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A photo that captivates me

Apr 29, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

It’s not Throwback Thursday but this picture certainly was taken back in yester-decade… I’d say the 1920’s. I have kept this photo on my computer desktop because I am just drawn to it’s magnificence.  That gown, that veil, that huge bouquet(!) – I’m sure there are “love knots” tied and hung from the bouquet, the photography… all perfection.  The bride has that confident, little bit of shyness, but the “I’m ready” fixed look at the photographer… I love this picture!

Love Knots

Just had to share.

Anita & Tim ~ Married! {Part 2}

Apr 20, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

The Courtyard D’Oro reception for Tim & Anita was a hoot! With the energy of these very happy newlyweds, plus the mad talents of Steve Schon with Function 45 Entertainment, the party was hoppin’ – and this was a Sunday daytime wedding!! Fun “activities” were planned –  such as sing for our supper (a particular table got thumbs up from Anita), the “shoelywed” game, as well as a Soul Train line dance…add in all those grandchildren who presented their rendition of Whip Nae Nae, while Grandma joined in! After a delicious buffet luncheon (nicely presented and yummy, too), guests got their choice of dessert cakes, created by Ettore’s European Bakery (Tim wanted carrot, Anita wanted something else, so I suggested a display of assorted cakes – they loved that idea!).  Thank you Katie of Ambience Floral Design for the gorgeous centerpieces and design touches, and of course Bill of Quinn Photography for capturing all the fun and festivities… as well as the romance by using the architecture of Old Sacramento.  Well done!

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2 Place card display A Day to Remember The building, walls and courtyard of this venue are old world brick, so I had fun designing the place cards in a “flower bed” of purple pansies and lined it entirely with brick. Cool!

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Each place setting had a personalized menu card written in calligraphy of a sentimental (or funny, or racy!) quote.

7 Personalized menu card A Day to Remember8 Purple table centerpiece A Day to Remember 9 Wooden Table Number A Day to Remember 10 Courtyard D'Oro Buffet A Day to Remember 11 Courtyard D'Oro Buffet A Day to Remember 12 happy bride A Day to Remember 13 Wedding Dessert Display A Day to Remember 14 Wedding Dessert Display A Day to Remember 15 Couple feeding each other cake A Day to Remember 16 Happy bride A Day to Remember 17 Shoelywed Game A Day to Remember 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Old Sacramento A Day to Remember 28 Old Sacramento Wedding Photos A Day to Remember Even thou29 Old Sacramento wedding photos A Day to RememberEven though they lived in Texas during the planning, we got so much done via e-mail and their one major visit. It was so much fun working with these two and I wish them the very, very best in their new life… finally Mr. and Mrs. after all these years!

Anita & Tim ~ Married {Part 1}

Apr 17, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Anita and Tim met while attending high school here in Sacramento (40 years ago)! They were “just friends” who would study in the library – Move forward 40 years… after individual lives, living in various other states, raising families, and circumstances that come up, well, they re-connected (in a much different way!)  An engagement photo session was held in that very same library of their alma mater and Tim & Anita held a wonderful wedding for family and some of those high school friends in October 2015 – in Old Sacramento at the lovely Courtyard D’Oro.  Their preparations and the First Look was at Embassy Suites on the River Promenade, then a fun walk over to the wedding site.

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Love this collague of the First Look.!

First Look A Day to Remember


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10 Aisle Treatment A Day to Remember

Aisle treatment A Day to Remembeer

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Right after being pronounced Mr. & Mrs. the couple and guests released many, beautiful large Monarch butterflies.  An Indian legend tells us “If you whisper your dreams to a butterfly, your dreams will come true.”  It was glorious!

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After the ceremony, during the cocktail hour, guests could check out the creation Tim made – this fun collage of articles from their year book showcasing pictures and highlights of their activities in high school. Fun!high school collageStay tuned for {Part 2} to see details of the loveliness and the fun(!) for Anita & Tim’s reception.  My special thanks to Bill of  Quinn Photography for taking so many splendid shots, and for Katie of Ambience Floral Design… fantastic flowers! Jennifer Gilchrist did a beautiful job with Anita’s hair and makeup, along with the other ladies, Rev. Jeri Murphy for doing the most important part(!) and Swallowtail Farms grows the best butterflies!

Perfect bouquet placement

Apr 14, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

It’s been a whirlwind last couple of weeks and I haven’t done any posting.  My daughter got married last Saturday (it rained part of the day… LOTS of good luck), and when I get the professional photos, there will be blog post(s).  This image is from an iPhone taken by a guest.  I love it.  My sweet husband is so proud, but what I really wanted to showcase, is how perfectly Juliana is holding her bouquet. She has learned and heard it from me often.  Hold the bouquet at your waist… girls often times, out of nerves, hold it up at their chest – that makes you look scared!  Take note.  Good job, daughter!

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Planning Daughter #2’s Wedding {Post 4} It’s a Wrap!

