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Amazingly, right after the ceremony, the rain stopped, which allowed the photographer, Bill Quinn, to get some great outside shots while guests mingled inside during the cocktail hour.

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Then it was time for the reception to begin! The ballroom at Vizcaya was beautifully decorated in shades of pale pink, champagne, and ivory, with touches of black and gold. Audrey Chaney from Botanica Floral and Event Design made the most beautiful floral arrangements, mixing up tall and short throughout the room. Botanica also provided many wonderful decor pieces including the adorable settee that the bride and groom used for their sweetheart table. The floral and decor pieces that were intended for the outdoor cocktail hour, found new homes all throughout the ballroom.

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After dining on a delicious meal, then came dessert! Musarrat Afshan of Pretty Sweet outdid herself with this amazing assortment of sweets. The beautiful trays and serving pieces were provided by Botanica Floral and Event Design. In addition to the dessert buffet, each guest was served a beautiful cupcake in the same flavor as the bride and groom’s cutting cake. Take-out boxes were provided for guests to take a few sweets home.

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The best “wow factor” of the day came during the first dance. Yes, DJ Mike Anderson of Creative Memories Entertainment actually made it snow in the the ballroom! The guests were blown away and it made for such a memorable first dance. It was the perfect touch for a December wedding!

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Some how, the rain that had foiled the morning ceremony plans, managed to continue holding off during the evening hours. So after the wedding reception was over, photographer Bill Quinn took Suzanne and Titus out for some great photos around Downtown and Old Sacramento.

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Congratulations Titus and Suzanne! May you have an amazing happily ever after!

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Special thanks to my AMAZING vendors!!

Venue: Vizcaya   vizcayasacramento.com

Photography: Quinn Photography   www.quinnphotography.net

Flowers and Decor Rentals: Botanica Floral and Event Design   botanicaevents.com

DJ and Lighting: Creative Memories Entertainment   www.creativememoriesdj.com

Dessert :  Pretty Sweet    https://prettysweet.co/

Linen: Mimi and Company   mimiandcompany.com

 

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On a cold and cloudy December morning, Titus and Suzanne’s wedding day had finally arrived! Months of planning for their amazing Vizcaya wedding was about to take shape into a fun and fantastic wedding day. As our beautiful couple and their bridal party got ready, we vendors were working hard on making their wedding look just right.

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However, just as the outdoor ceremony site was perfect, and we were working on finishing the reception space, Mother Nature got the last laugh. It started to rain! Now, we knew that rain was in the forecast, but the weather people on TV all said it wasn’t going to arrive until the afternoon. The ceremony was scheduled to start at 10:30 am. PERFECT! My couple would get their outdoor ceremony after all, right??? WRONG!!! But it’s times like this that I am constantly reminded that this is why you hire professionals. It really does take a village, a professional and organized village! As myself, the DJ, the florist, the photographer, and the staff from Vizcaya all huddled around my cell phone looking at the doppler radar, we knew that the light rain was about to get MUCH worse.

So as I went to break the news to Suzanne (something I HATE to do by the way…..I never, ever like giving bad news to a bride), the rest of the team got to work, moving the entire ceremony set-up inside and on to the dance floor. By the time I got back in there, the DJ had already moved his set-up (which had been centered next to the dance floor) over to the edge. This is no easy fete, by the way, as that equipment is heavy and rather sophisticated. The staff from Vizcaya, along with the florist and her assistant, had picked up the rather heavy arch and brought that in. Someone else had grabbed some towels to wipe down the wet chairs that others were bringing in. Keep in mind that at this point, we had guests arriving and they were quickly taking shelter in the reception area from the rain. Fortunately, someone had moved in the beverage station that had been outside, so guests were able to visit over over a hot cocoa or cup of coffee while we finished our set-up.

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With everything finally set, it was show time! The love that was in the room that day was overflowing as two families joined together and became one.

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One of my favorite moments from the day was when both Titus and the bride’s brother got all teary-eyed as Suzanne walked down the aisle. Titus’ grandfather officiated a very beautiful and touching wedding ceremony. And the best part for me, was just how beautiful Suzanne said everything was. The disappointment of not having that outdoor ceremony faded instantly when she walked into the room and saw Titus standing there waiting for her. This is why I do this job!

