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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)!


Happy 1st Anniversary ~ Anita & Tim

Oct 4, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

October 4th… one year ago… a very special day for Anita & Tim.  High school friends, who re-connected years later, they fell in love and we planned a wedding!  It was a very happy, incredible day in deed!  Happy 1st Anniversary, Soulmates.

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Images by Bill Quinn of  Quinn Photography. 

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