Mar 22, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Well, as of this writing, the kid is getting married in 3 weeks.  The months of planning have flown by and it’s been easy-peasy.  My daughters have their own vision and wishes and wants, but they are level tempered, even natured, and good decision makers (and even better list makers… much like their mama!)  Working with Juliana and Derek (he has been fairly laid back) has been a breeze and I’m very excited for April 9th to arrive, and to see all the little touches we’ve been working on come together.  I need to wrap up these blog posts because we’re almost there(!), so this post will have a lot of the many different aspects to the planning wrapped up in one.  When Juliana would come to Sacramento from Portland, we would handle many different things on one visit.  As any long-distance bride knows, these trips can be rather tiring!

Naturally, one must come prepared with Pinterest board photos in hand for floral design and cake appointments (Derek thorough enjoyed the cake tasting with Pretty Sweet… she’s very talented!!) and designing flowers with my long time buddy, Sarah with Cuttings Floral Design was too much fun!

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On the same hot summer visit as they had their engagement photo session, we set up a menu planning and tasting dinner.  Both parents and sister got together at Jackson Catering (a fav or mine in the planning business).  Great food and fun times!

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During the holidays, on another visit we worked on the assembly of the invitations.  I had hand-calligraphy done on the envelopes by Susie of Classy Calligraphy (another great business to work with).

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So the invitations are out, the RSVPs are just about all in, and the very final details are put to bed… just paying off the balances.  Can’t wait!  I’m going to miss these days of planning.  Sniff.  Stay tuned for the pictures that will surely follow of the big wedding day!

Bouquet style… which one is yours?

Mar 18, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments


In catching up with my reading (that’s on-going!) I came across this excellent article from on bridal bouquets.  Click here.

Over the last couple of month, I  have been meeting with my late summer/early fall brides for their floral design. It’s interesting the range of what brides are going for right now.  Clearly, the “messy-just-picked” vibrant collection is a fav, but the classic white, monochromatic design is also a strong contender.

What are you drawn to?  All flowers are beautiful, and so special.

Happy 1st Anniversary ~ Allison & Scott

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

My beautiful daughter, Allison, married the love of her life one year ago today.  It was a blast planning and attending my own kid’s big day which was filled with tearful emotions and joyful laughter. Very proud of you both, Mr. and Mrs. Hunter… carry on!


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Awww… the family portrait.  That equally beautiful bridesmaid above is walking down the aisle next month!

Thank you to the fabulous Beth Baugher of True Love Photo for being our friend and photographer.  Love you Beth-y B!!


Meet Jessica & Peter

Mar 10, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Say Hello to Jess & Peter… haven’t met Peter as yet, but Jess is a sweetie and has great vision.  I am super excited for their wedding this June where we’ll be embracing Nature’s beauty at the gorgeous Field and Pond in Winters, CA.  You can tell from these e-session images that they are nature lovers – perfect!

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Planning Daughter #2 – Engagement Photo Session

Mar 7, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

10 years ago, my daughter met Derek when a group of friends were long boarding together.  Wink, Wink ~ flirt, flirt… soon after, boyfriend/girlfriend!  Who knew years later they would be planning their wedding!

On a very, very hot August afternoon, my good buddy and photographer pal, Sam Wood with The Red Sneaker Studio, took Juliana and Derek out for their engagement photo session.  The e-session started off at the Sac State parking garage (where it all began) doing a little skating. They cooled off posing along the Sacramento River.  Love you two!

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Planning Daughter #2’s Wedding {Post 2} ~ Gown Shopping!

Feb 19, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Proposal (check), venue selection (check)… and now the super fun part – shopping for wedding gowns!! Juliana is one smart cookie… because she lives in Portland and there is no sales tax in Oregon, she wanted to purchase the gown up North.  So a girls trip was planned… whoot hoot.  Big sister, myself and Derek’s mother joined us for this very fun weekend.

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Poor Derek… four women took over his house, but he was a good sport about it and listened as we had constant chatter.  Upon arrival, the “second proposal” occurred… Juliana asked Allison to be her Matron of Honor (which Allison, now a married woman objected to the word “matron.”)  In true Portlandia style, Juliana used egg cartons and filled them with her homemade jam, organic soap, jazzy tote bag, and other cute items plus a very sweet note (which made me cry when Allison read it).

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During our 2+ days we visited three lovely wedding salons (one offered us champagne – classy).  We were a proper audience.  Darn near every gown looked great on my kid. We critiqued only when necessary and complimented always.  The obligatory giant clip shot was required!  Sorry… you’ll not see “thee” gown in these photos!

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Whirlwind weekend, but we made time for a little eating, walking around shops, and enjoying Salt & Straw ice cream.  Yummmmm.


It was a great time… my two daughters as so-so similar but as different as night and day.  When big sister, Allison married last year, she had a very specific look in mind for her gown and never wavered… but Juliana was a bit “all over the board.” What she ultimately selected is perfection and very her!