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Suzanne & Chris ~ Married! {Part 2}

Dec 13, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

As I mentioned in { Part 1} Suzanne and Chris was theee best couple with such a big heart and lots of energy!!  Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle, CA offered the light-hearted elements they were looking for in their Special Day.  After the ceremony, during the cocktail hour, guests could stroll the property, enjoy a beverage, play ping-pong, cornhold, giant chess or jenga, (all these lawn games are permanent features of the venue!)  The newlyweds enjoyed a bit of photo time, along with some dee-licious grilled cheese sandwiches created by Jackson Catering & Events!




The color palette Suzanne wished for was romantic, natural, soft and “simply elegant.”  Working with the common thread of gray as the underlay, Katie with Ambience Floral Design, designed a free flowing centerpiece of greens, whites and varying heights of candles.  Very pretty.

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, Chris and Suzanne decided three different food stations would be fun for their guests – Loaded Mac and Cheese station, unique salads served with corn bread, and the street tacos were OUTSTANDING and a huge hit! Jackson Catering & Events knocked it out of the park!!

Two elements Chris desired was a full bar (check), and incorporating his favorite Land Park neighborhood Marie’s Donuts, into the dessert.  Looks so good, right?  I suggested an iced bucket of plain and chocolate milk to be served alongside (YES!), and displayed some donuts in the familiar pink box for a bit of whimsy.  At the end of the evening, I believe there might have been 4 donuts remaining!  After a few toasts, the dance party started with Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services at the helm.

What a beautiful, fun-filled and family-centric wedding this was.  I loved every minute of planning and executing.  Thank you Chris and Suzanne for allowing me to work with you on creating probably Thee Best Day Ever!!  See you in the neighborhood… maybe at Marie’s Donuts!

Venue:  Gold Hill Gardens, Newcastle, CA

Photographer:  Beth of True Love Photo (you’re so freekin’ good, Queen B!)

Videographer: Premier Video

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Catering:  Jackson Catering & Events

Dessert:  Marie’s Donuts

Rentals:  Celebration’s Party Rentals

DJ/MC/Lighting:  Mike Regan w/Mr. DJ Event Services

Calligraphy donut sign:  The Calligraphy Girl

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

Kelly & Lee ~ Married! {Part 2}

Aug 12, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Kelly and Lee had a beautiful, loving  wedding ceremony held at Gold Hill Gardens (be sure to go back to {Part 1} to catch up).  Following that ceremony-in-the-round, some romantic photos were taken on the gorgeous grounds of this foothill property, and then the newlyweds joined their guests who were noshing, enjoying the bar, playing lawn games and soaking up the ambience.  Thankfully the rains stopped the day before, but the clear top tent we had previously erected, provided a lovely setting for the dinner reception.

Kelly asked Ambience Floral Design for tulips – lots of tulips – in every color of the rainbow – it was a spring wedding after all, so this floral choice was perfect!  We set up three long rows of wood farm tables, laid out a lacey runner and lined the table with different vases of fun, bright flowers.  The “starburst” silver charger plate added a bit of bling to the rustic wood tables.  Kelly and Lee decided on holding a Family Style Dinner to be served to their 60 guests – Jackson Catering started the meal off with delicious shrimp cocktails, and for fun, at each of the following two courses, I had Kelly and Lee move to a reserved pair of seats at each of the three tables; that way they could enjoy conversation and mingling with most of their guests during dinner.



The lovely wedding cake created by Devine Desserts was positioned in the gazebo on the knoll.  Notice the clever hanging of the tulips from around the gazebo framing!  Love it!  After toasts and desserts and conversation by candlelight, Steve with Function 45 amped up the music, and had the guests dancing (and singing).  What a fun evening!

Thank you to all the vendors who contributed to Kelly and Lee’s wonderful wedding day, and thank you, to my sweet clients for the opportunity to plan and coordinate your special day.  Many happy years together!!

Photo Credit:  Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio

Venue:  Gold Hill Gardens

Florist:  Katie w/Ambience Floral Design

Catering:  Jackson Catering & Events

Cake:  Devine Desserts by Aguirre

Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals (tent, furniture, china/chargers, linens)

DJ/MC and photo booth:  Steve with Function 45 Event Entertainment

Kelly & Lee ~ {Married} ! {Part 1}

Aug 10, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  4 Comments

When Kelly and Lee came to me several months before their wedding date, they told me right off, that they wanted something “different” not “run of the mill.” Well, I LOVE THAT, and I ADORE this couple!! They had previously selected the gorgeous Gold Hill Gardens in Newcastle CA, and had set a date of April 23rd… hummm, my discussion following was about having a back-up plan – springtime in the foothills, after all!  Gold Hill Gardens is a fantastic all outdoor venue with gardens and expansive views, and luckily they can accommodate a tent structure, so Kelly and Lee were in agreement, and said if they had to have a tent, then they would love the clear top tent that I suggested would be perfect.

