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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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Heat 5Hot, YES, but happy, relaxed and very “chill.”   Photos by Allison Stahl Photography.

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

Happy First Anniversary ~ Cassondra & Wes!

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

I so loved this couple!  A year ago this weekend Cassondra & Wes married at a beautiful country manor estate,  along the Sacramento River Delta.  Cassondra had played at this family friend’s home as a child and was promised when it was time… “you can marry here.” We had about 5 months to plan out this wedding before Wes was leaving for military school back east, but it all came together beautifully.   The couple decided to exchange vows under a heritage oak tree, celebrate with bright flowers and enjoy a few games on the poolside croquet lawn. And tell me… who can rock a flower crown better than this bride – gorgeous! Wes is a lover of sweets and especially chocolate chip cookies… so what could be better on a warm summer evening, but iced cold milk and cookies?!

Happy Anniversary you two… stay as sweet as those cookies and happily in love.  I miss you!


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Oh How I Love a Great Table

May 25, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Head Tables comes in just a few configurations:  The straight line table (I refer to that table as the Godfather or Last Supper Table), the sweetheart table, a table shaped like a wristwatch, and even a dumbbell… but my absolute favorite is the Great Table.  This table can be positioned in the center of the room which makes a fantastic statement maker, or can be along the side/against the wall.  Your entire bridal party and often times their date or spouse joins this table as they sit around the entire table.  It’s like your big Thanksgiving Day dinner table!   Providing you have length to the room, you can make your table as long as you need.  This first photo might have been my longest table – it seated 32.  Some brides share concern that their backs could be to some of the guest tables, and while that’s true, really, your guests are not watching you eat, honestly… they have their 8 or 10 friends to converse with

These are just a few Great Tables that I have had the pleasure of designing. With a talented florist, the sky is the limit with creativity!





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Photo Credit:  True Love Photo, Mischa Photography, Teresa K Photography, Jordan Zink, Rachelle Photography, Allison Stahl, Sharon Hoyt, Mapurunga Photography.



Happy First Anniversary ~ Megan & Scott!

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

Happy First Anniversary to Megan & Scott. One of the nicest couples for 2015… and one of the prettiest weddings, with springtime “sherbet ice cream” colors exploding! Nuptials were exchanged on a scenic hilltop at the beautiful Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA – the evening was spent in celebration with fun lawn games, photo booth action, fabulous dinner, frivolity and dancing, with of course a few romantic moments sprinkled in.  Happy Anniversary, Lovebirds… I miss you!

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16 Wedding Cake A Day to Remember24 Gold Hill Gardens A Day to Remember
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Photos: Teresa K Photography (thank you!).
Flowers: Katie w/Ambience Floral Design (gorgeous!)
Catering: Jackson Catering (delicious)
Music, Photo Booth & Fun: Doug w/Music on the Move (fabulous)
Rentals:  Celebrations Party Rentals (perfect)
Cake:  Devine Desserts (so-so good)

A photo that captivates me

Apr 29, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

It’s not Throwback Thursday but this picture certainly was taken back in yester-decade… I’d say the 1920’s. I have kept this photo on my computer desktop because I am just drawn to it’s magnificence.  That gown, that veil, that huge bouquet(!) – I’m sure there are “love knots” tied and hung from the bouquet, the photography… all perfection.  The bride has that confident, little bit of shyness, but the “I’m ready” fixed look at the photographer… I love this picture!

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Just had to share.

Anita & Tim ~ Married! {Part 2}

Apr 20, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

The Courtyard D’Oro reception for Tim & Anita was a hoot! With the energy of these very happy newlyweds, plus the mad talents of Steve Schon with Function 45 Entertainment, the party was hoppin’ – and this was a Sunday daytime wedding!! Fun “activities” were planned –  such as sing for our supper (a particular table got thumbs up from Anita), the “shoelywed” game, as well as a Soul Train line dance…add in all those grandchildren who presented their rendition of Whip Nae Nae, while Grandma joined in! After a delicious buffet luncheon (nicely presented and yummy, too), guests got their choice of dessert cakes, created by Ettore’s European Bakery (Tim wanted carrot, Anita wanted something else, so I suggested a display of assorted cakes – they loved that idea!).  Thank you Katie of Ambience Floral Design for the gorgeous centerpieces and design touches, and of course Bill of Quinn Photography for capturing all the fun and festivities… as well as the romance by using the architecture of Old Sacramento.  Well done!

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2 Place card display A Day to Remember The building, walls and courtyard of this venue are old world brick, so I had fun designing the place cards in a “flower bed” of purple pansies and lined it entirely with brick. Cool!

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Each place setting had a personalized menu card written in calligraphy of a sentimental (or funny, or racy!) quote.

7 Personalized menu card A Day to Remember8 Purple table centerpiece A Day to Remember 9 Wooden Table Number A Day to Remember 10 Courtyard D'Oro Buffet A Day to Remember 11 Courtyard D'Oro Buffet A Day to Remember 12 happy bride A Day to Remember 13 Wedding Dessert Display A Day to Remember 14 Wedding Dessert Display A Day to Remember 15 Couple feeding each other cake A Day to Remember 16 Happy bride A Day to Remember 17 Shoelywed Game A Day to Remember 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Old Sacramento A Day to Remember 28 Old Sacramento Wedding Photos A Day to Remember Even thou29 Old Sacramento wedding photos A Day to RememberEven though they lived in Texas during the planning, we got so much done via e-mail and their one major visit. It was so much fun working with these two and I wish them the very, very best in their new life… finally Mr. and Mrs. after all these years!