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I’m taking a break from blogging!

Jan 2, 2018   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Sorry readers… I’m not going to be blogging in the foreseeable future.  Time to take a break for 2018.


A Short Video from the wedding of Suzanne & Chris – Wonderful!!

Dec 14, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Thank you Miranda and team of Premier Video for this lovely video created to showcase Chris and Suzanne’s wedding.  It’s just perfect and really hits all the highpoints of love and LAUGHTER of this great day!  The drone footage highlights Gold Hill Gardens  perfectly.



Suzanne & Chris ~ Married! {Part 2}

Dec 13, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

As I mentioned in { Part 1} Suzanne and Chris was theee best couple with such a big heart and lots of energy!!  Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA offered the light-hearted elements they were looking for in their Special Day.  After the ceremony, during the cocktail hour, guests could stroll the property, enjoy a beverage, play ping-pong, cornhold, giant chess or jenga, (all these lawn games are permanent features of the venue!)  The newlyweds enjoyed a bit of photo time, along with some dee-licious grilled cheese sandwiches created by Jackson Catering & Events!




The color palette Suzanne wished for was romantic, natural, soft and “simply elegant.”  Working with the common thread of gray as the underlay, Katie with Ambience Floral Design, designed a free flowing centerpiece of greens, whites and varying heights of candles.  Very pretty.

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, Chris and Suzanne decided three different food stations would be fun for their guests – Loaded Mac and Cheese station, unique salads served with corn bread, and the street tacos were OUTSTANDING and a huge hit! Jackson Catering & Events knocked it out of the park!!

Two elements Chris desired was a full bar (check), and incorporating his favorite Land Park neighborhood Marie’s Donuts, into the dessert.  Looks so good, right?  I suggested an iced bucket of plain and chocolate milk to be served alongside (YES!), and displayed some donuts in the familiar pink box for a bit of whimsy.  At the end of the evening, I believe there might have been 4 donuts remaining!  After a few toasts, the dance party started with Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services at the helm.

What a beautiful, fun-filled and family-centric wedding this was.  I loved every minute of planning and executing.  Thank you Chris and Suzanne for allowing me to work with you on creating probably Thee Best Day Ever!!  See you in the neighborhood… maybe at Marie’s Donuts!

Venue:  Gold Hill Gardens, Newcastle, CA

Photographer:  Beth of True Love Photo (you’re so freekin’ good, Queen B!)

Videographer: Premier Video

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Catering:  Jackson Catering & Events

Dessert:  Marie’s Donuts

Rentals:  Celebration’s Party Rentals

DJ/MC/Lighting:  Mike Regan w/Mr. DJ Event Services

Calligraphy donut sign:  The Calligraphy Girl

Suzanne & Chris ~ Married! {Part 1}

Dec 11, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I cannot possibly adore this couple any more than I do.  I love both families, too.  In fact, I planned two other weddings (groom’s sisters) and am grateful for their friendship.  Suzanne and Chris fell in love with Gold Hill Gardens, in Newcastle, CA and selected late September for their big day.  The venue had everything they desired – beautiful vistas, gorgeous gardens, fun games, room to spread out and lots of dancing space on the courtyard patio.  Suzanne is beautiful, bubbly ,sexy, happy and hysterically funny.  Chris is tall, handsome, the nicest person in the world, sincere and has the best “ugly cry” imaginable.  And his posse of groomsmen were off the hook – so much fun and craziness!  Sorry Gold Hill… I’m hoping the pillow fight and dog pile on the bed didn’t cause a loss in deposit!


And, yes… this is a onsie bunny romper Suzanne  likes to relax in – don’t judge!!

This series of photos of the First Look is so-so sweet.  Talk about the emotions.  I LOVE THIS and am so happy when a couple agrees to have this time together.

You know it’s going to be a good party when two friends pre-arranged their seating to greet the newlyweds with a flask at the end of the aisle!!

I’m thinking this couple is pretty stoked to be Mr. and Mrs.  The happiness level was off the charts!

Come back to see more happy photos and all the pretty details in { Part 2}.

Many, Many thanks to an equally happy and fun loving photographer, Beth of True Love Photo.  A perfect match for this couple!

The lovely flowers created by Katie of Ambience Floral Design

Ceremony sound reinforcement by Mr. DJ Event Services

Catering and pre-ceremony champagne pouring by Jackson Catering & Events

Amanda & Michael ~ Married! {Part 2}

Dec 1, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

If you read Part 1 on the blog about this  fun couple’s wedding, you’ll have learned that the day was H-O-T!  Like record heat H-O-T.  What I love about Amanda is that a week later, when I talked to her, she felt the weather conditions added to the details of the wedding – it did not detract and she feels will be one of the many memories they will carry with them in fondly remembering their special wedding day.  Love that positivity.

