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Jessica & Daniel ~ Married!

Sep 16, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I am delighted to be able to plan and coordinate a variety of wedding themes and styles, from the very relaxed to the ultra-traditional, as was the case for Jessica and Daniel’s black-tie wedding held this last spring.  Jessica is sweet, refined, shy, and gracious with the glamorous old Hollywood looks of Audrey Hepburn.  Daniel is a gregarious New Yorker, polite and funny with a bit of “rascal” tendencies.  After a First Look they were giddy, adorable and attached at the hip throughout the remainder of the day.

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The beautifully appointed historic Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento was selected to host the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.  Prior to guests arriving, a gathering with the Rabbi for the signing of the Ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) was held.  The long, ornate upstairs California Room was used for the ceremony where the couple wed under the chuppa (built by Jessica’s dad and decorated by Jackie’s Flowers)… and of course Daniel concluded the ceremony with the breaking of the glass to a loud and joyous Mazel Tov!!!

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Cocktails, an abundant seafood buffet and a trio entertained the guests during the cocktail hour and then was followed by a multi-coursed dinner right after Daniel’s grandmamma blessed the challah bread.  Each table received pieces of broken challah to share.  The bride’s choice of décor was cream, blush, shades of light pink with gold accents – the head table that held 28 bridal party members and guests was beautifully dressed in a specialty linen, while the guest tables wore a crisp cream linen. Between courses the First Dance was held, along with the daddy/daughter and mother/son. We “re-purposed” the beautiful ceremony chuppa for the wedding cake display (check out that touch of bling on the specialty cake table linen).

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Following toasts, guests moved to the downstairs Grand Hall, Library and Card Room for dancing to a full band, sampling from a chocolate display, goofing around in the photo booth (even those formal folks got silly in the booth).  The evening ended with a sparkler exit with at least 95% of the guests remaining to send this couple off to their hotel.

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Congrats Jessica and Daniel – Mazel tov!!

Many thank yous and appreciation to the huge team who collaborated on this “high society” wedding ~ it does take a Village!


Venue/Caterer/Bar Service: The Sutter Club, Sacramento

Photographer:  Colleen Riley Photography

Videographer/Photobooth:  Jensen Films

Floral Design/Decorator Pieces: Jackie’s Flowers

Wedding Cake and Challah:  Freeport Bakery

Ceremony Music:  Camellia String Quartet

Jazz Combo and Full Band:  The Gold Coast All Stars (Chicago & L.A.)

Venue Lighting:  Mr. DJ Event Services

Rentals: (guest tables, beaded chargers, head table):  Classic Party Rentals

Specialty Linen (cake table):  La Tavola

Invitations and Paperie:  Pfeiffer Event Planning

Chocolate and Gelato:  Capital Confections

Transportation:  Neumann Enterprises





Welcome Kelly & Lee

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

Such an awesome couple and freekin’ gorgeous, too.  Kelly and Lee will be marrying in April 2017 at beautiful Gold Hill Gardens, Newcastle, CA.   They met in the audience of a Tesla concert… wink/wink-flirt/flirt and now we’re planning a wedding!! Looking forward to working with these two and incorporating the blending of their children.


Happy 1st Anniversary Rachel & Joe !

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

This bride has the biggest smile and this groom has the biggest heart.  Rachel and Joe’s wedding held at The Barn at Second Wind, one year ago, was so full of love and romance – I was delighted to be involved with this couple and the planning of their wedding day.  Lots of details, the color purple, loving family and happiness – and all captured by the ultra cool Lori Makabe. 

Happy Anniversary Lovebirds… you’re an awesome pair!

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Jessica & Peter ~ Married! {Part 2}

Aug 16, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Beautiful Field and Pond in Yolo County (outside Winters, CA) was the setting for Jessica and Peter’s fantastic summer wedding.  Jess and Peter wanted a natural  setting to showcase the hillsides, agricultural crops, the soothing pond with it’s cat tail and reeds, where they could incorporate touches of vintage, sophisticated elegance, and a wee bit of “bling.”  The ceremony was under the shade of a large Heritage Valley Oak, cocktails (and later dancing) in and around the over 100 year old vintage barn, and the sumptuous buffet dinner was within the canopy of the pond-side tent.  As beautiful as this property is by day, when the sun sets… it turns into pure magic!

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Participating Vendors:

Venue:  Field and Pond

Photographer:  Lily Red Photography (so so talented!)

Florals:  Home Sweet Flowers

Cake:  Cakes Done Wright

Vintage Details/Furniture: The Antique Owl

Catering:  Anderson Family Catering

Rentals (Tent, Furniture, Tabletop) Classic Party Rentals

Rentals:  (Linens):  LaTavola

DJ: Greg Gioia

Bus Transportation:  Sterling Transportation

Jessica & Peter ~ Married! {Part 1}

Aug 12, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Jessica and Peter married in June on a warm summer afternoon at the gorgeous venue known as Field and Pond.  Rural, country roads, fantastic barn, beautiful Craftsman style house for dressing, and a serene pond to gaze upon. I am obsessed with this wedding, and especially with the photography style of Elizabetta (Lilly) with Lilly Red Photography. She captured the natural beauty of the property, the simplicity of Jessica’s clean and sophisticated sweet design, as well as the emotions of the couple and their bridal party.  I love the bridesmaids’ choices in dresses (keeping the color in the nude/blush tones)… AND THAT GOWN… Wow!!