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Special thanks to my AMAZING vendors!!

Venue: Vizcaya   vizcayasacramento.com

Photography: Quinn Photography   www.quinnphotography.net

Flowers and Decor Rentals: Botanica Floral and Event Design   botanicaevents.com

DJ and Lighting: Creative Memories Entertainment   www.creativememoriesdj.com

Linen: Mimi and Company   mimiandcompany.com

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Coming up next…..Part 2…..the reception!

 

 

 

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Pulling off a backyard wedding is not an easy task. But, with a fabulous couple and “rock star” vendors, it can be done, especially when you have an amazing backyard like Mindy and Jerad! It’s a beautiful yard full of tall trees right on the Sacramento River….the ideal setting for their mid-September wedding. The weather simply couldn’t have been more perfect. Not too hot but not too cold, an amazing Sacramento September day!

When having a backyard event, rentals become extremely important. Celebrations was able to provide so many things that we needed including the tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, stemware, bars, galvanized tubs and even the dance floor. Their crew worked tirelessly to get that all set-up the day before. When you suddenly bring 100 plus people to your home, your plumbing system simply can’t deal with that. United Site Services to the rescue with their trailer style restrooms that were flush toilets (no port-a-potties for this wedding). Visual Impact Design made all of the beautiful floral pieces while Freeport Bakery made the delicious cake and cupcakes. Big time KUDOS to the groom, Jerad, who spent hours and hours setting up all the lighting in his backyard!

After a very touching ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious appetizers from Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que while Primo Bar made certain everyone had something to drink. Lucille’s also served up an incredible BBQ dinner buffet and Kevin from Extreme Productions kept the crowd dancing well into the night.

Thank you to the amazing Beth from True Love Photo for all of these great pictures!

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It was such an honor to plan and coordinate Emily and John’s October 2013 wedding. Emily and John, and their families, were so much fun to work with and the day couldn’t have turned out more perfect! All of those months of planning just came together seamlessly on wedding day. The ceremony was at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Carmichael with the reception at the hall on the same property. I think my most favorite part of the day was when Mariachi Los Gallos (who I quietly snuck into the back of the church just before the processional without the guests even noticing) right on cue, started playing the moment Emily and John kissed. Then they play the music for the recessional. After that, the festive mood continued as the mariachis lead the guests to the reception hall and performed up on stage during the cocktail hour and dinner.

The guests were treated to a delicious Mexican themed dinner prepared by Bocca Catering. They also had a blast at the photo booth by Encore Photo Booth. After Mariachi Los Gallos left, DJ Laith Kaos played to a packed dance floor well into the night.

Linen, dishes and lighting were all rented from the wonderful Classic Party Rental. All of the beautiful bouquets and floral pieces were made by Brandi at Party Petals. The photographer, Stacey Kennedy, recent shared these great photos with me.

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Congratulations Emily and John! Thank you for letting me part of your very special day. I wish you both a very Happily Ever After 🙂

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Spring has to be, by far, my favorite season!  I simply love walking through my yard/garden and seeing all of my plants that have grown back after the winter.  And, despite my allergies, I LOVE all the flowers and trees that are in bloom too!  I’m always counseling my clients on ways to stretch their flower budgets.  The easiest way is to use local, in season flowers.  A recent walk through my garden inspired me to run back into the house for my camera and take some pictures of “what’s in season” right now:

Of course, my lilac tree caused me to stop and take the first picture.  It is in full bloom and quite beautiful!  These fragrant blossoms come in many colors including white (like mine), pinks, and purples/lilac and are great flowers for centerpieces.

Next I came across my white and purple bearded irises which are blooming like crazy.  Bearded irises come in tons of different colors.

Most people are more familiar with the “standard” iris which I also have several types of.  And while they too are grown in many colors, mine just happen to be yellow and purple.

Next I found that my hydrangea were blooming.  Hydrangea comes in various shades of pink, purple, and even white.  They are a hugely popular flower for weddings.  However, all the floral designers I have worked with do caution my clients that hydrangea are not heat tolerant flowers.  Therefore, consider using them only for indoor weddings.  I did have a client use them once for an outdoor August wedding but the florist put the arrangements out at the very last possible moment so they would last through the reception.  My bushes are planted in a very shady area of my yard.  I have both pink and light purple.

