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Kim & Artie – Gettin’ hitched!

Oct 28, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Sacramento Wedding Planner, Weddings  //  No Comments

This Saturday, November 1st will be a unique, fun, unusual and happy day for Kim & Artie – they have some wacky ideas (and I say that with great affection and a smile).  We pieced together their wedding plans in a very short period of time (they contacted me mid August) and since they live in Chicago, they had not met their vendors that I selected for them until September… here are some great shots of their e-session taken by Thais of Love at First Click.  Fun, fun couple!  Can’t wait!

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Linda & Jim ~ Married! {Part 2}

Oct 23, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Intimate (40 guests), relaxed (very natural earthy setting), beautiful (check out the flowers!) and extremely fun (it’s what happens when a close-knit group of family and friends celebrate).  After the lovely pondside wedding ceremony and cocktails at the lower half of their backyard property, guests made the way up the hill to join in for a fantastic dinner prepared by Jackson Catering.  Linda’s color palette was deep shades of red and working with the patio space, we used two shapes of tables.  Each table was named after their four dogs and included a photo of their furry “children.”   As a surprise to the couple I researched a variety of quotes which I had added in hand-calligraphy to the menu cards – the guests loved sharing aloud!  Once dinner was completed and the sun was setting, dancing started up after the couple’s sweet first dance. Steve Schon with Function 45 DJ/MC  kept them happy and added the fun theatrical lighting effects.   Happy Couple~ Happy Planner… I am thrilled Linda & Jim entrusted me to create their vision.  Happy Marriage!  (Thanks to Sam with Sharpe Photographers for all the great images.)

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Linda & Jim ~ Married! {Part 1}

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

In one of the prettiest settings this year… Linda and Jim’s California foothills home wedding was such a delight to plan.  When Jim built his home and designed the slopping back yard, people would drop by and ask if a community park was being developed!  It is that beautiful.   After a sweet First Look, the couple wandered the winding pathway downward to the pond all the while taking photos.  Linda’s grown children escorted her to the ceremony space, which was designed under a unique soft and flowing fabric shade covering with an asymmetrical floral tower anchoring the space.  Guests enjoyed an open bar and appetizers following the ceremony… eventually making their way back up the hill for an alfresco patio dining experience.  BTW, notice the cocktail napkins – Linda asked me if their mutual love for triathlons could be incorporated… kinda cute, huh?

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Sam Wood with Sharpe Photographers, Philip Rice Floral Design, Celebrations Party Rentals, Jackson Catering and Steve Schon with Function 45 DJ/MC.  So happy with the outcome to this lovely event!

Sneak Peek of Carolyn & Tyler’s wedding

Oct 15, 2014   //   by Lora   //   A Day to Remember Wedding and Event Planners, Weddings  //  No Comments

There will be many more photos that I’ll eventually do a blog post on, but I wanted to do one quick sneak peek.  Isn’t this lovely?  The location is the Meadow Lawn at Mission Ranch Carmel… and yes, those iconic sheep are Thee Best!  Love Carolyn & Tyler and am so happy for them!  Thank you to Geoff and Lisa Bardot of The Goodness for being the awesome photographers that you are.

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Happy 1st Anniversary Crysten & Sam!

Oct 5, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Celebrating their First Wedding Anniversary today… Crysten & Sam married at Sacramento’s own Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and then soaked up the love at a colorful reception held at the Citizen Hotel. Wishing you many, many more happy years of wedded bliss!

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Photography by Janine Mapurunga, flowers by Visual Impact Design, DJ andLighting by Joe with SJ’s Disc Jockey, and hair and make-up by Jennifer Gilchrist.

Carolyn & Tyler’s upcoming wedding

Oct 1, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

I am so looking forward to this weekend’s festivities… binders, tubs, boxes and bags are packed and ready for Carolyn & Tyler’s Mission Ranch Carmel wedding.  Can’t wait to get back to those crazy, lazy sheep!  And super happy to be working alongside Geoff & Lisa Bardot of The Goodness (who took this great e-session photo).

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Who doesn’t love a Celebrity Wedding??

Sep 30, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I have been buried handling my clients and enjoying some lovely weddings and so keeping up with the blog posts has been on the back burner.  BUT, you know that I’ll come up for air to check outo Celebrity Weddings.  Come on, you know you love them, too!  I’m sure People Magazine went right into the grocery cart!!  It started with Brad & Angelina… awesome gown, right? And sweet family unity.  And just this last weekend, George and Amal… awesome venue, great boat ride to get to that awesome venue, and Amal looks fantastic in her gown (George is lookin’ pretty fine, too).  More… I (we) want more!

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Kellie & Megan – Married! {Part 2}

Aug 19, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Kellie & Megan’s wedding ceremony at Courtyard D’Oro in Old Sacramento, CA, held in the round, was lovely {see Part 1} and after just a few more photos, the fun began.  Kellie’s dad’s “welcome” to the guests was hysterical… he worded his speech with Pharrell’s “Happy” in mind. The Great Table was quite long, dressed in the signature blue with a cream colored runner, along with waiting vases to hold each bridesmaid bouquet for more of the runner effect (good use of the flower budget).  After a fantastic buffet dinner, guests made their way outside to the Courtyard for fun and frivolity under the market lights.  And a knock-your-socks off visual delight of the dessert display which was created by About a Bite Bakery.

