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.
Wishing continued happiness and best wishes to a great couple!
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.
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!
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!
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)!
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).
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.
We had a great lunch, and delicious desserts, talked, laughed and enjoyed making ridicous ohhhhhs and ahhhhh sounds as Nicole opened her gifts.
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
Jennifer with The Memory Journalists brought her trusty camera and clicked away during the shower… thanks Jen!
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.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.