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Happy 1st Anniversary – Kellie & Megan

Jun 28, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Shouting from the roof tops – Happy Anniversary you two!!!  So happy for your togetherness, happiness and your future.  You had a beautiful, love-filled and fun-filled wedding, one year ago! 

11a Old Sacramento Wedding A Day to Remember

9 Ceremony in the Round A Day to Remember

1 Courtyard D'Oro A Day to Remember


7 2 brides A Day to Remember


17 Wedding Fun A Day to Remember

 Photo credit ~ Allison Stahl Photography

Lissy & Austin – photo booth love.

Jun 25, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

This couple is getting married this weekend… we’ve had a blast planning the wedding which will be held at a country manor private estate along the Sacramento River.  They have a great affection for photo booths – the kind found at a carnival… in fact, Austin proposed to Lissy inside a photo booth while at the Orange County Fair.  Check out the cute save-the-date cards!  So in order of wedding priorities… they must have a traditional classic photo booth.  I’ve hired one of the best – Johnny Vu of Rocket Photobooth.

Lissy & Austin


As featured in Our Wedding Magazine

Jun 4, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Thank you Our Wedding Magazine for selecting Allison & Scott’s wedding to be one of the featured weddings for this most recent issue (for those who don’t know, Allison is my daughter!).  Fun! Click here to see a few photos.


Our Wedding


Happy 1st Anniversary ~ Linda & Jim

Jun 1, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

One year ago Linda and Jim held a very special, intimate wedding in their stunning  backyard.  Happy Anniversary you two; I know you’re enjoying your life together (how many triathalons have you participated in this last year??)

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3 Home Wedding A Day to Remember

8 Spectacular Wedding A Day to Remember

1 Home Wedding A Day to Remember


Throw Back Thursday

May 28, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

This Throw Back Thursday post is to recognize the 4th wedding anniversary of a beautiful couple, Kathleen & Ryan.  I wanted to show that a spring time garden wedding in Napa Valley at Villagio Inn, could possibly have a rain issue… and thus our Plan B previously discussed, definitely needed to go into action.  Lots of scurrying about, but is this not a perfect setting for a perfect couple?  Thanks to Arlene of Violetta Flowers for re-creating a wonderful “substitution” to the garden.  {Photos by Sarah Dawson Photography)

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Useless Trivia

May 26, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Book Cover - Copy

From my fun book, here is more Useless Trivia…   Random Stats ~ Did you know:

~ 3 to 4 months is the average time ahead of a wedding that bridesmaids’ dresses are bought

~ 180 is the average number of guests at an American wedding

~ 67 percent of brides continue to wear their wedding-day scent

~75 percent of married men say they specifically looked for someone who would be a good mother when choosing a wife.

Two Little Lovebirds Sitting in a Tree…

May 20, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Megan and Scott are getting married in just two days!!  They are a mellow couple and so easy to work with…it’s been a lovely time planning, and I can’t wait to see them tie the knot at the beautiful Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA.  These e-session photos were taken by the incredible Teresa K Photography – the tree house is a remnant of Megan’s childhood.  Do you think we’ll have an outstanding wedding day?  Heck Yes!

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1 e-session A Day to Remember

Tootin’ my own horn!

May 13, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

When a past client takes the time to e-mail me… on the evening of their wedding anniversary, and makes me feel all squishy and happy, well, I have to share.  This is why I love my job and my couples.  Happy 3rd Anniversary Kevin & Liz… you have such a full life ahead of you!

~an excerpt from Kevin’s e-mail to me… “Today is our THIRD Anniversary. We have spent the evening watching slideshows of our wedding and enjoying expensive wine! We are so thankful to you for your amazing talents and skills making our day so great. Thank you! You will always be a special part of our lives! Married life has been great to us and we thank you over and over for making it possible. “


Photo by Jordan’s Portrait Designs and the gorgeous bouquet by Natural Flair Floral Design – taken at Karmere Winery in Amador County.





Mix it up! Table shapes

May 8, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I LOVE LOVE this shot of the mixing of table sizes.  If only my photographers could gain 3 stories-up access to achieve heights in order to capture this beautiful angle!

Room layout

Don’t be afraid to mix your table sizes, and the easiest  concept is to mix rectangular with round.  Below is from a beautiful wedding I designed at Park Winters.  Notice we used a lovely linen on the round tables and set the tables with wood chargers, but on the rectangular harvest tables, we let the wood show, had metallic chargers and layered the look by using two runners. Photography by Rachelle Photography.

Mixed tables 1

Mixed Tables round

Mixed Tables long


A very similar layout was done here at a wedding I planned at Mission Ranch Carmel (photography by The Goodness).

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Of course there are variables to consider, such as size of the room, but it’s a unique look and it’s fun to mix and match!

First Row, First Chair, Left Side – Mother of the Bride’s Vantage Point

May 2, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I experienced a revelation when Allison & Scott married last month;  one that I was quite surprised to discover.  In all these years, as a professional wedding planner, when I send the moms down the aisle, I never thought about the mother of the bride’s vantage point.  As I sat in the front row, first chair, left side, I was looking at my daughter’s back or side.  I watched her nervous trembling and her veil shaking. I wanted to reach out with a motherly hand to soothe her (I resisted for fear she would jump!).  But while from this position I could not get a good look at her face, the face I was seeing clearly was my new son-in-law.  This young man whom I’ve known for 12 years and the one who was marrying our daughter had so much evident emotion. Because I faced his direction I could see his beaming smile when he looked at Allison and his calm manner was apparent, his eyes spoke volumes, but those eyes also had tears in them, he choked up a bit when he spoke, and pocket tissues came out to wipe away his tears. He was overcome by this moment, and so was I.  What a treat, from my vantage point to witness the love and affection he has for our daughter.  I like that I was able to see this obvious devotion.