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With champagne glass in hand, each bride selected the individual dessert they wanted to share with the other for the “first bite” – Fun! After the sweet father daughter dance (I melt at this time), then the celebratory dancing began! Thank you Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Service for providing lighting and being at the helm for the p-a-r-t-y. Everybody had a fabulous time! And another thank you to Allison Stahl Photography for the great images. You were everywhere!!!

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Congratulations Kellie & Megan!  You two were a delight to work with and I’m going to miss you!

Kellie & Megan ~ Married! {Part 1}

Aug 14, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I had the privilege of planning Kellie’s sister’s wedding almost 8 years ago.  When Kellie contacted me in 2013 and asked if I would help her too, I was flattered and thrilled.  Kellie & Megan met playing soccer and through games, practices and after-game beers, their relationship sprouted and blossomed.  We started planning their union before California had passed the law that same-sex marriages would resume to be legal… but guess what?  Kellie & Megan had a fantastic, legal wedding on June 28, 2014, and it was a great celebration!

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The girls got ready and dressed in separate rooms at the Embassy Suites in Old Sacramento (two brides, double the details!), and then we arranged for the First Look.  Boy Megan was nervous, but Kellie couldn’t stop smiling!  Joined by their bridal party, a great collection of dear friends and the darling entourage of flower girls and young lady ring bearer (made up of nieces and a cousin), all walked from Embassy Suites, stopping along the way for photo ops and ended up at the wedding site in Old Sacramento at Courtyard D’Oro.

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The ceremony was designed in-the-round as it was very important for their family and friends to encircle this special couple and give of their love and support. Kellie’s brother was deputized and did a terrific job (choking up at times – love that!) creating a very special ceremony. The bricked walled courtyard was shaded with mature trees which gave it an intimate setting.

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Be sure to see some of the reception details and the celebration in {Part 2}.   Thank you Allison Stahl Photography for these wonderful images!

Planning a networking meeting for the wedding industry – no small task!

Aug 5, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  4 Comments

I am a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) and many of us raise our hand volunteering to plan and conduct the bi-monthly meetings.  I selected July and knew right off that I wanted to hold the meeting at the beautiful Inn at Park Winters, a magnificant Queen Anne Victorian located in the country outside of Sacramento near Winters, CA.  I teamed with my buddy Kendra of Pfeiffer Event Planning and we planned a great meeting for a gathering of about 60 planners and industry professionals.

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Besides networking and fun, we also have an educational component to the meeting. Our theme was “Creating and transitioning through multiple venue spaces” plus a little name tag craft project. We first gathered inside the Inn, having a “pre-social” – sipping champagne and touring the rooms.  John Martin, co-owner of Park Winters gave us the history of the home.

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Our second transition was to move to the back of the estate, past the crops and fields to the pool area where our theme was “Farm Stand Fresh” – since Park Winters is rural, it was a natural to embrace the country, enjoy appetizers of the season, drink Sangria and play lawn games.  Beth Sogaard Catering set up an awesome table that was so perfect, and Dawn Roberti of Natural Flair created the great floral pieces.  And BTW, I made jugs of fresh Sangria, and it’s my secret recipe… it’s the “extra kick” that makes the difference {smile}!

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Kendra and I set up tons of crafting items from different types of papers,  buttons, feathers, sequins, colored pencils, etc., etc., etc. - everybody was to create their own name tag which might identify their business or who they are.   My name tag below says “I give a helping hand and have brilliant ideas” (hey, don’t judge!)

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The third transition was to the large lush open lawn, within view of the Inn, for a themed dinner of “Southern Victorian Elegance.”  I worked with Celebrations Party Rentals to design the tables – fun, elegant and perfect for the theme.  Natural Flair designed the centerpieces – making use of magnolia leaves, dahlias and roses (very Southern) and Queen Anne’s lace for the country feel and nod to the architecture of the house.  Our Southern comfort dinner was created by Beth Sogaard - pecan crusted fried chicken with gravy and sweet tea syrup, mac & cheese with the trimmings, braised greens and baby carrots, biscuits with honey butter and apricot jam – Mercy, it was a good dinner!

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Self introductions were very funny – some put a lot of thought into their name tags… quite inventive!

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Our fourth and final transition was to the patio to enjoy dessert and coffee.  Love this new dessert company – Jennifer Kaye with About a Bite Bakery  She creates unique combination of flavors with chocolate which are made into bite sized pieces.  The perfect ending to a wonderful meeting.

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I wish to thank all the businesses who contributed to this wonderful evening.  Mike Anderson of Creative Memories DJ handled the announcements and the groovey  tunes. You’re all wonderful professionals!!  And I especially wish to thank Mischa Purcell of Mischa Photography for soooo many great images!

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