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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


Happy First Anniversary ~ Juliana & Derek

Apr 8, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Just have to re-live a beautiful, fun-filled and loving day one year ago as my daughter, Juliana, married her sweetie, Derek.  It rained and drizzled most of the day, but it did not dampen the mood.  The ceremony was under an oak tree (and inside a clear topped tent) with the dinner reception in the fantastic Barn at Second Wind.  It was pretty darn incredible, if I don’t say so myself!  Happy First Year of Marriage you two, and your dad and I wish you many, many more!!

Our famiglia – older sister Allison married the year prior.  It was a busy 1 1/2 years!




Many grateful thanks to all my wonderful vendors who created this event:  Sam with Red Sneaker Studio for the awesome photos, Annette and Mike with The Barn at Second Wind, Celebrations Party Rentals (so glad we got the tent), Sarah with Cuttings Floral Design (for giving Juliana exactly what she wanted!), Jackson Catering for feeding and making 130 people very happy, Musarrat with Pretty Sweet for the awesome wedding cake, and Steve with Function 45 Event Entertainment for making it the best dance party ever!  And of course, my buddy and pal, Kendra with Pfeiffer Event Planning for being my right arm and most valuable day of planner.

Excited for Amie & Marc

Feb 22, 2017   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Just back from a (yet again) rainy outing to meet my March 12th couple at their wonderful venue, Antiquite Maison Privee, in mid-town Sacramento – thought I’d snap a photo of them within their space. Amie & Marc are one of my “encore couples” and their wedding will be most unique. After 11 years of togetherness, they selected their wedding day to be on the anniversary of their first date… awwwww.  They will marry under a home made chuppa, add Buddist practices in front of an altar laden with symbolic items, followed by a brunch reception that includes a fabulous espresso service coffee cart and with food stations offering carved tri tip and… wait for it –  house made Brioche French Toast baked in spiced custard Vermont maple syrup!!!  I die!  The surprise will be a Contra Dance lesson followed by lots of dancing fun with the Contra caller.  This is going to be soooo cool!


Happy 31st Wedding Anniversary {smile}

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

Normally, I give a shout out and best wishes to my couples on their First Wedding Anniversary, well, Bill & Ruth Quinn’s anniversary wish is just a bit different.  I wanted to show off these great photos (taken by Wendy Hithe Photography) of last year’s SURPRISE 30th anniversary party that Bill asked me to plan for his “bride.”  It was indeed a surprise to Ruth, and Bill and I pulled off a monumental evening.  Just when Ruth caught her breath from shock, and hugging and being loved, Bill then proposed again to Ruth and we had a renewal of vows ceremony.  It was a wonderful evening.  Happy 31st Anniversary love birds!

The 30th anniversary traditional flower is the lily and the gem is the pearl.

The party was held at mid-town Sacramento’s Antiquite Maison Privee, beautiful florals by Accents by Sage, lighting and DJ/MC by Mr. DJ Event Services, cake by Freeport Bakery. bar and catering by Jackson Catering.

Juliana & Derek ~ Married! {Part 3… and Final} The details and the p-a-r-t-y

Jun 22, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Thanks for letting me brag about my kiddo’s wedding day.  I know three posts is excessive… but what can I say?  I am pretty proud of this event and of my daughter and new son-in-law.  As mentioned in Post 1 and Post 2, the weather was rainy all day, with a few breaks for some quick picture taking.  The Barn at Second Wind was wonderful for keeping the guests dry during dinner, and thankfully we were able to secure a clear top tent to hold the buffet, bar and the dancing portion to the evening. I can honestly say I don’t believe the 130 guests minded any of the small inconveniences.  Everybody had a fantastic time!!

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The decor and theme for the reception was relaxed, fun and whimsical.  We used Second Wind’s  beautiful custom made wood farm tables and mixed with round tables. Centerpieces gave a nod to Juliana’s gardening hobby (of which Derek enjoys also), plus Juliana is a clinical dietician so healthy food groups played into the theme –  we had artichokes, beets, grapes and garden greens and incorporated touches of feathers for whimsy.  Each guest received a jar of homemade jelly (Juliana and Derek’s mama had been busy for months cookin’ and canning). And that cake!!!  Requesting a “naked cake,” this masterpiece was displayed on a wine barrel and was admired by all… and it was delicious as well!  Fun fact: Derek’s brother made the wire cake topper (thanks Josh!)

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Our adored and uber talented DJ/MC organized the table release to the buffet by the guests ‘singing for their supper.’  HYSTERICAL!!!  These people really got into the action and were not shy.

Sing for your Supper


Once the delicious, flavorful and abundant buffet was consumed, it was time to break down those tables to make room for some dancing! The daddy~daughter dance was sweet and fun.  The rain drops and reflection of the market lights on the tent roof made for a magical evening that will not soon be forgotten.

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There was a break in the weather giving enough time for Juliana and Derek to walk across the country road to the old abandoned railroad tracks on the river levee for romantic photos!  Love these.

