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She’s short~He’s tall Throw Back Thursday

Feb 16, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Fond memories of this precious couple – Christine & Jason married at Avio Vineyards a few years ago and were a delight to work with.  It was very evident and joked about that Jason was so much taller than Christine, so I got the brilliant idea at the rehearsal to surprise them the next day.  I brought from home my daughter’s little step stool which I tucked under the alter table.  The minister was in on the surprise and when it came time for “the kiss,” he paused and then pulled out the step stool, Christine laughed and happily stepped up and Jason didn’t need to bend over to kiss his bride.  Very fun!

Photos by Ryan J. Lane Photography.

A very pretty “altar”

Feb 15, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments


Rather than the expected wedding arch to frame the ceremonial altar, consider setting up a simple banquet table (4′ long) and cover it in a beautiful linen, and then add one stunning floral arrangement.  Other items can be added to the table, such as a Unity Candle, vessels for a Sand Ceremony, Honorarium Candle, a Bible, or a challis for a private Wine Ceremony (as we did for this wedding.)  A table like this allows for unobstructed views in the distance.

Venue is Avio Vineyards in Amador County.

Happy 31st Wedding Anniversary {smile}

Jan 13, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Normally, I give a shout out and best wishes to my couples on their First Wedding Anniversary, well, Bill & Ruth Quinn’s anniversary wish is just a bit different.  I wanted to show off these great photos (taken by Wendy Hithe Photography) of last year’s SURPRISE 30th anniversary party that Bill asked me to plan for his “bride.”  It was indeed a surprise to Ruth, and Bill and I pulled off a monumental evening.  Just when Ruth caught her breath from shock, and hugging and being loved, Bill then proposed again to Ruth and we had a renewal of vows ceremony.  It was a wonderful evening.  Happy 31st Anniversary love birds!

The 30th anniversary traditional flower is the lily and the gem is the pearl.

The party was held at mid-town Sacramento’s Antiquite Maison Privee, beautiful florals by Accents by Sage, lighting and DJ/MC by Mr. DJ Event Services, cake by Freeport Bakery. bar and catering by Jackson Catering.

Check out this lovely video from Jessica & Daniel’s Wedding Day

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Happy New Year (almost)…thought I’d end 2016 with a lovely video by Jensen Films of a formal, very traditional Jewish wedding from earlier this year.  Venue was Sacramento’s historic Sutter Club, flowers by Jackie’s Flowers. I love the various cultural traditions to this wedding… and the photo booth antics, too!


Happily Married – it is my honor!

Dec 23, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Love this shot captured by Janine Mapurunga.  It is such a great feeling to be the first to greet my couples as they recess down the aisle after the ceremony.  We ALL are so happy!  After I give a quick hug, I swoop up the bride’s train and send them “around the corner” so there is a bit of quiet time before all the photography and eventual celebrating starts.

To all my 2016 couples, enjoy your First Christmas together, and to my 2017 couples… this is your last “single Christmas.”  Merry Merry!!!

Welcome Amanda & Michael

Nov 22, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  2 Comments

Hello to Amanda & Michael… an awesome couple who are so sweet, very connected and in sync with each other.  Love it!  I first met this pair at my own daughter’s wedding last April.  Michael was a groomsmen and Amanda was involved in some of the pre-wedding festivities.  They asked me to help them plan their 2017 wedding… what an honor!


Memories of a Halloween ~ Dia de los Muertos Wedding

Oct 28, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Kim & Artie’s 2014 wedding will always be special and so memorable… their second anniversary is early next week and I thought it would be fun to go down Memory Lane, get you into the “spirit” and show you some of their wackiness, cleverness, imagination and also beauty. Yes, a Gene Simmons/Kiss impersonator (flown in from Las Vegas) was the officiant, the flower girl dressed as a little Wonder Woman, each guest received a custom made mask, sugar skulls adorned the cakes, Kim changed into a fun red dress, and the décor was stunning.  Happy #2 you crazy kids!!













