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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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Cassondra & Wes ~ E-session

Apr 15, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I absolutely adore this couple – meet Cassondra & Wes.  Cute, funny, relaxed, non-stuffy, and so perfectly matched.  Their June wedding will be held at a private estate along the Sacramento river… and we’ve labeled it “A Classy Summer Picnic.”  Also looking forward to working with photographer Andrea Posadas ‘cuz I like her style!

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Useless Trivia

Apr 9, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

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I recently was given this interesting book from a dear friend so from time to time I’m going to impart some interesting useless information!  Did you know…

27 years: Average age at first marriage for American bride and 29 years for the American groom

33 years: Average age at first marriage for Danish women and 35 for Danish men

27.4: Average age of first marriage for Canadian brides and 29.5 for Canadian grooms

17.5 years: Average age of first marriage in Mongolia

12-20 years: Age range for women to marry in the Viking Age (late 8th-11th centuries AD).

7 percent of marriages in Nepal occur before the age of 10 years (what? not sure much as evolved from the Viking Age!)

Now you know!

Carolyn & Tyler ~ Married! {Part 3} – Tons of Details!

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

After a beautiful and touching wedding ceremony on the Meadow Lawn at Mission Ranch Carmel, Carolyn & Tyler slipped away for a few minutes of quiet at their vintage cottage on the property while guests headed up the knoll to the Patio Barn to enjoy appetizers and a Just (Rose)Married Vodka Cocktail.  The barns (there are two!) at Mission Ranch are original structures to the grounds with a lot of history.  The color palette in the Patio Barn played off the white wash walls and red-brown paint of the old window shutters and vases with an autumnal collection of garden grown herbs and flowers decorated the tables.   After a while, we moved into the larger of the barns for a fantastic dinner.  I always love the look my couples give when we arrange a room reveal.  The design in this barn was a mixture of wood farm tables and round linen covered tables.  Each table was named after an herb with a corresponding centerpiece and the escort cards repeated the herb table name; the cards were artfully displayed in herb, succulent and flower filled boxes. I was very happy how this all came together!

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After dinner we moved back to the Patio Barn to enjoy champagne, dessert, and the best dance party – EVER!

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Pardon the quality of the above photo… it’s my iPhone but I like how it shows the bountiful table of an assortment of cakes. So much fun!
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What a wonderful couple – You two are the BEST and your wedding weekend was off-the-chart!  So many people to thank… first of all is the team of Mission Ranch Carmel… so accommodating and on their game (and the Chef rocks!).  Steve Schon with Function 45 had the guests in their finest form.  What a super p-a-r-t-y.  Wedding cake(s) by the fabulous Monterey baker, Layers Bakery  (my go-to baker in the area).  Musarrat with Pretty Sweet Bakery created the perfect sheep cookie favors – cute and VERY tasty.  Chic Rentals provided farm tables, chairs, linens, chargers… they have it all! Again, my sincere appreciation to floral design Amanda with Laughin Gal Floral , and to Geoff & Lisa with The Goodness… great photography, fabulous custome paperie, and the photo booth was a big hit!  Let’s do this again!

Carolyn & Tyler ~ Married! {Part 2} The Ceremony

Mar 27, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Part 2 of this fantastic couple’s wedding day is dedicated to the sweet ceremony. The fantastic invitations for this weekend event were created by Lisa Bardot of The Goodness; we submitted photos to her of Mission Ranch Carmel and she “whipped up” whimsical graphics.  Adore!!  The wedding ceremony was held on the Meadow Lawn where the guests gathered… with the iconic sheep lazily grazing (they were not phased by our presence).  Eva the couple’s pug served as flower girl.

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A meaningful wine ceremony was shared with Carolyn & Tyler.  Custom labels were created for the white wine (Lodi region where Carolyn is from and Boulder, Colorado for the red wine where Tyler originates).  The two wines are blended to demonstrate the sweet and bitter aspects to life.  The very best part was when Carolyn’s grandfather was being escorted out – he had to stop and sample the blend.  Very funny!

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I am so appreciative of having a fantastic team on this wedding.  The photography is beautiful, thank you to Geoff & Lisa Bardot of The Goodness.  A million thank yous to Amanda of Laughin’ Gal Floral – her creations are stunning.  Jesse Hendricks played beautiful Spanish Guitar while guests were gathering and for the ceremony, and of course, I have to thank Clint Eastwood’s sheep for performing perfectly!

Part 3 showcasing the reception and all the details will be up next.

Can I offer you a little snack…???

Mar 25, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Late Night Snacks A Day to Remember

Come on now… tell me you wouldn’t love some of these tasty treats served as late night snacks at the end of your wedding?  Huffington Post did a great job of showcasing pure beauty in “junk food.”   Click here to see more and read their descriptions.  Oh yeah, Baby!!

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Carolyn & Tyler ~ Married! {Part 1}

Mar 24, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

It is with great delight that I now can showcase the beauty of the outstanding wedding of Carolyn & Tyler held at Mission Ranch Carmel.  Two of the nicest, kind, loving and on-the-same-page people I’ve ever met.  Through the months of our planning I got to know them well and felt so honored to be a part of their day.  They selected this venue for a couple of reasons -Tyler proposed marriage on the white sandy beach of Carmel, and they wanted to give their guests a destination weekend of beauty, bonding in a unique historic setting, relaxation, sun/surf/sand, and celebration (a weekend of great food and wine!)   They got all that!  [Part 1} will showcase the venue overlooking the meadow, bay and Point Lobos,  including the iconic sheep owned by the Ranch’s owner, Clint Eastwood, getting ready in the vintage ranch cottages and bunkhouse, the sweet First Look, and the joy at being together, taking lots of gorgeous photos and building up to the special hour of the ceremony.

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I am so in love with all these images, which Geoff & Lisa Bardot of The Goodness took… such a delight to work with you two (we had fun, huh?)  The beautiful bridal bouquet and other flowers were created by Laughin Gal Floral (pure talent right there)!  Thank you to Jennifer Gilchrist who travelled to take care of hair and make-up services.  Be sure to come back for {Part 2} to see the details of the ceremony.  GORGEOUSNESS!

Daughter’s short video – get a tissue!

Mar 17, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  2 Comments

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Soooo, everybody this side of the Mississippi knows my beautiful daughter and her hunky honey got married last Saturday.  Our talented videographer, Mike Jensen, of Jensen Films, put together this masterpiece of a “wedding trailer”  I have watched it over and over and tear up each time.  Just beautiful, Mike.  Thank you so much!  Please click HERE and get out your tissues (and yes, there was a lot of emotions as she walked down the aisle… love it!)

 

 

Planning my Daughter’s Wedding {Post 8} – Finale

Mar 6, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Well, my first born is getting married in one week.  It sort of feels weird that she’ll be a married lady, a wife, a Mrs.  But it’s kinda cool, too and her father and I are so-so proud of Allison and think she is just the most wonderful person. It’s been easy-peasy working with the bride-to-be over these last few months.  No major arguments, a couple of eye-rolls on my part (and probably she muttered behind my back more than once), but we’ve had fun and have been in agreement over most things.  I can’t wait to see my daughter and her new hubby standing at the candlelit alter exchanging their personalized vows.  Will I cry?  I’m sure!

I’m going to end my diary entries/blog posts with these gorgeous e-session photos taken by our fav photographer, Beth Baugher of True Love Photo.  Beth photographed Allison for her high school graduation, and also photographed our family a few years later, so we all know firsthand that she takes some real purdy pictures!

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And YES, I’ll blog about their wedding day when the time comes… patience.

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