The wedding was held at Gold Hill Gardens in Newscastle, CA.  The “cool” ceremony site they chose was creekside in front of the majestic Heritage Oak tree, and once the nuptials were completed, guests headed up to the poolside bar, men rolled up their sleeves and all enjoyed libations. Some cute ladies dangled their legs in the pool, and a few others had a hand at corn hole and other lawn games.  The color palette Amanda and Michael choose was navy blue with “hot” orange accents and being total nature lovers, the flowers (which doubled as ceremony hanging aisle décor) were placed on a wood cut round and a rustic candle lantern accompanied the centerpiece.  Bridal bouquets were placed in vases to add to the head table décor.

As he evening progressed, the sun lowered in the sky, and the temperatures cooled down a bit, those hot guests started to get into the swing of things and really, really enjoyed themselves.  A delicious buffet by Jackson Catering & Events filled their tummies, and of course, just knowing that dessert was a table full of Krispy Kreme donuts (in lieu of a traditional cake), put smiles on the face of many excited guests.  Michael and Amanda enjoyed their quiet time away with photographer Teresa of Teresa K Photography who knows how to set up a “sunset shot” – even with the absence of clouds, these shots are gorgeous!



Love the First Dance between Amanda and Michael, and the emotions showing in this father-daughter dance moment is killer… so sweet.  But once those traditional dances were completed,  Steve Schon with Function 45 Event Entertainment pulled out the stops and this crowd totally forgot about the earlier heat in the day and got their groove on!

Makes you wonder what song these newlyweds were singing.  Such happiness and joy!

I am so thankful for the wonderful team who worked hard, tirelessly and with smiles on their faces through the very hot day.  Great group of professionals:

Venue:  Gold Hill Gardens, Newcastle, CA

Officiant:  Rev. Jeri Murphy

Photographer:  Teresa w/Teresa K Photography

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Caterer:  Jackson Catering & Events

Dessert:  Krispy Kreme Donuts

DJ/MC:  Steve w/Function 45 Event Entertainment

Calligraphy Donut Sign:  The Calligraphy Girl

Rentals:  Privately Acquired

Amanda & Michael ~ Married! {Part 1}

Nov 29, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Love how Michael and Amanda came into my life… and I was thrilled to be part of their planning experience.  Michael was one of the groomsmen in my daughter and son-in-law’s 2016 wedding, and he and Amanda really enjoyed my kiddo’s wedding and knowing I had a certain hand in the planning (no surprise there!), asked if I could be involved in their 2017 wedding. Absolutely!  A relaxed, non-fussy, lovers of nature couple, I suggested for a wedding venue that they check out Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA, and it was a perfect fit.  So much so, they stayed 3 days at the Inn at Gold Hill Gardens for a mini-moon!  The spot along the bridge and creek, under the amazing spreading Heritage Oak was ideal for their style and vision of the ceremony site.  The date was set for the Labor Day Weekend, and we were somewhat prepared that it could be a warm afternoon… but we may not have been absolutely prepared for the  hottest day of the summer – predictions were for 110 degrees, but not to worry, during the ceremony, my iPhone app only showed 106 degrees (IN THE SHADE)!!!  We provided the guests with parasols, amusing personalized hand-held fans, water bottle sprayers and battery operated fans.  All were appreciated.

Rev. Jeri Murphy performed a lovely, meaningful and touching ceremony.  Michael and Amanda wanted the tradition of a Unity Candle lighting –  both sets of parents, with many years of marriage between them, were invited to light the side family candles. With such great role models, it was very symbolic.

Once the ceremony was over, guests moved to the poolside reception area for some serious liquid refreshment, Michael slipped off his suit jacket, and the newlyweds enjoyed a private moment with great laughter and love.  Come back in a few days for { Part 2 } to see how the evening progressed once the sun went down and the evening got cooler!  Can you say DANCE PARTY!?

What a fantastic vendor team I had the privilege of working with – who smiled through the hot afternoon:

Photographer: Teresa w/Teresa K Photography

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Caterer:  Jackson Catering

DJ/MC:  Steve Schon w/ Function 45 Event Entertainment

Officiant:  Rev. Jeri Muphy


Remembering Weddings from the first weekend in October!

