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Amanda & Michael ~ Married! {Part 2}

Dec 1, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

If you read Part 1 on the blog about this  fun couple’s wedding, you’ll have learned that the day was H-O-T!  Like record heat H-O-T.  What I love about Amanda is that a week later, when I talked to her, she felt the weather conditions added to the details of the wedding – it did not detract and she feels will be one of the many memories they will carry with them in fondly remembering their special wedding day.  Love that positivity.

The wedding was held at Gold Hill Gardens in Newscastle, CA.  The “cool” ceremony site they chose was creekside in front of the majestic Heritage Oak tree, and once the nuptials were completed, guests headed up to the poolside bar, men rolled up their sleeves and all enjoyed libations. Some cute ladies dangled their legs in the pool, and a few others had a hand at corn hole and other lawn games.  The color palette Amanda and Michael choose was navy blue with “hot” orange accents and being total nature lovers, the flowers (which doubled as ceremony hanging aisle décor) were placed on a wood cut round and a rustic candle lantern accompanied the centerpiece.  Bridal bouquets were placed in vases to add to the head table décor.

As he evening progressed, the sun lowered in the sky, and the temperatures cooled down a bit, those hot guests started to get into the swing of things and really, really enjoyed themselves.  A delicious buffet by Jackson Catering & Events filled their tummies, and of course, just knowing that dessert was a table full of Krispy Kreme donuts (in lieu of a traditional cake), put smiles on the face of many excited guests.  Michael and Amanda enjoyed their quiet time away with photographer Teresa of Teresa K Photography who knows how to set up a “sunset shot” – even with the absence of clouds, these shots are gorgeous!



Love the First Dance between Amanda and Michael, and the emotions showing in this father-daughter dance moment is killer… so sweet.  But once those traditional dances were completed,  Steve Schon with Function 45 Event Entertainment pulled out the stops and this crowd totally forgot about the earlier heat in the day and got their groove on!

Makes you wonder what song these newlyweds were singing.  Such happiness and joy!

I am so thankful for the wonderful team who worked hard, tirelessly and with smiles on their faces through the very hot day.  Great group of professionals:

Venue:  Gold Hill Gardens, Newcastle, CA

Officiant:  Rev. Jeri Murphy

Photographer:  Teresa w/Teresa K Photography

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Caterer:  Jackson Catering & Events

Dessert:  Krispy Kreme Donuts

DJ/MC:  Steve w/Function 45 Event Entertainment

Calligraphy Donut Sign:  The Calligraphy Girl

Rentals:  Privately Acquired

Amanda & Michael ~ Married! {Part 1}

Nov 29, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Love how Michael and Amanda came into my life… and I was thrilled to be part of their planning experience.  Michael was one of the groomsmen in my daughter and son-in-law’s 2016 wedding, and he and Amanda really enjoyed my kiddo’s wedding and knowing I had a certain hand in the planning (no surprise there!), asked if I could be involved in their 2017 wedding. Absolutely!  A relaxed, non-fussy, lovers of nature couple, I suggested for a wedding venue that they check out Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA, and it was a perfect fit.  So much so, they stayed 3 days at the Inn at Gold Hill Gardens for a mini-moon!  The spot along the bridge and creek, under the amazing spreading Heritage Oak was ideal for their style and vision of the ceremony site.  The date was set for the Labor Day Weekend, and we were somewhat prepared that it could be a warm afternoon… but we may not have been absolutely prepared for the  hottest day of the summer – predictions were for 110 degrees, but not to worry, during the ceremony, my iPhone app only showed 106 degrees (IN THE SHADE)!!!  We provided the guests with parasols, amusing personalized hand-held fans, water bottle sprayers and battery operated fans.  All were appreciated.

Rev. Jeri Murphy performed a lovely, meaningful and touching ceremony.  Michael and Amanda wanted the tradition of a Unity Candle lighting –  both sets of parents, with many years of marriage between them, were invited to light the side family candles. With such great role models, it was very symbolic.

Once the ceremony was over, guests moved to the poolside reception area for some serious liquid refreshment, Michael slipped off his suit jacket, and the newlyweds enjoyed a private moment with great laughter and love.  Come back in a few days for { Part 2 } to see how the evening progressed once the sun went down and the evening got cooler!  Can you say DANCE PARTY!?

What a fantastic vendor team I had the privilege of working with – who smiled through the hot afternoon:

Photographer: Teresa w/Teresa K Photography

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Caterer:  Jackson Catering

DJ/MC:  Steve Schon w/ Function 45 Event Entertainment

Officiant:  Rev. Jeri Muphy


Memories of a Halloween ~ Dia de los Muertos Wedding

Oct 28, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Kim & Artie’s 2014 wedding will always be special and so memorable… their second anniversary is early next week and I thought it would be fun to go down Memory Lane, get you into the “spirit” and show you some of their wackiness, cleverness, imagination and also beauty. Yes, a Gene Simmons/Kiss impersonator (flown in from Las Vegas) was the officiant, the flower girl dressed as a little Wonder Woman, each guest received a custom made mask, sugar skulls adorned the cakes, Kim changed into a fun red dress, and the décor was stunning.  Happy #2 you crazy kids!!