And yes, that’s me who obviously didn’t read the memo to look scary and stick out that tongue!!!


Photos by the fun and fabulous Thais of Love at First Click Photography!!

Becca & Matt ~ Married! {Part 2} The Party and Details

Oct 19, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

After a perfect traditional Catholic Nuptial Mass at St. Joseph’s, Auburn, CA, the fun and frivolity began just a few miles away at Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA. It was a HOT afternoon and evening, but this venue has so much going for it… cooling blooming gardens, lawns and meandering pathways, sparking swimming pool, views of the Sierras and the cattle that lazily graze down the sloping hillside.  The venue owner (jovial and helpful Mike) sets up a variety of lawn games for the guests’ entertainment and he even gave Matt & Becca slices of watermelon so they could “entertain” two curious cows that came up to the fence.  Priceless!

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11-wedding-games-a-day-to-rememberBecca requested a romantic palette of pinks and soft colors with a vibe of Vintage French. Matt had a preference for wood, leans to a Western motif and asked that his Dad’s cool old jeep be incorporated in some way. We blended these two styles perfectly. The guest tables were a mixture of wood farm tables and soft pink draped round tables and pink cut glassware was also added. The place cards were individual planter boxes (favors for the guests) that had their “brand” literally burned onto the wood boxes.  Quite the DIY project! This same brand was used on the menu cards and cocktail napkins.  The jeep became the “gift table” and a display spot for parents and grandparents wedding photos.

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After a delicious family style alfresco dinner held under large market umbrellas on the courtyard patio, the party started! Family and friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves (I’m a softy for the daughter-daughter dance) as the evening temperatures cooled down and the sunset served for fantastic photos of the newlyweds.


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Thank you to all the fabulous vendors who helped to create the perfect day and night for Becca & Matt.  So beautiful and so much fun!

Wedding Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Gold Hill Gardens

Photographer:  Teresa K Photography

Florist:  Ambience Floral Design

Caterer: Real Food Caterer

Bakery:  Divine Desserts

Rentals:  Celebrations Party Rentals

DJ/MC: Function 45 Event Entertainment


Rebecca & Matt ~ Married~ {Part 1}

Oct 13, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Hard to believe on these temperate lovely fall days that back in July, the temps on Becca & Matt’s wedding reached 102+ degrees! It was a hot one for sure… but you can’t tell from the happy smiles, playful attitudes and cool pink colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses. Becca and Matt were totally on the same page when it came to their wedding ceremony. Becca and ladies prepared at the reception site, Gold Hill Gardens, while a tad pensive and nervous Matt, along with the groomsmen, organized themselves at home. They opted for no First Look, so separate limos picked up both groups and they gathered for a very traditional Catholic Nuptial Mass at local St. Joseph’s in Auburn, CA.  Becca was all smiles walking down the aisle and Matt, well, he was a bit chocked up.  So sweet.

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Once the formalities of the ceremony were over, the group enjoyed themselves with limo libations and a brief stop for photo ops on the steps of the historic Old Auburn Courthouse. Prior to joining guests at the reception, the newlyweds enjoyed quiet strolling on the grounds of Gold Hill Gardens  –  but those groomsmen had some shenanigans planned!!

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Those pretty soft romantic bouquets were created by Katie of Ambience Floral Design.  Photos were taken by the ever-so-talented Teresa of Teresa K. Photography… she has a fantastic eye and is there for all the crazy and beautiful shots.  Be sure to check back for {Part 2} to see all the details and pretties of the reception.


Happy 1st Anniversary Becky & Josh

Oct 11, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

One year ago, on October 10th, Becky & Josh married in a stunning historic ballroom, with gorgeous autumnal colors, fabulous lighting, and a cocktail hour that was held in an underground swimming pool (empty of course) with tons of dancing fun wrapping up the evening!

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I know these two are still in bliss and dancing the light fantastic!  Happy First Anniversary Becky & Josh.

Photos by Sharon Hoyt Photography (pure talent)!