Oct 6, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Facebook provides those great Memories which are always a delight to look back upon.  I received Memories on a couple of weddings that I coordinated on the first weekend in October for the last three years, which prompted me to go back into my archives to find others.  We are blessed in Northern and Central California to have lovely weather in October, in fact September and October are this region’s favorite Wedding Season.  So, take a peek at the below weddings held this same weekend in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 – all unique to the couples and simply beautiful!  {And Happy Anniversary!)

Wedding of Carolyn & Tyler at Mission Ranch, Carmel. Photo Credit: The Goodness


Wedding of Anita & Tim, Courtyard D’Oro, Old Sacramento, CA.  Photo Credit:  Quinn Photography 


Wedding of Crysten & Sam, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Citizen Hotel, Sacramento, CA.  Photo Credit: Mapurunga Photography


Wedding of Diana & Zac, Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma, CA.  Photo Credit:  The Red Sneaker Studio 


Wedding of Becky & Josh, Elks Tower Sacramento.  Photo Credit: Sharon Hoyt Photography

Chris & Suzanne ~ Getting Married this Weekend!

Sep 18, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I cannot get enough of this wonderful couple.  Chris & Suzanne are marrying this coming Saturday at the beautiful Gold Hill Gardens in the foothills outside of Sacramento.  The weather is going to be cool and pleasant.  This couple is going to be “steamy hot!!”  I love how the wonderful Queen B (Beth Baugher) of True Love Photo captured the playfulness of these two, and the sulty, sexy side, too.  Their e-session was a ton-of-fun.  The wedding photos will be epic!  Can’t wait.


Erin & Jason ~ Married! {Part 2} Dinner Reception

Aug 30, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Be sure to re-read Part 1 of the blog so you can get the vibe and feel of Erin and Jason’s sophisticated wedding and stylish dinner reception.  In keeping with the history and elegance of this historic mansion ~ the Julia Morgan House ~ and how the original homeowners might have enjoyed a dinner party with friends or business associates, the reception after the wedding ceremony was “all about conversation, laughter, food and beverage!”  The dinner was held in the gardens of the estate, where the sweetheart table was at the head of three very long wood farm tables;  the multi-coursed family style dinner continued well into the evening.  Their event was not intended for a wild dance party, but the couple did end the evening with a sweet “first dance.”  After all the “refreshments,” Uber and Lyft was the preferred mode of transportation!!





What an enjoyable event, and I can’t thank Allison Stahl enough for capturing all the pretty details.  DeAnn with Rodarte Floral Design did a beautiful job with creating Erin’s vision (so soft and romantic).  Forever Vintage Rentals provided the awesome ceremony and dinner table chairs, the sweetheart table, and the farm tables, plus the lovely mirrored signage. And Epicure Catering knocked it out of the park in cuisine, service and execution.  Thank you one and all!

Erin & Jason ~ Married! {Part 1} PreSocial and Wedding

Aug 25, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Erin and Jason planned for a slightly different style and vibe to their springtime wedding day.  They selected the historic Julia Morgan House in the Elmhurst Neighborhood of Sacramento to hold their sophisticated nuptials and dinner party.  The focus to their wedding day was friends gathering, conversation, listening to the lilting sounds of a string quartet, serving excellent wines, and hosting a fine dinner at very long tables in the gardens of this estate. A dance party was not in the plans. The history of the Julia Morgan House is very interesting ~ commissioned by and built for a prominent wealthy Sacramento family back in the early 1920’s and actually designed by the same famed architect who was the architect for Hearst Castle in San Simeon (Julia Morgan).  Thus Erin and Jason wanted their guests to step back in time and experience how an elegant dinner party might have been in the heyday of this private estate.  The late afternoon “pre-social” lasted over an hour, with Erin and Jason mingling with their guests, soaking up the love. Erin wore a lovely soft pink, one-shoulder dress (and rockin’ heels) and Jason wore a tailored custom suit.  After awhile, each went off to the upstairs bedroom suites to prepare and dress for their wedding ceremony.


After a quick change (well, maybe not so quick, but the guests were totally enjoying the remainder of the pre-social), Jason donned a fantastic custom tuxedo suit and Erin changed her hair style and slipped into a gorgeous form-fitting gown and veil (and another pair of outstanding high heels!)



Many thanks to photographer Allison Stahl, and to Harmony Strings, and Epicure Catering for manning a very busy bar and for DeAnn of Rodarte Floral Design for creating the soft blush palette that Erin requested.  The foyer staircase bannister was perfect!