Check out these images and see what I mean… (be sure to return for Part 2 to read more about the details and beauty).

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When It’s Hot, It’s Hot…

Jun 30, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

{Throwback Thursday}

Couples who select for their wedding day a summer afternoon/evening here in the Sacramento Valley, have to expect that it could likely be a hot toasty time.  Sometimes we’re blessed with a moderate amount of heat when the coveted Delta breeze kicks in, or – like we have been experiencing lately, the temps were running well over 100 degrees.  Ouch!  You make the best of the situation.  I had such a wedding a few years back, that I fondly remember as it was the hottest day of the year – 108 sweltering degrees!  The venue was the gorgeous Inn at Park Winters in Yolo County; thank God for the relaxed attitude of the couple and their guests… and that swimming pool!  Ahhhhh, bliss.

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We provided as much comfort as possible – suntan lotion, squirt bottles, and individual battery operated fans.  Parasols and ceremony program fans.  Guests came prepared with sun hats. The bride found the electric fan behind the DJ booth and then made use of the walk-in beach pool.

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Happy First Anniversary ~ Alyssa & Austin

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

Looking back just one year ago… and wishing Alyssa & Austin a happy First Wedding Anniversary!  The setting was ideal… a gorgeous country manor home along the Sacramento River. “Lissy’s” color palette was citrus (which was expertly flowered by Katie of Ambience Floral Design and even the beverage station and appetizers by Beth Sogaard Catering, played into the color theme).  I had fun creating the place card brick-lined flower bed filled with alyssum (honoring the bride’s first name). Photos by Kris Holland Photography.

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Juliana & Derek ~ Married! {Part 3… and Final} The details and the p-a-r-t-y

Jun 22, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Thanks for letting me brag about my kiddo’s wedding day.  I know three posts is excessive… but what can I say?  I am pretty proud of this event and of my daughter and new son-in-law.  As mentioned in Post 1 and Post 2, the weather was rainy all day, with a few breaks for some quick picture taking.  The Barn at Second Wind was wonderful for keeping the guests dry during dinner, and thankfully we were able to secure a clear top tent to hold the buffet, bar and the dancing portion to the evening. I can honestly say I don’t believe the 130 guests minded any of the small inconveniences.  Everybody had a fantastic time!!

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The decor and theme for the reception was relaxed, fun and whimsical.  We used Second Wind’s  beautiful custom made wood farm tables and mixed with round tables. Centerpieces gave a nod to Juliana’s gardening hobby (of which Derek enjoys also), plus Juliana is a clinical dietician so healthy food groups played into the theme –  we had artichokes, beets, grapes and garden greens and incorporated touches of feathers for whimsy.  Each guest received a jar of homemade jelly (Juliana and Derek’s mama had been busy for months cookin’ and canning). And that cake!!!  Requesting a “naked cake,” this masterpiece was displayed on a wine barrel and was admired by all… and it was delicious as well!  Fun fact: Derek’s brother made the wire cake topper (thanks Josh!)

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Our adored and uber talented DJ/MC organized the table release to the buffet by the guests ‘singing for their supper.’  HYSTERICAL!!!  These people really got into the action and were not shy.

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Once the delicious, flavorful and abundant buffet was consumed, it was time to break down those tables to make room for some dancing! The daddy~daughter dance was sweet and fun.  The rain drops and reflection of the market lights on the tent roof made for a magical evening that will not soon be forgotten.

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There was a break in the weather giving enough time for Juliana and Derek to walk across the country road to the old abandoned railroad tracks on the river levee for romantic photos!  Love these.

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Thanks all for reading THREE blog posts!!  My heartfelt appreciation goes out to:

Venue:  The Barn at Second Wind (owners are so great and accommodating, beautiful, rustic, great grounds and that barn!)

Rental Company (linens, chargers and TENTS!!):  Celebrations Party Rentals (great inventory and loved the tents)

Rental vintage touches (place card door, bar backdrop) Getting Hitched? Wedding Rentals:

Photographer:  Sam with Red Sneaker Studio (fast, thorough, light-hearted, fun and imaginative)

Florist:  Sarah Acrich/formerly of Cuttings Floral Design (dear friend, talented, great vision, clever)

DJ/MC:  Steve Schon w/Function 45 Pro DJ Service (fab entertainer, smart, funny, best DJ on the mic, sensitive, handles lighting, sound and FUN)

Caterer:  Jackson Catering & Events (Chef Chris, Chef Branden, “detail man-Events Coordinator” Evan… the greatest team! Cuisine is delicious, creative, varied, and all are so much fun to work with

Cake:  Pretty Sweet (Musarrat is an artist – designer extraordinaire; she puts her heart and soul into creating wedding cakes).

