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Throw Back Thursday

May 28, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

This Throw Back Thursday post is to recognize the 4th wedding anniversary of a beautiful couple, Kathleen & Ryan.  I wanted to show that a spring time garden wedding in Napa Valley at Villagio Inn, could possibly have a rain issue… and thus our Plan B previously discussed, definitely needed to go into action.  Lots of scurrying about, but is this not a perfect setting for a perfect couple?  Thanks to Arlene of Violetta Flowers for re-creating a wonderful “substitution” to the garden.  {Photos by Sarah Dawson Photography)

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Useless Trivia

May 26, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

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From my fun book, here is more Useless Trivia…   Random Stats ~ Did you know:

~ 3 to 4 months is the average time ahead of a wedding that bridesmaids’ dresses are bought

~ 180 is the average number of guests at an American wedding

~ 67 percent of brides continue to wear their wedding-day scent

~75 percent of married men say they specifically looked for someone who would be a good mother when choosing a wife.

Two Little Lovebirds Sitting in a Tree…

May 20, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Megan and Scott are getting married in just two days!!  They are a mellow couple and so easy to work with…it’s been a lovely time planning, and I can’t wait to see them tie the knot at the beautiful Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA.  These e-session photos were taken by the incredible Teresa K Photography – the tree house is a remnant of Megan’s childhood.  Do you think we’ll have an outstanding wedding day?  Heck Yes!

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Tootin’ my own horn!

May 13, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

When a past client takes the time to e-mail me… on the evening of their wedding anniversary, and makes me feel all squishy and happy, well, I have to share.  This is why I love my job and my couples.  Happy 3rd Anniversary Kevin & Liz… you have such a full life ahead of you!

~an excerpt from Kevin’s e-mail to me… “Today is our THIRD Anniversary. We have spent the evening watching slideshows of our wedding and enjoying expensive wine! We are so thankful to you for your amazing talents and skills making our day so great. Thank you! You will always be a special part of our lives! Married life has been great to us and we thank you over and over for making it possible. “


Photo by Jordan’s Portrait Designs and the gorgeous bouquet by Natural Flair Floral Design – taken at Karmere Winery in Amador County.





Mix it up! Table shapes

May 8, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I LOVE LOVE this shot of the mixing of table sizes.  If only my photographers could gain 3 stories-up access to achieve heights in order to capture this beautiful angle!

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Don’t be afraid to mix your table sizes, and the easiest  concept is to mix rectangular with round.  Below is from a beautiful wedding I designed at Park Winters.  Notice we used a lovely linen on the round tables and set the tables with wood chargers, but on the rectangular harvest tables, we let the wood show, had metallic chargers and layered the look by using two runners. Photography by Rachelle Photography.

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A very similar layout was done here at a wedding I planned at Mission Ranch Carmel (photography by The Goodness).

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Of course there are variables to consider, such as size of the room, but it’s a unique look and it’s fun to mix and match!

First Row, First Chair, Left Side – Mother of the Bride’s Vantage Point

May 2, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I experienced a revelation when Allison & Scott married last month;  one that I was quite surprised to discover.  In all these years, as a professional wedding planner, when I send the moms down the aisle, I never thought about the mother of the bride’s vantage point.  As I sat in the front row, first chair, left side, I was looking at my daughter’s back or side.  I watched her nervous trembling and her veil shaking. I wanted to reach out with a motherly hand to soothe her (I resisted for fear she would jump!).  But while from this position I could not get a good look at her face, the face I was seeing clearly was my new son-in-law.  This young man whom I’ve known for 12 years and the one who was marrying our daughter had so much evident emotion. Because I faced his direction I could see his beaming smile when he looked at Allison and his calm manner was apparent, his eyes spoke volumes, but those eyes also had tears in them, he choked up a bit when he spoke, and pocket tissues came out to wipe away his tears. He was overcome by this moment, and so was I.  What a treat, from my vantage point to witness the love and affection he has for our daughter.  I like that I was able to see this obvious devotion.