In the same flower bed as my bearded irises is calendula which is actually an annual that is quite good at re-seeding itself every year.  This super cheery orange flower has been coming back in my garden for 11 years now.  Calendula grow in various shades of yellow and orange and would make great flowers for both bouquets and centerpieces.

And finally, my rose bushes are all starting to bloom.  Roses come in just about every color of the rainbow and grow pretty much Spring through late-Fall in my garden.  In fact, roses are my favorite flower, hence the 20-plus bushes I have planted around my yard :).  This particular rose just seemed so perfect so I had to take a picture of it.

Of course, since I took these pictures just two days ago, I see I have other plants that are starting to bloom (like my purple salvia and gerbera daisies).  Guess I better get the camera out again!

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Last night I attended the local quarterly meeting for the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), of which I am a member.  I always thoroughly enjoy these meetings.  It’s so great to see all of my wedding planning colleagues and catch up on business, kids, wedding trends, and even discuss all the latest episodes of the various wedding shows we watched…LOL!  We are a great group of people for whom wedding planning is our passion.

The quarter’s event was planned by our local group’s fearless leaders, Lora Ward of A Day To Remember, and Kendra Wershing of  Pfeiffer Event Planning.  We met at the really cool Beatnik Studio, a cooperative studio/gallery on 17th Street in Sacramento.  This would be a perfect location for someone who is looking for a hip/modern vibe for their wedding or special event.  As an added touch, local artwork hangs on the walls for your guests’ viewing pleasure.

My favorite part of the evening was definitely the food.  Lora and Kendra arranged for the Mini Burger Truck to cater the event.  They are a brand new business here in Sacramento and the two owners/chefs are trying to bring a more upscale food truck culture to Sacramento.  The burgers (both beef and chicken) were DELICIOUS and cooked fresh, to order, right in the truck.  They were definitely given a more adult twist.  I also had he sweet potato tater tots…..YUM!!  In addition to a daily schedule of places they serve, the Mini Burger Truck is also available for events.  How much fun would this be at a wedding after party, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or birthday party?!

Our evening concluded with two educational presentations.  The first was from long-time ABC member, Norville Weiss of Wedding Gown Specialists, on gown preservation.  He specializes in wedding gown cleaning and restorations of heirloom gowns.  This was followed by a presentation from Paulette and Don Woods of Forget Me Nevers flower preservation.  They specialize in preserving wedding flowers and bouquets and had some wonderful examples of their work to share with us.  Their biggest words of wisdom were the sooner they can get the bouquet the better.  Don will even pick it up from you at your reception!  I wish I had known about this service for my own bouquet 18 years ago.  Same with the specialized gown preservation.  My mother took my gown to a dry cleaner thinking this would be fine (no one had taken the time to educate either of us on this).  Unfortunately, most of the beads, that she personally hand sewed onto my gown, were ruined.  Thank goodness for good pictures!

As always, it was a great meeting and I look forward to our next one in May.

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That’s me all right!  Yesterday, I was busy making the favors for Karen and Mark’s wedding this Saturday.  It’s funny how 17 years ago, it seemed like it took me FOREVER to make 175 favors for my own wedding.  I spent every waking hour between classes tying ribbons around Hershey’s Kisses wrap in peach colored tulle circles.  Ocassionally, I even managed to bribe an “unsuspecting” roommate or two to help. 

These days though, I get quite a bit of practice at making favors for clients, so the time it takes me is much less than it was all those years ago.  I can easily make a couple hundred favors in one day and for this wedding, 50 favors was a breeze in one afternoon.  Many brides find making favors to be tedious and time-consuming, but for me, I LOVE it!  I find it to be fun and creative, even relaxing.

Karen and Mark’s favor are really cute.  She found these adorable boxes from Kate Aspen which I filled with Jelly Bellies.  Then I placed a label (which she was able to personalize) on the front of the box, slipped the outer sleeve over it, and tied a ribbon around the box for a really adorable presentation.  These are going to look perfect on the guest tables!

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