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Landscape Lighting Makes a Difference!

Nov 4, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Recently on the Alyssa & Austin ~ Married! blog post, you saw beautiful bright florals and the expansive backyard where the dinner reception and dance party took place.  We arranged through Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services to create a dramatic effect to the lanscaping and to the country manor home with the use of Italian Market Lights and uplighting and spotlighting of many points in the gardens.  Please click here to see an excellent video (courtesy of Acti-Video) showing the “before and after” of the lighting effects.

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Thank you Mike for all your  hard work and vision.  Readers:  If considering lighting for your next event, whether in an indoor ballroom, or outside, reach out to Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services… nice guy, too!

Alyssa & Austin ~ Married!

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments


On a beautiful warm summer day, high school sweethearts Alyssa and Austin married at the home of a family friend – an historic country manor estate along the Sacramento River in Walnut Grove, CA.  Alyssa is sweet, pretty, shy and kind; Austin is devoted to “Lissy,” fun loving and has movie star looks (right?)  Alyssa requested bright colors for the floral palette – a citrus theme, and Katie with Ambience Floral Design certainly hit the nail on the head.  Gorgeous!   With a lovely string quartet playing as guests arrived, the estate was the backdrop for the wedding ceremony and felt very Gatsby-esque… especially following the ceremony when guests picked up glasses of champagne as they made their way to the lovely backyard for the dinner reception.  We created a cute brick lined flower bed of alyssum plants for the escort cards (notice that tie-in with Alyssa’s name?).  This couple loves their Italian food and requested an antipasto display, which Beth Sogaard Catering beautifully executed.  Dining family-style, alfresco poolside, and then later dancing to a full party band, The Mixx, with stunning landscape lighting and bistro market lights strung about, this was a very happy bride and groom who enjoyed a fantastic {better than} Gatsby vibe wedding day!  The lovely crystal clear photos were taken by Kris Holland Photography… the not so good ones, courtesy of my iPhone!

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Happy 1st Anniversary to Wild & Wacky Kim & Artie!!

Oct 29, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Probably my most unusual wedding for 2014, heck maybe through my career, was the wedding of Kim & Artie.  Two of the coolest people you’ll ever meet and this upcoming weekend marks their first anniversary.  A 3 day celebration, they started off their wedding weekend marrying in a private family-only ceremony under a spreading oak tree at his mom’s ranch – on Halloween afternoon (!!)

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The next day was unreal!  November 1st had many nods to Dia De Los Muertos; every guest received a custom hand-painted mask, the wedding cakes were topped with festive sugar skulls. The wedding venue was gorgeous in red, black and gold, but the greatest surprise in the evening was the “officiant” who married (for a second time) this out-of-the-box couple… that would be a Gene Simmons (Kiss) impersonator, presiding.  The evening was full of twists and turns… including some excellent karaoke (I mean really good singers and performers).  Kim changed into a fun red dress for the dance party and those masks were worn by many!

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Happy Anniversary you two crazy kids, and congratulations on the brand new addition… Wolfgang was born just last week.  He’s going to have a fun childhood!

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10 years later… still my most favorite autumn wedding!

Oct 16, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

It is an honor to still be friends with a former bride… Jennie & Ted are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, and their wedding still ranks among my absolute favorites – in all elements.  BUT, especially this time of year. Jennie is a girl after my own heart – a pumpkin, squash and gourd freak!  Happy 10th, Lovebirds!

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Venue was Wilson Vineyards and the fantastic floral creator was Shannon with Flourish. What a team we had that day!

Those eyes…

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

This Saturday will be wedding day for Becky & Josh.  Judging from these shots from their recent e-session, I’m thinking this fun couple is going to be quite fetching in their wedding attire.  Those eyes speak volumes.  Becky reminds me of a female Peter Pan – so, so cute!



I also get the pleasure of working with photographer Sharon Hoyt (another cutie pie), and the always charming, talented and oh so fun DJ/MC  Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services!  I win!!

