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Clever couple and their Save the Date

Feb 12, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I love the imagination and creativity of some of my couples!  Check out these various images that my July 23rd couple used for their save-the-date cards.  These large numbers were cut out of plywood and painted,  and then displayed about their foothills property.  Way to go Becca & Matt!

Save the Date

A wonderful video of the Surprise Anniversary Party

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

I can’t get enough of this feel-good, wonderful, Surprise 30th Anniversary Party, planned for Sacramento photographer, Bill Quinn for his “bride” Ruth.  What a fantastic night… please enjoy this video created by Jackson Phan of CinCrown Cinematic Film+Photo.  Beautiful words spoken for their Renewal of Vows.


For the background story and beautiful photos taken by Wendy Hithe Photography, click here.

Planning Daughter #2’s wedding {Post 1} – Little background and venue selection

Feb 10, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

For those who follow my blog posts, you may remember that our first daughter, Allison, was married March 2015 and I created posts throughout the weeks of the wonderful planning experience.  Well, Daughter #2, Juliana, is tying the knot in just 8 weeks (!) and I thought I’d bring my readers current with some blogging about this glorious event.  And just so you know, with wonderful children, it is not difficult planning two daughter’s weddings within 1+ years.


Juliana and Derek moved to Portland, Oregon 3 years ago due to her internship and job placement as a Clinical Dietitian.   They love the life in Oregon (darn it… I want them back home!) – camping, music festivals, berry picking, snowshoeing, gardening and chicken raising(!).  Derek popped the question while on one of those frequent beautiful hikes (above photo).

When they were ready, I discussed what vibe and style of wedding they wanted. This wedding will be much different than our first daughter’s intimate soiree.    “Relaxed ~ Fun ~ Games ~ Music ~ Barn Setting ~ Rustic ~ Touch of Bling.”  It didn’t take me long to come up with a list of cool venues that fit their criteria… The Barn at Second Wind just south of Sacramento along the river, near the little hamlet of Freeport, made the cut.  It’s a perfect venue for everything they wish. Easy!

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The touch of bling is the awesome chandelier inside the barn (didn’t capture when I was snapping pictures).

Future posts will be forthcoming… stay tuned.

A Surprise 30th Anniversary Party!

Feb 7, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Last month I had the honor of witnessing a 30+ year old love story.  It was an awesome night!  {Prepare yourself for a long blog post}  Sacramento photographer, Bill Quinn, asked me months ago to plan a surprise 30th Anniversary Party for his wife Ruth.  My reaction was… “Are you kidding me? A surprise?  NO, Bill, all women want to know what’s going on, to envision their party, to plan what to wear and to be excited about the upcoming event.”  Bill hung tight and said, he wanted it a surprise, mainly because Ruth would have talked him out of spending the resources… seems Bill is the romantic and Ruth is practical.  (That’s perhaps what makes a great 30 year long marriage… its all about balance).  We selected the gorgeous midtown Sacramento venue of Antiquite Maison Privee, and for seven months, I planned, met with Bill in secret on a few occasions (that felt weird), avoided Ruth’s eye contract at industry networking functions,  and designed with all the vendors we had selected. Bill gave me the reins and we created a night to remember.  All 70 guests kept it a secret (amazing!) and as you’ll see from the photos below… Ruth was indeed surprised (shocked would be a better word)!

1 Anniversary Party A Day to Remember 2 Antiquitie Maison Privee A Day to Remember 3 4 5 6 7 The gem stone for 30 years of marriage is the pearl and the flower is lily… so florist Cheryl Sage with Accents by Sage, did a fantastic job at incorporating lush flowers with fragrant lilies and hanging strands of pearls.  We worked with a white, blush and burgundy color palette and Cheryl supplied the gorgeous overlays to really set the table off.  I had paperie made for each place setting giving fun facts of “what happened in history 30 years ago” – good conversation piece.

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18 19 20 30 white bridal bouquet A Day to Remember Ruth was happy and excited to see so many friends, clients and family in attendance.  But with surprises that kept on coming, my favorite part of the evening was when they cut their pearl accented wedding anniversary cake, Bill made a speech that included just how much he loved his “bride” and in keeping with the style of the TV show, The Bachelor, he presented Ruth with a rose and asked if she would marry him again.  Guests were thrilled as she turned and saw the sweetheart table was removed and their church minister was in position at the “alter,” I handed her a beautiful bridal bouquet and they walked together to renew their vows. I was hoping Ruth wouldn’t faint!  Bill slipped a pearl ring on their finger and their family and friends encircled them as they pledged their love and continued future to each other.  So sweet!!!

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Our many thanks to the photographer Bill selected to capture the moments… great work Wendy Hithe!!  Jackson Catering set up the bar and created a sumptuous buffet that was so-so good,  Freeport Bakery whipped up the yummy pearl studded cake, Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services was smooth and flawless as DJ/MC and the lighting was so perfect in that space.  Thanks also to Lara of The Calligraphy Girl for the fun sign out front!