Hair & Make-up:  Jennifer Gilchrist (always on time, always quick, great hair and make-up talents, super sweet)

Day-of Coordinator:  Kendra w/Pfeiffer Event Planning (my friend, right arm, eyes-in-the-back-of-her-head and my partner in crime!)

{Part 2} Juliana & Derek’s Wedding! Wine~Butterflies~Rain~Happiness

Jun 16, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Part 2 covers the wedding ceremony… perhaps I am partial, but it really was a lovely wedding.  Juliana and Derek were giddy, happy and all smiles, which made me smile… only a few sweet tears fell.  The clear top tent was perfection due to the fact we had showers all day and at moments there were breaks, such as when Juliana made her entrance on her wonderful (and nervous) daddy’s arm… however, as we sat and witnessed the nuptials, the pitter patter of rain drops  started up again, but it was a delight to look up into the heritage oak tree and see the rain fall on the tent roof.

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Derek’s aunt  performed the ceremony beautifully.  She included a touching (and funny) wine ceremony (the wine glass did have a few rain drops inside… befitting of sharing in the full day and life’s experiences).



Through my career, I have performed a number of ceremonial butterfly releases and our daughters have grown up with the gift Swallowtail Farms would give of a couple extra Monarchs for their enjoyment to release in our backyard.  So of course, I had to arrange for a butterfly release at Juliana and Derek’s wedding!  Due to the cool damp weather, we knew the butterflies might be sluggish, and happy to sit a few extra minutes on the fingers of the guests – what a treat!  An Indian legend says “When one whispers a dream to a butterfly, the dream will come true.”  Many whispers were made and I hope will come true.  The best part of all, two of the butterflies flew directly to our daughter, Allison’s, hair and the other went to Juliana’s bouquet and stayed on that bouquet all evening.  It was so special!

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And dear readers, you have to endure Post #3 (about the reception details and p-a-r-t-y), so be sure to come on back and check it out!

My heartfelt thank you to:

Venue:  The Barn at Second Wind

Rental Company (linens, chargers and TENTS!!):  Celebrations Party Rentals

Photographer:  Sam with Red Sneaker Studio

Florist:  Sarah Acrich (talented friend formerly of Cuttings Floral Design)

DJ/MC:  Steve Schon w/Function 45 Pro DJ Service

Hair & Make-up:  Jennifer Gilchrist

Bufferfly Release:  Swallowtail Farms

Calligraphy work:  The Calligraphy Girl

Day-of Coordinator:  Kendra w/Pfeiffer Event Planning (my friend, right arm and partner in crime!)

My Daughter, Juliana & Derek ~ Married {the Pre-Social}

Jun 12, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  2 Comments

{at long last, I can blog about my daughter’s wedding…sorry for the delay, readers!)

When my wonderful daughter and new son-in-law started their wedding planning (long distance from their home in Portland, Oregon), they described a relaxed vibe to their day, with lawn games, great music, delicious but non-fussy food, with family and friends sharing togetherness. They wanted a country setting with blooming mustard, a barn would be awesome, and a teeny bit of “bling” would be cool.  I suggested The Barn at Second Wind situated along the Sacramento River Delta just 15 minutes from downtown… true country, oh so convenient, and it checked all the boxes.  Love at first sight… and off we went planning.  Always in the back of my mind, with an April wedding, was the possibility of rain… and guess what?  Weather was nice all week, until the day before and wedding day – Yes, it rained!  Thankfully not a driving, pouring rain, but enough to require the last minute addition of tents and a supply of umbrellas!

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This post will cover the “getting ready” and the fun prior to the wedding ceremony. We planned for a 1 ½ hour pre-social we called “Lemonade on the Lawn” – this was the time the sun would be out, birds chirping,  horseshoes, bocce ball, corn hole and washers, and board games, however… only the hardcore Portlandians braved the drizzle (which wasn’t bad at times and they had fun!) The darling flower girls didn’t mind the weather, either!

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6GamesJuliana wore a simple short crisp-white garden-party dress and after their “First Look,”  she and Derek thoroughly enjoyed this relaxed time prior to the ceremony. We set up a creative “Pimp Your Processo” station as well as a lovely homemade jams and jellies table paired with a variety of cheeses. Juliana and Derek’s mom had been making jams for weeks – the pairing was fun and delicious!


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Our family.  Big Sister/Matron of Honor Allison, and Scott, were married just last year!

Next blog post will be about the wedding itself… be sure to come back and check it out!

My heartfelt thank you to:

Venue:  The Barn at Second Wind

Rental Company (linens, chargers and TENTS!!):  Celebrations Party Rentals

Photographer:  Sam with Red Sneaker Studio

Florist:  Sarah Acrich (talented friend formerly of Cuttings Floral Design)

Signs and Calligraphy:  The Calligraphy Girl

Hair & Make-up:  Jennifer Gilchrist