High School Pals – gettin’ married tomorrow

Oct 3, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I’m really looking forward to seeing this sweet couple tie the knot tomorrow.  I love their story… Anita and Tim were great friends in their teen years, attemded Hiram Johnson High School, here in Sacramento.  They were study pals and had a ton in common, but life took many twists and turns as they moved away, each married and raised their own families, but as things happen, doors close and new doors open.  They stayed in touch off and on over the last 40 years, they rekindled their special friendship which turned into something greater and now they marry tomorrow!  Bill Quinn is their fantastic photographer; he took them back to the “sceen of the crime” for their e-session.

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Happy First Anniversary, Carolyn & Tyler

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

I am fondly remembering this incredible destination wedding and the entire weekend being a love fest.  I adore Carolyn & Tyler… just the sweetest, kindest, most fun couple – ever!  I am so happy for their happy~happy marriage and the fact that they get to celebrate their First Anniversary of a most incredible wedding day. Blessing to you both!


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Sweet Trailer of Cassondra & Wes’ wedding

Aug 10, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

In the previous blog post, I told a brief story about how Cassondra & Wes envisioned their wedding and posted a bunch of beautiful photos.  Now check out the great trailer created by Jensen Films

Click here.


Cassondra & Wes ~ Married!

Aug 10, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Two of the nicest and most honest, laid back people you’ll ever meet; Cassondra and Wes admitted that an elopement might be more to their liking, but her grandparents requested (strongly!) a “proper” wedding.  Grandpa’s business partner offered his stately country manor home in Walnut Grove to hold the celebration, and Cassondra was O.K. with that as she had visited the family many times and was comfortable in the setting.  It was assumed the beautiful front of the house would be the backdrop to the ceremony, but Nope, when we did a walk-through Cassondra turned around and looked at the large heritage oak trees, she asked me… can we have the ceremony under the tree?  Why yes, we can!  Her only other request for her big day was to wear a floral crown, and she got that wish, too!!  Both wanted lawn games, and for their guests to join them at long wooden harvest tables.  Check, Check!

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10 Monogram Flowers A Day to Remember 11 Garden Wedding 12 Wedding Under a Tree A Day to Remember 13a Wedding Great Table 14 Long Wedding Tables A Day to Remember 15 Bride & Groom Chairs A Day to Remember 16 Poolside Wedding A Day to Remember 17 Fireplace Decor A Day to Remember 18 Croquet Wedding A Day to Remember

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And if you think that hunky Wes didn’t have a couple of requests… well, he did.  “Can we have gooey chocolate chip cookies and milk along with the cake?”  Again, Yes, you can!  Cassondra also isn’t a fan of icing on cakes, again, no problem, Pretty Sweet created a lovely “naked” cake with just a dusting of powered sugar.

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Wishing Cassondra & Wes the happiest future… I’ll miss you!  I wish to thank my wonderful team of vendors who were so involved in this event.

Photography ~ Andrea Posadas (busy girl!)

Videography  ~ Jensen Films (captured all the movement and sounds)

Officiant ~ Rev. Jennifer Tan (meaningful)

Florals ~ Ambience Floral Design (gorgeous)

Cake/Bakery ~ Pretty Sweet (delicious and beautiful)

Catering (and cookies!) ~ All Seasons All Reasons (more deliciousness)

Rentals ~  Celebrations and Getting Hitched

DJ/Sound reinforcement ~ Music on the Move (so much fun!)

Photo Booth ~ Music on the Move (crazy good time)

Landscape lighting and market lights ~ Mr DJ Event Services (romantic and lovely)

Site Visit… fun to see the beginnings

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

This weekend I had the pleasure of touring a new venue ~ Lotus View Ranch (website under construction) near the very tiny hamlet of Pilot Hill, CA. This lovely property is nestled in the pines, oaks and chaparrel of the foothills of the historic Gold Country. I spent a long time with the owner, riding along in his open air kubota as he described his vision. Spots to hold a wedding ceremony, spots to sit alfresco and dine (pond side is an option), spots to sit and look out at the Crystal Range of the Sierras.  He has a ways to go before total completion, but it’s an awesome property right now! Trish with Getting Hitched Rentals and Ramona with Simply Country Weddings did a beautiful job styling the venue for this pre-opening.

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Can’t wait to make a return trip!