Allison & Scott – Married! {Part 2}

Apr 30, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Still bragging on my sweet daughter’s wedding day last month… both ceremony and reception was held at Antiquite Maison Privee, a cool hip/urban art gallery in mid-town Sacramento, and was the perfect venue for Allison and Scott’s intimate, sophisticated (but very fun) event.  The sentimental, tearful and emotional wedding ceremony custom created by Rev. Jeri Murphy was beautiful; even my 89 year old mother shed a tear!  Once the reception started there were lots of laughs and joyful celebration (and yes, that is my husband… the poor bride’s father… wearing photo booth props and being silly (thanks for capturing that Beth!!).  In case you’ve never seen the “shoe game” it’s quite entertaining. DJ Doug asked questions of the couple in which they would raise the appropriate shoe to identify which one the question pertained to… eye opening!  Ending the evening with an ice cream sundae station was the perfect touch to a beautiful and very sweet day.

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The cute gentleman I am dancing with is my next son-in-law.  Yup, Derek is marrying Juliana (little sister) in April 2016.



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It was a wonderful day and I am so grateful for all the vendors who generously contributed… you’re the best. Jennifer Gilchrist for making the ladies look so beautiful.   Jensen Films captured all the footage as did Beth with True Love Photo taking outstanding photos!  Doug and Dara of Music on the Move provided music, lighting and some very fun interactive games, Steve Schon with Function 45 DJ/Shoot Stars Photo Booth added that crazy entertainment element, Jackson Catering served the most delicious buffet and created a yummy ice cream station, and Rick’s Dessert Diner made Scott’s very own groom’s cake.  Sarah, with Cuttings Floral Design, did such a beautiful job at the entire floral palette.  And in order for me to be the Mother of the Bride, my dear friend, Kendra with Pfeiffer Event Planning was my day-of planner (she only had to tell me a few times to leave things alone and be a Mom!!)

Allison and Scott… Dad and I wish you the very best in your future life; may you be as happy as we have been for the last 32 years of wedded bliss!

Allison & Scott ~ Married! {Part 1}

Apr 27, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

I am a bit obsessed with this wedding…allow me to blog and brag (a lot!)… that of my first born, Allison.  As high school sweethearts, Allison and Scott have been joined at the hip. They have quite a history with dating,  college, Masters Program and landing employment, so they decided it was finally time to plan their wedding.  Allison has seen many of my clients’ weddings, and she had her likes, dislikes and opinions, so she was fairly equipped to make decisions on the planning of her own.  Scott was an involved groom… when he had opinion he expressed it; when he didn’t care, he said so.  The months of planning were fun and Allison and I enjoyed the process with no mother-daughter-wedding planner irritations… only a few eye rolls!Antiquite front

Wishing for an intimate wedding (just 40 guests) they selected the romantic, handsome, historic venue of Antiquite Maison Privee in mid-town Sacramento. Our crazy fun photographer, Beth Baugher of True Love Photo, invited us to use her studio for preparations because it is conveniently located upstairs above the venue.  We had so much fun!  (If you happen to notice a similarity with a beautiful bridesmaid, that is Daughter #2 – with a wedding planned for Spring 2016!)  After a First Look, the bride and groom and their bridal party went off to be photographed at various “hot spots” in midtown (and yes, that included a graffiti alley and laundromat!)

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All the ladies looked so beautiful thanks to the talented Jennifer Gilchrist!  The gorgeousl flowers were created by my long time friend and florist, Sarah of Cuttings Floral Design, and another long time friend, videographer, Mike Jensen of Jensen Films was right there with the group filming all the fun.  Be sure to come back for Part 2!

Useless Trivia

Apr 19, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

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From my fun book, here is more Useless Trivia…  Following are a few random archaic wedding-related laws still on the books for these states:

~   In the state of Florida, unmarried women may not go parachuting on a Sunday.

~  Unmarired women may not fish alone in the state of Montana.

~  It is against the law in pennsylvnia for a clergyman to conduct a wedding involving an intoxicated bride or groom.

~  In Portland, Oregon, weddings are restricted from being conducted in skating rinks.

~   A woman may not marry the same man more than three times in the state of Kentucky.

Now you know!!

It’s cake design and tasting season!

Apr 17, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

My summer couples are enjoying the arduous task – NOT! of cake tasting.  Most of my brides are equipped with their fav pins or a handful of tear sheets when they head off to the bakery, but remember that most bakeries will have some lovely examples of a variety of their prize cakes that can be inspiration. Designing the cake dove-tails into the overall design concept.  I recently stumbled across a well written and informative on-line article on the Top Ten Tips for a Wow Factor Wedding Cake – read the article here.   Excellent points made.  Have fun… this is an appointment that the fellas usually enjoy, too!

Below are a variety of beautiful and fun wedding cakes from weddings I have had the pleasure of planning.



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