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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

Consider the idea of a Pre~Social… and TWO dresses!!

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

 

I often make a suggestion for a Pre-Social… which is anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start time pending the setting, the activities and the length of time the venue allows for the entire gathering.  During the Pre-Social the couple mingles with their guests – which obviously allows you more time to be with your guests (a bonus!) and to extend the social aspect just a bit more.  Another bonus, is getting to wear a wedding “Party Dress” – now that’s fun!  You’ll mix and mingle for a little while, then drift away to slip into your gown and wedding shoes, put on your jewelry, freshen the lipstick, and then walk down the aisle.  The First Look is held while wearing the Party Dress… a great time to get your nervousness out of the way but then the “Second Look” is when you’re wearing your gown and your man sees you for the first time in full wedding attire.  Tears!

Some examples…

Kelly and Lee were married in the rolling foothills and beautiful gardens of Gold Hill Gardens.  They enjoyed their pre-social mingling with their 60 guests getting more time to converse and soak up the love surrounding them.  Kelly and Lee, both blue eyed, played off that color palette with Lee’s suit and blue patterned tie, while Kelly looked terrific in a navy blue short dress with embroidered flowers (she rocked some serious high heels, too!)  Kelly loved her fun and bright tulip wedding bouquet and  wanted to showcase it with her pre-social party dress, as well as with her lacey wedding gown.   Photo Credit:  Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio   Florals:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

 

 

Erin & Jason were married at the 1924 Historic Julia Morgan House. Their 140 guests were treated to an elegant dinner party… the entire evening was designed as if the original mansion owners of yester-year were entertaining and providing sumptuous food and drink to their guests.  Erin’s pre-social cocktail dress was light pink, off the shouldar with a flirty angled hemline, and Jason sported a blue suit with lavender tie.  For the wedding, Erin was drop dead gorgeous and Jason also was fetching in a custom made tuxedo suit.   Photo Credit:  Allison Stahl Photography  Florals: DeAnn w/  Rodarte Floral Design

 

And even my own daughter opted for a Pre-Social prior to her wedding ceremony.  Juliana and Derek were married at The Barn at Second Wind a fantastic wedding venue in the country along the Sacramento Delta.  Juliana’s Pre-Social outfit was a simple white short dress with an eyelet lace detail and cute flat coral colored sandals.   They mixed and mingled with their 130 guests during a time we dubbed “Lemonade on the Lawn.”  Home made jams and jellies were pared with a selection of cheeses, and then off she went to change into a sweet, flowy wedding gown.  Photo Credit:  Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio   Florals:  Sarah w/Cuttings Floral Design

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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3 Mission Ranch Carmel A Day to Remember4 Custom Wedding Gown A Day to Remember 4a Custom Wedding Gown A Day to Remember 5 6 6a 7 Mission Ranch A Day to Remember 8 Bridal Bouquet A Day to Remember 8a Bridal Bouquet A Day to Remember 9 Nervous Groom A Day to Remember 10 11 Mission Ranch Carmel A Day to Remembeer 12 13 Proud Mama A Day To Remember 14 First Look A Day to Remember 15 First Look A Day to Remember 15a First Look A Day to Remember 16 Mission Ranch Carmel A Day to Remember 17 Mission Ranch Carmel A Day to Remember 18 Vintage Porche A Day to Remember 19 20 Carmel Wedding A Day to Remember 21 Carmel Wedding A Day to Remember 23 Pug Flower Girl A Day to Remember 23a Pug Dog Flower Girl A Day to Remember 24 Cool Groom Sock A Day to Remember 25 25a 26 Mission Ranch Carmel A Day to Remember

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!

Crysten & Sam ~ Married! {Part 1}

Dec 5, 2013   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Crysten and Sam are one of theeeee nicest couples, and certainly one of the most GORGEOUS couples I’ve worked with to date.  Just look at them!  They also have great respect for each other and are very loving and caring.  Sam surprised Crysten with the gift of a lovely pair of earrings to wear on wedding day… he is a very thoughtful and romantic groom.  After dressing at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, and having their First Look (I love that moment), the entire bridal party had fun walking down the K Street to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.  The cool old car that happened to be cruising by, was a bonus!  Janine Mapurunga was our very fun photographer who captured all the beauty, frivolity, and details.

1 Bride getting ready A Day to Remember 2 Bride getting ready A Day to Remember 3 Citizen Hotel Wedding A Day to Remember 4 blue wedding shoes A Day to Remember 5 Blue wedding shoes A Day to Remember 6 Wedding Rings A Day to Remember 7 Citizen Hotel A Day to Remember 8 Groom getting ready A Day to Remember 9 Groom's cufflinks A Day to Remember 10 Citizen Hotel A Day to Remember 11 Handsome Groom A Day to Remember 15 Citizen Hotel Wedding A Day to Remember 18 First Look a Day to Remember

16 Beautiful Bride A Day to Remember17 Handsome Groom A Day to Remember

 19 Citizen Hotel A Day to Remember 20 Wedding Day A Day to Remember 21 Walking K Street Mall A Day to Remember 22 K Street Mall A Day to Remember 23 Wedding Day fun A Day to Remember 24 Wedding Day Photography A Day to Remember 25 Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament A Day to Remember

 Part 2 will showcase the traditional Catholic mass with the Mexican cultural details, and then the reception held at The Citizen.  Cathy Brooks of Visual Impact Design worked perfectly with Crysten’s color palatte of purple and turquoise.