A New York City e-session

Feb 1, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I thought it would be fun to share an e-session New York City style… meet Jessica & Daniel, my May 29th couple who will be marrying at The Sutter Club, in downtown Sacramento.  Jessica’s hometown is Sacramento, but now this fun pair are busy-busy professionals living in the Big Apple.  Cool images.

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Becky & Josh ~ Married! {Part 2}

Jan 22, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Part 2 showcases the reception beauty of Becky and Josh’s fall wedding.  After they married in the historic Elks Tower Ballroom, the newlyweds had a bit of private time up on the Penthouse balcony and the guests moved to the building’s “Underground Lounge” – this is an awesome space within the building that was once used for the swimming pool and spa for the Elks Members (back in the day).  It’s now a unique cocktail area… the lighting created by Mr. DJ Event Service was perfect for guests to enjoy their Moscow Mules in cold copper mugs.  Love it!  While guests noshed, the Ballroom was transformed from ceremony seating to dining and dancing.  Autumnal flowers were abundant and the head table was a vision (I do love to design the headtable as a “great table” and make it a showstopper.)  The groom’s mama created the towering wedding cake – how special is that?

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Thank you Becky and Josh for asking me to be a part of your great day… we had fun, didn’t we?  And it was a blast working with an outstanding design team – thank you to Mike Regan for your mad lighting skills and professional MC/DC work (you had the crowd dancin’ that’s for sure).  Michael Coutier of The Party Concierge does outstanding floral work.  Classic Party Rentals had the perfect linens for this color palatte and love the Starburt chargers we used for the head table.  And Sharon Hoyt, you’re a little dynamo at capturing all the details.  Thanks also to the Elks Team for fast and efficient plated dinner service that was yummy!  Thank you.

Becky & Josh ~ Married! {Part 1}

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

Excited to finally be able to showcase this gorgeous wedding from last fall.  Becky and Josh crack me up… so casual, so relaxed (yet there was nervousness on wedding day) but through the months of planning, it was a breeze because of Becky’s casual nature.  She had her floral colors decided upon and her fun bridesmaids “flapper” dresses nailed, then I took over and added in the vibrant pops of blue and worked with Michael Coulter of Party Concierge on showcasing those wonderful floral colors.  Beautiful work.  The venue was the 1920’s historic Elks Tower in downtown Sacramento – so many spaces within one building.  Girls prepped, dressed and noshed in the Penthouse Lounge, the ceremony was held in the elegant Ballroom, and wait until you see where the cocktail hour was held {Part 2}!

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This was a bit of an awkward but funny moment… in setting up the First Look, as Josh came around the corner to open up the doors, they had locked from the inside!  Becky stood looking at him from the inside foyer and Josh was peering through the glass and reflection to see her!!

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Photographer Sharon Hoyt was everywhere capturing all the details… so much fun to work with you, Sharon!  Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services capably handled all our sound reinforcement needs and music for the evening, plus the fantastic lighting within the ballroom.  Be sure to come back for Part 2.

Welcome Becca & Matt

Jan 3, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I am very excited to work with this super sweet, on-the-same-page, adorable couple.  Becca & Matt will be having a lovely summer time garden wedding.  Can’t wait.

The proposal occured in the Virgin Islands on this beautiful beach.  A passing jogger was kind enough to snap a picture right after she said YES!  Cute.

Becca & Matt

Writing a Love Letter to your children

Dec 23, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

A very sweet segment on NBC’s TODAY program this morning, about a couple who met due to the circumstances of coming across a love letter quite by accident.  Read the article here.

Follow the suggested tips on writing a love letter and fit the task in this holiday weekend!  You won’t regret it.

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Happy Holidays to one and all!

Rachel & Joe ~ Married! {Part 2}

Dec 15, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Rachel & Joe were married on a warm day in August at the Barn at Second Wind.  Located along the Sacramento River just south of downtown, this was the perfect venue for the vision of a “casual country vibe, with a bit of bling.”  Check out Part 1 to read about the ceremony and leading up to the nuptials.  After the wedding, guests enjoyed lawn games, and appetizers under the spread of a heritage oak tree.  Gentlemen (and a few ladies) relaxed in the Cigar Lounge set up by Trish of Getting Hitched? Wedding Rentals – Trish also provided all the beautiful white-washed chairs and rustic farm tables, much of the table décor, and other cool furniture pieces.  The beautiful flowers were created by Emily with Embellish Floral Design.  A yummy “farm to table” summer time buffet was served up by All Seasons All Reasons and a very special wedding cake was made by Joe’s mother (how cool is that?).  Second Wind is across the street from the river which offers outstanding photo ops; the railroad tracks are perfect for pictures (don’t worry, it’s a discontinued line!!)  And Oh My Goodness, my buddy Mike of Mr. DJ Event Services created outstanding lighting effects, but also caused this party crowd to take their dancing seriously.  Including a little Whip/Nae Nae!

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Thank you Rachel and Joe… you guys are great!  It was a delight working with you and I loved seeing all the details come together  at your beautiful wedding.  Wishing you the very best!  A very special thank you to photographer Lori Makabe for capturing soooo many beautiful images!