And funny… it rained all during the week, with a promise that it might clear up on wedding day. Well, we decided to be safe, and had the tent installed – it was stunning!  But it did NOT rain on their day.

Because this couple was an established pair, with a blending of children, they tossed aside tradition, and chose to have a pre-social for their guests, and Kelly would wear a fun cocktail dress (she looked fabulous). Their first look was light-hearted and informal and they got to enjoy their guests longer, with champagne in hand, and lawn games.  Kelly’s love for multi-colored tulips was carried forth in many places, starting with a fun, full and flirty bouquet.   After a bit of mingling,  I sent her up to the Inn to change into her stunning gown to prepare for the wedding.

To be “different,” I designed the ceremony in the round. Having their family and friends encircle them appealed to Kelly and Lee’s sensibilities, and at each opening in the cross section, I positioned one of their children. The views from this top ceremony option at Gold Hill Gardens are fantastic – and there are no obstructions!


Following the ceremony, Kelly and Lee wandered off for some romantic photos, starting with the new blended family. Guests continued to mingle, play lawn games and enjoy passed appetizers.

Be sure to come back for Part 2 to see more on this wedding. It was a beauty.

Thanks to Sam w/The Red Sneaker Studio for capturing all the pretties and details. Also Katie w/Ambience Floral Design, Celebrations Party Rentals and Jackson Catering & Events.

Planning my daughter’s wedding {Post 5} – meetings, meetings & more meetings

Feb 12, 2015   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

I have had the priviledge of working with some awesome vendors on my clients events, many are my true friends – planning my daughter’s wedding with them has been a hoot!  Most of these fine individuals have known Allison since she was a teen!  Scott has been a champ and has attended each meeting.  He definitely has opinion and is not one of those indifferent grooms (is this a good thing? ha ha)

A get-aquainted meeting with Doug LaVine of Music on the Move was held and this is where the DJ learns quite a bit about what the couple is looking for regarding entertainment.  Scott enjoyed reviewing the play lists (he’s an 80’s devotee).  Allison is very concerned guests will be bored (what? are you kidding?) and Doug is excellent with adding in some guest interaction frivolity.  He listed and described what could be added in – never pushing, just offering.  Allison and Scott listened and then decided on some fun “games.”  Nobody is going to be bored at this wedding!!

DJ meeting

One of the really fun appointments that all enjoy, including daddy/hubby Jim, is the meeting and food tasting with the caterer.  We have selected Jackson Catering & Events because they always knock it out of the park!!  Scott is a bit more discerning with his food preferences then the rest of us… he refers to himself as “a connoisseur of plain food!” Chef Chris created a wonderful tasting experience (relatively “plain” which was challenging for him, I’m sure), but he sold Scott on his Caesar salad dressing (Scott was thinking Ranch, but no longer!)  While the rest of us will add many toppings to the mashed potato martinis, especially the applewood smoked bacon… Scott was in heaven with Chef Chris’ excellent potatoes – just “plain.”

Jackson food tasting

Jackson potato toppings

Jackson Chef Chris

Jackson - appetizers

Below, Chef Chris and Evan who is excellent at taking care of the many details and herding their customers/clients!

Jackson & Evan

Thanks to Doug & Dara and Chris & Evan for taking care of our daughter.  It feels good.

Linda & Jim ~ Married! {Part 1}

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

In one of the prettiest settings this year… Linda and Jim’s California foothills home wedding was such a delight to plan.  When Jim built his home and designed the slopping back yard, people would drop by and ask if a community park was being developed!  It is that beautiful.   After a sweet First Look, the couple wandered the winding pathway downward to the pond all the while taking photos.  Linda’s grown children escorted her to the ceremony space, which was designed under a unique soft and flowing fabric shade covering with an asymmetrical floral tower anchoring the space.  Guests enjoyed an open bar and appetizers following the ceremony… eventually making their way back up the hill for an alfresco patio dining experience.  BTW, notice the cocktail napkins – Linda asked me if their mutual love for triathlons could be incorporated… kinda cute, huh?

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Sam Wood with Sharpe Photographers, Philip Rice Floral Design, Celebrations Party Rentals, Jackson Catering and Steve Schon with Function 45 DJ/MC.  So happy with the outcome to this lovely event!

Venue Vixens Dinner in the Dark ~ the Movie!!

Jun 19, 2012   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  4 Comments

I want everybody to enjoy a good chuckle!  As a Venue Vixen I am posting the VIDEO provided by Mike Jensen of Jensen Films of our Dinner in the Dark event we held last month.   Great theme – the All American Road Trip, fabulous food created by Chef Chris Jackson of Jackson Catering & Events, and wonderful photography by Jen of The Memory Journalists.  

Please click the link to read from the Venue Vixens blog post and watch the movie…  good times!