I love to browse through antique stores and always make my way to a display of old photographs. It’s wierd to me to think that these pictures don’t stay with the relatives but somehow end up in retail shops. At one time these people were active, fun-loving and viable and they have decedants that may not even know of their being. I have collected vintage wedding images, and also noodled around on the net to find cool ones and wanted to share weddings through the decades.
From Victorian Era, the 1930′s, hippie days, ugly 1980s, to the awesome present time, wedding attire and flowers sure have changed. Florists must have had a wonderful time creating the bridal bouquets. Check out the corsage below!
On now, this is a wonderful opportunity… don’t miss out!! Brides for a Cause is a non-profit group that has new and used wedding gowns for sale. They are coming to Sacramento, specifically to The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred on March 13, 14, and 15. Hundreds of fabulous dresses are available at rock bottom prices. If you have a wedding dress you would like to donate you can drop it off while they are in Sacramento. Dresses must be from 2008 or newer. Brides for a Cause is a major supporter for Wish Upon a Wedding, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing weddings for the terminally ill. Purchasing your gown at this event will give you a tax write off and it is for a great cause! For more information, go to www.bridesforacause.com and print the below coupon and bring it in for additional savings.
To all my couples who have been struck by Cupid’s arrow… enjoy your sweet day (and every day!)
I have a plaque in my house… and I truly believe this statement ~
“Love doesn’t make the world go round; Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
Introducing… Kellie & Megan! A wonderful pairing, full of love for each other, trust, compatability, mutual respect, honor of family, LOVE desserts, and are serious sports-aholics They met while playing soccer and are big 49′er fans – this wedding is going to be F-U-N!
I am very proud and excited for Kellie and Megan because this June they will be able to have a California recognized Legal Same-Sex Marriage. Very Best Wishes!!!
I am also excited to be working again with the fabulous Allison Stahl Photography. These are beautiful engagement photos, and I know the wedding day will be captured incredibly!
The U.S. Post Office just raised the price of the postage stamp to 49 cents. We all complain about these price hikes, but truly, can you imagine walking, flying, or driving a letter to New York City for under 50 cents?? It’s still a good deal. It is important to know that your wedding stationery will require a 49 cent stamp for the RSVP card, and at least a 70 cent stamp for the wedding invitation. I highly recommend going to the Post Office with an assembled invitation to learn the true weight and appropriate postage. Some of the heavier card stock pocket invitations with lots of inserts could require 91 cents worth of postage.
Through the years, the Post Office or other stamp resources have created some sweet, very pretty stamps and romantic wedding stamps.
I do love the many designs found on Zazzle (www. zazzle.com/wedding+stamps )! I’m sure you’ll find some that fit your wedding style perfectly. And you can customized your postage, too.
Final words of advice… take your invitations in and request a “hand cancellation” to preserve the beauty of the stamp (no ugly black lines and stamping over your cool stamp!
When designing your flowers for the upcoming spring and summer weddings, think out-of-the-box to incorporate edible flowers in your wedding feast! I held onto this Martha Stewart Living magazine from last year for inspiration and did more research. The most lovely and easy to work with is the use of pansies, violas, nasturtium and herb blossoms (such as lavender, basil and chive). Pesticide free flowers may be used as a garnish, or to actually eat. YES! Try it, you’ll like it!
Entree items tend to use flowers more as garnish, HOWEVER, a delicious squash blossom soup is to die for! And look how pretty.
It is very easy to use edible flowers when decorating desserts and cakes. Pansies, Johnny-Jump-Up, cosmos, gardenia and gladiolus are perfect for this application and can tie into your wedding floral decor perfectly.
And excellent resource for both safe and poisionous flowers can be found here. Share with your florist and caterer for a unique addition to your wedding. Enjoy!
When you hear a florist use the word “texture” you might not quite envision this term in flowers… below are perfect examples. I recently worked with Brandie of Lake Tahoe/Reno based B & B Flower Designs and was quite impressed with her fine talents.
Check out the “texture” incorporated… pretty, interesting, unique and a feast for the eyes! I know a lot about flowers, and I can name many pieces in here, but a few have me stumped. How many floral items can you list?
O.K., let’s see what I can do ~ billy balls, succulents, hypericum berries, scabiosa, lamb’s ear, tulips, ranunculus, rosemary, stock, ornamental cabbage, air fern (?), and I’m stumped on the little fuzzy things. I love her touch of vintage treatment for wrapping the bouquets. And what little flower girls wouldn’t love the headband?
So girls, think outside of the box and let your florist guide you through ”Texture.”
Wedding Guest Books have evolved through the years. It used to be a simple white bound book with lines was the accepted method for guests to record their attendance, The “guest book” has changed quite a bit!
Now, let’s think outside the above box… couples enjoy reading the sentiment guests write on cute little note cards, which are then dropped into a pretty jar. Pull out the cards on your anniversary and feel the love.
Do you have a hobby or passion… if a musician, consider using an un-used guitar (or drum pad, or cymbol) for guests to write on. Even a vintage snowboard can make for a guest book.
Ahhh… lover of great wine? Obtain a large bottle (a Double Magnum or Jeroboam) of a favorite wine and have your guests sign (using a special pen). Great keepsake.
Again, having guests write sentiments on note cards are fun if hung from pretty ribbons or decorative hooks – from the branches of a “tree” (manzanita branches work well).
Are you a traveler? Collect your own post cards, or purchase unique ones on-line and have guests write their thoughts and best wishes on the cards.
Through Snapfish, or your professional photographer, take your engagement photos or collection of courting photos and create a great book… guests can write in the spaces of your book.
If you are having photo booth fun at the reception, make a scrapbook and have guest take the second strip of pictures to place in the book. Let them have fun with stickers, different colored felt tip pens, buttons, scraps of paper and glue… let them be creative!
The popular “thumb print” tree is wonderful displayed in your new home.
Fun and engaging for your guests is the use of a Polaroid camera – guests have their picture taken, it’s taped onto the pages of a book, and then they can personalize their photo and write a thoughtful sentiment to the newlyweds.
There are many different ways to create a guest book. Send me your thoughts and suggestions, as I love to hear the unique and creative ideas brides have… share!
Ellie and Tom are getting married very soon… we’re deep in wrapping up the details and the timeline for the day. They will be marrying at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom… and Miss Ellie has great vision; she wishes sleek, clean lines, stylish and formal, but non-fussy. You got it Ellie and Tom!
So many great photos (thank you Janine of Mapurunga Photography), and thus this lovely wedding deserves THREE blog posts. I was very fortunate to be selected by Crysten & Sam as their “wrap it up wedding day coordinator” – they had a wonderful team of vendors in place and Crysten has great style… so my job was made easy. Feast your eyes on all the fun and beauty of the reception – held on the Metropolitan Terrace of the Citizen Hotel, in downtown Sacramento.
Noteworthy… create a fantastic head table as a strong focal point in the center of the room. Cathy Brooks of Visual Impact Design did just that! Work with the house linens on your guest tables, but on the cake table, rent just one specialty linen – another spot to showcase. The red velvet cake was beautiful and created by Freeport Bakery. Exquisite place cards, table number signs and their invitations were designed by Honey Paperie. The thumbprint guest book was great fun, as was the party action and dancing provided by DJ/MC Joe Kalamaras of SJ’s Disc Jockey. So much fun!! In a few months we’ll see a shorten version of the wedding video created by Phillip Alan Films. Thank you to all who made this wedding perfect, and thank you Crysten & Sam!