And yes, that’s me who obviously didn’t read the memo to look scary and stick out that tongue!!!


Photos by the fun and fabulous Thais of Love at First Click Photography!!

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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Allison & Scott – Married! {Part 2}

Apr 30, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Still bragging on my sweet daughter’s wedding day last month… both ceremony and reception was held at Antiquite Maison Privee, a cool hip/urban art gallery in mid-town Sacramento, and was the perfect venue for Allison and Scott’s intimate, sophisticated (but very fun) event.  The sentimental, tearful and emotional wedding ceremony custom created by Rev. Jeri Murphy was beautiful; even my 89 year old mother shed a tear!  Once the reception started there were lots of laughs and joyful celebration (and yes, that is my husband… the poor bride’s father… wearing photo booth props and being silly (thanks for capturing that Beth!!).  In case you’ve never seen the “shoe game” it’s quite entertaining. DJ Doug asked questions of the couple in which they would raise the appropriate shoe to identify which one the question pertained to… eye opening!  Ending the evening with an ice cream sundae station was the perfect touch to a beautiful and very sweet day.

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The cute gentleman I am dancing with is my next son-in-law.  Yup, Derek is marrying Juliana (little sister) in April 2016.



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It was a wonderful day and I am so grateful for all the vendors who generously contributed… you’re the best. Jennifer Gilchrist for making the ladies look so beautiful.   Jensen Films captured all the footage as did Beth with True Love Photo taking outstanding photos!  Doug and Dara of Music on the Move provided music, lighting and some very fun interactive games, Steve Schon with Function 45 DJ/Shoot Stars Photo Booth added that crazy entertainment element, Jackson Catering served the most delicious buffet and created a yummy ice cream station, and Rick’s Dessert Diner made Scott’s very own groom’s cake.  Sarah, with Cuttings Floral Design, did such a beautiful job at the entire floral palette.  And in order for me to be the Mother of the Bride, my dear friend, Kendra with Pfeiffer Event Planning was my day-of planner (she only had to tell me a few times to leave things alone and be a Mom!!)

Allison and Scott… Dad and I wish you the very best in your future life; may you be as happy as we have been for the last 32 years of wedded bliss!

Kim & Artie Married! Part 2 of Day 2

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Soooooo, Kim and Artie are – how should I put it? Quirky.  From a previous post you saw that they married on Halloween afternoon on the family farm under an oak tree (that’s normal), then on Nov. 1st, they held a fantastic, creative, unique wedding “event” for out of town guests and family, and that celebration was anything but normal!!  I’m not sure how to label it… there were elements of Day of the Dead, artistry, music and a surprise officiant performing the ceremony.

Kim & Artie had selected to hold the 2nd wedding at the awesome Antiquite Maison Privee located in midtown Sacramento.   All Kim requested was gold, red and black for her decor and so after general discussions with broad brush strokes, Katie of Ambience Floral Design created a most  fantastic design.  Note the table name signs – created by Kim.

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An artist was commissioned create individual face masks for each and every guest… no two were alike.  Such a wonderful gift.  Even the vendors received their mask – that is me along with our photographer, Thais of Love at First Click.

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And now for something on the wild side… because Kim and Artie already had their first wedding ceremony, they asked if I would find somebody “equally out there as they are” to perform their fun second wedding.  I was able to obtain a Las Vegas GENE SIMMONS impersonator (yes, as in KISS) who is very experienced in the show biz world… check him out!  Our little Wonder Woman flower girl, was not the least bit shy or phased

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Don’t ask!  I told you Kim and Artie are quirky.  I LOVE THEM!

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The party elements were off the hook, with our super cool DJ/MC, Steve Schon with Function 45 providing the requested karaoke equipment, the photo booth shenanigans, and because the guests were huge singers, they had to sing for their supper which the newlyweds loved!  This crowd loved to sing and perform karaoke!

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Kim even changed for the party action by slipping into a vintage red gown… so-so fun!

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The unique multi-tiered cakes and Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls were made by Sweet Cakes by Rebecca.  The designs on the cakes were part of the table name signs designed by Kim. Mini vegan cupcakes were also on the menu.

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Obviously I didn’t get the memo to stick out my tongue… I look silly with the beaming smile, but Kim is rockin’ the Kiss look… and Lordy, Gene’s tongue is something!

Thank you Kim and Artie for entrusting me with your two day/two  weddings celebration.  You are one of a kind and it was a blast creating with you.  I am so appreciative to all the vendors who kicked it up a notch. Thank you Thais of Love at First Click for capturing all the many details!