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Thanks all for reading THREE blog posts!!  My heartfelt appreciation goes out to:

Venue:  The Barn at Second Wind (owners are so great and accommodating, beautiful, rustic, great grounds and that barn!)

Rental Company (linens, chargers and TENTS!!):  Celebrations Party Rentals (great inventory and loved the tents)

Rental vintage touches (place card door, bar backdrop) Getting Hitched? Wedding Rentals:

Photographer:  Sam with Red Sneaker Studio (fast, thorough, light-hearted, fun and imaginative)

Florist:  Sarah Acrich/formerly of Cuttings Floral Design (dear friend, talented, great vision, clever)

DJ/MC:  Steve Schon w/Function 45 Pro DJ Service (fab entertainer, smart, funny, best DJ on the mic, sensitive, handles lighting, sound and FUN)

Caterer:  Jackson Catering & Events (Chef Chris, Chef Branden, “detail man-Events Coordinator” Evan… the greatest team! Cuisine is delicious, creative, varied, and all are so much fun to work with

Cake:  Pretty Sweet (Musarrat is an artist – designer extraordinaire; she puts her heart and soul into creating wedding cakes).

Hair & Make-up:  Jennifer Gilchrist (always on time, always quick, great hair and make-up talents, super sweet)

Day-of Coordinator:  Kendra w/Pfeiffer Event Planning (my friend, right arm, eyes-in-the-back-of-her-head and my partner in crime!)

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!

A Surprise 30th Anniversary Party!

Feb 7, 2016   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  1 Comment

Last month I had the honor of witnessing a 30+ year old love story.  It was an awesome night!  {Prepare yourself for a long blog post}  Sacramento photographer, Bill Quinn, asked me months ago to plan a surprise 30th Anniversary Party for his wife Ruth.  My reaction was… “Are you kidding me? A surprise?  NO, Bill, all women want to know what’s going on, to envision their party, to plan what to wear and to be excited about the upcoming event.”  Bill hung tight and said, he wanted it a surprise, mainly because Ruth would have talked him out of spending the resources… seems Bill is the romantic and Ruth is practical.  (That’s perhaps what makes a great 30 year long marriage… its all about balance).  We selected the gorgeous midtown Sacramento venue of Antiquite Maison Privee, and for seven months, I planned, met with Bill in secret on a few occasions (that felt weird), avoided Ruth’s eye contract at industry networking functions,  and designed with all the vendors we had selected. Bill gave me the reins and we created a night to remember.  All 70 guests kept it a secret (amazing!) and as you’ll see from the photos below… Ruth was indeed surprised (shocked would be a better word)!

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18 19 20 30 white bridal bouquet A Day to Remember Ruth was happy and excited to see so many friends, clients and family in attendance.  But with surprises that kept on coming, my favorite part of the evening was when they cut their pearl accented wedding anniversary cake, Bill made a speech that included just how much he loved his “bride” and in keeping with the style of the TV show, The Bachelor, he presented Ruth with a rose and asked if she would marry him again.  Guests were thrilled as she turned and saw the sweetheart table was removed and their church minister was in position at the “alter,” I handed her a beautiful bridal bouquet and they walked together to renew their vows. I was hoping Ruth wouldn’t faint!  Bill slipped a pearl ring on their finger and their family and friends encircled them as they pledged their love and continued future to each other.  So sweet!!!

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Our many thanks to the photographer Bill selected to capture the moments… great work Wendy Hithe!!  Jackson Catering set up the bar and created a sumptuous buffet that was so-so good,  Freeport Bakery whipped up the yummy pearl studded cake, Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Event Services was smooth and flawless as DJ/MC and the lighting was so perfect in that space.  Thanks also to Lara of The Calligraphy Girl for the fun sign out front!

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!

Linda & Jim ~ Married! {Part 2}

Oct 23, 2014   //   by Lora   //   Weddings  //  No Comments

Intimate (40 guests), relaxed (very natural earthy setting), beautiful (check out the flowers!) and extremely fun (it’s what happens when a close-knit group of family and friends celebrate).  After the lovely pondside wedding ceremony and cocktails at the lower half of their backyard property, guests made the way up the hill to join in for a fantastic dinner prepared by Jackson Catering.  Linda’s color palette was deep shades of red and working with the patio space, we used two shapes of tables.  Each table was named after their four dogs and included a photo of their furry “children.”   As a surprise to the couple I researched a variety of quotes which I had added in hand-calligraphy to the menu cards – the guests loved sharing aloud!  Once dinner was completed and the sun was setting, dancing started up after the couple’s sweet first dance. Steve Schon with Function 45 DJ/MC  kept them happy and added the fun theatrical lighting effects.   Happy Couple~ Happy Planner… I am thrilled Linda & Jim entrusted me to create their vision.  Happy Marriage!  (Thanks to Sam with Sharpe Photographers for all the great images.)

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