletop Photo Shoot for Our Wedding

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.

Farmhouse table

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.


China and centerpiece

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!!)

Jelly jar favors

Wedding Pies

Table and hutch

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!!)

Bridal Bouquet

Salt Celler Detail shot

Wedding Sentiments

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.

Our Wedding Tabletop Photo Shoot

A photo shoot is a lot of fun… no pressure, just imagination, collaboration and good times, as is evident  in the recent issue of  Sacramento Magazine’s Our Wedding.  I asked my friend, the very talented Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design to join forces with me as we designed the Farmhouse Chic tablescape.  The location chosen for the shoot was pure perfection – Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, California.  Stay tuned for many more photos taken by The Memory Journalists – I know they’ll be awesome! 

Our Wedding Magazine Cover

Our Wedding Photo Shoot

Lisa & Darren's wedding photo album

Jan 17, 2010   //   by Lora   //   Memory Journalists, Photo Album, Sacramento Wedding Planner  //  No Comments

Jennifer with The Memory Journalists just completed the album design for Lisa & Darren’s lovely wedding held October, 2009. Jen is great! Check out the slideshow from her website, here. What a beautiful album.

It's all in the {French} details – Lisa & Darren – Part 2

After just 10 weeks of planning, Lisa and Darren held their fantastic wedding at their newly purchased home which is of French Normandy architecture. There were many lovely design touches throughout the house, and I particularly zoned in on the fleur de leis that adorned the windows, wallpaper and wrought iron.When I learned that the newlyweds would be travelling to New Orleans for their honeymoon, the wonderful continuous thread of a theme started to develop. The fleur de lei design would be a subtle embellishment throughout! Lisa found these fantastic cuff links and presented them to Darren as a wedding gift!
Sapphire blue and ivory were the colors to this wedding, and Darren loves iris. A perfect flower for this color palette.
Sarah with Cuttings created all the florals, as well as custom making this great ring pillow happily carried by Lisa’s son (and because he was old enough, it was O.K. to tie the real rings onto the pillow… something I do not recommend for the young ring bearers!)
The guest count was 36… so intimate, so perfect and so Lisa and Darren. Just very close family members and special friends. Guests sat at three long tables.
The exquisite menu cards, printed on shimmery paper, included the fleur de leis design.

I surprised Lisa & Darren with hand-made pearl studded initials to mark their chairs.

The remarkable Carissa of Sugar & Spice incorporated fantastic gold stamped fleur de lei patterned paper to line the dessert platters and plates – a perfect touch. She also had cute ribboned signs made to identify the flavors of the many small bites. The salted carmel truffles were poured into fleur de leis shaped molds. Fantastic!Beautiful wrought iron candle towers adorned the buffet table.

I was thrilled when Lisa & Darren took me up on my suggestion to have a strolling table-side magician entertain the guests during the cocktail hour. What a riot! Guests were laughing, amazed, stumped and so curious.

Darren spent some time in Japan, and Lisa has Japanese heritage, so they gave as a favor, a lovely wrapped box with unique saki cups. I love this photo… Jennifer with The Memory Journalists is just Thee Best. She set this shot up perfectly.
Merci, Lisa & Darren for allowing me to help you with your wedding planning. It was a perfectly lovely day. Laisser le Bon Rouleau de Temps!

Lisa & Darren Wedding Photos – Part 1

Nov 11, 2009   //   by Lora   //   Home Wedding, Memory Journalists, Sacramento Wedding Consultant, Sugar and Spice  //  No Comments

I am thrilled to give you a sampling of Lisa & Darren’s wedding photos. The Memory Journalists presented me with a disk of a few of the fantastic images. Jennifer Dunham-Starr is such a delight to work with… and she has her eye on every detail – thus these great photos (come back for Part 2!).
Lisa and Darren were a great couple. They gave me their color scheme, thoughts, and feel, and then I ran with it. Lisa is a doll and was so easy to work with, and equally mellow on wedding day. The wedding was held at the couple’s beautiful home; this awesome circular staircase was begging for some cool photo ops.

The color scheme was ivory and sapphire blue (Lisa’s fav color). Sarah with Cuttings created this thick, lush wedding arch and the fabric swagging that lined the ceremonial path.

We sat their guests under the portico in the backyard, at long tables. Conversation, excellent wine, and fine dining was the order of business!

After dinner, guests were welcomed into the formal dining room to watch the ceremonial cutting of the cake. Lisa has a wonderful sweet tooth, and thus we commissioned Carissa with Sugar and Spice to create an awesome assortment of small bites (chocolate was most important, as well as Darren’s request for fruit tartlets.) So pretty and yummy!

I really enjoyed the tenderness and love between Lisa & Darren . Their first dance was very sweet. I think they forgot guests were watching!

Thank you for the opportunity… and with just a 10 week planning schedule, the outcome was wonderful!

More details to follow on another day. Come back for more!

D & L 's e-session

Oct 11, 2009   //   by Lora   //   E-Session, Memory Journalists, Wedding Planner Sacramento  //  1 Comment

Golly… 9+ weeks have flown by since the inception of D&L’s wedding planning, and now we’re just one week away from a beautifully orchestrated wedding day. Darren & Lisa recently had their e-session with Jennifer Dunham-Starr of The Memory Journalists. She was able to capture the essence of their relationship perfectly, by bringing forth their playfulness, love of nature, affection. and (may I say…) sexy demeanor!Darren & Lisa chose the U.C. Davis campus arboreum for their photo session, as it holds a very special place in their heart. Their first meeting and brief early relationship was 20 years ago, while they both attended U.C. Davis.

With some water under the bridge, they re-united 4 years ago… and the rest is history!

October 17th will be spectacular. Stay tuned for the wedding photos. Can’t wait!

Lakeside Luxury Charity Event

Talk about attending an event for a very worthwhile cause, AND have a fantastic good time, too! September 19th is the date for the Lakeside Luxury a Charity Event & Auction benefiting the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Dynamite Weddings, The Memory Journalists, Style Media Group and Exquisite Events & Entertainment will be sponsoring the event to be held in the gorgeous Sierra Mountains at Ice Lakes Lodge in Soda Springs, California. After eating outstanding food and enjoying adult beverages, dancing the night away and bidding on wonderful auction items, you can take a romantic walk over to the Lodge for overnight accommodations. Oh, this sounds so good to me right now! Check out Dynamite Weddings website for more details on this event. Sign up, Now!

Thursday is Traditions Info Day – Post #15

Aug 20, 2009   //   by Lora   //   Memory Journalists, Miosa Bride, Wedding Customs and Traditions, White Wedding Gown  //  No Comments
On Thursday I post a wedding tradition. There are many rites of passage we observe today that echo the past. Everything from the veil, rice, flowers and cake, hold significant meanings. Old world marriage customs continue to thrive today – many are diluted, disguised and often upgraded.

White Wedding Dress – Wearing a white dress was made popular in the 1840’s, by England’s Queen Victoria. She chose white instead of the then traditional royal “silver” wedding dress. Prior to that time, brides simply wore their best dress on wedding day.
Below is one of my past brides wearing an exquisite custom made “little number” by Miosa Bride, and wonderfully photographed by The Memory Journalists.

F.Y.I. When a garment is this beautiful, with the price tag that can be elevated, then it is properly referred to as a WeddingGown – not a mere dress.